in the name of love

How do you celebrate the birthday of a self-professed cheese-loving comic book geek who just turned a quarter of a century?

1) With a bag filled with cards and gifts. Why have one card, when you can have gift tags attached to every present, with clues on one side, and your personalised message on the other?

2) With the whole Super Mario gang (Yoshi not included). Toys are a must, and since the birthday boy had been eyeing the Mario gang as of late, why not bring them to the party?

3) With home-cooked food; deep-fried chicken fillet and potato salad. But of course, don’t forget to bring cutlery as well, or you’d be reduced to attempting to use the chicken fillet as spoons for the salad, thereafter giving up, and using your fingers.

4) With a virginal cheese attempt at macaroni and cheese [ignoring the fact that it’s the first time ever that you’ve willingly touched cheese and actually dared to cook with it, and that the only way you can gauge if it’s done is by the level of nausea you feel; “the more nauseous I feel, the better it is for him”]. And henceforth heave a sigh of relief that your life-long worries were over, and that the birthday boy really seemed to enjoy it, while you try to maintain a smile and keep a safe distance from the cheese breath.

5) With a Superman cake, of course! All comic book geeks deserve a home-baked Superman cake, albeit it is pretty apparent from the uneven layering and creases that it is the baker’s first attempt at fondant/sugar-crafting. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, and in this case, it’s the *cough cough* scream upon opening the cake lid that counts. πŸ˜‰

First-Timers’ Macaroni and Cheese
(recipe adapted from the lovely sis-in-law)

4 handfuls of macaroni
1 can of cream mushroom chicken soup
1 cup milk
several slices of cheese
paprika powder

  1. Boil macaroni al dente. Set aside.
  2. Heat up soup in a saucepan.
  3. Add in milk.
  4. Before it boils, add in cheese, shredded. Mix well. Allow it to thicken.
  5. Add in salt, pepper, and paprika powder to taste.
  6. Pour in macaroni and mix well. Turn off heat.

p/s: Happy 25th birthday, dearest mister. I hope you enjoyed the celebration πŸ™‚


30 thoughts on “in the name of love

  1. the mister bie

    Before this, I’ve always thought of myself as the luckiest comic book geek on planet Earth.

    Now there is ample evidence and proof for all to see.


    Words fail me
    Utterly and completely

    Try as I may
    Infinite letters
    Upon words
    Echoed through Eternity
    Would not even begin to express
    Nor do justice
    To the joy
    You have brought
    To my life

    All I can offer in return
    Is this lowly token of thank you
    This humble gesture of gratitude
    This meagre word of appreciation

    And of course,
    You will always have
    My Promises
    My Thoughts
    And most importantly

    My Heart



    Thank you for a wonderful, perfect birthday sayang.

    It’s the best birthday I’ve ever had.

    I love you. πŸ™‚

  2. ovenhaven Post author

    If you’re the luckiest comic book geek on planet Earth, then I’m the luckiest comic book geek missus for having you by my side. You’re the best thing that has ever happened to me. My heart is yours always. Happy 25th, abang. I love you.

  3. Bernice

    You’re sooooo sweeeeet! I can imagine how sick u were feeling when cooking with cheese but still, it’ such a sweet thing to do it for the special someone. Hee

    And I must say that the cake is so cute. I was attracted to the bright colours immediately and you;ve done a great job! πŸ˜€

  4. jean-marie

    I’m contemplating showing P this post. Scared he’ll ask me to bake the same for his birthday then die liao. πŸ˜›

  5. sweetrosie

    How gorgeous, but I feel like I’m intruding on a private moment…

    That cheese talk is so funny ovenhaven. It’s just something I’ve never contemplated – cheese making a person sick. It is a weird, smelly food I guess πŸ˜‰

    I think you’re too lovely and wonderful making that special picnic for your love-heart πŸ™‚ You both have the most beautiful way of expressing yourself through words xx

  6. linda

    You sure love that hubby of yours πŸ˜‰
    I am cheese geek myself so everything looks delicious!
    Love the Superman cake, great job on your first fondant cake!
    And of course happy b-day to the mister!

  7. thecoffeesnob

    You guys are too sweet! I love the cake- i think you did an incredible job with the fondant. I’ve never worked with it- is it as hard to work with as everyone says?

    Please send my belated birthday wishes to your guy πŸ™‚

  8. ovenhaven Post author

    Bernice: Thanks, sweetie! I love the bright colours as well πŸ˜› And I must say it’s one of the toughest thing to do for me; the cheese smell was everywhere! I could’ve sworn the cheese monster followed me everywhere I went 😐

    didally: Thanks, dearie! πŸ™‚

    jean-marie: No I didn’t! But I did cover my nose with my shirt while cooking it πŸ˜› As for P, tell him to just stick to cookies lah!

    sweetrosie: You’re never intruding, sweetie. And yes, cheese is a weird smelly food! I should quote you on that ~hehe. Thank you for your sweet words *hugs*

    linda: Thanks, cheese geek dearie! πŸ˜›

    Pat: Thanks, dearie! I think Mario Bros are too cute πŸ™‚

    thecoffeesnob: Thanks, sweetz πŸ™‚ I guess it can get quite tricky, coz you need to work pretty fast before it hardens and becomes unpliable. And you can’t roll it out too thin, or it’d tear; that happened to me a couple of times πŸ˜›

  9. happygrub

    This celebration is too cute! Especially with all the toys! Somehow men never grow up.. They still read comics and play PSP. Even a 42 year old doctor I work for..Imagine the toys in his clinic. And they’re all for him. Imagine when you guys have kids! You’ll be fighting for the toys.. heehee.

    Anyway, I have been dying to make a nutella sweet thing, could you share your favorite recipe?

  10. lcsa99

    *gasp* I can’t believe cheesy goodness makes you so sick. I would die if I couldn’t have cheese (now I so need to post my recipe for mac and cheese or alfredo lasagna).

    But that just makes it so much sweeter that you did this for him. It’s a wonderful gift and it just shows him how much you love him. (oh and yes, multiple gifts with with clues or theme gifts are awesome)

  11. dhanggit

    this is one of the most romantic post-valentine treat i’ve ever seen..:-) you too are sooo cute together πŸ™‚

    btw, good job for the superman cake!! really fantastic!! i thought it wasnt home made it look so professional!!

  12. ovenhaven Post author

    happygrub: I’ve always wondered what would happen when we have kids! I guess when the time comes, I’ll just plonk myself happily in front of the tv while the mister and the kids get caught up in their own lil world playing with their respective toys. Or I can go shoe-shopping while they go toy-shopping! Haha πŸ˜›

    As for my fave nutella recipe, it’s gotta be nutella brownies. If you want a pure nutella brownie, you can check out Amy’s nutella brownie, but if you want a bit more taste, you can try out the peanut butter nutella brownies I’ve tried out, and won over afew πŸ˜›

    Aimei: Thanks, Aimei πŸ™‚

    Icsa99: Thanks fer your sweet words, dearie. And yup, I’m a total sucker for themed gifts! Which includes synchronised packaging as well. Absolute love πŸ™‚

    HHB: Super Mario’s just too cute to resist, right? Haha. Oh, and I just did the meme in my previous entry, so I’ll include your name as my tagger, k? Thanks for tagging! πŸ™‚

    dhanggit: Awww, you’re much too kind! I guess it’s simply coz you can’t see the lil bumps in the picture. Hehe πŸ˜› But no worries, there are plenty of room for improvement! Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

  13. happygrub

    Hey girl, my nutella cookies are a tribute to you πŸ™‚ I have something to give you from Bali, you’ll guess what it is based on my latest post. Could u email me your address pls, I’ll post it over..

  14. ovenhaven Post author

    Indigo: Aww, thank you sweetie! πŸ™‚

    happygrub: I’ve mailed you! Thanks alot, dearie. And I absolutely love those sables you did! πŸ˜€

    Cakespy: Wow, video game tester? My mister would totally flip to get such a job, I think. Haha πŸ˜€ Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  15. White On Rice Couple

    First of all , congratulations on your Excellent blog award from Happy love strawberry.
    Second of all, I love this post!!! My brothers are SERIOUS comic book fans and reading your post and seeing you pictures makes me smile! They actually go to all the comic book conventions and dress up! The only difference between them and you is that they don’t cook!

  16. Jacelyn

    Hi, nice blog you have here. Hee…just like you, I always baked things that my bf prefers whenever there’s an occasion. And imagine him not liking strawberries or any kind of berries when they’re my favourite. lol… anyway, hope you two will be lovey-dovey always. =)

  17. ovenhaven Post author

    Thanks for dropping by, Jacelyn! πŸ™‚ For now, I’m lucky that the mister likes the things that I like, but it’s just not the case the other way round. So at the very least he can eat what I bake, but I can’t have his share of food when push comes to shove! Blearghz. Hehe πŸ˜›

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