What, no food? Yes, no food today. This blog post is dedicated to all you, my friends and visitors, who take the time each day to visit and to comment on my posts. Blogging, as you all know is hard work and for most of us the monetary rewards are meagre or even non-existent. We do it because we enjoy and want to do it. It gives the satisfaction of a well written post or a well taken picture. Most of all, it is the friendships formed across the miles that make it worth the while and so today let us have some fun…..

First up, I want to tell you about this wonderful surprise that met me this past weekend. I love receiving packages in the mail and I received a special one on Friday. I was out and about town and only got home after picking my boys from school. As we got in through the garage, I did not discover this brown package sitting at my front doorstep until a little later that evening. Thinking that it was one of our mail ordered stuff, I was really surprised to see that the sender was none other than the lovely Anncoo of Anncoo Journal. It was a great way to start the weekend.

Some of you may remember my recent vacation to Singapore where I had the privilege of meeting up with Ann. You can read about it in the post Taste of Singapore where Ann took me to Goodwood Park Hotel at Scotts Road for high tea. We spent a lovely afternoon together chatting, sipping tea, and eating some delectable Singaporean delicacies. She was a very gracious host and I am very glad to have met her. Prior to that, she was Anncoo of Anncoo Journal but now she is my friend, Ann. :)

Coming back to the package, I was really excited and quickly opened it. Inside were these agar-agar powder sachets and agar-agar molds. There was also a homemade card with Anncoo’s gravatar on it with a lovely message inside. The back of the card was printed with the picture of her Durian Agar Agar Mooncake which made it to Foodbuzz Top 9. I remember the post well as the picture was simply stunning!

These are the molds, 6 of them altogether. Aren’t they pretty? The round flower molds look like molds for mini mooncakes. I can’t wait to make some agar-agar dessert using the agar-agar powder and molds. Thank you Ann for thinking of me and for your surprise gift. It is very much appreciated.

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And now for our trivia. Thank you for participating in the “flower” trivia of my previous post. You all had so many great ideas for using this flower thingy. I tested out your suggestions and found them all to be valid. This is indeed a multi-purpose gadget. ;)

Shirley, Denise, and LeQuan said that it’s a vase or flower pot. That’s flower power for you! Can’t go wrong with a vase like that.

Kitchen Flavours and Nancy suggested a cute drainer, strainer, or colander. It worked really well!

Julie thought that it might work as a hummingbird feeder. It worked well as a seed bird feeder, just not for the humming kind. Maybe I should have taped up the holes and fill it with some nectar to attract the hummingbirds as they are really fascinating to watch.

Mary thought of ice cream. I dub this the “Blooming Sundae”.

Ahhhh…you’ve gotta love this! Alisha envisioned it being used as a garden sprinkler head. Wow…I am impressed as it worked beautifully. I think those Japanese spireas loved that beauty sprinkle. I might have to fix it to my shower head tonight for that same treatment. :D

The original intended purpose of this beautiful flower is for it to be used as a tea infuser or strainer. Anncoo, Stella, and Tanantha were absolutely right but the rest had creative validity that Ro-Ri San and I had fun experimenting with. ;)

Thank you once again for your participation! Thanks also to all my silent visitors who take the time to come and read my posts.

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rebecka of At Home With Rebecka for sharing this lovely award with me. It is such an honor to be included in her 15 personal favorite blogs.

Here are the rules of the award:
1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers (and I would like to add one more).
3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they’ve been chosen.

I would like to share this honor with :

1. Anncoo at Anncoo Journal
2. Denise at Quickies on the Dinner Table
3. Mary at Keep Learning Keep Smiling
4. LeQuan at Luv to Eat
5. Julie at Mommie Cooks
6. Alisha at The Ardent Epicure
7. Christiane at Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time
8. Tanantha at I Just Love My Apron
9. Stella at The Witchy Kitchen
10. Jillyann at The Homegrown Gourmet
11. Patty at Patty’s food
12. Mina at Authentic Vegetarian Recipes
13. Roxan at Kitchen Meditation
14. Love2Cook at Love2Cook
15. Megan at Foodalution
16. Rumana at Spice Ur Senses

I have a special guest post on Wednesday. Be sure to visit. Thank you!

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! :-)