(No Bake) Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This method of making a cake is really easy and newbie-friendly, perfect for beginners and frustrated bakers like me :) No Oven? No problem. All you need is a steamer (rice cooker, stove top steamer) And for this recipe, I will be using Maya Chocolate Cake Mix, it’s affordable and proven really yummy! They also have butter cake mix, banana cake mix, even the Bibingka Cake Mix and a lot more… 

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Christmas Preparation Activities

20141121-080927.jpg “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”… YEY!

Yes, not only kids are excited about Christmas, and admit it! There’s something magical about the season… Not to mention the cold breeze at night.. The colorful lights and lanterns, the joy and excitement in the children, The spirit of love and generosity surrounds everyone..

Of course, the reason for the season “to celebrate the Birth of our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ” I wanted to share to you some of our planned Christmas activities for this year, hope you’ll get something from it and make this year really memorable for you and your family.

 

A) Have Christ-Centered Christmas

  • Watch Superbook “Christmas Story” Movie
  • Read the book of Luke and Matthew and follow these activities
  • Make a birthday cake for Jesus
  • Attend a Christmas Special Church Series
  • Pray as a family on Christmas’ Eve

B) Share the Love

  • Donate to a charity (cash/toys/clothes/canned goods)
  • Send a Christmas Card to relatives in the province
  • Have candy or biscuit loots inside the car, and share it to street children
  • Choose a family to bless this year (give a grocery basket – for their Christmas Eve Celebration)
  • Have candies/chocolates on your bag and share to your security guards and mall attendants
  • Join Christmas Charity Outreach Programs
  • Treat a stranger a parking fee or a jeepney fare
  • Buy & Wrap Gifts for love ones

C) Kitchen Ideas

  • Have a Menu Budget, Keep it simple-affordable meals and Buy ahead of time (avoid last minute shopping)
  • Prepare a special dish (for example instead of preparing a typical spaghetti, why not prepare Baked Mac? almost same ingredients but different cooking method)
  • Make ginger cookies or colorful cookies and decorate with kids or family
  • Bake a cake (I will share a no-bake cake recipe within this Month too)
  • Have a red and green-themed meals
  • Prepare a dish or dessert for relatives and neighbors
  • Share a recipe to a friend

D) Decorations & Art

  • Have a Theme (Example: White Christmas, Colorful Christmas…)
  • Re-use your old Christmas Tree or make a DIY Christmas Tree
  • Decorate the stairs and doors (remember Less is More, keep decorations simple)
  • Frame a Verse about the birth of Christ , Christmas Quotes or Christmas greetings
  • DIY Paper Snowflakes for Bedroom
  • DIY Paper Pompoms for Dining Area
  • DIY Christmas Banner
  • Printables: Christmas Calendar, Menu Plan, Budget Plan & Gift Plan
  • Have a Family Portrait

E) Outside the Home

  • Visit Lights and Sounds Show (Ayala, Makati City)
  • Stroll around and watch Christmas lights
  • Check out nearby Bazaars
  • Visit Relatives
  • Eat Bibingka and Puto Bungbong

We’re praying we can check all of these activities this year.. 

What about you? Do you have additional activities in mind? or a recipe that you wanted to share?

Please feel free to share it with me :)

Remember Jesus is the reason for the season, not our house decorations nor our Christmas Menu.

Whatever we have, wherever we are, Let’s just celebrate the season with love, joy and unity..

Merry Christmas everyone!

“Celebrate Life, Today is Special” Psalm 118:24

 

Home-made Oreo Ice cream (No-machine needed)

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I love Oreo and I love ice cream…
That’s why I love Cookies ‘n cream… :)

Few days ago, my little Zee saw an Ice Cream commercial and said
“Ice cream, more!” Hahaha.. Vey timely, a friend shared with me her ice cream recipe.

But I’ve revised it a bit by adding salt and vanilla extract,
but I think her ice cream looks yummier than mine haha..

This home-made recipe is perfect for holidays, you can also save 40-50% compared to local ice cream price not to mention that this can be a great family bonding plus you can also explore by using fresh fruist instead of oreos :)

Here’s how to make a no-machine and home-made Ice cream

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Fish Fingers Recipe

Do you also love fish? :)

My little Zee loves fish a looooot…

Tada! My easy fish fingers!

Tada! My easy fish fingers!

“Fish Finger”

Ingredients:

  • Fish Fillet (I’ve used creamy dory – you can buy frozen Cream Dory in local grocery stores or Fresh from the public market)
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Egg
  • Cooking oil (for frying)
  • Lemon or Kalamansi

Procedure:

  1. Slice the fish into about 2 cm thick then squeeze lemon/kalamansi
  2. In a bowl, put flour season with salt & pepper (garlic powder is optional ; if you’re using frying mix – no need for salt & pepper)
  3. Prepare flour or frying mix, lightly beaten egg, bread crumbs into 3 separate plates or bowls
  4. Dredge each fish into flour, then to egg followed by the bread crumbs (coat remaining fish)
  5. Deep Fry or Bake , use paper towel to drain/absorb oil (or table napkin? as per my Mother / Nanay, I can also use clean bond paper)
  6. Serve it with Mayo-Garlic Dip

For my little one, I didn’t roll the fish in egg to avoid allergic reactions. Its”finger like” shape made it perfect for Baby Led Weaning.

Garlic Mayo Dip

Combine Mayonaise, finely chopped garlic, season with salt & pepper garnish with chopped spring onions :)

If you have potatoes or carrots, you can use the remaining F-E-B (flour-egg-bread crumbs) to coat them! Enjoy!

All the best,

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Recipe: Home-made “no bake” Choco Peanut Bar

This recipe has only 5 ingredients, if you love peanut butter and chocolate? This is a perfect combo! I’ve found this recipe from www.sallybakingaddicition.com, I really love her recipes. They’re easy to follow and really yummy. Are you excited to make your own Choco Peanut Bar? :) Sharing with you my version of  “home-made Reese : Butter Finger-like dessert” hehe.

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This is perfect for busy moms.. like me, this recipe is so easy and quick to do :)

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D.I.Y First Birthday Photoshoot

It was not a bright sunny day, but still, we’ve decided to have a “Fun Shoot” for Baby Zee’s First Birthday Invitation and for a mom’s purpose of documenting every first of her son.

Things needed:

  1. Camera (We used our photobooth DSLR)
  2. Props (We used Balloons, Chalkboard Facts about Zee, Outfit sets for baby)
  3. Nice and Near Venue (Taken at Luneta, Manila City)
  4. Assistant (my sister, Rina)
  5. Stylist (yours truly hihi ^^)
  6. Photographer (didi “daddy”)
  7. Subject (Baby Zee – the birthday boy!)

Total Savings:

PHP 4,000 (Outside studio photo shoot cost around PHP 5,000, but since we ate dinner, pay the entrance {Children’s Playground}, gasoline and toll fees expenses we have around PHP 1,000 expenses that day, not bad.. right?)

Here are some tips if you’re planning to have a DIY photoshoot with your little one:

It is important to determine his happy time :)

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You don’t need to be a photo shop savvy, there are many photo editing websites now :)

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zee7 don’t forget to have fun :) let your little one enjoy the moment and explore the world..

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I love this set (but sad that its kinda blurred) 

use cute props

And don’t forget to have a family portrait..

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Oopps.. and have a “theme” In our case, our concept is COLORS + Nature :)

Sharing with you this quote that I’ve read before:

 “You don’t capture photograph, you make” :)

“Celebrate Life, Today is Special”  Psalm 118:24

 

Roasted Rosemary Chicken Recipe

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Aside from being a business addict and being a hands-on mom,

I also love cooking. I am so thankful to received my first “Philips Airfryer” from Philips Philippines as a token for being one of the Philip’s Avent 30 Circle of Moms.

Sharing my first recipe post and my first dish using the Philips Airfryer.

It’s easy, quick and very tasty :) Perfect for on-the-go busy mommas..

 

“Roasted Rosemary Chicken”

 

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

1 onion (quartered)

spring onions

1-2 tbsp. rosemary (fresh or dried)

1 tsp. salt & pepper

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10 Ways to Save on Your Wedding Day

Since my hubby & I will be celebrating our “Second Wedding Anniversary”..

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I would like to start my blog by sharing some practical tips on how you can save on your wedding day.

Yes, wedding is the most awaited event every couple would have,
But it is not an excuse to spend all your hard earned money, and welcome your first day as mr. And mrs. with big debts to pay.. Its a big NO, NO…

Here are some practical ways we did and we hope we knew on our wedding day:

Ways to save money on your wedding day:

1) Hello Manila! Go to Divisoria.
– it adds fun and adventure on exploring the city of manila primarily, divisoria.
You can look for locally made and discounted products, rates are 30-60% much affordable than items available in Malls, you can even get big discounts when you are good in haggling..hehe From table decorations, invitations, giveaways, baskets to your flower girls’ gown, you can find a good bargain at Divisoria.

2) Do-it-yourself Together Projects
– not only you can save but it can also practice your creativity, plus its an additional bonding between you and your spouse to be. Do it yourself wedding items also add personalized touch to your wedding. You dont need to be a graphic artist or a scrap and craft expert, you can get concept and free printable formats online.

We made our invitations, ecobags, windmill and more..

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3) Consider local seamstress
– Bride’s wedding gown is one of the main highlight in a wedding, but why spend too much for a one day event? You can search different design from the web, mix and match till you achieve your dream wedding gown and why not talk with a local seamstress, you can buy your own materials to assure quality outcome and just pay her for a labor cost. Not only you can save from a designers’ rate gown, but you can also help by supporting local sewers in your community. You may also consider renting or borrowing a gown…

Yes, I am not wearing a white gown. I chose a vintage-shell themed gown :) Designed by yours truly hehe Glory to God!

Yes, I am not wearing a white gown.
I chose a vintage-shell themed gown :) Designed by yours truly hehe
Glory to God!

4) Avail promos
– when visiting bridal fairs, grab opportunities like “sign up now and get 30% off”
It is important to view suppliers profile before the event’ to avoid being an impulse buyer,
buy in package and get freebies.

We got our photo and video coverage with free wedding teaser through their online promos.

5) Venue
– choose a venue that will not only cater your dream wedding theme, but offers rooms and food services, so you dont need to look for another hotel or venue booking for your honeymoon. Choose a venue near your suppliers to lessen cost of delivery charges, consider the corkage rate for photobooths, lechon and others..

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6) Bundled treats
– we chose a venue who also offer catering services, and we really got a good deal from them. We are blessed to be the first wedding they’ve served that’s why they also gave us a special discount.. :) invest on your food, make your guest’s tummy happy. :)
Look for packages like venue + catering + rooms, there are also providers with package for host,cake and video coverage. You can save both your time and moolah.

7) Be simple yet creative
– choose a casual mood, we asked our guest and entourage to wear casual beach attire so they can re-use their clothes even after our wedding. Being invited in different wedding occasions, wearing a formal dress is one of my dilemma, and i usually end up buying new dress.

Make it simple in terms of decorations, remember it is your spouse’s union the main highlight of the wedding, not your decorations, so focus on more important details.

Make the program simple and easy to follow, it will save you from many props’ costing.

8) Pick a good wedding month – lean season months
-February is near valentines day, the price of flowers are at their peak, but since we wanted our wedding day to be exactly our 10th anniversary, we dont have much of a choice, but instead of using flowers, we’ve looked for other decorating alternatives.

Consider hotel and resorts peak months when planning an out of town wedding.
During lean seasons, it is hard to book a wedding date, the higher your competition,
The more its harder for you to haggle with your suppliers.

9) Ask help, volunteers and carpool
– if you are blessed with talented people around you, you can ask them to do a favor on your wedding. We had some of our friends as the wedding singers, Asked some of our friends if they can offer carpool for others who will be commuting. Our coordinators, hosts are relatives and friends. But we also recommend if you  have a budget to hire a private coordinator who are experienced in wedding planning, as well as the hosts, so your friends and relatives can also enjoy your big day..

10) Keep it private, limit the guest-list
– you can save from your catering cost when you limit your guest list. So make a list of your circles.. Sort them by category, and discuss this together with your partner. Make it an RSVP and ask them to respond, make a list of your “waiting list” guest, in case there are people who will back out, they will fill the slot.

Venue: Klub Keluarga, Laiya, Batangas.

I remember Mr. Rene Ressurection said in one of his books “sa papiso-piso nakaka isang libo”

Hope it helps!

God bless you! Smile :) Life is Fun!

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