Friday, December 26, 2014

December Read

So many good books...Yet so little time to read them this December. It's impossible to add more when my list of things to do never stop. I was only able to finish Cupcake Diaries boxed set edition and I actually enjoyed these book much more than I was expecting. A sweet story about middle school life, old and new friends and of course cupcakes! A happy kind of book.

I'm nearly half of Coffee, Tea or Me (I still have few more days before new year and I'm not giving up just yet.)

Monday, December 22, 2014

In Between Christmas Rush

Christmas is almost here and the busyness never stop. Finding time to bake (for gift giving & profit)

shopping, bonding with family, friends & colleagues are almost impossible to do at once so in between the craziness of December, I take a break and finish my Project life and December Daily

bought additional scrapbook supplies from one of my favorite online store and found 9x12 Album (Studio Calico announced the new handbook album which will be release early next year) I'm lucky to found it locally a week before it was announced and the colors are few but according to the sales staff of NBS what's on their shelves are the only stock they have left and it cost me Php 399.00 or 8.95 dollars only!

make my own gift pouch

renovate my sims house 

read books 

and as if that's not enough to occupy my time, I am here blogging all of it. :) :) :) Happy Holidays to all and you may have a spectacular new year!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Patatas Bravas Y Chorizo

Adapted recipe of Yummy Magazine Patatas Bravas Y Chorizo

I know my photo is very far from the original recipe but my husband is so addicted to the sauce that he requested to add more sauce and coat the entire dish. I'm telling you mustard & tomato sauce are perfect with each other. So good that we can't help ourselves from licking the bowl. 


4 tablespoons oil
Chorizo Pamplona, sliced then minced (can add minced meat)
3-4 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
salt, pepper & sugar to taste

For the sauce:

1/2 cup tomato sauce (I used spanish-style)
1-2 tbsp mustard or more depend on your taste
Chili flakes

Heat oil in a pan. Fry chorizo until cooked through. Remove and set aside. Add remaining oil and fry potatoes until golden brown. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper & sugar. Make the sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Add the sauce and mix well with chorizo and fried potatoes. Serve with rice. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grocery Haul

Our grocery is good for two people (hubby and I) and our food supplies exactly last for two weeks. We avoid food waste and keep a stockpile of items that we use on a regular basis. We live near a wet market that's why I don't stock up on fresh vegetables and meat. I buy them daily. Note: All price in Philippine peso (1 US dollar equals 45.02 Philippine peso)

  • Balducci Spirali no. 55 (51.95)
  • Ideal Spaghettini (45.75)
  • Santi's Chorizo Pamplona price depend on grams
  • OK filled cheese (32.70)
  • My San Sky flakes (44.15)
  • Lactasoy Chocolate Soymilk (31.65) each
  • Surf Blossom Fresh (6.95) each
  • Downy Parfum Collection: Passion (10.20) each
  • RAM Tomato sauce Spanish-style (9.95)
  • JOY Antibac dish washing liquid soap (69.85)
  • UFC Banana ketchup pouch (16.25)
  • Yogurt Delight (14.00) each
  • Arrowhead Mills Organic Flax seed 1lb (220.00)
  • Cornstarch (19.10)
  • Annato powder (12.75)
  • Magic Sarap (32.15)
  • Safeguard soap (14.70) each
  • Colgate toothpaste (119.00)
  • Jack & Jill Piatos (11.10) each

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Drugstore Haul

Our supplies are good for two people (hubby and I) and we have a stockpile of items that we use on a regular basis. It saves us money and time spending on grocery shopping. I usually get the house brand or buy one take one deal (I'm very much aware that this is a marketing trick) but then again, I don't buy all the BOGO items I see. If the deal will end up costing us more money than saving, I ignore it. A friend once joke that companies are losing money with us because it took us awhile to consume a liter of liquid soap or mouthwash and to think we're using it heavily. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Mongolian Buffet @ Home

Next week, my mom's best friend is moving to another country to be with her small family so we decided to throw a small lunch party for her.  My mom wanted the food to be healthy and filling at the same time so she requested I prepare my Mongolian buffet. Her original budget was 500 pesos ($11.00) that's why they we're shocked when I told them that I only spent 190.00 ($4.25) for 5-6 person. The recipe is truly budget-friendly and can make your guest excited with the idea of making/mixing their own dishes. They can experiment to their hearts content and have fun in the process. The key is to cook the main ingredients first then the vegetables (separately). Place the cooked vegetables, rice and sauces in bowls and arrange all around the table. Let your guest mix their own dish.

Main Ingredients
  • Cooked Rice & Noodles
  • Pork, sliced sukiyaki style
  • Minced Pork
  • Beef, sliced sukiyaki style
  • Chicken breast, sliced as thinly as possible
  • Shrimps, peeled and deveined
  • Squid balls
  • Crab Nuggets
  • Fish fillet
  • Singkamas
  • Tomato
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Sate sauce
  • Vegetable oil for cooking

Monday, December 08, 2014

Wet Market Haul

We live near a wet market that's why I don't stock up on fresh vegetables and meat. I buy them daily except this week. As of this writing, Typhoon Hagupit or Ruby is slowly approaching Metro Manila, praying and hoping for God's guidance during this time of weather disturbance. My vegetable haul are good for 6 dinners. More than enough to last us without going out. Strong winds and heavy rains scares me. All of these cost me 90.00 pesos or $ 2.0 dollars. 

  • Potatoes
  • Baguio beans (green/string/snap beans)
  • Patola (luffa)
  • Cabbage
  • Sayote (chayote)
  • Kalabasa (calabaza)
  • Sibuyas or Onion

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

November Read Final Tally

As much as I wanted to beat my October Read Final Tally, November is not for reading. Sickness overload for us and just when I thought we're done with it, Hubby got sick again. Unbelievable. I'm praying that December will be good to us because My nanay(grandma)will be here for the holidays and we hope to spend more time with her. I'm super excited to take our photos beside our Christmas tree and start my December Daily pages and I know December will be busy for me but I will try my best to read more.

  • Zoe Sophia's Scrapbook: An Adventure in Venice by Claudia Mauner 
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  • Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O'Bryant 
  • Night After Night (Seductive Nights, Book 1) by Lauren Blakely 
  • True Love Deluxe by Jennifer Lopez 
  • How to Sleep with a Movie Star by Kristin Harmel

Monday, December 01, 2014

Christmas Tree

This is the story of our first ever Christmas tree and how I was able to decorate it the way I like it with limited budget. It took me 3 years to make up my mind if we really need a Christmas tree or not. I believe that when the time is right, our tree will come into our life and last August, I was offered by my dear friend to have her still-in-the box tree for the same half the price she got it (the original price was 3,199.75) at six feet tall, it was really a good deal and seriously when I brought home the tree, I was so excited that I need to set it up immediately. I know it's August but Philippines are known for celebrating the longest Christmas season and seeing a tree that early is no biggie. 

I rearranged our living room and put the tree above a wooden box that also store my collection of cookbooks and made it more taller that it almost touch our ceiling. For me it was the perfect height. Just like what I envision. The tree stood in that corner without decoration for 2 1/2 months because I can't decide what I really want for decoration. I'm thinking it should be classic and timeless but also in season and looks expensive but doesn't have a pricey tag and I want it to look and smell real. How on earth I can make that come true? It was too ambitious on my part but I am known for in real life to never give up until I got what I want (no, I'm not a spoiled person, I'm just very determine and extremely patient to get what I think can make me happy) so, I did a bit of googling, asking my friends & family for suggestions and then last November 17 at around 5:25 pm as I scroll down for the latest blogpost of my favorite blogs using reading list, I saw Marie's Crate paper: Autumn decor post and right there in then I fall in love with autumn colors and got the idea of using my scrapbook supplies as decoration. Just the thought of it send me over to the moon. My vision is coming true. :)

I didn't stop there. I visit Pinterest and search for Christmas related pins. I was smitten by this pin and I want the same thing. Silver motif is classic and timeless. Those glitter ornaments is the best and the price tag is more amazing. I only pay 219.50 for a dozen of teardrop and 299.75 for 2 dozen of silver balls. When it comes to Christmas lights, I did a bit of observing. When my favorite malls started changing their decorations, I meticulously analyzed why I keep on looking on their display. There was something hypnotic about it and true enough I was drawn to the lights. Those teeny-weeny rice lights. I could look at it for hours and never getting tired of it. I love the idea of enjoying it at home so I bought 3 box (100 lights) for 329.25 pesos. 

and to make it more natural looking, I also bought 3 artificial twigs with red fruit cherries for 99.75 a piece and 5 packs of cinnamon bark to make our tree and the living room smell like Christmas. Every time we open the door that's the first smell that tickle our senses. It transport us back in time in an instant. Those memories of past Christmases come flooding our minds. It was amazing. For a small space you only need 5 packs (10.10 pesos per pack) more than that can make you feel dizzy because the smell will be too intense for your senses. 

For my personal tags, I combine 3 collection of ephemera by Pink Paislee and manila tags. 

Added cinnamon bark at the back of each tags

I used my We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile - Eyelet and Snap Punch Tool to punch a hole (I do this very carefully because the bark as you can see snap easily.)

Each tag tells a story of my family members, friends, hubby & I and our pets. 

16 tags in total. Just by looking these makes me feel thankful and wonderful. I am blessed to have them in my life. 


Without a doubt, our Christmas tree was worth the wait. I never expected that it would cost me less than 2700 to have the tree of my dreams. 

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