Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sweet Weekends

Hello all! 

The week has started  and before we know it, the weekend is alluring us again with it's promise of rest, late nights and idle mornings. I love weekends that even as early as Tuesday, I find myself dreaming about it already. I know, I sound like somebody who does not have weekdays life, but I do. It is just that I love how on weekends, we have less time constraint and I get two whole days to spend with my cuddly ones.

But weekends go by fast, don't they?

Before I can take a breather, It is Sunday afternoon again and I have to get ready for another workweek. In translation, that means I have to prepare 3 days worth of work lunches for me and Adrian; I have to organize my planner for the week; I have to plan my daughter's daycare lunches for the next days; Don't forget the sky-high laundry that needs to be folded and sorted. All these while trying to have early Sunday night bedtime to avoid lazy Monday mornings, when I snooze the alarm a hundred times and contemplate whether it is time to get up or not.

Such is the weekend. Do I sound like complaining? Actually , I just wish weekends are a little bit longer. But whether it is short or long, It is always a guarantee that weekends are well spent in our household. We can spend the whole time being idle at home,or we can be out and about spending time in our little laid back city, or even  watch movies at night while snacking on  yummy homemade chips  and so so much more activities on the weekends.

Here, in my day dreaming about weekends, I have gathered a few photos that were snapped on weekends. So while I am waiting for it to arrive, I will be looking at these until the weekend is here again.

Have a happy week you' all.

Ube cake I made for a friend last Thanksgiving long weekend

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Design A Smile Campaign For SSCY

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I feel honored to share about a very worthy cause here in our city. It is called Design A Smile campaign for SSCY or Specialized Services for Children and Youth . SSCY  is a center  that is being established here in Winnipeg, Manitoba and it aims to be a  facility dedicated to attend to all the needs of children with special needs and disabilities and their families.

The fund raising campaign invites all schools in Manitoba , students from  K to 12 to design a smile out of the most creative raw materials, be it recycled products or crafts. It runs from  October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, and the deadline of submission is Nov 14. Smiles are uploaded into the Design A smile website. Prices will be generously sponsored by Boston Pizza, The Enns Brothers ltd and Think Shift advertising.

logo: Design A Smile

This is such a heartwarming way to get even the smallest kids to participate in a very good cause. It is so wonderful educating small kids that they design a smile so they can help kids with special needs. It is such a beautiful way to teach them compassion at an early age. To see samples of smiles uploaded into the site, click here.

All proceeds will go to the development and enhancement of the SSCY center which will take residence  on the Historic Christie building in Notre Dame in Winnipeg.

Another cute way to donate is to simply upload your pictures with smiling faces into the Share A Smile website , and the friends of SSCY will donate $5 to the center for every photo uploaded. Here, you dont have to be from Canada to donate. Its totally cost free- all you need is a smile.

Simple ways can mean a lot. I personally hope that the Design A Smile campaign will take off sucessfully, for the love of all the beautiful children that are physicaly or mentally challenged.

They are very special and they need to feel that. All of these kids, they bring value to the world. Let us help SSCY with their mission.

Compassion- this is what our world needs more of.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Simple Creole Chicken Wrap

Okay, one solid fact about me: I  have been taking this  chicken creole wrap for  lunch  for  the last three weeks.

And, another one, I can eat one wrap in less than five minutes. Now, I don't know if that is fast eating, or slow eating compared to you, guys. What I know for sure is that come lunch time, I am always like a hungry bear waiting to get my hands on my prey, each time. Yes, that is how hungry I am.

For the last three weeks too, I have been steering away from having rice for breakfast, which I normally do. I have been successfully sticking to a yogurt-dried fruits-sunflower seeds -chia seeds mix in a bowl breakfast because I kinda want to get away from the bloated, overstuffed feeling I have in the morning because of eating too much. And ....yes, because I am trying to eat healthy, wanting to lose some weight and.... just trying to be healthy in general- so don't give me that look.

So at lunch time, you can imagine my eagerness . You see because my stomach is used to eating heavy in the morning,  It feels very empty as  we approach lunch time because it is not used to having just yogurt with nuts and fruits thrown in for breakfast.

But let me clarify, I still can see straight, talk straight and my hands are not shaking as I wait for lunch bell to ring. I am just...plain hungry but I am still a normal person with the right mind, okay?

This chicken creole wrap though, is so worth the wait. There is perfect blend of savory meat and crunchy vegetables in a delicate and warm tortilla wrap. It is the perfect lunch that it does not leave you overstuffed or the opposite. It just fills me enough to go on with my day.

Just perfect. Especially if you are trying to eat healthy, like me.( wink*)

please click continue for the recipe..

Friday, September 19, 2014

7 Easy Dessert Recipes For Beginners

The first ever dessert that I whipped must be a crema de fruta, a delicious treat where graham crackers are layered with cream and fruit cocktails. I must be in high school then.

Or actually , the very first one was a choco pudding. Right! That one. You mix Milo or Ovaltine with a tiny amount of water to form a paste, a pudding. And then, you eat right out of the bowl that you used for mixing.

I must be seven years old then.

My point is, whether you started making a pudding when you were 30, a pie when you were 50 or a 3 tier cake when you were 5, Everybody gotta start somewhere right?

So for beginners, here is a list of easy dessert recipes that you can whip up if you want to begin your journey of dessert making and/ or baking. They are no fail and sure to be loved by dessert lovers.