Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Learning to Eat Like a Filipino

Fish sauce, her new favorite.

Lunch time and I had my typical Filipino food: rice and fried egg. Evie had PB&H (honey). As usual, I poured a little amount of fish sauce on my rice for flavor. Evie was curious and asked if she could try. Right after she tasted the rice she commented, "I don't like the smell but I like it!" I just blurted into laughter. I found her remark funny and at the same time inside in me was delighted that she liked how it tasted. In my mind, "my daughter is learning to eat like a Filipino."

I told her that when I was still living in the Philippines, I used to eat egg and rice. Well, she had been eating this dish for lunch several times but without the fish sauce. She usually put salt on her rice just like her daddy. But today, I was glad she decided to try something new the Filipino way.

"Hmmm, I like Filipino food!" as she asked for more rice with fish sauce. I am surprised that my kind-of-picky-eater like this Asian condiment. She even asked if she can have it for breakfast. The little sister on the other hand does not care at all. She eats almost everything I give her. And yes, she's a Filipino food fan!

I guess from now on, everytime I prepare egg and rice, fish sauce will always be present :)

One Night in Vegas


Family had the privilege to stay a night in Vegas, all expense for FREE! We stayed at the Cosmopolitan in a very luxurious room: 2 beds, a big bathroom with jacuzzi, with a nice overlooking-the-strip balcony.



It was a one night family affair. Along with us are my in-laws with Aunt  Pam and Uncle Tim who had their own fancy rooms. While waiting for our rooms to be ready, we went up to aunt and uncle's room and we saw this magnificent display of double rainbow from their balcony. What a perfect timing! What a privilege to see such heavenly beauty!


We took the girls to the hotel's pool as promised. The water's temperature was 80+ degrees which is a little cool for the desert rats. But the girls didn't care at all. They just had fun soaking themselves.


Everybody splurged in food at the Wicked Spoon buffet restaurant. There was so many food to try, not to mention the wide selection of dessert. Fi had too much, grampa just indulged her with anything he can find for her and she never say "np." Evie had various flavors of sorbet. It's the only dairy-free dessert available, but she was happy and content of what she got. Mango was her favorite flavor. Had a second batch of it, but was not able to finish the entire bowl. Just a little too much for the little girl.





Breakfast was also at the Wicked Spoon and was my hubby's birthday! What a way to celebrate his birthday this year. So happy to find pork belly with crispy skin on it. Reminds of the "lechon" at home. Fi couldn't have enough of the crispy skin. This girl just eats almost everything! Evie was quite happy to have some food that she can eat and decided to have another sorbet for dessert. :)




Hubby and I were able to enjoy the Vegas nightlife. Thanks for my FIL who watched the girls while hubby and I took advantage of the time to spend time for a date. We walked around The Strip, drink some Fat Tuesday mixes, just enough to make us become sillier than we were without alcohol. I am so grateful that I get to lavish this little time I have with my husband. It's been a while since we had a "date." It feels nice to have this one-on-one time with him even just for few hours. He played cards and I played slot machines.

Liberace's car



I wished we had enough time for the girls to see some nice things around. Time was not enough. Hopefully next time we can take them for a walk. A stroller is absolutely needed.

Everybody is quite impressed of how our 5 and 2 year olds survive the long travel. There was no crying and fussing at all. Evie was talking the whole time on our drive home. I don't know where she got all the energy. Fi only slept for 20 minutes and was awake the whole time after a very short nap. Well, thanks to the food, iPad, and Leapster that kept her occupied!

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Kindergartner is a Principal's Pride

So proud of her "Principal's Pride" brag tag.
 My Evie came home today from school wearing their school's honor roll lanyard with a "Principal's Pride" brag tag on it. She was given the award for doing such a great job in school! I couldn't keep my smile (ear to ear) off my face when I saw it. Her achievement is my achievement. It gives me a message that "Mama is doing a great job, too!"


Along with her honor roll brag tag, she also got a snake toy (she chose herself from the class' treasure box) as her reward for getting a perfect score in spelling. Despite of being absent for two days for being sick, she still managed to do awesome in her spelling! Another score for me, yeah? :)

I am one proud Mama! Way to go little one!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Yummiest & Fluffiest Dairy Free Banana Pancakes for Breakfast

Fluffy goodness!
These banana pancakes are a "must make!" My girls kept coming back until they finished the whole batch I made. My older girl even requested the next day for me to make it again. And so I did. I bet your little ones will like these too! This is specially good for kids who are allergic to dairy (milk, cheese, etc). We prepared these pancakes without using cow's milk. We've made these pancakes a lot of times already, but lately, have modified the recipe. To my surprise the result was awesome. My girls even loved it more!

INGREDIENTS

3 pieces overripe bananas (make sure your bananas are overripe otherwise it won't tastes as good)
1 1/2 cups white flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs (egg whites separated)
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
  1. Mash bananas.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Whip the egg whites until fluffy.
  4.  Pour all wet ingredients in the dry ingredients.
  5. Slowly fold the egg whites into the batter using a spatula.
Your batter should look like this
        6  Lightly brush the pan with coconut oil each time you make a batch of pancakes.



Serve with butter and your favorite syrup! I personally do not use butter and syrup anymore because the pancake itself is already sweet enough for my taste buds. I eat it as it is.

I would love to hear your comments after you try this recipe. Bon app├ętit! :)



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY Tinker Bell Jingle Shoes for My Toddler



For less than 10 bucks I was able to make my toddler her own Tinker Bell costume shoes that make the jingle sound when she walks! She will be wearing the shoes on her second birthday which is going to be a Disney fairies and pirates theme.

If you decide to make your own Tinker Bell shoes, the steps are very easy and materials come handy!



Materials I used and sources:
  • Shoes (Sears clearance for $3.50)
  • Green glitters (Dollar Tree)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Feather boa (Walmart)
  • Needle and white thread
  • 4 pieces bells (15mm) (Walmart)
  • Clear nail polish (get the cheapest one)
  • Hot glue
Steps on how to make the Tinker Bell shoes:
  1. Apply Elmer's glue all over the shoe's shell.
  2. Sprinkle good amount of glitters and let it sit overnight.
  3. Brush nail polish to seal the glitters. This helps the glitter from coming off. Let it dry for a couple hours or more.
How to make jingle pom-poms
  1. Glue two bells together. Make sure you do not glue together the part with slits on it, otherwise the ball inside will stick on the hot glue, This prevents the bell from making the jingle sound.
  2. Wrap and sew the feather boa around the bell forming into ball in your desired size.
 For finishing the project, apply hot glue on the center of the toe cap and attach the pom-pom, and WALLAH....you just made yourself a pair of Tinker Bell shoes!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Making Cake out of Dirt

My two little girls have been playing in our backyard every afternoon lately. We have a very nice weather while some part of the country is freezing cold. Anyways, our backyard is clad with dirt. So, whenever they play in the backyard, dirt is their first choice to have fun. Yesterday, my Evie pretended making cake and putting sprinkles on the cake using pebbles. As I was watching her, I was reminded of when I was a little girl like her. I played the same thing, enjoyed making dirt like it's food. I see the joy in her eyes as she was running the dirt through her tiny hands. I am reminded that the simple things in life are the ones that makes you happy, not the ones that can be bought with money.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Not a Fan of Commercials on NickJr.com

My 4 year old preschooler has a lot of favorite shows on Nick Jr.. Lately, she's watching more shows on Nick than Disney. She got more excited when she found out that she can play a game online. Well of course, she got that information from Nick itself. So one day she asked if she can play a game and she got her request. Almost every weekday now, she plays for about 30 minutes to an hour of pre-school games on the website. She loves the games specially that she's playing with her favorite characters. However, I am bothered of the commercial that they play before the game begins. The commercial is about teeth whitening which my pre-schooler cannot relate to. And she watches it as she waits the game to start. How in the world that Nick Jr. chose such commercial for a website that claims to be for pre-schoolers? As a mom, I do not want to implant the commercial's message in my girl's innocent mind.

I decided to send them an email regarding my concern on the said issue. I really hope that they will take action on it. I believe they have other sponsors which advertisements are more appropriate for a pre-school age kid. How about you? As a parent, what are your thoughts on this? Would appreciate your opinions/inputs.