Thursday, April 16, 2015

And There Are Sprouts

Felicia's greens! Big ones are sunflowers.
I got so excited like a little kid this morning when I found
green sprouts in the girls' little garden! Evie forgot to water
the garden this morning, so Fi and I watered the ground.
The little one's side has more sprouts than her Ate. Fi has 16
while Evie has 6.

Both of the girls are so happy to find out the fruit of their labor.
Planting is a great way to teach them about life, most of all the
love of God who created everything good and beautiful.

A couple of Evie's plants.
We assure Evie that she will have more coming in few days.
I don't want her to feel discourage after finding out that Fi
has more than her. She will probably check everytime she
waters the plants.

Looking forward to gazing the beauty of these plants that
their little hands labored with. How awesome!

Paintings On Canvas

What kid doesn't like paints?
The girls express their artist side with paintings on canvas.
Michael's currently have a sale on all of their wrapped
canvas, so we grab a few small ones. I have been wanting
to create something on a canvas for wall decor/art, so the
canvas sale is a great deal!

 Evie decides to create a penguin using her foot. She draws
the face on the wrong side (my bad because I was the one who
told her where to draw the face). But she is creative enough
to say that we will make the toes as "crazy hair" (they are supposed
to be penguins feet) and she draws her penguins a pair of
feet.



Felicia chooses dandelions. She paints the base yellow and I assist 
her making drawing the stems and flowers using her
fingertips.



Last project is a painting they both made for their grampa's
birthday. Grampa always appreciates presents that the girls
make themselves. So this year, we decide to go with canvas
painting.
 Since grampa likes baseball, we go with a baseball with
balloons. We use their pinkie for make baseball stitches and
fingertips for balloons. Fi paints the half green and Evie paints
half blue.

All ideas are taken from Pinterest.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Geese Grace



See the beauty of this creatures! How graceful they are.
Made perfect by the Creator.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Of Birds, Fishes, and Playgrounds

Took the girls to a park. They have fun feeding the ducks
and pigeons with bread we took from home.

The pigeons were all over Evie when she throw some
of her lunch leftover.

Fi loves chasing her new found feathered friends.
It's been a while since we went to a park with birds.
Today is a happy day for her.

I am so amused to find out that this lake is full of
"huge" fishes! I am lucky enough to snap a photo of
this fish which tried to eat the food we threw on the
water. There are many of them.

We eat our lunch picnic style. Fi is so enamored with
the birds nearby that she doesn't want to eat her food.
She forgets how hungry she is. The sightings around are
enough to fill her day.


 We end our visit at the park in the playground. The
girls have can stay here the whole day if they get to
decide when to go home.

Lovely day for the family.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Night Is My Special Night


Friday is the day of the week I always look forward to.
Well, this thing didn't start until my husband started making
me a to-die-for concoction called Moscow mule.

I was introduced to Moscow mule on our frequent visits
to Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan. One night my husband
wanted a drink but didn't know what specific kind so he
just describe to the bar tender what he wants in it. So, Mr. 
Moscow mule was since then became a part of our week.

We liked it so much that we decided to search on Google
the recipe. My husband put a personal twist on it, and I
like his better. 

Now, I am addicted to it. Every Friday night I asked him
to make me the drink...until it has become a norm to me.
So that is why, I always look forward to Friday night because
of my "special treat." Tonight, I pair it with a very popular
Visayan dish called "humba." The dish is made of pork belly,
black beans, bay leaves, sugar, vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce.
Moscow mule and humba are the perfect blend.

Loving my Friday nights. Cheers!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Banana Fritters For Afternoon Snack

So this afternoon, I made banana fritters for afternoon
snacks for the girls (and me of course). Got inspired
with the video I watched last night of Sam's Tan
Kitchen. She made a Malaysian Mashed Banana Fritters
that looked delish.

Good thing I have all the ingredients needed: bananas, flour, salt
rice flour, baking powder, sugar, and vegetable oil for frying.

 
 I made the banana fritters with a twist. I added
cinnamon powder (which enhances the flavor of the banana),
and vanilla extract. Also, I used brown sugar instead
of white. I like the sweetness of
brown sugar better. It's a personal choice.

I have my ever-ready helpers in the kitchen. They
always volunteer to help when it's time to make
something. Whether I say yes or no, to them, yes is
always the answer.

 This is how the batter looks like after mixing all the
ingredients. I used two "very" ripe bananas (ones which
peels are already turning brown). I used 4 tbsp
all-purpose flour, 3 tbsp of rice flour, 3 tbsp of brown sugar,
1 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder, and
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
The ingredients I used were more than the original recipe.
The bananas I have were very ripe and with excess liquid
because they came straight from the freezer, so I deemed
more dry ingredients need to be added.

Next is the fun part: frying!

One side is cooked. Look at those yummy treats!
I'm salivating already.

The finished product! I sprinkled confectioner sugar
to make it look yummier and for a little addition
of sweetness. The fritters are quite oily, so
make sure you lay them on paper towel to get rid
of the excess oil before serving.

Pray first before digging in. :)

Their most awaited moment... digging in the treats!
They devour everything on the plate. Tummies are
happy, everybody's happy!

Blueberry Pancakes For Breakfast

Blueberry pancakes is on the menu for breakfast.
Love, love blueberry pancakes. More so when
their drizzled with butter-maple syrup. Yum!

So, how do you make blueberry pancakes? This
recipe is very easy to prepare. Just
the basic ingredients and you will have oh-so-yummy
pancakes for breakfast. 
 
I used frozen blueberries in this recipe.

BLUEBERRY PANCAKE RECIPE
(Serves 3-4 persons)

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 large eggs 
1 tsp pure vanilla
1 cup frozen blueberries
 
Mix all dry ingredients first. Pour in all wet ingredients
and mix. Lastly, pour in blueberries.

I used coconut oil on the pan for cooking the
pancakes. Coconut oil does not only smells
appetizing but is also good for health. If you
do not like coconut oil, you can always use vegetable
oil or butter.