In the Kitchen: Merienda Galore

What is one best way to spend time with the family? During merienda!

Afternoon snacks besides night chats is one part of the day I enjoy spending with my kids. My kids don’t have high levels of appetite (especially my elder daughter) but they have all the thrills and giggles whenever I serve something for them. We call it “Takaw-Tingin” here in the Philippines. It is summer and kids are out for vacation and as we all know, kids nowadays are unstoppable. They make it necessary for us parents to prepare something new for them, be it food, games, toys or unlimited number of activities so as to keep their nerves and minds busy! That somehow makes parenting one best way to explore and continue to learn. Hey! I have to somehow dig the internet for creative ideas from snacks to kiddie activities. Here’s one I imitated from a Pinterest pin – a unique way to serve ice cream!

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Maybe I can say that our country is one of the many places where you can go on food exploration and pig out! Since kids this summer is most of the time at home, we bond by eating together. Check out these afternoon merienda I served them one time. You will definitely crave too!

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My Tabletop Electric Oven

My tabletop electric oven was a gift. I have been eyeing a beautiful oven from the appliance center for a long time but saving to get it will take a lot longer. So, with a friend”s suggestion, and since I am not really planning on using it for business purposes (using it now just for my kids), I told Ronald (yes, he”s the financier for this oven) that I would go for this one.

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I have been Pinterest inspired! As soon as I have read the manual for this tabletop oven, I started baking! I have had my share of baking failures but have a atoledo.com lot of successful ones too.

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Most of my baked goodies were Chocolate and Banana flavored and Carrot too. I make them during weekends so it will be ready as school snack for my elder daughter, K. I would always let her bring more than she could eat so she can share some to her friends too. Or sometimes, I remind her to eat (if there are leftovers) as afternoon snack while she is travelling home bound.

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Last Christmas season, I got the chance to frequently use my tabletop oven – served its purpose very well for some goodies which we made and gave as gifts. I am sure that this oven will last for quite long, besides it being durable (a testimonial of my baker friend, Iris of Project Happiness ), I have been extra careful using it. =) 

Toddler Photography

A Rottweiler, Amber is just almost a year old yet he’s so big.

It’s her bath time.

These first photos were taken with my assistance of course but the last one is all hers. I am referring to my almost 2yo daughter who has liked gadgets at her young age. She’s using a portable DVD player, a GameBoy, an Apple ipod and the latest which I think is what she liked most of all is our digital camera. She kept watching her own video in it for how she learned to turn it ON, I am not sure but most probably by observing. She also knows how to go back and forth to the view and shooting mode. Clever little girl she is! She in fact woke up from her afternoon nap one time and suddenly asked: “Where is?”  I later on found out that she’s referring to the camera. I will definitely have a separate album of her shots for I have found a lot of them to be funny. =)

 

Hand Me Down Fashion


This was Roey”s getup when we went out this m

orning. Everything here were hand-me-downs. The boots is but our favorite of course! It catches people”s attention, then they get to notice how cute Roey is…I mean her eyes. Just right before we head out the door, this little toddler grabbed “Puppy”, Ate K”s stuffed toy. I guess that completes her fashion.

Kiddie fashion tips:

Got hand-me-downs? Play with it, do a mix & match!

Embellish & accessorize!

We are joining…

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Seussical: Anything's Possible

Seussical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss which started in Broadway year 2000. It”s a musical by Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Now, Repertory Philippines presents Seussical Anything”s Possible on August 13, 2011 (7:30PM) at Onsta

ge Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City. As we all know, this has become a favorite and popular at schools, communities and theaters.

This time, certain plot elements were simplified. The play centers on Horton the elephant who will face challenges like protecting her friend Jojo and the invisible Whos and at the same time guard and take care of an abandoned egg left by Mayzie La Bird. Despite ridicule, trials and all challenges, we will see how Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in Horton. Catch up the fantastical, magical and musical performance as Bituin Escalante brings life to the story of how the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community triumphs in a story that makes you laugh and cry.

Venue: OnStage- 2/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel. No: 632 571 6926

I can still remember way back 2007 when Seussical also had a show at the Trinoma. Keanna was so attentive and was singing even after the show.