Sunday, April 20, 2014

Summer salad with bagoong vinaigrette

To any Filipino, nothing says summer more than a heaping bowl of sliced green mangoes and bagoong. A light and refreshing salad of typical greens with manggang hilaw and singkamas drizzled with a basic vinaigrette with shrimp paste gives this sweet, tangy and mildly spicy fare a uniquely Pinoy flavor. Wouldn't this be great for Easter brunch?

Olive oil, ¾ cup
Apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup
Bagoong, ¼ cup
Honey, 2 tbsp

Salad greens
Green mangoes, sliced into long, thin strips
Turnips, sliced into long thin strips
Prawn crackers or kropek (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously to emulsify. Pour over salad greens, mangoes and turnips. Top with prawn crackers.  

Enjoy! Happy Easter, you guys!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Make your own faux taxidermy

Taxidermy is a fun and whimsical decorative element that could add style to your home. If you are grossed out by the idea of having a dead animal’s head sticking out of your wall but still want to be on trend with the taxidermy craze create your own version with items you already have around. How’s that for a green and animal-friendly project?
Materials needed:
Plastic bottles, bowls, spoons, thread spools, twigs, etc..
Glue gun
Cardboard boxes
Scrap paper, cut into small pieces
Spray paint

Step 1: To make a basic "head" cut bottom part of a plastic bottle at a slight angle and attach to a plastic bowl to form a "snout". Adjust the length and angle of the "snout" depending on the form that you prefer.

 Step 2: Cut a notch on each sides of the rim of the bowl.


Step 3: Attach a plastic spoon on the notch created for the “ears”. Rummage through your recycling bin and play around with the different materials to come up with a configuration that you like.  Use old pasta tongs to create a moose’s “antlers”, thread spools to form “horns” --- use your imagination!    
Step 4: Cover by layering with strips of paper and cornstarch glue. *

Step 5: Let it dry and spray with paint.
Step 6: Attach taxidermy “head” to a cardboard box and mount on a wall.

*cornstarch glue recipe:
Dissolve cornstarch and water. Place over medium heat and stir continuously until the mixture thickens and becomes translucent. Turn off heat and let cool before using.    

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Over-sized Wooden Spoon and Fork Makeover

Silly me. It was just the other day when I thought that I had a week of free time. I didn't realize until that evening that my summer teaching class starts the very next day -- which was yesterday! Oh well...sleep deprivation can seriously set your sense of time out of whack.


Anyway, I did manage to do a quick DIY when I got home from class yesterday. My mom received an over-sized wooden spoon and fork set as a wedding sponsor favor. I'm not exactly a fan but a pinterest post on wooden spoons dipped in paint gave me the idea of giving these over-sized utensils a quirky makeover.  
This wooden pair suddenly don't look so tacky anymore.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Two semester down (and more to go!) I've been filled to the brim with all the things I had to do in grad school. Yesterday, I gladly submitted the last requirement - a take home final exam - for the semester. It's been a while since I had the feeling of relief and freedom after (successfully?) accomplishing all school requirements of the semester. I decided not to enroll and take a break from grad school this summer but I'll be teaching summer classes in the undergrad. That leaves me a whole week to recover and replenish my energy as summer classes  already start next week. I have a lot of serious crafting in mind and can't wait to get started!     

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Repurposing My Old Belly Belt

If you are pregnant or have ever been pregnant you probably know what this is. Lately, I've been using my old belly belt to extend the usage of Alonzo's pants. He has outgrown most of his pants in all dimensions but there are pieces that are still usable with a little help from this genius piece of garter and a couple of buttons. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Alonzo's 4th Birthday Party

As you may already know, small, intimate and simple parties are really my kind of thing. For Alonzo's birthday last year all he wanted were purple balloons and had a purple-themed birthday party. For this year, he just asked for cake (chocolate with lots of colors on top). Red ribbon's chocolate dedication birthday cake fits the bill. We also thought of hosting a small get-together with family and a few of his neighborhood friends.

I was kind of going for a street food theme and served fishballs and kwek-kwek. To make it more filling, we also had some tacos, baked mac and (our new crowd-pleaser) chicken lollipops.

By the way, Hubby has a recipe for sweet fishballs  sauce. I justthink it needs a little tweaking and we might have to come up with the exact measurements of the ingredients. We'll share the recipe once we've "perfected" it.   

Anyway, we provided a variety of sauces for guests to choose from. A small area was also set up for the samalamig station.

Now, there's the birthday boy! It's hard to believe that he is already 4. 

Here are more pictures from the party.

Please visit Yahoo! She for my post on how to host a street food themed party.