Look, I don’t think you have to buy expensive items of clothing to look presentable, stylish, or fashionable. You can be wearing the most expensive outfit, but if you don’t look good in it, what’s the point of that expensive tag price? I’m not sarcastic. I’m just being realistic! Hey, I don’t look good all the time, and that’s the reality. Also, I’m so careful about what to wear because of my 10-year-old son who critics my outfit if he doesn’t like it ♥♥♥.
Yesterday was a little chilly, and wearing a thick coat wasn’t necessary at all. You know, Louisiana weather, right? It could be Winter today, then the next day it feels like mid-summer! One crazy weather, I would say.
About this plaid coat, the material is light and soft. I was wearing a size XS. The mock-top, I had to get a size Small because the XS is a little too tight. It makes me feel like an egg roll (wrapped up so tight), lol! This Elasticized Waist Skinny Pants is true to size. I got the XS, and it’s perfect!
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As of today, I may have found a new favorite dish to add to my recipe book list. It’s a baked chicken recipe. By the way, I purchased the recipe book from a thrift store a couple of months ago. Yes, you read it right from a #thrifstore. The recipe book was in excellent condition and was only $2.00! One of my favorite things to do is collecting recipe books. Today, I chose to try this recipe for lunch. I was also curious about how it would taste. I added a little twist to it. Well, it was excellent! I’m so glad I tried.♥♥♥
I also cooked a Filipino dish called “Ginisang Kalabasa, Chayote and Carrots” to go with the baked chicken. The term “Ginisa” in English is called “Saute,” and yes, it’s delicious!
FOR THE CHICKEN
HOW TO COOK THE CHICKEN:
FOR THE SAUTEED VEGGIES
HOW TO COOK THE SAUTEED VEGGIES:
FOLLOW ME & LET’S CONNECT
I have a sweet and lovely friend that knows how to make me happy. She’s not only kind and beautiful but also a very humble person. I’m so grateful to God for bringing this person into my life. Her friendship is a blessing in my life, and I look up to her, for she is such a good role model as well. Her name is Leah. Isn’t her name beautiful?♥
One day when we were out at the beach having fun doing a photoshoot, she surprised me with a gift. I was like, “what is this?”. When I opened the bag and saw what’s in it, I was so touched. I love makeup and lip care items so much! Thank you very much, Leah, for your thoughtful gift. Stay kind, humble, and beautiful always. God bless you more, my dear friend!♥♥♥
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My family and friends know how I love makeup. For me, creating different looks with it is fun! I don’t wear makeup because I’m insecure about my skin or how my face looks. I love wearing makeup to show my creative and artistic side. If someone you know that wears makeup to make her confident in-front of other people, then let her be. Don’t judge a woman because she is wearing makeup.
I love my makeup brands, and I have been using them for a long time. However, three weeks ago, while I was shopping for a new bottle of liquid foundation at our local Wal-Mart store, I glanced at this gorgeous and colorful eyeshadow palette while browsing at the cosmetics department. This eyeshadow palette is by Hard ♥ Candy brand. I honestly haven’t tried using this brand until I saw this eyeshadow palette. The gorgeous earth tone of this palette caught my attention, and I must have it. So, I decided to give it a try.
WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT IT?
This Hard Candy’s Earthy Vixen Look Pro Palette features fifteen (15) gorgeous earth tone shades and four (4) professional applicators. I love the warm earth tones. Perfect for this Fall season and even for Winter season.
WHAT I DON’T LOVE ABOUT IT?
The only thing that disappoints me is it’s not as pigmented as I thought.
THE 15 EARTH TONE SHADES
MY FAVORITE SHADES OUF OF THE 15?
How do you like this cold weather so far? As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, I am not fond of cold weather at all. This cold weather makes my knees hurt, hahaha. Maybe it sounds funny, but it’s true! I’m probably too young to say that my knees hurt, but in cold weather like this, it does hurt. It also makes me feel sleepy all the time. Not only that, this cold weather makes me tired and also makes me want to have Pho every day. Hmmm, I need to learn how to cook Pho to save me $15.00 per order (big bowl). This Pho from Bangkok Spice, located in West Monroe, tasted good! Every time we dine-in or ordering on the phone, I always get the Pho. Sometimes I added crispy rolls to go with my Pho. In the meantime, I’ll have to keep me warm until this cold weather is over. Cause everyone else in the house except me is loving this cold weather so far.
It’s not even Winter yet, and here I am already missing Summer. My body is active, more energetic, and stronger on warmer days. In colder days, I feel weak, achy, tired, and lazy. There you go, I laid them all out. I’m sure, I’m not the only one dealing this dilemma.
My question to you is, “How is this cold weather affects your body?”
I learned when I moved here to the United States in 2008 that this is what they called pancakes. Back in the Philippines, we called this “hotcake.” My grandma made the best hotcakes. There was no one else from our or village who make hotcakes or pancakes back then. Her hotcakes were famous in the whole village at that time. My grandma would make layers and layers of hotcakes. Then, she would spread margarine on top of each hotcake and sprinkle white sugar on top for finishing. It was fantastic! People often asked her if she will bake the following day again. Oh yes, she cooked every single day! My siblings and I, and our cousins were always on alert mode, waiting for our grandma to call our names. When she does, it means time to go out selling. We love everything that grandma cooked. For every five pesos total of food that we sold (each of us), we earned one peso in commission. Back then, when I was 8 to 12-year-old, having 5 pesos or 10 pesos in my pocket was a big deal. So many good memories with my grandma, I don’t even know where to begin when sharing you about it.
By the way, It was freezing early this morning. All I could think of is going back to sleep after dropping my boys to their school, but I got to do some errands today, and I needed a quick breakfast. Hmmmm….it was good! Have a beautiful and blessed Friday, everyone!
It has been fifteen years since the last time I had Atchara. Growing up, my family always had Atchara made by my grandmother. For me, my grandma was and always be the best cook ever! I missed all her cookings. She was always busy preparing food every day when she was still healthy and was able to do all those stuff. If you want something, just name it, and she will cook it. When my siblings and I were kids, we go door to door and sell the food that grandma cooked. It could be Pancit, Siopao, Donut, Shakoy, slices of Chocolate Cake, Atchara, and etc. There’s no day that I don’t miss and crave for my grandma’s cooking.
So, when a close friend of mine told me days ago that Han is selling Atchara, and asked me if I want to order. I quickly replied, YES! I was so excited, and couldn’t wait to get my hand on that jar, open and eat the Atchara salad inside it. Thanks, Ate Melanie, for letting me know about Han’s Atchara. Also, thank you, Han, your Atchara satisfied my cravings. Though, I can’t help but compared it to my grandma’s Atchara. However, you also did a great job!
TO ORDER HAN’S ATCHARA: Feel free to contact her here.
WHAT IS ATCHARA?
In the Philippines, Atchara is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya. Back in the Philippines, my family used this as a side dish, and it’s so good!
HOW TO MAKE ATCHARA?