Hi all, I have been MIA for days on my blog. I had been a busy and exhausted mom for days. School is out for Thanksgiving break, and you (parent/parents) know what that means. My boys are like “mommy, mommy, mommy all day long.” Especially my little one, he can talk all day long for sure. The only time I have a break from them is when they are napping and when they are in bed at night, hehe. But I love them to the moon and back.
Anyway, last Saturday, I had so much fun capturing my dear friend and her daughter’s Christmas mini session. You can check this session here. The location I chose was the Dilliard’s store. It was a perfect location for this session. Dilliard’s has a wide variety of lovely Christmas decorations throughout their store. It was just perfect!
Have you ever heard of the Nygard brand? I’m wearing Nygard denim pants. When it comes to pants, I have been a Nygard’s biggest fan for 4 years now. I love every Nygard leggings and pants that I have. So worth the price! You should try this brand. I highly recommend this brand.
While having a cup of coffee this morning and staring at the dishes piling on the sink, a flashed back of my childhood memory came back. It is one of those annoying childhood experienced at that time; however, right now, looking back at it, I would say, “that was hilarious.” When I was about seven or eight-years-old, my father implemented this rule. It was all about dishes problem
First Attempt: That my older siblings and I had to take turns in washing the dishes after mealtime. At first, it was okay! But you know, kids don’t stick to the rules mos lt of the time. My siblings and I were one of those kids. Later on, nobody wants to wash the dishes anymore. My siblings and I were pointing fingers to who’s supposed to be washing dishes after mealtime. We ended up arguing, lots of crying and throwing a tantrum. My dad would give us three warnings, and if we don’t listen, we better expect my dad with a whooping stick coming our way like a tornado. My mom is quite and always able to keep herself calm. She was so patient with us growing up and doesn’t believe in whooping. I wish to have that kind of patient like my mom has. Well, that first rule didn’t work out!
Second Attempt: The very last one to finish the meal will wash the dishes and clean the table. Now, this was ridiculous (but makes me laugh right now). I remember, whenever my mom announces that the meal is ready, my siblings and I had to rush to the kitchen, wash our hands, sit on the chairs, pray for the food, and eat as fast as we could. (My sister, by the way, likes to kick my legs under the table to distract my concentration, hahaha. I remember, one time, she was kicking our father’s legs instead of mine, hahaha). Back to that rule, yes, we had to eat fast, take our plates, and put them on the sink as quickly as we could. The last one to do that will wash the dishes. Did it work? Nope, it was chaos! Even my mom and dad had to eat fast, trying to beat us, lol! So, my father had to think about a new and final rule. A rule that everybody would agree to do so. No arguing. No fighting. No throwing tantrum.
Third & Final Attempt: How about “Wash your own dishes” rule? Oh, yeah, this rule worked! After mealtime or snack time, we automatically wash our dishes — no more pointing fingers, no rushing to finish our meals, and, most of all, no more arguing.
Since then, my family applied that rule to doing our laundry and not depend on our mom to do the laundry all by herself. So each of us, including my father, had to do our own laundry.
How about you? What was the most annoying house rule you had experienced growing up that is, in fact, hilarious?
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!
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
Boneless chicken breast
Apple cider vinegar
Pinch of salt
HOW TO COOK THE CHICKEN:
Preheat oven 350 degrees
In a small bowl, combine the mustard, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, pepper, salt and garlic.
Place a foil on a baking pan and then coat it with cooking spray.
Place the chicken on the baking pan.
Place the chicken inside the oven and bake it for 45 minutes.
Let the juice cook the chicken.
Once cook, slice the chicken and serve hot.
FOR THE SAUTEED VEGGIES
Squash (peeled, sliced and cubed).
Chayote squash (peeled, sliced and cubed)
1 Onion (sliced)
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup water
HOW TO COOK THE SAUTEED VEGGIES:
On a heated pan, saute onion first. When onion turns transparent add the minced garlic.
Add in carrots. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Then, add both yellow squash and chayote squash. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
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!♥♥♥
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.
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!
Thank God, after six days straight work, finally, it’s my day off. Good thing, it’s my friend – ate Melanie’s day off as well. Also, Elvie was out of work a little early. So, we had the chance for a quick get together dinner at our place. I used to work with them before, and we frequently had Filipino dinner on our days off. However, since I’m working now in a different place, it’s so hard for us to do this frequently because of our different work schedules. Finally, we did it yesterday! Besides, it was my sister’s 41st birthday yesterday (November 5th – Philippines time).
Thank you, Ate Melanie and Elvie, for coming over in such short notice. We appreciate your company. Thanks to little Gwyneth for entertaining us all!