Archive for June, 2007

Cravings

Posted in Food, Home Front on 27 June 2007 by Leah

I have missed cooking a lot. Ever since Erin was born, I have taken a break from the kitchen because I hardly have any time anymore to prepare food. These days, J does most of the kitchen work but with me supervising.

But last weekend, I just needed to get back into it once again. For one, there were two bars of Philly cream cheeses waiting for me to bake them into my long-time craving of blueberry cheesecake. Last time I made one was probably five years ago. It’s definitely time to do a repeat!

BB cheesecakeSo, I entrusted Erin to J for the entire Sunday afternoon to get things done. After months of researching/studying of recipes, I decided Mik’s was the easiest one to make. Since it has been +/- five years since I last baked one, I lost the recipe my tita gave me so I needed to find another one fast.

I followed Mik’s recipe for the crust and the filling except I used just plain thickened cream (250 ml) in place of the mascarpone cheese. Also, instead of the sour cream topping, I made a blueberry glaze. Recipe of which is as follows:

Blueberry Glaze

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, divided

In a 1-quart saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water. Crush 1/2 cup blueberries; add to sugar and water mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and begins to bubble. Continue to boil gently for about 2 minutes, or until blueberry glaze mixture is clear. Cool completely. Arrange remaining blueberries over the top of the cheesecake. Pour cooled blueberry glaze over berries. Keep blueberry cheesecake tightly covered in refrigerator.

It was perfect! At least to our standards. 🙂

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Quick fix

Posted in Food, Home Front on 22 June 2007 by Leah

J and I have been yearning for some of mom’s pasta that I just had to email and ask her for the recipe. The sauce is pesto with sundried tomatoes and shrimp. Sounds complicated right? But I found out it was surprisingly easy to do. Thanks to this…

leggo's
Leggo’s Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce

The secret is to saute first a whole head of chopped garlic in lots of olive oil until they’re golden. Add the peeled shrimps. Once the shrimp is cooked, pour in one bottle (190 g) of the pesto sauce. Season with salt and pepper then mix it with your preferred pasta which has been previously cooked. Serve with a sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese and some toasted garlic bread on the side. Voila!

It was so delicious, I ate two platefuls of the dish! 😛 Yummy! 🙂

My Lakbayan Grade

Posted in Meme, Techie Stuff, Travel on 20 June 2007 by Leah


My Lakbayan grade is C-!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan! (Created by Eugene Villar.)

Geez, I really should try to get out more. 😛

Baby Number 2

Posted in Humor, Meme, Techie Stuff on 19 June 2007 by Leah

No, I’m not talking about a real baby and no, I am definitely not pregnant once again! 😛 Thought I’d try the Knocked-up Babymaker which was featured in Jean’s blog.

baby number 2

Hmmm… so this could possibly be the face of Erin’s potential sibling. The bub’s got my eyes; the other features belong to J. 🙂

Tip for those who’d want to try it out: choose pictures with the parents facing front for a less ‘mutated’ offspring. 😛

Getting there…

Posted in Baby Talk, Erin Chloe, Family, Mommy Diaries on 17 June 2007 by Leah

Erin’s getting big fast and J and I decided that it was high time that we take her out for pasyal. You see, since she was born, we only take her out of the house only if it’s necessary (e.g. check-ups, her baptism, family dinners). For one thing, I don’t like exposing her to the freezing temperature outside. One other reason is that, she hates sitting in her car seat for long periods of time. She’d really cry the entire trip no matter what you do.

Last weekend was her debut. We were invited by our friends in Belconnen for merienda. Initially, J and I were hesitant about it and even told our friends that we weren’t sure if we could make it. It takes us 30 minutes to get to Belconnen and that’s on a traffic-free day, mind you. But inspite of it, we went anyway. Would you believe the little girl did NOT cry on our way there? She even slept during the last fifteen minutes of the trip. Thanks to my non-stop singing and use of toys. 😀 We stayed at our friend’s house for two hours and made our way back home as the sun slipped below the horizon. Unfortunately, she was too tired by then so she cried all the way home. As in, the entire thirty minutes! When we got home, we gave her a warm bath. After which, she was off to dreamland in minutes.

Today, we decided to take her to Woden for some malling naman. Compared to Belconnen, Woden is nearer to our place by ten to fifteen minutes. We were only out for two and a half hours but she only cried 20% of the time! We were even able to do some shopping. How’s that for improvement? 😀 I think it’s due to the fact that we can entertain her now verbally and with the use of toys. Ergo, big girl na talaga siya! J and I are just over the moon! 😀

Now, I’m thinking of where to take her next weekend. Any suggestions? Let’s just pray the weather then will be as fine as it was today.

Pass this on…

Posted in Food for Thought on 14 June 2007 by Leah

Got this in the mail today…

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because …

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING !

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, Gameboys, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computer s, no Internet or chat rooms……. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . .CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

Consider Myself Tagged

Posted in Home Front, Meme on 13 June 2007 by Leah

It’s been a while since I’ve done a meme. Got this one from Apols while surfing. Here goes…

Yourself: Tired, sleep-deprived proud momma

Your Partner: All I could ask for. 🙂

Your Hair: Straight and in need of a haircut!

Your Mother: Super mom!

Your Father: Helicopter Pilot

Your Favorite Item: My books, but I don’t get to read them anymore. 😦

Your Dream Last Night: Can’t remember.

Your Favorite Drink: Coke Zero

Your Dream Car: Honda Accord

Dream Home: Three bedroom bungalow with a nice shadey pergola and neat backyard.

The Room You Are In: Our study

Your Fear: Death.

Where You Want to be in Ten Years: In the Philippines (pwede rin dito) and managing our own business

Who You Hung Out With Last Night: J and Erin

You’re Not: a messy person. I’m a neat freak! 😛

One of Your Wish List Items: Right now, webcam so that people back home can see Erin and how she’s grown up to be.

The Last Thing You Did: Washed the dishes

You Are Wearing: track pants and jumper

Your Favorite Weather: fine, especially during spring

Your Favorite Book: too many to mention

Last Thing You Ate: chocolate with hazel nuts

Your Life: busy at the moment; full-time housewife & mom

Your Mood: Bored. Gusto ko mamasyal and magshopping. stocktake sale kasi! 😀

Your Best Friend: my confidante

What Are You Thinking About Right Now: Taking a vacation

Your Car: Camry

What Are You Doing At The Moment: Surfing the internet while watching Erin take a nap.

Relationship Status: Very happily married. 😀

Now, it’s your turn to answer. Post a comment so I can hop over to your blog to see your responses. 🙂