Last Christmas 2013, I threw a tea party for my godchildren at our Bacoor home. (I know, super late post!) 🙂 It was attended by just two of my godchildren along with their mommies and several cousins. I think I had a total of 10 guests then which I fed with my own cooking and some store-bought fruits, nuts and candies. Of course, we had tea as drink to complete the experience.
the hostess (a.k.a. yours truly) with my simple spread
It was my first time to host a tea party and it proved to be fun and challenging for me at the same time. Because the tea party was scheduled at 3pm, I went to the supermarket the day before to buy the supplies I needed. On the day of the event itself, I woke up early to bake some chocolate chip cookies and a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, prepare some bite-sized whole wheat sandwiches and whip up my special linguini carbonara.
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Last Tuesday, which was a special non-working day for Manila-based workers like me, I engaged in two activities that allowed me to think, move, sweat, be patient and have fun all at the same time. I’m talking about baking and biking. Wow, those two rhyme beautifully, huh!
In the morning, together with my ever-dependable husband, I replenished my baking supplies over at Makati Supermart – Alabang where I found out prices are somehow lower than at SM Supermarkets. Don’t just take my word for it, try shopping there some time and see for yourself.
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I’ve always loved to cook. I’m not a chef, though. I’m just your ordinary working wife who cooks for her husband during weekends. I say only during weekends because we get free meals on weekdays courtesy of my MIL. (But that’s another story for a different time.) The only time I don’t get to cook for my husband is when I’m too lazy to whip up anything edible and just resort to eating out or delivery (my treat, of course!).
I learned how to cook from my mom who’s very good in the kitchen. Actually, it was she who taught me not to be afraid when cooking. I remember she once told me when a dish you cook turns out bad, you just charge it to experience. You can always cook the same dish again with good (or better) results, anyway. So far, majority of the dishes I’ve cooked have been well-received. And I’m proud of myself for it.
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I normally don’t make Friday plans because this is the time we go home in Bacoor. Unless of course the hubby and I have a date or a meet-up with friends. The last time I went out on a Friday night, I was with the hubby and some friends pigging out at Midnight Mercato in BGC, Taguig.
Today, being a Friday, is a bit different, though. We have visitors who flew in from Bohol (the hubby’s province) and need to be shown around the city. They are municipal councilors and they’re here to attend a conference. The PILs’ suggestion was to take them to Mall of Asia (MOA) and choose from one of the buffet restaurants (e.g. Yakimix, Buffet 101, Vikings, Sakae Sushi, Cabalen, etc.) there for dinner. After that, we could just show them the many attractions within and around the mall complex at night. Alright then, MOA it is!
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I’ve always wanted to buy a new oven. I didn’t want to spend for it, though. So what I did was I sold my portable sewing machine and used the money from the sales to buy the oven.
the oven that a portable sewing machine bought
My new oven is just a basic one. I bought it last Saturday from SM Appliance Makati. The brand is Asahi and I got it for only P2,525. It’s a convection oven with a capacity of 23L. It’s very ideal for newbie homebakers like me. It was actually this Asahi convection oven review that a blogger friend wrote that convinced me to choose this particular brand and model over the others in the market.
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I like the idea of garage sales. It allows people to dispose, reuse and recycle things. It’s true that for some people, some things already serve as “clutter” or “excess” due to disorganization and overabundance. For other people, though, these could be part of their basics and essentials.
I’ve bought stuff from garage sales in the past and they became very useful to me. Looking at our tiny home last weekend, I was amazed by how much stuff we’ve accumulated in the past months after we tied the knot. They continue to grow, too. I would like to do a garage sale someday so I could sell at very reasonable prices those that we don’t desire or need anymore.
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