Welcome 2018! I’m liking you already!

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Speaking of never… I’ve never seen my husband “nesting” in any of my 2 other pregnancies, except for this one, which makes me think that we are having a boy. (Of course there are other factors that made me think it’s a boy like how I am carrying this baby, my cravings, the shape of my belly according to my family and other people, etc. However, my husband still thinks we are having another girl! In 6 more weeks we will soon find out and we can’t hardly wait!).

A week ago, just before Walmart closed their doors for New Year’s eve, I asked my husband to run and get some whole milk for the girls and some other things we were running low of. The list was short. Probably just 5 items. When he came home, I was folding clothes, so he put the groceries away. Later that night, when I went to the kitchen to grab something, I saw a huge box sitting in the living room. The lights were off so I wasn’t sure what it was. In the dark, it looked like a vacuum cleaner. I was puzzled. And then he told me he bought a carpet cleaner.

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A tribute to my Grandma…

Three days before Christmas, my family and I held a funeral service for my grandma. It was a bittersweet visit. I was glad to be able to spend Christmas with my family again, but it was a difficult time for me as well, knowing our beloved Lola is no longer with us.

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A few days before we flew to the States to be with my family, my sister asked me to write my eulogy. I procrastinated for a while, partly because I was having a hard time to put how I feel into words. On the plane while holding our sleeping daughter in my arms, I grabbed my Ipad mini and started to write. I felt a lump on my throat after I finished the first paragraph. I had to pause and take a break. Eventually, after several attempts of finishing this eulogy, I was able to put the last words few hours before my grandma’s funeral service started.

She’s one special lady. This heartfelt eulogy is for her…

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November Updates

I think it has been apparent that my blogging has taken a back seat. As much as I would like to keep this up in a more regular basis than a monthly posts (purely not intentional), I just couldn’t carve the time to do so. However, tonight is the night… (as rare as it is) that I can put my feet up, listen to a playlist of Norah Jones while my fingers hungrily type away my thoughts.

Where do I begin?

When in doubt, it’s best to start from the beginning. So let me share with you some of the highlights of this month.

WEEK ONE.

  • I had my 3rd craft show at Klages Mill and Garden in Chesley.

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Hello October, Goodbye October

I can’t believe we are in our last days of October already. Last time I posted something here was back in September. I am failing miserably to keep stuff here up to date. Life has been busy for this sleep deprived momma!

This month has always been my favourite out of the 12. And Fall is my favourite season of all! We are so fortunate in Canada to have 4 distinct seasons. Where we are particularly, Winter means white and cold, while the wet season of Spring means the blooming of beautiful flowers such as tulips, daffodils and cherry blossoms. Summer on the other hand usually means swimsuits and sunburns for us who live close to the beach. And Fall… Fall is when the colours of the leaves turn vibrant red, orange and yellow. It is a beautiful sight! If Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls can smell the coming of the snow, I can smell Fall in the air and it’s usually just before my birthday or around there.

Deep red, bright orange, cheery yellow, chocolate brown, dark green… these are just some of the beautiful colours I feast on when I look outside during this time of the year. And these are the same colours I try to bring indoors when I set up my decorations for our church.

Here’s a sample of the window decoration I made for our church during the first week of October. Hint: For a budget-friendly decor, use organic materials whenever possible. Decorating doesn’t need to be costly! 

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My recent project that took longer than I anticipated was repurposing this antique solid wood dresser.

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Salmon Egg Rolls

I saw a former high school classmate posted a photo of her shanghai rolls on Facebook. What was interesting about it was instead of using the usual filling which is ground beef or pork or plain vegetables, she used fish. This is highly unusual. Prior to her post I have never heard anyone make fish shanghai rolls. When I asked her what kind of fish she used, she said it was a local salmon. I asked for her recipe, but I still haven’t heard back from her. A few days ago, despite my on and off migraine that started all of a sudden (I am blaming the heat!) I was able to experiment on making my own salmon egg rolls. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how it’s going to turn out. So I just made a small batch. Surprisingly it was actually pretty good! We all loved it!

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Beef Giniling Guisado

It has been 2 weeks since my last post so I thought it’s just about time to take my laptop out of hibernation and start writing again.  I have so many things I’d like to share with you, I don’t even know where to start. I have taken numerous pictures of food that I have made and kids’ crafts and toddler activities that I have done thinking I will write about them, but never got to.

So let me start with this… another Filipino dish that I just made last night in my attempt to make supper with very few ingredients in the house. We went away for a week and haven’t really done much grocery shopping than a quick trip to the store for some bare necessities like milk, eggs and fruits. So when I found out the only things I had were carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onions, I knew I had to make one of my go to Filipino dish – Giniling Guisado. 

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Simple Pork Adobo Recipe

pork-adoboIn the Philippines, pork adobo is a dish braised in garlic, soy sauce, oil, and vinegar. Due to its popularity, ease in preparation, and long storage life, it is considered the national dish among the Filipinos. Another great thing about adobo is its versatility. This dish is not just limited to the most commonly used meats – pork or chicken. Others cook their beef, veal, goat meat, shrimp, squid, water spinach (kangkong), bamboo shoots (labong), or bok choy in the same manner. Continue reading