My sweet tooth strikes again!

Like a pregnant woman on her first trimester… that’s how I feel everytime that ‘time of month’ (T.O.M) comes. I crave for so many foods but usually sweets such as cakes and chocolates.
Today, I just crave for a mocha cake roll, also known as coffee swiss roll – a sponge cake with coffee buttercream filling. Since Red Ribbon or Goldilocks were both 9 kilometers away from home and I do not know how to drive (my hubby’s still sleeping from a night shift work), all I can do is to make one to satisfy my cravings.
As I checked the kitchen all the supplies needed were present. Happy me!
After an hour, here it is:




This is my firt time to bake this kind of cake and not bad for a first timer! I got positive feedbacks from my hubby, my mom, and my brother. ūüĎćThey are my official taste testers and honest critics, really! They will tell you how good or terribly bad the taste is, and they are hard to please so I must brag about it this time! ūüėĄ


Chasing the morning sun!

I have been very busy this past few days and totally slacking on blog posts. I never have time to sit down and write something until today I have spare time because it’s my hubby’s day off.
We’ve been planning for some time to have a picnic by the beach to chase the early morning sun for Jacob since he’s always suffering from cough and colds. My mom said that early morning sea air and sun can be natural remedies. And since it is weekend and everybody is off from work, time to have a simple family bonding.

There is only one beach near our place so we have no choice. Being always excited for a family activity like this, I prepare foods for us to munch on like the¬†all-time favorite spaghetti, banana muffins, and my personal favorite – leche flan. We also buy Papay’s pandesal with malunggay and spinach (indeed a healthy option for breakfast!) which is surprisingly delicious. It’s not seen in the picture but I also bring a thermos of hot water, coffee,sugar and creamer so it’s totally a breakfast by the beach.


This is Jacob, ready to walk and wade in the water!


I¬†love the off-white color of the sand but we are not so lucky because it is low tide and ¬†the sky is cloudy we can’t barely see the sun.

Cloudy skyLittle feet


But that won’t ruin our day, because we only need each other and some foods to enjoy and¬†be happy.¬†biggrin

My husband and my two brothers take the chance to jog.


One funny thing happened, before they started to jog Jacob was expecting that he will be joining them. Take a look at this pictures of him watching them afar. Lol

Poor baby, your short legs won’t be able to come closer to them. Two more years and you’ll be able to chase them but don’t be in a rush to grow up, Mommy will be very sad because I want to enjoy more moments when I am¬†the only special¬†woman in your life.¬†Thumbnail for version as of 06:28, 14 February 2005

He stop crying after seeing that they are coming back.¬†Here’s a cute¬†picture of them together,


and me and my mom.


This is how we spend time together. We just eat, walk, talk, listen to music and take pictures to seize the moment. I believe that you don’t have to squander just to be happy. Being with your family in any places in the world should be cherished because not everyone has the chance¬†to see their loved ones at all times.

Blessed to have them!‚̧


Banana Muffin

I love banana muffins and it’s so easy to do. Since it is family day Sunday I am inspired to bake some for our picnic by the beach.

Here’s how to do it.

3 large ripe bananas (lakatan or bungulan )
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 tablespoons melted butter, or vegetable oil / canola oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mash the bananas. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Mix using a wire whisk. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, butter, egg, vanilla extract, and granulated white sugar.
Fold-in the dry ingredient mixture in the large mixing bowl.Mix until the texture becomes smooth.

Arrange regular sized paper cups in the muffin pan. Scoop the mixture in each paper cup. Fill the paper cup by three quarters only as it will overflow. Top with raisins, arrange as desired.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or so.

To check just insert a toothpick at the middle of the muffin, it is ready if it comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and let cool .
It yields 12 muffins. Enjoy!

banana muffin


Chocolate cupcake

Everybody loves cupcake especially chocolate cupcake. I do bake them when I crave for it or while waiting for my baby to fell asleep because he is a bunch of a hyper baby. Lol
So here’s how:

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar (sifted)
1 stick or 1/2 cup butter
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla essence or vanilla extract
2 raw eggs
1 cup chopped nuts ( optional )

Preheat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit .
In a mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, salt, and baking powder, then set aside.
Dilute the cocoa powder in a cup of hot water. Set aside.
Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and the sugar until texture becomes fluffy then add the vanilla extract, eggs and diluted cocoa powder.
Gradually add the dry ingredients (flour-baking powder-salt) and mix well until everything is well incorporated.
Pour mixture in cupcake pans with cupcake paper cups then sprinkle the nuts on top and bake for 18-20 minutes or depends on the oven that you are using. You will know if it is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake and if it comes out clean, it is done.
Let it cool down and served with a hot coffee or milk.