Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Cupcake Party Project

We hosted a going-away cupcake party for a friend last Monday. But we served more than just cupcakes. We had French macarons, Italian food, enormous chocolate chunk cookies and lemonade. Arts and crafts are also included.

I bought a box of 6 cupcakes from Sonja's. A local cupcakery built out of the baker's passion for cupcakes. By the way, Sonja previously worked for the famous Magnolia Bakery in NYC.


I just couldn't stop admiring the display on their shop's window. It's sooo cute!


After careful consideration, I have decided which flavors to buy:Vanilla Sunshine, Chocolate Surprise, Chocolate Overload, Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl, Lemon Drop and Red Velvet Vixen to be specific.


I finally made use of my Kikkerland paper straw stash and baker's twine again. Woohoo!




The flowers on the paper straws were personally handcrafted by my friend Anna and she didn't stop there. She also made labels and a cute backdrop. It's such a nice feeling to get to know another kindred spirit. The lemonade was courtesy of Caye. The glasses above were from Meryl who is actually the celebrant of this going-away cupcake party. She also brought the flowery cupcake holders and the chocolate chunk cookies that are to die for.

Plate and Photo courtesy of Anna

The French Macarons came from Patricia and the rest of the logistics were taken cared of Jennifer.


The whole feast (Italian food were ordered from Pasto)

Photo courtesy of Anna

It was a fun evening filled with good food, good conversations, non-stop laughter and packed with calories. It was fabulous to celebrate with the girls but a little sad to be wishing farewell to a good friend.

{Printable Labels from Eat Drink Chic}

Monday, May 20, 2013

How was your weekend?




Mine was awesome! =)

I spent last weekend at my sister's place. It was only me because Mike had to attend their firm's summer outing.

Saturday:

It all started when I posted a view of my room's window on Instagram. My good friend and fellow blogger: Phoebe, responded to my post and invited me for breakfast. She just got off from work and was in the area. She had a blueberry scone and coffee while I ordered a steaming cup of Vanilla Ceylon tea from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. We talked about people who inspire us, career, relationships, the Apple I-pad Mini and Candy Crush.  Next was...

- Tried to figure out how this whole makeup thing works. Especially how to apply and blend eye shadow. Finally found the time to practice.

- We invited Uncle Gerry and his family for lunch. We had Chinese food delivered from Mr. Choi's Kitchen. I love their dim sum!

- Family dinner at Ma Maison Greenbelt 2. Most of us ordered tonkatsu. It was delicious!

- Ice blended drinks and chocolate cakes again from CBTL with Rhea and my god daughter Heaven.

Sunday:

- Brunch at Cafe Mary Grace Greenbelt 2. We ordered our favorite Vigan longganisa with fried rice dish, a glass of apple cinnamon honey iced tea for me and brewed coffee for my sister.

- Went shopping at Promod and got a new pair of pants that I posted about a week ago. Oh, it was for free. It was my sister's treat.

- Spent 30 minutes on the elliptical machine.

- Picked up the hubby at the office located in BGC, had ramen for late lunch.

- Skipped dinner in exchange for a long slumber which basically caps my weekend off.

I hope you had a good weekend too!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Beef with Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir Fry

These past two months I've been busy with my new career, domesticity, family time and errands. Time has been flying by so fast, it's such a giant hazy blur. Anyway, I wanted to share another quick recipe that leaves a yummy impression in your tastes buds!

My husband likes beef dishes and I am still in the process of training him to eat more vegetables. This dish certainly hits two birds in one stone. This is just a variation of the classic Beef with Broccoli recipe but I added baby corns. 


Ingredients:

Marinade:
  • 1/4 kg sirloin 
  • 2 Tbsps soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsps water
  • 1/2 tsp of minced ginger
  • pepper
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil (for frying)
Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 Tbsps soy sauce 
  • 3 Tbsps oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp water
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of broccoli (wash and drained)
  • 1/2 cup of baby corn 
Directions:
  1. Cut the beef into thin slices and combine the rest of the ingredients for the marinade. Marinate the beef for 30 minutes.
  2. With medium heat, saute the some of  the garlic and onion and fry the slices of beef for 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the wok or frying pan saute the remaining garlic and onion then add the broccoli and baby corn. Sprinkle salt and sugar over these vegetables then combine the rest of the ingredients. Stir fry everything until the vegetables are cooked. About 5 minutes.
  4. Return the beef slices to the pan. Cook and stir for another 2 minutes.
  5. Serve over hot rice.
Makes 4 servings.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sneaker Stuff

I am not the sneaker/rubber shoes type of gal unless I am on the treadmill or scheduled for a quick run in the park. But, while I was accompanying my beau with his sneaker shopping at Sole Academy, I came across this white printed Nike Dunk Sky Hi hi-top sneakers. I didn't like the design on display at the store but being 4"11 in height, the hidden wedge suddenly got me interested.

When I got home, I did a research online and found my SOLEmate in the sneaker division.

And then there’s Tokyo. A city unlike any other, driven by the latest high tech gadgetry, yet built upon centuries of deliberate Japanese customs and tradition. This dichotomy of old versus new is manifested in the Nike Dunk Sky Hi Tokyo, with the iridescent, jaw-dropping futuristic details weaving their way through fine, felted beige material.
This design is so me. A fusion of old and new. Like many people say, I am an old soul in a modern world. Classic/Traditional but a little futuristic.

My birthday is less than a month away and I am including this in my birthday wish list.

Happy Tuesday Shoesday!

 {Image and Quoted Information: EUKicks}

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mintspiration

I've been lusting over this narrow-leg crop trousers in mint green I've seen at a local Promod shop. It comes with a studded faux leather belt. It is also available in two other shades. By the way, I'm a huge fan of this brand.



Minty shades and other pastel colors have been popping up everywhere. But it looks like mint is the most popular of them all. It's invigorating and refreshing. I simply adore this cool color and based on my observation, mint happens to look good on everyone. It will go well with some neutral-toned pieces I have in my closet.

Some of my other minty picks:
Chanel Lambskin
Someday maybe?

Nail polish in Mint
Mint Revas


How about you? Are you into mint too?

{Image 1 & 2: Promod, Image 3 Madison Avenue Couture,4 and 5: Pinterest}

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Wanderlusting Again


Hmmm.... I wonder where our next adventure will be? 



{Image via Pinterest}

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Project Organize Your Entire Life eBook

I was raised by a mom who could be Martha Stewart's clone. But, even if I have inherited her neatness and organizing gene, I could never ever fill her shoes. Yes, I do have a knack in cleaning, sorting, de-cluttering and arranging stuff in a smart manner, but once everything is all spic and span, bright and shiny, my biggest frustration is maintaining and keeping everything that way. Then I saw this eBook... It certainly got me inspired!



I'm excited to purchase a copy once my Ipad Mini arrives! It will aid me on staying on top of things and maybe train me to be a domestic goddess someday. Lol. It's the perfect Mother's Day present I could think of that my mom would really enjoy.

What have you decided to give your mom on their special day? Spill!

{Image from ModernParentsMessyKids}
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