Read || The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How are you all doing? Hope you are doing well!

It’s been ages since I’ve written a book review–I’ve been reading a lot of books but I haven’t put pen to paper. Or rather, in this case, fingertips to keyboard with regard to how I feel about them! I’m going to review one of my favourite author’s little known work.

Reading Lucy Maud (LM) Montgomery’s work is always a treat. I’ve fallen in love with Anne of Green Gables as a little girl. In many ways, I related to Anne Shirley. I still do, actually. While I have many good friends and I love them dearly, there’s only a few with whom I have the same wavelength–I share her viewpoint in having a friend that’s also a ‘kindred spirit’.  I still read the books in the series because there’s something about worth revisiting in Anne Shirley’s world: She never changes who she is, and she does her own thing. For those who have never read the series at all–IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. It’s totally worth your time. The eighth book in the series is actually my favourite! Read More

Hey baby, it’s okay.

So finally, I took a short trip out of the urban jungle that is Manila. Finally, after almost five years!

A little warning: this post will be at the danger of sounding like I’m half-bottle of whining, but I promise, I’ll do my best to make sure it won’t go there.

I haven’t been doing at all well lately, emotionally, that is. Well, to be honest, it’s only partly true. I have my good days. But some days were…meh. Which is why I stayed away from blogging, because I just didn’t feel like writing anything. I did feel guilty about not writing anything at all. Read More

Read || The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

How are you? How was your Valentine’s Day? Hope it went well. 🙂

This is a book that I’ve been dying to review–but I re-read this book over and over to do this review justice. 🙂 It’s definitely my favourite book at the moment, and it’s been totally worth it to buy on Amazon. Because sadly, it’s not available in book shops in the Philippines. Yeah, I’m talking to you National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked. And people are missing a lot not reading this book! Well, at least I think so.

Eva Rice’s The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets takes place in 1950s England, a country still recovering from the effects of the Second World War, and still coping with rationing. At the same time, England was also invaded by America. Read More

My (new) multi-purpose cookie dough recipe

 

Baking cookies always gives me wonderful memories. Of wonderful Saturday afternoons baking cookies from the box (hi, White King), and dunking them into cold, fresh milk. Yum.

When my older sister started baking stuff from scratch, I became her assistant. Measuring things, stirring the batter, or wrapping those baked goods into boxes. That however, wasn’t fodder enough for me to start venturing into baking on my own–until she left to work abroad.

Fast forward to 2014, when I started baking cookies for friends and family. Of course they weren’t perfect–but people gave me helpful hints as to the texture and taste of the cookies. I’ve made a lucky hit with red velvet cookies–a recipe I’ll have to reproduce as I have lost it through the deletion of my old blog. Read More

Gifts the student in your life will appreciate AT ANY SEASON

 

Missed a birthday? Too late for Christmas? Not able to make it for Valentine’s Day? Got a student in your life you need to appreciate? While this post is actually late, one can still give gifts that can be used throughout the year–especially when the recipient is a student!

This post was inspired by a memory in law school: it was the season for class Christmas parties and exchanging gifts. One of my classmates played it safe and included a wishlist (I kid you not) along with the slip of paper where her “code name” was scribbled. Her list included:

Post-Its (five pieces, the long yellow ones)

Pilot G-Tech pens (0.3/0.4)–black, blue and red: TWO OF EACH

Stabilo Boss Highlighters (Blue, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Green–AGAIN, TWO OF EACH)

Index cards, both sides unruled; 100 pieces.

1 ten piece set of Staedtler Fineliner pens

Okay, I can go on all afternoon! But at least you get the gist. The funny thing was, she wasn’t alone where wishlists were concerned. A few classmates even ventured as far as including codal books (pocket Bible-sized books of unannotated laws–codes, they are usually called. This is what they look like:

 

And they’re pretty much the Bible of every Filipino law student (Sorry, God!). We were all required to master each and every word of the law, memorising and chanting it even in our sleep if need be.

Okay, I digress.

Going back to the business of gift-giving (ha!), the student in your life deserves your tender loving care by giving them stuff they can really appreciate and use. While flowers and candies are a sweet gesture, wouldn’t it be sweeter if they use your gift and think of you while doing so? *winkwink* So what can you give them? Below is a handy gift guide–perfect for any occasion! Read More

Soup du jour: Cream of carrot and celery soup

The holidays have come and gone! To be honest, I’m still feeling stuffed, and mind, we didn’t even prepare a lot of food! For Christmas, we had roast chicken (followed Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for roast turkey…but as turkey is a good deal more costly in the Philippines, I made do with a large chicken), pasta (recipe to be shared one of these days), and soup.

For soup, traditionally we have a special kind of chicken macaroni soup every Christmas. This time, however, I wanted to try something new. To be honest, I was nervous about preparing this–as it would be my first time preparing it.

This soup recipe came from my late paternal aunt, who is the absolute queen (apart from my mum) of preparing good food. She shared this recipe to my older sister (do check out her blog), who made this soup quite often, but not too often as it to cease becoming a treat. When I was younger, I used to assist her in cooking and baking, and I would pretty dumb not to have picked up something. Thankfully, my memory didn’t fail me, and I am able to make this, on my own, with a bit of a twist!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the recipe of cream of carrot and celery with potato soup. Read More

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Mini Apple-Caramel Pie Puffs

 

I’ve seen this recipe go all over the internet for an age–and I wonder why I never gathered the courage to try until recently. One of my favourite bloggers made this too and posted the recipe here, and I followed the recipe loosely. Loosely because I took out one ingredient and used another (it still turned out the way I expected it to–and probably even better–in my opinion, at least).

You’ll need the following:

4 apples chopped into small pieces like this:

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5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (you may use lemon juice if you like, but I gave this a try and it brought out the best apple flavour EVER).

3 tablespoons cinnamon

1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar

Puff pastry

2 tablespoons vanilla (I know what everyone says about vanilla, but everything seems to taste better with it!)

Caramel

1 beaten egg (for the egg wash) Read More