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Exams, Vertigo Attacks, and Valentine’s Day

Welcome to another day in the life of a homeschooling mom! It’s Sunday and I just spent most of the day working on Yuri’s 2nd monthly exams for the 3rd quarter (they have 2 monthly exams + 1 quarterly exam per quarter). With Job still stuck abroad (lol), I am meeting yet another Valentine’s Day alone at home, but it’s not an issue. I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I would rather celebrate Christmas — I just love Christmas too much! ūüėÄ

Anyway, it seems like I was ranting about homeschooling in the beginning of this post, but I wasn’t really. On the contrary, we’re almost nearing the end of 3rd quarter (woot!) and we are still enjoying the stress-free homeschool life. We are still following nearly the same daily routine since we started and I think we are truly blessed to have found a system that works for us.

There are days, for sure, when I didn’t want to prepare lessons for the week or actually teach them. For example, last Sunday, I woke up with a bad case of vertigo. The last time I had a vertigo attack was 4 years ago, and it disappeared right after I did a maneuver (I forgot the name). This time, the vertigo improved¬†very slowly¬†and the recovery took days. In fact, right now, 7 days after the attack, I still get mildly dizzy if I dare turn my head the wrong way.

During the week, I also found out that my blood pressure was too low for me (30 years old, weighing 138-140 pounds at 160 cm). I know a low blood pressure is rarely a cause of concern, but I got mildly alarmed when, apart from the weakness and vertigo, my hands and feet also started feeling chilly. The symptoms improved when I started adding a Ferrous sulfate supplement to my daily multivitamins. Thank you, Lord!

Right now, I’m feeling much better than I did last week — which is good because there are 5 exams that needed to be written! By the way, we are not required to create our own exams in Chosen Education (where we are enrolled in), but I prefer exams tailor-made to suit our lessons and learning style. Since I am already finished, I’m taking my time to rest and watch a few episodes of the latest season of¬†Busted¬†on Netflix hehe.

I bought callos and bopis from our next-door neighbor ūüėÄ

(I’m craving for cake and chocolate because of all the posts I see on Facebook! I don’t want to order, though, because I’m feeling¬†kuripot.¬†Also,¬†I’m quite happy with the¬†bopis¬†and¬†callos¬†that I have at home. Yum!)

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Making Fudge Brownie Using Dehydrated Potatoes (A Giveaway from Potatoes USA!)

Potatoes USA Giveaway

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen ever since the pandemic began. Aside from being home all the time, we are also trying to minimize our trips outside the home. That’s why I would bake sweet treats rather than buying them in the store, and if I have time, I would even make our own bread!

Like many households, we also like keeping a supply of food items with long shelf life in our pantry. Apart from the usual staples, did you know it’s wise to keep dehydrated foods, too?

Dehydrated standard potato flakes and dehydrated standard potato granules from Potatoes USA Philippines

Dehydrated potatoes, in particular, are known to have a shelf life of 18-24 months. In my opinion, they should be a staple in every pantry. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Made from 100% whole, high-quality U.S. potatoes
  2. Loaded with the same nutrients as fresh potatoes
  3. Versatile and can be used to make many recipes
  4. Less prep time need, can be used straight out of the package
  5. Good value, with one kilo making approximately five kilos when rehydrated

In other words, U.S. dehydrated potatoes are a delight to use in the kitchen!

I personally love having U.S. dehydrated potatoes in stock because they can be used in a lot of recipes, whether savory or sweet. Yes, you can totally use dehydrated potatoes to bake bread and pastries!

This is why I got super excited when Potatoes USA sent me a package containing U.S. dehydrated potatoes, cooking essentials, various merchandise… and cookbooks!

New cookbooks!

All those and more inside this bag ^_^

Of course, I immediately perused the baking cookbooks (with recipes by Chef Miko Aspiras). There are so many things you can bake pala with dehydrated potatoes! The first recipe I followed was the Fudge Brownie, which uses U.S. dehydrated potato granules.

Potato Fudge Brownies

Do you know what I immediately noticed when making the recipe? It only requires 30 grams of dehydrated potato granules. That‚Äôs less than ¬Ĺ cup, if my conversion is correct. A pack of dehydrated potato granules would definitely go a long way!

Oooh, fudgy!

The brownies were so fudgy and chocolatey. The consistency was moist and rich, which is perfect if you don’t like dry and cake-y brownies (like me). I’m excited to try the other recipes in the cookbooks next.

But wait, there’s more.

 

Giveaway time!

Potatoes USA actually sent me TWO packages: one for me and another one for a lucky reader! The gift pack contains the following:

  • 1 travel bag with multiple pockets and compartments (including a laptop compartment)
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Flakes
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Granules
  • 1 khaki apron, 1 oven mitt, 1 whisk
  • 1 hardbound notebook, 1 pen, 1 phone pop socket, 1 mouse pad
  • 1 hardbound Heirloom Collection cookbook
  • 1 Street Food cookbook
  • 3 Bake cookbooks

Here’s all you need to do to win:

  1. Share your own potato recipe using frozen and dehydrated US potato products.
  2. Share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me and Potatoes USA-Philippines.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maanlx/ and https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

OR 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie_angeli/ and https://www.instagram.com/potatoesusaphl/

That’s it! The package can be shipped anywhere in the Philippines (we will shoulder the shipping fee.)

Giveaway is now closed!

Where to buy US Potatoes:

  • US dehydrated potatoes are available in most baking supply stores. You can also message Potatoes USA-Philippines to order from the comfort of your home.
  • US frozen potato brands like McCain, Simplot, and Lambweston are available in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
  • US table-stock and fresh potatoes, which are seasonal, are available in the produce section of your favorite supermarket.
Christmas Events

After the Long Christmas Vacation… Bring It On, 2018!

Happy new year, everyone! My 11-day holiday break is finally coming to an end! Here are the things I planned to do but, of course, didn’t:

  • Write a year’s worth of blogs
  • Update my blog’s look
  • Plan a new morning routine for 2018
  • Take pictures of the clothes I’m no longer wearing and sell them
  • Take Yuri on a date or do science experiments
  • Update the look of my home office
  • Lose 15 pounds

Perhaps I don’t need to say that I feel like a failure lol. But I am trying to be kinder to myself, to realize that while I am not able to do everything I think I need to do, I am still¬†trying.¬†That I’m only a failure when I stop trying.

Before I proceed, let me say thank you to the best bosses in the world for giving us a long break! Please visit our website: Stay At Home Mum.

It’s true that I could have done so much more during my vacation. I could have done science experiments with my son, rearranged the furniture, tried new recipes, become a real estate superstar… I could have rested more and watched an entire KDrama or two!

By the way, I wasn’t even able to write about our Christmas celebration. To be fair, because of our hectic schedules, we didn’t go all out on decor this year. Only your standard Christmas tree and Christmas ornaments on our shelves. No lights because they take effort to put up and even more effort to take down hehe. We also didn’t have a formal sit-down Noche Buena. Instead, we had a street party with our friends and neighbours.

At our Christmas street party, wearing my new Ever Bilena Toast of New York lippie hehe and the matching shirts our neighbors/friends worked on

What we lacked in decor and formalities though, we made up for gifts. I saved up a bit before Christmas and spent it all on gifts and Christmas stuff. For someone like me whose love language is gifts, Christmas truly is a special season. Yuri had the lion’s share of the presents, of course. Kids do have the best Christmases! I received a few gifts myself, both from friends and family. Thank you! Continue Reading

Food Restaurant Review

BFF Bonding at Munchtown Grill!

I am trying to go on a diet now (keyword is¬†trying), but there’s still nothing I’d rather do than bond with my friends over good food and yummy conversations.

Hazel and George, AKA the two closest friends I have who still live in Davao, and I don’t meet that often. In fact, we just meet each other once a month (at most lol) on special dates because of our crazy schedules. So we try to make sure to find a good restaurant that serves really good food!

Not an easy thing to do, though, because we’re trying to save money at the same time. We used to spend too much¬†on food and regret our life decisions afterward haha¬†so now we’re looking for places that serve good food and, at the same time affordable. Good thing we discovered Munchtown Grill through Davao Food Guide on Facebook!

It’s pretty easy to locate — it’s just beside Cafe Demitasse — and you can immediately spot it because of its outdoor setup. If you’re an indoor with A/C fiend, don’t worry. They totally have air-conditioned seating, which was where we sat. I had so much fun catching up with my friends. The downside is that I forget to take pictures when I’m busy with chismis¬†lol!¬†With that said, I grabbed this picture of the restaurant off another website hehe.

The decor was industrial chic. Here’s what’s inside the airconditioned room (we think you can hold small meetings in there):

When we initially found out about Munchtown Grill, what we wanted to try was their Kimchi Rice.

But we weren’t able to try it because we were in the mood for other things hehe. Here are the things we ordered instead:

Munchtown Fries – P130

This was a winner. The fries were fresh, not frozen, as promised, and it had the right amount of kick and savory flavor. It surely doesn’t hurt to have all those pieces of bacon in there.

Chili and Cheese Dog – P85

This was my order, and I can still remember how it tastes! On the menu, it says that they use all-natural beef hotdogs. I have no way of proving that, but the hotdog didn’t taste too salty as commercial hotdogs often do. However, it was really flavorful. The ratio of chili to cheese to hotdog is p-e-r-f-e-c-t! Even the bread, which was not too thick, was great!

Carbonara – P130?

This is admittedly an ugly picture haha. George ordered it. She was seated across from me and she was also busy documenting it through Instagram story lol so I couldn’t get a pretty angle. Here’s a picture from Munchtown Grill that is heaps better nyahaha.

Cheeseburger – P160

And here’s Hazel’s cheeseburger. She was kinder and actually lent me her platter haha. I wasn’t able to taste their orders (friends do that all the time, don’t they?) because I just recovered from sickness, but based on their reactions to their food, I’m sure they all tasted fantastic!

Fresh Watermelon Lemonade – P50

OMG I was so in love with their Fresh Watermelon Lemonade! It tasted really, erm, fresh! Seriously, it’s a very refreshing drink. It had the right balance of sweet and tangy, and on top of that, it’s cheap at P50!

Yuri also had the Oreo milkshake, which I forgot to take a picture of, so here’s one from Munchtown Grill’s FB page again #parasite

I had a tiny sip of it, and I loved that it didn’t taste like shave ice. In fact, I didn’t detect any piece of ice at all! It tasted like ice cream — what I think milkshakes are supposed to taste like. And it’s just P98!

What affordable place have you discovered lately?

Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Dinner At Rustic Kitchen Restaurant

Rustic Kitchen Davao

A new restaurant has opened just 5 minutes away from home!

Technically, it’s not new-new because it’s been there for just over a year now, but it’s still an awesome new addition to our “small-town-feels” barangay. I love where I live (the highlands of Cabantian, Davao City!), but I must admit that the lack of good dining options (that is not Dexter’s or Santino’s Pizza or short order food counters) can be depressing sometimes. So when I saw Rustic Kitchen, I knew I should try it!

Rustic Kitchen Davao

We were finally able to try their dishes a month ago, during Mother’s Day.

I wanted my future house to be all white and minimalist, with clean lines and natural light coming in. I was conflicted when I entered Rustic Kitchen. I want a country-style cabin, too! Perhaps I should reserve the latter for a vacation house in the province. #librelangmangarap #becausewhynotchocnut

Here are pictures of the charming interior:

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Food Trip at Red Corner Burger Cafe and Tiny Kitchen (Dulce Vida)

Red Corner Davao

I still get random cravings for Red Corner’s Pacman burger and TK’s red velvet cheesecake.

Which is quite unfortunate because I’m trying,¬†trying,¬†to lose weight. ūüôĀ

Well, anyway, for those of you who can afford to eat burgers and cheesecakes without worrying about their figures (let’s switch lives? no? okay), especially if you’re planning to grace Davao City with your presence, you need to visit both Red Corner and Tiny Kitchen.

Ready for food trippin'!

Ready for food trippin’!

Red Corner Burger Cafe

Red Corner is a small ~¬†actually it’s¬†tiny ~¬†boxing-themed burger place in downtown Davao. If you’re not careful, you can easily miss it. But it’s worth the trip.

Via Trip Advisor

Via Trip Advisor

Red Corner Burger Cafe Davao

The place is not the only thing that is boxing-themed; their burgers are, too. I don’t know a lot about boxing — heck I don’t even always watch Manny’s fights — so let’s leave that detail out shall we lol. Let’s talk about the food instead.

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Sarah and Jona, my work colleagues, including Sarah’s hubby, Xandy, have already been there before and they recommended two burgers to me:¬†Pacman¬†and¬†El Terible.¬†Since I am only one person and can eat just one burger at a time (Yuri was there but cannot eat an entire burger on his own), I opted to buy a Pacman for dine in and order an El Terible, to go. Continue Reading

Food Restaurant Review Worth the Weight

Family Dinner at Kuya J

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

I’ve been writing about restaurants since last week (and I still have two more in my drafts plus a couple of travel posts!). Bear with me — I’m just trying to clear my overdue drafts and I’ll be back in regular programming.

A couple of months ago, we had dinner at Kuya J.¬†I’ve been hearing and reading about Kuya J on my social media fans that I just couldn’t resist trying it! The good news? It was so worth it — we had a hearty meal at an affordable price. Read on!

Kuya J Davao SM Lanang

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Elections Events Mixed Mess Parenting Preschool School

Messy Weekend: Elections + Mother’s Day + Yuri’s First Day of School!

WOW!

What a weekend!

It’s already Tuesday evening and I’m still reeling over the weekend that transpired. I don’t think I ever had a weekend as busy and¬†brimming as this one. Well, maybe except Christmas and New Year. But that’s another story. Let’s talk about the weekend that was. Here’s a photo diary!

Enrolment + Trip to the Dentist

Eye Level Davao

We liked Eye Level so much that we decided to go back last Saturday to enrol. Yuri’s excited to attend sessions!

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After going to Eye Level, we went to our family dentist’s clinic to have Yuri’s teeth checked. It was Yuri’s very first time to visit the dentist so he wasn’t comfortable sitting on the dentist’s chair yet. So I sat down and sat him on my lap while our dentist prodded at his mouth. He has one cavity that needs filling up and we’re going back this Saturday. Good luck¬†teh.

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Davao Events Events

Nothing But Mott’s Apple Juice For Us!

A month ago, just a couple of weeks before Christmas, I was invited to an event hosted by one of my trusted brands when it comes to Yuri:¬†Mott’s Apple Juice.

Yuri is a drink-person. He loves drinking (more like gulping) water and fruit juices throughout the day. Sometimes milk, more often water and juice. In fact, right now, he’s just back from the playground and thirstily drinking fresh calamansi juice.

So unless I have fresh fruit on hand (read: citrus), I always make sure that I have some juice in the fridge. Of course, I prefer them to be sugar-free and, as much as possible, free from most unwanted additives.

We do buy several brands of juices but when it comes to apple juice, I always go back to my failproof brand, which is Mott’s. I am such a loyalist that I even wrote about it in my old blog! For starters, it’s sugar-free and is¬†100% apple juice.¬†No unnecessary flavouring or, ick, food colouring.

Second, it has a high dose of Vitamin C, perfect for building up the immune system of my preschooler. An 8 fl oz serving provides 2 fruit servings per day! My son¬†loves¬†fruit but we don’t always have access to fresh ones so 100% fruit juice does well in a pinch.

Third, even¬†I¬†enjoy it because it tastes just like apple cider. Promise! All I need to do is grab a goblet, pour some chilled Mott’s apple juice into it, and feel like an adult.¬†Drink it like it was real apple cider and they would be none the wiser. Haha!

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Christmas Events

Highlights of Our Christmas 2015

How was your Christmas?

I have come into terms with the fact that I won’t be able to blog properly until everything goes back to normal (hopefully during the first week of January!), but I found just enough time to squeeze in an update post. Here are the highlights of our Christmas, 2015!

Christmas Eve started with me meeting my SAHM (Stay At Home Mum) Team PH friends — in other words, my work friends. We met for lunch where we,¬†ten tenen tenen,¬†exchanged gifts! We had lunch at¬†Cafe Teresita¬†near GMA Shrine Hills, which is owned by the owner of Jive Highland Resort. Why we ate there? It’s a long story! I’ll tell you about it in a post especially devoted to the one¬†about our trip to Buda.¬†Abangan!

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I got this oh-so-wonderful gift from Julie, our colleague from La Carlota, Negros Occidental:

A beginner's calligraphy set + a couple of brush pens!

A beginner’s calligraphy set + a couple of brush pens!

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Christmas Friends Lifestyle Shopping

Mixed Mess: Christmas Rush, Pigging Out, and Official Catch Up Week

So I’m giving up on dieting this month.

Pigging Out

Even though money is kinda tight (I forgot to include my World Vision kids’ noche buena in my budget plan! Sorry guys that I sent it literally at the last minute!), thank God there is no shortage of food around here. Thank you Lord for the generous givers around us and for the occasional extra money to enjoy food!

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So even though I won’t be losing weight anytime this year (and may even gain s’more kilos – – even my puns are food – related gah), I’m just thankful the there’s always food on the table despite the sky-high medical expenses haha.

Christmas Rush

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Food Restaurant Review

An Afternoon at Cafe Annabelle’s

Cafe Annabelles'

You have been redirected from my review of Cafe Annabelle’s on DavaoMommy.com.

I’ve been noticing Cafe Annabelle’s for a while now. It’s this quaint and dainty cafe right in front of Ayala Abreeza mall’s Robinsons grocery; it’s hard to miss it in its pink and white glory!

I’m not sure when it opened exactly since I rarely grocery-shop at Abreeza, but the first time I saw the cafe, I knew I had to try it sometime! You know naman, anything cute and pretty with food thrown into the mix piques my curiosity. ūüôā

Finally, I was able to try¬†Cafe¬†Annabelle’s last Sunday with my super-friends.

First Impressions

I already knew it would be a convenient choice since it was inside a mall and had a small play-area. However, I did think that the cafe itself would be cramped. Upon entering, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the cafe was actually spacious!

I also super love the decor. I couldn’t leave our table to take photos of the details (dalang dala sa chismisan), but I keenly observed the little things they included to build a relaxing (and kikay) atmosphere. You can take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos here!

Seating

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