Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cake Balls recipe






I made some cake balls for our Nochebuena feast but I forgot to serve them.lol I just served them for our Christmas party. The kids loved them! I made peanut butter and chocolate flavored cake balls. Here's the recipe.


1 box of cake mix ( your preference)
1 container of frosting ( I used chocolate and peanut butter)
package of chocolate chips or white chocolate
sprinkles


1.Bake cake according to package directions.
2. let cool then crumble cake.
3. mix frosting thoroughly until well blended
4. form into balls and lay on cookie sheets
5. chill for several hours
6.melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.
7.dip the balls into chocolate using a toothpick or fork then lay on wax paper until firm.
8.Drizzle some white chocolate or add some sprinkles to decorate the cake balls


You can insert a stick into each ball before dipping into melted chocolate.







My nieces

Penne pasta in creamy white sauce


I would always cook without measuring. I just let my taste buds be the judge! kenyit Here are the ingredients for this pasta: penne pasta, ham, salami, all purpose cream, shitake mushroom, butter, parsley, salt and pepper to taste, garlic powder, 3 cheeses ( cream cheese, cheddar, parmesan cheese).

Saute diced ham and salami in butter, remove and set aside. Add some water to the pan and put the 3 cheeses. Stir until melted. Add the all purpose cream and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Add the pre boiled pasta, shitake mushroom, ham, salami and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss well to combine. You can add more butter if you want. Top with grated parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve and enjoy!!

Auntie left for California today

We took Auntie to the airport today. She went back to California with her friend. We'll miss you Auntie!! Looking forward to your next visit.




Sis and cousins

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!



Some photos from our Christmas Party. celebrate







Mmmmmmm lechon!! ( Roasted pig)
I gained 10 lbs today!!! nangih





Gift-Giving

Ykaie and sis

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Chocolate fountain

We first tried using the chocolate fountain during my Aunt's birthday. ( Dec. 13) It was a disaster! lol
She suggested using truffles chocolate since she brought a lot from California. She gave me a box of truffles. I told her it wasn't enough for us. She wouldn't give me another box so I sneaked one from the fridge. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate. It was somewhat thick in consistency so I added some canola oil. I read a recipe for chocolate sauce that calls for canola oil. They say it helps the chocolate to flow smoothly and evenly, but somehow I noticed it curdled during the melting process. I just added some water but it didn't help. It curdled even more. Not sure what went wrong maybe it was the canola oil. Since I wanted to try the chocolate fountain to see if it was working I gave it a go. Instead of running smoothly, it looked like a volcano erupting with molten lava flowing. lol The chocolate was dripping so badly. My Aunt asked what went wrong. I just told her it was her truffles fault. hehehe! gile



We used the chocolate fountain today for our Christmas party. I bought some fountain dipping candy to make sure the chocolate fountain will work. It did! sengihnampakgigi






We had fruit platter ( strawberries, apples, bananas, pineapple and grapes) macaroons, wafer sticks, marshmallows and cinnamon sticks for dipping. The kids enjoyed it!




My Aunt



Ykaie Enjoying her chocolate dipped strawberry


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Our Nochebuena ( "Good Night"on Christmas Eve)

My favorite part of Nochebuena is the eating portion. lol I mean the cooking!jelir jelirWe gathered together on Christmas Eve to have late dinner with my relatives.













Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas carol dancers

It has always been a tradition in the Philippines for kids and adults alike to walk around the neighborhood hopping from one house to another singing traditional Christmas songs. But the Christmas carol dancers offer something different. You will see them in their Christmas costumes dancing to the latest groove or Christmas music. Some do it for a cause. They surely add spirit to the Holiday season. It is very popular in our neighborhood.












Christmas Caroling Philippines style




Here's a group of kids dancing to Feliz Navidad. Sorry the videos are kinda dark.


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Video 1

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A group of teenagers dancing to Jingle bells. They were very energetic and danced really well.




Video 2

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Another group of kids dancing to the song So sexy.

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Video 3

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These 3 groups were the carolers for tonight aside from the singing carolers. They kept coming. lol sengihnampakgigi Caroling usually starts on the 16th of Dec and ends on the 24th or 25th.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Testing

Just trying this blogging thing. Not sure what to post yet.

Here are some photos of my nieces. I did their hair! sengihnampakgigi









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