February 27, 2015

Pancit Lomi Soup

Pancit Lomi Soup

"Lomi or Pancit Lomi is a Filipino-Chinese dish made with a variety of thick fresh egg noodles of about a quarter of an inch in diameter, soaked in lye water to give it more texture. Because of its popularity at least in the eastern part of Batangas, there are as many styles of cooking lomi as there are eateriespanciterias or restaurants offering the dish. Variations in recipes and quality are therefore very common." (Wikipedia)

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February 23, 2015

Little Iron Man Amigurumi

Little Iron Man Amigurumi
I promised Matt that I will make an Iron Man crochet item since it was one of his favorites. I was thinking of making a hat but Mommy asked me to make a little amigurumi so it will be hung on his bag. Mommy had already made an Iron Man mask for him. 

Some might be asking what is an amigurumi?

"Amigurumi (crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, andnuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture." (Wikipedia)
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February 13, 2015

Crochet Rose Flower

Hello everyone! Valentine's day is almost here. Let me share with you the crochet rose flower I made last night. 

Crochet Rose Flower
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February 11, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Blue-Violet

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.” 
- Luther Burbank

Blue and Violet
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February 10, 2015

Crochet Iron Man Mask

Our little boy is obsessed with Iron Man and shades. That's why when I got a little break from taking crochet orders, I waste no time and made a crochet Iron Mask for him.

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Crochet Iron Man Mask

It took me less than an hour to finished this Iron Man mask and our little boy loves it. It's not too obvious noh?

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Crochet Iron Man Mask

How to do it? I used thick acrylic yarn for this and a 3.5mm hook. I used this free pattern crochet simple mask. I just did some modifications and I used 3 yarn colors. Here it goes:

Using light blue yarn.
Ch 23, sl st into first ch to make a loop. Then Ch 25, sl st into 23st ch from hook to make second loop. Fasten off.
This will create two loops connected by 2 chains.
Ch 2, HDC into next 2 chs, 30 HDCC into the loop. HDC into the back of the center 2 chs, make 30 HDC in next loop. Sl st and fasten off.
Using yellow yarn.
Attached the yarn to where you fasten off. Sl st. Ch2, HDC2tog across the center 2 sts, HDC around until you reached the Sl st you made. Sl st and fasten off.
Using red yarn.
Attached the yarn to where you fasten off. Sl st. Ch2, HDC in the next 12 sts, 2DC in the next 8 sts, HDC in the next 26 sts, 2DC in the next 8 sts, HDc in the next 12sts. Sl st and fasten off.
You can use an elastic band or do chains on each side of the mask like what I did and just tie at the back.

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Crochet Iron Man Mask
That's it! Your do it your self crochet Iron Man mask for your kids.
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February 5, 2015

Oatmeal-Arrozcaldo Overload

Oatmeal, Arrozcaldo, rice porridge
Arrozcaldo Overload

Last Sunday, Mommy is not feeling well. So to keep her warm, I made oatmeal-arrozcaldo overload. Overload because I added more toppings with added twist. Instead of sautéing the chicken before adding rice, I cooked it adobo style first then made into flakes.

Adding oatmeal is already a part of cooking rice porridge at home making it healthier.

Oatmeal, Arrozcaldo, rice porridge
Arrozcaldo Overload


You will need:
250 grams chicken, cooked adobo style, flaked
2 cups rice, soaked in water for about 30 minutes then drained
1 cup instant oatmeal
1 medium-sized onion, minced
Thumb-size ginger, minced
3-4 clove garlic minced
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1/8 cup kasubha
¼ cup patis
1 tsp ground pepper
1 liter chicken stock
1 liter water

Toppings (optional):
toasted garlic
onion springs
fried tokwa

1. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger.
2. Add turmeric powder and kasubha, ground pepper and patis.
3. Drop rice and pour chicken stock.
4. Cover and wait for the rice to be cooked (just like cooking the usual plain rice).
5. Pour water and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
6. Add oatmeal and continue simmer until oatmeal cooks.
7. Place in a bowl then top with adobo flakes, toasted garlic, fried tokwa and spring onion.
8. Best serve with calamansi.

Serve hot.  (Optional: You can also add sliced hard boiled eggs as topping.)
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February 4, 2015

Up, Up and Away Wednesday: Morning Sky

"Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky,
are best relieved by letting of a little water."
- Christopher Morley

Morning Sky

This shot is taken last week before we left home for work. We are in a rush for we might get late at work so I used my phone instead of the camera.
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February 2, 2015

Peanut-Oatmeal-Butter Cookies

Peanut-Oatmeal-Butter Cookies 

Doing cookies seems easy for me since I had the convection oven at home. I made several varieties like oreo cheesecake and chocolate chips-raisin-oatmeal. These cookies are always part of Matthew's school baon which he really loves.

Two Sundays ago, I made another variety which I used rolled oats and roasted peanuts, increased the amount of butter, and remove flour.
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