December 15, 2015

Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie Bars

Oatmeal-Raisins Cookie Bar
Last Sunday, I tried to make oatmeal and raisins bars but resulted to cookie bars. I think I used a higher temperature or baked it longer. When I tried to review the recipe it really looks like the recipe for oatmeal cookies.

Oatmeal-Raisins Cookie Bars

I used instant oatmeal instead of rolled oats. This might be the reason for having the said end product. Anyway, masarap din naman.

From Instagram

I even use it to make ice cream sandwich by placing a scoop of chocolate ice cream between the two bars.

This can be a nice giveaway to your friends and colleagues this Christmas Season.

Here is the recipe:

Oatmeal-Raisins Cookie Bars


¾ cup butter, melted in double boiler
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 cups instant oatmeal
1 cup raisins
2 large eggs
¾ cups brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp salt

Pre heat oven to 150ºC.
Line baking pan with baking paper and grease with butter. Set aside.
Mix butter, brown and white sugar, eggs, and cinnamon powder until smooth.
Fold in all-purpose flour, salt, and oatmeal until fully combined.
Pour in greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Cool completely and cut into bars.

Using pizza slicer does the cutting of cookies better.
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December 2, 2015

A Throwback... Matthew the Little Musician

Oops... It's not yet Thursday but I already want to share this throwback photo.

Couldn't believe how time flies, here's our little pianist 2 years ago.

As early as 1 year old, I can already see that our little boy is a music lover. He loves to sing too. Because of that he was sent to represent his school to APRISM 2014 and he's just 4 years old. 

Here's a throwback video of his performance.

Sorry for my background voice. Close up video was not allowed that time so the kids will not be distracted.

Up to now, he still loves to sing and guess what his favorite song now? It's none other that Alden Richard's Wish I May. Every night before he sleeps. he's always asking me to watch Alden's music video.

He also wants to play piano and I am thinking of enrolling him next summer to a piano lesson. Since he already know how to read, I think he is ready now. I hope I can find a summer piano class near our place so he didn't need to travel pa. For sure after he learn how to play piano, he will ask me to buy him a dj keyboard. I bet he will the coolest musician ever! Haha! Sorry, I got carried away. Just a proud mom here.

Do you a little musician too?
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December 1, 2015


Last weekend, I was thinking of what will be a perfect pair for barbecue and pancit for our special Sunday dinner. Mommy suggests pizza but seems not fit for the first two. I was about to make puto but make bibingka instead.


Bibingka is a traditional puto made of galapong or ground rice. This is common during Christmas season especially in front of the church after simbang gabi together with puto bumbong. Best eaten with grated coconut and paired with hot coffee or chocolate.

Some customers want to make their orders special by adding cheese and salted eggs as toppings.

The conventional method of cooking bibingka is pouring the galapong mixture in a clay pot lined with banana leaf. It is then cooked using a charcoal-fired stove. The top is also heated using charcoal simultaneously.

Instead of the usual method of cooking bibingka, I used an oven with top and bottom heaters on.

Here is a simple recipe of bibingka using an oven.



1 cup rice flour, not glutinous
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 medium eggs
1 can Alaska Evaporada
1 tsp vanilla
Cheese for topping
Pre-cut banana leaves

Pre-heat oven at 175ºC.
Line muffin pans with pre-cut banana leaves. Set aside.

Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
Add Alaska Evaporada, eggs, and vanilla.
Mix until no more lumps of flour is observed.
Pour the batter in lined muffin pans then top with a slice of cheese.
Baked for about 15-20 minutes.
Spread butter or margarine while the bibingka is still hot.

Serve with grated coconut (optional).

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