MAKING TIME FOR QUIET TIME

There are two things I have been frequently asked in the last 5 years: 1. How do you manage to do all you do? and 2. How do you do quiet time? The most truthful answer to #1 is I DON’T KNOW. I honestly don’t. HOWEVER if there is anything I will attribute my successful time management skills to, it’s PRAYER TIME. It is having that silent, alone time early in the morning to pray and reflect and be still before the day even begins. If you are a mother you know that our days are always long. We wake up early to make breakfast for our families before they even wake up. We get ready for work too before they get up so that we can personally get them ready especially if you have a girl whose hair needs more time to be prettified and fixed. Then we sit down and hope to enjoy breakfast unrushed; taking time to talk about last night’s dreams and today’s plans. Then we clean up and head to school to drop off our kids. All of that in supposedly just 2 hours maybe? If lets say you work on a 9-5 job or […]

EVERYBUDDY LOVES BUDDY

So everybody knows THE BOSS was in town for TLC Festival 2016 this weekend, right? Buddy Valastro, who despite being known for his title as CAKE BOSS, true to his name really is just everybuddy’s Buddy, a gentle unassuming warm person to everybody. I’m not gonna say much about this unimaginable surreal experience and just let my photos do the talking. But allow me to share just two things I brought home with me last Sunday. His heart, humility and hardwork. How Buddy managed to gain the respect of everybody twice his age when he took over his father’s baking business at the age of 17 was done through modeling exactly what he wanted his people to learn and do. He was always the first in the kitchen and last to leave as he would be scrubbing floors with them, which he says he does up to this day. He believes in doing something yourself first before asking others to do it too. And you can’t demand people to do something you yourself do not do. He wanted his people to work hard so he showed it. He wanted his workers to respect him so he showed it first. It […]

EARLY CHRISTMAS AT EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST CLUB

I cannot emphasize just how much I LOVE breakfast food. And how great breakfast makes my day. And how collaborating with our favorite breakfast place for 3 years now pretty much made our year! Excited is such an understatement when Early Bird approached me to collaborate with them for my favorite season of the year. I was over the moon and beyond thrilled to actually pitch and contribute items for their holiday menu. I love how my concepts and fusions and life stories were integrated and transformed into actual, tangible, tasty dishes. Rightful commendation to Chefs Matt and Matt (Yes, there are 2 Matthews in the EBBC kitchen). Allow me to share with you the stories and inspiration behind every dish we co-created with Early Bird Breakfast Club. To start with why not munch on Malunggay toasts smothered with Tinapate? I love bread. In whatever shape, color, size, softness or crust they come in, I love them. I can live without rice but certainly not without bread. I also love making our own bread at home (from scratch, hand-kneaded that is) as a table staple. Pandesal is the reason why I got into bread making and baking. I grew up with […]