Sunday, November 27, 2016

Riverwalk

Last "Black Friday" instead of doing the usual "the black Friday sale" me and my hubby went to a stroll in a Riverwalk. It was one cold day for me since I'm  used to a tropical weather way back in the Philippines.

 We don't  usually go out that much because my husband work at night but since it's "Thanksgiving" week we got to go out and visit his relatives and of course visit this beautiful place.


 I was kinda excited when he asked me to go out. My heart pound because of happiness realizing I miss the nature and now I have the chance to see some trees, flowers and the chirping of the birds. Such a great way of finding peace and calming the mind from the repeating every day life.


And when I saw the colours of the fall, it makes me fall in love more with nature and also to my husband of course. Autumn is like a dream, the cold breeze, the calm river, the sounds of the leaves falling on the ground and the warmth  embrace of my love. Especially, the picturesque view that you will only see in a painting. From green to yellow to orange and reddish colours - you might think it's unreal but it's  definitely real. Overwhelming yet satisfying moment. We didn't  even leave the place yet but we already talked about of coming back.

Have a great day folks!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls

My first time baking a cinnamon rolls and I've fell in love with it, I love baking so much and trying new ideas makes me feel like amazing. So the next time I'm craving of cinnamon rolls, I'm gonna have this recipe again and I will enjoy it with my family. Please try it and be amaze of what you can do in the kitchen. Have a great day folks and Happy Christmas season to all of you!


Ingredients:

1 Package of Dry Yeast
3/4 cup of Milk
1/4 cup of Sugar
4 tbsp. of Water, should be warm
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Egg
1 tsp of Salt

1/4cup of Unsalted Butter, melted
3 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking

For the Filling,

1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
1/4 cup of White Sugar
3 tbsp. of cinnamon sugar

For the Glaze,

1 Tbsp. of Butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups of Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
3 Tbsp. of Warm Milk



The Procedure:      
-In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the granulated sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

-In a big bowl , mix the egg, milk, salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour and the water, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until its all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Use wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients.

-Oil a large bowl with some vegetable oil and set aside. Take the dough out of the bowl and pull it together with your hands to form a ball. Place it in the oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough with a little vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.

-In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon sugar for the filling, set aside.

-When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a baking pie pan or you can use a rectangular baking pan- it's up to you . Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Staring from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Cut into 8 to 10 slices and place them cut side down in a well buttered baking pan.

-Brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

-While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl except for the milk and then lastly add the milk slowly until you get a runny glaze consistency. Then pour the glaze on top of your cinnamon rolls, cut a piece and enjoy!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Crispy Fried Chicken with Potato Wedges

Being so emotional yesterday makes me crave for food. You know what they say is true, when you feel stress and problematic you think of food, you feel like you can eat anything. But this entry is not solely because I was quite stress yesterday but also I want to share something delish and easy to make "Baked Potato Wedges" and "Crispy Fried Chicken".


 First stop -  we have here my favorite "Crispy Fried Chicken", me and my husband loved it. Crispy in the outside but soft and tasty in the inside.

The Ingredients : Chicken breast
                             Bread crumbs (Italian)
                             Italian Herbs - optional if you will use plain bread crumbs
                             Flour
                            2 Eggs
                             Salt and Pepper
                             Vegetable Oil for frying
The Directions: Slice the chicken breast thinly or according to your preferences.
                          Put the flour, bread crumbs and eggs separately in each bowl or plates. Seasoned the sliced chicken with salt and pepper.
                          To prepare the chicken this is how you gonna do; put the chicken in your first  plate of flour, then dump it in your egg wash and lastly to your plate of bread crumbs.
                          Put the oil in the frying pan, wait for few minutes and make sure the oil is ready and hot before you put the coated and breaded chicken. Fry them at least 2 to 3 minutes both sides or until it's golden brown. Enjoy!


(Potato wedges photo before I bake them)
And now the second one - the side dish - "Potato Wedges" this is by the way my first time baking a potato which I really enjoyed. But there are some things that I've learned in baking this potato. First, don't cut it too thinly and second, don't over baked to the point that you burned them. It really taste bad, you don't wanna eat burned food right?

The Ingredients: Potato
                           Vegetable oil or Olive oil
                           Salt and Pepper ( 1 teaspoon )
                           Rosemary ( 1 teaspoon )
                           Paprika ( 1 teaspoon )
                           Garlic Salt (1/2 teaspoon )
                           Italian Herb - optional
The Directions: Slice the potato and put it in a microwave for at least 5 to 6 minutes. If you don't have microwave you can boil them for at least 5 to 8 minutes and then put them in a paper towel to dry.
                         Mix the vegetable oil, salt and pepper, rosemary, paprika, garlic salt and Italian herb in a big bowl or in a sealed plastic bag and then put all the sliced potatoes inside the bag and marinade for 10 minutes. The other option for this if you don't want your spices a little bit burned you can add them after you baked your potatoes for 25 minutes because you need to flip the other side then bake them for 20 to 25 minutes again. Either way, it can always taste good at the end.
                           Bake the potatoes in 425 to 450 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes each sides or until golden brown. Then served with crispy fried chicken, enjoy!

Have a great day folks! #PicturePerfect #HolidaySeason countdown...
                          

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Chocolate Chips Muffin ( Chocolate muffin with chocolate chips)

Happy Halloween everyone! I know its quite early to say that but I personally love and excited for trick or threat not because I will gonna do that but I just love taking selfies with the Halloween motif. Kids wearing costumes, pumpkin everywhere, Halloween décor and sweet stuff - so much fun right? Okay, now lets go down to business...

It's the start of the weekend again and it means we can get more rest and enough time to eat. When
you think of Halloween, we think of kids with costumes right? Or pumpkin and cookies... basically we think of something sweet but instead of sharing some cookie recipes, I wanna share my struggle in making some muffin recipe. I checked so many recipes on the internet which I realized most of them are slightly the same. The measurements, ingredients, and outtakes but still I find myself struggling on getting the right way of doing it.


 The reason behind it was on my first try, the mistake that I made was the oven temperature - when you try to search with the muffin recipes you will see that 90 % saying 400 degrees. You see the first muffin that I made was quite burned putting it in 400 degrees for 20 t0 25 minutes was not a good idea. Since its quite dry and burnt that led me to my second attempt...


The second one - I baked it for 15 to 20 minutes but since my first try was quite dry I added more milk and the outcome was the muffin become saggy and wet. It only proves that putting too much of milk will not solve the dryness of the muffin. I realized that the oven temperature plays the important part and so as the cooking time frame.


The third muffin was quite a decent one and it looks nice too... I finally resolved my problem about the oven temperature and I didn't put too much milk either. Hope you like it and try my chocolate muffin.

Chocolate muffin with chocolate chips

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup  All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoon baking powder
or use bisquick mix for dry ingredients
3/4 cup white sugar or 1 cup sugar for extra sweetness
1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cocoa powder (additional to make it a chocolate muffin)
1 cup chocolate chips

Procedure:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176.67 or just 177 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners or use a baking spray in your muffin pan.
2.Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Add the chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups or the muffin pan.
3.Bake the muffin in 350 degrees oven from 15 to 20 minutes. Insert toothpick, if it comes out clean it means it's done.

:) Have a great day cooking!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pumpkin Pie


Fall season is already here...
And the best way to welcome this season is through making some food that scream fall and it's getting cold. And pumpkin is something you can relate to fall season ( autumn ). Like pumpkin latte, jack-o-lantern, pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie.


Since it's my first time baking pumpkin pie I made something simple but edible.


And for the toppings, I added some whip cream to add more sweetness to the flavor. Refrigerate before consuming is the best way to enjoy it.


I also made some little pumpkin pies that children will surely love.


PUMPKIN PIE
Ingredients:


  • 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 23 cup sugar or 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
  • 2  ready-made pie crust
  •  1/2 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
  •  1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • whip cream

  • Direction:
    1. Cut the pie crust using any round cup or glass for the small pumpkin pie.
    2. For filling, in a mixing bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin spice.
    3. Add eggs.
    4. Beat lightly with a rotary beater or fork just until combined.
    5. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and mix well.
    6. Place the pastry-lined pie plate on the oven rack.
    7. Carefully pour filling into pastry shell.
    8. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until its done. Add whip cream to enjoy.
    Happy baking everyone :)

    Friday, September 30, 2016

    Welcome to the USA Liz!

    Hello everyone! I'm back again to share to you about my adventure...of finding love. Lol, sound cheesy but it's true, my last article was last May and I shared about how I met someone online and finally found the one I loved. I can attest that I'm one of those lucky ones to meet a good person on the other side of the world because these days it's not advisable to trust someone so easy and expect to get a good result. But my story didn't really that easy, through the years I encountered many difficulties finding myself in a ''long distant relationship'' yes ''ldr'' as what they called it. You see being in a long distant relationship is a very difficult choice and not many people would choose to be in a situation like it. It is true that it needs hard work and patient, every single day is a pain but also a hope of waking up next morning and finally being able to be with the person you loved. Me and my husband now worked so hard to be together and the moment is finally here--I'm in the USA with my Thomas!

    3 years of waiting and it seems like yesterday, its so true of what they say that ''you will not gonna realized all the hard times that you've been through once you finally reached your destination" besides you're gonna face new trials that will gonna catch your attention instead of thinking about your past trials but at least you reached your destination safe and sound! I'm just kidding, this is life and every day is a blessing as long as we live life to the fullest and we are happy.

    Today, marked my 3 months here in the US...
    It feels weird because I feel like I've been here for a year (its really a fast-face scenario). A lot of things happened -- crazy things actually but as I said, there might be hardship in our life but sometimes you'll not gonna realized it that much because you're living your life and definitely I am living my life and I'm in a good place where I am supposed to be (especially whenever I'm on my baby's arms--cheesy, lol). In a serious note, I don't know what the future may brings and I can't promise anything but to eat and enjoy my life while watching youtube and hulu and try to exercise even if I'm having a hard time breathing while doing a Zumba dance to Fifth Harmony and Jason Derulo songs. Then sleep more and be lazy in 3 days.

    Have a great day to everyone! Soon I'll be posting some recipes because I'm a wife now and I cook now (yes, I actually never thought I'm gonna be able to learn how to cook or bake something but it happens)-- usually I've been posting here some of my sister's creations or the restaurants where we ate or the places we go. But since I enjoy cooking for my husband and so far he is loving most of my creations (well not all because I'm still learning and its a game of trial and error sometimes) still I would love to share some of those recipes. And also, the photos I took using my Ipad :)

    Happy Holidays to everyone :) #fallseason already and then #Christmas my favorite of all holidays! Adios and until next time! #PicturePerfect feelings!


     My first international flight :) God gave me strength to hold on (I'm afraid of heights)

    My first road trip with my baby! 

     Me with my baby and his family!

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Love Hits You When You Least Expect It (Liz and Tom Love Story)




    I met my fiancé through a dating website last December  2013. We became friends at first and we really enjoyed each others company every single day. We mostly talk from morning to evening when he don't have work and 3 times a day when he's at Mercedes,  it seems like days past by and we didn't  even notice it. Nakalimutan ko na nga na I was came from a break up few months ago from a long distant  relationship. I was hesitant  but also so excited to know more about him that's why I gave him a chance because I can feel that he's  a good person. He has 2 kids but it's  never been a problem to me in fact I love the idea that he's  responsible and caring and I can see that through  his kids. He never lied to me or denied the fact about his past life, about family, ex-relationship, or even his status in life. He is very genuine and kind (makikita mo yan sa eyes nya).

    Six months had past and he decided to visit me for the first time last June 2014. I was very nervous but very very excited at the same time, actually he told me he felt the same daw knowing it's  his first  time traveling  overseas (ginawa lang daw nya yun para sa akin). And when he told me about it of course  I believed him naman, in fact big points pa nga yun at talagang nag-melt yung puso ko. So, he met my family except  my dad siguro at that point parang hindi pa sya masyadong convince about my relationship with Tommy and I understand it. When he met my mom, my sister, my brother  and my niece and nephew everything  went well naman. I know my family enjoyed his company and knowing they like him for me really gives me happiness. So, we went to the mall, we ate, we hanged out, we watched  movie and then we went swimming (we keep repeating those activities for a week and it seems like it's  happening forever) -doing those activities with the people you love really meant something. But that's not everything because he also proposed to me to be his fiancée, I never thought  that I could be that happy. Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, totoo ba ito? It's  really one of the best thing that could ever happen to me. And then he needs to leave before his birthday  but we make our engagement  official on his birthday  to make it more special. After he left we continue our communication and showed our love for each other every day. We talked as much as we can, we really sacrifice a lot especially  on my part because I need to adjust with his time. He's  working and sometimes I need to talk to him in just certain time whenever he's  free or when he's  only free. But it's  not  a problem to me because in my heart, " I really do love him" so it's  okay to make a lot of adjustment even if it means that I need to be available whenever  he needs to see me and talk me. We send messages, we video chat,  we post sweet thoughts on our facebook and just really spend time especially  on holidays. It's hard to be in a long distant  relationship and there were many times that I thought it's  too much already and I can't  take it anymore but God is good, He helps us to get through everything and He gives me strength whenever  I feel doubt and feel really sad.

    A year later,  June of 2015 he visited me again and finally he met my dad together with my mom, sister, niece  and nephew. We celebrated  his birthday and our 1 year engagement  anniversary,  I was so happy because  my dad finally decided to meet my fiancé.  I know he sees all my effort and Tommy's effort to continue our relationship, that he's  intentions are genuine and that he love me so much. All my sadness  just vanished when I was  with him and it only proved that he's really what I've really needed to my life. Before he left we talked and consulted some people who can help us in getting a visa for me. It took a bit longer before he submitted  it to USCIS because there were so many requirements and papers that needs to be prepared. The process took for 4 months before we received  the result from NVC. Right now, all I have to do is to set an appointment for my interview  and medical exam. I'm  praying and really hoping to get approved so that I can be with my fiancé  in the USA, knowing that we worked so hard for this makes me feel so excited. The waiting game is really crazy that's why  I really need to be patient and hope for the best. To those people that will read my story, always remember  especially  when you're  in a long distant relationship - always have patients because it's  never been easy. Always have faith and pray to God because in His perfect  timing things will fall into places and always have hope!

    Have a great day to all the people in the world, the universe  rather!

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

    God Bless the Dogs!

    Hey blogger!  It's  been a long time since the last time I update my last article and not because I'm  busy but my life is just like a roller coaster.  Sometimes  I'm  so high and happy and next thing you know I'm  so lonely.  I've been  thinking  about it for a long time if I'm  gonna write about a bad thing that happened in my life. You know  what they say,  don't  share too much in social media especially  if it's  not funny or inspiring. I know it, who would like to read something heartbreaking  or sad story but I always put in mind the reason why I started a blog - and that's  because I wanna express  myself, my point of view,  to share what I love and mostly to become my vehicle (from my heart to this world). The story that I'm  gonna tell you is the same story that the people  I know already knew but I feel like it's  not enough, I still want to say more, I still want to tell more, I still want to spread some thoughts  of what I believed  in......

    Probably,  there are so many people already sharing and fighting about animal cruelties. I actually  know an organization that's  helping animals, save them and take care of them. But is it enough?  Why I'm  still seeing dead animals in the road and nobody cares. Sometimes you will hear news about your neighbors killing their dog and eat them and still nobody cares, until it happens to you. I hate when people say, "it's  only animals". Technically,  we are all animals but human is the highest  form - really? When you say to people that you are a dog and cat lover and you're against if people kill them, some people contradict because they will start with pig, chicken and other animals that we are buying in the supermarket.  They like categorizing the dog and cat are the same with pig and chicken. Yes, they are both animals but we treated  our dogs and cats as pet and we bond with them until we love them. I might not a vegetarian but I always  gonna love cats and dogs and it's  really breaking my heart whenever  I heard a news about animal cruelty. I'm  such an emotional  person and  when I found out that my favorite  dogs died a part of me died also. I cannot  make them come back but I wish that he really died because  of sickness and not because  some people kill him. The thoughts  about it gives so much sadness because I can't undone what has been done. The only thing that I'm  praying  is that they are with our Lord now...

    We had so many dogs but the 2 dogs that I've been  close with were Kiko and Perez. Kiko was my favorite  dog when I was little he was my best friend, we had that connection and I believed  that dogs really understand and feel something. One day, he stopped eating and he became ill then for almost 3 weeks he don't  even want to move. Until one day while I was sitting inside the house I saw him walking slowly from the door, I was shocked  and called his name. He looked at me and fell down in front of me. I shouted and shouted, screaming  with my brother and sister's  name while crying. I couldn't  move because the thing that I don't  want to happen was happening on that very moment.  There are so many times that I think  about that incident until now that I'm  older, still it brought me to tears. I thought it's  not  gonna happen again until my sister decided to have dogs in the apartment  that we were in almost half year ago but since we moved to another apartment, we let go of those dogs except  Harry. We sent them to my parents  house and that where the sad part happened. I have this second oldest sister who got married to a dog eater person ( I kinda hate them ) because they murdered  some of our dogs and my parents don't  want to interfere  because it's  also their daughter.  It's  really heartbreaking  to have a miscommunication and misunderstandings with your family but it's  also sad knowing that it's  because of your beloved dogs. They keep saying that our dogs died because of sickness but I know they were not... I can feel it, I was sad before but I am more sad now because  Perez died or killed recently  and I can't  accept  the  fact, but what can I do? I keep remembering that I used to sing his name, hug, feed, play and carry him. But those memories will not gonna heal my heart because I want people to learn between  what is pet and food. I want to curse in the air, I want to hurt people who don't  care about animals and I want them to realized  what they did were all wrong but I can't and that's  exactly  why I feel that crying is not enough.  

    Last Thursday,  I went to my parents house after 2 weeks of moarning.  My dad explained that my Perez got  sick and just died, I honestly don't  wanna talk but he insisted  to talk. I tried not to be rude but honestly,  I want to blame them and tell them why they didn't  take care of my dog but who am I to do that? Actually,  I also want to tell them that maybe they let my sister have the dog because her husband is a dog eater  and everybody  knows that but there's  no point of doing it. I'm  sure that they know I am sad but do they  really care? Sometimes,  I wanna be numb and I don't  wanna feel pain. Is it possible?  I can forgive  them but what's  next? I can go on with my life, of course,  life goes on! In fact,  I keep telling  to myself that I should stop worrying  and feeling sad because things will gonna be okay. I still have important  people in my life, but I keep going back to... those dogs that I lost - they're  important  too! And I'm  gonna love them as long as I live...

    God bless those people who love dogs and cats! God bless those who have good intentions towards animals and knows how to respect what the other people's feeling. And God bless those animals that make people happy and inspired. :)

    I wanna leave you with my favorite song for coping in this lonely time of my life  also some pictures  of dogs:



     This was Perez, my super lovable dog! R.I.P. You know I love you!


    This is George and he is sick, hopefully he'll  gonna make it and the white one was Spike, he was gone too. He was a naughty  dog but I understand  him. I love them both. :(

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

    Kaarawan ni Liz (Not Getting Any Younger Edition)

    January  is my birthday month.

    I celebrated  it for a whole week with lots of fun and extra effort from January 25 to 30, but I decided  to share only some of the memorable and interesting  photos I have. I'm  actually a selfie addict but I want to dedicate this article by sharing pictures of food. I personally  love eating and everything  about food. And it really means a lot to me whenever  I can share some important  things in my life and what makes me happy and that is - food. 

    Also, I wanna use this opportunity  to  give thanks to some people that became part of my life, those who influenced me, who supported  me, who stand by me, and who always been  there for  me and that's my family and my fiancé  Tommy. I've  already  wrote  some articles  about them and how they became my strength  and my inspiration but thanking  them every  once in a while is not a bad thing. Especially,  when I realized  how far I've come with all the things I've been through without their guidance, support and love I wouldn't make it. That's why I can never be thankful  enough because having them in my life is always a blessing that I'm  always gonna be thankful  for...

    Sometimes I  tell myself that,  "I'm not getting any younger " every time I get older a year. It seems like yesterday and my age almost pass the calendar and I'm  like waiting in vain. Nope, I am not getting  tired of waiting and not even complaining. My life brings me so many blessings that sometimes I feel like I don't deserve it but God is good enough to let me understand  and experience life at its best. But I'm human and I have so many prayers, wishes and hopes that I want to happen and I believe that someday things will fall into places in God's  will... 

    Lesson learned: Try to be happy every day with the people around you. 

    And instead of  me realizing  how old I am now, I should be thinking how strong I become despite of so many trials I've  been  through because that's  more important.  Gosh,  never thought  that being a mature person brought  me so much emotions  and realizations but as I said no regrets. Because I'm  so much ready for the new beginning in my life with my Tommy! I've  always wanted  to  have a family on my own and I  know now I have to let it happen when its time. Although,  being excited makes me a little  bit  impatient but I guess it's  all part of being me. -Liz


    Me trying to blow the candle while my sister is taking a picture. I wasn't  really blowing it (shhhh) don't  tell anyone!  :)


    Happy Birthday  to me, these food are amazing!


    My birthday cheat! Pizza, spaghetti,  black forest cake and pepsi cola. Yum!


    Nachos and frappé  with Maan , my niece  at school fair.

    Birthday fast food obsession #tacos and nachos with my sister, niece  and nephew!

    Have a great day folks! :) Thanks for stopping by #PicturePerfectMoments