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2014/09/24

Yellow Nursery

As of today, I am currently overdue and waiting to be induced today. I don't know what's this baby's problem but it looks like she didn't want to come out until her room is done. 




After all the moving and waiting, our nursery finally came into completion.  As soon as I found out I was having a girl, I knew I wanted a yellow nursery.



I didn't want the traditional color of blue or pink . It was hard to find yellow girly nursery inspiration online because yellow is considered as neutral color. I know I am sweet (hah!) but I am really not a pink kind of girl. Pink is too feminine for me.  I don't mind my baby girl wearing pink but pink all over nursery wall would be too much. I picked yellow because it's bright, happy and playful and yellow reminds me of sunshine!







My mother in law and I finished this nursery in two weeks. I cannot say I recommend preparing for baby room this late but it actually worked out pretty well for me because shopping pushed me to do a lot of exercise.
 


What you see in this room is a product of clearance, thrift store finds, sales discounts, coupons and some of my husband's old baby stuff like blankets, toys and refinished toy box. 



I wish I can do something with the paint color, but since we are just renting, decals worked out pretty well!



It was a great bonding time for me and my mother in law. I am very happy she was here to help us out with everything with her designing expertise!

I hope you enjoy a tour of our little yellow nursery room. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a baby to push.





2014/05/02

Sauteed Mung beans with Kale


Face it! I am not in Philippines anymore. I can't get my tropical greens at my neighbor's backyard whenever I want.

When bitter melon (ampalaya) leaves, malunggay (moringga plant), alukbati (malabar spinach) or pepper leaves aren't present at asian store around the area I must keep my options open to an alternative local produce in local super markets.

Today I would like to share a Filipino recipe called Ginisang Munggo with Kale (Sauteed Mung beans). If you are unfamiliar of this dish, it is more like in a form of soup. We eat it with a side of steamed white rice and fried mackerel. We treat it as a main dish.

This dish is cooked in different ways in different regions of Philippines. However, this recipe is going to be a mixed breed.


The ingredients are:

1 1/2 cup mung beans
5 oz pork
2 tbsp cooking oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 small onion
salt and pepper
1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
1 tablespoon mashed ginger
1 cup pork rinds
1 leaf of Kale
water (depending on desired consistency you can start with 2 1/2 cups of water)



directions:
1. Prep the beans first.

2 ways to soften mung beans
*soak in water of two hours
*boil in water it until it's cooked
= I boiled the mung beans until it's cooked for this recipe.

2. Salt the pork and let it sit for 5 minutes. When beans are done, pour cooking oil on frying pan, sear/brown the sides of whole chunk of pork. It doesn't have to be cooked all the way. Set aside.

+  searing or browning meat achieves Maillard reaction for desired flavor. In my theory, I didn't cut the pork into small cubes was because it overcooks the meat which makes it too chewy. 

3. Bring mung beans to a boil, then add garlic and onions and mashed ginger.

+ I chose not to sautee garlic and onions because it brings the stronger flavor of garlic and oinion, such strong aroma my pregnancy cannot tolerate.

4. Put the seared pork into mung bean mixture until it's pale pink in the inside. Bring out from, and let it sit before cutting into small chunks.

+ This way the moisture stays in so you can have a more tender cooked meat.

5. Add your salt and pepper and fish sauce (optional). Season it until you get the desired taste.

7. Turn off your stove and put crushed pork grinds and chopped kale.

**Serve it with steamed rice.

Makes 4 servings


I did not cook this dish the traditional way. I cooked it with what's available in my pantry and fridge and added a twist of changes to experiment a new taste like...

We don't usually put ginger in it. It turns out, ginger flavor complements kale and it gives more asian taste and heat to the dish. I didn't use tomatoes because the alkalinity tends to shorten the shelf life of the dish.

I put pork grinds for more salty fat flavor while pork is used for protein part of this dish.

This may not have achieved a true authentic taste of traditional ginisang munggo, I am happy and satisfied in this experiment and made my very own signature dish which my Midwestern hubby enjoyed immensely.

Have you ever made your own Filipino food with a twist? I would love for you to share it :)



2014/04/16

Easy Easter Activity Treat


Hello! I would like to share a very easy Easter activity for kids. 
I am a pre-school Sunday school teacher at our church. I give treats to my students as a reward for being actively well in class. I don't just hand them treats. I wanted them to make crafts out of treats that would remind them about the lesson we just shared.


I found a cross clipart from internet. I edited it and put text "Jesus, Paid our sins" and cut out an outline. We used double adhesive to glue chocolate coins which I bought from CVS pharmacy.

my students showing off their project


Kids can put it on the fridge. As they peel each chocolate, there is a hidden message on that empty cross that would remind them that Jesus paid our sins by dying on the cross and has  risen from death.



2014/04/10

D.I.Y Natural Deodorizer

Since I became pregnant, strong smell hasn't been my friend. I hated the smell of onions, meat, frying grease and my most vicious enemy, cooked bacon. It was frustrating because I used to love it. Even now I am on my second trimester, the habit is starting to grow on me.
It affected my husband as well. Now, he has to schedule when he can eat bacon which he loves btw. I have tried every odor busting ways, like candles, oil scents, air freshener spray. Opening windows and turning on our apartment size vent would take 2 and a half days before the smell goes away. Actually, it doesn't really go away completely. Since I cook everyday, the smell of dinner from the night before just mix up and artificial air fresheners just cover the smell. Now on my pregnancy, even these artificial air freshener bothers me. Sometimes I was embarrassed to have friends over because of the smell.
I tried a couple of D.I.Y natural deodorizer, but it was too weak that it didn't even last an hour. So I saw this recipe and gave it a try.



All I needed were 2 ingredients. Baking Soda and Essential oil. I used Essential oil fragrance (lavender) from Michael's. You can find it at candle making supplies. You can used old recycled jars for containers and put cover it with doily for a cute touch, or if you are feeling lazy, just cheese cloth and a scrunchie will do. You can make as many as you want and it wont cost you that much! Shake it ever few hours. Your DIY deodorizer could last up to 2 months.

I have to say I am very impressed with the result! That night I made this, my husband had bacon! Of course it would not work instantly but I am so happy I don't have to wait days to have my house smell free!


2014/04/01

Wish Box



Put your wish in a box and keep it close to your heart 


I've recently put new items on my Etsy store including one of these wish boxes. 


It can be a cute gift for birthdays or make an ordinary day a little more special :)



2014/02/15

DressLily Giveaway Winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I am very very excited to announce Luisa May won a cutesy 


Congratulations to Luisa M! Enjoy your Prize!

Many many thanks to Dresslily for sponsoring our fabulous giveaway here at Petites Passions :)

 Thank you all so much for participating in this giveaway. Although you didn't win this time, there's always be a next time. 



Tapioca Oreo Pearl Shake

The first trimester of my pregnancy is taking my appetite on a roller coaster ride. Although, I wanted to throw up everything, but I had to make sure my stomach has something to digest since my body is at work twice as much. I want to nurture my baby eventhough the smell of some foods is killing me.

One of the joys of pregnancy is enjoying your food cravings while your hubby gets it for you even at 3 in the morning. However, one of the pitfall of knowing how to cook is, when I crave something, I make it happen. My usual problem was, most of the food I craved wasn't available here so I had to make my own.



I had a craving for Zagu. Zagu is a brand name for a Tapioca pearl shake I loved way back 10 or more so years ago when still I was still in Manila. I have used and tried different types of tapioca available here in U.S but none of them successfully comparable to this...Boba tapioca is available at Asian store. This tapioca is chewy, sweeter by itself and very easier to cook. And for the shake, just blend ice oreo cookies and milk.


SUCESS!

Not all stories have happy ending. After enjoying my zagu, my morning sickness kicked in and I threw up. Bummer.