Category Archives: sweets

Mood Chocolates

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Chocolate is a universal favorite.  I always wonder how something so small can bring so much happiness.  They say it’s psychological that you feel happy after eating chocolate.  Others say that chocolate has certain chemicals that stimulate the brain.

 Whatever the reasons are, I love chocolates and it never fails to make me happy.

For me, I have specific chocolates depending on my mood. And there are chocolates I eat on pure indulgence.  But the latter is very seasonal because these chocolates are quite expensive.

 Ok, so what kinds of chocolates do I eat on specific times?

 When I am working on graphs, reports and powerpoint presentations, I always make sure that I have a pack of M&M’s within reach.  I munch this little chocolate candies until I finish my work.  It has become a habit since I started working.  It gives me a feeling that I can finish the work as soon as I finish the candies. And it works all the time!

 

When I feel that I need a quick sugar rush while on the go, I always get a bar of Snickers from the nearest store.  I share the love for this candy bar with my Mom. 

 

When I was a little girl, my dad used to work overseas and brought home tons of chocolates.  So every summer, I would look forward to Toblerone, Cadbury and Lindt! Up until now, these are the chocolates I would buy for my siblings and parents whenever I get a bonus or when I come home from my trips in Clark and Subic. 

 

And then, there’s what I call payday chocolates.  Every payday, I treat myself with Ritter Sport or Meiji Macadamia. 

 

Ferrero Rocher is my love chocolate.  This is the chocolate I buy when I feel “kilig”.

 

And local chocolates never go unnoticed.  Every time I attend our weekly Christian meetings, I also get a dose of Ricoa Flat Tops.  I used to enjoy Serg’s Chocolate but they were gone in the late 1990s. 

 

And finally, there are gourmet chocolates that I get to eat on pure indulgence. Leonidas pure Belgian chocolate is the first one I tried in 2005/6.  Then came Royce’s Nama Chocolate.  Now, there’s a new one in the market, Patchi Chocolates.  I have to save up to try this one.

 

 

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When you love, you smile, cry, laugh, get mad, dream and fail.  These various emotions are essential and only after mustering the courage to embrace all these can you fully appreciate the beauty of love.  No matter what, you have each other.

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Every falling leaf is waiting for a garden to blossom
Thus hand in hand, they braved through the rain and storm
Every butterfly is waiting to take to the sky and dance
Thus, they have to weave a cocoon first
The most scenic sea coast is often very winding
Only then would one reminisce about its beauty
If you were not further away than the sky and out of reach
How would my courage ever appear
When you finally came right in front of me
The picture is thus completed
Even if I had to taste the bitter sweetness before this
Now only happiness will remain
Only I can understand this feeling of bliss
The beauty is worth giving everything I have, in pursue
To be able to meet you, know you, like you and love you
I am grateful for every tear that I shed
Only you can understand how precious I am
Please continue to be gentle, in exchange for my bright smiles, day after day
Till eternity it will be for us.

Cookies and Me

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I know it’s been a while since my last post.  I have been very busy with my schedule so I had very little time to write about my latest culinary (mis)adventures. 

So let me start with the arrival of my ice cream maker – Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker ™.  Thanks to my very good friend Anton who brought this home from Canada.  In case you read this, yes, I am learning how to make your favorite green tea ice cream soon.

The moment I got home, I carefully read the instruction manual to familiarize myself. The manual said that the ½ pint freezing bowls should be placed in the freezer overnight with the freezer set to the coldest temperature.  Also, I have to keep in mind that the unit runs on 110v.  My mom decided to place the ice cream maker beside the voltage regulator just in case this little fact slipped my mind.  I have a tendency to blow up things in the house so my mom is taking precautions.

I decided to make a very easy recipe, Cookies and Cream.  I took out my Ben & Jerry’s recipe book.  I bought the necessary ingredients like milk, whipping cream, sugar and Oreo cookies. 

The first batch was unsuccessful because the mixture did not freeze well.  I reviewed the manual and followed the instructions to the letter.  I set the freezer to its coldest setting and had the bowls frozen for eight hours.  I tried again and… tadah… I made my first homemade ice cream.

It was not perfect but my family enjoyed the treat.  You see, one can always buy commercial ice cream but once in a while it feels good to know that you can make your own, just the way you like it.

Sweet eating!