And… I’m Back Again

I hate it when I can’t keep my word. And as you may all know by now, I have been remiss again on updates. What can I tell you, life has been great. I’m not even going to defend myself anymore. Yes, this thing called life has been cruising so well lately that I have found myself sleeping in more than ever, and I don’t feel any guilt at all because I know that I deserve it. After two stressful months, everything is bliss!

After an appointment on November 5th (which went very well, and we’re both happy about), my husband and I officially made that day the beginning of Christmas in our household. It’s funny how we can both greet each other “Merry Christmas” now instead of “Happy Holidays”. By next year, my husband will be officially baptized Catholic. In fact, the Rite of Acceptance ceremony will be held this December 7th.

Oh and this chilly weather has been really forcing me to stay indoors. I feel so bad for the residents of Buffalo. I can’t really complain because we’re not buried in snow, it’s just brutally cold here in the Big Apple. The past week or so, I only find myself out in the streets if it’s absolutely necessary.

Being indoors is also making way for my culinary experiments in the kitchen. Last weekend, I made tablea (cacao chocolate drink). This tablea was given as a gift from a friend who recently went to the Philippines. I added hemp milk and coconut sugar to sweeten it. It was really sinfully good!

tablea

tablea

Of course, hot tea is also constantly being brewed. I found a new favorite in Teavana’s Blueberry Bliss. It’s naturally caffeine free and it’s awesome with or without added sweetener.

teavana, old country roses

And officially, I’m now a Vanilla Chia pudding addict. It took me forever to try this vegan recipe but when I finally did I was totally hooked. For variation, I top it with different fruits each time but one thing is constant- of course, vanilla extract and hemp milk which is my only liquid of choice when making chia pudding. I’ve tried almond milk but it’s the creamy hemp milk that I can’t resist.

vanilla chia pudding

By the way, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at home. I’ll be back for more updates sooner than later. And this time, I better keep my word.

When ‘Life’ Takes Over

I’ve been remiss in updating this blog for more than a month. What can I say? Life has been hectic lately and in as much as there are numerous posts  on my draft folder, I just was not in the right frame of mind to even hit the publish button. When ones mind is saddled and preoccupied with a lot of things beyond ones control, you lost track and lost your interest.

I know, I should manage life’s stresses a lot better but just like many of us, it’s easier said than done. Meditation and praying are my go-to activities when times like this hit me.

I have a long way to go when it comes to managing stress. I wish I have the same disposition as that of a close friend who goes through life’s ups and downs with her head held high, happy and content as can be, and depends on God’s blessings. I guess, I have a long way to go. Strengthening my faith is simply a work in progress.

So, what have we been up to lately?

Since I’m updating anyway, I’ll make this update read-worthy (hopefully) for my avid readers ( if there are any by the way).

The last part of September was filled with anticipation. You know, when you have a lot of questions and all you could do is wait for the answer. That best described how it went. I’m so happy to note though that questions were answered and everything is fine.

We tried our best to live life as normal as can be. Let these pictures do the talking.

We still did our weekly run to Whole Foods (my favorite place on earth). It was such a delight to see these colorful display right in front of the store.

whole foods

whole foods

whole foods

It’s amazing how the weather can change in the flick of a finger. On our way home from Whole Foods, rain started to pour heavily. I can’t help but snap a shot through Sexie’s panoramic moon roof.
sexie

sexie

As a result of the heavy congestion on the road, we took a detour and wound up taking out bubble teas. This large serving was more than enough to take us through late afternoon.
bubble tea

I’ve discovered the nearest Saturday Green Market at the Grand Army Plaza through our Dentist. While my husband had some work done, I explored alone and surprisingly bought some organic produce. Only to find myself yet again the following Saturday and bought the same stuff  and at that time I finally went for the squash blossoms. I made dinner out of these babies (one of these coming days, I’ll write about it separately).

grand army plaza

grand army plaza

grand army plaza green market

grand army plaza

grand army plaza green market

grand army plaza green market

grand army plaza green market

grand army plaza green market

grand army plaza green market

squash blossoms

Later that same day, I coerced my husband to bring me to the Pinoy store in Long Island. I had to satisfy my cravings for danggit ( Ellaine’s fault). It was a success! It was even better because I got the ready to eat danggit ( I didn’t have to deal with a smelly kitchen). I went home with more goodies than I originally intended.

pinoy goodies

pinoy goodies

Aside from bubble tea, my newest addiction is Starbucks Oprah Iced Teavana Chai tea.

starbucks oprah iced chai tea

It was rather unusual that I could still wear sandals by the end of September. I took this shoe selfie on my way to a very important appointment on September 29. After that appointment, I had a spring into my step. As you may guessed it by now, this was the day I got the answers to my questions.

09-29-2014

October started on a high note. At this point, I can say that our Wednesdays will never be the same again till April 2015. My husband who was born and raised Jewish, have elected to join me and embrace Catholicism. On October 1st this year, he officially started his journey into Catholicism. In a few months, I will no longer write that I come from an inter-faith marriage (just the thought of it makes me really smile). Every Wednesday after work, he goes straight to his Adult Religious Education class and he’s not home till 9:30 p.m. To say that he’s got a lot on his plate right now is an understatement, but he is excited with every class and our weekends have never been the same again because now, part of our weekend revolves around discussing the readings and the gospel.

ARCE

ARCE

It’s amazing how I felt compelled to take a snapshot of this full moon one early evening. I was still over the moon about the good news and I can’t help but appreciate one of the many wonderful creations of God.

full moon

Yes, I needed to take this selfie (in our bathroom no less). I wasn’t sure if I can demand a snapshot from my husband that day because it was another rainy day. I needed this for Tita Beng to see.
selfie

selfie

I got lucky somehow that we got a break from the pouring rain so here’s what happened next.

10-11-2014

shoe selfie

shoe selfie

This past weekend, we had an appointment at the BMW dealership. A few days back, we received a letter offering us 110% buyback. Apparently, the new owners’ objective is to increase their used car inventory by buying back units from former clients. We had nothing to lose but time, so we went and heard the offer. Sexie’s mileage is only 6,800 miles, basically a baby, barely used. We weren’t willing to ‘give it away’. So for now, Sexie will still be my baby. Meanwhile, we had the chance to browse through the new models. The newer the vehicle, the more enhancements and newfangled things to learn (something unwelcoming for a new technology phobic gal like me).

bmw freeport

bmw freeport

bmw freeport

bmw freeport

I hope that this update will suffice after my more than one month hiatus. If you’re still reading up to this point, I guess you must be an avid reader. Till next update. This time, I’m hoping that it won’t take this long. I’m not making any promises but yes, I’ll do my best.

Avocado’s Perfect Partner

Organic avocados are a staple in my kitchen. I use it as part of my salads, side dish or toppings for some soups. Growing up, we have an avocado tree in our backyard that yielded so much avocados, I ate them all the time when they’re in season. I only ate them one way though, and that is – as dessert by adding that oh so sweet condensed milk. How sinful! Yet it’s so good.

Now that I’m more responsible (lol), avocados are devoured without that sinful addition. And now, that I’m on my own, prepping avocados have become a struggle because I couldn’t seem to handle the avocados properly. I’ve cut and nicked my fingers/hands (whichever the case maybe), depending on the tool that I’m using to extract the pit.

Until… I came across this tool that made my avocado prep a lot more pleasant (now without fear).

avocado all-in-one tool

avocado all-in-one tool

avocado all-in-one tool

avocado all-in-one tool

avocado all-in-one tool

I no longer have to use anything sharp. It’s so effortless. Now, I’m enjoying avocados a lot more. Maybe, I should try my good old avocado in condensed milk one of these days.