Lipstick Mania.

Okay. I’m not about to blog about lipsticks again! Haha I just want to share this amazing organizer that I bought from Lucky Princess Online Shop via Instagram. And it only cost me Php 250 including the shipping fees!

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As much as I love this, I couldn’t fit my lipsticks that had square-ish caps. I think I might need another organizer that would fit all of my lipsticks. I can repurpose this to hold my mascaras and other make up tools. In the meantime, This will have to do for now!

Dark Chocolate Fudgy Brownies.

I was in the mood to bake some brownies today.  Everyone has their own favorite kind of brownies, but for me, the true quality brownie doesn’t need to have nuts for it to be tasteful, not too sweet either.  I want a little crunch and a little chewiness, too. And this is why I like this recipe.

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In this recipe, I used Dark Chocolate Couverture Callets with 64% cocoa content, but you can use dark or unsweetened compound chocolate as substitute.  I just can’t guarantee that it would have the same taste. ;)

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I don’t really follow baking times.  I think I have mentioned that before.  I check on the pastry every 15 minutes or so when baking.  But since this is a big cake-like pastry, I only checked on the brownies after 30 minutes to allow the brownie to cook evenly.  If I opened the oven too early, there’s a tendency of having a sunk “cake”. Bakers out there, you know what I mean!  I was happy with the result: a thin crust/film has formed on top of the brownies and it rose beautifully!  So don’t be surprised if you see the same thing when you bake.  The top crust will crack once you take the pan out of the oven.  That’s normal. :)

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I baked the brownies for another 5 minutes, turned off the oven and let the pan stay inside the oven for  5 minutes, just to be sure!   No toothpick test.  Pure instinct. Hahaha

Let the brownies cool before unmolding and cutting.  I was able to divide it into 15 squares.

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Best enjoyed with a hot cup of tea… or coffee if you prefer! :)  Or… serve a la mode!

Dark Chocolate Fudgy Brownies

For a printable PDF recipe card, click here.

** Original Recipe Cards Template from Love vs. Design.  Edited  by me. :)

Harvey.

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kMix Triblade Hand Blender HB894

A week ago, Don and I had lunch at Maple in Shangri-La Mall.  Coincidentally, there’s a D&K store a few stalls away from where we had lunch.  That’s also where I bought my Kenwood Stand Mixer, Riley.  So I told Don I wanted to check out something.  I showed him the hand blender I wanted.  I saw this on sale on a local website, so I asked the salesperson if they will offer the same discount for me. Regular retail price is Php 9,800.00.  I will be able to buy this at 30% discount!  After all the negotiations, Don told me not to buy it – so I said okay and we left the store.  I believe in fate and waiting!  God provides at the right time (and the right price!)  But I guess Don thought about how much I’d be “losing” in discounts if we didn’t buy it right then and there.  This deal won’t be available whenever I decide to buy it.  In short, we ended up buying it! Hahaha I had to choose between white or black.  The black one looked so bad ass so that’s what I chose!

Everyone, meet Harvey, my new Immersion/Hand Blender.  It’s named after Harvey Specter from Suits.  :)

You know what?  Two days before I bought this, I was cooking beer-battered fish for dinner and I had to whisk egg whites for the batter.  I was too lazy to get the mixer out of the box (imagine cleaning all those for just egg whites???).  So I decided to whip the egg whites by hand… to stiff peaks no less!  Both my arms were tired and I wished I had a hand blender then.  Didn’t know I will be buying one two days after! Lol

A little back story.  I initially wanted Cuisinart’s version.  And based on reviews, that would be a better choice.  I have been waiting forever for a good deal to get that.  I think as of this writing it costs around Php 6,000.00 — more or less.  And that just gives you the hand blender and a small food processor… I think.

I have faith in Kenwood since I am very much happy with my mixer.  I would never exchange that for a Kitchen Aid.  So this hand blender is probably the next best thing!  And I only had to pay Php 6,860.o0.  Not bad at all.

To break it down, here are the key features:

  • Package includes:
    • Balloon Whisk
    • Food Processor with Knife Blade and Slicing and Grating Disc
    • Triblade Blending Attachment (blender)
    • Triblade Soup XL Attachment (bigger blender!)
    • Recipe Cards
  • Stainless Steel Blades
  • Variable Speed Plus Turbo Boost Button (5 speeds)
  • 700W

For more information on this product or other Kenwood products, click here.

Sugar Cookies.

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I’ve been reading Sweet Sugar Belles blog for quite some time now.  I have been admiring her cookie creations and thinking if I could make similar ones.  I am artistic, but not good in drawing, let alone “drawing” using royal icing!

Today I decided I will at least try.  I wouldn’t learn unless I do, right?

I have read this Basic Sugar Cookie  recipe for more than a dozen times.  It seemed easy enough.  I checked, double checked and triple checked the procedure so I would get it right.  I have even came across other sites that were making sugar cookies also, watched their videos and read comments.  I think I was more than prepared for this experiment!

COOKIE DOUGH: Making the dough was pretty easy enough.  The instructions were very detailed and I think good instincts kicked in.  However, I had a semi-hard time rolling the dough out because parts of the dough got stuck on my rolling pin.  Adding a bit of flour at a time usually gets the trick done.   Now that that’s done, my next problem is cutting the dough with the shapes I wanted.  Since it was soft (not refrigerated nor frozen at this time) it got stuck to my cookie cutters or gets broken when transferred to the baking sheet.  This is when I decided to freeze the rolled out dough.  I have watched another video about this (sorry, I can’t remember the video/site where I saw this) but she freezes her rolled out dough and it’s easier to cut – pops right out!  Once I have done that: easy peasy!  ;)

COOKIE STAMPS: I also got to use the cookie stamps I bought in Hong Kong (Read: Hong Kong Steals).  These were cool to use!  It’s not a very common practice her in Manila so I think I had an advantage! Hahaha  The only hard part was that the tiles (letters) were a bit loose so I had to improvise and use masking tapes to secure the tiles.

BAKING: I don’t usually follow baking times on recipes.  It’s part instinct and part common sense.  I have a reliable
oven, but weather is still a factor I have to consider.  It’s very humid where I am, so I had to adjust.  I timed the first batch of cookies I baked and it was for 15 minutes — double the time as what’s indicated in the recipe.  I turn the cookie sheet halfway through the baking time.  Only a few cookies were “over baked” meaning it has browned more than it should.  So it was still a success!  I wouldn’t say it was perfect, but I got the results I wanted.

I was so relieved and happy that my first try on these cookies had a good outcome.  I shared the cookies (stamped with “FRIENDS”) to my friends in school and they loved it!  The flavoring was just right, they said.  By the way, I used Almond + Vanilla Butter.  This was something I have never tried before, but it works!

My next goal is to ice the plain cookies I reserved.  I will be posting that soon!  Crossing my fingers for a good outcome, too!

Theo and Beau.

This recently popped out of my Facebook feed and I just couldn’t get enough!  I had to follow Momma’s Gone City on Instagram to see more!  Aren’t they just soooo adorable?

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I love dogs… and cute babies, too!  So this actually is double jackpot for me!  I could look at their pictures for hours!  How I wish my future kids would be dog lovers, too!

These are just some of what you’ll see on Jessica Shyba’s Instagram.  Read more on Momma’s Gone City websitetoo!

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** All pictures were borrowed from Instagram.

Have a fantastic day, everyone! :)

Mango Yogurt Popsicles.

During my last trip to Hong Kong, I bought 2 popsicle molds [read post: Hong Kong Steals].

Last Saturday, my mom and I went grocery shopping and I just had to buy ingredients to finally make popsicles!  I still have cough and colds, but nothing’s stopping me from making popsicles… and try one out!

You only need three (or four) ingredients and preparation only takes about 5 minutes.  Easy peasy!

The mangoes I used were the very ripe yellow ones because I didn’t want to add more sugar.  However, when I added the Greek yogurt it still became a little tart, so I added about 1 Tablespoon of sugar.  You can substitute the sugar with simple syrup or honey.  It really depends on your taste!

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Mango Yogurt Popsicles

And yes, even if I am still coughing, I couldn’t resist!  This is so yummy and healthy, too!  Next time, I’m making watermelon flavoured popsicles! ;)

For a printable PDF recipe card, click here.

** Original Recipe Cards Template from Creative Mamma.  Edited  by me. :)