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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Peanut Butter Cookies

The first baked goodies I have made, are banana chocolate chip muffins aka cupcakes, or whatever you call it. It was not that successful because of the ingredients. 

Aside from muffins, I wanted to learn how to make cookies, I have tried baking oatmeal cookies, but the result was not that good but still edible though. This time around, I tried making another batch of cookies. A bunch of peanut butter cookies that I am sure my son will love, (he loves peanuts, peanut butter a lot).

Thanks to technology and the internet, learning how to bake these days are easy-peasy. Just type the key words and hit search, Google will display what you are looking for I seconds. This is what I am doing now, I usually “screenshot” some recipes that I found easy to follow, buy the ingredients and start creating.

One of the many sites, that I have stumbled upon, is “bake happy” a proudly pinoy blog own by Ms.Aikko. This is where I found the “Peanut Butter Cookies” recipe which I am sharing right now. 

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Using the recipe above, except for the extra sugar for sprinkling, here’s my version.


Though they are not perfectly rounded cookies, the taste was indeed heaven! As expected my kids love it!


As what Ms.Aikko, had said, making these “sweetness” is very easy and as a beginner myself I have no difficulty in following her instructions.

She’s too patient and generous to share the step by step with pictures. Whew! Thanks so much, I’ll be making more of these in a few days. I already got jars of peanut butter in my cupboard. J


Enjoy the yumminess!

P.S. I applied some of the tips from Mommy Joy's "the food styling something" and came up with this idea. But with regards to lighting, I made used only the pop-up flash :-). Soon I'll practice also taking pictures outside using natural light. :-)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Baking Adventures will be Published here soon...

The truth is I am not a kitchen junkie. I am a person who loves to eat, but do not know how to cook except for the very basic like steamed rice, eggs, etc., which I have learned since childhood because we grew up without house helpers.

But on the 4th quarter of last year, after a twist of event and with determination to learn how to bake goodies for my kids and their father, I decided to learn the art of baking. I bought a small electric oven (using my BDO reward points) and few baking essentials + tutorials from the internet, the journey started.

With all the preservatives, etc. that are found in processed foods these days; we already do not know which ones are healthy, which ones are not. Hence, the more I am determined to learn how to make yummy snacks, especially for my kids, that way I am sure of the ingredients I am using.

In my six months of this so called baking adventure, I already tried a few of the recipes I found online. I also watch tutorials from the YouTube and learned the basics, read and asked two of my colleagues here who are also baking and experimenting. Some were posted on my Instagram, and some on other blog. This time around I wanted to share what I have made here in my photoblog, because I also want to learn the art of food photography. 

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I think it was last month, when I saw a post on Mommy Bloggers Philippines’ FB page that Ms. Joy Gurtiza of www.JoyBites.com will be sharing a series of photography tutorials on “how to take blog worthy photos”, I immediately signed up and received 3 series of newsletters that I have found very helpful.

I have a DSLR, but frankly speaking, I do not know to use it at its full potential, I always rely on the basics and set the dial at “P”, take photos without considering the light, settings, etc. I always wanted to learn photography, but because I am also a corporate employee, a mother of two, a wife, etc., my time is already filled up. Hence, looking for that extra time is difficult.

Eventhough, how difficult it may be, I think soon when all are in place I can do the tweaking of the gadget and start taking blog worthy photos.

Actually, I already started, using my baking experiment results as my subjects and soon, with the pointers from the Mommy Joy’s newsletters I can do better in the future.

So, stick around and from time to time I’ll be posting my baking adventure + photography adventure here at www.photosbyjanuary.com.


Watch out for it!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spring Flowers Called Viola

I have seen these colorful blooms in Shanghai, China in the beginning of the second quarter of last year. 
Violas at Nanjing Road, Shanghai
It was the start of Spring, hence these pretties are abundantly blossoming almost anywhere in Shanghai. I actually posted them before and just called it “Spring Flowers” because I do not know the name.

Violas at the entrance of Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai
Until, today when I google for “violas for students”. I was expecting for classical instruments because that’s the only Viola I know. Then I saw these flowers, the flowers I have only seen in China for the first time in my life and they are indeed spring flowers but this time with a name called “Viola”. 

When Time is Spent, Eternity Begins

February 6, 2015 was the 2nd year we commemorated the death of my father in law. Last year, we weren’t able to visit his grave because that was also the time that my mother in law (hubby’s mom) was hospitalized, and a few days later on the 24th of February she succumbed to breast cancer. 

My parents in law died in the same month one year apart, just like my parents who also died in the month of March, 2 years apart.  Both of us are longing for parents that we can see, hug and talk to, but that is what life is all about their time in the world of the living had already expired and they have to move and live a happy life in paradise because


The photo above was taken at Cabanglasan Public Cemetery, with the sun striking fiercely yet the wind is cool in the bright midday.

On Sunday, we’ll be heading again to hubby’s hometown to say our prayers and remember the death of my loving mother in law.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Dragon Door Handles

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Because it is a happy celebration for our Chinese friends, might as well take you back to one of the ancient temples in China.

My last year’s trip in China, my first foreign trip ever was very unforgettable. The memories are still fresh and I can’t hide the fact that I am one lucky girl to be able to visit the country for free.

One of the few attractions that we visited in Shanghai was the Old Temple, you can read about it here. What I am featuring this time are the old doors painted in red and with dragon head design brass door handles.   



History tells us that, the dragon was used to symbolize the Emperor of China.  It is the a symbol of good luck, strength and power. This may be the reason why there a lot of things designed with dragon in it just like the door handles.



Over time many had changed, including the designs of furnitures and doors  or just everything. They are designed not just for decorative purposes but as well as to the function and durability, like the grant sliding door hardware. If I am to choose which door to install in my future home, I might choose the old style with a touch of modern.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Just Another Blog Update

The last time I updated this blog was after my birthday. I made a challenge a photo a day challenge for this blog, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to cope up. I was too busy in my offline job, that my things online were neglected for a while. It was truly stressful the past days, I just hope that after this month we have additional manpower that can help us with the work load, but I guess is is too good be true for the time being.

Anyway, yesterday our company nurse already discussed with the some of our colleagues regarding the results of the Annual Physical Examination, probably tomorrow it will be our group’s turn. I am praying that the results are not bad, I am too paranoid sometimes, overly thinking of some things which were not.


These days, more and more foods were made claiming to be healthy when in fact some had preservatives that are not good for the health. Thus, we also need to take something to protect us. I am considering taking food supplements that will keep us from bad radicals, there’s also a lot in the market, like rowatinex. My goal now is to choose which one is better.

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, Birthday Gifts

If you have read my other blog, you will know that I received two birthday gifts, two real stone bangles from my dear husband. He is quite non-romantic type of person, so it was a surprised when he asked what I want for my birthday, and I told him I want a green Jade bangle. And viola! I got, not just one, but two bangles! A green Jade + a rose quartz. Cool! Thanks so much dearest!
 


Well, aside from that, I also got myself a gift. I’ve been drawn to handbags lately, something that I can use at the office, casuals or for everyday use. As expected I bought a bag, my first one from the Parfois line. It’s a maroon sling bag of faux leather (I think!) and the big deal was, the 50% off from its original price of P1998.00.


This bag will be of use when attending Sunday mass at our village, and inside you will find a 4oz feeding bottle, biscuit and baby wipes for the little girl. My birthday this year is sure fun and full of blessings. 

Thank You Dear Lord for my 37 years of existence and for more years to come.
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