Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Celebration 2010

I'd like to share some photos from our Christmas day celebration. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! Happy Holidays to everyone!

You better not pout!

naughty or nice?

Come and see the Christmas tree!

Dear santa, we've all been good.

There's no place like home for the holidays!

Video chatting with relatives in California. We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Perhaps the best yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.

Making spirits bright

May your days be merry and bright.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

There's no time like the presents!

Dear Santa, I want one of everything!

lotsa presents!

Got a shirt from my cousin, lens cleaner from sis, Glow by JLO from my aunt, cute sock coin purse from my cousin. I also got a naughty gift from a cousin. lol! ( not in the pic)

How was your Christmas?


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Noche Buena 2010

We had a movie marathon tonight while we were waiting for our Christmas Eve dinner. Sis closed her internet shop earlier than usual so we can prepare for our movie night. I downloaded the movies online and we watched them on sis's computer. How I wish we had a 205-inch HDTV! The kids are a total fan of horror films so we watched Shake Rattle and Roll XI , a filipino horror flick but to lighten things up we also watched Shrek the halls and How the Grinch stole Christmas. Sis and I prepared something to snack on while we were watching. We were still a bit full when it was time for our Noche Buena feast. My mom's homemade ham is always on our Christmas table every year. How about you? How was your Noche Buena celebration? Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

~Snacks sis and I prepared~

Breaded fish fillet strips with tartar sauce

Fruit skewers and belgian chocolate dipping sauce

ham and queso de bola wraps

cocktail hotdogs and cucumber stars

Chips and rotel velveeta cheese dip

bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese stuffing

fruit cake

Philippine lemon soda

the gang

Pictures from our traditional Christmas Eve dinner

my plate

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Decorating Gingerbread Mini Village

The kids got to decorate Gingerbread mini village today. The kit includes 5 sets of gingerbread house panels, colorful candies, white icing mix, Icing bags and tips, red food color and cardboard bases. One of my nieces was not able to join so I decorated one of the houses. I assembled them last night and attached each house to the cardboard base using the icing. My Aunt suggested I reward the best decorated mini house. There were 7 judges and Garland Getaway got the most votes. It was decorated by Djor ( my niece in red top) Second prize went to my nephew Dhenzel who decorated Colorful Suite. Yeah it was unfair for the 2 little ones to compete with the 2 older kids so I also gave them money for the effort. Anyway, the houses were all wonderfully decorated! Ykaie was more busy eating the candies than decorating her own house. lol! My nephew helped her in decorating.

Wilton Gingerbread Mini Village Kit

Only the candies in plastics are included in the kit.

time to decorate

Garland Getaway ( 1st prize winner)

Colorful Suite ( 2nd prize winner)

Warm Welcome Inn ( Ykaie decorated this one with the help of my nephew)

A- Framed Destination and Candy Topped Cabin

Gingerbread Mini Village

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies/ Gingerbread Christmas trees

I started baking Christmas cookies yesterday. I've been wanting to try Martha Stewart's Gingerbread recipe for some time now. The dough was so easy to work with unlike other sugar cookie dough recipes I've tried before which were sticky. I lessened the amount of ground ginger and pepper coz it might be too spicy for the kids's taste. I also lessened the amount of sugar since I'll be decorating the Gingrebread Christmas tree with royal icing. Sis commented about the sweet and spicy smell of gingerbread baking in the oven! It was absolutely divine! Even Dad asked what I was baking coz he could smell the aroma of spiced gingerbread. I turned half of the batch into Gingerbread Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies and filled them with cream cheese frosting. They were softly baked and turned out delish!

Martha Stewart's Gingerbread Snowflakes Recipe

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • Royal icing
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

  • Directions
    1. Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder into a large bowl. Set aside.
    2. Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then eggs and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Divide dough into thirds; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
    3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 1/4-inch thick. Cut into snowflakes with a 7- inch snowflake-shape cookie cutter. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
    4. Bake cookies until crisp but not dark, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
    5. Put icing in a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip (such as Ateco #7). Pipe designs on snowflakes; immediately sprinkle with sanding sugar. Let stand 5 minutes; tap off excess sugar. Let icing set completely at room temperature, about 1 hour. Store cookies between layers of parchment in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

    I used this set of Wilton twinkling treats sprinkles to decorate the gingerbread Christmas trees

    The nutmeg shouldn't be in this pic. I thought I got ahold of the ground ginger. I only realized I grabbed the wrong spice when I downloaded the pictures. lol!

    Gingerbread Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookie

    with Cream cheese frosting: I used 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice and lemon zest.

    Gingerbread Christmas trees

    Individually wrapped

    Want some?

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    Sonya's Garden, Tagaytay

    My Sister celebrated her birthday in advance at Sonya's Garden which is located in Tagaytay. Her birthday is on the 11th of this month but she treated us out to a nice buffet lunch served in sit down style yesterday. The staffs were very accommodating and friendly but service was a bit slow that day. We were waiting for the dessert to be served but it was taking them so long. I just took the two kids with me to roam around the place for some picture taking. We checked out every nook and cranny and found some lovely spots for our photo session. There were pretty floating flower arrangements all over the place.

    This is the dining area. Great ambiance!

    My Plate. I loved the very refreshing dalandan juice!

    with cousins

    I bought them tops and matching skirts for this trip.

    Advance happy birthday to my everdearest sister! Thank you so much for the wonderful lunch! Love yah!

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