Monday, August 22, 2011

A Sweet Dupe: Chicboy's Turones Caramel Sauce

You know what? Before Chicboy came up with this turones dip, we've loved a similar concoction from a man selling kutsinta at the Boni MRT. He smothers his kutsinta with a thicker version of this caramel and it was sooo delicious. Drew's mom asked him how he made the sauce and he said, he simply had to boil a can of condensed milk. I don't know if cans have BPA, but there must be something unhealthy about boiling something inside a can, don't you think?

I can't say my version is the easiest way to do it because I've wasted about 3 cans of condensed milk just to get the desired result. And oh, the agony of having to wait for the condensed milk to turn brown!!! Might as well get them from Chicboy (They sell turones for P35 with a small serving of sauce and you can always ask for extra!).

Anyway, this is how I did it:


1 small can condensed milk
hot water

1. Place any kind of pan over low fire. Pour all the contents of condensed milk on it.

2. Heat the condensed milk while stirring constantly. If you feel that the sauce is getting too thick, pour around 1/4 cup of hot water on it. NOTE: Be sure that the water is really hot. I tried regular tap water and ended up getting hard caramel candy!
3. Continue with step 2 until you get the desired brown-ness of your caramel. After this, pour the last 1/4 cup of hot water, stir until somewhat saucy in consistency and turn off the heat on your stove.

4. Let it cool.

This is basically just burnt condensed milk, you know? So if you want the taste to be more milky, don't brown it too much. If you want more flavor, burn it some more. But more importantly, decide if you really want to make it, haha!

And for the presentation:

Will you marry me?

YOUR every woman,

Monday, August 15, 2011

Crepe Out of Pancake Batter

Ella loves pancakes so much! I wanted to make her boring pancakes extra special by adding mangoes (her favorite fruit), whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. But then, I realized...these are the same ingredients of a crepe! I searched the Internet and found out that it is indeed possible to make crepe out of pancake batter! Here's how:

Ingredients for cream:

1 tetra pack of Nestle cream
1/2 of a small can of Alaska condensed milk

1. Mix and freeze.

Ingredients for crepe:

200g pancake mix (we use Maya)
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup milk (can be powdered milk mixed with water)
2 tbsp cooking oil

1. Mix everything like you would to regular pancakes.
2. Heat a frying pan and add a drop of cooking oil.
3. Pour half a cup of the batter and flatten it circularly as it dries up into crepe. Cook it like regular pancakes but be extra careful because it's thinner. A non-stick frying pan would do best for this job, but we don't have one (*ehem* Christmas! *ehem*)
4. Keep repeating step 2 for succeeding crepes.
5. Refrigerate the crepes.
6. Once cold, layer one side with frozen cream, add mangoes, roll, and pour syrup over.

It's very easy! You should try it!

your every woman,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hair Happiness!!!

One of the best things about having a baby girl, is that she is sometimes the extension of a mother's happy childhood! Remember your favorite dolly? The one you love to dress up and style hair? It's like she has come to life... in your daughter!!!

When I was looking for sample hairstyles that I would do to Ella on my brother's wedding, I found out about wherein a mommy posts hairstyles that she does on her daughter and how to do them. Since then, just about the same time that Ella started school, it has been my addiction to always make sure her hair is styled (that is...only when I'm around). Not only does it tame her curly baby hair, but it also adds a little glam to her everyday uniform. Here are a few photos of what we've done so far:

classes were suspended because of a to the mall!

ready for school!

home after school

I know it's not as beautiful and complicated as the one in Princess Hairstyles but they sure look pretty on Ella, don't you think so? I hope I could do this every single day... *sigh*

your every woman,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Potty Training Part 3

Wow! It's been a while since I last posted something about this... Just a recap, Ella can do number 1 and number 2 already. However, she can't seem to keep the fluids in when she's asleep! ...Especially when it's cold!

Then a friend suggested that we schedule wake time for peeing at night. I thought it was a very good idea because almost all of Ella's training had something to do with schedule! We had to wait until Ella is old enough not to be cranky when we wake her up... which is now, when she's halfway past 3 years old.

I scheduled Ella's wake up time for 12am, 3am and 6am. I didn't wake her up like I wake adults though. At first, I'd have to carry her half asleep self, let her sit on the potty and support her while she's peeing. We've had accidents, yes! But a potty trained daughter is definitely worth a stinky bed!

Then just recently, I was surprised to hear Ella waking me up and asking me "Mommy, where's the potty?" (Looks like she didn't remember where it was on the times she was half asleep!) I showed her where the potty was, and just observed. She peed! But then she might have found the potty a little late.

Ella: Where's your phone mommy?
Me: I don't know... (still very sleepy)
Ella: My panty is wet, mommy... Where's your phone?
Me: (looking for the phone)
Dad: (awakened by all the fuss and feeling under the pillows) Andiyan o!

Drew handed me my phone and I gave it to Ella. Ella pressed a button, went to the other room where her closet was, and got a clean panty! In a house with no lights on! Hahaha! She used the phone as her flashlight, just like her daddy taught her to do! Way to go Ella!

your every woman,