Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yummy Eats 2012

Last Saturday my sister and I went to the Yummy Eats event at the Rockwell Tent organized by Yummy Magazine. The event features sweet and savory food by up and coming chefs/bakers. 

Of course to make our trip worth it we went there at around lunchtime with an empty stomach.We tried a lot of samples until our tummies hurt! 

Here are my favorite samples from the event:

I love that their vegetarian cupcakes are dairy free and they use whole wheat flour. I have actually tried the food in their restaurant at Teachers Village. 

I tried Little Louie's lemon zucchini cupcake. Who knew lemon and zucchini would go so well? The cake is not too heavy and the icing is not too rich. The rest of her cupcakes are nicely decorated.

This is the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted. And the sea salt makes it taste even better! The cookies are perfectly chewy and they just melt in my mouth.

I love the packaging of these home made jam. Their boxes look like the ones you see in those classy perfume shops. And look at the design of the labels, it's so French! Pierre, the owner, said that the jars are shipped from France (he is French, by the way). And I love the fruit combinations. My sister bought a jar of their Lychee Berry. They even sell their jams in hotels like Hyatt and The Peninsula Manila.

Simply Pie
I love the combination of crabstick and laing!

Wabi-Sabi Noodle House
Wabi-Sabi was there too. Their restaurant is in The Collective at Malugay Street in Makati.They prepared samples of their veggie cracklings. I recommend eating these cracklings when you order their noodles.

QQ Mochibuns
I was only familiar with the mochi ice cream. I didn't know that mochi can be baked into mochibuns. They're warm, chewy and yummy!

Qitchen Queens
She was selling her dips in tub or bottle. My favorite is her Crab Artichoke Dip. Ham and Mushroom cheese can be used for toast and maybe the Cheezy Spinach Dip can be used for pasta.

The experience at Yummy Eats was really fun although I wasn't able to try all of the samples. I got really full! My sister however wanted to try everything and I just couldn't do that. Nonetheless I am looking forward to the Yummy Eats next year to explore new food.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log is one of the most nutritious snacks for children mainly because you have protein from the peanut butter and your kids get to eat fruits and vegetables at the same time.

Here is how to make them:
- Chop off the celery leaves and store them for future use. Then chop the celery stalks into halves or threes, or even into bite size pieces.
- Spread the peanut butter on the celery
- Put the raisins on top of the peanut butter, lining them up like ants on a log.

My first bite felt weird because I don't eat celery that much and so I'm not used to that strong celery flavor. But then after a few bites the peanut butter and the raisins balanced out the strong celery flavor. I find that the more raisins you put, the better it would taste.

Children may have fun making these snacks on their own. And according to my sister (who is a preschool teacher), when kids prepare their own snack, they tend to eat it and finish it.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Thing for Scented Candles

You see, I kind of have this thing for scented candles in big glass jars. 

Last holiday season, I was able to find a store that still sells Candle-lite's Vanilla Cookie. It's got that really yummy smell that you just want to eat the whole thing. I was also able to but their Toasted Walnuts and Chocolate, which also smelled good however the scent wasn't strong enough.

Yankee Candle has this nice chocolate chip cookie candle which I would like to try for the next Christmas season. They would surely smell yummy.

In spring last year my sister and I bought candles at Bath and Body Works. Sea Island Cotton Candle definitely makes your room smell like Febreze! Another must buy from Bath and Body Works, Green Grass. Who doesn't want the smell of fresh green grass during springtime? 

I'm not really a tutti fruity person when it comes to candles because I have always thought they smell like those strong car fresheners. But then recently I gave it a shot with Willow Lane's Fresh Papaya and Guava. Well guess what? I love it! And another delicious one from Yankee Candle, the Orange Dreamsicle scent.

I guess I can say that I'm more of a fruity/food person when it comes to candle scents. I'm not a big fan of flowers. These 20oz candles usually last for about 150 hours.

I like buying these candles also because of the glass jars. Whenever I finish the candle, a thin layer of wax is left out. I just place the jar in the freezer for about 3-5 hours and the remaining wax would come out easily with the help of a small knife. You can still use the remaining wax with a wax burner. After cleaning, the lovely glass jars could then be used as candy containers or cookie containers.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Add Some Bloom Room To Your Room

Who doesn't love flowers? Spring is still in the air so why not bring in some flowers to your room with these fabric and wallpaper. Perfect for accent pillows in the living room, linen for the bedroom, or even curtains for the guest room.

1. Amrapali Collection - Jacaranda Indigo. Designers Guild; 2. Bakari Wallpapers - Fusion Gilver and Neutrals. Harlequin; 3. Bluebell. Graham and Brown; 4. Juniper Wallpapers - Gardenia Amethyst. Harlequin; 5. Delphine Wallpapers - Lauren Neutral and Duckegg. Harlequin; 6. Summer Bloom. Graham and Brown; 7. Kasa - Blue. Lee Jofa; 8. Greenwich Village - Turquoise. Designers Guild; 9. Field Poppies by Amy Butler. Graham and Brown; 10. Boutique Wallpapers - Floris Aqua. Harlequin; 11. Claire - Teal. Graham and Brown; 12. Soemba Shadow - Cloud. Lee Jofa

1. Gran Paraiso Collection - Carmen Mandarin. Designers Guild; 2. Delacroix Collection - Celestine Slate. Designers Guild; 3. Boutique Wallpapers - Floris Aqua. Harlequin; 4. Oriental Garden Wallpaper Collection - Taisho Blossom Acacia. Designers Guild; 5.Sarafan Collection - Sarafan Parchment. Designers Guild; 6. Summer Yellow. Graham and Brown; 7. Bloomsbury Collection - Emerald. Lulu DK. 8. Oriental Garden Wallpaper Collection - Tokyo Dahlia Peony. Designers Guild; 9. Florimund Wallpaper - Musette Pomegranate. Designers Guild; 10. Amelie Wallpapers - Rosella Fuschia. Harlequin; 11. Sunburst - Sunshine Yellow. Lulu DK; 12. Walton Collection - Fern. Duralee

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dark Chocolate with Unusual Flavors

This weekend we went to the grocery store and passed by chocolates section. We weren't really planning on buying anything sweet, we just wanted to look at the nice chocolate bars. And then we saw some chocolate with weird flavors. Of course we got curious so we ended up buying some just to try them.

When I tried the Frey Dark Lemon and Pepper, it produced three waves of flavors. First you can taste the dark chocolate. After a while the lemony flavor takes over and it overpowers the chocolate flavor. Then after a while the pepper starts to kick in and bites your tongue. It was such an amazing experience that the thought of making weird chocolate flavors became a genius idea.

Then I tried the Lindt Excellence Chili. You won't really feel the heat of the chocolate until you swallow it. It then starts to slightly burn your throat. I remember going to this gelato shop and they had this chocolate and chili flavor which actually works because you start to feel the burning sensation but then the ice cream cools it down and balances everything. Again, it's a genius idea.

I prefer the Dark Lemon and Pepper because I'm not really a fan of chili. But it's worth a try though. And of course I'd like to try other dark chocolate with unusual flavors when I see some in the grocery.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Birthday Pillow Box

Making your own pillow box is a good idea if you have gifts that do not come with a box. For example, you might want to give someone cookies, jewelry, or clothes. It's very simple, you don't have to use tape to seal it because you can easily fold the flaps to close the box.

You can download plenty of pillow box templates in the internet. Here is one example - Click the link 

Found this template from Score the dotted lines, and fold the solid lines. The small flap at the top of the template is where you will connect the edges of your box.

You can print the template to make the pattern on your paper. However sometimes when you want  to make a bigger pillow box, the A4 sized printable template would not be enough. So just make your own template on a bigger paper using a ruler and a compass.

Construction paper is a good material for your pillow box. The heavier your paper is, the better. It's always a good idea to recycle materials so what I did was I used that brown paper bag that I got from the bakery. 

You can also use scrap gift wrappers, stickers, and ribbons to decorate your pillow box. Just be creative with it! And I hope the person who will receive your gift will like it. Have a nice day!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spruce Up Your Workspace

I like my work space organized an neat. And it doesn't have to be boring, does it? As a young designer, I always want to be inspired while at work, so why not bring the inspiration in your work space?

How about lettered wallpaper for your home office? From

Adding a ledge over your work space is a convenient way to store your books and files. Here is a nice green office from decorpad.

Boxes are convenient to store those small knick knacks. And it's also a good idea to use jars so you can easily see what's inside. I just like the fact that they used glass jars to store their fabric swatches in this photo.

I love that you can post your inspiration board on the wall using clothespin.

Here are some accessories I found in the internet to spruce up your workspace.

1. Cable Drop Cord Clips. The Container Store; 2. Punctuation Page Markers. The Container Store; 3. Paperclips. Kikkerland Design; 4. Kouji Iwasaki LED Wood Clock. Unica Home; 5. Jonathan Adler Pencil Set. Jonathan Adler; 6. Five Pocket Inspiration Folder. Madewell; 7. Talk Bubble Magnetic Board by Umbra. The Container Store; 8. Littleman Desk Lamp. Antrhopologie; 9. Pantone Storage Boxes. Pantone; 10. Graphic Pillows. Gus Modern; 11. Sawhorse Table. West Elm; 12. Eames Molded Plastic Dowel Leg Armchair. Design Within Reach

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quilling Flowers for Mothers Day

A simple way to greet your moms a happy mothers day is to make them a nice greeting card. Add a little special something to your card by quilling flowers! Who doesn't love nice looking flowers on mothers day?

I have never done this before, so don't be surprised if it looks bad.

I used construction paper for the flowers, and 6"x6" paper stack as the base for the greeting cards. You will also need a cutter, a cutting mat, a pair of scissors, and some white glue. People who do serious quilling use a quilling tool to roll the paper with ease. But since I'm just a beginner, a simple push pin worked just fine.

You can find basic quilling instructions from
Click the links below to download the pdf files:
Page 1
Page 2

The paper rolling is the easy part. But when it's time to cut the petals, that's when it takes a lot of time so you got to be patient. The thinner the petals, the prettier your flower will look.

In this card, I first rolled the center of the flower with red paper about 3mm wide. Then I used white paper that goes from 5mm wide to 10mm wide. When you roll the petals, it kind of makes that layered effect from short petals to long petals.

Here is an example of a fringed flower that's monotone and duo-tone. I did the two-toned flower by cutting 2 strips of paper with the same width and length, but different colors. I glued one strip on top of the other and rolled it. It definitely looks nice!

And here in my third card, I still used the fringe technique but the 2 strips of paper do not have the same width. First roll the center of the flower, then the shorter petals, and then the longer petals. This technique produces flowers that look like daisies.

Then add your message to the greeting card with a pen or whatever you want to use. There you have it. I hope this works out well for you and I wish your moms a happy mothers day!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Caramel Popcorn Balls

I wanted to make a little experiment with popcorn when I saw a video on HeyKayli's YouTube channel about how to make Caramel Popcorn Balls. They're such a delicious treat for Mothers Day that everyone with a sweet tooth can enjoy!

I will be sharing you this delicious recipe from HeyKayli, or you can watch her video on how to make it. This recipe, by the way, will make the chewy gooey type of caramel popcorn balls and not the crunchy type.

Yield: 20 balls (3 inch diameter)

Here are the ingredients: 

- 2 sticks of butter (or 1 cup of butter)
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup of corn kernels

I bought three bags of microwavable popcorn just for the convenience of having them cooked instantly in the microwave oven. Unfortunately I found out that the microwave oven at home was not working so I removed all the kernels from the bag, placed them in a huge pot, added some oil, turned up the heat and waited for the popping sound. Apparently you can cook microwavable popcorn without a microwave oven.

Anyway, all you have to do is:

- Pop the popcorn.
- After this, cook the caramel by mixing all the rest of the ingredients except for the vanilla in the pot and bring to a boil. Make sure that the caramel is cooked at 230 F. 
- After maybe about 10 minutes remove the pot from heat and then add the vanilla.
- Pour the caramel onto a bowl of popcorn and mix well. Wait for the popcorn to cool a bit by laying them on trays.
- When they are warm enough, you can use your hands to form the popcorn into balls. I made them to about 3 inches in diameter. You can make smaller balls or larger balls. To prevent the caramel from sticking to your hands, dip your hands in cold water.
- Place them on a plate or cupcake liners.

And there you have it! Looks good right?

Just be careful about the proportions of the caramel and popcorn, if you add too much caramel, it will be really sweet. If you find the caramel too sweet, you can sprinkle some cinnamon to add an additional flavor to the popcorn.

Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On

I passed by the bookstore yesterday and I happen to find a small bright red book called Keep Calm and Carry On. I thought this book was going to be interesting.

It is a compilation of quotes from philosophers to authors with categories like money, work, happiness, friendship, and so much more.

Here are some quotes in the book:

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep - Dale Carnegie

Better bread with water, than cake with trouble - Russian Proverb

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens. - Benjamin Disraeli

I bought it just for when I need a quick advice during my low points and it might just make my day.

Friday, May 11, 2012

First Post!

Hello! Here's a cupcake to welcome you :)

 I am so excited to create my new blog called The Pink Doormat. I will be posting about the things I love: food, crafts, and decoration. Just wanted to share about being creative and having fun :) See you around!


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