Archives for April 2012

Ways to Decorate Cookies

There are so many ways to decorate cookies as there are cookies! You can decorate the cookies before or after baking or decorate cookie delivered to you. You can flood the cookies with royal icing, paint a masterpiece, dip it in candy melts, sprinkle with chocolate flakes, etc. No matter how you decorate the cookies, it will sure give the cookies delectable  personalized look.

Ways to decorate cookies:

Fondant is a dry type of icing that is used to cover cakes and cookies. It is best to use for fancy decorations.

Buttercream Icing (also called frosting) is a sweet creamy glaze made of sugar, enriched with butter and cream cheese.

Royal icing is harder than the butter cream icing and is made from egg whites and powdered sugar.

Ganache is melted chocolate and cream that is used to glazed, fill or coat cookies and cakes.

Sprinkling the cake with thousands of jimmies, chocolate flakes, small marshmallows, nuts, etc. Is the easiest way to decorate cookies.

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The Zombies are Coming!

The Zombies are coming! Protect your brains and run for your life!

“Takbo, Talon, Tili” is the local version of Run for Your Lives…a marathon wherein the runners need to escape the clutches of Zombies that are chasing them. The said event was held last Saturday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna that was joined by 5,000 runners. It’s a scary yet exciting experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Before the race, the runners will be given red flags each that they will clip on their waists. These red flags represent the runner’s health. The Zombies will try to take the red flags. If you lost all your red flags, then you’re dead…the Zombies win.

Watching the “Takbo, Talon, Tili” segment in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho exhilarates me. It’s like watching the Walking Dead TV series but this time you’re one of the characters. I can’t wait to experience that…run with my Treksta shoes on and try to reach the finish line while avoiding the bloody brain-hungry Zombies. Sounds really exciting!

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World Book and Copyright Day 2012

Me, together with RJ and my friends, went to Quezon Memorial Circle this morning for the kids to try the park’s new go-kart and paddle boat.  At the same time, it is in Planas garden of the said park where the World Book and Copyright Day is being celebrated so we dropped by because I have learned that there will be storytelling and puppet show that the kids would love to see.

Every year, the World Book and Copyright Day organizer which is the National Book Development Board, partners with Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines to promote reading, publishing and protection of intellectual property through copyright. This year, they came up with the high school-theme event “Summer Slam”, with picture taking, poetry performances, musical performances, rap contest, mini book fair, storytelling, puppet show and live bands…truly a great way to educate everyone about the copyright and encourage them, particularly young people, to read.

Sadly, we were not able to stay longer because of the scorching heat. Though the place is surrounded and covered by big trees, still we can’t stand the sultry air. How I wished it is held on a covered place with air coolers or Casablanca ceiling fans. Nonetheless, my daughter loved the event and preferred to stay with her dad.

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Household Essentials That We Often Ignore

When returning from a day’s work, you want a neat and well-kept house to welcome you. A clean house is one of the best stress relievers. It’s a great feeling to move around in a space that is uncluttered.

Just like bathing and brushing your teeth, a clean house leads to hygienic and healthy life. However, because of the limited space, sometimes there are things around the house that you aren’t exactly like to have on a particular spot. The solution is to have specific place to keep them. Below are the household essentials that we often ignore.

•book shelf
•medicine cabinets
•laundry hamper
•coat rack
•shoe tree/rack
•laundry shelf
•storage bins
•toilet caddy

These are simple household items yet very helpful in organizing everything. (I think the only thing we don’t have is the coat rack so it’s about time to buy the standing coat rack.

Remember that organizing and keeping your home clean does not only reduce and eliminate unpleasant elements. It also produces positive psychological feeling. As the old adage goes “Cleanliness is next to godliness”.


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Life’s Punctuation Marks

If you will be asked to put punctuation marks in this sentence, “Woman without her man is nothing”, how would you punctuate it? Most men would write it this way for sure,

“Woman, without her man, is nothing.”

But because I am a woman, I would punctuate it like this,

“Woman! Without her, man is nothing.”

Biased, huh?! 🙂

Punctuation marks give meaning and emphasis to a sentence. This is also true with life…we create our own punctuation marks and highlight our lives.

Period (.). In life, period is a common idiom to mean “end of the story” or “we are done here”. This is the punctuation we use when we are tired of someone or something and want to put an end to it. We use period when we want to cut everything off.

Comma (,). When we want to have a break from our daily regimen, work load, problems, stress, etc., we  pause for a while. Pausing once in a while would help you rejuvenate and revitalize. We could get away without these commas but we need them sometimes.

Question mark (?). We use it in making decisions…when discerning the right from wrong. “Where would I go from here? Which is better, this or that?  Am I doing the right thing?

Exclamation point (!). This mark the special events that give our lives that power stroke…touch someone’s life with a kind word, surprise your loved ones, learn an instrument or two, give someone the gift of hug, or anything you do to put enthusiasm to life and make it extra ordinary.

We may not often notice it but punctuation marks of life help us move through big transition.  Often times we use question marks and there are times we use periods but it is great to live life with exclamation point every day. Don’t you think so?

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