• No bake Peanut Butter Choco Lava

    No bake low carb peanut butter choco lava cake

    These lava cakes are easy to make and ready in less than 5 minutes

    Who would have thought that chocolate lava cake would be on a menu of a healthy diet plan this is great to have when you are craving for a dessert.

    Now i make way more mug cakes because there’s no fancy baking skills required here.

    WHAT YOU NEED

    3 Tbsp Butter melted

    1 Tsp Peanut Butter lite

    3 Tbsp unsweetened Almond Milk

    2 Medium Eggs

    1 Tsp Vanilla

    Pinch of Salt

    4-5 Sachet of Equal Gold

    2 Tsp Baking Powder

    4 Tbsp Almond Flour

    3 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder

    Whipped Cream for toppings (optional)

    WHAT TO DO

     

    Put together almond flour, sugar,  cocoa powder, add salt, baking powder and mix well

    Add eggs, melted butter, vanilla and almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time

    Mix well together to get a smooth batter

    Pour into a microwave safe mug

    Microwave on full power for 20 seconds

    Take it out and push the chunk of peanut butter right into the center of the batter.

    Make sure the peanut butter doesn’t protrude out of the batter. It has to completely disappear into the center

    Microwave on another full power for 30 seconds. (Microwave time varies. Change accordingly)

    Let it sit for a minute, unmould and serve plainly or topped it off with your favorite whipped cream

    This is best eaten warm as when it gets cold, the chocolate cake starts to harden. You can always re-heat and eat
    Serve and enjoy.
  • The elephant in the room

    I admit that negative thoughts still creep in my head and like an elephant in the room, I the more I ignore it, the more I think about it.  Everyone has their own share of inadequacies, insecurities. failures, rejections. It is traumatizing to hear the words that you are not good enough, I don’t like you, I don’t love you anymore.

    Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there are always someone that will belittle your efforts.  While you did everything you can, it seems to be never enough. They blame you for things that happen as if it is all your fault. They criticize, judge, discourage and make your life miserable. These people seem to suck all the life out of you.

    Whether we like it or not, there are people that will try to push our limits. Sometimes, we are not strong enough and give in. While we want to retaliate and want them to get hurt, in the end , we are the ones who get broken.

    I realize that the more I try to be liked and to please everyone, it always backfires. While we can’t control others behavior towards us, we can forgive them and pray for them. We are all made in God’s image. God make no mistakes. The negativity should stop before it begins…in our thoughts.

  • The Case of Mondays

    I’d be lying if I say I do not dread the start of the work week. Sometimes, we get tired of the monotony and suffer a burn-out. The weekend seem to just went by so quick. The task that you have planned to do all the week, still hasn’t been done. Decluttering your office space, purging your closet, organizing your cupboards are some lists that has always been put aside.

    The weekends usually are devoted to catching up on housework, running some errands and summer barbecues and leisure activities. We usually don’t decline impromptu party invites unless we have anything special planned which is very rare. It’s a great way to catch up friends that we only see once in a while. We are grateful that we have a small circle of friends that we had since we moved here about 15 years ago.

    There are times when I feel like giving up, but I still try. I have been praying for God’s direction for a new job setting. It took months of job interviews without hearing anything. Finally, I got a job offer referred by one of our acquaintances. It was really unexpected and I am thrilled to finally get started. It was very challenging but in the end of the day it was rewarding that you get to learn new things and impart your skill.

    Having a job is truly a blessing. We are able to sustain our family and use our talents that God entrusted us. We all have a job to perform, it could be a stay at home parent, it could be a freelancer, a laborer or a job in the medical field. As we fulfill our calling, no matter how hard it may be, remember to “Commit your work to the LORD and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3) Thru our works, we are serving and honoring God, we leave the results in His Hands and our efforts will not be in vain.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • It’s been a while

    Its been a while, in a very long time since I had breathe a sigh of relief. Relief from the cares of the world, the fear, the restlessness, the anxious feeling. It’s been a while since I got excited getting up in the morning and face the world with a smile. It’s been a while since I have a good restful rest.  And it feels like as if a heavy load has been lifted off my back.

    It’s been a while since we had long walks in the park, feel the breeze and the summer winds. It’s been a while since we have leisure time as a family. It’s been a while since we have time for anything. I thought these days would never come.

    There is a vast load of information in media nowadays regarding stress and it’s link to depression. We all had experience terrible days.  Sometimes, we feel as if our days was a plot summary for the movie Lemony Snicket’s “A series of Unfortunate Events.” The fast paced life has all the modern conveniences it has to offer. It seems that we want to accomplish a lot with the least time. We have instant pot meals, instant messengers, quick fixes, life hacks, anything that can make our life more productive and easier.  All information available at the tip of our fingers with just one click.

    It seems that everyone on social media have accomplished lives. Living life to the fullest. Have the perfect successful career and children that excel in school. The dream house and the dream vacations. The more accomplishments I saw, painted a picture of what was lacking in my life. Not attaining the achievements that my peers is having is a failure, so I thought. But I learned that here will be always be someone that has more than what you have and there will always be somebody who has less than what you have. Comparison not only brings discontentment but it is “A thief of joy”-Roosevelt

    I choose not to be a victim anymore. I choose to look at the positive side of life and appreciate the everyday stress. I choose to be motivated to accomplish small things. It doesn’t matter even if it is just jumping out of my bed to face the world.

     

     

     

  • Frozen Phone

    I didn’t realize how much  I rely on gadgets until my smartphone started to have freezing problems. The first thing I thought was how I can’t afford to buy a new phone right now. Not being techy, I always resort to panic and being overly anxious. How can I survive without a phone? All my notes, appointments, diary and important information are all in there! I am doomed!

    I need to back up in the cloud and erase unnecessary apps to free more space, I told myself. I need to save and erase all the pictures that’s been on there, since forever. I was loosing hope until a friend suggested to reset the phone and voila! problem solved, for now. At least I am still able to make and receive calls.

    Back in our high school and college days, we only used mobile phones for mainly for texting because phone calls are very expensive. We survived without constantly checking our phones for any updates. We used notebooks, pen and papers, calendars, wrist watches and planners . Its amazing how one device can accomplish everything with different apps. Now, phones are deemed a necessity, almost every one, even little ones know how to use a device.

    When I think about how trivial my problem was earlier. I have been spending a huge chunk of time browsing and looking on my phone. I have been watching a lot of you tube cat videos. I have been reading a lot of articles one after another. I have been very distracted. My quiet time praying and reading the Bible has become hurried and non-existent. It brought me to an awakening that I was prioritizing things of unimportance.

    I am thankful that my phone had unfrozen. I wish I can spend less time on needless worries and spend more time to focus on things that matter most. It may be difficult, but it is doable.

  • Low Carb Bulgogi Egg Wrap

    You guys won’t believe how easy these are. The wraps themselves are literally one ingredient an egg. It’s basically like making a fried egg, just a little bit thinner and then filling it with meat and cheese yum, they’re about as comforting as comfort food can get.

    WHAT YOU NEED

    Eggs (2 medium eggs in each wrap)

     5 tbsp Mayonnaise

     1 Tsp Butter

     2-3 Tbsp grated cheese

     Olive oil for frying (you can also use coconut oil, palm oil or butter)

     Garlic Salt seasoning or Salt and Pepper

     Half medium onion chopped and blanched

     Pealed and chopped cucumber (chop it in half so you can easily roll the egg wrap)

     Sliced Tomatoes

     Green Lettuce

     Chopped Parsley

     Bacon strips and Korean BBQ sauce

    Make Ahead: The meat needs to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

    WHAT TO DO

    Wash some of your favorite leafy vegetables i use green lettuce for this recipe but you can also use iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce or red leaf lettuce. Set them aside to dry.

    How to make the wrapping sauce

    Mix all of the sauce ingredients together:
    5 Tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp butter, half onion chopped and blanched, 2tbsp chopped parsley, seasoned it with garlic salt or salt and pepper.

    You will get about ¼ cup of sauce. If you like to eat this often, you can make a larger portion ahead of time and then store it in the refrigerator to serve whenever you need it.

    How to make egg wraps

    Whisk the egg in a bowl until there are no lumps and you cannot see any egg yolk or white pieces.

    Heat some olive oil / coconut oil (or butter) in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.

    Pour the egg mixture into the 28-30 cm non-stick frying pan and rotate the pan to let the egg spread out into a thin layer. The thinner the better when using eggs as wraps.
    Once cooked on one side, flip over.

    Remove each wrap as they cook and leave on a plate and allow to cool.

    Repeat with as many eggs as you like until you have made enough wraps for the week ahead.

    Place sauce evenly add lettuce, 2 strips of bulgogi meat, your favorite cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, cucumber and roll up.

    Serve and enjoy

  • Kate Spade bow box

    This year, I wasn’t expecting any gifts or any special greetings or any special treatments on my birthday. I was feeling down all week for some reason. The past year brought so much struggles and realization. I didn’t think I would’ve made it, if it wasn’t for people who cared. But I still do struggle day to day. Some days it is easier.

    Earlier, my mom gave me a gift. I got a nice surprise from my husband too. The bow box was beautiful. What’s inside was an icing on the cake. Just want to share the details of what’s inside the box.

    The purse is called Street Cameron Jensen Kate Spade Satchel. It is a sturdy bag with side zip pockets and enough space inside for a laptop. It is perfect for work, traveling or pleasure. The material looks luxurious and it hold it’s shape. I hope my husband didn’t paid full price because Kate spade always have good sales.

    The matching wallet has card slots and ID picture window which is very functional.

    I hope you enjoy reading this post. It is my first Kate spade so I’m pretty stoked.

     

  • Birthdays as we get older

    While it is nice to be receive a lot of greetings on your birthday, I chose not to share my birthday on social media. I am happy that some close friends and relatives remember my birthday without Facebook notifications. For me, having a lot of greetings doesn’t make me feel more special or any less special when Facebook friends don’t greet me on occasions.

    Dont get me wrong, I am thankful for becoming one year older, becoming more wise because of what experience has taught me. Looking back, I celebrated my birthday with friends and company, some I no longer see or hear from. When we were kids, birthdays are always a major event because of the milestones. And the presents too! The bigger the presents the better. As we get older, it’s no longer about the presents but who is present in our lives.

    Everyday is a special day to me. I don’t tell people it’s my birthday because I don’t want them to treat me differently. I don’t want the to feel obliged on giving me a present either. Even for one day, I don’t want be the center of attention. I would appreciate it more if a someone gives me a thoughtful letter or a phone call on an ordinary day just because.

    I love to receive gifts but I love giving more. I enjoy seeing a child happy. Genuine happiness is being content with whatever the condition your in. We don’t have a lot of material wealth to give, but we can sure make a difference to one person by sharing what we have..

    Every day not only on my birthday, I contemplate on all the things that happen in my life, whether it is good or bad. What brought be to shape the person I am now and what I have to offer. I am thankful for both.

  • What is a Dad?

                                  From a a traditional standpoint, the father’s responsibility is to be the breadwinner, providing the basic needs of the family financially and emotionally, being the disciplinarian, the role model, protector.

    Modern day fathers have a different roles now because of the changing times. There are single dads, stay- at home dads that handle most or all of the child care and household tasks. Because of economical reasons, health issues, the family roles can be reversed. There are also foster parents and step dads who raise the children as their own. And for some reasons, there are fathers who decided to stay away from their children’s lives.

    When I was young, my dad taught me how to ride a bike, how to swim. I remember he can make the best fruit drinks and make appetizing meals. I remember the trips we made to the park and to the zoo. I also remembered the day that he has to leave to work abroad. It was the saddest day. Like most overseas workers, the parent has to leave their family to provide a better future for the family. It was difficult, but like most families, we survived. It must be very hard for him to be separated from his family for so long even though he never told us that it was difficult. We appreciated all of the sacrifices he made.

    My husband proudly received his Father’s Day present early this year. It’s a craft made in by my 7 year old son in his special ed class that reads: My dad is special because he takes me to the mall. We play hot wheels together. He takes me outside to play on the swing. He reads with me and play games with me. My dad likes to eat vegetables. We got tickled reading the last part.

    To a child, he look up to their father as a hero. As they grow up, he would want to emulate his father if he set up a good example or he can swear not to become his father if he doesn’t have a good relationship with him.

    The relationship is what bonds children to their fathers. To be present in a child’s life is more important than unnecessary material things. To give the unhurried time and undivided attention is what they really need.

    Though our earthly fathers are far from perfect, there is Our father that love us unconditionally.  “God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors and blemishes. But He also sees our value”-Max Lucado .This Father’s Day and always we cherish our dads, our husbands, our father-in laws, our step dads and to all the father figures and to the memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Low carb Carbonara using Shiritaki noodles

     

    Low carb comfort food made easy

    WHAT YOU NEED

    Shiritaki Noodles / Konjac Noodles 2 Packs (200 grams per pack)

    4 stalks of celery chopped

    Sliced mushrooms 198g

    Crispy bacon for toppings

    1 box all purpose cream

    Olive oil 1 tbsp

    1 large Chicken breast diced

    Parmesan cheese

    4 tbsp grated cheddar cheese

    WHAT TO DO

    1. Place Chicken breast in a pot, pour in just enough water to cover allow to boil for 10 minutes
    2. Scoop out Chicken Breast and move to plate to cool
    3. When cool sliced chicken breast into small cubes
    4. Save chicken stock for later

    Meanwhile..

    • Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 6 minutes.
    • Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels; chop in small pieces and set aside.

    Prepare the Noodles

    1. Rinse Shiritaki noodles for 3-5 minutes in running water
    2. Boil water add Shiritaki noodles and boil for 5 Minutes
    3. Drain and toss in 1 tbsp Olive oil

    Carbonara Sauce

    • Sauté mushroom in butter for 3 minutes in medium heat
    • Add 1 cup of chicken stock
    • Add 1 box all purpose cream
    • Add 2 tbsp grated cheese
    • Bring to boil until sauce thickens
    • Add chicken chunks

    Topped it with crispy bacon and parmesan cheese

    Now enjoy your creamy carbonara without guilt.

    Serve and enjoy.

     

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