Sunday, March 23, 2014

The French Macaroons (Macarons)


What's in this bag ?
A couple of weeks back,  our guest from France gave me something sweet from his homeland.  The paper bag says "Laduree."  I am not familiar with it but he said it is macaron.


Founded in 1862, Laduree is a French luxury bakery and a well-known top seller of double-decker  French macaroons.

 
The macaroons are placed in a charming and  artistically made box.  It is like a jewelry box... beautiful ! Great packaging !


The French double-decker macaroons  has a light and delicate texture and pretty colors It has a variety of flavorful fillings

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Secret Garden...Sonya's Garden

Sonya's Coffee Table Book entitled "Sonya's Secret Garden" ~ Takes you to her private sanctuary in beautiful photos,  a way of inviting the readers to her home.

Nestling in the cool paradise-like place in the south called "Tagaytay City,"  Sonya's Garden is Sonya Garcia's private sanctuary until she decided to open its door to the public.  It offers a romantic nature garden dining and lodging.  What to expect when you go to this place includes : Greenhouse restaurants which serves organic gourmet meals, the bed and breakfast cottages surrounded by charming gardens, the sensuous spa to pamper the guests, freshly baked breads and pastries from their bakery called "Panaderia"," the Country Store which sells fresh organic vegetables, herbal plants, hand-painted silk stuffs, embroidered linens, hand-made wares and you can also find Sonya's furniture lines in the "Favorite Finds."

A great place to just sit down and relax for awhile


Panaderia, the in-house bakery that offers freshly baked breads, sweets and pastries

Inside "Panaderia"

The bed and breakfast cottages at Sonya's garden

 The cottages are surrounded by luscious flowers and refreshing green sceneries

 Herbal plants for sale at Sonya's Garden


 The Organic Greenhouse

 
 Sonya's signature fresh green salad
  Freshly harvested arugula and lettuce topped with mango, eggs, broad beans, cucumber, jack fruit, pineapple, edible flowers drizzled with Sonya’s Secret Dressing or Balsamic Vinegar/extra virgin olive oil.

 
 Freshly  baked sesame bread with various toppings and dips ~ mushroom pate, bruschetta tomato toppings, anchovies, white cheese, basil pesto, fresh green peppercorn in olive oil, and black olive tapenade.

This black horse statue seems to invite guests to visit Sonya's furniture lines in the "Favorite Finds"

 Sonya's Furniture Lines at the "Favorite Finds"






SONYA'S GARDEN
Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, 4123 Philippines

For reservations,
call or text the following numbers:

+63-9175329097
+63-9175335140
+63-9175231080

Email :
info@sonyasgarden.com

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Santa's Toy Factory

Santa's Toy Factory

My sisters and I went out for a dinner in one of the restaurant in Nuvali.  As we were passing by Crown Asia, we noticed this spectacular Santa's Toy Factory. Crown Asia is the builder of Valenza homes, a  25-hectare Italian-inspired community located at the center of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Building a grand Christmas display is a yearly tradition of Crown Asia.

Checking it out with my sister Cel

The grand Christmas display had been bringing good cheers during the yuletide season.  People, young and old are visiting the area for picture taking.

Kids and kids at heart are enjoying the majestic Christmas display

With my stepsister, Darling

HO ! HO ! HO ! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE !

Santa Claus' Toy Factory is always a very busy place.  Elf by elf, toy by toy, Santa's Christmas toy factory is bustling with so much activities !  Toys, toys, toys everywhere ! But every elf is working hard and having fun.  Each elf devotes his or her special skills to make the best toys possible, so that ever boy and girl, children around the world, can get the presents on their Christmas or holiday wish list.  Santa and the elves hope that kids throughout the world have what they need to be healthy and happy.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Goodies ! ~ Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

BANANA CUPCAKE WITH PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

I was thinking of what to give to my friends and relatives this Christmas and I came-up with baking some cupcakes for them.  The best gift is the one that comes from  your heart and you really made a big effort for it.  I stayed up so late just to finish my cupcakes.  I baked a total of seventy two (72) pieces of banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.  This is yummy !!!

INGREDIENTS :
    Cupcakes
       *  2 cups all-purpose flour
       *  1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
       *  1/4 cup buttermilk
       *  2 eggs
       *  1 1/4 cups sugar
       *  1 tsp vanilla
       *  1/2 cup vegetable shortening
       *  3/4 tsp baking soda
       *  1 tsp baking powder
       *  1 tsp salt
    Frosting 
       *  1 cup creamy peanut butter 
       *  6 cups  confectioners' sugar
       *  1/2 cup butter, room temperature (1 stick)
       *  1/4 cup milk (If you prefer a creamier frosting, you can add more milk)
       *  Chopped Reese's Peanut Butter cups
 DIRECTIONS :
    Cupcakes
    1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
    2. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar together.
    3. Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and bananas.
    4. Mix until combined thoroughly.
    5. On low speed add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
    6. Stir together until combined.
    7. Line muffin pans and fill with batter about 2/3 full.
    8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cupcakes are set and a toothpick comes out clean.
    9. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pan and let cool completely before frosting. 
    Frosting: 
         1.  Combine peanut butter and butter and mix on medium speed until combined. 
         2.  Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated. 
         3.  Add milk slowly until desired consistency is reached. 
         4.  Pipe frosting on cooled cupcakes and garnish with chopped up Reese's Cups (if desired)
     Baked banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and garnished with chopped Reese's peanut butter cups

     This is my Christmas packaging for my cupcakes.  I decided not to put frostings on some of my cupcakes for those who wanted it just a plain banana cupcake.
      A pack of six (6) cupcakes in a Christmas box

    Christmas House Packaging for solo cupcake

    I baked seventy two (72) pieces of cupcakes for my Christmas gifts.  Here are some of the finished goodies ready for delivery.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Look At the Puzzle Mansion

The Puzzle Mansion

Have you heard of the Puzzle Mansion ?  Located in Tagaytay City,  it is a bed and breakfast and a great place to stay with your family during the weekend if you plan to visit the cool and cozy, Tagaytay for site seeing.  It is the home of the “Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles of Any Size, Shape or Form”. The puzzle collection is the work of Gina Gil-Lacuna, Guinness World Record holder for having the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in the World ~ 1,028 puzzles. Guinness World Records awarding ceremony was held last November 29, 2012.

Gina Gil-Lacuna in her jigsaw puzzle and souvenir/gift shop at 2nd floor of the Puzzle Mansion


Part of the collection are huge puzzles of renowned paintings

Religious images puzzles

Aquarium, Abstract Design & Stained Glass Balls

Souvenirs of the Sea


Monalisa

3D Spider man and the Watcher


3D Taj Majal


3D Famous landmarks and places around the world 


3D Wooden Puzzles

The Name of the Rose


Christmas Eve


Various Puzzles on display at the Puzzle Mansion


PUZZLE MANSION

Address: Purok 4 Cuadra St. Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 661-0019, +632-425-5195
Mobile: +63 905  225-0229
Emailpuzzlemansion@gmail.com
 Websitehttp://thepuzzlemansion.com/
Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday: 7 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm
Entrance Fee: P100 (including kids)





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An administrative professional with a major in business management and working in a photovoltaic industry. My therapeutic hobby after a long stressful day is blogging. I am not really a good writer but I love to share my thoughts, ideas, cherished memories, emotions, experiences and other interesting stuffs. I am open to a wide variety of interests. I love to try new activities, visit new places and try new foods. I am definitely an animal lover (especially dogs). I love beauty in art and nature. Most importantly, I live my life based on the principle “Do unto others what you want others do unto you.” Have a great day !
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