Family Weekend Treat: Chicken Alfredo Penne + Dragon Fruit Cake

I seemed to miss weekends since I returned to work.. It’s been a while since I last took over the kitchen for some weekend treat.

Yesterday, since we had something to celebrate in advance (my niece’s birthday), I found my way back to the kitchen like I ought to and made not one but two “goodies” to feast on – Chicken Alfredo Penne and Dragon Fruit cake – all for the first time.

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Thanks to free tutorials online! It wouldn’t have been easier though the cake was a bit of a flop.

I originally planned to try out the banana moist cake but then I had to consume these Dragon Fruit before it rots in the fridge so I just ended up following about the same procedure and about the same ingredients except the fresh fruit flavor. The reason why it looks like more of a chocolate cake, though, is because I mistakenly cooked it over a high temperature than it’s supposed to be.

Nevertheless, I will still be posting the recipe of each on a separate post one of these days. I hope to show off the perfected version of this cake by then.

For the mean time, I’d like to invite you all to take a look at musicians friend location.

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7 Eleven Goodies

I barely have an hour each morning to get myself to work. I’m normally out of bed at six and my call time at work is at seven. I wonder how imaginable my situation is to others – waking up, taking a shower, blowing my hair dry, putting work clothes on plus make up and well, grabbing a bite whenever it’s still possible – but I always make it work. And this has been my routine for the last four years since I started teaching.

I literally have no problem with it except the “skipping breakfast” part. Having only an hour makes it obviously impossible for me to prepare something to eat before leaving for work so I end up having only a cup of coffee most of the time – also the reason why I always keep a pack or two of soda crackers in my bag.

Yesterday, after running some errands, we stopped by a 7Eleven shop along the way to get some food and drinks. I didn’t know they have stuffs like fresh sandwiches and instant breakfast meals. I thought it’ll make my mornings so much easier so I grabbed a few packs. They have plenty of choices – mostly Pinoy favorites – and at reasonable prices as well but since they’re all fresh, you can’t let them sit in the fridge for a longer time.

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Now I know why people love 7 Eleven. I’m a new customer but I think I’m in love with their Beef Lasagna already.

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It wasn’t so long ago when they invaded Davao and now their outlets are sprouting like mushrooms. They’re everywhere in the city and even to the neighboring provinces now too.

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Homemade Popsicle to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s summer still and so my mommy duty, ie. how to keep the cool of the kids around (we’re having a big number this time, by the way) continues.

Homemade Popsicle in different flavors is one of their favorites and I’m glad because apart from being cost-effective considering that I have to prepare for many every time, it is also easy to do as long as you keep that blender in handy.

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Just like amplified PA’s I also amplify the preparation of these Popsicle to keep it fresh, healthy and good tasting. Most of the time I use fresh fruits (ie, mango, avocado, watermelon, coconut meat, etc.) but I don’t keep chocolate out of the way as it also appeals to the kids once in a while.

What I do to come up with my desired texture and taste is to blend all the ingredients together using crashed ice just like making fruit shakes. I use a can of  both condensed and evaporated milk and a pack of cream for a 3 – litter mixture. That’s about two preparations or two rounds of blending. Then simply fill the popsicle molders up and let them sit on the freezer for hours and voila! I usually do it at night so the following day is going to be a happy day for the kids and the kids at heart. :D

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