sunrise

sunrise

I am a night person but seeing this scene is worth it to wake up early.

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Every penny counts

In my case, every peso counts. My mother used to say I should walk straight held up my head high so I will have a good posture. But I never get to used to doing that instead I looked down on the ground. I got this habit because I was a clumsy kid and to prevent being tripped by objects in the ground, I have to dodged them. In the process, I have seen some coins and sometimes small denomination bills. It is like treasure hunting. I would have gladly given the coins and bills to the owner if I knew who they were but it is an empty road every time I find a little treasure. These days, people do not mind or care less for coins anymore especially dimes, quarters and peso coins. But for me every coin counts because you would not have a hundred if you do not have a one peso to complete the 99.

Found a little treasure at the garage 🙂

peso coin

peso coin

coin

coin

void from coin

void from coin

After two months… and three treks

Two months have passed since my last post due to a busy schedule and the absence of online connection. I have gone into a rigorous training for a job wherein I would be of service to my country. It was a very physically challenging two months since I have been living a stationary life for eight years. I also had to be away from home and tested my patience and character throughout the whole process. We had to attend lectures and apply them into real scenarios. Aside from the serious stuff, what I like about the past two months was the camaraderie and friendship I had with my batch mates. We were from different walks of life and ages yet we were able to overcome that and was able to get things done because of team work. We just had our general  practice for our graduation this morning and I was very happy to know that all of us finished the course. The bonus part were the exposure activities that included trekking – challenging but very rewarding activity for me plus beautiful scenery is a big bonus.

yellow

pink

pink 2

yellow 2

mt. cabuyao

1st trek

1st trek

skyline

Red Velvet Cupcakes

When it comes to cupcakes, I have noticed people raves about red velvet cupcakes. I got curious in making them. It made me more determined to bake them when my friends and I watched Dark Knight Rises last August. There were homemade baked goodies being sold in the mall. I saw these red velvet cupcakes and they looked so delicious but I opted to get a Sans Rival since the red velvet cupcakes costs $2.50 just for a small piece.

Last week, I was able to get all the ingredients that I needed for making these special cupcakes. But instead of frosting it with the usual favorite cream cheese, I made vanilla frosting instead. Recipe used was adapted from Hummingbird.

Cupcakes

(12 cupcakes)

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp cocoa powder

3/4 cup sugar

4 tbsp butter

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk (1/2 cup fresh milk add 1/2 tbsp vinegar)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tbsp red food coloring

1 1/2 tsp vinegar

Procedure:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter

3. Mix in the egg, buttermilk, vanilla extract and red food coloring until combined.

4. Stir in vinegar. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.

5. Pour the batter into cupcake liners.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

7. Frost the cupcakes with vanilla or cream cheese frosting when cooled completely.

 

 

 

Creamy Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure:

1. In a medium saucepan, whisk the flour into milk until smooth. Place over medium heat and stirring constantly, cook until mixture becomes very sticky and begins to bubble.

2. Cover with wax paper placed directly on the surface and cool to room temperature.

3. In a large bowl, on medium high-speed of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually, beating continuously until fluffy.

4. Add vanilla extract and beta well.

5. Add the cooled milk mixture and continues to beat on medium high-speed until very smooth.

6. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Frost the cupcakes. 🙂

 

HAVE A BITE!

What to do with the Daiquiri?

I got this bottle of strawberry daiquiri before I went to Manila for a two-month stay with my sister. When I came back home, I was surprised the daiquiri was still in our fridge. I cannot drink all of it so I thought of making strawberry daiquiri cupcakes. 🙂 This would be my first time to bake with some alcohol as one of the ingredients and I hope it would be delicious as all the rest of the goodies I have baked in the Wonder Pot. I was not able to get fresh strawberries for the mixture so I replaced it with strawberry yogurt with bits of real strawberries.

Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

2 egg whites

2/3 cup daiquiri mix, liquid

1/2 vanilla extract

1 cup strawberry yogurt (or strawberry mixture)

Procedure:

1. Blend all dry ingredients together.

2. Cut into butter and fold in egg whites until batter is combined.

3. Take the daiquiri mix and stir until moistened, finish by folding the strawberry yogurt and vanilla until well blended.

4. Pour evenly in cupcake liner.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter

4 oz cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Procedure:

1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together until combined.

2. Add the vanilla extract and mix.

3. Add the powdered sugar, continually taste to get desired sweetness.

4. Piped into cooled cupcakes.