Life has been, to say the least, hectic and, well, trying, these days. I won’t get into the gritty details here but suffice to say that it has been coming from more than one front – which is always tough to navigate and harder still to defend your inner fort. Thanks to my wonderful family, and awesome husband, I remain, however, resolutely and bravely afloat. I look around me and I see so much I am so fully grateful for. And grateful that I still remain grateful. If that make sense to you then we are of like minds :)
All of this is also to say that I haven’t got a recipe for you (though I am fine tuning my chicken tinola and hopefully will get this to you one day). What I do have is a list, a giveaway and, of course, some breakfast.
Many bloggers regularly put together lists of favorites, and really, I think we all do – whether or not we share them. I bookmark all sorts of things that inspire me, whether it be a recipe for a luscious looking chocolate cake, a party idea for little C, or a stop-them-in-their-tracks dress. Since the world, I believe, is made better by sharing, I’ve decided to share my own lists here of things that make me smile. And if you enjoy them, I will certainly share with more regularity.
Here we go...
** I love chancing upon talented Filipino food bloggers (and this includes Filipino *and* foreign food bloggers in the Philippines, as well as Filipino food bloggers abroad – the Pinoy connection gets me every time!). Some of my latest favorites: Pepper.ph, Tartine and Apron Strings, and Mr. Delicious.
** This cake has been on to-bake list for a million years. Have any of you tried it?
** It’s June, and where I am, that means the end of summer and the start of the rainy season (we only have three seasons here – summer, rainy, and Christmas). I am looking forward to more soups and stews and blustery weather food like these.
** I am so trying this for my fledgling balcony vegetable patch!
** What I plan to do one day to get my photos a bit spiffier…soon, I hope.
** Little C’s first chocolate!! Yes, she loved it :)
** Now, this breakfast isn’t exactly a recipe. It is one of my very favorite ways to have yogurt. So I have added it to my list. Oranges are my absolute first place winning partner for yogurt, and this is my absolute best way to have that combination: Greek yogurt + oranges + nuts + honey + cinnamon. Try it!
And lastly…I promised a giveaway. A while back, the nice people over at FrugalBook contacted me about contributing a recipe to their cookbook, Frugally Delicious. No stranger to looking for ways to cut cost but not flavor I said “count me in”! Now the book is published and I am tickled pink to have a recipe of mine in print!! I am even more tickled to be in the company of a wonderful bunch of contributors. There are some lovely recipes to be had here folks, many of which I have already marked to try (Plum Tart by Sprouted Kitchen, Coriander Magic by A Food Lover's Journey, Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce by 6 Bittersweets, and Mexican Bibimbap by Bon Appetempt). If you’d like to purchase a copy you can do so here. Or you can leave a comment on this post and, possibly, get one for free! I will give a copy of Frugally Delicious to one commenter who I will pick randomly. This giveaway is open to everyone who leaves a comment, no matter from where they hail.
I breathe a little sigh of relief that the weekend is here. I’m looking forward hunkering down with my big and little C’s. Meanwhile, I hope you like the list, the breakfast, and the giveaway. I wish you a fantastic weekend!