Back-to-School Checklist and Jolly’s Baon Ideas

While some students were already back at school, my kids are still at the house still waiting for classes to start next month. That means they still have 2 weeks to wake up late, play, complete their assignment or just get bored. As for me, this means we still have 2 more weeks to prepare school.

This school year will be my tween’s last year in her primary years. She’ll be a high-schooler next year and that story deserves another post :). Its “Hello primary years” for my son as he will be first grader this school year and thankfully has the same schedule during his kindergarten years — morning session and will only spend 5 hours of school activities. Sure enough our early morning chaos like the constant nagging and fighting will definitely resume. Part of our morning routine to making sure they have eaten their breakfast before going to school and that they provided with snacks (baon) in case they get hungry.

Since, it is back to school time! We’ve been checking the back to school list and so far we’ve done notebook & shoe shopping, bag fixing, uniform fittings, looking for lunch boxes and water bottles that are leak-proof, checking for new baon menus and everything school stuff.

Here is our Back-To-School Checklist:

  • Books – should be covered and labeled
  • Bags – check theirs from last years
  • School Uniforms – check for lost buttons, broken zippers or torn pocket
  • Inner Wears – check if it still fits
  • Shoes and Socks – last year’s shoes might no longer fit
  • School Supplies – notebooks, pens, pencil, crayons or rulers
  • Get the kids haircuts
  • Completely accomplished summer assignments
  • Baon (Snack) Boxes / Lunch Boxes – last year might still be usable
  • Baon (Snack) / Lunch Menu – varied options to add excitement

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I’m also excited with going back to school because this is again an opportunity for me to prepare their school lunches and snacks. My way of showing my care despite being busy at work. While I make sure I give them home-cooked meals for their snacks and lunches, I run out of ideas. Good thing we have biscuits and ready-to-drink drinks to give them. However, if I give them the same baon combination, expect the biscuits to be untouched sooner. They hated the same combination.

Thankfully, Jolly Eats of Fly Ace Corporation introduced me with Lotus Biscoff Biscuits and Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk Drinks. Aside from the fact the biscuit is my namesake, the kids like it so much that they already consumed it even before the start of classes. This is definitely an addition to our snack options.

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Disclaimer: I received Jolly Eats Products mentioned above. No other compensation received and opinions are my own.

7 Easy and Healthy Summer Snack Ideas For Kids

With the warmer weather just around the corner, it can lead to a change in what we want to eat and snack on. Hearty and hot stews or soups are the last things that we want to reach for when it is warm outside, right? So it often leads to craving fresh salads or chilled pasta dishes. But when you’ve got younger children, it can be hard to know what to feed them. I don’t know about you, but it is tricky to get little ones to eat a salad, as they just see it as a bowl full of leaves. But there are plenty of options, especially when it comes to snacking, for kids in the summer. Here are some ideas to give you some inspiration if you struggle with what to give them too.

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Fruit Necklaces:
Using some string or wire, get your kids to thread on some strawberries and grapes. Then they can have some fun making a ‘necklace’ that they get to enjoy eating afterward. Tasty, refreshing, and fun.

Watermelon Pops:
Watermelon is so good for us as it is made from mostly water, as the name suggests. It can be tricky to eat, though. So for little children, slicing some pieces up into triangles is a good idea. Then using a lollipop stick, insert that in the rind, and you’ve made eating a watermelon a whole lot more fun.

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Apple Nachos:
To make eating apples more fun, slice them up into chunks and display on a large plate or platter. Then drizzle with some chocolate or caramel sauce. Then they can enjoy a fun plate of ‘nachos’ to share. Way more refreshing in summer than the corn chip kind.

Rainbow Smoothie Popsicle:
In summer there is nothing better than a popsicle. And for kids, I don’t think there is much better than having one that is in rainbow colors! You’ll need to mix up a few different smoothies so that you can get the colorful effect. A strawberry and banana smoothie for the red layer, a spinach, apple and kiwi one for the green layer, and a blueberry and raspberry one for the purple layer, for example. Using homemade popsicle holders, layer up the smoothies and then put in the lids or sticks. Freeze until set and then enjoy out in the sun. Healthy and refreshing, with no added sugar in sight.

Shaved Ice:
If you want something fun and cooling in summer for your kids, then Hawaiian shaved ice is always a good idea. You might have a shaved ice stand near you, or you could make your own. The good news is you just need ice (water) and then some syrups. So it is really easy to make.

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Frozen Grapesicles:
Instead of a traditional popsicle to enjoy outside, you could choose a healthier version using grapes. Thread grapes onto long popsicle sticks and then freeze. They make a crunchy but refreshing treat when it is warm outside.

Banana Ice Cream:
If your kids don’t eat dairy or you just want to give them something a little healthier, then make your own banana ice cream; all you need is bananas! Peel and chop several bananas up and then freeze them. Once set, blend in a food processor until you have a creamy ice cream texture.

#MakeItJolly: Fruit Cocktail Float

In this side of the world, mango float is a popular dessert because it is easy and quick to make. No complications at all.
 
However, when you run out of mangoes, making a float recipe is no longer an option. But, do you know that you can substitute mangoes with fruit cocktail? I just did and I also tried using brojas or broas (ladyfinger biscuits) instead of graham crackers. 
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Brojas or broas (ladyfinger biscuit) is an egg-based and sweet sponge biscuits roughly shaped like a large finger. It’s like a dry sponge cake and yep, it is a biscuit and some parts of country used it for dessert recipes too.
 
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Here’s our tasty fruit cocktail float recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ripe mangoes, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 can Jolly Tropical Fruit Cocktail 850g, drained
  • 1 can Jolly Cow Condensada 390g
  • 2-3 packs 250 ml All Purpose cream
  • 2-3 packs Brojas or Broas (Ladyfinger biscuits)

Instructions:

  • Combine condensed milk and all-purpose cream. Mix well. You can adjust condensed milk depending on your sweetness. 
  • Arrange the brojas or broas (ladyfinger biscuits) on the bottom of the container.
  • Pour in cream mixture on top of the arranged brojas or broas (ladyfinger biscuits).
  • Arrange a portion of fruit cocktail over the cream.
  • Arrange your mango slices over the fruit cocktail.
  • Pour in cream mixture on top of fruits and mango slices.
  • Repeat the layer from biscuits -> cream -> fruit cocktail -> mango slices -> cream
  • Top with brojas or broas (ladyfinger biscuits).
  • Freeze to harden the cream.

Serve chilled :)

My #MakeItJolly series was made possible by Jolly Eats and Fly Ace Corporation through MissusV. Thank you so much.

Salamat Manang Donna sa recipe :)

Check out some of my #MakeItJolly recipes.
– #MakeItJolly: Chicken and Mushroom Carbonara
– #MakeItJolly: Chicken Curry with Papaya

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#MakeItJolly: Chicken and Mushroom Carbonara

My kids love pasta. It’s what we usually give them after a week of vegetable meals. They love the red sauced pasta – spaghetti, which is commonly served during special occasions. Other times, when I feel like I want them to eat a lot, spaghetti is the go to meal. No constant nagging at the table and they always finish it faster than vegetable meals. Literally, food does not stay in their mouth as it is chewed and swallowed in an instant :)

In some cases, I give them white sauced pasta – carbonara, using cream and milk. When Jolly Philippines give us Whole Mushrooms and Cream of Mushrooms, we decided to have chicken and mushroom carbonara a try. Everyone like it :)

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Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breats, cut into small pieces (or ground meat)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can of Jolly Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cans of Jolly Cream of Mushroom
  • evaporated milk (or water)
  • pasta noodles (I used fettuccine noodles)
  • cheese, grated
  • basil leaves (I don’t have the fresh ones, so I used the dried ones)

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Instructions:

  • Boil water and cook noodles according to per pack instruction
  • Heat frying pan, add olive oil and put in garlic until slightly brown
  • Add the chicken strips, put in salt and pepper to taste
  • When chicken is cooked, add in the sliced mushrooms.
  • Add cream of mushrooms, adjust thickness by adding evap milk (or water)
  • Plate the pasta and when thickness is to your liking, put in the sauce on top of the pasta.
  • Add in cheese and basil leaves
    Or you can toss in the pasta, cheese and basil leaves into the sauce.

Serve it immediately :)

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#MakeItJolly: Chicken Curry with Papaya

What would you do with the papaya you mistakenly pick coz you thought it is already ripe?

I initially know two ways to eat papaya – eat as is when its already bright orange in color (fully ripe) or eat as an achara (pickled) when unripe. Never had any idea that it can be used for tinolang manok or even pair it with chicken for curry dish.

Not wasting a very hard, unripe papaya, chicken curry was in my mind considering I have FlyAce Corp and Jolly’s Coconut Cream on hand.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-4 pcs chicken thighs
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole onion, minced
  • ginger, sliced or powder
  • 1 whole red pepper, sliced
  • unripe papaya, peeled, deseeded, chopped
  • curry powder
  • soy sauce (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fish sauce

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Instructions:

  1. Heat pan and put olive oil
  2. Fry the chicken until brown.
  3. Set the chicken aside to saute garlic, onions, ginger. You may want to add soy sauce for flavor.
  4. Put in bell pepper.
  5. Add the papaya and half of the coconut milk. Simmer it for 30 minutes or until the chicken is done and the papaya is soft. You may want to add water to adjust its thickness.
  6. Add the remaining coconut milk and curry powder. Simmer it for 10 minutes.
  7. Season with salt, pepper and fish sauce to taste.

For an added kick, you can add more curry powder. Ours is just mild since the kids love to eat this dish too.

 

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Enjoy.

Vegetable Lumpia (Spring Rolls)

My kids are not a fan of vegetables. It takes endless negotiation for a spoonful of rice with veggies be eaten. If its already in their mouth, a glass of water is needed for the veggies to be fully consumed. Unless you tell them to chew and swallow, those veggies will stay in their mouth.

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The husband is creative enough to make vegetable dishes that is appealing for our kids and Vegetable Lumpia is in his lists. He taught me this dish that apparently, the kids likes it. Though, there still these “segregation” thingy of the fillings especially on spring beans, but still its a hit.

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In this side of the world, everyone is familiar with Spring Rolls (locally known as Lumpia), which is always available in every dim sum house or restaurants.

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Spring roll filling’s common ingredient is the marinated and seasoned ground lean pork with mushrooms, carrots and cabbage. Because of its flavor, its no wonder this is everyone’s favorite, Hearing the crunch as you bite and savoring the flavorful filling…Aahh! I feel hungry already.

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There’s no meat for  this recipe, thus good for vegetarians.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole onion, minced
  • 1 pc carrot, julienned
  • 1 pc sayote, julienned
  • a handful of spring beans, julienned
  • a handful of bean sprouts, cleaned
  • 1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced (shredded)
  • 2 strands green onions, chopped
  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cheese, cut in strips
  • lumpia (spring roll) wrapper
  • cooking oil for frying (I used Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil)

Instructions:

  1. Heat a pan and put enough olive oil for sautéing
  2. Saute the garlic and onions.
  3. Add the sayote, carrots and soy sauce. Cook for ~5 minutes or until soften.
  4. Put in the bean sprouts and spring beans. Mix well and cook for ~2 minutes.
  5. Put in the cabbage and green onions. Let it cook for a minute.
  6. Turn off the heat and then transfer the vegetables to a plate. If you want, you may drain the liquid and let it cool down.
  7. Lay a piece of spring roll wrapper in a clean flat surface (I used a plate). Scoop about a tablespoon of the vegetable mixture.
  8. Wrap the mixture. Though there are a variety of folding methods, so just make sure to seal it with water.
  9. Meanwhile, heat the cooking oil in a deep pan.
  10. When the oil becomes hot, put-in the spring rolls gently one at a time until the maximum capacity of the cooking pot is reached.
  11. Fry for 3 to 5 minutes or until the wrapper turns light to medium brown.
  12. Remove the fried spring rolls and place in a plate lined with paper towel.
  13. Serve and share.

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Enjoy.

The Good. The Random. The Fun v.2017-1

For more personal touch with this blog, I’ll be joining Tamar’s The Good. The Random. The Fun. and sharing with you our ordinary or extraordinary good, random and fun stuffs happening of the week.

The Good.
Its a non-working day last Friday due to city’s charter day celebration. While the kids are at school (we lived from a municipality kilometers away from the city proper), we got the chance to wander around and get to indulge the goodness and creaminess of this little gelato.
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We planned to watch a movie but had a change of heart and decided to eat buffet lunch instead.
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The food choices was overwhelming for us who control food intake, however for a feast we seldom satiate, I’d say we dig in :)
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Eat At: Hash, Food + Coffee

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You may want to check this new cafe, Hash, Food + Coffee, across University of San Carlos, Talamban campus.
Because the…

Place:
Is strategically located in front of the school so its ideal for lunch and snacks when the group decides to eat outside the school premise, no need to worry about traffic. Good rustic ambiance with travel photos and memorabilias displayed around the cafe. An additional sofa for tambayan is available. Also, since the cafe is a closed-door cafe, it is perfect for students who want privacy.

Food:
If you are fond of fast-food that tastes like home-cooked meals, then this is for you. For breakfast choices, they offer — Corned Beef, Bacon Cuts, Hungarian Sausage, and Tuna, which is served with rice, egg, hashbrown and iced tea. Their main dish, Pork Stroganoff or Burger Steak is also a sure treat. Appetizers and snack options are also available which can be paired with their drinks, coffee and non-caffeinated.

Price:
Prices are affordable for all students, even with limited budget.

These are what we tried so far and everyone is satisfied customer.
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Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. Just one happy customer here :)

Rainbow Cupcakes on her 10th

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My eldest turns 10 this month.
She asked if she could celebrate her birthday with her classmates since her birthday falls on a school day. I asked her what cupcakes she wanted me to bake and share with her classmates. She’s silent for awhile and then answers “Anything you like, Ma”. Well! Tired that her requests are sometimes not followed, she hesitated. I guess, moving forward, I will no longer intervene in her decision making?
But still I suggested…hahaha!
I told her Rubiks Cube is a nice idea especially its her past time these recent days. She agreed but 3 days after, she changed her mind and asked for rainbow cupcakes. Well, I like it too because its much easier! :)

I planned to make rainbow cupcakes using natural dye colors (we are trying to avoid processed and artificial foods)  and thanks to Google I found these two sources:
http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/04/tutorial-rainbow-cake-with-homemade-all-natural-dyes/
http://www.greenideareviews.com/2013/02/27/making-a-rainbow-cake-with-all-natural-food-coloring-review-does-it-work/
But then, its hard to look for beet, spinach, blueberries and blackberries when living in this tropical country, thus, I ended up using artificial coloring by McCormick’s Food Colors and Egg Dye.

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I used the recipe from Caro and Marie’s Baking session I attended last year.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz butter
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg’s eggwhite
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. Mix all purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in eggwhites and vanilla
  5. Alternating the dry and wet ingredients, add in flour mixture and milk.
  6. Pour into separate bowls.
  7. Use McCormicks artificial dyes to color the batter mixture.
  8. Fill in the baking cups.
  9. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (15-20 mins)

Soon, I will make again these rainbow cupcakes using natural colors…hopefully.

But for now, the birthday girl is grateful for this beautiful rainbow cupcakes.

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All-Time Favorite Carrot Cupcake

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My kids doesn’t like carrots.

Even when I tried to hide and mixed with other vegetables, they can easily spot the bright orange thingy.
But for reasons I don’t know, they love to savor my carrot cupcakes even they are well aware that the main ingredient is the shredded carrots.
Yep, I let them shred it, but can’t finished one whole carrot (we use manual shredder :) )

I bake carrot cupcakes as a breakfast substitute for my picky eater. With busy mornings we have and a picky eater who does not want to eat rice on breakfast unless paired with hotdog or meatballs, these carrot cupcakes are a big help. He can finished four of these little cuppies :)

Here’s our recipe:
(adapted from Elisa L. and Jimmy L.)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1 small pack raisins
  • 1 small can pineapple crushed
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg (for best results sift them)
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and gradually add sugar
  4. Add vanilla and oil
  5. Add the flour mixture
  6. When all are well mixed, fold in carrots, pineapple, raisins and peanuts.
  7. Fill in the baking cups.
  8. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (15-20 mins)

Happy Baking.