home made

partnering with local crafters

appreciating all things handmade... As an artisan producer myself, I have deep appreciation for all things handmade. I have mentioned before that I am not very artistic myself, so knowing ladies who are artists in their own right is a privilege. The lady behind Banonay (@banonaystore) is Turo’s childhood friend. She makes beautifully handcrafted jewelry and… Continue reading partnering with local crafters

farm and garden, happy-healthy me, home made

supporting a local farmers’ market

we are a farming family and a farmers’ market is our happy place Our small-scale organic farm has not been as productive as we had always hoped it would be. An organic farm, as with most other agricultural ventures, is labor- and investment-intensive. We have a growing family, three kids going four in a couple… Continue reading supporting a local farmers’ market

home made, kitchen disasters

a pizza feast for my favorite baker

i am both proud and mortified by the fact that my grandmother is the greatest cake baker of all time.. It was my grandmother's seventy-nth birthday and we threw a pizza party in her honor. Too bad she didn't have a birthday cake to blow that day. I dare not get her some store-bought cake… Continue reading a pizza feast for my favorite baker

home made, kitchen disasters

strawberries and forever

Today we celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. I took the day off and spent half of it cooking, ain't that celebration enough? These are organic strawberries. They were grown in Benguet State University and cost a little more than off-season prices of regular (chemical-laden) Baguio strawberries. Most of them we ate fresh eons ago. The… Continue reading strawberries and forever

home made, kitchen disasters

how the dough’s not as tough as before

 My grandmother is a baker by profession. She's tried to teach me to bake cakes since I was in grade school. But I cursed baking ever since my first (flop) pineapple upside down cake, and the rest of the flop cakes and flop cookies that followed. For reasons I could not explain, Turo and I… Continue reading how the dough’s not as tough as before