Friday, October 24, 2014

Simple but fun Halloween recipes

I've never been one to celebrate Halloween. It's the Born Again upbringing. But now that I have little boys who just love to get dressed up in costumes and squeal in delighted horror when their Mama Monster chases them around the house to attack them with kisses and tickles, I gotta do Halloween! So we'll do the costumes, the scary decor, and the creepy meals.

As a busy mom, I don't have time to create gourmet party dishes. But I do want to celebrate the season with spooked-up versions of my kids' favorite things to eat. With just simple everyday ingredients, I can creep my kids out into stuffing themselves! I especially like how Cheez Whiz—which I've loved since I was a kid—makes these recipes easier to whip up. Instead of using pricey cheeses like mozzarella, I use creamy Cheez Whiz! Since it's not so expensive (but just as yummy), I can serve it generously!

Anyway, because I wanted to inspire my dearest readers into making their own Halloween snacks, my kids and I made our scary treats early so we can show you our delicious ideas!

Spiderweb Pizza
Ingredients:
Pizza crust
Pasta sauce
Pepperoni, ham or hot dog
Cheez Whiz
Black olives (if your kids don't like olives, use pepperoni, hotdogs or nori)

Spread pasta sauce generously on the pizza crust (if you don't have pizza crust, just cut out circles in regular sliced bread). Layer pepperoni or ham all over the pizza. Make spiders using the black olives. Pop into the oven and toast for 10 minutes. While it's toasting, put Cheez Whiz in a bowl, heat in a microwave oven to soften it, then transfer to a pastry bag. When pizza's done in the oven, pipe out a spiderweb pattern with the Cheez Whiz. Serve!

You have to put the Cheez Whiz last because if you make the web first then heat, the cheese spread will melt all over your pizza! I learned that by mistake! Heehee! See what Iron Man and I made:

Monday, October 20, 2014

See you at CinemaJam at Greenfield! (Yes, a giveaway!)

The biggest reason why we love living in Mandaluyong is we're at the center of everything. Everything—malls, supermarkets, movie theaters, work—is minutes away. As in, hindi ako (masyado) takot sa traffic sa Edsa! And now there's a new reason I'm liking where we live: CinemaJam 2014!

CinemaJam is a movie-and-music festival happening next month, on Nov. 29 at Greenfield District Central Park. That's on the corner of Edsa and Shaw Blvd, right across Edsa Shangri-la Mall. If mag-MRT ka, baba ka sa Crossing Station and lakarin niyo na lang. It's a super short walk! There's a big flat field there which will be the venue for movies to be shown, bands to perform live, and more exciting outdoor activities to be experienced.   

Okay, just to give you an idea of what's happening at CinemaJam, here's the lineup:
1. During the day, there will be tons of activities, like a zip line and wall climbing, for everyone to enjoy. 
2. As the sun sets, the music fest begins! Some of the bands headlining this year’s lineup are Chocolate Factory, Itchyworms, Cheats, Franco, Urbandub,  Pedicab, Imago, and Banda ni Kleggy.
3. Then, because madilim na, it's movie time! I've never seen a movie outdoors so this will be a first for me. Movies will be Letters to Juliet and Now You See Me.
3. The event ends with another concert at around midnight!

The movies:

The bands:
Franco
Urbandub
Imago
Banda ni Kleggy
Pedicab

Click here to win free tickets!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Climbing walls

Thought of my Vince when I watched this video. When I met my husband, he had long hair, wore puka shells around his neck, and was ripped from his neck, arms, back, butt, thighs and legs. I think maybe even his toes had muscles haha. He was a mountain climber. And a wall climber. And all he wore were tie-dyed shirts and pants. And North Face.



Babe, I'd have loved to see you shop in this store. I'm sure you'd have shown me some moves! Mwah!

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