Friday, February 14, 2014

I Baked His Cake For His Birthday

It was my first time to actually bake for someone's birthday. I started making cheesecakes mid- January of 2014. I was really planning to come up with something personal for my husband's birthday to make it extra special. Thanks to my sister who gifted me with a baking book for Christmas, because that's where I found an easy, delicious cheesecake recipe. 

2 weeks before my husband's birthday celebration, I tried my first New York Style Cheesecake. Thought I start practising something new. My first cheesecake turned out great. I was confident that I'll be able to come up with my husband's cake in time for his birthday.
Here it is: Plain new York Style Cheesecake with 3 toppings to choose from. Fresh strawberries, blueberries and strawberry preserves. My husband liked the idea that he gets to choose/ "dress up" his own cheesecake.
As usual, the little ones couldn't take their hands off the cake. It's different and luscious to eat flavors of sorts to match the cheesecake, I love it plain as well.

 I wasn't able to hand him his birthday present the day of his birthday. The gift came in late because I have to order it thru my mom-in-law. It's an iRig PRO. It matches all the apple gadgets he has for his compositions and for creating music. It's goes along well with the essential Apple apps which was made possible by the ipod, ipad and iphone software development company. These geniuses, they just know how to come up with an answer to everybody's needs when it comes to modern technology.

As for me, I'm happy to see the face of my husband radiating with happiness as he blew his birthday candle from the cake I made.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sweet Delights I Love To Make

I said goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014 with some sweet treats. Since I got the baking materials my parents gifted me with for my birthday, my kitchen's been very busy. Thank God for the line of occasions including the Holiday Season, I was able to use those to practice my baking skills. For Christmas, I made some chocolate and red velvet cupcakes with butter cream and cream cheese frosting. Well, my mom requested it to add as desserts. Before Christmas, I made more cupcakes for my little boy's Christmas party.
The only problem I encountered with these cuppies was the frosting. I wasn't able to buy the pastry tip I've always wanted. I've been a frequent visitor of a known pastry shop near our place, it's just that most of their customers were also looking for the very same tips I needed. Anyway, I settled for what I had at hand. So far, the frosting for the chocolate cuppies went okay, but the cream cheese topping for my red velvet looked terrible. Feels like I'm not totally connected while doing the frosting since I know I'm not using the right tip.
Aside from cupcakes, I was also into making chocolate crinkles and fudge brownies. 2 pastries that my kids love. And recently... Cheesecakes!

I've always wanted to learn how to make this rich and yummy cake. I'm proud to say that I was very successful on my first try using easy techniques. It's not as perfect, but as soon as I got a slice... ooohhh, mouth-watering! And yes, I also made one for my husband's birthday... I'll post about it soon...

Beer on Tap at T.G.I Friday's

For the past month, I have been in & out of T.G.I Friday's BGC with my husband and relatives. 2014 started right for everyone. We made a pack with my husband's cousin and his wife to go out more often, hangout and unwind from a busy week. It's something new I enjoy lately. I look forward to weekends because I share fun times with our family, it's amazing to be able to spend some time- off on a regular basis, especially now, that our kids are getting more independent.

There's nothing way better than having a bottle or 2 of some cold beer. Beer on Tap San Mig Liter Mug was introduced to me by my husband and his cousin. Thought I' ll never get to experience it because I got overwhelmed of the size first time I saw it. But finally, I was able to give it a try.  It's so refreshing, perfect after a busy and productive week.
Saturday before my husband's birthday, we went out for a drink. Again, at T.G.I Friday's. We love Friday's particularly T.G.I Friday's BGC, for their fast service, friendly staff and form of entertainment to guests. Look for David, he's very loyal, attends to our every request since our first visit.
An order of a Liter Mug is at Php195
The beer remains cold and fresh for hours. Love it!
We love pairing it anything with Nachos!
Just over the weekend, we spent Chinese New Year and an extension of my husband's birthday celebration with our relatives. We left our boys at my mom's then drove all the way to Friday's BGC to meet up with the best people to spend time with.
Record holder is our dear cousin at 3 1/2 Liter Mugs. My husband at 2 and yours truly at 1 1/2 but still looking forward to my 2nd mug. Cheers!