Pancake / Flappy cake for breakfast

When I found a pancake recipe that works, I never bought a boxed pancake anymore. Its cheaper, my kids love it and the boys love making it…

Here are the ingredients:

1 cup flour

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.

1 cup buttermilk { Substitute: 3/4 cup full cream milk and 1 Tbsp vinegar}

1 egg

2 Tbsp melted butter 

Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients. Mix until combined, don’t over mix. 

Add your favorites… My boys love chocolate chip, peanut butter and Oreo. You can definitely go for healthier options like banana, mango, peach or other fruits. You can also put oatmeal for more fiber.  There is no rule how you can make a good breakfast.. So be creative with it. 

It has been a while since I posted here. I know i made a commitment to post regularly, pero Pano nga? I regularly maintain my homeschool homepage in facebook. Follow us there too.


Emergency Preparedness kit

Earthquake, fire, tsunami, flood, typhoon or even a terrorist attack. We all need to be prepared from all these unpredictable circumstances. These gruelling events are in fact something that we cannot control, its written, all we can do is be prepared for any of these events. 

Its was 2 years ago when I attended a certification from Safety Organization of the Philippines (SOFI), a  training for Basic Occupational Safety and Health.  The talks about The Big One was already highlighted even before everyone was talking about it. The recent moving of the Earth plates are experienced around the country in numerous instances. I myself experienced the shake twice in 2 months.

When you are living with toddlers, it is almost obligatory to have an emergency plan prepared. Prayer is top on our list. We also have an emergency kit stored at the back of the main door, just in case anything happens. I suggest that everyone should have one in every household. Its better to be prepared than sorry. 

Here is the emergency kit we contiously build and keep adding little things from time to time. 

I will let you have a peak on what we have so far. It is stil work in progress.

  • Flashlight or torch
  • Paracord with flint
  • Whistle
  • Portable knife

For all battery operated gadget such flashlight, transistor radio. Batteries should be inside the gadget, just make sure its depolarised so the batteries will not get flat. 

  • Water
  • Instant noodles
  • Instant coffee
  • Canned goods (ginamit ko muna, pinangalmusal namin 🙂 )

Make sure the food and water are not expired. Yes, bottled water expires. 

Activity pack for kids. 

  • Crayons
  • Activity book
  • Coloring book
  • Toys

Photocopy of important documents

  • Birth certificates of all the members of the family
  • ID’s

I keep these documents in a zipper bag. 

  • Rope

You’ll never know when there is a need to rappel. Char! 

  • Plastic Raincoat or ponchos

This can serve as a mat if in case of evacuation or as a protective gear from rain.

First aid kit

  • Gauze pad
  • Tourniquet band
  • Medical plasters/ band aid
  • Mask
  • Surgical gloves
  • Antiseptic
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Cotton
  • Surgical tape
  • Scissors (to add) ginamit ko din muna.


  • Oral salts
  • Paracetamol
  • Maintenance medicines

Portable solar charger

Candles and lighter

Transistor radio

Emergency contact  numbers from your city.

There are still a lot to add to my list. 

  • Heat blanket
  • Scissors
  • Reflectorize jackets
  • Portable spoons, plates and cups

Or if you can suggest what we can add to the emergency bag feel free to comment below. 

It is still powerful to pray for guidance and protection from Him. 

Be safe, be aware, be educated and be in the know. 

Devilled eggs

The most challenging part of the day is what to cook for toddlers with the list of considerations:

  • What would they eat?
  • What is fun to eat?
  • What can Diego eat, who has a G6PD condition?
  • What is healthy?
  • What is available in the cupboard and fridge?

Then you think for a second, I am left with very limited options. You’re resourcefulness and creativity comes in handy. 

In this recipe, I tweaked it a bit. The deviled eggs recipe calls for a mustard, but I didn’t have any and the kids probably wouldnt like it, as it is an acquired taste. I have an opened all purpose cream in the fridge and so I replaced it with than and it added creaminess to the yolks too. 

Here are the ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • All purpose cream
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green onion leaves
  1. Boil eggs for at least 10 minutes or until hard boiled. Cool.
  2. Peel eggs and cut in half.

3. Remove yolks from egg whites.

4. Add in mayonnaise and cream.

5. Mix until creamy and lump free.

6. Add your seasoning and spices ; salt, pepper and nutmeg or paprika, nutmeg is all I have.

7. Mid until all incorporated. Taste. Adjust taste according to your desired taste.

8. Put in a piping bag or a ziplock bag and pipe the yolks on the egg whites.

9. Put a dash of nutmeg and green onion leaves on top. 

Lunch is ready. Go try it out. Its also great as appetizer. It can be served cold or warm. 

Let me know if you tried it. Happy cooking. Always think of what your kids would it and play around your kitchen and you will be surprised what you can come up with.


(Super Mario) Diego’s 3up Birthday celebration

How to prepare for a birthday party for kids?

Here are some ideas how I achieved a birthday celebration for Diego’s 3rd birthday, on a budget.

Before we come up with Super Mario theme party, we had a long list of his favorites. Super Mario got shortlisted from Oddbods, angry birds, crayola, sago mini and a lot more.  It is important to identify your childs favorite so you would know where to start and for your child you are a super star.

TIME:  You can start searching for kids party ideas from #pinterest. I think that’s the best avenue to create your mood board. I got most of my ideas from pinterest. 

As soon as we pegged super Mario as the theme, I started collecting few things from hardware, bookstore and supermarket for things that would fit in the theme. For the super Mario theme, anything in red and green. 

I got this tissue paper and moustache topper for 30 pesos from a baking store. I used the moustache topper as a straw ornament. The table napkin are just gorge, isn’t it? 

These are local Goya bits I found in the supermarket. To mario-size it, I put stickers which I had printed out.

These are part of the loot bags, its egg shaped chocolate candy and called it yoshi eggs. 

These are some of my left over boxes for cupcakes where I put letters from a rubberized alphabet puzzle mat. Its the same rubberized mat that spells out HAPPY BIRTHDAY, as part of my back drop.

My  Toad pops {Mallow pops} holder is made of plastic gardening pot, then placed a styrofoam ball I cut in half. I glued in cupcake liners showing the colored part. For the pipe stand, these are cylinder chip containers I cut, glued and painted, to replicate PVC pipes.

We celebrated Diegos birthday a day after his birthday, so on the day i made these super Mario cupcakes, for him to blow, on the day of his birthday and a cake to blow on his party. ( below)

I had these hats made by a crafter friend, isn’t she Genius?

A minute made tetra pack juice and put super Mario stickers to personalize it.

Power star And toadstool sugar cookies which I  baked.

The food:

Super Mario and Luigi’s characters are Italian nationals. So, we served Italian spaghetti

Fried Chicken lollipop soaked in buttermilk with ranch sauce

Pizza cups

For dessert:

Oreo mousse cups

Cupcake tower has red and green cupcakes, I made red velvet and matcha cupcakes with creamcheese frosting. 


I drew (?)’s on yellow boxes and put golden coins and brown boxes I drew on bricks. 

Ctto pinterest

this is my version

I have forgotten to take photos of other details since I was toggling between cooking and decorating. Thank yo my brother, who’s always ready to take photos


photo not mine from pinterest

Now my version of the toad stool.


I set up an activity desk, where the kids can enjoy a Coloring station, I printed out super Mario coloring book pages and had some crayons set up. 

Then we had a yoshi egg hunt. I scattered these “yoshi eggs” around the house with a surprise inside the eggs.

There was also cupcake decorating station prepared but everyone was busy watching the ladies volleyball finals of Ateneo and DLSU. That saved a lot from entertainment. 

I doesn’t take big bucks to throw a special theme party for your kids. Just a little resourcefulness and creativity and viola!!! Diego felt it was special. Tomas is excited on his monster truck party on July. We were  grateful the kids enjoyed and I was humbled that the guests appreciated the effort I put in Diegos 3up party. 

Be the healthiest YOU..

Ang pinakamahirap sa lahat bilang isang ina, yung nakikita mo na may sakit ang isa sa mga anak mo, lalo pa’t pareho. Yung nakikita mo na matamlay, na kahit anong higpit ng yakap mo hindi ka nya mayakap pabalik. Na sana sa bawat yakap mo nababawasan ang sakit na nararamdaman nila. Bakas sa lalim ng mata nya ang pagkatamlay. Lalong napakasakit kapag alam mong nahihirapan sya ngunit wala kang magawa. Ubos na ang options mo kung paano pa mapapaginhawa ang pakiramdam nya. Parang dinudurog ang puso mo unti unti.

Last 3 weeks was hell. Tomas my eldest (4) was suffering from upper respiratory tract infection. Week after, Diego youngest (2), had persistent cough, but had clear lungs and diagnosed it was viral (pedia was in conference, a GP had to see him). Few days after I had to bring him back because of high fever and then diagnosed it was bronchitis. Just last week, I had persistent cough sa sobrang ubo ko, minsan parang akala ko sasama na yung lungs ko palabas. char! After hellish medicine administration, were in the mend now.

Nakailang balik ata kami sa clinic ng pedia for a check. Ang daming oras na nasayang sa paghihintay. Maaga na nga kami, pang 10 pa din kami sa pila. Mainit, may mga bata na umiiyak, may mga parents/guardians na alam mo na ang storya ng buhay nila sa lakas ng pagk-kwentuhan. Habang pinipilit mo ang lahat maging ok si bagets despite of the circumstances. Hindi kumportable.

Bakit nga ba karamihan ng bata ay may sakit? Tama nga ba si doc, viral nga ba? All symptoms ng mga bata sa clinic may ubo, sipon, lagnat.

Wag na natin i-dagdag sa kasalanan ng Presidente kung bakit tayo at ang mga anak at mahal natin sa buhay ay may sakit. Lalong lalo na hindi tayo nagkulang sa pagaaruga sa kanila at hindi tayo kelan man naging masamang ina kung bakit sila nagkakasakit.

Mayaman ang mga doktor (Pedriatrians and pulmonologist especially) sa mga buwan ng February, March, June, September at December. Ito yung mga buwan na nagbabago ang temperature and climate sa bansa natin. Ito din yung mga buwan na inaabangan ko ang pag atake ng hika ko. These months are the pollen season. Yung mabilis na dinadala ng hangin yung mga pollen grains from trees, hays, grass kasama na ang bacteria at kung ano ano pang sakit galing sa iba’t ibang lugar. Yung pollen allergies daw ang cause ng ibat bang triggers ng respiratory problems.  (Lakas maka henyo, hahaha). Bilang ma google ako at yung chance na makakapagtanong ka sa eksperto. May I ask ako sa lahat ng questions as possible. I try to make it as sensible and medical related para hindi obvious na sinusulit ko ang consultation fee ni doc, char!

So ito na nga, paano ba natin maiiwasan yang pollen allergies na yan para di magkasakit ang mga bagets ng bonggang bongga. Unfortunately, WALA.. Unless, nasa isang bubble ka and hindi ka nakikishare sa hangin ng iba, uhmm pak!

Pero, may mga pwede naman tayo gawin para maiwasan.

Here are some ways para ma prevent ang causes ng common colds and flu:

  • Get a flu shot/vaccine. Wait, hindi ibig sabihin pag may flu shot ka, hindi ka na magkakasakit ever. Flu shots will only reduce the chances of getting colds and flu and yearly po sya pina i-inject.
  • Wash hands regularly. Mas mura and tubig at sabon kesa gamot.
  •  Take your regular dose of vitamins – hindi naman po kailangan yung mamahalin na vitamins. As long as you have your ascorbic acid and zinc, swak na yun para mapalakas ang  immune system natin. May generic din nun, kaya wag mahihiyang magtanong. #alamsNa. 
  • Hydrate. Tulungan natin yung loob ng katawan natin i-flush out yung toxins sa katawan natin. Lets try to drink as much water as we can. Especially ngayong summer, sukdulan ang init.  Aside sa ma retain natin yung kailangan na fluids ng katawan natin by drinking water ma d-detox din natin yung body natin sa mga kinakain natin sa araw araw.  Wag man tayo umamin, alam natin na madalas hindi healthy.
  • Sanitize. OA man sa paningin ng iba, sa bawat kembot, alcohol or sanitizer agad. Hindi masama yun. Bakit hindi naman sila ang bumibili ng pang alcohol mo, so derms ka lang.  Kasi sa bawat kembot mo din yung nad-daplisan ng kamay mo maaring nahawakan ng taong may colds and flu.
  • Exercise and healthy diet. No comment. Hahaha

O sya, kasing haba na ng diary ni Mara Clara tong post ko. Sana madami tayong natutunan. Pasensya na at wala masyadong pictures. Ano din naman ang pictures na i p-post ko, eh may sakit nga. Di selfie worthy and instagramable ang mga shots pag may sakit.

Uy, dont quote me sa mga info ha. Im not an expert pagdating sa mga medical echos. Yan ay ayon sa mga nababasa ko sa google at sabi ni doc, if my questions kayo PM ko number ni doc. Walang haters kung maka eksena ha. Pagkumikita na ako sa kaka blog ko baka pwede pa, char!!!

Stay healthy and happy. Say I love you to the people you love and mean it, throw lots of hugs and spread love not germs, char!

Til next…