The Milkis Discovery

I’m not really a fan of carbonated drinks. Normally, drinking some would just aggravate my thirst. Because of that, I prefer drinking bottled water instead. However, when I had to drink something during my travel to work last week, and that the nearby Ministop has no cold bottled water to offer, I had no choice but to skim through arrays of canned drinks to satisfy my parched throat.

When I skimmed through the store fridge, I saw familiar brands of carbonated drinks and sodas. As I was about to pick a well-known can of cola, a peculiar carbonated drink surprised and amazed me – to the point that I had nothing to do but give it a try.

And after that, the rest is history! I got hooked!

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This is MILKIS. Prepare to indulge!

I’m very glad to have found Milkis – the one-of-a-kind carbonated drink with combined milk and yogurt flavors! It tastes like blueberry in milk, though I’m not quite sure about that. Hahaha!

All I know is it’s luscious. Spending twenty bucks for it is worth every cent!

Cakes, Cakes, and Cakes!

As opposed to my usual rising time, I woke up at about 8:30 a while ago.  Unlike my ordinary sleeping routine, when I hit the sack during which the sun has already come out, I tried my best to sleep as early as possible at 2AM this morning. Luckily, I did. After staying up until morning the other day, from an “event” with some mouse who haphazardly entered my room the night before it, I know my body demands one cycle of decent sleep.

So know, you wouldn’t imagine how I felt so energized a while ago. I ate a hearty breakfast of fried rice, dried anchovies, and smoked milk fish, and drank a mugful of instant coffee (Yeah, instant because I suck with constituting my own mix big time!). I even had a hour long chitchat with my mom as we tried catching up with each other’s endeavors and stories from the previous weeks. This always happens during the weekends, that’s why I so love days like this.

Well anyway, some of you my dear readers might be wondering what does this has to do with cakes.

Good question.

You see, because it seemed that I woke up at the right side of the bed, I feel all rejuvenated and ready to conquer all the entire day’s work. When I came back on my working station and browsed the net after talking with Mama, I found a an article from Hubpages on how to make and decorate train cakes. Upon navigating it, I found and watched a series of youtube videos about cake decoration. I became so fascinated about how easy and creatively done these cakes are that I have to bookmark their links for future reference.

Here are just some of the many videos I found. They are obviously my favorites:

The Turtle Cake

Sponge Bob Pretty Patties

Football Cake

Electric Guitar Cake

The Spongebob Squarepants Cake

I love cakes. Honestly, I would love to learn how to make lots of them. If I do get the means to study in a crash course class, I’d definitely be the luckiest girl in the world. Hahaha! I’ve always seen myself as a pastry-maker or a baker. I really can’t imagine myself dealing with frying pans and stove. Basically, all those videos above reflect how eager I am to learn. You might be thinking of making one of your cakes one these days so I thought of sharing these tutorials with you. In this way, more people would see and learn.

Now I have to stop. I’m getting hungry and I’m afraid there hasn’t any food cooked yet by this time.

Have a great day ahead!

♥ TINA ♥

Colorfully Healthy Macaroni Salad – My Very Own Version

Early in the afternoon today, after having ran some errands for my mom, I and Axle (my ever loving boyfriend) decided to do a simple salad recipe while spending the rest of the day together. It’s Saturday and like everybody else, we’ve made a few plans to carry out within the day. This day is quite special because my band’s (AMIHAN) second guest performance for GMA 7’s Maynila was aired at about nine o’clock in the morning a while ago.

After having “goto” for a late lunch, we decided to start our quest to trying a new macaroni salad version which I conceptualized a few days ago. I’d like to call it the “Carefully Healthy Macaroni Salad”. This is pretty easy to do. Anyone can even make their own. I am a no cook or kitchen expert so I think I’d settle for making salads from now on. Hahaha! Here are the stuff we used:

1. Ham slices (fried)

fried ham

2. Choice of fruits. As for me, I prefer to use apples and grapes. In this photo, we had already sliced the grapes into bite-sizes.

Fruits galore!

3. Green bell peppers, celery, and parsley were also in the list.

Green bell peppers! Yummy! 

On with celery leaves and stalks.

4. And of course, who would forget a large bowl of elbow macaroni?

Elbow macaroni.

Basically, all you have to do to make this salad is to slice the fruits into chunkier bits and mix them among other ingredients.

Slice the apples!

Then, cut the apples in to chunks or bite-size pieces.

Then, it’s about time to chop the celery and mince the parsley. Yey!

When done, the ingredients may now be mixed with the macaroni. Aside from the aforementioned fruits and vegetables, we also mixed in some dices of cheese, finely-chopped red onions, and a sprinkle of ground pepper to taste. And of course, who would forget the plain mayo! Basically, that makes this salad creamy!

Having finished putting the condiments altogether, we proceeded to mixing them in a single large plastic container.

I was the one who did the mixing. Love!

(I’m very sorry with the outfit. I always dress this way when am at home. Hahaha!)

Axle decided to add some more celery and parsley to enhance the flavor. I really love how the salad turned out to be. Very greenish and colorful! You’re guaranteed to have tons of nutritious fruits and vegies in there. Yum!

The macaroni salad freaks! Hehehe!

And this is the final outcome.

Joshua just hates it when he’s being photographed while eating. But he definitely loves my Colorfully Healthy Macaroni Salad!

I really love how the finished salad tasted! Everyone loves it even my little brother who’s very picky and hard to please when it comes to food. There was nothing left,  as in, LITERALLY. How I wish we could have made more in a larger container. But anyway, this is not bad for our first macaroni salad version trial.

Hope you liked this salad recipe. Feel free to try it out yourself.

Happy eating!

♥ TINA ♥