Sunday, July 14, 2019

Let's go on an Adventure - Alpaca my bags! Handmade card


I'm a big fan of alpacas - and even had them at my wedding - so when I saw a card making magazine on sale where the cover gift was a set of animal stamps including alpacas, I had to have them! It also came with some fun sentiments to go with the different animals including this one: Let's go on an
adventure - alpaca my bags! Probably my favourite alpaca pun :-)

To make this card I started with a background paper of pink and blue hearts. I then stamped the alpaca onto a piece of pink card and mounted it onto a piece of blue card with scalloped edging (a die-cut) and stuck it at a jaunty angle on the card. I followed the pink and blue theme with two die-cut balloons and stamped the sentiment onto a piece of pink card. I used some little pink gems in the four corners of the sentiment box to make it look like it had been fixed onto the card.

I'm sharing this with the Library Challenge where the theme is 'Five weeks in a balloon' and
Penny Black - 'summer colours'.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

1st Birthday Cakes - giraffe cake with giraffe pattern inside

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Restaurant review: Harvester Old Castle, Salisbury

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sinabawan Ulo ng Maya Maya

Sinabawan Ulo ng Maya Maya. The other day I found this fresh maya maya fish head at South Supermarket in Filinvest Alabang. Without hesitation I immediately grab, knowing that this premium fish is no cheap. One medium size fish head costing about 500 pesos, immediately cut short my grocery budget money. Never the less I was pretty sure that it will make a great fish soup meal, I wanted to

Monday, April 22, 2019

Adobong Kangkong with Oyster Sauce

Adobong Kangkong with Oyster Sauce. To today I am sharing my version of Adobong Kangkong. Adobong kangkong is one of the more popular vegetable adobo. It is simple, quick and fairly easy to prepare. Adobong kangkong is not new, in fact it is one of my first dish when I have started this Pinoy Food Blog. I have been posting also other Vegetable adobo recipe regularly. You may want to

Design Your Own Invitations with Paperless Post - Review


You may have noticed that I love to make birthday cards, and have even made other greeting cards and invitations by hand. You may also have noticed that I haven't had a lot of time lately! My daughter is 13 months old now and takes up most of my time and attention, and when she's with my husband or having a nap, I'm doing housework or preparing her meals or one of a myriad of other chores.

So the opportunity to review Paperless Post couldn't have come at a better time. This is a site that allows you to create online cards and invitations, either by using one of the thousands of designs they offer, or uploading your own.

I had a go at making a few cards - I started with an invitation to my birthday celebrations and a photo upload Easter card.

The site is very easy to use and the end result looks really professional. The cards are received as an email where you can watch an envelope opening and the card coming out, and there are options to reply or leave a comment on the site. My friends and family thought the cards were lovely and I was impressed with the site.



The card are fully customisable. To make my birthday invitation, I searched for 40th birthday invitations and chose one of the designs. I was then not only able to enter the text I wanted but change the font, colour and size of the text, choose a background pattern to go behind the card, and pick the design of the envelope. You can also add a particular stamp and postmark to the card if you like.



For my birthday invitation I included a RSVP card; if you are making wedding invitations and want extra options like a card for guests to fill in their menu choices you can add that as well. You can also use the site to send messages to guests if there is information or a change of plans (or just send them an event reminder) that they need to know.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many different cards are on the site with themes like invitations to a barbecue or picnic, a hen party, a moving house announcement and so on. There are even designer collections like Oscar de la Renta and Kate Spade cards. I can definitely see myself using this on a regular basis!

There are also lots of cards were you can upload a photo so I also created Easter cards for friends and family featuring a photo of me, my husband and our daughter and a giant Easter bunny from a farm we visited recently. This is what the card looked like:
 


The site uses its own currency called 'coins' which you buy in packages, starting at 25 coins for £8 but the price per unit decreases eg 100 coins for £18 and 200 coins for £28. You get 25 coins free when you sign up for an account and can get extra coins for doing things like liking Paperless Post on Facebook.

 
My fairly simple birthday invite plus envelope and reply card cost 6 coins per invite. There are e-flyers which are free of charge to make and obviously the more you add to a card (eg extra sections for a wedding invite) the more they cost, but these are still pretty reasonably priced and much cheaper than buying and posting a physical greetings card - plus they are better for the environment. But if you do want a physical printed invitation or card there is an option on the site for that as well. I was very happy with the online cards and another benefit is that they are very quick - I didn't do the Easter cards until Good Friday and they only took a few minutes to create and send, whereas if I had bought cards and put them in the post, they wouldn't have arrived until after Easter!
 
 Thanks to Paperless Post for some coins to use on their site. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Pinoy Creamy Pork and Chicken Curry

Pinoy Creamy Pork and Chicken Curry. I am not sure if someone has ever used Nestle cream on a Pinoy version of curry. The idea came about when I decided to cook a usual Pinoy Pork and Chicken Curry and I forgot about the coconut cream or milk ingredient. Without the coconut milk I decided to use what was available that I thought would make a good substitute, I had in the cupboard a can of