Easy Appetizers: Chicken Liver Pate

Longtime readers will know that The Hubby and I love cooking and having people over, and over the years, we’ve collected several go-to recipes that we can pretty much do with our eyes closed, and still please (most of) our guests’ palates. This super easy chicken liver pate is one of those recipes, and even […]

HP Bulletin # 392

We HPs are settling in our new house, and everyone except me seems to have adjusted to the much, much colder weather. I wear a long-sleeved turtleneck top under a sweatshirt under a jacket, plus pants and extra thick socks while the girls run around barefoot with no jackets; The Hubby even wears shorts around […]

The HPs Are Now Much Cooler

And we mean that literally. We moved up to Baguio City, where the temperatures range from 12 to 22 degrees. Washing dishes can be freezing, and a hot shower is one of the most wonderful things in the world. It took quite some time for us to get here though. The Hubby and I had […]

Laundry and Life

I remember this one time I was helping my mom with the family laundry. I groused and complained over each step. “I don’t like switching the loads between tubs,” I declared (ours was a semi-automatic twin tub washing machine). “There are so many loads!” “You know what I hate most? Making sampay (hanging the clothes on […]

The HPs’ Annual MIBF Field Trip

I have been going to the Manila International Book Fair longer than The Hubby and I have been together (17 years in November!). It used to be held at the World Trade Center on the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Buendia Avenue, which was about two blocks down from where I lived. My mom and […]

Review: Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract

This paper pumpkin candy holder (say it ten times fast!) from Let the Little Children Come is the most unusual–but fun!–product we’ve reviewed so far. Officially titled the Is There Anything Better Than Candy Box-Tract, this tiny treat box is actually a tool to help share the Gospel with children.   The box tracts come […]

Review: Everyday Homemaking – The Everyday Family Chore System

This review for The Everyday Family Chore System by Vicki Bentley of Everyday Homemaking couldn’t have come at a better time. One of the reasons that I haven’t been able to regularly update this blog is because we’ve been operating on semi-survival mode since June, when The Amazing AL, our part-time housekeeper for the past […]

HP Bulletin # 346

The past few weeks have been eventful. Rather, they have been uneventful, save for one eventful event, which rendered the rest of the time unable to support any other events of significance. Did that befuddle you? No worries, I’m as fuddled as can be too. The Amazing Aling Lourdes, or AL for short, our mistress […]

A Tribute to My Mom Who Rocks (and a Mother’s Day Giveaway!)

Note: There really is a giveaway! Scroll down if you want to skip to that! I remember going with my mom to her aerobics class. She’d be in her neon spandex leotards and tights, with matching legwarmers, in a roomful of women in similar outfits, and I would try to stay on the periphery of […]

DIY Japanese-Themed Party

I grew up with birthdays celebrated with joie de vivre, handmade invitations, and homecooked food. And these parties always had a theme. My aunts and uncles all pitched in to make the invitations and décor, and games and entertainment. As an adult, I loved themed get-togethers, even if it was just friends coming over. We’d […]