Recipe: Dinner Rolls

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Dinner Rolls or Bread Rolls

A roll is a small, often round loaf of bread served as a meal accompaniment (eaten plain or with butter). A roll can be served and eaten whole or cut transversely and dressed with filling between the two halves. [Wikipedia]


1 cup warm water

1 package dry yeast

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp softened butter

1 egg, beaten

3 ½ – 4 cups of flour


  • Put water and yeast in a large mixing bowl and add sugar, salt, butter and egg.
  • Beat the ingredients until well-blended.
  • Add 3 ½ to 4 cups of flour and mix until soft dough forms. Note: It shouldn’t be sticky.
  • Put onto floured board and knead a few times until it becomes smooth.
  • Place in greased bowl, cover with Glad® cling wrap and let it rise in warm place approximately 45 to 60 minutes.


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  • Punch down and turn onto  floured board. Shape into 12 rolls and place in greased 13×9 inches baking pan. Let it rise again for about 3o minutes.
  • Bake with 350 º for 20 minutes. Brush  tops of rolls with butter.

Yummy! 🙂


Recipe: Crispy Kare-Kare

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Crispy Kare-Kare

Karekare is a Philippine stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. It is made from a base of stewed oxtail (sometimes this is the only meat used), pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe. [Wikipedia]


1 kilo pork liempo

3 cups beef broth

6 tbsp peanut butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp ground pepper

1 tbsp patis

2 eggplant, sliced

2 bundles string beans, cut into 3 inches length

2 bundles petchay (bokchoy)

cooking oil



atsuete powder (optional)



  1. Pakuluan ang pork liempo sa tubig at asinan sa tamang panlasa.
  2. ‘Pag kumulo na ito, hinaan ang apoy at hayaang maluto sa loob ng 40 minutes. Hanguin at palamigin ng bahagya.
  3. Mag-init ng mantika (pang-deep fry), simulan sa katamtamang apoy dahil sa high heat ay pumuputok-putok ang liempo. Takpan ang kawali tapos itaas ang apoy ng unti-unti hanggang maging malutong ang labas (mga 30 hanggang 40 na minuto). Hanguin at i-set aside.
  4. I-steam ang mga gulay. Unahin ang talong at ‘pag tapos ng 5 minutes ay ilagay ang sitaw. Matapos ang 4 pang minuto, idagdag ang petchay. Matapos ang 3 minuto, patayin ang apoy. Maaari rin namang pakuluan sa tubig kung walang steamer.
  5. Para naman sa sauce, mag-init ng 2 kutsarang mantika. Isangag ang bawang hanggang maging golden brown ang kulay. Ilagay ang beef broth at pakuluin sa mataas na apoy.
  6. ‘Pag kumulo na, hinaan ang apoy at idagdag ang soy saucepeanut butter at paminta. Halu-haluin hanggang sa lumpot ang sauce. Maaaring lagyan ng atsuete powder para kumulay ito. Kapag ayos na sa’yo ang lapot ng sauce, patayin at ihanda kasama ng ibang mga ingredients.


Shari Jane


United Nations Celebration Does Not Excite Me

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UN Celebration does not excite me UNTIL it became the FIRST EVER school program that my son participated with.

When I learned that Kinder 2 will be joining this year’s UN Celebration, I right away checked if a specific national costume will be assigned to them so that I can plan for Aki. I found out that he’ll be part of two production numbers. The first one is a dance number, “Jai Ho”, in which they will pay for a set of costume, and the second is a song (chorale) and interpretative number, “Yesterday’s Dream”, where they will wear a costume of their chosen country.

So, for the first part, I don’t have a problem anymore since the costume will be provided and we’ll just have to pay for it. For the second one, considering our “tight” budget, I thought of re-using the American suit set that he wore during my cousin’s wedding last June. I’ll thought of adding more USA accents like Uncle Sam’s hat, USA flag and a sash.

His Uncle Sam’s hat is a DIY hat made by yours truly.


illustration board/cardboard
red cartolina/red art paper
dark blue cartolina/blue art paper
paper plate
double adhesive tape/glue
packaging tape

This hat is very easy to make. Cut the red strips and glue them in the illustration board (as seen in the above photo) and then a longer blue strip and glue it horizontally at the bottom. Then join the ends of the illustration board to form a cylinder with a packaging tape. Measure a round shape of red cartolina at the top of the cylinder, cut and stick it with double adhesive or glue. Cut the middle of the paper plate (round), be sure to leave extra half inch to fold and stick inside the cylinder. Then measure the garter to your child and staple it at the two sides of the hat. That’s it!

So, before the UN Celebration comes, we were practicing the dance and the song number. We first run through the song and memorized it with Yoshi. I’m so glad that there’s YouTube that we were able to find the steps for the interpretative production number (my son told me it has the same steps) so we were able to practice well. And for the “Jai Ho”, since I don’t know the steps, I just played and played the music and followed how my son dances. Atleast, he got me and Yoshi as backup dancers so he won’t get bored practicing.

And then, the most-awaited school program came! We were so early at school so prepared. My younger son was a little jealous that he also wanted to wear a costume. I told him that next year, he’ll join them. 🙂

And as mentioned, they wore the costume of their chosen country…

I haven’t uploaded the video of the second part of their presentation on YouTube yet so for the meantime, if you want to see the steps of the song “Yesterday’s Dream” or their performance, you can watch it on my FB:

Overall, it was a success because my son joined the rest of his classmates and didn’t have tantrums the entire program. Now I’m looking forward to the next school program. Bring it on! 🙂 Continue reading

Yesterday’s Dream


We are the children of yesterday’s dream
We are the promise of the future we bring
Waving the banners of love to all
To every nation, the rich and the poor

We are the world of the restless and young
And we need a hand to guide us
Helping each other Build each other
As long as we’re together you and me

For together we stand, divided we fall
Together we climb to the top of the world
We can be what we what for the world to see
We are the children of yesterday’s dream

We have the yearning to do what is best
Be someone special from all the rest
Nation and brothers in unity
Building tomorrow for you and for me

Repeat refrain
Repeat chorus (2x)


DID YOU KNOW: That Sudden Jerk when you are Asleep

Have you experienced being really, really tired and then you suddenly fell asleep and in a snap your body jerks which makes you awake because you felt like falling from a building or a cliff, only to realize you are safe in bed (or wherever you fell asleep) and then you go back sleeping?


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I usually experience this whenever I drop down to sleep after having a very, very tiring day from work, travel or even after having Zumba. Are you wondering why this occurs?


Hypnic jerk actually happens when your body relaxes too quickly whilst falling asleep, and then your body jerks itself because your brain thinks you are in danger (like falling or something). Sometimes, this happens when you fell asleep unintentionally.


These are just common and harmless but then it has been associated with quality vs. quantity of sleep. So, my advice is to aim in getting enough sleep and have a good resting environment.


Goodnight everyone!





Breaking News: Magnitude 3.1 Earthquake hits Agusan Del Sur

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) has reported an earthquake with intensity no. 3 in Agusan del Sur this noon around 12:23pm, October 10, 2016.


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Source: PHILVOCS-DOST (@philvocs_dost)


The report has mentioned a depth of 14 km with the location of 08.35°N, 125.96°E – 5 km S 55° W of Rosario (Agusan Del Sur). For more details and updates, check their Facebook page at or their Twitter updates @philvocs_dost.


Magnitude 3.1 earthquake is often felt but only causes minor damage. According to Richter magnitude scale, with this intensity, shaking of indoor objects are noticeable but rarely causes damages to buildings.


Despite of this minor intensity level of earthquake, let’s all be aware of the safety measures when major earthquake comes.

  1. Stay calm.
  2. If you’re inside a building, stand against a wall near the center of the building, or move and crawl under a heavy furniture e.g. table. Please be reminded to stay away from windows and doors. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS or you might get stuck.
  3. If you are outside, stay away from buildings. Stay in an open area which away posts/power lines or anything that might fall.


Be safe always!