Amazing Readers: More Teacup Cake Fans

Aryanna’s 70-Second Microwave Teacup Cake recipe keeps on raking in fans:

From @danielisbored IG account:

“Chocolate overload! Good morning!”

Thank you Daniel for this sosy vignette! Love the blue & white plato-platuhan!

From @dada.reyes IG account:

“70-second microwave teacup cake with nutella and chocolate chip cookies + add your favorite vanilla ice cream = instant dessert on a tiring Monday night.”

Like what I mentioned before, the best thing about sharing my recipes to my Amazing Readers is that they make it their own! Looooove ice cream with this Teacup Cake! Thanks, Dada!

Watch out for another easy peasy Teacup Cake recipe!

Keep your photos coming and tag om on my social media accounts: @jenniepperson.

On My Desk

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” ― Audrey Hepburn

Just like Audrey, I believe in pink. I also believe in Mondays and starting the day/week beautiful. I believe in simple and delicious meals. I believe in visual creativity, a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe that a pair of sunglasses is the best eye makeup. I believe that parents should embrace parenting. I believe in lighting scented candles in the morning to trigger the senses and ignite the soul. I believe in love. I believe!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, what do you believe in? Please feel free to write them down in the comments box.

Breakfast: Freshly squeezed OJ and homemade hash browns, recipe here
Digital magazine: Elle Decoration, France (I don’t understand a word but I love the photos!)
Table napkin: SM
Candle: W17 Home
Sunglasses: Serengeti aviator

Easy Sunday

Sundays are either about nursing a hangover (haha) or spending time with the family. Whatever it is, it’s one day where everyone should take a break and relax; no need to stress about family lunch or brunch with friends.

I believe that Sunday’s should be spent leisurely but civilized. Meaning, we all deserve to sleep in and do “nothing” but making an effort to make a decent brunch, setting up the table and spending time with the ones we love make Sunday extra special.

Sundays at Maison Epperson is easy:

Casual brunch table setting. Mix & match plains, prints and colorful tableware, cotton placemats and napkins make a fun and no-fuss tablescape.

The smell of Sunday morning. Nothing beats bacon. Nothing.

Start Sunday fresh and healthy. Freshly squeezed OJ is worth getting out of bed for.

Be organic. Sunday is also about giving back Mother Nature. Start your own compost pile on bare earth. Chop the leftover orange peels and add to the compost to make fertilizer. It’s the key ingredient to organic farming.

Click here how to compost.

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The easiest dish: Crispy hash browns

1. Peel and grate  2-3 potatoes 2. Fry them in a pan with 2 tbsp. oil 3. Add salt and pepper 4. Cook till golden brown on both sides

Indoor games. Badminton is an outdoor sport. Tell that to my boys. Ugh.

Sunday’s best. Eat. Nap. Repeat.

Have a relaxing Sunday!

Hoisin Glazed Meatballs

When it comes to entertaining (and sometimes feeding the family), appetizers are the foreplay of the meal. They also hold guests over till the main dish is ready to serve.

One of my favorite appetizers are cocktail meatballs. Petite orbs of goodness that are savory and tickle the palette. I have several recipes of meatballs but the one that stands out from friends and family is this:

Hoisin Glazed Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 pound ground pork
1 cup fresh shitake mushroom, chopped
1 large egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, grated
1 onion, finely chopped
hoisin sauce for glazing & dipping

Tip: Choose a whole pork shoulder and have the butcher in the grocery ground it for you instead of buying ground pork. This way you have control of what part of the meat is in the mix.

Easy peasy:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine ground beef, shitake mushroom, carrots, egg, onion and garlic. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 18-20 meatballs.
Step 3:  Using a brush, glaze the tops of the meatballs with hoisin sauce
Step 4: Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through.
Step 5: Serve meatballs immediately with hoisin sauce on the side for dipping

Try it this weekend and serve it during family lunch. I guarantee you, these golden meatballs will be a hit! Scratch that, you will be a hit!

Happy weekend!

 

Reblogged: “How To Prepare For The Love Of Your Life”

Single or in a relationship or married, I think we could all learn from this:

How To Prepare For The Love Of Your Life

How to find love?

Well, first you must become love- that is the secret. You must take on these steps before engaging in a relationship if you want a meaningful, healthy connection with another person. Once you are content with yourself and your life, you will attract the people who are meant to be in you life at that very moment.

1. Have (or be in the process of building) a fulfilled life:

How attractive is it when a person gushes about the new book they just read or the garden they just started? Aren’t the people who have things going for them the most interesting? Not only will this surround you with like minded people who enjoy doing what you do, it will also make you less needy in the relationship and more independent as you already have an established life of your own. You cook, work out, have a busy job, spend time with family and friends and you work on self-improvement! These are all qualities an attractive person has, they are so happy with their life on their own that they crave to share it with another person.

They don’t depend 100% on another person to make them feel worthy, why? Because they already have that for themselves. They don’t need to find love to fill a void, rather to share their abundance of love they self-cultivated.

2. Arrange finances and other personal issues:

Of course, none of us are perfect and we all have personal issues to deal with, but being that is no ticket to permit us to be irresponsible about taking care of them. Are you in a stressful situation with your parents? Do you hate your job because you’re always at work? Do you have an eating disorder that is causing you to isolate yourself and not feel happy in your own skin? All of these bumps in the road are understandable, in fact, they are all a part of growing in this life, however, sitting back and waiting to be reduced is not an attractive quality to possess. Figure your finances out, mend relationships, and take care of yourself, this will surely prepare you to receive love from another person.

3. Forgive yourself and become open to the flow of it all:

If you have experienced a horrible breakup or just hesitant to open up and become vulnerable, know that while love is definitely a risk, without it life wouldn’t exist. Without love, we simply move around day to day, getting by, but with love, ah with love, one can truly experience a rich, fulfilled life. Do not hold grudges or have preconceived expectations, do not compare past lovers, and do not hold back. Everything in life that was meant to be will not pass you, it will come, but you simply must believe that and accept the fact that you deserve love.

Always love and take care of yourself first, how can one provide love with an empty vessel? Fill your day with hobbies and people you enjoy and remember, love will find you at the most unexpected time. Perhaps you won’t feel “ready” or you will feel it is the wrong time – push those feelings aside. Simply allow whoever comes into your life at that time, because the Universe brings you who you need, at the right time, for the right reasons.

Here’s to love.

You deserve it.

Maison Epperson: Formal Living Room Progress

I know what you’re thinking: what the hell is the difference between a formal living room and just a living room?

Before I answer that question, I have to say that we are lucky to have more rooms than we need in the new house. Yes, we hit the jackpot! They are decent-sized areas and we’re making every room functional. Having said that, it allows us to have both a family room (for recreation, as a lounge, library, media and game room) and a formal living area or sitting room (designed for reading, relaxing, entertaining and tête-à-têtes).

When someone mentions “formal living room,” the images that come to mind are stiff sofas, a crystal chandelier, chinoiserie divider screen and furniture sometimes covered in plastic (LOL). Personally, I like some formality in the living room but not uptight-looking.

I managed to clear up the clutter of boxes from our move. So far, this is how I’ve fixed our formal living room:

Some say that the formal living room is dead. Well, I'm reviving it! I love the idea of a refined but relaxed living area for the family. A place that encourages conversations and away from the TV.

What you see is just 40% of the total living area. I was given strict instructions by my whole family to leave the 60% space for skateboarding. OMG.

Like our dining room, we’re just using furniture we already have. We still have a lot space near the staircase so it would be nice to have some indoor plants, cocktail tables, lamps, another couch and chairs for extra seating. Although, I’m loving the sparse living room. I’m careful not to add too much stuff to keep the look light and refined.

As of now, the rest of the room is bare and my husband and son are both over the moon. There’s space to play and build a makeshift ramp for monster trucks. So much for the “formality.”

My family can have their skateboard space. I’m just grateful for the incredible daylight that lights up our entire home. By the way, I’m on the fence about having curtains but I also love the cozy effect it gives to the space. What do you think?

Decorating tip: We live in a culture of immediacy. We want things finished, perfect and now. But sometimes, the best things come when you wait. And the best homes are definitely ones where no one settles for less than what they want and each piece of furniture tells a story.

Sofa: Dexterton (reupholstered from black to teal and changed the stainless legs to brass)
Vintage club chairs: Housewarming gifts from my friend Maureen Disini-Teichert – woohoo!
Coffee table: Designed by Renato Vidal (a gift from the designer)
Poufs: Philux (custom made)
Rug: SM (bought on sale)
Ceramic horses: Rustan’s (bought on sale)

Order Now: Nawwty’s Kitchen

The secret to Sunday family lunches and entertaining friends and loved ones for me is having good homecooked food.

However, not everyone has the time or skill to cook. The next best thing to homemade buffets is ordering from a catering service. Not the average run-of-the-mill caterer but someone who loves food and entertaining. I recommend Nawwty’s Kitchen by Trish Panlilio.

I’m one of the privileged few who’s been invited to Trish’s dinner parties. They are elegant, personalized, never pretentious and the food is always mouthwatering. I believe that the secret to her cooking is her love for friends and family.

I’m so glad that Trishy finally went into the food biz so that everyone can try her savory dishes!

Nawwty’s Kitchen — a matter of taste…

Bottled sauces and Compound Butters by Nawwty’s Kitchen

I’ve tried all of Trish’s sauces and butters and I love EVERYTHING! OMG.

One of my favorite Nawwty’s Kitchen concoctions is the Calabria Verduras. Great with crackers! It’s so good even vegetable haters will love it!

To-die-for steaks

The best Black Paella and aoili sauce I’ve tried!

Pork and corn swimming in goodness

The best old fashioned Dulce de Leche

Don’t just take my word for it, order Trish’s delicious dishes!

For the complete menu, click here.

Reblogged: How To Know When You’ve Found “The One”

When I first dated Tom, just by talking to each other I already felt that he is “The One”. Maybe I’m just lucky or maybe I’m attuned to opportunities that come my way. Of course our relationship is a work in progress. Love, communication, respect and having fun are essential to a happy marriage. We don’t have the perfect marriage but we continue to work on our relationship and it doesn’t seem so hard because we love each other.

I came across this article online and I totally related to it. Read and learn and be open to opportunities:

How To Know When You’ve Found “The One”

Here are some clues that you’ve found “The One”:

Unexplainable feeling. We always hear people say that you just know it when you’ve found the one. When you ask someone how they knew they were with their soul mate, they’ll often respond that they can’t quite explain it but they “just knew”. You can’t put your finger on it, but there’s a feeling you get when you’ve hit the nail on the head. If you have to ask, you probably haven’t found it yet.

You get each other. If you and your partner just get each other, they could be the one. When you understand each other without having to work at it, you’re definitely on to something. It’s easy to be around someone who gets you and understands your personality without having to try too hard.

It’s easy. Some people in your life take a lot of effort to be around. Maybe you feel like you need to entertain them or work hard to make conversation. When you’ve found “The One”, it’s just easy. You can hang out and do anything and still have fun. Being together is effortless and enjoyable without either of you having to be “on”.

You fit into each other’s lives. Even when you’re both busy, do you easily fit into each other’s lives? If you are able to blend your friends together, spend time with each other’s families and just generally “fit” together, chances are you’ve found something special.

People are happy for you. If you’ve found “The One”, chances are it shows. You’re probably happy and giving off a positive, relaxed energy. People around you like your friends and family love seeing you this way and can tell that the relationship is good for you. They’re happy for you because they can sense how happy you are.

You are best friends. You know you’ve found “The One” when you become best friends. Are they the first person you want to call when something good happens? When something bad happens? When something funny happens? They should be your “go-to” person for just about everything.

You’re there for each other no matter what. Do you and your partner support each other through thick and thin? Do you have their back and do they have yours? If so, then they could definitely be “The One”. When you’re able to support each other through all of life’s ups and downs, highs and lows, you’ve definitely got a good thing going.

For singles, now that you know when the person is going to be “The One”, it’s time to start to meeting prospects. Like what I always say, waley si prince charming sa loob ng balur. Lumabas ka! LOL

Meet new people and go outside of your circle. Tom was waaaay out of my circle and if I didn’t go out with him (I was initially apprehensive to go on a date with him, read our love story here), I wouldn’t have found “The One”.

To those who already found their soul mate, never let go and keep them for life.

Happy dating!

Maison Epperson: Dining Room Progress

Everyday, Maison Epperson is looking more like a home than a warehouse. Hallelujia!

However, a lot of our stuff is still displaced and after a month of unpacking 52 million boxes (LOL), I realized that some of our excisting furniture and decor do not fit our new house anymore.

Progress has been slow particularly in our formal dining room. I feel that the only permanent fixture is our new copper pendant lights. I’m not sure about the rest of the furniture.

So far, this is how our dining room looks like:

Tom Dixon Copper Pendant Lights, MOs Design; sideboard, vintage; silver chaffing dishes, wedding gifts; brass coral fruit bowl, Rustan's; dining table legs, thrifted; bench, stools and tempered glass top were gifts from friends way back (thank you KC Concepcion, Tim Yap & Maureen Disini woohoo!)

Some of the furniture are temporary. For now, we are using what we have and making them work in our space. Ideally, we want at least 6-8 chairs for our dining table. We also need a cool piece of  artwork on the wall (Tom is working on that) and I want to change the color of the vintage sideboard to white lacquer with brass cabinet pulls. I’m still thinking if I should put a rug or not. Let’s see.

What I do love about our dining area is the beautiful daylight that pours in throughout the day. Very, very light lang ang feeling. Where we used to live, it was always dark and we had to leave the lights on from morning till night time. In our new house, we only get to use the pendant lights at night. Big savings on electricity — YAY!

They say a house is a work in progress, that being said, excuse me while I work my butt off to make my dreams come true.

The Importance of Self Awareness

Growing up with parents working abroad made me self reliant at a very young age. When most of my friends were physically and emotionally guided by their mothers & fathers, I learned from experiences. Of course my parents were never amiss in giving me some advice and wisdom and I never felt that I was neglected but because they were not physically present most of the time, I relied on my instincts, valued criticism/feedback and learned from my mistakes. They were good exercises in developing self awareness.

I have to say though that when my parents were living with us in the Philippines, they were great in bringing up my siblings and me. In fact, they were progressive thinkers who encouraged us to dream big, nurture our passions, think for ourselves, empowered us by teaching us how to cook and eat healthy and made us feel loved. We had a good foundation and we love our parents.

I believe that it’s through experiences that we gain wisdom which is also developed by being self aware.

I read an article online about self awareness that is helpful and powerful in changing for the better. Allow me to share it with you:

Self Awareness

Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

We might quickly assume that we are self aware, but it is helpful to have a relative scale for awareness. If you have ever been in an auto accident you may have experienced everything happening in slow motion and noticing details of your thought process and the event. This is a state if heightened awareness. With practice we can learn to engage these types of heightened states and see new opportunities for interpretations in our thoughts, emotions, and conversations.

Why Develop Self Awareness?
As you develop self awareness you are able to make changes in the thoughts and interpretations you make in your mind. Changing the interpretations in your mind allows you to change your emotions. Self awareness is one of the attributes of Emotional Intelligence and an important factor in achieving success.

Self awareness is the first step in creating what you want and mastering yourself. Where you focus your attention, your emotions, reactions, personality and behavior determine where you go in life.

Having self awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking you. It also allows you to see the controls of your emotions, behavior, and personality so you can make changes you want. Until you are aware in the moment of the controls to your thoughts, emotions, words, and behavior, you will have difficulty making changes in the direction of your life.

Self Awareness in Relationships
Relationships are easy until there is emotional turmoil. This is the same whether you are at work or in your personal life. When you can change the interpretation in your mind of what you think you can change your emotions and shift the emotional quality of your relationships. When you can change the emotions in your relationships you open up entirely new possibilities your life.

Having a clear understanding of your thought and, behavior patterns helps you understand other people. This ability to empathize facilitates better personal and professional relationships.

Develop Self Awareness

Self awareness is developed through practices in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior. It isn’t learned from reading a book. When you read a book you are focusing your attention on the conceptual ideas in the book. With your attention in a book you are practicing not paying attention to your own behavior, emotions and personality.

Think of learning to be mindful and self aware as learning to dance. When learning to dance we have to pay attention to how and where our feet move, our hands and body motion, what our partner is doing, music, beat, floor space, and other dancers. Self awareness isn’t learned from books and the Tango isn’t either. In my years of study and working with clients I have discovered many useful techniques that accelerate the learning. I have incorporated these techniques into the Self Mastery audio course. The first four sessions are available free.

In the process of these sessions I am not telling anybody what to believe, how they should think, or what they should do. I am basically sharing with people exercises in raising their self awareness. When you become more self aware you instinctively begin to see aspects of your personality and behavior that you didn’t notice before.

If you have an emotional reaction of anger or frustration, you notice many of the thoughts and small triggers that build up towards those emotions. You also notice moments when you can change the interpretations in your mind, or not believe what we are thinking. In this heightened awareness you instinctively make better choices in your thought process long before an emotional reaction or destructive behavior.

Making changes in your behavior is much easier to do when you catch them early in the dynamic, before the momentum of thought and emotion has gathered steam. The changes in your mind, and behavior become simple and easy steps when you develop self awareness.

Do yourself a favor and watch this short video (less than 3 min.) It’s life-changing:

Practical Tools for getting rid of the emotional drama in your life:

• Stop emotional reactions
• Change core beliefs
• Quiet the criticizing voice in your head
• Develop communication and respect in your relationships and Create Love and Happiness in your life

I believe that when we are not self aware, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes. Also, we tend to be inconsiderate and worse, we become a total ass to other people.

In a nutshell: Self awareness is the path to self mastery, self mastery is the way to happiness

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