18 January 2011

Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy

This photo conveys a lot of things that make me happy :)

Taking photos make me happy and I have my Dad to thank for introducing me to this hobby when I was 9.

Working with my husband make me happy.  I feel so blessed to have him.

Taking photos, especially portraits of children make me happy. I love babies and children, and capturing their smiles, full of pure joy that only children are capable of, is simply amazing.

Cool, sunny afternoons lounging around in UP make me happy.  It almost makes me burst into song (...the hills are alive...)

So many things make me happy.  I'll be sure to post more similar photos in the future. :)

17 January 2011

Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name

I'll Sleep On It

It's what my Mom tells me everytime I'm in a quandry.  Sleep on it, she says, it might be clearer after a good night's rest.  And it usually is.  My mom is so wise.  I'm so lucky to have her.

16 January 2011

Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.

I think I was 2 or 3 here.  That's my Mom with me.  My Dad took this photo at my maternal grandparents' home in Manila.

14 January 2011

Day 17 – A photo of you and your family

A family portrait that Nards and I organized last November.  :)

13 January 2011

Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.

Don't laugh.  But Optimus Prime has been my all time celebrity crush since I turned 8. :P

12 January 2011

Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without

My Daddy made this for me.  I keep it in a small pouch that my Mom knitted for me.  They always tell me to pray the rosary everyday and to never ever leave home without it.

11 January 2011

Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.

This one tops my list.  It ruined CSI, etc for me, I'm afraid.

Among the runner ups are (in order):


 Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

 And Firefly.  (It lasted for one season, but I'm still so addicted to it.)

09 January 2011

Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.

This is the closest thing I have of a picture of the town I live in.  It's all beautiful skies and a mixture of old and new architecture; townhouses, old houses and medium rise condos; and a smattering of wonderful restaurants, coffee shops, spas, and schools.

08 January 2011

Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?

Today, my make up bag contains these.  It changes depending on where we're headed. :)

Photo taken with my iPod.  I'm impressed :D

Clockwise starting from upper left hand corner: Benefit Some Kind A Gorgeous, TBS Lip Gloss, Mac 187 SE, Vegan Travel Eyeshadow brushes, TBS Tea Tree Oil Concealer, TBS Lipstick, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Urban Decay Liquid Liner in Perversion, Muji Eyelash Curler, Pixi Mineral Make Up Kit.

07 January 2011

Day 10 – A Photo of your Favorite Place to Eat

My favorite place to eat is at home :)

This is a photo of Sinigang na Salmon Belly sa Miso that I occasionally cook for dinner :)

06 January 2011

Turtle Cheesecake

For my sister's birthday, I decided to bake a turtle cheesecake pie.  I wrote the recipe on my notebook.  I can't remember where I copied it though.  Origami piglet and kitties supplied by my sister.

I measured out pecans and chopped them.  While I was busy doing that, Nards unwrapped caramels.  (Half of what the recipe needed.)

I asked him to nuke it in the microwave on 30 second intervals, mixed it with milk until it was creamy.  Then he took the coarsely chopped pecans and stirred it in the caramel.  Next time, I must add more milk and opt for a more runny consistency instead of creamy.  The caramel nut layer on the finished pie, was way too sweet.

Crust comprised of melted butter and finely crushed Oreo cookies.  It's supposed to be pressed on a spring form pan, but I only had a pyrex deep dish on hand.
Poured out the pecan caramel mixture on the Oreo crust.  And refrigerated it while I worked on the filling.

Ingredients for the filling: cream cheese, eggs, vanilla extract and sugar.

I decided to use the mixer to save time on softening the cream cheese.

 I find the paddle works best with cream cheese.

Mix and scrape.  It took a few minutes.

Once it got creamy, I added the eggs.  Recipe had several warnings not to overmix.  So I mixed it enough just to incorporate the eggs and vanilla extract.

Poured the filling on the prepared crust and baked for an hour and 10-15 minutes.  I liked testing the center with a knife. :)

Cracks are okay, but the burnt top is not.  Basically, I had an issue with the electric oven and its heating mechanism at the top.  Also, I should have covered it foil to eliminate the burning problem.

I chilled it overnight and served it with a side of chocolate ganache.

There are a couple of things that I need to tweak, but as far as taste goes, Nards says it's yummy.  He couldn't stop eating it. (Note: he's very biased.)

Turtle Cheesecake Pie Recipe


  • 2 cups crushed Oreo cookies-(don't use Double Stuff)
  • 6 T melted butter
  • 1-14 oz bag of Kraft caramels
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3-8oz packages of cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I use Splenda)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1Tbsp vanilla flavoring
  • 2 squares Baker's
  • (optional) Raspberries to decorate

Mix Oreos and butter together until all are moistened. Pour and press into bottom and 1/2" up sides of a 9" springform pan. Put milk & caramels in a bowl and microwave until melted-stirring every 30 seconds. Stir pecans into melted caramels. Pour half of caramel mix onto crust and smooth out with spatula. Set aside remaining caramel. Chill crust 15 minutes. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla on low speed of mixer until fluffy (5-7 min).

Add eggs 1 at a time beating on after each. Pour cheesecake mix on caramel layered crust.

Bake 300* 65-70 minutes until center is almost done. Run knife around edges to loosen. Refrigerate 4 hours. Top w/remaining caramel mix. Melt chocolate and drizzle over cake. Chill covered until ready to serve.

Day 9 – A Photo of the Item you Last Purchased

For Christmas, I got Nards a kindle.  This is the DIY case he made out of an old hardbound book.

Sorry, I had another gap on the 30 Day Challenge.  December was just a busy busy month.


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