The husband and I have fallen into a routine during the weekend. Soon after we drop our daughter off at her ballet school for several hours, we incorporate sitting down for lunch in the middle of running our boring but much adulting needed errands. In a way, I believe we are somewhat nostalgically preparing ourselves … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Favorite Spaces in Fairbanks, Alaska
Folks, I have tried every chocolate cake recipe out there. The fancy ones, the Martha Stewart ones, Nigella Lawson's old fashion chocolate cake with the violet flowers. Some of them required minimal ingredients, while others had a laundry list of items. They always turned out great--but, truly not worthy of praise. Until... I picked … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: My New Chocolate Cake BFF
Folks, this is so blasphemous to admit, but I feel that I must (soo dramatic, I know): I have had a frenemy relationship with adobo all my life. When I was growing up, I couldn't stand looking at it. I remember my aunts cooking them in the kitchen and I'd watch the pork drenched in … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: I hate you, Adobo. I love you, Adobo.
I first read "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft when I embarked on my undergraduate studies in English literature. It's a pretty complex, and heavy read. In summary, Mary's argument was that women, in particular mothers, are the first teachers of their children, and as teachers--mothers must be educated so that … Continue reading A Vindication of Warriors.
If you were to ask my children what they remember most about our trips to Anchorage, they will tell you that it was always filled with soccer first, and then traditional activities: eating out at restaurants, and shopping. We'd drive the 6 hours down from Fairbanks, the RV packed with soccer gear and all the … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: Anchorage, Alaska
I think I'm going to get booted out of my family for not letting go of this recent battle. Me vs. the Turon (banana lumpia. Lumpia = Filipino eggroll. Instead of the savory filling, the Turon is filled with fresh banana coated in white sugar, and brown sugar). At every opportunity, I've been inserting … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: The Turon
An excerpt from A Reason For Being Fairbanks, Alaska 1994 In 1994, my youngest sister became ill with encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that could’ve been deadly. She had a mosquito bite on her ankle that she did not pay attention to nor bothered to tell me. My parents had separated at this time, and … Continue reading Sunflowers (an excerpt from A Reason For Being)
I appreciate a good morning. Most especially when the daily drive to work is greeted with a beautiful sky. I took this photo yesterday (March 8th) soon after I dropped my daughter off to school, and I had the International Women's Day on my mind. There were some news yesterday morning about the travesty … Continue reading Morning Drive
Since I started the first Ma Vie En Rose on a meringue theme--let's keep going shall we? But first a few disclosures.. Fact #1: I've taken way too many photos throughout the years of the Pavlovas I've made. I should have organized them better on my phone. Lesson learned. Fact #2: I suffer from selective … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: La Pavlova
I'm not always all about pondering life's realizations or philosophical musings, or even admitting to my own shortcomings, and chastising myself for arriving at some conclusion that I should have already been at years ago. I do attempt to find balance, and joy at things that are often overlooked. Sometimes I become so obsessed with … Continue reading Ma Vie en Rose