It’s still my birthday in NY. So allow me to enumerate my greatest blessings. • • • • Gelli is light. She has brought a faith to our family that we didn’t have prior to her arrival. She was only days old in the PICU in St. Lukes when we spontaneously prayed as a family for the first time ever, asking God to heal her so we could bring her home. She brings laughter to any room she enters. And brings out the best in all of us. • • • • Diego is still understanding his faith. For him, things are clearly black and white. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. He is strong willed and a little rough around the edges but is also fiercely protective of those he loves. • • • • Miguel brings humor to our table. His ability to empathize has been present since he was a toddler. I love watching him figure out who he wants to be. • • • • Gia’s understanding of the world around her, far exceeds my understanding at her age. She is beautiful inside and out. She’s considerate and kind. She’s a doer and instinctively knows when I need help. Sometimes, I don’t even have to ask. • • • • I prayed for Nino. Not many people understand just how tender hearted he can be. Like Diego, he’s fiercely protective of those he loves. (Diego gets it from him.) And he has consistently shown me new sides to who he can be as we both find ourselves navigating our new found faith. He leads our family with strength, truth, and love, and for this I am grateful too. • • • • 1 Corinthians 13:13 • • • • #love #loved #family #teamgellibean #gellibean #giamynina #miggymange #jbirdicusprime #birthday #thankyou #myloves
@makatishangrila recently launched #TheCookout at #CirclesEventsCafe upping the ante for buffer lovers by including a Grilling Station, Make Your Own Drinks, a Kiddie Corner, and Live Entertainment! This beautiful Sunday Lunch was the perfect way to kick off the week and spend time with my loves. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity to eat in peace by showing the kids to the room specially prepared for them, make your reservation for either lunch or dinner on Saturday or Sunday from NOW until November 30th! • • • • #makatishangrilaexperience #familytime #family #teamgellibean #makatishangrila #MoreThanJustFood
Just attended my first holiday event of the year for @healthyoptionsph as they launched their Christmas Hampers for the season. They will be taking orders during the trade show (through the end of the month) @uptownbonifacio_ for gifting all your friends and family the very best. 📷: @pauiguevarra • • • • #healthyoptions #healthyoptionsph #healthyoptionschristmas #christmasgiftideas #mnmgiftideas #christmashampers #healthyoptionsholidays
46. A few more lessons learned. And grateful for all of it. Especially my loves. • • • • 1 John 4:16 • • • • #birthday #birthdaymonth #momma #motherhood #family #teamgellibean #love #miggymange #jbirdicusprime #giamynina #gellibean #manilagent #mommanmanila
Maple Glazed @backyardfarmsph Autumn Chicken Bake. Super simple and easy to make after playing with Gelli all morning. Check out how in my stories.
*GIVEAWAY ALERT* Sometimes, even mommas play with our food. Because I really enjoy cooking up something good in the kitchen for my family & friends, I am excited to share the gift of learning from another momma. @chefmomrosebudbenitez is teaming up with #PotatoesUSA to teach us some new Spud Recipes from Chef Rosebud! • • • • There are so many fun and nutritious ways we can incorporate this pantry staple into our diet. We will be cooking together at MIHCA Mandaluyong on October 25th, and will start our class at 10am. We will have lunch together too! Wanna join the class? • • • • All you have to do is: 1) Comment on this photo with your favorite dish that includes potatoes. 2) Tag two friends who like to cook that can come with you to the cooking class if you win one of twelve slots. 3) Share any of these photos featuring potato recipes that I love, OR your own photos of potato recipes that YOU LOVE, and use the caption “I want to cook with @chefmomrosebudbenitez to learn more about #PotatoesUSA with @mommanmanila.” Then remember to use the hashtag #MommaNManilaxPotaoesUSA & make sure your account is set to public. • • • • You must complete all three steps for your entry to win! • • • • Winners who secure a slot in the cooking class and as Cm will be responsible for their own transportation to and from MIHCA Mandaluyong for the session that will run from 10am to 1pm. Winners will be chosen at random on Friday, October 18th.
Thinking about these scones from @valleyfordcheese. Valley Ford Cheese offered us a cheese experience and then some. Freshly baked scones were only some of the treats that anyone could purchase as they stopped by this family run business for brunch. And this was when I enjoyed a Kimchi Grilled Cheese for the very first time... • • • • #valleyfordcheese #californiacheesecrawl2019 #californiacheesetrail #california #californiadairy #californiamilk #cheese #mommanmanila
As I celebrate my birth month, I flip flop between being grateful for every opportunity and wondering if I am really doing enough with this life that God has given me. I’ve been keeping things light here on #instagram and even on my website, with events, meals, and photos of moments captured and frozen in time with the kids and with @manila.gent. But the truth is, I have been struggling with submitting to His time. Because I know His promises to me, I also know that even through the struggle and the wait, it is important for me to focus on His goodness, His faithfulness, and His love. Hoping to find my blogging mojo again to write a gratitude post. Because there are so many things to be grateful for...and because of that, I’m still looking up. • • • • Photo taken during the sixth anniversary celebration of @heyjowph. I thoroughly enjoyed all the baubles and the quick photoshoot with @sheilacatilo. • • • • #faith #spirit #heyjowis6 #motherhood #grace #full #love #faithful #parenthood #october #birthmonth #gifts #gift #stilllookingup
I have always enjoyed trying to make our favorite dishes from scratch when I have the time. Doing so, enables me to tweak the dishes to a healthier version that is not only yummy, but better for my loved ones who I enjoy serving. This new take on #BeefTapa involves marinating beef sukiyaki cut in soy sauce, Liquid Seasoning from @ilovecoconatura and #CocoSugar from #Ilovecoconatura, and crushed garlic. When @manila.gent tasted this version without the usual (non msg) beef cubes I use, he said this recipe is even better than before. Hooray for making recipes even better by playing around with #organic coco products!!! • • • • #filipino #filipinofood #filipinofoodmovement #pinoy #tapsilog #tapa #delish #homemade #good #goodfood #food #yum #yummy #yummyph
Quick #DripYourOwn @keycoffeeph for @toothfairyjoy this morning before we start our Sunday. I love the wow factor when serving good coffee. Not just because each of these #Japanese blends are smooth without a bitter after taste or any acidic after effects, but also because it is absolutely the cutest to be able to serve their choice of coffee flavors and entertain while pouring. ☕️ I have tried three of the blends already and am pleased with ALL so far! What are you doing this beautiful Blessed Sunday? Anything fun with the family?