2017 Week 37: Almost Over | Weekend Laziness

September 4-10, 2017

The project we are working on is almost complete. Well, at least the bulk of it. We are targeting to deploy on September 18 even though the launch is still in October. This is to ensure that everything is working in production prior October. Konting-konti na lang, makakatulog din ako ng maayos hehe.

It was a tiring week last week so I was lazy to be a domestic diva.

On Saturday, I woke up late and watched around 3 movies in Netflix.

I went out early evening to meet with a friend. We watched Love to the Stars and Back. The movie will make you laugh and cry.

Joshua Garcia is a promising actor. The kid has talent. This is his second movie I watched and in both movies, I really think he did great.

The supermarket was still open so I dropped by to pick up a few items.

I was really feeling lazy moving my butt last Sunday but I had to force myself because I still need to cook lunch and dinner for this week haha. So off I went to the supermarket again. And then I labored in the kitchen for at least 5 hours. I should really be doing this on a Saturday  hahahaha.

Some meals I cooked.

Baked Cream Dory 1

↑ Baked cream dory

Macaroni soup

↑ Creamy chicken sopas. Perfect for the rainy days! No hotdogs because I have extended my no pork drama as long as I can hehe.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

What I Spent | Not a Frugal Grocery Trip

I made two trips to the supermarket last weekend because I knew I will be buying a lot of stuff and I can’t carry it all in 1 trip.

What I Spent

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↑ Saturday’s food-related purchase. This costs Php 608.18 already.

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↑ Sunday’s purchase batch 1. The apples were on Buy 1 Take 1 but I regret buying it because they don’t taste good anymore tsk tsk tsk. The one in white plastic is roasted chicken for this week’s packed lunches/dinners.

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↑ Sunday’s purchase batch 2. Sunday’s total is Php 1,333.15. I know I spent a lot last weekend. On the upside, I think I cooked food that will last me until early next week. So to avoid spoilage, I already froze some of the meals.

September Expenses

September 2: Php 526.28

September 9: Php 608.18

September 10: Php 1,333.15

What’s Cooking: Steamed Broccoli Sauteed in Olive Oil

Steamed Broccoli Sauteed in Olive Oil

Notes:

  • I did not follow any recipe. I just combined what I read from several sources.
  • I just boiled the broccoli and sauteed it after on olive oil and garlic.
  • And here’s the most important information I learned. Boiling vegetables should only be until 6 minutes. The moment you go beyond this, it’s already overcooked, hence the natural color changes to a less appetizing one.
  • Given above, what I did (because I still did not have the steamer at that time)  was to first bring the water to a boil before putting the broccoli in the pot. I also timed it to boil for only 5 minutes on medium-high. Yes, I used an alarm so that it’s accurate.
  • After 5 minutes, I just drained the water, gathered the broccoli into one side of the pan so that I could saute the garlic in olive oil for a few minutes. After that, I mixed the broccoli with the butter. I also seasoned it with a bit of salt.

My version:

Steamed Broccoli and Roasted Chicken

Notice the broccoli’s color? It’s still dark green! This is the only time I did not overcook it. Now I know the trick hehe. This was one of my packed lunch and I paired it with roasted chicken.

2017 Week 36: Long Weekend | The OWF Niece is Back to Work

August 28 – September 3, 2017

Hello September!

And what better way to welcome the month than through a bonus holiday for September 1 hehehehe. Adulting is hard sometimes so these non-working holidays are helpful in easing some of the work stress away whew.

Anyway, the OWF niece who came home last June 30 is now back in the Middle East. The last 2 months have gone by quickly but as I always say to her, we need to make some sacrifices if we want a better future. Working for 2 years is long to be away from her daughter but it’s also unfortunately not enough to save much so that she can stay here for good. She just needs to focus on her goals and she’ll be home for good eventually.

Anyway, last Monday, which was also a holiday was spent cooking food for packed lunch and dinner this week.

The rest of the work days are hectic and it’s really sapping my energy so I was so glad for the other holiday last Friday, where I just stayed at home watching movies (aka 3 movies), while waiting for the time when my niece had to leave for the airport.

Last Saturday was spent in the grocery and cooking food for this week’s meals. I’m slowly getting used to this weekend activity hehe.

I went to the mall last Sunday after mass for lunch and a few hours of window shopping. I went home after to rest more. I also spent a few hour researching for bedroom colors, bathroom designs and home office designs. It’s confusing and it’s challenging the non-interior designer in me hahaha.

By the way, last Thursday, I received a text from BDO that my ATM was blocked because it might have been used in compromised ATMs. I need to sort that out this week. I have already used the few hundreds in my wallet hehe.

Lastly, I started another segment in this blog – the Grocery Expenses. This will only include all expenses related to the groceries I need for my packed meals. This is so I will have a better idea on how much I really need to budget for these meals. It’s only now that I’m bringing packed meals to work so I really don’t know.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Yellow Cab meal

What Sunday lunch was like. Yellow Cab’s MyMix. All my favorites in one box at Php 195.00, cheaper than when you need to get whole orders of each hehe.

What I Spent | Supermarket Prices

Now that I’m bringing packed lunch to the office, I need to keep track of my spending so that I get a more accurate amount on budget reallocation (aka adding more on groceries and lessen work allowance).

What I Spent

So here’s the first ever food-related grocery expense report.

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The above items cost Php526.28. Yes, that much for only a few items.

The most expensive are the fruits. I need to look for cheaper fruit sellers as supermarket prices are really on the high side.

I so wanted to buy broccoli but I don’t have the heart to do so with the price of almost Php 500.00 per kilo knowing full well that it was only Php100.00 in Baguio the last time I bought. Anyway…

I sauteed the cabbage, pechay and oyster mushrooms. I roasted the carrots, squash, some onions and garlic, together with sweet potatoes (not included in the expense as my niece bought this for me).

I’m not sure whether this is enough for the week for lunch and dinner but let’s see. I still have some leftover food from last week which I’m currently consuming.

September Expenses

September 2: Php 526.28

 

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