5 Easy Steps for No-Bake Mocha Balls

Today is a stressful day. It's Saturday here in the Philippines, yet I did go to work and do overtime to meet our deadline. While sipping my dark chocolate coffee crumble tea in front of my workstation, an idea came across my exhausted mind. I will make a DIY No-Bake Mocha Balls coated with crushed Oreo plus peanuts and topped with dark chocolates! Utilizing the remaining Crushed Grahams from my last recipe. 


No-Bake Mocha Balls
No-Bake Mocha Balls


Ingredients:


No-Bake Mocha Balls
Ingredients for No-Bake Mocha Balls






















200 grams of Crushed Grahams
3/4 cup of Condensed Milk
1 sachet of Milo ( or any Chocolate powder Drink)
1 tsp. of Instant Coffee
Finely chopped Toasted Nuts (for coatings)
Crushed Oreo (for coatings)
Sliced Dark Chocolate (for toppings)

Procedure:

1. Dissolve the instant coffee and Chocolate Powder Drink in warm water, just enough to mix it well. Add the Condensed Milk. This will make our DIY dessert have a mocha flavor.


No-Bake Mocha Balls

2. In a mixing bowl, add the mocha solution slowly into the crushed grahams. Make it sure to mix the ingredients evenly. 

No-Bake Mocha Balls

3. In a separate plate, prepare the crushed Oreo and chopped peanuts.


No-Bake Mocha Balls


4. Using  hand gloves, form small balls of the graham mixture (depending upon your preference). Coat it with the Oreo and peanut.


No-Bake Mocha Balls


5. Top it with chocolate. Actually, you can use other desired toppings like marshmallows, 

M&M's or even your favorite strawberries.


No-Bake Mocha Balls
Topped with Dark Chocolates!

No-Bake Mocha Balls
DIY No-bake Mocha balls

No-Bake Mocha Balls
DIY No-bake Mocha balls

It's very cute and yummy, I swear! Also, it's an instant source of Caffeine to jump start your day. I hope you can make your own version of this No-Bake Mocha Balls. And share it with me. Have a good day! :)

5 Easy Steps for No-Bake Brownies

I'm not a professional baker. I did not even take baking classes during summer. I'm just an ordinary sweet tooth girl,  finding ways to reinvent food. Thus, making things easier (doable).

No-Bake Brownies

 
Late this afternoon, I decided to make a DIY ( still no-bake!) Brownies with a twist. With so much anticipation from my sister, we cannot wait to share this easy 5-step recipe with you.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for No-Bake Brownies















200 grams of Crushed Grahams
70 grams of 100% Cocoa (Breakfast Cocoa will do)
3/4 cup Condensed Milk
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup finely chopped Toasted Nuts
1/2 cup Raisins ( I added it simply to have a twist! )

Procedure:

1. Mix the cocoa, condensed milk, and salt in a mixing bowl.



2. Add half of the peanuts and raisins to the mixture. Mix evenly.


3. Slowly add the crushed grahams. It takes a lot of effort in mixing it well. I recommend you ask your brother or boyfriend to do the mixing! (less effort. hehehe)


4. Transfer it in a flat container. Smooth the surface evenly and top it with the remaining peanuts and raisins. This part will awaken the creativity in you. I like mine this way.

I like my brownies with patterns!



5. Finally, put it in a freezer for an hour or two. To avoid the guilt of consuming excess calories, share it with your family and friends! :D :D :D

DIY No-Bake Brownies




Jewelry Holder out of Wooden Cutlery

Wooden Cutlery Jewelry Holder

Is your jewelry box getting smaller and messier? Kidding aside, I believe majority of women loved to accessorize given every possible occasion they can get. And personally, I hate it when it's 11th hour and I cannot find the pair of earrings I wanna wear for the night.

A DIY jewelry holder made from your old cutlery can solve this problem.  What you need is a little pinch of your imagination and these couple of things.

Vinyl Coated J Hooks
Strong Wood Glue


Colorful Spray Paints


Readily Available Cutlery
Prior to gathering these things, you have to decide first the color of your jewelry holder. There is no strict rule. You can choose from neutral to neon colors. Or a rustic jewelry holder to a plain and neat white one.  For me, I like it white and neat.

Inspired from Mini Manor

Inspired from Mini Manor


Inspired from Mini Manor

After you have brainstormed what design and color you like, find a perfect place in your room for it to be displayed. Also, ask the assistance of your older brother, lover, or hubby to help you out in gluing and sticking it out in your wall. 

There are so may other designs and colors you might choose from. Some of these are the following:

Rustic Inspired Jewelry Holder
Source: The Jungalow

A Black Bamboo Jewelry Holder
Source: tatertotsandjello
A beige Jewelry Display
Source: Home Jelly






Simple DIY Cheesy Yema Cake

Since I'm a confessed cheese and yema (yolk) addict, a cheesy yema cake is a heaven-sent. When you eat it, it's like floating in the cloud nine and momentarily you forget all the problems in the world. I mean it!

Here's a simple, still no-bake recipe of Cheesy Yema Cake adopted from Steamed - No bake Cakes, and other No-bake Goodies.



Ingredients:

Flour mixture
1 1/4 cups Cake Flour
1 1/2 tsps Baking Bowder
1/2 tsp Salt
3/8 cup White Sugar

Egg white mixture:
4 Egg Whites
1 tsp Calamansi juice (or Lemon)
1/4 cup White Sugar

Egg yolk mixture:
4 Egg Yolks
1/3 cup Milk
1/4 cup Vegetable oil
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Calamansi juice (or Lemon)

For the frosting:
2 Egg Yolks
1 1/2 cups Condensed Milk
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 drops of Almond Extract (optional)
1 box of Cheese (Cheddar)

Procedure:

1. Combine all the ingredients in the flour mixture. Sift to remove the lumps.


2. In another bowl, mix well all the ingredients in the egg yolk mixture. It looks like the picture below.


3. For the egg white mixture, use a clean and DRY mixing bowl and mixer, beat the egg whites and add calamansi until foamy.


4. Gradually add the sugar (e.g. 1 tablespoon at a time) and continue beating until the mixture forms soft peak.


5. Combine the two mixtures from step 1 and 2 ( flour mixture and egg yolk mixtures). Mix well.


6. Slowly fold the egg white mix into batter. Make it a point that all the ingredients are mix well. Slowly. Slowly. Slowly.




7. Steamed for at least 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

8. For the frosting mixture, put all the ingredients in a pan and cook under low heat. Combine steadily until it thickens.


8. Cool down the steamed cake for a maximum of 15 minutes before removing from the pan and slice it into halves.


9. Spread the frosting all over the cake and put on top the other half. Cover it with grated cheese as thick as you want it. This is my favorite part! :)


You can share it with your best friend, thus sharing the calories.  Or you can keep it all for yourself. hehehe You can also use a round pan in steaming to have a mouthwatering Cheesy Yema Cake like below.

Mangroves Along the Coastal Areas of Oroquieta City

Do not ask me how to get there. Absolutely, I will not tell you. However, I can and will try to showcase to you what I think is one of the most significant parts of Oroquieta City, Philippines - it's coastal biodiversity. Specifically, it's MANGROVE FORESTS.

The Catwalk thru the Mubod Fish Sanctuary


Mangroves play a meaningful part in the ecosystem. It protects the shoreline from erosion.  It also serve as valuable nursery areas for fish and invertebrates and somehow supports threatened and endangered species like hawksbill sea turtle.

Being an advocate for the preservation and protection of Oroquieta's mangrove forest, it's local government unit (LGU) supported by it's people, built a nursery for the baby mangroves, with at least three different species.

Propagules of Mangroves

Nursery for baby Mangroves


Out of the many species of Mangroves, I can only recognize three of them. One is, Bakhaw or Bakauan  (Rhizophora specie) from the family of Rhizophoraceae. Rhizophora uses ultrafiltration at the root level to exclude salt from coming into it's system. It also propagate  best in wet, muddy and silty sediments. With its near-oblong shape of the leaves you can easily distinguish it from the other magroves.

Bakauan  (Rhizophora specie)


The second specie that I'm familiar with is the Piapi ( Avicennia marina) with it's small and rounded leaves. Avicennia marina, commonly known as grey mangrove or white mangrove, is a species of mangrove tree classified in the plant family Acanthaceae.

Piapi ( Avicennia marina) 

Pagatpat also known as the Mangrove Apple from the family of Lythraceae is the 3rd mangrove that I'm familiar with. It is also the most utilized mangroves in the Philippines. It has medicinal value, its leaves and fruits can be eaten, it can also serve as a firewood. The heavy timber is resistant to shipworm and pests and is used for building boats, piling and posts for bridges and houses. Though it was already prohibited to cut down mangroves for domestic reasons, still, there are few who did not take heed of this regulation.
Sonneratia pagatpat 


How did I know all of these? I was lucky enough ( if you believe in luck) to be part of a team working for the Government and I get to know the Bantay Dagat (Warden of the Sea) of Oroquieta City. I was able to roam around its coastal areas using the pump boat  that they provided for free!

Warden of the Sea

The Sanctuary guarded by two brave dogs

Red Flag in the middle of the Sea

This red flag means a lot. To the fish warden, it's a sign that they should be more watchful over their territory. To the fishermen, it says that, they are not allowed to catch fish over a certain area, thus finding other means to support their family. But to the fish (if they ever see it), it's a freedom day! They can swim all they want, without any fear of getting caught. They can lay eggs as many as they can! I can only imagine the happiness in their faces. hihihihhi :)

Simple Recipe for Zucchini Carrot Muffins


Having a hard time convincing your kids or even your husband/ lover  eat healthy vegetables? Why not go the extra mile of making a Zucchini Carrot Muffins? It's a healthy no-bake muffins that your loved ones will surely feast on, plus it's yummy! :D

I wanted to share with you this recipe courtesy of Steamed - No bake Cakes, and other No-bake Goodies

Ingredients:

















1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Zucchini, grated
1 cup Carrot, grated
2 medium sized eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of ginger, ground

Procedure:

1. Combine altogether the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and sift.

2. Add the walnut.

3. Mix the remaining ingredients ( Zucchini, Carrot, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs) in another bowl.

4. Add the flour mixture and then mix thoroughly.

5. Pour the mixture in your desired molds.

6. Finally, steam for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean.

It's so easy. It's also good for all the health enthusiasts who wanted to trim down their calories intake but cannot control their urge in partaking yummy baked goodies. :D :D :D


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