Monday, December 22, 2008

Felis Pasgua

Every morning I have been waking up at 4am, sometimes even earlier like 2am or 3am to get ready for mass. In the islands, mass is said at 5am at every church on island (exept the Cathederal starts at 4am and 6am) nine days leading to Christmas. These are called "Aguinaldo" mass. For as long as I can remember, my family would pick one morning to cook and provide food for the hundreds that attend mass. We would have lots of goodies like fried rice, scrambled eggs, corned beef and cabbage saute, boiled eggs, ham, etc... This year, our parish priest (Pale Rey' Rosal) decided to make things easier on the community and that families no longer had to provide food for one entire morning. Instead, the parish leaders divided up groups of the parish (such as CCD students, Neocatechuminist, Altar Servers, Nino groups, etc). Ofcourse anyone else is welcome to come and attend.

I have been busy baking and bringing goodies from my kitchen to share with others! I enjoy baking! I have brought some sticky buns, bread, velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, banana bread, bananas, etc, etc, etc. Last night, I made some rosketi, YUMMY! I wish I had my camera. My camera broke several weeks ago, and I know what I am getting for Christmas!

Anyway, I just wanted to update and write about what's been going on lately.

I miss the holiday season in the mainland, I really missed the Black Friday sale after Thanksgiving! I really miss all the goodness and cheer of the holidays. Oh well, we should be thankful for what we have.

Merry Christmas to all! and Keep Christ in CHRISTmas.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sticky Buns....

No, I am not talking about these "Sticky buns"
I am talking about these STICKY BUNS...
My camera is broken, so these photos are from the internet, but you can imagine the smell and
the aroma of these delicous morsels baking in the oven! YUMM-O!
My kids and I devoured two pans of sticky buns Sunday afternoon!
If you want to try and make it, here is the link to the recipe:

I also made some dinner rolls! Yummy!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tropical Storm Advisory

from the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Tiyan GuamTropical Depression 27W Moving Closer to Guam(the initial advisory was issued at 2 am CHST Thursday (11 am EST Wednesday)
A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Guam.
A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Rota.
At 5 am CHST (Chamarro Standard Time) Thursday (2 pm EST Wednesday), or 1900Z, the center of Tropical Depression 27W, visible on Guam WSR-88D Doppler radar, was located near latitude 12.3 degrees north and longitude 148.4 degrees east. This is about 260 miles east-southeast of Guam, 250 miles east-southeast of Rota, 265 miles southeast of Tinian, and 265 miles southeast of Saipan.
Tropical Depression 27W is moving west at 17 mph. This general motion is forecast to continue over the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are 30 mph. Tropical depression 27W is forecast to slowly intensify over the next 24 hours and may become a Tropical Storm late this afternoon or tonight.
The track graphic below is from the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) in Pearl Harbor Hawaii

Monday, December 8, 2008


Hi folks... I apologize for not updating my blog, I have been doing alot of baking lately, especially since it is my auntie's novena for Santa Maria.... "BUT" the day we did the imu my camera broke!! I am thinking about getting another camera, but not too sure which one to get.... any ideas?

As I type this, I have cupcakes in the oven, and some island style coconut rum cakes waiting their turn to go in the oven.

Life has been good, but very busy. My work is so busy, but I love it anyway.

I also signed up for a gift swap this Christmas, I think it should be good!

Till next time again....

Monday, December 1, 2008

Underground Oven

Ti leaves from around the house are used to trap steam and help cook food faster. They are also used to wrap food, chicken laolao, pork laolao, etc.
The basalt rocks that were used to help cook the pig leg.

Banana leaves
This is the pit
Cooking food undergound. The dirt is all covered with the leaves.
The food is also wrapped in the same vegetation (banana, ti leaves).