Monday, December 1, 2014

The Most Sought After Brownie

I turned gluten free this year. Long story. When I get the chance I'll write about it.

Anyway, yesterday I posted on Instagram and FB my first ever brownie I baked for myself after half a year of avoiding it. Though I bake brownies every now and then but they are just for my Sweetest. And yes, I wasn't tempted to try them even just once.

SPOILER ALERT: This is NOT my original recipe so I am not taking credit for it. (If you want the original recipe - click HERE) I found it in Pinterest and just want to share it here because a lot of my FB friends are asking for the recipe. So here you go... by popular demand - The Flourless Sweet (a.k.a. Kamote) Potato Brownie
You will need...

1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato - Poke 3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes and bake them for an hour in the oven or do what I did, I microwaved them for 10 minutes. Remember: whether you are baking or microwaving them you need to poke the poor sweet potatoes. But you can also boil them, which ever is easier or more convenient for you.

1 cup of almond butter - The original recipe calls for peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice. I used almond butter because I turned peanut free too. Again long story.

3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder - I used the store brand cocoa powder.

1 egg - This has to be mixed at the end after all the ingredients are all incorporated.

1/4 cup maple syrup - This is in the original recipe. I used homemade maple syrup that my Sweetest made last spring from the sop we got from the maple trees in our backyard, so this is the real stuff and organic for that matter. If you don't have maple syrup or you don't like it maybe you can use any sugar of your choice (white or brown) but I think you need to use 1/2 cup or depends on your preference. But don't take my words for it, if I were you because I am just guessing. I am on sugar detox too that's why I don't have a problem not using sugar. And yes, it's another long story. LOL

1 teaspoon vanilla - It's in the original recipe. I omitted this ingredient because I don't have it. End of the story. Hahaha

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon - I used only 1 tsp. I don't know why but I did.

1 teaspoon baking soda - It's in the original recipe and I have no problem with it.

Baking instruction:

Of course, like any baking, you need to preheat oven at 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in the bowl and add the egg in the end (don't ask me why because I don't know the answer). Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper (I didn't do this. I used a disposable square aluminum baking pan.) Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes. That's it.

There you go friends. You can now make your own Flourless Sweet Potato (Kamote) Brownie.

I know, you find my recipe a little odd but I have an alibi. I am a rebel. I have a little problem following directions and I am not a baker or a cook or anything like that. I am just a rebel foodie and a self-proclaimed experimental chef(slash)baker(slash)eater(slash)repeat. I do love cooking and baking for some reasons. So pardon me for how stup*d I wrote this recipe. It wasn't in the original intention but it always ends up like this. Or maybe this is really how I deal with food. But trust me, this brownie is delish to the highest level. LOL And, did I mention that I baked the brownie in an over toaster? Yes, I am a rebel indeed!

Enjoy your brownie!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Very First Man I Fell in LOVE With

I can't remember the first time I fell in love with him. But there is only one thing I am sure - no one ever loved me the way he did.
And I have never loved a man the way I loved him. I still think about him every single day. I miss you so much. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Grateful Heart Thursday: My Miracle

I was crying like a baby... sobbing non stop... tears running down my cold cheeks... head spinning like crazy as I struggled holding my breath and my mobile phone all at the same time. I was trying to make sense of all that was going on right under my nose, but to no effect.

It was one of those rare phone calls that I hate to receive since I left home. I was talking to my friend and former colleague from home trying to grasp the essence of our conversation. Her voice was firm and full of conviction. Her tone was strong and filled with total resignation. Her breathing was deep yet consistent. She was cool, calm and collected.

"Be strong, Mare [a term we used to address each other because her first born is my Goddaughter]." She said in a matter-of-factly way.

If it is God’s will for me, then I have to accept it.” She sustained as I continued sobbing and said nothing but “Mare

"This is just one of the mysteries of life and we have no choice but to accept it with faith in our hearts" She continued saying and assuring me that… EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY.

But I am not OK! Neither is she!

Yes, my dear Mare is dealing with the big C. And it was not OK with me. The news was so overwhelming because I miss my dear friend so much. She was one my few BFFs whom I consider as the sister I never had. We went through a lot of things. We shared a lot of life-changing experiences that made us better persons. We fought together as allies for what we believe in. And we cried together during those times when either one of us was in our lowest.

Yes, my dear Mare is facing the greatest challenge of her life. She is dealing with the toughest truth that shocks not only her family but friends and students alike. And she accepts the harsh reality with total resignation and faith in God. I don’t know about other people but I do fail a lot of times in the “faith department”. I am the most impatient person I've ever known. And “doubtful” should be my middle name.

Yes, I do have faith but faith works better with patience. I have gone through a lot of tough times too and sometimes I felt like giving up blaming others but myself  when things didn't go my way. With all the blessings that I have received I still feel that I am not blessed enough like other people. And I still believe that life is unfair just because I feel so frustrated with all my failures in life due to the wrong choices I made.

My Mare opened up my eyes to an entirely new way to look at life. Miracles happen all the time. Miracles happen when you least expected it. And Miracles happen to those who believe. We do not know if she will have her share of miracle. But there is one thing I am very sure of… she is my miracle for she brings back my faith in life.

Author's Note: This was written 5 years ago. It has been 5 year now since I received that call and I will never ever forget that moment. I always go back to that moment when I am at my lowest to remind me that God is good - all the time.

Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.
To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun is Over! Back to Work!

This is a very quick post. I am just killing time. As of this writing, some of the teachers and ed techs are looking for a parking spot at the Middle School and the others are already having coffee in the cafeteria. Today is the start of our 3 days in-service training.
Igot the urge to post this to say the least that I did have a great summer and can't wait for the school to be over. hahaha. Though, I know it has not even officially started yet. Official start of school where I work is after Labor Day.
Anyway, I really did have a great summer. Hope you all had the same.

Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.
To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Friday, August 22, 2014

#Just Sayin'

Isn't it funny that the sun that rises and sets in any part of the world is one and the same? But the sunrise and the sunset in the place called home is the most breathtaking one. - Ruthi Gregoire

 ---------------------------------My Philippines-------------------------------------

 This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AHA Moment: Feeling Creative

I'm a gifted artist. Well, it sounds good that is why I used that statement as introduction. But yes, I can proudly say that I was blessed with some creative ideas and I can easily express them in so many ways, bragging aside. WINK****
I won't say that I am not good because a lot of people tell me I good at what I do. So I believe them. LOL And I know if I say, "Oh, I am not!" - just for the sake of being humble, it's just like I am shaming the Almighty ONE who gifted me with such amazing talent. I may not be as good as some people but I am good enough, so to speak.

So now, given a dreary weather, instead of running or going to my BFF's house who I know will just feed me with lots of food, I opted to finally finish a project which has been waiting for me since Day 1 of my Summer Vacation.

So here you go... I finally came up with FREE School Stuff for my Teachers Pay Teachers online store. They are up for grab now you teachers out there. Help yourself. I got 3 new FREE ITEMS

1. The Daily Five - this is for Literacy that you can put up on the wall as guide for your kids.
2. The Owl Templates/Frames in Portrait Format - These are for decorating and sprucing up your classroom.
3. The Owl Templates/Frames in Landscape Format - More for classroom decoration.
I hope that these products will help you start the school in good note.
And by the way, just a little request. If you download my FREE ITEMS kindly leave me a message, will yah?. Thanks.

Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.
To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spiritual Musings

Years ago, I found joy in reading Bible verses and writing my reflections about a particular verse that struck me. I found happiness in doing it because I was able to get in touch with my inner self. And I found peace in the process.
Years passed and a lot of things happened. Things that I have no control of. Things that somehow shook my faith and conviction. And things that one way or another messed up my personal belief and perspective in life.
"I am a human being!" I used that phrase as an alibi to justify my weaknesses and my being irresponsible. I used that phrase as an excuse to not take my faith seriously or totally forget all about it to some extent. And I felt that I can also use that phrase if I made bad choices without feeling a grain of guilt in my heart.
Now, I have decided to go back to an old habit. I wanted to do again what used to give me joy and peace of mind. And I wanted to do it again not because of faith or religious reason but for my personal guidance. And I will call all my posts on Bible Verse Reflections... as SPIRITUAL MUSING. It will be posted under Ruthilicious Blog Series.
But this is also a warning that, one way or another, I might lose my footing again and backslide. And if it does happen... I don't want to make promises but I will try my best to stand up again... regain my balance... and walk in my faith. And you my dear friends can speak up and remind me too.

Ruthilicious... absent in the Classroom, present in the Chatroom. She blogs when she is NOT Facebooking doing chores and she blogs while she is ALSO Facebooking doing chores.
To read more about her Teaching-Learning Experience... Click HERE.
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