Baker's Bites: Tuna Corn Casserole

Now that I have a bit of free time on my hands, I've been home a lot. I promised myself that after a couple of days of a much-needed break, I'm going to get back in the kitchen to make and bake. My past posts have been of the dessert kind but this time around, I'm sharing a quick and easy recipe for one of my all-time favorites from our kitchen. This isn't exactly the same one my mom used to make but I made do with the ingredients on hand. You need about 10-15 minutes prep time and then probably 30-45 minutes for the whole cooking time.

Cook 200 grams of elbow macaroni (we usually use fettuccine but we didn't have any on hand) in 2 liters of water with salt. Wait for the water to boil, pour in the macaroni, and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Drain right away and set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter (I used Calaboo) and sauté half a red onion that's been diced. Add cream of mushroom (I used a 10 fl oz can of Campbell's) and half a cup of grated cheese (I used Quickmelt, lol). Stir until cheese has melted then turn off the heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in a can of tuna flakes and a can of whole kernel corn (drain both before adding!) to the sauce. In an oven-safe dish, transfer macaroni and toss in tuna sauce. Make sure to coat all the pasta with the sauce before topping with more cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 300F for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

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Ten Things I'm Thankful For

thank you ♥

 a seemingly untimely (but actually well-timed and long overdue) reality check
 the perfect dress for a wedding 5 months away (lol)
 the right words at the right time from the right people
 new episodes of your favorite shows
 impromptu get-togethers that always involve food and laughter
 a new haircut that makes you feel like your old self again
 remembering to write things down so you have something to look back on for days when it gets tough
 friends who always have your back and tell you the truth even when it hurts
 family—the best support system anyone can ever ask for
 time: to think, to rest, to discover old and new loves


Weekly / 09.24.2017

The last time I did this was two years ago. I've spent the past two weeks reacquainting myself with things I've sort of forgotten about. Went to a watercolor workshop, popped open a book, scribbled on a notepad, and met up with friends.

Music Monday

Haven't heard this song in a while but it played at the end of episode 7 from the first season of Grace and Frankie so I looked it up on Spotify right away.

Tasty Tuesday

I don't have a photo of it but I'm obsessed with Pi Breakfast and Pies' Chocolate Chip Cookie. Y'all know I'm picky about my cookies because, well, mine are pretty bomb. LOL! They're just the right size bursting with chocolatey goodness (you always get a mouthful of choc in each bite, amazing!).

Wishful Wednesday

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Lots of things, really. But mostly for the next few weeks to roll by without a hitch. Can't wait for Scorpio season!

Thoughtful Thursday

A reminder from almost two years ago. Because you just gotta keep at it. To borrow some very wise words from The Handmaid's Tale, "Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum, bitches."

Fashion Friday

Window shopped last Friday and spotted a cute ruffled chambray top from my fave Uniqlo collab. Of course I shall wait for it to go on sale first before I snag myself a piece.

* weekly-themed post adapted from That's Chic


Nailing It: ban.do-inspired Mani

There was a time when I'd paint my nails a different design every weekend especially when I was working on my nail art books a couple of years ago. On a whim, I brought out a couple of nail polish bottles and decided to do nail art inspired by my ban.do planner.

What I used:
Orly Top 2 Bottom as base coat
Glossier pink on all nails
Orly white tips for flower petals
Orly cupcake for petal shadows
Deborah Milano 03 gel effect for petal details
Deborah Lippman defying gravity (from Wicked trio) for leaves base
Deborah Lippman laughing to the bank for leaves details
Sally Hansen clear'd for takeoff as top coat

I started off by painting the base. Glossier's pink shade matched my planner best!

For the flowers, I decided to do just 3 nails on each hand, some with 2 flowers. They don't have to be perfect. I just added details with 2 different shades of mauve to form the flowers.

Did the same thing with the leaves. Used the lighter green to do the basic leaf shapes and added details with the darker shade.

Sealed everything with a clear top coat and voila my ban.do nails are done! Really love how they turned out and crossing my fingers they last at least a week without chipping!