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How I Manage 3 Planners

Don’t you just love how Pinterest connects you to everything you want and can get while on a budget? Especially for me when it comes to planning since they’re free printables. If you don’t mind doing some work such as measuring, cutting, and hole punching them yourself then this style of planning may be for you.

As long as you have a printer, paper, cardstock, washi, and other deco materials then you’re good to go. There’s a lot of decent inserts allover the internet and it isn’t that difficult to find. You merely have to choose, save and print which you could do weekly and only at the expense of time rather than money.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop and I do love the things I find on Etsy as well but I am on a very tight budget wherein bills must be paid and money must be saved. That is why I opt for this method as opposed to purchasing and it does take some willpower 😂 and yes I really need to say that because it’s the truth for me.

Another reason I like it is because just like decorating my planner, it gives me a soothing and relaxing feeling. The time it takes may not ne long but it is enough for a little me time before I begin with what’s planned for the day.

I am using now 3 planners (erin condren, filofax, starbucks planner) and I have a system that works out on which I use for what and when. This means I lengthen that chillax time I was talking about. If ever you happen to do the same or similar or still thinking whether or not to continue purchasing your planner equipment then think about it again after reading this because it really does help knowing that there’s more out there that’s worth discovering.

Have a great day everyone! ❤ 

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Tea Tasting and Boba

Since our new Teavana tea assortment is coming out, we’ve had to get a head start on what to expect. This required some reading using the manual just like we would our coffee master journey and of course a tea tasting to get the full experience.

Comparing the taste of a white and green tea and also looking at the differences of what we will be serving compared to a store bought tea. It’s quite exciting and a great way to learn more about tea and appreciate the different flavors despite knowing they’re made from the same plant, Camellia sinensis.

I surprised partners and guests with a homemade bubble tea also known as Boba which is traditionally a frothy milk tea with tapioca pearls served hot or cold. Another variation is a fruit-based Boba. It originates from Taiwan which was popularized first in the east and southeast asia and has been well recieved globally in the US, Canada and Europe.

I’m looking forward to trying more of our new teas and doing more tastings with my store team and coaching coffee masters in doing the same.

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The Bento Lunch Box

Leftovers are a great money saving source since you no longer need to buy food on the little time you have to spend to eat and rest as well as knowing it is homemade.

The meal in the photo above is much more simplified since it’s only vegetable stir fry and pork but you get the gist. A bento box has compartments to store different types of food to bring to work or school.

When I have less food to bring then I take the cylindrical version or when I have soup I take the bento like in the photo below which has stainless steel that maintains the heat until my break comes. All these types of bento come very handy and easy to store in our oh-so-little fridge as they don’t take up space.

I have been a fan of meal prep since I grew up with these kinds of lunchboxes and oftentimes they came with a thermal bag to keep the food warm longer and had even more compartents to store a bottle and eating utensils.

If you’re looking to change your spending even in the little way or controlling what you eat in a day then bento boxes can help you in your meal preps as well.

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Lumpiang Shanghai (Spring Rolls)

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Another first for me is making these awesome spring rolls. Looking for the wrapper around town wasn’t difficult since you could also find it at Coop. To my luck, the ground meat was Aktion and of course I got more than I thought I would be getting. However, I needed some more stuff like sauces and what not from the asian store, and so that’s what I did out of convenience.

I packed the lumpia with lots and lots of minced meat and onions. After beating just one egg, I used it to seal the tip of the roll. In order to maximize the quantity of rolls made, I sliced the wrapper in half, diagonally. From there, you merely need to roll once and then fold the sides inward to secure the sides looking like an envelope. Continue to roll until you reach the tip of the wrapper and securing it like you would an envelope using the egg batter spreading inside and outside the tip.

I’ve seen other ways of folding these wrappers but I felt that this method was much more useful since it allowed me to make more in the long run without having to use an entire square sheet for just one piece. As you can see, it kept its hold and it was crispy on the outside while juicy and meaty on the inside. As for sauces I kept it simple with the bottled sauces I got from the asian store, UFC banana ketchup (sweet and spicy) and Mang Tomas all-purpose sauce (sweet and tangy). This dish is a delight and a hit in the household.

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Pizza Baguette & Matcha Cupcake

What I find distressing is having shower my cooking efforts to either the main dish or the desert. It isn’t really an issue because both still take some careful thinking and consideration. It may not look a lot but it was definitely filling.

The pizza toppings used are parmeggiano, pizza cheese, goat cheese, bacon bits, and white sauce that I made myself with milk, flour, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Leave in the oven for about 10 minutes unless your bread comes with instructions then just follow that.

The matcha cupcake was definitely heavier between the two dishes and was surprisingly easy to make. I already had matcha from the asian store, Yumi Hana, at Bahnhofstrasse that I use for when I have it as tea itself as well.

Mix it with eggs, white chocolate, flour, sugar, and butter then leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake close to dinner time. It takes about 15 minutes in the oven at 180C or until the center batter isn’t sticking to your needle/fork.

The timing of everything is short and pretty easy to manage and the outcome is trully enjoyable and satisfying.

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Dinner on a Budget

Migros and Coop takeaways have mini buffet type of food that you can buy at desired portion sizes. When you have staple food at home like rice, potatoes or pasta, you can easily make a dish out of it without making everything from scratch and make it even tastier at home.

Apart from the deep-fried fish goodies, everything else on the plate I had at home like the kimchi, pak choi, rice, and shrimp paste. I steamed the pak choi while making rice and everything is good to go.

It is possible to minimize efforts in cooking whithout sacrificing flavor and satisfaction.

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Siu Mai and Fried Rice

It was about time I learned how to make this. I’ve eaten dumplings so much but never tried to make it myself. Knowing myself, how I complain that I don’t get enough for the prices here and how I tebd to cook more to suffice for the next day, I was happy to challenge myself.

As you can see from the inconsistent folding/pinching I did to seal these dumplings that I made it myself and to my luck none of them opened or broke while steaming. I filled it with a mix of pork, shrimp and spring onions seasoned with salt and pepper.

Since I ran out of dumpling wraps, I used the rest for the fried rice since you can make any kind of fried rice you want at any given time or opportunity. This dish was a hit! And so easy to make at home although time was invested because I was so worried they weren’t sealed properly.

Nevertheless, I have now embarked on another Asian Food Challenge journey and I’m off to look for my next conquest.

Tip: If you’re using a rice cooker (a prominent fixture in any asian household) that can be used for steaming as well, spread a thin layer of olive oil onto the steam bowl to keep the dumplings from sticking to it while its cooking.