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Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom Recipe

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Whenever my son doesn’t want to eat rice, our go-to food would always be pasta, pancit bihon, pancit canton or any noodles topped with white or red sauce. And today is one of those days. Good thing pasta and sauce are included in our monthly grocery staples! I prepared a very easy to cook Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom for lunch so the picky toddler can eat.

I do not have time to check for the best recipe online, so I just cooked it like a normal pasta would be cooked. Here’s how I did it.

Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom
This picture doesn’t give justice to its taste. 🙂
Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Fusilli pasta
  • 200g Del Monte Carbonara Style Spaghetti Sauce
  • water
  • salt
  • oil
  • 1/2 bulb garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 115g Jolly Mushroom in a can – premium sliced
  • dried parsley
  • grated cheese
Preparation:
  1. Add the fusilli pasta to a pot of boiling water. Add salt and oil. I usually add salt after I put the pasta inside to avoid mineral deposits or white spots on my cooking pots.
  2. Let it boil for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
  3. Keep half-cup of the pasta water. Drain and keep aside.
  4. In a different pot, saute the onion, garlic, and mushroom until slightly brown in color.
  5. Add the Del Monte Carbonara Style Spaghetti Sauce.
  6. Stir and add the half-cup pasta water until well-mixed.
  7. Add the grated cheese according to your liking.
  8. Season with a pinch of salt and parsley.
  9. Let it boil until creamy or until the cheese melted.
  10. You may opt to mix all the sauce in your cooked pasta or put it in a separate container to just pour the sauce on your desired amount of pasta.
  11. Top with cheese and dried parsley and you’re done!

I just felt happy after lunch as my son liked my version of Fusilli Carbonara with Mushroom. Cooking has never been a talent. But when we moved to our own house I had no choice but to learn how to cook, consult google or experiment with a recipe like my own version of Chicken Adobo.

If you are not a good cook like me, have you tried recipes without a guide?

If you will try this specific recipe, can you kindly leave your thoughts below? Please let me know how it went for you. Or follow me on my Facebook Page so we can connect.

Thank you and enjoy!

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Open Your Eyes to Better Eye Care

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Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.” – Samuel Richardson

Gary Valenciano for George

More than our window to the world, our eyes send unconscious social queues that communicate the real us, way better than any words put together. It can convey affection, hostility, and even indifference. And to see the beauty around and within us, it is but prudent to take better care of our eyesight.

Better Eye Care

This is the core commitment of George, one of the premier eye care providers in the country. For almost six decades, George has always been at the forefront in advocating professional eye care to its clientele. It remains committed to delivering only the best solutions and incomparable services at a level of excellence synonymous with global standards.

Fact is, George is the only optical store operation that conducts a complete eye assessment procedure called EyeCare360. More than the usual eye check-ups done in most optical shops, EyeCare360 goes deeper into the visual system as a whole. This kind of procedure examines and accesses eye abnormalities that may lead to sight-threatening conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and complications brought about by diabetes and hypertension.

Reaffirming the Commitment to Better Eye Care

George-Optical-Ribbon-Cutting

To reestablish its commitment, George’s flagship store in SM Megamall reopens its doors to customers this September 5. This milestone likewise signifies the company’s transition from George Optical to simply “George.”

The newly renovated store at the Ground Floor of Building A features two consultation rooms with two licensed practicing Optometrists available at any time within mall hours. These well-trained eye doctors are readily available to examine eyes for both vision and health problems as well as correct refractive errors through prescriptive eyeglasses. They are also competent to help customers find the glasses that best flatter their faces and fit their personality and style.

George Staff

See Better in Style

The optical store also displays a broad mixture of local and high-end designer brands from IC Berlin, Oakley, Rayban, Adidas to Silhouette among others. An addition to the selection is Privé ’Revaux, a new brand co-founded by Hollywood A-listers Jamie Foxx, Hailee Steinfeld, and Ashley Benson.

George Opening

Leading the short yet impactful George SM Megamall store re-opening are its President Dr. Geoffrey Co, Co-Founder Mrs. Belen Co, and George Brand Ambassador Gary Valenciano. In attendance also are special guests singer and songwriter Gio Levy and guitarist and Indie artist Joko Reantaso.

Open your eyes to Better Eye Care

Our sight is important. It is a must to be proactive in taking care of our eyes. All the more that it is prudent to entrust our eyes to better eye care specialists. More than opting for an optical hub that provides the best solutions and incomparable services, take into consideration the one that shows genuine care for our eye health. Let us open our eyes to better eye care brought by George.

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Home Suite Unveils its Newest Celebrity Endorser

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Home Suite

CLC Marketing Ventures Corp., the company behind Home Suite unveils its newest celebrity endorser. This is none other than the quintessential funny man himself — Mr. Bayani Agbayani.

Just like the high-quality entertainment and fun laughter that comes in mind when the name Bayani Agbayani is mentioned, Home Suite is beyond joyful and excited to be represented by Mr. Agbayani.

Home Suite Bayani Agbayani

We believe Bayani’s reputation of providing high-quality entertainment is synonymous to Home Suite’s values in terms of providing families the best in the locally manufactured high-quality home furniture. Home Suite takes pride in distributing home furniture such as metal beds, dining sets, sala sets, sofa beds, and home accessories in all leading department stores nationwide

Home Suite Bayani Agbayani

Thrilling moments ahead with the start of this fascinating partnership with Home Suite and Bayani Agbayani, Newest Celebrity Endorser. Keep updated with Home Suite’s official social media accounts to know more!

Facebook – homesuiteph
Instagram – @homesuiteph
YouTube – CLC Marketing Ventures Corp.

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6 Perks of Being a Toddler’s Mom

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Being a toddler’s mom for the first time is stressful. Don’t even say otherwise, because it is!

But, setting aside the stress, those sleepless nights, after all the hard work you do every day, having a child brings joy and unexplainable happiness in any parent’s life.

Today, I listed 6 perks that I get to enjoy as a mom despite ranting about my toddler’s actions every day.

1. If you are afraid to be alone, don’t worry, YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE!

2. You’ll get lots of hugs and kisses — unlimited, even if you don’t ask for it. Prepare a tissue or a cloth for the saliva though. 😂😂

Baby Kissing Mom

3. You get to have snacks all the time, don’t mind if it’s your child’s leftovers.

Leftover Snacks

4. You get to exercise while cleaning your child’s stuff. Hey, multitasking!

Messy House

5. Out of tune? Don’t worry, your child will appreciate any nursery rhyme that you will sing. Hey, you get to practice your vocal cords too! Our favorite at the moment is Clean Up Song by CoCoMelon. — No preview of me singing, sorry! 😂😂

6. Can’t sleep? Insomnia? Oh mom, just think of your day tomorrow and gaze at your child’s face. And you’ll fall asleep in no time, tomorrow will be another day (you know what I mean!) 😂😂

Sleeping toddler

I LOVE MY CHILD, I would just like to share the positive side of every rant that I make in this journey of mamahood. If you are offended in any way, I apologize.

Are you a mom too, can you relate? 😊 Can you share something similar about your toddler too? Comment down below and I’ll add it up to the list. Thank you for reading! 😊

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Why Am I Blogging?

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Why am I blogging

**Just a heads up, this is a long, very personal story of why I am blogging. **

Have you ever felt that you would really like to do something but can’t? Either you don’t have the inspiration, the tools or someone’s discouraging you. Have you ever felt that you would like to write something but you just ignore it or you are just procrastinating?

Those times that you are just talking to yourself, ideas coming in, and thoughts pouring, it’s overwhelming! You promised to write everything but when you find the time and you’re ready to write everything, you don’t know where to start.

All of those thoughts that you so carefully organized in your mind are gone! Nothing comes out of your mind. It’s frustrating! It happens all the time until you just gave up. Forget everything about writing and just moved on.

Years passed by and the passion is still there but it keeps on happening. Don’t you wish there’s a machine, a device or a simple cap that you can just wear on your head and records everything on your mind?

I did! A lot of times.

Every time a series of thoughts comes in, I explore my mind finding a space where to store it. Somewhere it won’t be gone at the time I need it. I am one forgetful person! When I get old, I’m not going to be surprised if I will be diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s because I feel like I have one whenever I forget something. So one of the reasons why I blog is to keep these thoughts, ideas, and memories in one place.

Why am I blogging planner diary

Secondly, writing has been a comfort ever since. I remember when I was a child, I would write on paper whenever my mother doesn’t bring me to the market with my sister or whenever my crush snubbed me. Emotions that I cannot tell anyone as I am afraid to be laughed at.

There are a couple of times that they saw what I wrote and I was so embarrassed that I stopped writing. I would write poems but I cannot show them to anyone, not that I don’t want them to see, I am just scared to be criticized for my writing. During high school, I have this pile of yellow pad papers with articles or Tagalog pocketbook-like stories that I wrote but that’s for my eyes only, or a very few people from high school who knew about it, maybe 2-4 and that’s it. But that’s not enough to believe in me. I just keep all things to myself.

Why am I blogging planner diary

College came, still the same. I’m still writing poems and stories, some I wrote when I am traveling going home. Pen and paper are a must in my bag. When I started working, planners became my diary. I have a whole lot of notebooks pero hindi ko napupuno yun. Until I stopped writing again.

I don’t know what happened, things moved up so fast. I was deemed redundant by the company I was working for, traveled to the country where my sister’s family is, went back to PH, got married, bore a child and then became a work-at-home mom. Not full time as I have a very clingy child. As we moved to the province, communication with friends became rare. Our house, my husband on weekends and my baby are where my life surrounds.

Social media became my companion. Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Blogs, Vlogs. Until one day, a high school classmate blurted out in our group chat about me writing during high school. She remembered about the stories that I wrote in those yellow pad papers, I don’t even know where they are now.

And that gave me a different feeling. I can’t pinpoint what it is.

One day, I was reading a blog and I remembered that I have been blogging before but I don’t show it to others as I am not comfortable sharing it. I have been making several accounts in Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress but I am not really serious about it.

And it came back, suddenly, my heart raced. I want to do it again, and this time, I am serious! Went to WordPress and started making a new one. I racked my mind, what should I write about? What type of blogger would I be? Travel blogger? No, I seldom go out. Food blogger, review restaurants, share recipes? No, that would require me to go out as well and shell a lot of money. Sports blogger? Duh, why that does even came to mind, I don’t know any rules about sports. News, blog about celebrities? Ugh, that would require me to go out to be able to get scoops on recent news. So, what would I be???

As I am typing loudly on my keyboard, my son woke up and asked for milk. So I got up and prepared one for him. When I gave him his bottle, it hit me! Why don’t I be a mommy blogger? If I can’t write anything about my baby, my family, being a mother, or anything valuable then write about anything! Be a mommy or a lifestyle blogger. Heck, does it really matter? Just write anything you want. Remember, you are writing for you, not because someone dictates you to. This time, you are in charge. That’s the thing about me, I don’t believe in myself. And I am thinking of what other people will say before I do anything that I would really like. But, I am decided. Let’s make it public!

homebound mom header

As I went back to the reasons why I can’t be a certain type of blogger, there’s just one hindrance that keeps popping up, I can’t always go out because of my son, and so HOMEBOUND MOM came to life. Thank you, Lord! 🙂 🙂 🙂

This time, I got a paid domain and hosting so I don’t get to procrastinate and just write whenever I want to. I joined Facebook groups for writers, bloggers, support groups, etc. I picked several Poems from the blogs I created before and compiled it to the new one. The mental block came; I don’t know what to write first, I am still struggling; it seems that I forgot how to write. For now, I’ll just write whatever comes to mind that I’m comfortable to share. At least I have set it up. If no one reads what I write, then so be it. At least, I am writing again. It might be late but I now know what I want. This may not be a career but this is what I have been missing all my life.

And that’s the story of why I am blogging. As I am new to writing in public, I’ll try my best to learn more about blogging. Refine my writing skills and gain more experience/knowledge so I can share topics that would be beneficial to my readers (if there’s any).

Are you still reading this? Really? Oh wow! Thank you!!!!

Have something to tell me? Any input or suggestions on what to put in here? Any negative things to say?

How about you? What made you decide to be a blogger? I am excited to know your story. Just comment down below. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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