Though we’ve enjoyed the cooler nighttime temperatures this past week, it is nevertheless a sobering reminder that the end of summer is drawing near. Soon enough, we’ll bid a wistful farewell to warm leisurely days and buckle down for the cooler more structured days of fall…
Our big craft for the week involved making (rather, trying to make) clay cooking sets just like the one in the book, Araw Sa Palengke – a wonderful book featuring adorable drawings and a heartwarming story about the Filipino culture and the relationship between Nanay and her anak (child).
Every day this week has dawned bright and sunny – just like back home.
It has been quite windy too, perfect for some saranggola (kite) fun. The little ones don’t even stop when the wind dies down – they simply run around tirelessly with their saranggola soaring above them.
The other day, we attended a picnic for Young Filipino-American families at a park, organized by Venessa of the Filipino School of New York and New Jersey.
As if on cue, the weather obliged us with a near-Philippine high of 94 degrees. And yet, unfazed by the sweltering heat, we all stayed for at least a couple of hours, sharing Pinoy food, games, and pagsasamahan (fellowship) – perhaps just a tiny bit envious of the kids who donned swimsuits to cool off in the park’s water splash area.
Because Pinoys are foodies – and we hope our kids will be, too! 😉
Discoveries of the Week:
1) Cauliflower sinangag (garlic rice) – Steamed cauliflower ground up in a food processor looks like rice! Tried it in sinangag but would definitely add soy sauce (or coconut aminos) next time – the cauliflower taste proved too much for the kids – and make cauliflower fried “rice” instead.
2) Cocoa “tabliya” (tablets) – Pure unadulterated cocoa, shaped like large coins. Besides Milo, this was our favorite hot chocolate drink growing up. Most brands have whey in it, and taste awful, but this doesn’t – bought in the Philippines, this pack was unearthed from the back of our pantry. Yey! (Would love to find a place to buy this brand in the U.S!)
3) Sweet potato noodles – Spiralized a sweet potato for the first time and sauteed it in butter. Yum!
4) Sinangag-stuffed grape leaves – Using wild grape leaves foraged from the previous week, the plan was to make dolmas. But we lacked ingredients so it ended up more like stuffed sinangag (garlic rice) grape leaves – delicious!
Our kids rarely step inside crying rooms – mostly because the little chapel we go to on Sundays doesn’t have one. Everyone there knows our kids and I’m sure would tolerate practically any mischief on their part, but this only impels us even more to help our kids stay quiet (for the most part, anyway).
The summery weather these past couple of weeks has propelled the kids into early summer mode. Meals, artwork, and even schoolwork have been relegated outside, and any indoor activity has become increasingly hard to begin – let alone complete,