Friday, October 28, 2011

care package

You might think that having three kids in college makes me a pro in sending care packages, right?

But if you ask my kids they would say no, I'm not an expert.  Care packages come far and few between.  

Although when I took my son to NY at the start of the semester, things changed a bit.  The idea of him on the East Coast while we were on the West Coast (this was before we moved to STL) made me realize that I should bridge the long distance.  And sending care packages was the way to go. 

Ok, maybe I over did it because as soon as I deplaned that day, (coming from NY)  I went straight to the post office and sent him a box full of stuff from home. Oh my you should have seen how my girls reacted... haha! 

No, I'm not playing favorites (hmmm do I see eyebrows raising?) But in my defense both of my girls live within driving distance... so seeing them or being with them is easy.  And the thought of them being near made me neglect the "mom-sending-care-packages" part.

Now that we live in the Midwest, I have to make sure that I send to all three of them, no more excuses haha!

I'm progressing quite well.  And the best part of it is hearing my son say:  " Mom I was surprised to see the box with my name on it. It felt like Christmas opening the box!"

 Oh well, if you would please excuse me, I have to run to the Post Office...

Pumpkin Yema Balls (adapted from
Yema is a sweet treat popular in the Philippines. I found this recipe from Asia Recipe online which added mashed potatoes in their recipe.  That gave me the idea that it will work with pumpkin too.  Verdict?  I'm afraid I have nothing  left to mail anymore as the yema balls disappeared faster than I could make them. LOL!

3 eggs
1 can condensed milk
1/2 can pumpkin puree
1 tbsp plain flour
a pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Cook in a double boiler.  Continue stirring until it thickens. It took me about 25 minutes.  Let it cool.  I actually put it in the fridge overnight.  Roll into balls.  Sprinkle sugar to lightly coat the yema balls.


  1. Malou, these are to die for. I love yema in any flavour. I happen to like pumpkin, too, so it's a win win.

  2. These are so wonderful and simple to make! I should definitely try it since I have all of the ingredients at home. Your son must have felt so special...and your daughters shouldn't be left out of the fun.

  3. with pumpkins! damn why didn't i think of it. These looks so pretty and wish I would have thought of it!

  4. Coconut milk and pumpkin puree combo! These balls have all the good flavors in them. How delicious looking they are!

  5. Adorable, sweet and autumn-delicious. You are a far better mom than I!

  6. Malou! I LOVE Yema! This sounds so good! I think I might try to make these for mom, Celia, Evelyn, and Lina when the come this Thanksgiving!(should I add extra exclamation points? !!!!!!!)

  7. adora: honestly i really loved this one. i almost finished one recipe hihihi.

    Christine: you should hear my girls taunt me haha. I think my son enjoys it haha.

    kankana: i didn't like pumpkin before not til i moved here.

    Nami: Hi nami, it's condensed milk though not coconut. But you know I also tried it with coconut but that's for my next post haha.

    Claudia: aww Im sure you are a fantastic mom though.

    Gina: yes definitely !!!! I'm glad they are going there. For sure they will love it. Say hi to Auntie Mila and hug to the kiddies.

  8. Nice! I've got pastillas de leche down so now I think it's time to try making yema balls. These look great - no wonder they're all gone already. 8-)

  9. Now we're talking Malou. Gotta make these darling balls.


  10. My mom NEVER sent me care packages when I was in college and I was always so jealous of my friends' parents who sent cookies and such. I would have loved to receive these!

  11. Yema is something I really miss. I know I can make some but I want my mom to make it, hehehe. You are such a great mom to your kids, Malou! They are lucky! :)

  12. Your kids are so lucky. I haven't had yema in a long, long time!

  13. How yummy! Can you send me a "care package", too? LOL, seriously this look great, Malou!

  14. Tracey: I was really contemplating on naming these sweets because it tasted more like pastillas to me than yema.
    Jenny: Yeah it's uber easy to make and fun to do with the kids.

    Joanne: Oh I'm sure your Mama did other "caring" deeds for you that not sending "care packages" to you is forgivable.

    Ray: I know moms do it differently.. in a most special way i suppose.

    Annapet: Try it I think it's also good for a Mac filling. what do you think.

    Betty: come on over haha. Thanks Betty!

  15. Holy yum! I have to try this! condensed milk and pumpkin! What a lovely combination!

  16. Hi Malou! I can't wait to make it this weekend. Great timing since some of my friends are coming for a potluck. I would feel so special if I got one of those care packages. You just gave me a brilliant idea for the upcoming holiday!
    Love your post!


  17. Malou-you are such a great "mom" your kids are so blessed!
    Such a delicious, healthy, and yummy treat. I love the way you put them in a jar, and wrapped them in a pretty cellophane wrapping paper.
    BTW-I am putting your blog on my blog list, so I won't miss seeing your latest post when it appears.

  18. Making these for a Filipino potluck this weekend. Glad to have found your blog! I bet there will be a flood of yema memories from the ladies:) Thanks!


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