I just ate the tomato simmered pork that you sent. Makes me feel like I'm home.
After hearing this from my daughter, a gush of joy suddenly swept over me like the light peering from the morning sun. I smiled on the other end of the line, because the truth is that was exactly the plan... *wink *wink.
The truth is, I seldomly send care packages to my kids. But this time I overdid it. Never mind if my jaw dropped when the postal worker told me how much it costs to mail the package. All I want is for Izzy to have a box filled with 21 pieces of home cooked food and baked goodies. It's her birthday week and the last thing I want her to worry about is food.
Did I say 21? Yes my second daughter turned 21. I know it's a big deal for her to reach this milestone in her young life, just like everyone else. I am even amused by the thread on Facebook showing how her older sister will take her bar hopping when they next get together. But as a mom, I realize 21 years is like a lifetime.
Where did the years go?
That night, my husband and I went through her baby albums. And just like any other mom, I tear up. You miss the times you held them by the hand as they learned how to walk. Or the times you played peek-a-boo and their laughter resonated through the whole house. But it's all good, as I am comforted by the fact that my baby is on her way to reaching her goals. She's actually working very hard and burning the midnight oil to get to where she wants to be. This is something we parents dream of, something that we pray for their continued success...Hoping, worrying, waiting and worrying some more. Until they're all grown up with their own career and a family of their own.
Happy 21st birthday my Izzy!
Since it's my daughter's birthday and since it took me 5 days to get a new post up, I am going to share with you two recipes... well, almost. The basic ingredients are the same, so here it goes:
Special Puto (Steamed Muffins): Puto Marscapone and Sun Dried Tomato Puto
1 cup flour
3/4 c sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp melted butter
Mascarpone Puto: 1/2 c Mascarpone (you could also use cream cheese)
Sun Dried Tomato : 2 tbsp drained and chopped sun dried tomatoes
Get your steamer ready. Line the muffin cups with paper baking cups. Coat the baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour and baking powder and sugar. Dig a well in the center and add the egg, milk and butter. Mix them all together until smooth.
Fill each cup with the batter. Swirl in a tsp of mascarpone (or sun dried tomatoes). Steam for 15 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean when pricked in the middle. Let the puto sit for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!