I’m back!

I know, it has been a while… a very, very long while. It has been more than 4 months since I keyed in my last blog entry. I know being pregnant is not a valid excuse for being gone from blogosphere as I am on my 6th month now. I have been over with those cravings and aversions but I had a very hard time getting myself upbeat from August up to mid of November. Though mood swings gradually disappeared, fatigue hurriedly emerged in my body. It was just about last December since I got back to my normal self with my tummy getting big each day. Some friends asked if I placed my food blog in the death row, some asked why I decided to stop posting in my food blog, not to mention their question on when can they have my baked goodies again. My blogging had a sudden stop (for a while…) but I am just glad I am back and tell you what highlights I had for the past four months.

Last October, hungrynez.com was included as one of nominees for the country’s best food and beverage blog category of The Philippine Blog Awards. I am very proud and at the same time humbled for the nomination. hungrynez.com is young and new but then it was tagged with blogs that are mature, skilled and very much creative. It is still really unbelievable and impossible but hey it is real and it is really amazing! The nomination made me feel that my efforts in writing and my passion for food are worthwhile. My friend and I planned to go to the awards night last October 10 in Peta Theater, Quezon City but then 2 days before that, October 8, the typhoon Pepeng hit our province hard and caused a terrible flood. No possible way for us to be there. We were very sad we were not able to attend but then I am grateful to the people of The Philippine Blog Awards for this great privilege of being included as the finalist for best food and beverage blog. Again, thank you!

Also, I want to express my gratitude to yummy.ph especially to Ms. Bridgette Ann Rebuca for the wonderful write-up she made for hungrynez . I am terribly sorry for not getting in touch. I truly got out from the world of connection.

I turned 29 last December and about to leave my twenties (waaaaaa!). Looking back, life has been full of happiness and achievements. Though there were some frustrations and disappointments, they were too small to give detail compared to success I had as an individual.

Well, Christmas had passed and Year 2010 came and I didn’t cook much, same thing with networking. Royce, Colby and I spent the holiday season at my mom’s place. She did most of the cooking and I do the buying – cakes, ice creams and anything ready to eat. I just took time reading, watching and sleeping. No wonder I gained 22 pounds since I got pregnant.

And I am adding even more pounds. I have my excuse anyway, I am pregnant! Since somehow I am back with myself, I did a little baking a while ago and good thing I am back with my blog! I am again renewed with my cooking, my writing and my blogging. I am just glad I am back!

choco muffins

Chocolate Muffins

2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsps. vanilla essence
2/3 cup butter
candy sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 deg F (gas mark 4)

Sift flour and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream the butter until light and fluffy.

Add sugar and egg alternately and continue creaming until the mixture is smooth.

Stir in the flour mixture. Blend well.

Add vanilla.

Pour the mixture into a well greased pan.

Add candy sprinkles on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.

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