CCA Manila Young Chefs Boot Camp Summer Workshop

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I had a great opportunity to have an exclusive peek and join a hands-on cooking and baking session at CCA Manila (Center for Culinary Arts). CCA Manila is located along Katipunan and it’s where you can also find Cravings and The Coffee Beanery.

Since summer is coming up plenty of summer workshops have been popping up around the metro. Aside from the usual sports and arts and crafts another popular workshop is cooking classes (something I definitely need!)

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The Young Chefs Boot Camp is hosted at one of the country’s prestigious culinary schools. They have been teaching these particular courses for over 10 years now. It’s hands-on learning from cooking to baking and it also includes kitchen safety and preparation. Classes will officially start on March 24 until May 26, 2014.

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The workshop is targeted towards children from ages 5 to 16 years old. I brought my daughter, Kianna along to experience the workshop and since it’s she and her daddy who cook at home I thought it would be a great way to add to her repertoire.

Our cooking session was led by Chef Anne Anatacio who for the day was going to teach us how to make Macaroni Hungarian and Cheddar Cheese and Chocolate Crinkles. When I heard that I was excited! I love Mac n Cheese and Chocolate Crinkles.

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We were paired by table and we had a wonderful time cooking with Ms. Glaiza Tominio of Moomy Musings. She brought along her playful daughter, Noa. We also got our very own aprons and chefs hats to wear.

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Chef Anne started by demonstrating how to prepare the Chocolate Crinkles. We watched as she worked her magic to create the chocolate mixture. Once the chocolate mixture was done it was put in the chiller to harden and to later be rolled into balls.

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Chef Anne then started on the Macaroni Hungarian and Cheddar Cheese. This was a bit more tricky and included some slicing and frying.

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While her sample of the Mac n Cheese was in the oven for it’s final touch we started on our Chocolate Crinkles and Mac n Cheese.

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To be honest, our concoctions were looking to be disasters with too much liquid in the sauce for the Mac n Cheese and an unwanted added ingredient to our chocolate mixture (good thing it was sugar!).

With a little remedy we were able to pull it off and our creations were edible (more than in my opinion) and looked as it should be.

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We had an enjoyable time and even got to bring some home for our families.

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With other mommy bloggers who also attended the cooking session.

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Virtual Lego Land

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Lego has created a Virtual Lego Land for times that your child is not able to play with his Lego blocks. He can virtually make Lego creations with the use of the Build with Chrome App through your Google Chrome browser.

It allows you to use different Lego bricks plus extras to build your Lego creation. You can also change the colors of the bricks, height view, rotate, and zoom in to better get a look at what you’re creating.

I tried it and on my first try found it to be easy to use and fun! I learned about the color changing bricks though after so please excuse the red!


On the whole it’s pretty safe to use but it does ask for your location which you can choose to allow or not. This is so that you can place your design creation in designed online maps of Earth and also see what others have built.

I hope you’re not dismayed by my creation because you can build masterpieces. Just check out the video below.

This comes just in time for The Lego Movie which the kids are looking forward to watching!


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Printable Games for Christmas

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Spending time with your family is one of the best ways to spend the holiday season. Aside from the usual merry making, feasting and caroling, family activities can also include games for Christmas.

Python Printable Games has brought back printable games such as trivia, puzzles, and party games. Games like these may seem old fashioned but they’re still fun to play.

They not only have Christmas games but other holiday and year round games you can print and play.

This is also a fun way to learn especially if you’re homeschooling.

Here are some games for you to try this holiday season.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Hide and Go Seek Your Gift

NO!-el Weird Christmas Phobias Game

Santa Claus Movie Match Game

December 25th Trivia Game

Gift Grab Office Party Gift Exchange Game

When you order games you will be assured of the following:

  • Receive your Games sent by email
  • Print an unlimited number of copies
  • No hidden costs
  • No shipping charges
  • Yours to keep and reuse forever

Purchasing is also easy there are several payment methods to choose from.

Visa Bank
American Express

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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