Fam time {What I wore Sunday vol 14}

My sister in law is visiting.
We never get to see her often. It's always nice when we have these Sunday lunches with fam.

Shot o' the twins with Daniel.

Mummy and Daniel

Auntie Suzy and Isabel (cuteness!)

Blogger mum:
Crop Cardi- vs moda international
Sweater dress- banana rep
Pearl necklace with orchid pendant- from my aunt (from the Philippines)

Baby Belle:
Poodle Cardi and pants set- zulily

Kuya Daniel:
Sweater- target
Pants- old navy
Spider-Man light up sneakers- stride rite

Now on to more impt things:
Sharing Fr. Roberts' message

And head to our Sunday link-up at finelinenandpurple

Leaving y'all with some smiles

Happy Sunday!


7 quick takes vol 19

This week went by fast.
And I'm not complaining. It was a short workweek as I came back to work on Tuesday.
So helllooooooo Friday!

Sweet reunion

Family night... Any ideas where?
My hubs {who is a typical American} was craving some burgers.
I haven't been this home of the whopper in >10 years. Only reason I obliged was the free face painting and balloon animals for the kids.

Guess what's my favorite chocolate ever:

Need more clues?

Are u sure?

Thanks duty free....

Book I'm reading

I finished my hidden wives book halfway through my cancun trip. I had to find another book fast! I gave in to another young adult series. Movie is out now... Will I watch it? Maybe when it comes out to DVD.
So far so good with book número UNO.

what I'm waiting for on the big screen is this:

My fave book of the HG series.

A treat for our son: to watch the Indiana pacers play tonight.
Ever since Derrick took him to his first b-ball game, Daniel has been asking when he's going Again. We went to the Disney on ice at the field house and he thought we were gonna see the pacers instead. (Good memory,child)

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Buh-bye paradise (wiws vol 13)

Happy first Sunday of Lent.

What a week...... Today's our last day in 70-80 degree weather. In less than 12 hours ill be in cold Indiana; but hugging my babies.

This is what I wore Sunday.

Dress: mossimo target
Wrap/scarf/cover-up: nizuc shop here at the resort. (Perfect for the windy chilly nights)

We got the wrong information.

We got to the chapel at 9a and the priest was already putting away the Purple linens, chalice etc.

Mass actually started at 8a.

We missed Mass.......

But we received the second best thing: a blessing for a safe trip home. Blessing for peace and happiness to our families.

Mass readings for today
Lucky me Fr. Guy posts his homily online.
I can read it on the plane..... Or out here in the sun, while waiting for our shuttle.

My hubs and his best friend (his best man at our wedding and Isabel's godfather) Derrick and I met because of him.

God's Angels guard and keep you
All the way that you must travel
Till earth's days are past
When blossoms fade and
Time is fleeting fast
In times of purest joy
Or pain and fear
God's Angels guard
And keep you safe.


Linking up with finelinenandpurple


Wedding weekend

Indian weddings are extravagant. There's days and days of partying.
Let me share some pix of some fun happenings this past week.

Henna party

All-white beach party

Am I ok as an Indian woman??

Styling neurologists

Meeting the bride. With the groom and his men with our biiiiig boom box!

Dr. M has 2 ladies!

Of course Mrs. Dangol.

With the mr and mrs
And seeing this beautiful bride made me shed a tear. So beautiful such a precious moment.
YouTube Video


7 quick takes vol 18

Happy first Friday of Lent. What did you give up these 40 days?
I gave up cookies.

But I feel like I have to do more. It's always my usual go-to give up to stay away from cookies.
My hubby gave up candy (his usual) AND ice cream. Way to go my man! We are ice cream lovers in the Delima household. He will have to witness our ice cream licking almost daily at home.

Jen has a nice list. (I'm eyeing the 'wear a chapel veil to Mass)

My holy saint-in-the-making husband (who won't like this one bit, as elevate him to blessedness) fasted the old-fashioned (pre-Vatican II fasting) last Ash Wednesday. No snacks at all. Only water. Until dinner time where we went to the hibachi/teppanyaki grill at the resort.
I couldn't do that.... He has a will of a saint. Fasting at an all inclusive resort where I ate my 2 snacks and 1 meal.

St. Valentines Day
In pictures:

Blue blue sky.

Pampering time.

Vino time.
Syrah from España

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We are blessed with such great weather here in MX.
We celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass outside. It got blazing hottttttt though.

First timers:
Lucky Derrick. He got to swim with the dolphins. He deserves it. He brought me to this trip. He has been a saint.

As for me:
I ate octopus!!!

Video I'm sharing.
For my lil guy in the states. He would have loved this.
Missing u babies.

YouTube Video

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Hasta luego!


Taste-y Tuesdays {beef in red wine sauce}

This is a winner!
As mentioned on my previous tastey Tuesday post, my love affair with red wine continues.

Such a delicious meal, I even served it using our fancy plates.

Beef in red wine sauce:
Adapted from Jenna

serves 6-8


2 1/2- 3 lb beef chuck, cut in big chunks -- bigger than bite-sized. (No short ribs in the store and I wanted to make this meal so so bad. I couldn't wait for another time, nor have the patience to go to another store to get short ribs )

2 whole shallots, minced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 ½ cups Red wine (I used merlot, Jenna used Cabernet)
1 cup beef broth
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 ½ tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp pepper, divided

Here's what I did: (again thanks Jenna for instructions)

Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. When hot, add the meat. Sprinkle salt and pepper and brown meat about 3 minutes per side.

After the beef chunks have browned, remove from pan and set them at the bottom of slow cooker. Take the pan off the heat briefly to cool down, then return to medium heat and add the minced shallots and diced celery. Saute for about five minutes until tender, then add the tomato paste. Mash the tomato paste into the veggies and continue to sauté on medium heat for another four minutes.

Pour the wine and the beef broth into the skillet and stir. Add the brown sugar, a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of pepper and the flour. Stir well to get rid of any flour clumps.

Bring sauce to a boil, then to a simmer. Pour sauce right over ribs in the slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper on top. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 10-11 hours.

The risotto recipe is also from Jenna.

His and hers



Kung hei fat choi (wiws vol 12)

Happy happy Sunday to one and all!

It's getting warmer here in the Midwest. No touch of the blizzard.
We are gonna hit the 50-degree mark today. And I'm rejoicing. Finally the winter cold is slowly. Coming. To. An. End. Yippee!

It was a pampering weekend for the momma of the house. Mani-pedi, bang trim and wax. I'm all done up for my trip!

And it's also the Chinese New Year! The year of the water snake. A lot of Chinese migrated to the Philippines. I have some Chinese blood in me. My hubs is 1/4 Chinese.

We don't really practice feng shui. Or any other Chinese traditions. Except eat Chinese food!

To celebrate, we went to mandarin house today. I love their Sunday spread. Shrimp, crab etc!!!!

Of course the non-seafood members of my family ate sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, lo mein, sesame seed balls and tons of honeydew and cantaloupe!

Boyfriend Cardi: vs moda international
Top: express (hidden)

Skinny cords: old navy {wow major markdown now}
Pumps: Calvin Klein from Nordstrom rack

Baby girl:
Dress: First impressions, gift
Cardi: united colors of Benetton, gift
Tights: target
Boots: target

My travel buddy:
Jacket: Columbia

My boy: photographer.

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7 quick takes vol 17

Hola amigos y amigas!

Gracias a Dios es Viernes! Estoy emocionada por mis vacaciones en cancun!
Counting down hours till I'm here.

Indian weddings are amazing. Here are some reasons why I think so:
- henna: need I say more? Such intricate artwork.
- sari: so, so pretty dresses. I'm lucky enough to have a friend who lent me hers. But I wish I have my own sari....
- jewelry: the brides wear so much jewelry. Excessive bangles, large earrings = perfect accessorizing. More is less!
Can't wait to post Picts for y'all to see!
- party, party, tons of parties: it's not enough to have the ceremony and the reception. Heck, there's a henna party, then an all-white beach party etc.

I dropped off my floor length dress at the alterations place last weekend. The lady thought I am a bridesmaid... Nope. Just a guest for an extravagant party! (That's when I knew I picked the right dress! Again more is less!)

What was I thinking agreeing to leave the kids for a week? Crazy mummy!
Thank you Skype. Thank you wifi. Ill be able to see them across the miles.

God is amazing. God is faithful.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4

Found out awesome news this week. We are thankful. Things are falling into place. Slowly. Surely.

Check out: confession of a mum/pediatrician. Back to sleep is important.

Picture I'm sharing:

Ready for school and all bundled up.

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Hush baby... Go back to sleep

When I was a lowly pediatric intern, no kids of my own, I was merciless during my newborn follow-ups: NO CO-SLEEPING. ABSOLUTELY BACK TO SLEEP!

After Daniel was born, the saying: you become a better doctor once you have kids of your own was totally true. I was still a proponent of the back to sleep campaign – to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death syndrome). But the co-sleeping part, I was a little more relaxed. It was way much easier to have the baby in the same room when a mom is breastfeeding. But I always made sure to place Daniel back in his co-sleeper. But I am not perfect mom. I probably fell asleep with him next to me <5x. We borrowed a co-sleeper from a fellow resident doctor which was a huge saver. Daniel liked it. It was a crib that could be attached next to our bed.

With Isabel, we had to buy our own co-sleeper (my friend got pregnant with baby #3 and needed it back). But it was a waste of our (parents’) money. I laid her there night #1, she cried and cried and I gave in. I fed her and she fell asleep next to me (aaaaaahhhh…..)

Everything post-partum about baby #2 was messed up. I had more plugged ducts, baby blues worse, sleeping issues worse. I eventually caved in and let her sleep with us. Up until her 13 month birthday! Oh yeah, bad mom alert. Bad pediatrician alert!

This past weekend, my husband finally cornered me and said: it is time, hunny. So this Friday, I tried to undo all 13 months of having my baby girl sleep next to me. How did I let that happen?

Reasons (i.e. excuses) why I let the sleeping thing go:
- I was tired
- I was guilty that I was gone once a week, being on call at the hospital
- Isabel needs her nightly feedings
- Derrick reads to Daniel (and falls asleep in the toddler bedroom, stays there till MN) whilst Isabel and I sleep in the master

Now the crying battle has started. Isabel hates her room. She hates her crib. But I know it’s the best for her. She cried ~30 minutes first night, then ~10 minutes second night. Less and less these past nights. Unfortunately she has been waking up 2-3x in the middle of the night crying. Derrick gives in and goes to her room and sits there until she falls asleep again. I reminded him not to start this other cycle or battle.

What I learned after this (fail) parenting for baby I:
- will NOT cave in and follow easy fixes.
- easy fix does not equal best solution
- best solution is harder in the beginning but best plan long term
- will not let our other babies sleep next to us for months and months. Start early in the co-sleeper stick to that plan. Follow through.

Links below regarding sleep:

Your baby's sleep - newborns and infants

4 Bs of bedtime - it's all abt the routine.

Daniel in his co-sleeper
Such a peaceful looking baby


Taste-y Tuesdays {kid-approved quick and easy spaghetti}


It's sooooo good she's dreaming of the spaghetti. Forget forks, she'll use her hands!

My love affair with wine in cooking has been rekindled.
This spaghetti recipe is healthy {I used ground turkey} and has a healthy dose of red wine. Kid approved. Hubby approved. Winner!

Key players:

I heated up 1 tbsp of EVOO in a large pan over medium high heat. I sautéed sliced mushrooms {8 oz} and 1/4 cup of red wine {or more!} for abt one minute.

Next, I removed the mushrooms and wine sauce once the mushrooms are tender. I added a lb of ground turkey breast and 1 link of hot Italian sausage {crumbled without casing}. Since the meat is lean, I followed Jenna's advise and added 1 tbsp of olive oil.

After browning the meat, I placed the mushroom and redwine sauce back in the pan. Next, I added a jar of healthy marinara sauce. I looked for one with less sodium, less calories. Choose whatever favorite jar you like.

Since I grew up with sweet spaghetti {pinoy spaghetti}, I added 2 tbsp of brown sugar.
Then, I added a tbsp of minced fresh rosemary. {smells strong but lovely}

We like angel hair and thin spaghetti.... So that's what i made. We have also been eating the whole wheat variety.

Here's the finished product.

And more photos of my food critic: {gives me joy that she loves my cooking}

Check out next week's taste-y Tuesday post. Another entree from Jenna and yes, with red wine! Tons of it!

Happy Tuesday!


Supah Bowl weekend {what I wore sunday vol 11}

It's the famous love chapter by St. Paul!
Try this exercise:
God is love. Love = Jesus.
Whenever you see love, substitute Jesus. Love is not just the Eros love Paul is talking about. Love is sacrifice; is ever-faithful; is agape.

3 Love {Jesus} is patient, love {Jesus} is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated,
it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love {Jesus} never fails.


49ers #1 fan:

Zulily fans:
Sweater dress: zulily

Baby girl {knocked out after Mass}:
Poodle dress: zulily
Tights: target
Boots: osh kosh

Taken by my jr. Photographer. Makes me dizzy looking a this pict. So I'm sharing the love.

Impromptu sushi trip.

I let my husband host a small Super Bowl party at our house. {he's been waiting for the 49ers to get this far!}
My mom is bringing chicken wings..... And I requested fried catfish (crave... crave...) from this same place {hey it's Sunday in London: i figured fish & chips is acceptable!}
I'm making this super easy chicken dip! It was a hit for my son's second birthday so I'm making it again for company. And since I requested fried fish {a not so traditional tailgating food} I better make a fan favorite!
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup FRANK'S® REDHOT® Sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken

So easy steps:
HEAT oven to 350°F. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.
MIX in salad dressing, Frank's RedHot Sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.
BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers, veges or scooper chips that my hubs like.

Happy Sunday y'all.

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7 quick takes vol 16

Thank You Jen for hosting this week's 7qt

Can't believe it's Friday already. Usually I'm one of those looking forward to the 'end of the week' especially after 2 mos of inpatient hospital work.
Today is my first day back in the clinic {yay!}
Well. I'm so thankful I made through another work week.

Guess who's over the moon! My hubs is so thrilled that his fave team SF 49ers are playing in NOLA this weekend for the SB!

I'm looking for a dress to wear at a destination wedding.
What do you think of this?
Or this?
I just got the memo that the reception is formal. I planned on wearing a nice dress but didn't realize I need something semi-ish formal -ish.
Yup, I'm looking at prom dresses!
Maybe I'm pushing it with this one.

What morning devotion do you have with your kids? Check this one out from an awesome mom.
My own family in the morning: as I say goodbye, I kiss my babies and give them a blessing and sign of the cross.
I will try to incorporate a devotion with the kids daily. Mornings are tough here as we all struggle o leave the house on time. Maybe after dinner. Before showers. Instead of watching my DVDs or playing wii.
I like the lives of the saints book idea. Thanks Lindsay.

My own devotion includes: morning prayer as soon as I wake up (if I don't say a spontaneous prayer, I use this) listen to the daily mass readings on my drive to work; read about the saint of the day; read reflections for the readings or head to twitter and read bishop Coyne's reflections.

Switching gears: do I live in North Dakota? {I should have taken tips from Kinsi} I'm so not prepared for the <1 block walk from parking lot to the hospital entrance. I looked like Rudolph the red nose reindeer after that 5 or so minute walk! I did wear my puffy jacket and hood!

I don't have new Picts of my kids to show off this week.
So here's an oldie:

They're adorable!

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