Showing posts from March, 2014

Foodie Friday with Hennessey and Jameson Boozie Cakes

Yay for Spring Break! I love having the extra time to bake, especially for my family and friends!
This past weekend I baked some Boozie Cakes for my cousin's boyfriend's birthday at Round One Entertainment Center up in Los Angeles!

They love Hennessey and Jameson so I decided to infuse my two favorite chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with the liquor. 
I used the Martha Stewart Devil's Food cupcake recipe for the chocolate cupcakes and the Boozie Cakes chocolate ganache recipe for the frosting: 16 fl.oz. of heavy cream 24 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips In a sauce pan, boil the heavy cream at low-medium heat.  Place chocolate chips in mixing bowl and pour heavy cream over chocolate chips while mixing.  Mix until chocolate is melted.  Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until frosting is set. 
For the vanilla cupcakes, I used our Boozie Cakes recipe:
18 TBSP ( 2 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter at room temp
3 cups sugar 6 large eggs at room temp
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla ex…

God's Good Work for This School Counselor

Over the past few weeks, I've been very frustrated at work.

I've feel like I've been giving 200% each day and every day without feeling like I've caught up with the work I have to do. Multi-tasking has become the norm, minute to minute. Check email, phone rings with a parent concerned about grades and/or defiant behavior at home and/or drugs, go back to email, then a knock at my door "Ms. Luansing, are you busy?" answer questions about every which thing you can image (community service, where to turn in the form they hold in their hand, they hate their teacher, they can't pass their AP class and want to transfer out), then back to email, then input classes for next year schedules, crying student comes in because of some cyber bullying, phone rings again from a college rep who wants to meet with potential students, then I find students stealing in our supply room then walk them over to the Assistant Principal office in hopes they'll be disciplined appr…

SeaWorld San Diego's New Explorer's Reef

Our boys can't stop raving about the new Explorers Reef at SeaWorld San Diego! Last weekend, we were invited for a preview of the new Explorers Reef which greets guests as they enter SeaWorld. As we entered the theme park, we passed beneath an iconic and stunning wave structure and immediately was immersed in a coral reef that gave us the feeling of walking on the bottom of the ocean!

In this underwater oasis,  our boys had up-close interactions with shark pups, rays, horseshoe crabs and cleaner fish in four new state-of-the-art freshwater and saltwater touch pools. The pools were huge with lots of room for kids to find a spot to interact with the animals. 

few weeks back, we were able to check out the cleaner fish behind the scenes at SeaWorld so our boys were excited to interact with the cleaner fish again. I have to admit, my husband and I couldn't keep our hands out of the pool either!

Our boys gained their courage enough to try and touch the sharks. I wasn't so bra…

Love Your Kleenex Style and Find the Perfect Design

To celebrate Kleenex’s 90th anniversary, they’re bringing you another innovative first: The Kleenex® Style Studio. It’s a fun, inspiring way to discover more of the Kleenex® Brand designs and products you love.
Whether you’re decorating at home or adding a pop of color to your clutch, Kleenex has you covered.

During a recent visit to one of my favorite stores, Target, I picked up a few boxes of the decorative boxes of Kleenex to help our family with our seasonal allergies. I try to keep a few boxes around the house for easy access for my myself and my two sneezy boys. There were so many colors and designs to choose from, it was easy to find a few boxes that go along with the decor in my home.

Since March 20th is the first day of Spring, it's a great time to swap out your winter style to bring some spring into your home. I love switching out my winter throw pillows, vases, and candles for their brighter counterparts I save in the closets for Spring! I love how Kleenex has beautiful…

Support the Karangalan Scholarship

It has been my pleasure to serve on the Karangalan Scholarship Committee for a few years now. Being able to recognize outstanding Filipino/Filipino-American students and their awesome achievements makes my job all the more rewarding!

Karangalan is a Tagalog word that means, “pride, dignity, and honor.

For over a decade the Sweetwater Union High School District has sponsored the Karangalan Scholarship. Due to budgetary constraints, the SUHSD can no longer support the scholarship.

Therefore, the friends and family of the Filipino educators of the SUHSD is asking for the support of the community to continue the spirit of the Karangalan Scholarship.
Karangalan Scholarship 2011
The Karangalan Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding Filipino American senior students in the Sweetwater Union High School District who have demonstrated excellence in academics and community involvement.

Applications will be screened by the Karangalan Scholarship Committee comprised of teachers, counselors, a…

Technology Tuesday: Teach Me

People often ask me how I taught my kids how to read. Both my boys, since about the age of two, have been able to read. Books are very visible in our home and since my boys were in my belly, I've read to them. They've always loved being read to and now enjoy reading themselves.

I have to admit that the iPhone and the iPad has been a great learning tool for my boys. I totally give credit to some of the awesome apps we use for my boys having been able to learn to read.

TeachMe: Toddler through Third Grade iPhone and iPad apps have grown with my kids. They started the app as toddlers, playing simple games to learn their letters, phonics, shapes, and colors. My kindergartner is now learning addition, subtraction, as well as spelling on the Teach Me app.

The app encourages kids to get the answers correct to win a virtual “sticker” to place on their virtual sticker book. It is amazing to watch my sons play use this. They pick up the concepts very quickly! I've used the "s…

Sweetwater High's Career Day - DONE!

The past few months, I've been organizing my school's bi-annual Career Day! Despite the rain, it was a great success!

Finding career speakers for our 84 classrooms and over 2400 students was a bit of a challenge, but with our great network of alumni and friends, we had a great day!
For more about our Career Day and pictures of the event, check out's post here: Sweetwater High Counseling Center: Career Day - THANK YOU