Making Homemade Ice Cream!

Apologies if it’s been a while since we’ve posted in this blog. Because our toxic work pretty much preoccupies our daily routine, coming up with something new to post here is quite taxing, and we’d rather spend our free time together watching movies, cooking dinners, going out, or sleeping! Haha. 😀

But since this awesome machine makes one of our favorite desserts, it deserves a brand-spanking new post in this blog! So here it goes…

Maan’s parents came home from Korea recently bringing home a pasalubong for us — an Ice Cream Maker.

Cusinart Ice Cream Maker


Of course my wife was soooo excited to use it. The reason? Well, not exactly because we’ll finally be able to make our own ice cream (whatever flavor we want!!), but mostly because it was PINK. Haha!

So last night, after a loooong hot day (literally, since its Summer Solstice, haha), we gave homemade ice cream-making a shot.

The machine came with a recipe book for basic ice cream flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. But aside from ice cream, you can also make sherbets and frozen yogurts with this! Boom!

And because I’m a peanut butter addict, when I saw that there was a recipe for peanut butter ice cream, without a doubt, this would be our first flavor to make. Haha. Di na nakapalag si Maan. 🙂

So we got the ingredients and started mixing and whipping…

Ingredients include Peanut Butter, Sugar, Whole Milk, Whipping cream and Vanilla Extract

Ingredients include Peanut Butter, Sugar, Whole Milk, Whipping cream and Vanilla Extract


Putting in all the ingredients together

Whip it! Putting in all the ingredients together

The ice cream maker has a freezer bowl which you have to freeze overnight (at least 24 hours according to one website) before you can use it. Buti na lang Ate Mimi has one already at home so we had some pro-tips like making sure to freeze the bowl properly, and making the ice cream in a cool place, and choosing what kind of cream to use.

So after mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, we turned the machine on and put the mixtur inside the freezer bowl.

Mix it in




We left the machine do its magic for about 15 minutes and voila! We had homemade peanut butter ice cream!!!

Happy kid!

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Sliced Almonds

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Sliced Almonds

Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Of course, the best part was cleaning up! I got to finish all those morsels stuck in the machine blades! Hehehe. :p

Ice Cream Monster! Finishing it all up!

Ice Cream Monster! Finishing it all up!

The ice cream we made was so creamy and sinfully fattening, haha. We should have used a lighter cream (half-and-half) as prescribed in the recipe book since the peanut butter was already creamy enough. We just couldn’t find the half-and-half cream in the supermarket though. But anyway…we’ve already tried mixing the ice cream with Nutella, almonds and also putting it on a belgian waffle! SARAP! 🙂 Can’t wait to make other flavors as well! Stay tuned!



As Mr. and Mrs.

Running Down The Aisle

Can’t believe that a month has already passed since our big day! Ang bilis din…parang kailan lang that we we’re so busy with all the wedding preps!

Ge + Maan with their wedding coordinator (Jody Liwanag), details diva (Ernest Pascual) and stylist (Teddy Manuel) on one of their evening meetings.

Ge + Maan with their wedding coordinator (Jody Liwanag), details diva (Ernest Pascual) and stylist (Teddy Manuel) during one of their evening meetings.

Looking back, preparing for our wedding was but a whirlwind of events, scattered through May 2012 to December 2013 including but not limited to:

  • making sure we completed all the requirements for marriage (takot lang namin kung di namin magawa ‘to haha) going back and forth to Talisay, Batangas and Midlands, getting the sacrament of confirmation and attending the very sulit and highly recommended Discovery Weekend (pre-cana seminar/workshop)!
  • Decision making for all the never-ending details of the wedding: choosing who, what, when, where and how –> And STANDING BY these decisions (which, I think, is the harder part, haha)
  • Cris-crossing in and around Manila (Binondo, Makati, MOA, QC) to find the perfect wedding rings, socks, shoes etc. (because you just couldn’t wear black heels with a Veluz gown!)
  • “Window shopping” through all the possible details we see everywhere in malls and RESISTING temptations!
  • Posing for NOT one, but TWO engagement sessions by non-other than Mimi+Karl, PLUS creating one do-it-yourself save-the-date video shot in Cebu haha!
  • Meetings and appointments with the suppliers scheduled on after-dinner hours just because we’re busy like that
  • And so much more that I think this needs a separate post. 🙂

But amidst all the toxicity of the preps along with our busy schedules in residency, the wedding still went great with no major hitches; And for that we are grateful!

The wedding went so beautifully that until now, we can’t stop reliving all the memories and details of that day. We were just so happy with everything!



Although the wedding is over, we’ll still update this blog as we share our memories on our big day, because as much as we are part of the celebration, YOU are too! 😀

So for our first post as husband and wife, here’s our wedding Same Day Edit (SDE) video by the master Threelogy videographer Bong Sare.


Tandem Love

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Tandem love ❤ #engagementshoot #mimiandkarl

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A preview of the second part of our engagement shoot. 🙂 Thanks to our great photographers Mimi+Karl! We had our first shoot in Manila back in September during the heavy rain of Typhoon Pablo. Now that the weather is much clearer, and with the sun *still* shining, we had this last session in Diliman.

For our guests, don’t forget to tag your photos of our wedding with the #geandmaan hashtag! 😀

30 Days to Go!



Seriously, only one month to go??? Hehe, until now it’s still kinda hard to believe that after 9 years, here we are, 30 days to go until the start of our new life together.

No matter how hard and particularly depressing my day is, the thought of getting married soon puts a smile on my face.

Finally, all our plans are falling into place.

Can’t wait. 🙂

Marriage Isn’t For You

Something really worth reading! I’m re-blogging it here for keepsakes, and a friendly reminder to both of us. 34 days to go! 🙂 #geandmaan

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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Glimpse of the Future?

It still amazes me how, despite the big difference between the practice of OB-GYN and Plastic Surgery, we could still end up managing the same patient. Hahaha.

We’re both on duty today. Maan’s the 1st OOD (Obstetrician on duty) admitting all charity OB-GYN patients under her care, and I’m the Burn ROD (Resident on duty) seeing all charity referrals to the burn service.

On a previous instagram post, I jokingly suggested that the only time Maan and I could treat a patient together is when she refers to me for wound closure of her CS patients. Hahaha. I never thought that managing a pregnant woman with burns is also a possibility. So, when Maan called me up this morning, the last thing that I thought I would hear from her was a referral.

Jackpot. Pregnant patient + Scald burns.

It’s funny how we were discussing this very same topic lengthily just last week! Because of the recent mortality in the burn unit [A 28 week pregnant woman with 30% burns from a blast injury (sumabog ang LPG, tsk tsk) who also delivered her preterm child while in the burn unit!], I was asked to report about the management of burns in a pregnant woman in our weekly conference.

While preparing for my report, I told Maan how little literature there was about this topic. The most recent one I found was written in 1998! Sabi ko pa noon sa kanya, maybe we could co-author a research paper about this ‘pag medyo libre na kami. Interesting kasi and at least parehong malapit sa puso naming dalawa.

Little did I know that today, there was this patient we’d see together.

A glimpse of the future perhaps? 🙂