Lemon Squares Recipe

My son really loves lemon squares and since these delicious tart treats are a bit expensive when bought, I learned how to make them at home. It’s really very simple so I encourage you to try it too. This recipe was an adjusted recipe from one I got from allrecipes and my big book of cookies.


Lemon Squares Recipe

For the crust, you will need:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup of white granulated sugar
2 cups of all purpose flour

For the topping, you will need:
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced
1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Make the crust but mixing the butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press the dough into an ungreased 9×13 Pyrex pan or glass bakeware.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes until firm and golden.
  4. While the crust is baking, prepare the topping. Mix together the beaten eggs and lemon juice. Whisk these together with the 1 1/2 cups sugar,  1/4 cup flour and lemon zest. Pour topping mixture over the baked crust.
  5. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. Wait for the bars to completely cool down before dusting with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!




Total Family Health Care Expo 2012

The Philippine Pediatric Society celebrates its 65th birthday through the “Total Family Health Care” Expo at the SMX on September 1 and 2. There will be many many booths for the family to enjoy along with FREE seminars including topics on breastfeeding, healthy cooking, handling picky eaters, swimming, core yoga, fevers, bone health, and many others. There will also be free diagnostics. Do not miss this excellent event.

I will definitely be there! Entrance fee is PhP50.00.

September 1 will feature the following specialized talks:

  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Swimming as a Sport for Life
  • Life is Better When You Surf
  • Healthy Cooking Demo
  • Dealing with Picky Eaters
  • Raising an Early Reader
  • Sing and Sway: Music for Language Stimulation
  • Healthy Eating for Kids
  • Skin and Allergies in Children

September 2 will feature the following talks:

  • Pediatric Eye Exam Pearls
  • Primer for Pediatric Dental Care
  • Protect Your Child from the Sun
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Bone Health
  • Yoga: Why It’s Good to Start Young
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Urinary Screening
  • When to Worry about Fever and Rash
  • Teenage Pregnancy on the Rise

Eclectic Blueberry Cream Cheese Tarts

I went to Tagaytay for a wedding last December and came home with a box of blueberry tarts from Rowena’s. My son, Nathan, loved them so much and asked if I can make some for him. I never made tarts before but I do know how they are made since I read about them from Julia Child and saw countless demonstrations on cooking channels. I ended up baking a batch of blueberry tarts from a recipe which combines ideas from Paula Deen, my “Favorite Foods at your Fingertips” cookbook and another website that I can’t remember anymore. I guess this makes the recipe I am sharing “eclectic.” The tarts came out great. Try it too! Continue reading

How to teach Filipino to an English-speaking child

My son is an English-speaking 7-year old currently in Grade 1. I am trilingual. I can speak English, Filipino and Chinese. My husband is an extremely well-versed English speaker and writer. It should not be surprising to you to know that my son developed above average English language skills but is not very good in Filipino. This is not entirely uncommon as I know many mothers who face the same challenge of teaching Filipino to an English-speaking child. I would like to share some of the strategies I used to help my son catch up with his Filipino. So far, may of these techniques worked. Continue reading