Homespun and Fun
ZITA

ZITA'S EASTER BUNNY SWEET BREAD

German immigrants introduced the fabled Easter bun...

 
AUTUMN FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

AUTUMN FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

Zita picked the last autumn flowers from her gard...

 
DRIED LABAHITA PASTA

DRIED LABAHITA PASTA

Summer is too hot to slave in the kitchen to cook ...

 
AVOCADO TOAST

AVOCADO TOAST

Summer points us to luscious fruits to keep cool t...

 
GINATAANG KAMANSI  (or Pakak in Ilocano)

GINATAANG KAMANSI (or Pakak in Ilocano)

Breadfruit or kamansi is native to the Philippines...

 
ZITA

ZITA'S APPLE STRUDEL

How wonderfully Viennese cuisine blends with Turki...

 
BOUGHS AND TWIGS

BOUGHS AND TWIGS

Days before spring, Zita took off for the Black Fo...

 
DRAMATIC SPANISH MOSS

DRAMATIC SPANISH MOSS

What's most distinctive about Spanish moss is its ...

 
 

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Be inspired!

We aim to spark creativity through tried and tested ideas from friends who share what they do best.
Be inspired with family recipes, arts, crafts, and gardening projects for fun and profit.
Because working from home need not be a chore.
Be dynamic and productive as we engage, reinvent, and stretch ourselves.
We'd love for you to share your ideas too.

About the Author

Joy Manalac is a writer with an extensive background in Marketing Services and Communications. She studied Communication Arts at St. Paul College Manila.

She wrote the corporate stories in “Simply Delicious,” the 50th anniversary cookbook of Liberty Commodities Corp. In 2016, this bagged 1st prize in the “Gintong Aklat Awards ” and 3rd prize in “The International Gourmand Awards," likened to the "Oscars" for the food industry.

She likes to write short and crisp lines, taking to heart her late Dad’s advice to write simply. What she loves most about writing is the cadence. As a tip, she suggests for writers to find their rhythm. There is melody in the play of words and phrases – the pace, lilt, and sway that lend music and grace.

Joy loves to tinker in her garden that needs a lot of tending. She enjoys the company of school chums who are keen about plants, coffee, and cakes. She takes inspiration from two spirited sisters, Monica and Zita . She can cook with a cookbook on hand and can craft with just enough nudge from Zita.