Homespun and Fun
ART IN THE GARDEN

ART IN THE GARDEN

Zita likes topiary – decorative plants trimmed i...

 
CHITO’S  DRIED SQUID PASTA

CHITO’S DRIED SQUID PASTA

Chito is a busy bee. With his many interests, he k...

 
SUE’S ADOBO MUSHROOMS

SUE’S ADOBO MUSHROOMS

A filling substitute for red meat is mushrooms. It...

 
APPLE CRISP PIE IN A SKILLET

APPLE CRISP PIE IN A SKILLET

Physical distancing was in place with the Q on Mot...

 
ZITA’S SUMMER FLOWERS

ZITA’S SUMMER FLOWERS

Zita’s garden looks cheery with many blooms - su...

 
ICONIC NIPA HUT GAZEBO

ICONIC NIPA HUT GAZEBO

We enjoy reunions at Tess’ home near Tagaytay. O...

 
ENRICHING AND SUSTAINABLE GARDENING

ENRICHING AND SUSTAINABLE GARDENING

Few experiences compare with tilling land that att...

 
HEIDI’S TUNA STUFFED TOMATOES AND HOMEMADE MAYO

HEIDI’S TUNA STUFFED TOMATOES AND HOMEMADE MAYO

Heidi raises her own veggies in her garden in Idah...

 
 

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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.