Homespun and Fun
ZITA

ZITA'S ONE-VEGGIE SALADS

Salads need not be green to be healthy. And just o...

 
PHY

PHY'S APPETIZING HORS D'OEUVRES

Phy Encluna-Howe puts together flavors that stir t...

 
CHRISTMAS CACTUS

CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Though not your traditional Christmas plant, Chris...

 
VALENCIANA A LA PEPITA

VALENCIANA A LA PEPITA

Arroz a la Valenciana, a Spanish dish, has been re...

 
DUMPLINGS

DUMPLINGS' SMALL PLEASURES

My sis Zita's first try at cooking dumplings was c...

 
ZITA

ZITA'S NATURE AND HOME-STYLE WREATHS

My sis Zita loves to make wreaths. She's gotten it...

 
BOUGH WITH ANGELS

BOUGH WITH ANGELS

In place in my sis Zita's home is a bough from a c...

 
CHRISTMAS PASTA-BILITIES

CHRISTMAS PASTA-BILITIES

Spend some happy, homey time to get into holiday m...

 
 

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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.