Hello and welcome to my little space — it’s somewhat cluttered, much like my real life space, but you’re welcome anytime!

I’m Stef: Catholic homeschooling mom of five ages 2-20, foodie, information junkie, lifelong learner, farmer-wannabe, in love with my hubby, my kids, my life, my God.

Married 21 years and counting, homeschooling mom for a total of 12+ years.

You may contact me at stefoodie AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks for stopping by!

27 March 2013

For first time visitors to this site: Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by.

If you’re here for recipes, you might find the personality of my recipe index a bit schizophrenic. Here’s the story:

In 2004 my husband was diagnosed with wheat, egg and dairy allergies. The same year, our 5-year-old was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, egg and dustmites. The rest of the family (there’s 7 of us) have been fine. Our oldest, now 22 years old, has always had allergies, though we’ve mostly dealt with that the same way we’ve always dealt with allergies: cut down on possible allergens, but don’t get too fanatical about it. Our youngest, now 4, is also showing signs of having allergies, though it’s been hard to pinpoint exactly what, as his reactions have been varied. Time for an elimination diet/food diary.

Since half of the family are allergy sufferers, and half are not, you will see that split reflected on our recipe index. There are many there that are allergy-friendly, but then there are also a bunch that are not. I have, over the years, learned to adapt recipes to our needs, often preparing a non-allergen version alongside a dish; however, I have not documented every single one. We’re also, as you can see, quite varied in our diet. We go from Asian to American to European to African or Latin American quite frequently, so we probably find it easier than others to incorporate all these into a meal, mixing and matching where we find it appropriate.

Lately, we’ve been on a healthier bent, so hopefully most of the recipes from 2013 on, will be focused on staying wheat-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, with options for those that are not, to adapt the recipe and make it so. I am also on a quest to compile allergen-free recipes to correspond with the liturgical year, so that’s what you’re mostly likely to find here this year and beyond.


  1. Teenie Gregorio says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your thoughts as a mom, a Catholic and a hobbyist. Your web makes me want to actually pursue homeschooling and other interests here in the Philippines. More blessings to you and your family!

  2. sigrid says:

    hi. just want to thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes, especially the brazo de mercedes. thanks again and God bless you

  3. Ivy says:

    Hello. I stumbled upon your site through the Homeschool Philippines Blogs Web Ring. This is my first time to visit and I really enjoy your posts. Your site is very informative too. Will be dropping by often. God bless!:)


  4. Jaymie Lariosa says:

    Hi Tita Stephanie. Just checked out your site. I feel stuffed already just by browsing through the dessert recipes. I’ll drop by more often when I feel like cooking up a storm in the kitchen 😉 Hope you had a great Christmas. Happy new year. God bless!

    Jaymie Lariosa

  5. Babette says:

    Hi, I have visited your site before and I’d like to say thanks for sharing your recipes. There is so much to explore here, I’ll be back for sure. 🙂

  6. Beatasum says:


    I just discovered you (I’m searching through blog catalog for like-minded folk) and I really like your blog. I would like to add you to my blogroll if you wouldn’t mind.
    Please check out my blog, Catholic Me – it’s quite new, so it’s just getting off the ground.
    I welcome your comments.

    Beatasum (I am blessed)

  7. Hi Stef,

    I was searching the web for something and ended up in your blog.

    It felt so homey that I just thought of dropping you a line.

    This is Nicholas from Athens, Greece, father to 4. I am trying to be a devout (Orthodox)Christian too.

    The flower that you have on your blog we call it in Greece Paschalia, Easter tree.

    I hope you always have the joy of Easter in your family.


  8. Rina says:

    Hi Ms. Stef,

    I have tried your recipe of pan de sal and it’s really wonderful, i can’t believe i was able to make real pan de sal.

    I just want to ask, would it be alright if i add more sugar and lessen the salt? Some members of the family like it a little sweeter, but im afraid it will affect the entire process of cooking pandesal.

    Hope to hear from you and God Bless You.


  9. Ron says:

    I innocently followed your link from a flower site expecting to learnmore about edible flowers. Then I was hit with catholic dogma at 6 am. Not a way I like to start my day. So I’ll speak my mind. Your site celebrates goodness towards God and family. I commend you for that. But the Pope celebrate that hundreds if not thousands of Priests have escaped prosecusion for pedifile activities. While hundreds of thousands of children have been victimized and their lives ruined by catholic priests The Pope has condoned withholding the truth about their ungodly crimes against humanity from prosecusion. How anybody can follow such an evil man is beyond me.

  10. stef says:

    Hi Ron — thank you for visiting. Sorry to hear that’s how you feel. I do want to make a few points about the Pope and the Church for anyone else who has similar concerns. The Pope does not celebrate that sinful people have escaped prosecution, and he has not condoned withholding the truth. If you have facts to support your claim please provide them. The Pope is not personally responsible for sinful men’s actions so calling him an evil man is not justified. The Church after all is not made of perfect people, but imperfect ones, including priests — and even the Pope himself has to confess his sins to one. That’s why we all still need God’s grace and mercy and forgiveness. Yes there are many who have been hurt, but what will help most is not a spirit of condemnation, but constant prayer. Our society is what it is because many of us have turned away from God… that we have pedophile priests is only a reflection of the society we have — a society that puts such a low value on life, that doesn’t understand exactly how to practice chastity, that celebrates pornography, etc. Prayers for the Pope that he may always be guided by our Lord will go a long way as well.

  11. Sharon says:

    Very beautifully said. I am married to a Filipino and started homeschooling 27 years ago. Most of our family left the Church and even though I never heard of homeschooling I pulled our children out of school because I felt there was no other choice. They were God’s and I had a responsibility to raise them for God. It was very difficult because many think like Ron. It was the best decision I ever made because now all nine of our children are grown and they all know what the Church truly is and not as the media and secular world would have them believe. Thank you for your blog. It is very inspiring to see a Filipino family dedicated to the Church and to homeschooling.

  12. Abby says:

    Lovely to meet you Stef! Thanks for stopping by Manila Spoon and I truly appreciate your kind words. Always happy to meet another Filipina blogger and hope we can continue to keep in touch! Have a blessed Easter!

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