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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

French Toast on July 4th Breakfast!

One of my son's favorite breakfast is French Toast, so every time he asks me to make some, I get excited because I know he would eat it. I got this recipe from and it can be a great breakfast to enjoy by your family on the coming 4th of July.
Isn't it colorful? That's the color of July 4th alright! Go and feel free to grab this easy recipe every one will enjoy at breakfast time!

There are many, fancy variations on this basic recipe. This recipe works with many types of bread - white, whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, Italian or French. Serve hot with butter or margarine and maple syrup.

  • 6 thick slices bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • salt to taste
  1. Beat together egg, milk, salt, desired spices and vanilla.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle of skillet over medium-high flame.
  3. Dunk each slice of bread in egg mixture, soaking both sides. Place in pan, and cook on both sides until golden. Serve hot.'s, A Salute To America!

My husband is getting addicted to buying songs at iTunes and is driving me nuts! Almost every time I check our iPod it has a new song loaded in it. I told him we need to save money, and the only was we can do that is to avoid unnecessary purchase such as this one. He told me “this will be that last one, Honey!”, but still he cannot resists it because he said it only costs him .99cents each song. Well, I guess I can spare him with that. I have to admit it, I also love listening to music especially the country songs, patriotic songs, and church hymns. My son loves the songs they sing at church also. As you can see, iPod is a useful gadget every one can enjoy with.


Anyway, back to patriotic songs, this coming Saturday, our church will be holding a 4th of July celebration. I thought this is a great time to bring our iPod so we can listen with patriotic songs while having breakfast at the park. My husband told me that I could buy song at where they are having “Deal of the Day” on the digital album A Salute To America which will be on the 3rd of July. An amazing deal for 30 songs for only $1.99 is awesome! This digital album normally sells for $9.49. You can start buying this album now because it is available today, June 30th till the 3rd of July. Don't let this great deal pass! Go to now and avail yourself one of this album.


4th of July Cheesecake!

"Salute the red, white and blue with this layered dessert studded with fresh blueberries and strawberries." From

* 1 quart strawberries, divided

* 1 1/2 cups boiling water
* 2 pkg. (4 serving size) JELL-O Brand Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
* Ice cubes

* 1 cup cold water
* 1 (10.75 ounce) loaf pound cake, cut into 10 slices
* 1 1/3 cups blueberries, divided
* 2 (8 ounce) packages PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
* 1/4 cup sugar

* 1 (8 ounce) tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

1. Slice 1 cup of the strawberries; set aside. Halve the remaining 3 cups strawberries; set aside. Stir boiling water into dry gelatin mixes in large bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Refrigerate 5 min. or until gelatin is slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).
2. Meanwhile, line bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake slices. Add sliced strawberries and 1 cup of the blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. Spoon over cake slices. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.
3. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with wire whisk or electric mixer until well blended; gently stir in whipped topping. Spread over gelatin. Arrange strawberry halves on cream cheese mixture to resemble the stripes of a flag. Arrange remaining 1/3 cup blueberries on cream cheese mixture for the stars. Store any leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Need a CPAP Machine?

My husband has been diagnosed with sleep apnea few years ago and has been using CPAP Machines since. It makes his sleep better and his snoring has stopped. If you or someone you know has sleep problem related to sleep apnea, you should see your physician so you can get your CPAP machine prescription. Or you can visit the website provided here to see if you qualify for CPAP supplies for a little or no cost for you. Hurry and get enough sleep once again!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sun Myths

As you gear up for fun in the sun, make sure to the know tanning myths and facts so that you can keep your family safe.

New skin cancer diagnoses are on the rise internationally. In the
U.S., the American Cancer Society estimates about one million new cases of basal or squamous cell carcinoma and about 60,000 cases of malignant melanoma will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. Many of these skin cancers could have been prevented by protection from the sun's rays.

If you're gearing up for a trip to the beach, understand that the truth about these common sunburn and tanning myths so you can keep you and your family safe.

"It's safe to tan if you do it slowly." Wrong! When skin is exposed to sun, its melanin increases, creating a tan. This indicates skin damage. The darker the tan, the higher the risk of skin cancer, no matter how gradual the tanning process.

"Starting the summer off with a sunburn is a good way to begin the tanning process." One bad burn early in life can mean skin cancer later.

"If I put waterproof sunscreen on my child, he/she can play all day in the pool and be safe." That's not quite right. Waterproof sunscreen may last up to an hour in the pool, but it should be applied every hour or so because many products rub off.

"My children are sun safe if they wear T-shirts while they play in the pool."
Surprisingly, the typical light-weight, white cotton T-shirt is not the best protection, and when wet, is less effective than using water-resistant sunscreen. Choose tightly woven fabrics that you can't see through when held up to a light and use in combinations with sunscreen.

"Tanning beds are a safer way to tan." Indoor tanning is not safer than outdoor sunlight. Popular among women, tanning beds emit dangerous levels of UV rays. The American Academy of Dermatology and the World Health Organization recommend that no one under age eighteen be allowed to use a tanning bed. A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported tanning bed use was linked to a 2.5 times increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 1.5 times increased risk for basal cell cancer.

Source: LDS Living Staff

Best General Contractor in San Francisco

If you are considering building a house, one of the most important thing you should do is to deal with the best contractor possible in your area. You need to make sure that everything is in order, from layout of the house to the materials they will use. Budget is also one of the important factor that needs to be discussed with the contractor. Anyway, if you are living California, particularly San Francisco, San Francisco general contractor is the one company to look for. They have the best and the most qualified contractors. You will get great satisfaction and guarantee when you hire them. Personalized service is what they are expert with. They offer house building and house renovation in the way you want it to be. When my Aunt decided to put an apartment complex in Manila, she didn't hire professional general contractor, the result was a disaster. She didn't get what she wanted, the materials used was in poor quality, as well as the electrical installations and plumbing; and yet, she spent lots of money that went into nothing. So next time she needs a contractor, I will suggest that she hires one that she can rely on. One that does the best job for the money you paid them for.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Grilled Salmon with Mustard & Herbs

My family and I loves fish especially Salmon. I can't think of other ways to cook it other than bake or broil it. While checking my email, Real Age sent me healthy recipes and foods that is heart friendly. Here it is grab it if you care enough for you heart :-)!

Salmon cooks over a bed of lemon and fresh herbs to infuse it with flavor and keep the fish tender and moist. We like a blend of thyme, tarragon and oregano, but any of your favorite herbs will work. Make it a meal: Serve with grilled new potatoes tossed in an herb vinaigrette and steamed green beans.


2 lemons, thinly sliced, plus 1 lemon cut into wedges for garnish
20-30 sprigs mixed fresh herbs plus 2 tablespoons chopped, divided
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 pound center-cut salmon, skinned (see Tip)


1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
2. Lay two 9-inch pieces of heavy-duty foil on top of each other and place on a rimless baking sheet. Arrange lemon slices in two layers in the center of the foil. Spread herb sprigs over the lemons. With the side of a chef’s knife, mash garlic with salt to form a paste. Transfer to a small dish and stir in mustard and the remaining 2 tablespoons chopped herbs. Spread the mixture over both sides of the salmon. Place the salmon on the herb sprigs.
3. Slide the foil and salmon off the baking sheet onto the grill without disturbing the salmon-lemon stack. Cover the grill; cook until the salmon is opaque in the center, 18 to 24 minutes. Wearing oven mitts, carefully transfer foil and salmon back onto the baking sheet. Cut the salmon into 4 portions and serve with lemon wedges (discard herb sprigs and lemon slices).

Tip: How to skin a salmon fillet: Place skin-side down. Starting at the tail end, slip a long knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

Source: Real Age

LASIK is Better than Contacts!

My cousin has been wearing eye contact and eyeglasses for how long, I am not sure. I have been telling him to have LASIK procedure, that way he not only save some money, but also save himself from having to go to a surgery. I really like Lasik because it is covered by almost every health insurance, and some offer tax deductible. Medical expenses is a serious issue and counting every dollar you spend, the good alternative for you to save money is by having Lasik done to avoid paying so much! By the way, if you want to know more about it, iLASIK; it is a procedure which combines wavefront mapping technology with two lasers for safe and complete custom-made procedure. This invention is going to save you money instead of eyeglasses or contact. Imagine how many times you will break eyeglasses and then replaced it with a new one, you are going to spend lots of money by just keeping up with your vision problem. If you decided to go with the Lasik procedure, you can be sure that after the surgery is done, you are back with a 20/20 vision. Isn't it a good investment or what? So, what are you waiting for? See your ophthalmologist and have the iLasik done right away!

I Am Bored!

I don't know why, but I have been lazy lately with my blogs. I still check it everyday and visit blogs, and read posts 'though. I guess, I am getting bored. I get bored after awhile of doing the same things everyday over and over again. I need to do and try something new. I want an adventure! I need a real job!

A Perfect Outdoor Kitchen!

My husband and I loves to cook and eat. That is why we always wanted our old house to have an outdoor kitchen. We love sea food so much that we cook it all the time. But the thing about cooking is that you cannot avoid the fishy smell left inside the house after cooking especially when you fried it. Having an outdoor kitchen keeps the inside of the house smelling good. Anyway, if you are interested on building one, you might want to check This online store sells outdoor kitchen cabinets that are made from finest materials. Their products are completely weather-proof, and comes on different sizes and shapes even colors. What I really like about this product is that it is hardware-free joint which you will never find anywhere, and are made here in America. No matter where you are in United States, you can always order it online and it will be delivered right in front of your door on time. Visit their website now for more info about this great product.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Get Loan Through Your Car!

Aside from moving, one thing on the list of things that give us stress is our financial obligations. Every since the economy started to melt, it's been hard to many people to pay their debts and bills. Some who own vehicles now resort to Auto Title Loans where they use their car title to take a loan. The great thing about this is that they can still use their car after their loan were approved., plus the process is very fast and easy. You don't have to worry about your bad credit history, your loan application can be approved if you car meet the minimum resale value. There are two lending company you can rely on when it comes to this kind of loan. One is Auto Title Loans Hayward, this can give drivers in Hayward area a loan in very quick. They just need a car title, key as collateral and the resale required value of the vehicle. Submitting these important documents qualify you for a loan. Auto Title Loans Fresno on the other hand is similar to the one in Fresno. You provide the car title under your name, key as a collateral, and the document stating that your vehicle meets the required resale car value. After you get the money, you can still drive your vehicle. Isn't it great or what? So if you are in need of money right away, this loan is absolutely work for you.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Six - Episode 270

1. What is the dominant color in your bathroom? Have you coordinated rugs, towels and the shower curtain to match this color?
Blue, yes, they are coordinated, except when I change the towels.
2. What part of the bathroom needs the most attention from a cleaning crew?
The bath tub.
3. How many rolls of unused toilet paper are waiting in the closet?
Ten, I just bought a new 12 pack.
4. Check out the linen closet: which do you have fewest of: bath towels, hand towels or wash cloths? The hand towels.
5. Take the quiz: What Bathroom Product Are You?

You Are Toothpaste

You are very responsible. You live an orderly, organized life.

You prefer to be as clean and neat as possible. You are a bit of a clean freak.

You are attractive, charming, and even sparkling. People find you appealing.

You are honest, direct, and even a bit sharp tongued. You don't try to complicate life.

6. Of the products in your medicine cabinet, which brand have you used the longest? The lotion I always used from Bath and Body Work.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Chatrooms for Matured People

If you like to meet people in all walks of life, why not join this website called Mature This site will give you opportunity to meet or find friends who are looking for someone like you. At mature chatrooms, thousand of people are registered and ready to talk with you. It offers many fun and excitements; just join their 100% free membership and you are good to go. Talking with them are free and also their live webcam will give you a chance to see them online. Who knows, that special someone you are waiting for is waiting for you also on this website. So wait no more, sign up now!

Perky Blogger Award!

Thanks, David Funk of Basicbloganomics for including me again on the lists. I sure appreciate the thoughts as well as your friendship.

I am now sharing this award to the following friends I met on the blog: Amy, Dhemz, Shy, Lulu, Payatot, Niko, Lisa, Liza, Race, Redge, Sheng, Juliana, Rose, Beth, Cacai, Clarissa, Beng, Jane, Juliet, Sweetiepie, Anne, Ate Vhing, Beth, Umma, Meryl, Nancy, Cookie, Ceres, Karla, Joops, She, Richard, and all those who are listed on my bloglists. Grab it guys, for you also deserve this award.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stop Dog Shedding by Checking Dinovite!

Back home we have a dog we named Tala (Star); she is a cute, active, and friendly dog, too! For whatever reason she doesn't smell well and that is the only thing I don't like about her. She sheds but not that much. One time, while reading an article about dog's health on the internet, I have found out that Tala's bad smell and shedding is because of health problem and lack of nutrient on the foods she is eating. It is very alarming so I decided to go to solutions center that Dinovite offers. I got answers for my queries on how to stop the bad smell and hair shedding for my dog. I also got recommendation on what to feed her. I didn't know she was missing Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, animo acids, which is a form of zinc, lived direct fed microbials, digestive enzymes, and anti oxidants on her body. The Carnoyum package would provide Star with the nutrients she is lacking. It would be very expensive, but it is worth buying for my dog's health and well being. If you have shedding, scratching and bad smell problem with you dog, you should visit Dinovite and make yourself and your dog happy again!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Want....Wednesday

What business do you want to be finished with?

~~I want to be finished dropping ECs so I can start reading with my son as well as tutor him in preparation for the school year which is Kindergarten.

What do you want this week? Share it all.

~~This week, I want to give hubby a surprise for father's day, but no idea what to give him for he said he doesn't want anything!

If you want to play along on I Want...Wednesday just click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Chatrooms for Senior

If you or someone you knew is a senior who are looking for an opportunity to find someone to talk with, there is a website for people like you. This website has the senior chatrooms that provide 100% membership. All you have to do is register. As soon as you finish with the registration, you can instantly go to chatrooms and talk with tons of seniors from all over the globe who are willing to listen and talk. It is also a great site for those seniors who are looking for love, and friends who share the same interests. Why don't you try it? Here you not only have the chance of talking with them, but also see them live on the webcam provided. Wait no more, go and find that friend, or even special someone you are looking for.

My Parents Didn't Buy Me Yet!

The other night while I was looking at my old albums, I saw many pictures of my husband and I when we were still newly wed. Pictures from our old apartment and from our new home bring back memories. I couldn't help but smile and sometimes cry. Anyway, I didn't know that my son, Jacob was behind me watching the slideshow also. It made me laugh when he asked me why wasn't he included on those pictures. I have to explain to him that he wasn't born yet. But he kept asking questions like why? Then finally, when he got tired of hearing my answer, he said: "oh, was it because you and Daddy didn't buy me, yet, Mommy"? Hahahaha...what a question! My some is barely 5 year old and I don't have any idea how will I explain with him how he got here. I did the best I could like saying that he was still in heaven with God then to God sending him to us. How about you guys? Care to share you two cents worth here. Time will come that I will need to explain to him this topic in a manner that is simple yet easy to understand.

Little Explorers Travel to U.S.

Little explorer called Hummingbird became my favorite bird when I came to united States. They are considered tropical birds whose migration is part of their lifecycle. During summer, they wake me up early in the morning when they start singing. Oh, how I love these little creatures. I really enjoy the labor they made in my backyard giving me flowers and stuffs. Anyway, if you love these birds, and wanted to learn more about them and their migration process, you should visit Aside from articles about them, this website also offers hummingbird feeder, wild birds feeders, oriole feeders, feeder accessories, replacement parts, hot buys and more. My mother in-law has a nice garden in her backyard; I am pretty sure she would love it when I give her a bird's feeders not only to add a touch on the yard, but to attract birds. These birds feeders are great gifts for people who love to garden, outdoors, and birds like hummingbirds, and cardinals. And if you own a hummingbird and want to know how to care for them, their website has a bird library as well as articles on bird watching and bird feeding 101 which is pretty cool! Go and check the link provided here for more info.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Creative Mom Blogger Award

Once again, Rose and Tetcha included me as one of the recipient of this award. Thanks you so much for this one dear friends :-)! I would like to share this to all mothers our there including: Clarissa, Cookie, Liza, Lisa, Jane, Juliana, Juliet, Shy, Beth, Chris, Dhemz, Niko, Umma, Maria, Jodi, Angelmist, Beng, Ate Vhing, Tetcha, Texas Sweetie, Joy (Pinaymama), Race, and Maricel.

Begin Copy Here's the simple rules: ♥ Take your award and put the logo on your post. ♥Link the person who awarded you.Remember each recipient of the award should acknowledge the person who honored them and go to Mom's Special Diary to copy and paste the award. ♥Put your own blog title and link. ♥Nominate at least five deserving moms. 1.Mom's Special Diary 2. Obstacles & Glories 3. Kitchen the heart of Our Home 4. Your Next. End Copy

Chatrooms for Fishing Lover

If you are looking for a place to meet someone who loves to fish like you do. Then, you have come to the right place. At Fishing, you will find tons of people all over the world who share your the same interests are yours. They are there to listen, and share. Who knows you might find a special someone you are dreaming of. All you have to do is go to the website or link provided here and register. After you finish creating an account, then you are good to go. Yes, the membership is 100% free so there is no need to worry about paying or things like that. At fishing chat, you will not only be able to talk with them, but also see them live on webcam. Cool, isn't it? So wait no more, go and register now!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Blue Rene Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Rene from the blog Blue Rene. She doesn’t say where she got the meme. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

1. What thing is nearest to you ? A small copy of Book of Mormon, aside from the keyboard :-)
2. What is your ringtone ? Nokia Tune
3. What was the last message in your inbox ? It's from Facebook.
4. Who is your best friend ? Matt, my hubby.
5. What is the brand of your TV ? Sanyo
6. What schools did you attend? Christian School, Technical and STI College
7. Do you own a MP4 ? No.
8. What song are you listening to now ? Not listening to any music right now.
9. Did you kiss anybody in the past 2 days ? Yes, my hubby and son...who else do you think?
10. Have you ever kissed someone you met in the blogosphere? No!
11. What would you want to call if you weren't your current name ? Your Majesty...LOL!
12. Would you be happy if you had everything ? I don't everything now, but am happy...yes I would!
13. Are you always thinking of someone special? Yes. Matt and Jake.
14. Tell us of your most desperate dream? I haven't gotten that far yet!
15. When did you last laugh till you cried? Last week while talking to a friend at IM.
16. If you had a crush, would you tell them you love him/her now ? Of course not!
17. If you could be anywhere in the world now, where would you want to be ? Philippines...with my parents and siblings.
18. When was your heart last broken? In 2000, cant remember the exact date.
19. Whose birthday(s) is/are coming up? My eldest brother, my son, my niece.
20. How many email accounts do you have? 4

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Sunday Stealing! Please leave a comment. Have a great week. See you next Sunday!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Indian-Spiced Kale & Chickpeas

Chickpeas make this exotic dish a terrific player in any vegetarian menu. Source:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1 1/2 pounds kale, ribs removed, coarsely chopped (see Tip)
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garam masala (see Ingredient note)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add kale and cook, tossing with two large spoons, until bright green, about 1 minute. Add broth, coriander, cumin, garam masala and salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in chickpeas; cover and cook until the chickpeas are heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Helpful Info about Okinawa

One of the place my husband and I want to visit is Okinawa. My cousin lived there for two years and told me all about it and how much they have enjoyed living there. She said that if we ever go to Japan, we must not forget to visit Okinawa . There are many sight seeing spots and is very famous for nice beach resorts, resorts, crystal clear water, coral reefs, scuba diving and many more. If you are interested on knowing more about Okinawa, you should visit their website. It has over 600 pages of information that would help you from guide and hotels, they have you covered.

Friday, June 12, 2009

How to Make a Lattice Top Pie Crust

My husband and I loves pies; so we make our own pies to save money and get the taste we wanted. If you make your own pies, you might want to try this easy to make lattice I got from

Lattice tops look fancy but this technique is super-easy to master. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust1. Cut the dough into 1-inch strips using a pastry wheel or sharp knife.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust2. Lift off every other strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust3. Place the strips next to each other on top of the pie, leaving about a 1-inch gap between strips. Use the shorter strips for the edges and the longer ones for the middle of the pie. (You may not need to use the smallest outermost strips.)

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust4. Fold back the first, third and fifth strips of dough all the way to the edge of the pie. Place a shorter strip of dough across the second and fourth strips, about 1 inch from the edge. Unfold the folded strips over the crosswise strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust5. Fold back the second and fourth strips of dough over the first crosswise strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust6. Place another strip crosswise, about 1 inch from the first strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust7. Unfold the folded strips over the crosswise strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust8. Fold the first, third and fifth strips of dough back over the second crosswise strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust

9. Place a third strip of dough, about 1 inch from the second strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust

10. Unfold the folded strips over the third crosswise strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust11. Fold the first, third and fifth strips of dough back over the third crosswise strip.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust12. Continue folding back alternating strips of dough and placing crosswise strips until the top is covered with woven strips.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust13. Trim any overhanging crust with a pair of kitchen scissors or a knife.

Make a Lattice-Top Pie Crust14. Crimp the outer edge of the crust with a fork or flute it with your fingers.

Great and Radiant Smile!

Do you want to have a radiant smile like the models and actors on T.V. or commercials? If so, at Dentist Edmond Oklahoma , they do great job when it comes to improving your appearance. You will have the whiter teeth you want in no time. They offer the latest dental techniques in all your dental need from general to cosmetic dentistry, they got you covered. Their state of the art equipment and techniques provide extremely and effective treatment and aesthetic results you desire for dental experience. If you want to learn more about their great dental service, visit I have always wanted to have whiter teeth, and I am so glad to live close to Oklahoma where the great dental services are offered.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tips for Cooking Foreign Dishes

Let's face it; cooking exotic recipes typically bumps up our blood pressure a couple points. But take heart! Following a few simple tips can make the experience a little easier and quite a bit more enjoyable.
  • Try not to let the long ingredient list overwhelm you. Foreign dishes can call for several spices and sauces (often combined for an overall sauce), as well as vegetables, but that doesn't mean they take longer to make. If you can have the ingredients out and prepared beforehand, the active cooking time will go faster and much more smoothly.

  • If the dish requires frying (like egg rolls or tempura dishes), use a deep-fry or candy thermometer and make sure it measures between 350 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the food is at room temperature - this prevents the drop-in temperature from severely reducing and lessens splattering.

  • Use the internet! Find out if those exotic ingredients are in fact foods you know by a different name (for example, the same plant is called cilantro in the U.S. and coriander leaves in parts of Europe and Asia); you can also find which ingredients you can fudge on and substitutes for hard-to-find ingredients. Furthermore, depending on where the recipe comes from, you could have some converting of measurements and temperatures to do.
Source: LDS Living Staff

Importance of Music in Children's Life

Music plays an important part in everyone's life including children. Through music, we help our children's mind in preparation for skills development such as communication, cognitive, and even abstract reasoning skills. As we expose our children to music before they go to school, their neural coding will really help them with their entire lives. And that is the reason why even before my son was born, I started exposing him to music by singing with him as well as dancing. Now he is very much in to singing and dancing. It would be nice to enroll him to children music programs since three months summer vacation is a long wait till the school starts this year. I have found out that there is a website where you can start training them online at home. There, children will be assisted by committed educators that will transforms child's gift of music. It's kind of playing with music and at the same time learning thing like counting, speaking, science as well as reasoning. As what I have read on their website, this program is very effective in children's learning skills as he/she prepares to enter school. I am planning to buy my son kindermusik songs for now and maybe later on enroll him to child music class. So, if you are interested, why don't you visit their website to learn more.

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Got this from sister at church, thought you might want to try this especially those who love salsa and chips like my husband.

Fruit Salsa:

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon fruit preserves, any flavor
Cinnamon Chips:
  • 10 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 cups cinnamon-sugar mixture to taste

Fruit Salsa: In a large bowl, mix kiwis, apples, strawberries, raspberries, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and fruit preserves. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes.

Cinnamon Chips: Cut tortillas into strips or triangles. Heat oil in frying pan. Drop tortilla strips into hot oil a few at a time. When golden brown, remove and immediately drop into cinnamon-sugar mixture. Coat chips with mixture, then place on paper towels. Allow chips to cool. Serve with fruit salsa.

Calling Plan for Iraq and Jodan

I still call my family overseas for at least 30 minutes to an hour each time, and tell you it really helps using a calling plan that saves me a lot of money than any other way. Anyway, if you have a family living overseas particularly in Iraq or Jordan, YupeePhone has a great offer for you which is a calling plan that would let you use 2000 minutes to land line telephone for only $24.95 a month which is way cheaper than other rates you will find in the market today, plus free call to 26 countries! You can even share it with your family. And if you prefer to use the Pay As You Go plan, this plan doesn't have any contract require and no monthly payment as well. Isn't it great or what? Imagine 120 free minutes to certain countries which is pretty good deal, plus no connection or cancellation fee not even maintenance. Grab this offer now and save yourself some money while you enjoy talking with your loved ones in either Jordan or Iraq.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pancit Canton

My husband and son prefers to eat Pancit Canton than Pancit Bihon so I decided to cook this one from now on instead. Got this recipe from If you guys want to try this one, feel free to copy it.

12 ounces pansit canton noodles
1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
4 cups chicken broth (from boiled breast)
1/2 pound pork, sliced in small pieces
1/2 pound shrimps, shelled and deveined
4 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 cup Chinese sausages, sliced
cauliflower, cut to bit size
2 cups snow peas (sitsaro)
2 cups cabbage, sliced into strips
1 cup celery, sliced
1 carrot, diced
1/4 cup scallions, diced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:
In a big pan or wok, sauté in oil the garlic and onions. Then add sliced pork until cooked.
Add 2 cups of chicken broth and add the shredded chicken, sliced Chinese sausages, shrimps, snow peas, cabbage, celery and diced carrot. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until cooked.
Add the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth and the pansit canton noodles. Let simmer until noodles are soft.
Add the scallions, sesame oil then salt and pepper to taste.
Serve hot.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Philippines 111th Independence Day!

This Operation 111 was given to me by Rossel of Topics on Earth, thanks dear for this one :-)! This is in commemoration of Philippine Independence Day.

"The Philippine Declaration of Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in the Philippines, where Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo (later to become the Philippines' first Republican President) proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain after the latter was defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. The declaration, in the form of a proclamation, in the presence of a huge crowd, was done on June 12, 1898 at the ancestral home of General Emilio Aguinaldo between four and five in the afternoon in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit), Cavite, some 30 kilometers South of Manila. The event saw the unfurling of the National Flag of the Philippines, made in Hong Kong by Mrs. Marcela Agoncillo, Lorenza Agoncillo and Delfina Herboza, and the performance of the Marcha Filipina Magdalo, as the Nation's National Anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang, which was composed by Julian Felipe and played by the San Francisco de Malabon Marching band."

~Rules for this Operation 111 meme
~Copy the quotes provided above stating the history of the proclamation of Philippine Independence Day
~Must be a Filipino
~Tag as many Pinoy Bloggers you know
~You can also Check the Complete Posting Coverage Here.

I'm now tagging Amy, Dhemz, Race, Redge, Clarissa, Shydub, Rose (Chubkulit), Te Vhing, Meryl, Beng, Juliana, Juliet, Sweetiepie, Sheng, Umma, Niko, Liza, Lisa, and All Pinoy who wants to grab it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

World's Best Lasagna!

If you love lasagna, you might want to try this recipe; it takes a lot of works as the owner of the recipes said, but she also said it is worth it! I will try gonna try this one of these days.

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

We are finally here....

After 3 days of long drive, we are finally back here in Texas. We have traveled safely with God's helped and very thankful for that. We are now staying a night at the hotel and will be busy tomorrow unloading the truck with the help of the people we hired to do the unloading. I couldn't wait to get settled and enjoy our new place. We have visited close friends already tonight. It was nice catching up with the things that have happened last year :-). I will try to visit you guys during my break time :-); thank you all so much for the visits and thoughtful messages left on my blogs. Have a nice evening, everyone!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Just Us...

The Kenyons posed in front of Ocracoke Lighthouse at Ocracoke Island, NC.

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