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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday 9: Leaving on a Jet Plane

Welcome to Saturday: 9 . What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Leaving on a Jet Plane

1. When was the last time you jetted away for the holidays?
~~ April 2009
2. What is your fondest birthday memory?
~~ When my husband to be then visited me overseas... and proposed to marry him before he went back home (U.S.).
3. What names do you go by?
~~ Cecilia, Ces, Cecile, Cel and Mommy.
4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
~~ Moving to a new house.
5. Where is your least favorite place to be, and why?
~~ Somewhere where crime is uncontrollable.
6. Have you ever had a scary stalker type?
~~ None!
7. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
~~ Family gather together for Christmas and New year.
8. What are two activities you do after eating Thanksgiving Dinner?
~~ Sleep and shop in the morning.
9. What did your family do for Thanksgiving when you were a kid? Do you still do it? If not explain why.
~~ Hadn't celebrate Thanksgiving until I got here in America.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Left Over

Since thanksgiving dinner was over, my entry for this week's FTF is the left over from last night's dinner. As you can see, this is spiral ham. I didn't roast a turkey for the reason that when it was time for me to do it, the turkey wasn't thawed yet. Thank goodness, the Kroger was opened and I saw this ham and decided to have it instead. The turkey by the way were roasted late last night. We also have the left over trimmings such as green beans casserole, cranberry chutney, pumpkin pie, stuffing, and mashed sweet potato.

For more yummy food entry, see Willa's Blog who created this delicious meme.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Girls Talk: My Fave Gift Ever!

Here is my entry for this week's theme on Girls Talk created by Niko of Niko's Blog

Since I love cooking, and baking bread and cookies; hubby bought me this "Kitchen Aid Mixer" as a Christmas present on December of 2006; oh boy, I love it!

I chose the color yellow for it matches the color of our kitchen back in our first house.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

For All the Love and Friendship...

C'elle, Unique Life Saving Gift

Christmas is just around the corner. Everybody is busy buying gifts for their loved ones and friends. Shopping for gifts is different for me every year. It gets harder and harder every time. I don't want to give something to a family member or friend the same gift I gave her or him a couple of years ago. This year, I plan of giving them gift cards so they can buy whatever they want and actually like and use it. Anyway, if you have a friend, relatives or family member who is expecting soon, what a better gift to give her than a gift certificate for cord blood banking. C'elle company is responsible in preserving the stem cells found in women's menstrual blood. The stem cells found in menstrual blood may potentially be useful in future therapies to treat life threatening diseases that may occur in the future such as leukemia, anemia, cancer, stroke, diabetes and over 75 other diseases. The process is painless, easy and can be done in the comfort of your own home. If you want to learn more about it, check their FAQs page to understand about C'elle and the wonderful services they offer. Aside from stem cells, the babies’ umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that produces mature cells in our blood and immune system. These cells then fight infection and help promote our immune system. Cryo-Cell International has helped nearly 185,000 families to preserve their babies’ umbilical cord blood. We know health is very important, so why not give your friend or family member a C'elle certificates to help them protect their child's from any future life threatening diseases. This is the great gift you could ever give to parents to be friends and relatives.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Bilo-Bilo

It is almost weekend once again, time for Food Trip Friday created by Willa. And here is my entry for this week's FTF. I made a Filipino delicacy called Bilo bilo.

Ginataan is a name shared by various desserts; for example, a soup made with coconut milk, tubers, tapioca pearls, and sago.[1] This soup is also called "tinunuan" in Cebuano, "alpahor"Chavacano, "ginettaán" in Ilokano, and "ginat-an" in Hiligaynon. If gummy balls made of pounded glutinous rice are added, it becomes a dish called bilo-bilo. Ginataang mais is another example of a dessert soup; a warm, sweet, thick gruel made with coconut milk, sweet corn and glutinous rice.

The meat of a mature coconut is grated and the "thick" milk is extracted. Two cups of water are added to the grated coconut and a second extraction is made. This becomes the "thin" milk. This "thin" coconut milk extract is added to cubed kamote (sweet potato), gabi (taro) and ube purple yam), sliced ripe sabá (plantain) and langka (jack fruit), and tapioca pearls. Sometimes, young coconut meat strips are also added. The mixture is brought to a boil; being stirred occasionally until done. Just before removal from the flame, the "thick" coconut milk is added.

Ginataan may be eaten hot (during the cold, rainy season) or cold, but it is best served chilled. Some Filipinos even serve it frozen, eating the dessert much like ice cream.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Personalized Christmas Cards

It is almost Christmastime and that means celebrating the season with family. What a great way to send personalized christmas cards for family and friends. I have always wanted to send this kind of card, but I never get the chance for the reason that they are very expensive. But since Christmas happens only once a year, I think I could send personalized Christmas cards for it would mean a lot to my relatives and friends. If you are planning to do the same, why not visit, for they have plenty of Christmas cards design to choose from; you can even personalize your messages and your names in your chosen colors. I love that you can upload your photos, and images of logos free of charge!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This Is What I Ate!

I didn't feel like making a dinner today since hubby is back to work. And so, I decided to prepare myself an easy to make dinner. I fried a pinoy mini hotdog which my son loves, and ate it with steamed rice and sliced tomato. Oh boy, I was full after eating this :-)!

Well, I had an appointment to see a sister in the church and I don't want to smell foods when we go to visit her tonight, that is why I didn't cook dinner. Tomorrow, I will make dinner since I will not be very busy then. I am still torn between whether I would or wouldn't attend my son's school activity tomorrow night. Oh well, I still have a day to decided before that multi cultural night where I am supposed to bring a dessert; and if I decide to go, I will bring fruit salad. Sound good, don't you think?

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cranberry Chutney

It is Thanksgiving once again, instead of canned cranberry sauce, I plan of making this one to compliments the Turkey :-)! This is yummy! Try it!

1 (12 ounce) bag fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 large cooking apple, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1.In a saucepan, combine all ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer for 15-20 minutes or until apple is tender and mixture thickens. Cool completely.
2.Store in the refrigerator. Serve over cream cheese with crackers or as a condiment with pork, ham or chicken.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Real Estate Business Cards

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Food Trip Friday: Sinampalukang Manok

Here is my entry for this week;s FTF which Sinampalukang Manok. I have been craving for this dish like forever, so I cooked some friday last week. Oh boy, this really satisfied my craving! I miss my Mom's cooking so much and this is one of my fave aside from Pinapaitan, Dinuguan and Bopis.

For more delicious food entry visit Willa's Blog

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Many Faces of My Son!

It is so rare that my son would let me take pictures of him without a fuss; and here is one of those day. Right before we went to a state park, after lunch, I took some pictures of him!

Oh, I love these pictures of him!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy Friendship Week, my FRIENDS

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything...
they just make the best of everything."

Now, you have a nice day.

has seen you struggling,
God says it's over.
A blessing is coming your way.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Caldo De Res

As I mentioned before, I love soup and this is one of my fave; it's similar to "Nilagang Baka". Only this one has stewed tomato and no string or long beans in it! Serve with lemon/lime juice and Spanish rice. I made it and my husband and I liked it! Oh, by the way, this is a Mexican Soup, which "caldo means soup and "de res" means beef.

Visit Willa's blog for more of the participant's entry :-)!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Indeed, Sweet Potato Is My Fave Fall Veggie

You Are Sweet Potatoes

You love comfort foods, and for you, there's nothing more comforting that Thanksgiving dinner.

In fact, you've been known to have Thanksgiving favorites all fall... and possibly all year. You've got to have your sweet potatoes.

There's no one who cooked as well as your mom or grandma, but you're not too bad at whipping up a hearty dinner to please a crowd.

You believe that food is love. And just like you have plenty of love to go around, you also have plenty of food to go around.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Office Notes!

I got this from a friend on Facebook; it is hilarious and is actually happening at some at my friend's and hubby's workplaces :-)! I was laughing when I read it.