Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
For navigating some of those healthy-ordering dilemmas, here are a few simple tips.
- Avoid porterhouse, prime rib, rib eye, and T-bone steaks; keep the meat you do order to six ounces or less, and (at prepared-to-order restaurants) ask to have all visible meat trimmed from the meat.
- Eat only one or two helpings of bread; if you would like to eat more, enjoy only soup and salad, and not a traditional entree, afterward.
- Remember to ask for your dressing on the side! Salads typically have dressing to spare, which is unhealthy and can (as many have experienced) ruin the salad.
- When ordering Chinese, choose dishes made with chicken, shrimp, or lean beef in favor of duck or pork; also, go with steamed dumplings instead of egg rolls.
- Sandwiches should be no longer than six inches, and should be made on whole-grain breads, if possible.
- Use salsa or guacamole (which contains healthy fat) as the salad dressing for Mexican salads.
- For Italian dinners, go red and green--red sauces--instead of creamy, white sauces--and green salads.
Sources: Losing It! Melanie Douglass, R.D.; Deseret Book and AmericanHeart.org
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Try cleaning vinyl shades with dryer sheets. This removes surface dirt and reduces static cling, so dust won't collect as fast. For wooden blinds, vacuum with the soft-brush attachment and use oil soap to spot-clean.
Making Crystal Sparkle
For a streak-free shine, fill a spray bottle with a solution of one part rubbing alcohol to three parts water. Spray crystal and wipe it dry with a clean white cotton cloth. Use a cotton swab to reach crevices.
For detailed figurines and other knickknacks, a feather duster doesn't do the trick. Try using a paintbrush with long bristles to sweep dust from surface details.
Make furniture gleam by using a foam pad to apply furniture polish, then buff with a lint-free material like a cotton baby diaper or T-shirt.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Uno Chicago Grill
On the Border
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Applebee’s, IHOP, Outback, T.G.I. Friday’s
For a comprehensive Restaurant Report Card on all of the other fast food and chain restaurants, please click here for the whole list.
and here's the Healthiest Fastfoods Restaurant:
Au Bon Pain
Cici’s Pizza Buffet
You can check out the complete Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Report Card here.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sears clearance clothing for the family is great because I can also buy clothes for my husband, son and even for my family overseas! Isn't it amazing? You need to go to Sears because this kind of sale doesn't happen all the time. And this sale is very timely, since the economy is still unstable, every penny counts. You can save a lot of money from going to Sears at store or online. They not only lowered the prices of clothing, but also shoes, appliances, electronic gadgets, televisions, computers, and digital camera to name some. What are you waiting for? Go to check their website or store now!
1/2 kilo miki noodles
1/2 kilo small crabs
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of atchuete seeds or oil
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
4 tablespoons of cornstarch, dissolved in water
1 teaspoon of MSG (optional)
1 1/2 cups of water
Tinapa flakes (smoked fish)
Cooked shrimps, shelled
Pork chicharon, grounded
Spring onions, chopped
Hard boiled eggs, shelled, sliced
Fried garlic, minced
Fresh calamansi (lemon), sliced
Extract fat and meat from clean crabs, set aside.
Pound crab and extract juice on 1 1/2 cups of water
On a pan, saute garlic and onions until golden brown then add crab fat, crab meat, 1 1/2 cups of crab wash, fish sauce and MSG. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add corn starch and continue to simmer while constantly stirring until thick.
Put miki noodles in a strainer and dip in boiling water for 5 minutes or until cooked.
Lay drained noodles on a platter and pour the palabok sauce. Garnish with toppings and serve.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Do you screen your phone calls?
Yes, so leave a message if you want me to call you back!
When was the last time you lost your temper?
I can't remember, ask my husband because he keeps track on that :-)!
When you're lost, do you ask for directions?
Yes, always. I don't know why is it hard for men to ask directions? Do you know?
Look for: Pale to dark green husks with moist silks; each ear should feel heavy to the hand, the cob filling the husk well.
Grill: Pull back the husks without removing them; pull out the silks. Replace the husks; soak the ears in water for 20 minutes. Preheat grill. Place corn (in husks) over high heat and grill, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove husks before serving.
Microwave: Husk corn and cut ears in thirds; place in a large glass baking dish or microwave-safe container. Cover tightly and microwave on High until tender, about 4 minutes.
Sauté: Remove kernels from cobs. Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add corn kernels; cook, stirring constantly, until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1⁄2 teaspoon white-wine vinegar before serving.
Steam: Husk corn, then break or cut ears in half to fit in a steamer basket. Set over 2 inches of water in a large pot over high heat. Cover and steam until tender, about 4 minutes.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
This Dinuguan is a gift from a good friend , Liza whom I also met through blogging. She is from the province, Nueva Ecija in the Philippines where I came from. A Mom of Four, who is also thoughtful, generous, sweet and a devoted Mom and Wife to her family. A happy and Pretty mother as well. Who would have thought I will meet a true friend online? She is also like a sister to me. Thank you so much dear for this very yummy dish which reminded me of my mother's dinuguan. I love it!
What’s not to love about nut butters? Okay, the high fat and calorie content is a bit of a bummer, but remember: A little goes a long way. What might seem like a skimpy 2-tablespoon serving is actually a thin spread of nutritional heaven, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron, and vitamin E -- not to mention a hunger-halting trio of heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Just skip the grape jelly and white bread. These are way too good for PB&Js.
1. Almond Butter
Almond butter can be a bit runny, but its smooth almond taste makes a perfect dip for raw veggies and apple slices. Or try this Cherry Almond Smoothie or Carrot Salad with Almond Butter Dressing.
Our pick: Whole Foods’s house brand, 365 Everyday Smooth Almond Butter ($5.99)
2 tablespoons: 190 calories, 16 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated), 0 milligrams cholesterol, 5 milligrams sodium, 6 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 2 grams sugar, 7 grams protein
Bonus: Look for a butter that has lots of brown specks -- they’re flecks of almond skin, which is full of antioxidant vitamin E.
2. Cashew Butter
Cashew lovers (who isn’t?) should try stirring this nut butter into soups, sauces, and curries -- instant yum. Or just spread it on wheat toast when you need a creamy-crunchy snack. For a quick sweet treat, whip up these Chocolate and Nut Butter Bites:
Our pick: Arrowhead Mills Creamy Cashew Butter ($5.99)
2 tablespoons: 160 calories, 13 grams fat, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 milligrams sodium, 9 grams carbohydrate, <1>
Bonus: Compared to other nut butters, cashew is significantly lower in fat and calories and has a little more iron, too.
3. Macadamia Nut Butter
Give broiled tilapia or flounder a surprisingly flavorful twist by brushing it with a little melted mac butter. If you’re into sweet ’n’ salty combos, spread it on a lightly salted rice cake.
Our pick: MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter ($5.99)
2 tablespoons: 230 calories, 24 grams fat (4 grams saturated fat), 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 milligrams sodium, 4 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 2 grams protein
Bonus: In studies, macadamias have shown heart-healthy cholesterol-lowering powers.
4. Pecan Butter
The subtle flavor of pecans can get lost on bread; instead, smear it on thinly sliced apples or jicama sticks. Delish. Love peanut noodles? Try this Pecan Pasta Sauce recipe.
Our pick: Artisana Raw Organic Pecan Butter ($12.99)
2 tablespoons: 213 calories, 20 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 milligrams sodium, 5 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 4 grams protein
Bonus: Pecans are high in beta-carotene and gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that helps keep LDL cholesterol from gumming up your arteries.
5. Walnut Butter
Since walnut butter’s a little bitter, pair it with something sweet -- say, a drizzle of honey or apricot jam on a whole-grain bagel. For extra protein and a fresh flavor kick, add a tablespoon to hot oatmeal on a cold morning.
Our pick: Artisana Raw Organic Walnut Butter ($11.99)
2 tablespoons: 205 calories, 19 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 milligrams sodium, 4 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 1 gram sugar, 5 grams protein
Bonus: Walnuts are a top-notch source of alpha-linolenic acid (AHA), which turns into good-for-you omega-3 fatty acid.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
1. Write down who tagged you. Niko, Amy and Imelda; thank you, dear friends :-)
2. Answer these:
- your name / username/ pseudo
- right-handed or left-handed?
- your favorite letters to write?
- your least favorite letters to write?
Write “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”
3. Tag five persons. I am now tagging: Liza, Dhemz, Clarissa, Rose and Analee
Monday, March 16, 2009
1. I am a quite and serious person.
2. But can be funny at times.
3. I have a sister who died young and that is the reason why I grew up without having a sister to look up to.
4. I look younger than my age.
5. Due to poverty, I didn't get the chance to go to college.
6. I was able to work and attend technical school at the same time.
7. I had a stillborn baby girl.
8. I came here and married my husband in Sept. Of 2001
9. Started working after I finished High School till I got married.
10. My first job was at a retirement home.
11. I am a happy Homemaker.
12. And a generous person, too!
13. I am an organize freak.
14. I love to cook.
15. And married someone who loves to cook, too!
16. Kitchen is the heart of our home.
17. I am a shopaholic.
18. I am afraid of water and heights.
19. I am addicted to pickles.
20. I am a transplant recipient.
21. Been to the Philippines once since I came here.
22. I have four nieces.
23. I was born premature with a premature hubby and son.
24. I love steak and hate sushi.
25. I love playing scrabble.
I am tagging Clarissa, Maria, Hazel, Analee, Cacai, Cookie, Shydub, Amy, Dhemz, Race, Redge and everyone who wants to share a little bit of themselves.
If you want to win a free vacation, Kissimmee is giving away a three days weekend getaways (it includes a 3 day 2 nights) for and a two week vacation for a family of four. In order to win the sweepstakes, you need to go to their website and register at Kissimmee and you will be automatically entered to win the vacation of your dream! This would be a fun getaway for you and your honey and you and your family. What are you waiting for? Register now and win and your dream vacation later!
You Are an "A-OK"
Your life philosophy can be summed up as, "Whatever will be, will be."
Your greatest wish is to live each day a little better than the next.
You are naturally calm and stable. Some people would call you a rock.
You feel one with the world. You are a spiritual person, though no one who knows you would guess it.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Spring time is fast approaching; as we all know this is the time where families go for a vacation. If you are planning of going on vacation why don't you try going to Branson, Missouri? There are lot of thing you and your family would enjoy while there. Everything you want for a great family vacation is there. The hotels Hilton Branson Convention Center and Hotel Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing are great places to stay with after long days of touring 49 entertainment theaters, shopping at outlet malls and playing golf at the nearby golf courses. I am sure you and your family will really enjoy visiting museums, theme waterparks and more. My family and I love water and we will absolutely enjoy the Big Surf Waterpark. Right now, there is a great event going on like the Branson has ongoing events for everyone’s entertainment like the exciting NAIA college basketball championship, FLW Bass Tournament, first ever Branson Air Show, live entertainment and theaters and the Great American Pie Contest. The Branson and Taste of Home magazine are sponsoring this new national pie recipe contest which features Al Roker from the Today Show! Your favorite pie recipe could win you one of several prizes, including a first prize of $2,500 cash, plus a trip for two for a 4-day/3-night fun-filled vacation in Branson. The hotel is also offering special rates from April 20th to April 29th due to the Great American Pie Show, this is the best time to make a reservation for you and your family.
Monday, March 2, 2009
This is one of my son's favorite cake; found this recipe at Allrecipes.com and I decided to give it a try since then, this very moist and light angel food became a family's favorite at my house. Since the snow is still not melted, I am pretty sure that there will be no school again tomorrow! I will make one for my son tomorrow.
For a fatless dessert, serve angel food cake topped with fresh fruit.
- 2 cups egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).