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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Happiness Award

Just want to thank Nedekcir of In My Kitchen for this very sweet and lovely award :-). Visit her blog for more yummy foods!

10 things that makes me happy.
  1. God
  2. Family
  3. Parents and siblings
  4. Hobbies
  5. Education
  6. Friends
  7. Relatives
  8. Home
  9. Travel/Vacations
  10. Special Occasions (anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays)
Now, it's time to share this award to:
Liza of This is My Life
Shydub of Simple Happy Life
Rose of Obstacles and Glories
Dhemz of The Dias Spot
Juliet of My Pastime
and Sweetipie of My Solitude

Grab it guys! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Food Trip Friday: Classic Cuban Sandwich

Flavorful meats, cheeses and pickles pressed between a freshly buttered baguette is the perfect way to curb your guests’ first quarter cravings.

2 baguettes, about 1 pound each
Butter, softened
Yellow mustard
1/2 pound ham, thinly sliced
1/2 pound pork roast, thinly sliced*
1/4 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
Dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise
Olive oil spray

*You can find pre-cooked roasted pork—often called “porketta”—in the cold case at your local grocery store.

  1. Heat a sandwich press.* Slice the bread in half lengthwise, but do not cut all the way through.
  2. Spread a small amount of butter, mustard and mayonnaise inside the top and bottom of the loaf.
  3. Layer with ham, pork, cheese and sliced pickles.
  4. Cut the sandwich into 3 sections, and then lightly coat the top and bottom of each section with olive oil spray.
  5. Grill each section 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly toasted and the cheese has melted, pressing to flatten. Slice sections and serve warm.

Tip: To serve as appetizers, cut each sandwich piece diagonally into 4 or 5 smaller pieces.

*Don’t have a sandwich press? Use a griddle and a cast iron skillet to create your own. Cook as instructed above, using the cast iron skillet to weigh down the sandwich on the grill pan.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Food Trip Friday: Tilapia Fillet and Sauteed' Mung Bean

Here is my entry for this week Food Trip Friday...come dig in with me, guys :-)!

For more yummy foods, visit Willa's Blog. Thanks, Wills for hosting this meme.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pizza Anyone!

This was the birthday pizza my hubby make for his birthday. He didn't wan t a cake, but pizza and cherry pie though these will increase his blood sugar level. Oh well, since it was his day, I let him do and eat what he wants, and after that, no more carbs and sweets.

Yummy looking pizza, but I didn't take even a bite. Got to watch my carbs and sugar intake, too or we will regret...we agreed to take care of each other's health for the sake of our son, Jake.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Join Pregnancy Forum for Support

Being away from my parents are very hard especially if you live overseas just like me. It was even harder when I got pregnant for the first time. I was new to this country and was in the process of adjusting myself because everything was foreign to me. I wished that time that my mother was with me to help and tell me what to do. Talking with her over the phone helped though. Had I known that there is a Pregnancy Forum I can join, it would have been easier for me the second time. Thank goodness it isn't too late because I can still join the forum talks about toddler and older kids. I can still gather info on how to deal or care for my kindergarten child and vice versa. Joining this group is a great support for every mother and mother to be alike.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Food Trip Friday: Litsong Kawali and Pansit Bihon

This is what I served my family on New Year's Eve. Hubby loves the litsong kawali and son loves the pansit :-)

For more yummy foods entry, visit Willa's Blog

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tuna Fish Salad, Recipe We Love!

I grew up in a country where seafood is abundant and cheap. My mother buys fresh seafood in the market almost everyday. That is why I have no problem eating seafood. My husband on the other hand is not fond of seafood and is allergic to scallops and oysters. But that doesn't stop me from cooking my favorite salmon, tuna, catfish and more. So when I got pregnant with my son, I enjoyed eating tuna salad. My doctor told me to be careful on the kind of seafood for some fish like swordfish, mackerel, shark because they are high in mercury. Tuna fish on the other hand is rich in omega-3's, protein, vitamin D, selenium and more which is healthy and important for pregnant women and for the healthy growth and development of small children. A scientific study was just released in which the findings show that women who skip seafood during pregnancy could be putting themselves in danger for depression. I am glad didn't skip eating seafood, now my son who is five loves fish, shrimps and other seafood and I didn't suffer depression. Tuna fish is very easy to prepare like tuna salad, tuna patty burgers and more. Here I have included a photo and recipe of my favorite healthy tuna fish salad shared by a generous Mom online.


    1 (6 ounce) can tuna, drained

    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

    1/4 cup chopped celery

    1/2 cup mayonnaise

    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

    1/4 cup chopped onion

    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

    paprika to taste

    Directions: In a large bowl, combine the tuna, celery, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until chilled. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.

Foods that Make You Sleep Better

I have no idea why I couldn't sleep at night no matter how early I go to bed. I once asked my doctor for a sleeping pill but told me to take an over the counter allergy medicine for two weeks and I will be able to sleep. I did what he told me, but it only work for awhile. Now I am back to sleepless night and sleeping in the morning as if I work on a night shift just like my hubby. Anyway, last night as I was checking my emails, has this article about foods that would aide me so I could sleep better and here they are:

The meal you choose tonight could mean the difference between counting sheep and getting some serious shut-eye. So order the salmon.

In her new book Eat Your Way to Happiness, Elizabeth Somer, RD, explains how nutrients in salmon, as well as in beans, yogurt, and spinach, could help make you a more satisfied sleeper.

The healthy fats in this fish (namely docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA for short) may boost levels of the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Eatin
g at home?

Beans and other legumes provide a nice sampling of B vitamins, including B6, B12, and folic acid, all of which help the body regulate sleep cycles and produce relaxing serotonin. In fact, studies have shown that boosting B vitamins may help people with insomnia.

Low-Fat Yogurt
Yogurt is a good source of calcium and magnesium -- two important sleep-supporting minerals that together help you fall asleep faster and ratchet up your deep-sleep time. And skimping on both may lead to muscle cramps, higher stress levels, and worse sleep.

Dark leafy greens are a great source of iron -- a nutrient that may help protect against the sleep robber known as restless legs syndrome.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Thanks A Bunch...My Friends!

Who would have thought that a true and real friends can also be found on the internet? I have found these wonderful ladies and fellow bloggers and fellow Filipinos...and they are all kind and nice to me... genuine friends whom I can turn to and confide without being judgmental and accepted me for who I am and was! With that I am grateful...and thanked God for meeting each one of you!

From Clarissa of Japan....
Juliet from Mesquite. Texas...
Liza of Alabama...
Rose from West Virginia...
Rosalie of Forth Worth, Texas...
and Shy/Sheila of Pennsylvania...
And last but not the least...Demcy of Sacramento, CA...with their family newsletter, a card and the cute sleepwear. I love it dear!.
My family and I would like to thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart. We sure appreciate your friendship and love :-)! May the Almighty God continue to Bless you and you families!