Friday, October 31, 2008

I Wish


I wish my price is always this high. This is what happens when I don't check my account for almost two days. I had to make a copy to remind me that my EC price got this high.

I know, quality blog will not have a problem reaching this all the time. But it's always nice to know that I can get this much even for only 24 hours.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Meal #2

I had this picture sitting in my memory card for the longest time. I don't have a very good lighting in my kitchen and the meat looks burnt in the picture. Anyway, here is one of our typical dinner at home. Boiled corn, barbecue shoulder cut pork, and potatoes with chives. Cut up the potatoes into bite pieces, boil or steam them drained and add butter and chives. Add salt and pepper to taste. I used red baby potatoes because I like the texture. You can use any type of potato you like.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Food I Miss

I think it would be to many to list all the food I miss from back home. I don't live in the city with a lot of Filipino. It's very hard to find tropical foods and vegetables from where I am, plus it's almost winter. Even if I wanted to plant some, I can't.

Anyone out there willing to send me some cans, dried, or anything you can offer? I'm willing to pay for it, definitely. Let me know.

Air New Zealand New Billboard

Yes that is correct; www.airnewzealand.com is getting a new shaved head billboard. On October 26 they are holding a casting call for this in Los Angeles California. The event is only for 3 hours, noon to three in the afternoon at The Greenway Melrose Trading Post, located in the parking lot at Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles. Make sure you make time to go. They will select 30 adults to be shaved and tattooed to be their cranial billboards in Los Angeles. This could be a life-changing journey for you. The message will reflect the election and economic environment for us Americans. The two winners will be selected and win a life-changing journey to New Zealand.
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I have so many life-changing events in my life, but not so much a life-changing journey. Starting with home schooling is one of my life-changing events. Knowing the truth about our economy and government is another. My husband and I are trying to educate people from what we know is also part of it. It would be easy if anyone can lend an ear, and listen to what we have to say. But most of them keep making excuses to diverse their belief, about certain organizations that are destroying American Constitution. All they have to do is open their eyes and see the obvious. My husband and I can only try until our last breath.

Oh yea, do you think this head is good enough?

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

I Would Like to Try

My DC loves to eat crackers. But most store bought are filled with ingredients that are not good for their health. I found someone who is a very cook, if I may say myself. I don't know if she is a chef or she only do it for her family. I don't know here name either, but would like to phrase her blog "Sass & Veracity". You will find the crackers that she made here.

DH is already asking to try the recipe. But I am so busy in the last few weeks, trying to enroll my 2 DC at home school program. Tomorrow my DD will do her first day of home school, and making it this week will be out of the question. Unless I get a hang of home school right away.

Time, I don't have enough of it. Now I'm off to get DD lessons for tomorrow.

Remedy for my Daughter This Season

My one and only daughter had the worst eczema breakout, out of my five children. The worst season here is winter, and because it’s cold and the air sometimes is very dry. She needs to put lotion on that I found at our local store at least twice a day to keep her at ease. My other children only use the same lotion after taking a bath. And with my daughter, I need to watch her carefully on what she eats. Too much of something can easily turn her bad itch to a worse one. It’s a good thing I like to browse online every day, because I found Mustela products which I think would help her better this winter.
I found Stelatopia Milky Bath Oil to use instead of a regular soap. This bath oil mildly cleanses the skin without drying. And the Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream instead of getting the over counters lotion I had been using. This cream reconstitutes, nurtures, and comforts her itchy skin, and best of all they contain mostly natural ingredients, which is good. The lotion I am using on her now contains about 50% additives. I think finding products with natural ingredients are a must. If you are a new parent and need a lot of question answered, click on Parent’s Corner. You will find tips & advice, answers to frequently asked questions, recommendations, product tips and testimonies of parents like us.



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Hershey's "Especially Dark" Chocolate Cake

I got the recipe from the container of Hershey's Cocoa special dark blend. And I posted the same at In The Life Of...MnÄ›. I also mention it look not very appealing but it taste so good.



2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
"ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING(recipe follows)

1. Heat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

"ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter, Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

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Now for the price details: It has a polished metallic color. It use up to 45 miles per gallon on the highway. It comes with fabric interior (just the way I like it). It has a USB Audio interface, 110-hp, 8 valve, and SOHC i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine, not to mention the continuously variable transmission and MP3 Auxiliary input jack (for people who love their MP3’s). You can always visit the links above to learn more about the 2009 Civic Hybrid.

I would like to own one of these hybrid cars because I do a lot of driving. I can use my savings to get school supplies for my home-schooled children.

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Apple Cobbler

We went to our local apple orchard on October 12. We didn't stay very long because the kids filled up our bushel too fast. We could have picked more but we can't eat all those apples before they get bad. Anyway, today I baked another apple cobbler, since the one DH made a week ago wasn't that great.
4 medium tart cooking apples, slice (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oat meal
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Heat open to 375°F. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with butter. I used ceramic baking dish and it works fine without butter. Spread apples slices in pan. In medium bowl, cream the butter an sugar until well blended. Add the rest of the ingredients, e.g. flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until blended, sprinkle over apple slices. Bake for 30 minutes or until toppings is golden brown and apples are tender. Serve warm, you can also serve it with ice cream.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

There is Someone Out There for You

I was new in the computer world when I met my husband. Nothing to do at home, and tired from work, I log in, on my computer and checked my emails and messages. It was still early and I was not used on coming home early from work. Ninety-nine percent of the time I come home around eleven in the evening, take a shower and go straight to bed. Since I have some extra time to spear, I checked the locals from where I live, and see if I know anyone who is online. Sure enough, there's no one that I knew is online that day. I started to browse profile of people who are online that I don’t know. And one profile caught my eyes.

We have the same age, was born the same month and single. What do I have to loss; the worst that can happen is, to not answer my instant message. But again I was wrong; he answered and we exchanged messages from then on. Messages turned to phone calls, and we decided to finally meet at the local pub. Before I can see him, he saw me first and he even paid my entrance to get in. I asked the man at the door if he can tell me who paid, and pointed to the man wearing blue shirt at the bar. And the rest are history. We have five adorable children, who look just like us.

See, nothing is wrong to search for free, because the best things in this world are free. Try it out, signing up is also free.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lemon Chicken Stir Fry

1 lb. boneless, skinless Chicken, cut in bite-size pieces
2tbsp olive oil
4 green onions, cut diagonally
3 celery stalks, sliced
1/2 of Red or Green Bell Pepper, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
1 can (8oz) Bamboo shoots, drained
1/2 cup unsalted Cashews (not used with the picture)
Shredded rind of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp soy sauce

Combine lemon juice, white wine vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar; mix well and set aside.
Heat oil in skillet and stir fry chicken until no longer pink. Add the carrots, bell peppers, celery and garlic. Stir fry until tender. Add the remaining vegetables (mushrooms & bamboo shoots), cook for about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice mixture and lemon rind, cooked until creamy. Just before turning off add cashews and green onions; mix. Serve over rice.

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Meal

This what we had a few night ago. This is my DH plate, I took a picture before giving it to him. My oldest son was asked what was I doing and why. So, here it is; teriyaki pork chop, steamed broccoli with gravy, and mash potatoes with gravy.

I don't cook a lot of mash potatoes, usually only on holidays. I can make such a good mash potatoes with small quantity. But during holidays, I always messed it up. I was always short of something and they don't come out right. Why is it easy to make when there is no pressure. I can never get it right when DH family are here. I feel like I'm bound to messed up. argh!

Anyway, enjoy the picture.

Monday, October 6, 2008

September Top EC Dropping

I'm sorry Fruityoaty I can't find your EC. Again, thank you very much for visiting my blog and for my top EC dropper, this is for you. I will move them on my side bar soon.




Saturday, October 4, 2008

Gourd (Upo, Calabash Long)

This one is the oldest and I'm saving it for my spring seeds. Hoping it to matured before the first frost.



This is the one I picked to cook. See the next picture to see how long it is. Mind you this is supposed to be mini. Not like what I had in 2006 which was 2 feet long. See the picture here.


I finally picked one of my gourd a few days ago. I used to have one, I was saving it for my seeds next spring. But one sprout and grown so fast (the picture below).

Here is my ginisang upo sa kamatis (sauteed gourd in tomatoes). I need to learn how to can this. Maybe it's the same way with tomatoes...hmm I need to google it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mushrooms

I found them under the pine tree at the front of our house. These mushrooms are huge, the top is about 5 to 7 inches and about 9 inches tall.

What kind of mushrooms are these?


They are big, I'm even scared of touching it. This is the first time I seen mushrooms this big.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My Top Ten EntreCard Dropper

Thank you so much everyone who made my top ten, and for those who didn't made it, and for those of you none EC dropper also. The traffic is very much appreciated.



I will put up your EC soon, for a month on my side bar as appreciation. Again thank you and hope to see you again next month.