Friday, May 29, 2009

Win A Front-of-the-line Pass to Manta

Looking at Ted riding the Manta brings back memory the very first time I rode the Great Bear (or is it the Flying Falcon) at my local amusement park and having the same reaction. I was in my early thirties then, and I'm not sure if I can take this new ride at Sea World in Orlando. It sure looks like fun trying it out. Did anyone of you try it out during the Memorial Day weekend? I would like to know about your experience. Furthermore, I'm hoping they open Manta ride in every Sea World location in the US. There is one closer to me and I hope they put one there.


Anyway, let's get back to winning the front-of-the-line pass. All you have to do is participate in all six activities like the Manta quiz, submit a picture of yourself with "I heart Manta" to flicker, choose three friends to help you win, shoot a short video telling how excited you are about riding the Manta and upload it to YouTube, take a picture of yourself with the Manta mask and upload it to flicker, and follow the World's Coolest Whale on Twitter. Easy enough, right? So what are you waiting for, follow the link above and try winning the front of the line pass ride to Manta? Just seeing Ted's reaction makes me want to try it out at this age. I better start with the activities to win it. Come and join me.

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Chocolate

This picture was taken when I was still a slave of the corporate world. My company is nice enough to give their employees tickets to amusement/theme parks. DH loves chocolates and see what we brought home from Hershey Park that year. These are the days when we only have 3 little ones. We went to Hershey and Knoebels that year.

Me hiding behind the 5 pounds chocolate bar.


I wonder how much this 5 pounds chocolate bar today? It took him a while to finish this. He ate it until he got stomach ache. And he still do the same even now.

Feeling Secure

I never had the feeling of being secure since I saw a documentary about 911. Not because of what the media is telling the public about terrorist, merely more of what my own government is capable doing to their own citizens. To tell you the truth I don't have any type of security in my home. I trust my instinct and I know what ever I do to protect myself they will come and get what they wanted. I just hope I am not home when something like that happens. I live outside the city and I trust my neighbors.

However, when I live in the city I always lock everything. And I forgotten my keys twice inside the house and I my whole day was ruined. I never like the feeling of other people going into my house and going through what I own. I had a few sliding doors that can be easily broken by rocks. And I thought about getting a wireless security system to feel secure. However, I was renting at that time and it will cost me to get the system taken down when I leave.

If we decided to get one I will go with the platinum package because of the garage door sensor. I saw a few movies that they target the garage to get into the house. It comes with talking control panel (now I know what the talking house is all about), 15 entry pints, 1 motion detector, the garage door sensor (I mentioned above), internal siren and door chime, battery back (during the power outage), one button arming, 3 window decals and a yard sign. If you are interested in purchasing security system call 877-470-2751 and get 2 keychain remotes with your order.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Meat Lasagna

I don't even remember when was the last time I made some of these. I think before my blogging days, because I don't have any pictures on file. DH never liked ricotta cheese that is why I hardly makes this. Not to mention he dislikes eating pasta. Oh no, he loves them so much that is why he hate it. I wish it work the same way with smoking.

Anyway, this is what you will need. I actually forgot to add the eggs in the picture. I just realize it when I was already cooking, and I can't take another picture because I used some of the ingredients already.


Here is a piece for my dear readers and visitors. I also wanted to ask what I can use instead of ricotta or cottage cheese when making Lasagna? I wanted to make this at least twice a month, the only thing is that DH is not very fond of Cottage and ricotta cheese however, he is fine with Mozzarella and Parmesan. Can I just use those two cheeses? Will it taste bad? Thank you for the answers in advance.

Monday, May 25, 2009

New Phatband Internet @ Charter

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Have you heard about charter high-speed internet? It’s now currently available to the residents of St. Louis area. Please visit Ultra60 Information Page to learn more. You can experience a totally new way to watch HD movies, instantly download speeds up to 60Mbps, ultra gaming with no more annoying lag time believe me, lags makes my boys cries over games. Furthermore, it has the fastest response to new virus threats and virus detection. If you live in the boonies you will understand my prostration with slow dial up. Sometimes you don’t have any choice but take what you can get just to have the internet.

However, with Charter’s Phatband it takes broadband to the next level. Don’t despair if they are not available in your area, they will soon rolled out to other areas this year. You will finally enjoy multi-tasking online like gaming, watching movies, telecommuting with big files and much more. I am an internet person and I don’t know what I will do without it. You can take away my TV and my cell phone but please don’t take away my internet. Please subscribe to Charter Feed at Charter’s Twitter Feed to get the latest updates, and find out if Ultra60 is already available in your area.


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Ham Sandwich with Tomato & Lettuce

A very easy to make sandwich. Some cold cuts, lettuce and tomato slices. I know cold cuts are the best to eat, however they are easy to prepare. My favorite is Virginia ham cut thin. Sometimes I add Provolone cheese and mayonnaise with crunchy bacon too. Sometimes I eat it dry depending on what I like for that day or what I have available in the fridge.

$10000 Prize From Charter Cable

I will be trying my luck winning $10,000 prize or one of four 52 inches Sony Bravia High Definition TV's at Charter Cable. All I have to do is answer four questions and I will get four chances to win the $10,000 grand prize. We can really use the grand prize these days. We only have one TV working in the house right now and that is not even HDTV. So, when ever our cable company switches to digital we will not able to watch anything. What are you waiting for? Click this link Win 10 Grand Contest Page and try your luck just like myself. This is our last chance to play, why not try your luck. Please check the official rules to see if your states qualify.

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And to keep up with Charter's updates you can follow them at Charter’s Twitter Feed to learn about their contests and giveaways. No twitter you say (everyone have twitter these days), you can open an account as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just follow their twitter link and you're there. I love entering contests, and I love winning it too. I won a few blogger's contest and I am hoping to win something big that my family can benefit too.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Green Jackfruit Adobo

This is cook with turmeric powder (we call it mustard), coconut milk/cream and salt and pepper. I also mix some shrimp with this sometimes.



Below is the images of green jackfruit and coconut milk.



This the turmeric (my parents call it dilaw means yellow), I actually bought mine form the Asian store in Parsippany. I sliced them thin and dried in a dehydrator (back home we use the sun) and powder it under a mortar and pestle and run it through very fine sifter. My Dad is using this to ease his migraine he swears it work.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Seafood Tamarind Soup (Seafood Sinigang)

I caught DS stomach virus and I was sick Friday night and all through Sunday. Somehow I had a cravings for sinigang. I cook seafood in tamarind soup mix with shrimp and tilapia. And some frozen long beans (sitaw) and sweet potato tops (talbos ng camote), from my frozen vegetables from my last harvest. And since I was out grocery shopping Sunday (spreading out the virus...lol), I also put some romain lettuce in. After 24 hours of not having anything in my stomach this was the right thing to eat. Sour taste in my tasteless mouth was scrumptious.

Here is the picture of what I made. Never mind the broken piece of fish fillet, it did not survive the cooking process (stirring process is more like it).

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cocoa Tree

This is one of the cocoa trees from my parents property back home. DH wanted to grow one inside our house. I'm not sure if it will fit. We probably have to keep cutting the new growth to make it fit however, will it fruit? This is organic and nothing had done to make it grow shorter. We don't even know where to get the seed to grow from...lol. (He wanted to make our own chocolate.)

You can also see sugar cane and papaya tree in the picture if you know what they look like.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Awareness Training

When I was still working in a financial institution I have my eyes open for IT positions. I rather sit in the room full of computers rather than a room full of people. However, being new to the company, I never land the job and not to mention lacking the experience. I wish I have known about EC-Council before, I could have taken classes online for free. My company reimburses anyone who takes classes related to our job as long as we pass the course. However, it was hard to find classes online when I worked there. I could have an advantage over my competitions with IT Security even though I did not have the seniority.

I suggest whenever your company offers any type of classes or seminars you should always volunteer to attend. In the long run, it would help you because they add qualifications to any jobs you wanted to do. I have attended a few about customer service when I was still working. All you have to do is show up and get the certification and show it to your supervisor. When I went to these classes, I got the day's pay just like doing the day's work and reimbursement for fuel, food and lodging.

Ok, can someone tell me what other grammatical errors I have in this post. I'm running out of spell checkers, grammar checkers and other checkers they are talking about and by the way Julie of IZEA, MS Word does not check grammars. Yes the featured is there and yes I have it. You can removed Word from the choices you put in your emails.

Cilantro Chelation Pesto

This is not your regular pesto recipe for your pasta, meat dish, rice, or seafood. This is compiled by Dr. Thomas Stearns Lee, NMD at Naturo Doc. You can also find the ingredients at their store. And for more information on how to use this recipe please follow the link.

4 clove garlic
1/3 cup Brazil nuts
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups packed fresh cilantro
2/3 cup flaxseed oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dulce powder
Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Process the cilantro and flaxseed oil in a blender until the cilantro is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Add a squirt of Bragg's Liquid Aminos to taste and blend again. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well, so purchase cilantro in season and fill enough jars to last through the year.

One person suffering from high blood pressure due to mercury poisoning had her blood pressure return to normal after eating 2 teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week. So whether you need to detoxify heavy metals from your body or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to take.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Down South

I used to live in North Carolina a long time ago and enjoyed the seafood down there. Furthermore, once a month my friends and I goes to the dock to fish or catch crabs. Then I moved to New Jersey, not much difference about the seafood but big difference with the temperature. Technology is better because the city is just an hour or less drive away. I used to have a directtv package that was very affordable, I miss it a lot.

Now we live in the boonies and it took a few years to have a high speed internet. We were so glad when it was finally available to us. We could have gone and get a Direct TV however, we are far away from the city limit and can not afford to get a separate bill for high speed internet. I know they have broadband services too, but money is the issue here.

We are still looking at moving to Georgia as soon as we can. We are just waiting for my eldest son to go to college before we move. If we have direct TV, they can move with us because there is a Direct TV in GA. Not to mention warmer weather and plenty of fresh seafood that I love and, I already made a friend down there. Moreover, I can be harvesting vegetables pretty soon if we live down there. My garden here in PA is still very wet and I'm not planning on planting until it dries-up, hopefully before June.

DD Birthday Cake

I think my FIL came up today just to give me my camera memory card back. They both look very tired today, I would guess being retired they should have so much time to rest. But in their case, more time to visit everyone they know. My MIL in the ohter hand is a night owl. I will not be surprise if she is tired because she is always awake all night and she goes to sleep during the day. SO, if she comes in looking very tired it means that she did not take a nap yet from the night before.


Anyway, as I promise here is DD birthday cake. We took 1/3 of it home because most of the parents don't want to touch it. I don't blame them, if they are like me health conscious I will not eat it either. A very simple birthday cake. Have some before clicking away, there are plenty to go around.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Home Again Helping Pet and Pet Owner

Going at my local grocery store last night I noticed the sign “be kind to animal week”. My son even got a sticker with a paw print on it. When we got home I found the Home Again Web Site and they have the same banner. For people who don’t know May 3 to 9 is “be kind to animal’s week”. You can help animals when you shop by donating a portion of your purchase to participating animal shelters through HomeAgain.

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You can also register your pet/s to HomeAgain and they will make a donation to bringpetshome.com a a fundraising Web site specifically created to help shelter animals. They help recover more than 500,000 lost pets to be reunited to their owners. They also offer 24 hours, 7 days a week medical assistant at 1-888-HomeAgain. With medical pet insurance program you have less deductible and $500 reimbursable travel expenses for pets found more than 500 miles from home. You may want to consider microchipping for a permanent form of identification. It can never fall off or become impossible to read and one can take it off.

I am a pet owner myself and I would feel bad if my cat get lost. My children will never stop asking about locating her. However, our cat can get in out of our house and letting her know where we live. My son is much protected of her and worries when she is outside. I try to explain to him that she needs to learn where we live, and learn how to hunt just in case she gets lost she can feed herself and survive until found.

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Birthday Party for DD

My DD N turned 6 on Wednesday and we are having a bowling party for her in our local bowling alley. I don't really know how it's going to turn out because they are too little to throw such heavy ball to knock down pins. The whole thing is only for 2 hours and there are about 33 people coming both kids and adult.

This is only part of her cake. I took the picture after we got home. My FIL has my memory card, he wanted to make a CD from all the pictures.

I wish we could have it done in our house but our house is not that big. And if it rains everyone needs to come inside and cramp in our tiny living room, dining and kitchen area. i like to do it in our house because I serve them more food than the bowling alley. We are not allowed to bring any food except for the cake. They are only allowed to have 1 slice of pizza or hotdog and a cup of soda. At my house I can have a buffet of different dishes. We have a swimming pool outside for the kids but I think its still too cold to play at. Plus we don't have a deck for people to hang, we only have the grass and going in and out of the house is next to impossible.

Anyway, I will add the picture of the birthday cake later. I still need to pick it up and and take a picture of it. Have a restful Mother's Day to all mothers and enjoy your weekend.

Everyone is a Winner

For the entire month of May you can win Charter's Free Gift Card Sweepstakes. This is open to everyone and you don’t even have to purchase anything, all you have to do is register. When you purchase anything from Charter this month you are automatically enter to win the following mix and match gift card from clothing, restaurants, home & accessories stores and a lot more. What are you waiting for, go and check it out for yourselves.

A few days back I got an email from my local internet provider telling me that we went over again on our download bandwidth. My teenage son comes to my mind right away. We bought him a computer as a gift for having such good grades few years back. However, this year his grades are not very good and one subject in particular he is the verge of failing. He’s been grounded for downloading music (he gets pre-paid card from his birthday and holidays) but somehow sneaked and does it anyway. Now we took his computer and not allowed to go online these days. The office is locked by the end of the day.

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I checked charter and see if they are available in my area, but no luck (we live outside the city limit). However, they offer dial up in my area. Not good either because we don’t have a land line (too expensive). So, I called my provider and asked them what I can do to keep my connection. We need it because my children use the internet for their lessons. Mind you they just wanted me to pay more. It thought we are ban forever. Now we have the highest possible for residential (G12) connection. I will downgrade later on when our download bandwidth goes down, and I’m pretty sure it will because my teenager does not have a computer anymore.

Moreover, you can Follow Charter on Twitter if you want to keep up with their latest sweepstakes. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, weekly prizes of $1000 worth of gift cards and a grand prize of $5000 worth of gift cards.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Homemade Pancakes

Breakfast anyone? This was made with flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, egg, milk and olive oil. Recipe is easy to find online.

I always make small and big ones because the sausage can be easily wrap with a small pancake and makes "pig in a blanket" image below.

My sad attempt to make a "pig in a blanket". However, my youngest son loves them. It does not matter what they look like, it matter to him what it taste like.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Romantic Flowers and Ruffles Apron Giveaway

I am a frequent at The Apron Goddesses browsing their aprons. These ladies are very talented seamstresses and always wish I can learn how to sew one of their aprons. However, to do that I really have to start sewing and try out different patterns. Yup, if only I have extra time in my hand.

This apron is up for grab to the lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the contest and follow some rules. Please follow the link above to enter.

Beef Stew

This is a Cuban style beef stew. Just like I mention below DS is having May 5th celebration in school and I am not happy. I really don't mind the cooking but why are they celebrating someone else holiday?



Anyway, enjoy the picture. I did not like the dish one bit, it gives me too much gas...burp! Oh my...excuse moi. I cooked this in a crock pot over night. It smelled soo good but I don't like the taste.


Monday, May 4, 2009

Not Enough Acid

My son is cooking (with my help) something for the cinco de mayo (pls don't get me started :( about the whole celebration thing) tomorrow. There are 20 kids in his class and everyone have something to share tomorrow. We made some kind of Cuban stew that has a lot of fruit (red wine, sherry, raisins and olives. I been tasting that thing after cooking for two hours now I have a very bad indigestion.

I tasted the pemiento because well, I haven't tasted one before. It was very salty and sour now my stomach id killing me. Not to mention the capers and wines that we put in it. I post the picture after taking it when it's done. We are cooking it over night (maybe) under low heat in a crock pot.

I'm off to eat some saltines or any crackers I can find to ease my stomach.

Security Systems

We (hubby and I) always wanted some camera around the house for our children. We don’t have 180 degree window and we can’t see them around the yard when they are playing outside. I know there are so many kinds in the market and the type we wanted is too much for our budget. Furthermore, the affordable once are simply affordable. I think it will only last a few rains and winds then straight to the garbage. I like quality rather than quantity because I like it to last longer.

We would pick a wireless security system like copper package for less than $30.00 a month. However this is not a camera to put around our house but a motion detection security system. We could have it put in before my youngest son started walking. He goes outside without letting us know on those days. But he grew out of it and follows our rules now.

Anyway, the package includes control panel, 1 motion detector, 3 entry points, internal siren & door chime, battery backup, one button arming, 3 window decals and 1 yard sign. Furthermore, at limited time they offer a free Micro Sensor Upgrade (online only). Call 1 (800) 951-5111 for more information and get two key chain remotes with your order.

Now my question is, will this protect us from a domestic attack? Like ATF who’s trying to get our firearms (because citizen are not supposed to have firearms, what constitution are they reading) and police officers who busted your front door open because you sell organic products (when is selling organic products against the law when you are license to sell them)?


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Seafood Linguni with Garlic Creamy Sauce

I been wanting to make this for the longest time. Finally I did it over the weekend. I mixed it with shrimp, clams, and scallops. A lot of minced garlic, 1 1/2 cups cream, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. I think next time I will add some white wine, roma tomatoes, and clam juice. Enjoy the picture.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How Do I Love Thee

Let me count the ways... I have about 20 pairs of shoes maybe more when I was working. What can I say love shoes of colors, kinds and used. Below is what I use mostly for the summer months and around the house. It is very easy to put on and off. Not like snickers that I need to put socks tie and untie every time I want to use it.The below image is for special occasions. And sometimes when I feel like wearing a skirt at work and show some legs. The only time you will see me wear short skirts now is at home. I think I already past the mini skirt age. I could also use this on my sister in law's wedding in July. I'm not really sure what her theme is, but I'm sure black will go with any color.And this one I love for winter. You don't know how cold it gets where I am. Not as cold as northern Canada but cold enough for the people in northern US. I have another pair which I always used in the winter. Not as warm as this one but it does the job and I also wear it with a skirt. I think with this boots I can wear it outside my jeans. Whose lady does not like shoes? Not me, if I can buy one every week I will.



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Friday, May 1, 2009

April Top EC Droppers

Thank you so much for everyone who keep coming to drop EC. These days I only drop to those dropped on my widget. I have plenty of credits to go around. I wish someone can do the same thing as a blog network not for profit. I'm not even sure if I can get rid of my credit that fast. I have to check every widget I advertise into to get my 100% exposure. I'm not happy about the whole thing.