Sunday, October 25, 2009

Best Blog Awards


This is from Money Saving Mama. Thank you so much. I don't know 15 people however, you are all welcome to grab this because I think everyone deserve such awards. Please don't be shy, display it in your blog and enjoy the week ahead.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Parent's Choice Formulas Affordability

Am I the only one these days who can feel the penny pinching these days? I am so glad that we are done having children and my youngest is not 3 years old. We always wished to start young but in our case we could not find the right person when we were still young. We are happy on what we got and we make the best of it somehow. I do feel for those who are just starting and feeling the same way as we are. Everything is going up and hopefully your paycheck does the same.

Available exclusively at Walmart is the store brand Parent’s Choice Formula is currently on sale for limited time. If you have an infant I would suggest to stock up. The can of Parent’s Choice Milk Infant Formula in 15.5 oz can for $5.00 each and Parent’s Choice Gentle Infant Formula in 12.9 oz can is also on sale for $5.00. Don’t you wish you are breastfeeding with the prices of formula these days? However, if you can’t, WIC can also help you buy store brand formula for your infant. All you have to do is check your local listing for WIC. And please don’t forget to go to your local Walmart to save on Parent’s Choice Formulas.

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Hot Cocoa with Mini Marshmallows

A very nice to have during rainy days which we have today. We even have a flood watch because we are having rain since last night. Sometime it pours and sometime just drizzles. It makes my mini van sweats inside my none heated garage.

Hot Cocoa with Mini MarshmallowsAnyway, I got the recipe from the Hershey's cocoa canister. The ingredients are water, cocoa, sugar, dash of salt, milk and vanilla. Very simple and much healthier than the instant ones you buy from your local grocery stores. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Alaska Salmon Rice Pilaf with Bacon, Peas, & Mint

I got this recipe from a magazine. My family did not like it much and I had to eat all of it myself and I think the first and last time I'll be making it.

Salmon with Rice Pilaf, Bacon, Peas & Mint
1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional pack salmon or 2 cans pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon (I use a left over salmon with this recipe)
2 tsp. olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
4 slices bacon, cut into pieces
1-1/4 cup long grain rice
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground chili powder
2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes, dissolved in 3-3/4 cups hot water (I use the stock in a can)
¾ cup frozen peas
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or mint
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. finely grated Gruyere, Parmesan, or Cheddar cheese, if desired

Drain salmon, reserving liquid. Discard skin and bones (if any). Break salmon into chunks and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Add onion, garlic, and bacon. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, until onion is browned. Stir in rice, cumin, and chili powder. Cook, uncover, stirring occasionally for another 3 to 3 minutes.

Pour in stock and reserved salmon liquid. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes, until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Gently stir peas and salmon into the rice (try to avoid breaking the chunks of salmon) and cook for a minute or two. Fold in parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuff Bell PeppersI got these bell peppers from my local farmers market for 25¢ each. They are not in the perfect shape like the commercialize huge bell peppers but I like it better. I'm not really sure if they are organic but I'm sure they did not use anything to make big or any pesticides.

Today featured In My Kitchen is stuffed bell peppers. I stuffed them with ground beef, rice, minced garlic, chopped onion, Italian seasoning, salt & peppers, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. DH is not very fond of it but our kids ate mostly the stuffing from it.

Want one?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Apple Crisps/Apple Chips

Apple ChipsHere is my first batch of apple chips. They taste really good but they all stick to the pan. I think I need to move them around while cooking next time. I used the oven to dehydrate this batch. I also have a dehydrator but the ones I put in it is still not dry. Some of them started sticking too. I added some brown sugar and cinnamon on all of them. And you can see they are all in pieces because it is so hard to removed from the pan. I loosen up the two that are not broken before they harden. Now to do more batch, I got so much apples.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Calling All Canadian Residents to Join

Kitchen MakeoverHow many times did I post about my tiny kitchen and always wanted to have a makeover? I think I mentioned it too many times already. It would be nice if I win a kitchen makeover however, I am not qualified to enter this contest; this is only for Canadian residents. Maple Leaf is launching their new site and what better way to make a buzz is to have a contest.

You can enter every day until December 15, 2009 for a chance to win a $32,000 kitchen makeover. You will have a chance to win one of 12 Frigidaire fridges and as a bonus and every entrĂ©e will be eligible for a $500 rebate offer from Frigidaire. You can really make your dream kitchen come true with that $32,000. The appliances you’ll have, the features that you always wanted and all you have to do is enter with a valid email address every day.

Anyway, I have met their butler, baker and pasta maker and I think they are fabulous. You can get some tips on easy made meals, baking and pasta making in their site. And since you will be there every day, you may as well visit them too. Good luck to all of you there in Canada.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Look What We Did

Our weekend turn out to be a nice weather. And this is where we spent it at...well at least the few minutes of it. Our kids had a blast and cannot stop picking apples. (Click the images to enlarge)

Apple PickingWe end up with 57 pounds of apples and my SIL hardly took anything with her. We still have about 40 pounds after she left. I better start drying, baking and mashing to preserve all of this. Would you like some?

Apples
You can find more images in my other blog at "In This life". I will be very busy and house will smell like apples until all of these are gone...I smell bake sale...lol.

Parent's Choice

I am pro breastfeeding and I admired all mothers that did and will do just that. And if you can’t breastfeed because of medical reason that is just fine too, it’s understandable. However, it irritate me to see others that are healthier than me who decided that they don’t want to give their new born baby the best in this world. It will not cost anything and it will same them plenty of money but refuse to do so it. Mother’s are lucky to have this feature, and who we are to play god with our children health, natural is the best these days. Mother’s who think that their figure will get affected when breastfeeding don’t need to have kids, in my opinion. There are plenty of women who wanted to have kids and they will do anything to have one but never had the chance. They are more deserving than the ones I mention previously.

Anyway who am I to judge, I am no body in this world of billions of people. I am however well known in my own household and I’m glad I made the right choice for my children. Please compare your baby formula with the parent’s choice calculator to see the savings or to see the savings between the well known brand and the Parent's choice brand. Some mothers’ also qualify for WIC federally funded program for the low-income women, infants and children. Check the information below.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Experts and the federal government want American mothers to save money by encouraging them to breastfeed. Mothers should breastfeed because it’s the best nutritional option and it makes the most economic sense; it’s free and can save you up to $2,000 a year on formula costs.

WIC, a federal agency that provides food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children, has introduced a new food package that encourages breastfeeding. The new program, mandated for all states, reallocates funding for all currently provided foods, including infant formula, baby foods, juices, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you select the breastfeeding package, women will not receive any infant formula. Additionally, women who partially breastfeed or formula feed exclusively will receive 13 percent less formula than was afforded in previous years. This means parents who previously had most of their formula paid for by WIC may now have to purchase regular-formula on their own.

“In the United States there are no generic infant formulas. The truth is all infant formulas are subject to the same regulations governing manufacturing and ingredients as stipulated by the Infant Formula Act,” said Dr. Barbara Levine, Weill Cornell Medical College. “Store-brand infant formulas sold at major retailers are therefore a premium nutritional substitute at a value price and meet the same exacting FDA nutritional requirements as all the major brands. As a nutritionist I know the truth about infant formula: there is no nutritional reason to buy the much more expensive formulas sold by the big pharmaceutical companies. The quality and safety of the manufacturing are also inspected in same way by the FDA.”


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Friday, October 2, 2009

A Weekend Getaway

That is what I need right now. My zits are coming out right after the other and it hurt so much. I am stress from everything these days, the economy, the government, my family and our children school. I can really use a two days getaway from everyone and enjoy myself for once. I always wanted to visit “The Gateway to the West” because I never been there. I saw plenty of pictures from my friends but that was the closest I got.

I heard that Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel is having a cooking school weekend on 16th and 17th of October. It includes deluxe accommodations for two Friday and Saturday. There will be a welcome wine tasting, cooking demo by Chef Nathan on how to prepare an appetizer serve the prior night, a Saturday four course dinner paired with wines, and another cooking demo on Sunday teaching how to prepare the prior nights meal.

I would like to learn how to make dessert and pastry if I can. Preparing meals comes easy for me because I just follow the recipes and desserts making is a little tricky. I can’t even put a nice looking icing on a cake.

For the nights mentioned above the rates at Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel starts from $199 plus tax. Hubby and I can easily fly for the weekend using our frequent flyer miles. Does anyone willing to watch our well behave children for that weekend?

Below are the menu on display for that specific weekend:

Imported and Domestic Cheese Display with Cured Missouri Meats
Served with Crackers, Crostini, Honey Comb and Fruit Jam

Smoked Rainbow Trout with Capers, Cornichons, Hard Cooked Egg, Diced Red Onion
Served with Grilled Flatbreads and Herb Goat Cheese Dip

Brimstone Cheese Fondue
Served with Grilled Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Zucchini, Apples, Pears and Baguette

Hot Hors’douvre

Fried Butternut Squash with Aged Balsamic and Parmesan Cheese

Assorted Individual Pizzettas

Shrimp Fritters with Green Chile Salsa

Action Station

Smoked Newman Farms Pork Loin, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Dried Cherry Vanilla Demi

Desserts


Assorted Individual Dessert Display

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No New Food Picture

Oh wow, I am running out of things to post here...I don't have much to try new recipes these days because I'm spending most of my time with my children in school. We are planning on going to pick some apples tomorrow or Sunday. However, there is rain on the forecast and we may not go. I will probably make some of these Filipino delicacy "Puto" or Rice flour cup cakes. I have to wait and see. I will post the recipe when I make it. Happy weekend.

Rice Cup Cakes