Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Waffles

A very quick shot this morning. I did not plan on making this but DD have other thing in mind. She wakes up when we are ready to start with classes and asked if I can make waffles. I do hate it when any of my children decided to ask me something when I am ready to do other things. I don't mind cooking anything that they wanted to eat, however, when our schedule is limited I get very prostrated.


Anyway, again with no decoration here is what I made in our new waffle maker we bought last year...I think.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sick Day

I appreciate the guest post, Jewel Rodgers

I rarely stay home from work. I have been known to show up to work so sick that my manager has sent me home. I literally have to not be able to move or talk to not make it in. Last week, I was feeling under the weather, but of course, I made it to work. My manager informed me that I looked terrible and was worried that I was going to get everyone else sick. She sent me home at ten in the morning. I did not have anything to do, so went straight home to take some medication , get in the bed, and try to get well so that I wouldn’t get sent home the next day. I have to admit, I loved staying at home. I put on my pajamas, heated up some tomato soup, curled up with my dog in the bed and watched EXPERT SATELLITE. I did not check my e-mail or answer my phone. Relaxing and watching television with absolutely nothing to do was pure relaxing bliss!

Friday, October 21, 2011

A New Friend of The Family

Let me start by saying no, it's not a person but VINEGAR. I found so many uses for vinegar and I am loving it. I got the marks in my pots and pans erase with a few drops of vinegar. You know the marks after leaving a hot dish in them for a few hours. Yes, those marks. I usually have to scrub them until I can see the scouring pad marks. Not anymore, goodbye marks the easy way for me now.

Our children love to play with markers, pens, and pencils from relatives. And they always use our walls as their papers, like we are running out of paper, (we have plenty to go around). Water, vinegar and dish soap erased them. Of course it takes a while because I don't want to have a bare wall (no paint), so I am taking easy on scrubbing it.

Our bathroom sink is made from ceramics. Since the bathroom is closer to the classroom than our kitchen, our children always empty their paint brushes wash in the bathroom sink. The tempera paint sticks to the ceramics. I tried brushing it with soap or bleach, they don't go away. I had such positive outcome with the walls and tried the same mixture. When I was finish, I cannot believe my eyes. It looks like it was a new sink.

We have a a well and our pool filtering system always get clog with lime/calcium from the water. And concentrate vinegar does the job. Even with our faucets. I will do it with our shower head very soon because our shower is not a shower anymore. More like a faucet the way the water comes out of it.

Thank goodness for distilled white vinegar. It is my cleaning savior.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eggplant Rollatini

Yes, I love, love this eggplant recipe. I found this at our friends house on one occasion and I had to try making it. Which I did. Of course this is my very first try and not as good as the one in our friend's house.

I just need to adjust the cheese measurement I put in mine according to my taste. However, I am the only one that eat a lot of vegetable in my household. I probably eat enough for the whole family...lol. I definitely recommend "eggplant rollatini." Just type the name on your search window and you should find plenty of recipe.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Having Kids

Guest written by our friend Gladys Fuentes

When my husband and I were dating, and even in our first few years of marriage, we went out all the time. We went to see movies almost every weekend. We went out to dinner at least twice a week. We went to concerts and college football games and traveled to every state within a six hour driving distance. However, after we had our first child two years ago, we were no longer able to go out as much. I began working part-time instead of full-time, so our income decreased and we were not able to afford going to movies and concerts as much as we used to. We actually did not have cable TV at home until after we had our first child because we were never home to watch it. Now that we’re home a lot more and cannot afford the entertainment that we used to, we decided to get cable from Direct TV. Now my husband and I go on “dates” after the kids are asleep, and we usually watch a movie or a show that we both enjoy. Times have changed in our house, and I miss the days when we would travel or go to the movie theater, but I am glad we did those things when we could, and I would not trade these kids for anything.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Something Goes Wrong

On January we got invited to a potluck party. It's sort of New Year's Day party but it wasn't New Year. Since my cinnamon rolls was always a hit every time I cook it in the past, I decided to bring a batch along with herb roast. Well, I'm not really sure what happened but, that batch did not came out the same as before. I tasted it first and warned everyone. I was so looking for good phrases for my hard work and nothing came out of it :)).

Easter dinner, I bought a roast beef not knowing it was already seasoned and cook it the regular way, turned out really, really salty. My FIL offered to bring some pre-made meal before the dinner and we opt not. Then the meal I made was horrible...ack!

July fourth party moved to last week because of rain. My ever famous Hershey cocoa chocolate cake turn very very cocoa-we. It taste I put too much cocoa in it. How are all this recipes gone bad? I can see the mistake with the Easter dinner, but the cinnamon rolls and chocolate cake? I was always able to cook them perfectly.

I blame my DD for always talking to me while I was making them. I kept on telling them to watch, but no, she needs to asked questions and sometimes I forget the measuring count for the ingredients. Sometimes I start making some other meals than intended. I can't wait for her to grow a little taller so that she can work in the kitchen by herself.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Baptism Over the Weekend

We went to our friends' house on Saturday afternoon. I brought kabobs, corn, and Napa cabbage salad for our dinner. I don't want to be a bother because they have three little children and when his wife do something, he is the one doing more.

It was a very tiring weekend for me. I cooked the kabobs (she helped me put them on a skewers). Their little one was getting baptize on Sunday noon. And what a rainy day that was. I think the High Almighty is telling them not to do it...he he he. Their house was packed and there was some cabbage salad from the night before and we also serve it. I cannot believe how fast it disappeared. Almost everyone who loves salad praise me on how delicious it was. Well, thanks to DH friend Bob from NJ for it.

While in church DD asked a lot of questions about chanting, the word Amen and why they say it, kneeling and crossing oneself. The man sitting next to DH sing very loud, he is probably telling us something like, "how come your children don't know anything about Christians or Catholic church?"

I am sorry, I know they are good people, but...yes that, there is always but. People like him don't need to shove his belief on other people. The very same reason why this country is the way it is right now.

Anyway, that's it for this week. I have plenty of things to do to prepare for the first day of school.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Rita's

Do you have one in your area? The children and I went out to get DH some tobacco yesterday and the place was close to Rita's. The whole family love their product. Well, the children wanted me to buy them some but I told them that we need to take daddy with us. Sure enough, I told DH when he got home from work and after dinner we all went there.

Before we always buy for everyone, and the children never finished theirs and DH ending up eating it all up. I guess we never been out for sometime and DH was surprised last night that our children finished what they got. As soon as we got them something we left and went home. Poor DH didn't have anything to eat...lol.

We now know to buy each one something. DH was disappointed, however, he is always out and about and can buy himself something.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Customer Service Stinks!

Thanks to Wm Rowe

I think one of the most obnoxious things in the entire world is customer servicelines. They all always say that they have representatives that are ‘available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” That is always such a joke! Even when you call during normal business hours, there still usually isn’t someone available until 30 minutes later. Then they get mad at you when you’re not overly excited to talk to them because: a.) your product doesn’t work in the first place which is why you are having to call, and b.) now you’ve just wasted 30 MORE minutes of your time to try to ask them why your product isn’t working. Even online help centers aren’t the best, because they try to give you computer generated answers based on the key words in your query. One such place I should look for help with customer service for my high definition television is: ExpertSATELLITE.com. I need to call in with them, and I’m hoping that they are better than the rest with response time!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fresh Peanuts

Actually, I like it fresh boiled peanuts with salt. I am very lucky that DD is not allergic to the smell of boiling peanuts. DH usually share it with me, however, he likes it really salty. That means I have to boil them a few times to get the shell soak through and have the taste of salt inside.



If I can't find fresh peanuts, I settle for dried raw peanuts.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Guess What

Firefox decided to update my browser, and now the entrecard tool bar is not compatible with firefox 5.

So, until EC decided to update the tool bar, I will not be able to return drops when it is convenient for me. I don't want to re-install the all firefox because the last I did it, my back, refresh, forward buttons got messed-up. I will leave it alone for now.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Broccoli Salad

Another recipe that is over due. I got the recipe from DH friend a long time ago and I never really tried very hard making or buying the ingredients. And finally, I got some made. Of course DH love it because he knew how it taste.


1 pack cooked bacon (crumbled)
2 crown broccoli
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 c mayonnaise

Rinse the broccoli and separate the floweret. I let it set in the fridge until crunchy or rinse them in icy cold water. Mix the rest of the ingredients, pour on top of broccoli and mix until the dressing is well blended then add the crumble cook bacon. Yum!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Simple Meal

With a flash.


Without a flash.

Pan fried in butter and olive oil ranch tilapia, saute beans with tomatoes (another fav of mine), and my very favorite, white rice. I cook a lot of this in the summer. You can see a few post of mine here with the same items on a plate...:))

Monday, June 13, 2011

Coffee (@4pm)

I forgot to drink my coffee this morning. I was cleaning in the kitchen before starting to cook dinner and I found my mug, with brown sugar (we are only using brown sugar) on the bottom. Oh, I forgot to drink my coffee today. Yes, the coffee is already old from this morning, however, using cream with old coffee still taste the same to me.

Yup, drinking my old coffee right now. I don't want to wake up with a headache tomorrow morning. As for DH, he will drink coffee morning, noon and dinner or even before bed. That how he was when I met him. And yes, he did not have any problem falling sleep at night. I do, I'm hoping I will be able to go sleep on time tonight. I don't want to spend some days in my summer vacation with a headache. I can easily get it from other things already, I don't need to add something else to it...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Looks Familiar

Taken with no flash. I can never get a good shot without a flash. They are always blurry. And I don't like flash much because it is too bright and shiny.

Anyway, a lot of you are probably familiar with the following. Egg-rolls, rice and rice noodles with vegetables.

I am craving for fish for a while now, and anything Filipino takes care of that craving. I can buy fish, but I am craving for bonito or milkfish. I can't get those in my local grocery store. DH call most of the fish I like, bait fish...:(

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cooking on the Weekend

I know most of very organize mother cook meals for the whole week, or at least have the plan for the whole week. Well, I do try to do all of my cooking for the whole week on the weekend.

Which I just did last weekend. I put all the meat that I wanted to cook late Thursday in out fridge. By Friday night they are almost thaw and Saturday and Sunday I do all the preparations and cooking.

However, on the weekend we also go to our local farm to get milk to last our family for a week. And what you will find in our refrigerator are a lot of it on the weekend. You can imagine how pack my fridge last weekend?


The deep fried things are chicken tenders on the left and fish sticks on the right.


Anyway, the images can tell you how much I cooked. An image of my beef adobo is not included because I forgot to take a picture of it. It was still cooking inside my crock pot when I put everything on the table right after everyone was done eating. I always forget to take a picture before eating. I can't stop the hungry tummies in my household to hold until I take some photos of the food. I will hear it from DH...:))

The deep fried meat took forever to make/cook. The process takes time. The strawberries are sour being early in the season so, I made the children strawberry smoothies. It has been a very hot few days for us. The bananas I mixed some pieces with cottage cheese and mandarin oranges, and shredded coconuts on top. I tried not to add any cooking on some days when its hot outside. And the following was very easy to make.

There are only 5 pieces of the barbecue wings left. DH commented not too cook to often because he might gain more weight. We both been there and we don't want to go back weighing more than we should have. I mixed the regular barbecue with some honey and DH can't stop eating them.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Tips on Making Salad

I like to be organize. Well, I can say that I was very organized before I met DH. It is easy to do so when I only have to do it for two people. My ODS and myself. Now, add another person to the picture will be hard, specially when one does not follow it and always wing it.

When one does all the planning and the rest just wait to be told is very hard. Now-a-days meal planning is next to impossible. I will asked what they want to a meal. Most will answer, "I don't know." Well, that will not solve anything. They end up just eating what is ready to eat (mostly like junk food). And whatever food was cooked will never get touch and end up rotten and wasted.

Anyway, let's get back to my title. Most of the time DH will come to the kitchen hungry because his answer was, "I don't know." I don't usually pre-cut romaine lettuce because I am not organize anymore. So, what I do is, rinse the lettuce in ice water. It makes the lettuce instantly crispy. If you are a salad person you know what I am talking about. The crispier part of the refrigerator does not work very well. And limped lettuce is not appetizing.

I can make salad in ten minutes, considering everything that DH wanted mixed on it are ready or cooked (ex. grilled chicken).

Tips with the lettuce: Rinse them on icy water for extra crunch.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Texas BBQ Queen

This guest post from Doris Dillon

I didn’t know anything about barbeque before I moved to Texas. I got my new place, checked out the wireless internet providers dallas had to offer and got hooked up – before long I was surfing the web to find out what there was to do in my neck of the woods. Turns out, there are a couple of world renowned barbeque restaurants near my house so I started trying them one by one and it didn’t take long before I was hooked! I’ve learned the difference since then in sauces (mustard is Carolina, Tomato is Georgia) and what types of meats work best with each cooking technique. I can’t believe it took me so long to get into bbq, especially since I’m originally from Kansas! I’ve challenged my dad to a barbeque cook off the next time in town and between me and you, I think I might just win! I’ve got the techniques under my belt and the best teachers in town behind me…it’s really impossible for me to lose!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

On Buying Meat

I did try cooking another version of brisket for my DD birthday a few weeks back. Sure enough the local market was having a sale on brisket. I picked one up and didn't even bother looking at the ingredients.

It turned out it was pre-season and I was supposed to add a lot of water to it when I cook it. Yes, I got a very salty brisket. Geez! I should have stick and followed my own tips. Yes, no one touch it after tasting it on Easter dinner.

I was so disappointed, because my FIL offered to buy some hoagies for our dinner and I insisted to cook something. Yup, lesson learn.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Need to Replace

This pertains to mostly every furniture we have at home. I did our kitchen chair cushions and covering when our children are still little. You know what happens when they are being used all the time, yes...you know it, right? They get dirty and well,.. the padding/cushions get less cushiony. I also made a mistake buying the new cover on them, because I match the curtain which has blue flowers on white. With children using it on every meal, I came to a conclusion that is not very smart.

Before

Lucky enough our dining table does not use vinyl tablecloths. Did you know that the fork can go through anything when they don't want to eat? I would have change that thing once a week, and don't get me started with butter knives...:)) They used it as a saw. They are getting big now, and they can comprehend a lot of things too.

After

I think it's time to do some updating especially in the kitchen and dining area which we use a lot. It would be nice if my husband can add some more kitchen pantry cabinets, but that is another story. However, I will settle for more than one drawer. Every time the drawers come to mind, I always asked, what are they thinking when they build this kitchen (for the people who owned it, before us), they never thought about of using it, I think?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Too Much Sweets

My family have enough sugar that will last them until Halloween. As for me, If I eat that much, I should be fine until next year. Whew! DH was craving for cake, so I whipped one up after dinner Saturday. We have such a nice dinner and I agree, I did feel like having sweets.

Sunday came and DD was complaining because we didn't do egg hunt. DH was supposed to go out and buy some candy, but instead he stayed home Saturday evening and download some movies for the whole family to watch (X-Men four movies). So. I went out today grocery shopping with our two children, and I bought pounds of chocolates.

For the celebration of new beginning, I got my whole family sweets and some summer clothes. They are happy.

I was thinking about cooking a lamb (easter-n-all) but I am sure I'm the only one who's going to eat it, and even roast. They are happy with the sweets, and I am glad because they are happy. That's all matter...right?...:D :D

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Enjoy It Inside or Out

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Photobucket is Back

Actually, it came back yesterday. I didn't have time to return the code and I just did it today. Thank you for understanding.

Have a great weekend. My children and I are on spring break for a week, starting today around noon. They got done with their lessons early.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Excuse my blog for being bare

Photobucket is doing maintenance and all of my background images are not showing so I removed them. I will return them as soon as they are done playing with the program.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Rice Noodles/Vermicelli

I found this at my local grocery store. This saved me a lot on gas, because I don't need to drive very far away to enjoy the food my parents use to cook when I was small. The ingredients listed are rice and water. Less is better for me, but then again, if they used less than 1 percent of something it will not be included with in the list.



We (my family) been to NJ yesterday, and we passed the Asian Food Market in Plainsboro but I opt out to stop. Our children was tired and just wanted to get home after a long day playing with other children. I could have bought many Asian vegetables, but there is always another day.

Here is my cook rice vermicelli. Right from the pan...lol.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Beef Adobo

I been wanting to cook beef adobo for a long time now. And today, I finally got the courage to use beef instead of pork or chicken. We are trying to remove pork from our diet and it is very hard. I still buy bacon once in a blue moon.

I used beef cubes use in stew. I had to slow cook it first and add all the the spices little by little after an hour. I made sure it is soft enough, I hate tough beef.

So, no more pork adobo for us. The beef taste better and much healthier in my opinion. I will add the picture next. Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Anything Salad

Anything I like in it salad, is more like it. Butter and garlic croutons, breaded chop chicken, carrots, Romain lettuce, and my favorite salad dressing...creamy Cesare dressing. My tip is to make a whole lot for a meal, make sure to eat it within 10 minutes. Yes, a little hard to do myself, however the point of eating it all in 10 minutes is because salad is very light. If you only eat a little, you will feel hungry right away.

And if you past 10 minutes, you can't eat it all because your stomach feel full. So, you need to eat it fast to trick your stomach to eat all of it. I hope I make sense here...ha ha ha.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fish Sticks

This one is taken with no flash. Please remember these are home made food. I do not care if they don't shape like sticks. They are still fish, DH and children eats them. And that is all what matter to me.


And with flash.

My secret with the batter...baking powder. I got myself a new deep fryer nice big one too. However, I don't know what the coil is made out from. For all I know, it is made out of aluminum...they advertise these things as chrome to look commercial. I rather goes for what materials they used to make the inside of the damn thing. I've so many years not using that is made from that and tiplon (SP?), now I am frying and heating oil with it..grrrr!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Iron Chef is My Favorite Show

Author: Joseph Sandoval

Baking shows are very popular. There are many reasons that can be given for this current baking show craze. Many people may say that it is because people need to cook food for themselves to eat and this means that they like to learn new tricks and can relate to people who are trying to make great dishes. There are a number of great baking shows that are currently on television.

My favorite show with a baking theme is The Iron Chef. The Iron Chef is an extremely popular production of the Food Network. People find the intensity of this show hilarious and exciting. This is not a warm or fuzzy show like many of the other baking s! hows. This is a baking show for real men. I love to watch it on my satellite TV that I got after reading up on this DirecTV Offers Information. Some of the things that make this show so goofy and weird are all of the dubs, subtitles, and voice-overs that they use. Chefs battle one another and try to be faster and more original. These chefs wear strange and very elaborate jackets that make each of the competitive men look individual. When the special ingredient gets revealed, they begin their showdown and start a cooking free for all.

The Iron Chef is an extremely entertaining new take on the baking show. There is nothing else like it on television.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Cakes

This is from the bridal shower.


And this one was from the wedding. A very simple cake.

I did not like any of them, but they are nice to look at. I like my homemade anytime...:))

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hello Blogging World

I am deeply sorry for not returning EC drops and posting here. Yikes! Where did the time go? Might be stopping the weekend holy book learning, I am not learning anything new but learning to look down on other beliefs through the studies. I don't want to learn how to look down on others and the differences on how they interpret it worries me. Everything will be much easier if we all follow the "golden rule."

I am with the kosher way to butcher animals and what animals are kosher, but other than that I am pretty much the same as before. Not all kosher products are good for human consumptions. That is my opinion and will stick to it.

I will be posting some cake pictures (2) from my niece bridal shower and wedding day. Everything happened within a month. Looking forward to some great nieces or nephews. She is the second niece from DH family who is married. The first one is not planning on having any children. She will be putting un-natural drugs (birth control) into her system before finding out that they are not good for humans.

Anyway, thank you everyone for all the visits and EC drops during my absence. I still have a commitment next week for my child state testing, so, I maybe MIA again. That would be 4 days next week. I'll be driving about 45 minutes to an hour one way. I may be staying and just wait for him to get done along with his siblings. I hate state testing. It has nothing to do with the children but a lot to do with the school and teachers. Why do the children have to take the test to find out how the school is doing their job? It's like testing a dog if it will chase a cat in the yard to find out if the owner is teaching the dog to behave.

Ok, enough of that. I need to start cooking new recipes again. Running out of new recipes. I should try making crackers to keep my children for eating not healthy ones from the store. Have a great day everyone.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kosher Recipe

No, this post is not about kosher recipe, but looking at kosher recipes. This is my very first time cooking one, and I don't know if I have to follow everything to the bone or substitute them with something.

I am not bashing the kosher recipes but some of the ingredients on some of the recipe I found was a killer. Literally can kill someone when they eat enough of eat. I know about the "boiling a kid in its mother milk." However, our rabbi was nice enough to explain it too us.

First we are not converting to anything, because we are nothing to begin with. We (my whole family) wanted to learn the other side of the story (the easiest way to put it). We don't mind learning about Islam if someone is willing to teach us about it too. Our rabbi is in the same phase with us about the government and other organizations that are made up to control people.

So, the phrase "boiling a kid in its mother milk" was pertaining to the way women cook a long time ago. On Kosher meat I pretty much do it when I was living with my parents, except for pork...yuck! That is what happened when your elder did it while they are alive.

So, on Saturday after learning some words from the book of high almighty, we ate together. We jump from books to books, and chapter to chapters and it took forever. Anyway, I decided before going to this study to bring Brisket. I don't think the meat is kosher because there are blood all over it. And yes, it did not say kosher on the tag. I cook it the easiest way or the less ingredients as possible, because I don't want to add non-kosher with the dish. Our rabbi did not have any problem eating it. I am not saying anything, simply stating he is not hard to please, and he puts everything in perspective.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I Been There

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Red Snapper in Sour Broth

In short "Sinigang na Isda." While eating this my DD keep on asking me about it. She said the broth is sour, but she keep on sipping it. She wanted to eat some fish but she does not know which part to eat. I said if you feel something hard in your mouth spit it out and do not eat any bones. To make the story short, she opted out eating it and settled with the broth.

I also told her that the fish is not very fresh just like the ones I used to eat when I was little. What kind of fish are fresh in my local grocery store? We far away from the ocean and I am pretty sure most of the seafood they sell are not fresh. I miss my island life.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Inconvenience

You would think a well traffic eatery in a town should accept credit card for the convenience of their customers, not all of them. Some owners would say it is too expensive to have it, and they don't earn enough to use it. Others simply don't want to accept credit card payment. Knowing what I knew now, I can't really blame them. It is their establishment and they can do whatever pleases them. If they want you to pay them eggs or chickens, you must, because that is what they accept.

Yes, it would be an inconvenience for people like me, because I hardly used cash, since they invented debit cards with Visa and MasterCard logos. I can use it as a credit or debit card. I am bad at remembering things, so I use it as credit most of the time.

Who uses cash these days? Yes, I know, someone will say, "I do, all the time." Well, majority of people nowadays doesn't. These eateries should get a restaurant merchant account. Serve more with merchant account providers. They are offering a limited time offer with free setup, free application, free programming, same day approvals, free technical support, free internet check software (for those who love to write checks), free shopping cart software, and next day funding available. If this is what you are looking for, please follow the link I provided and check their rates.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Asparagus And Tilapia

Little bamboo I called it, the first time I laid my eyes on them. It was my first time shopping in the US grocery store 21 years ago. I love them, especially with hollandaise sauce. However, I cook it with butter and olive oil most of the time. In the other dish is broiled Tilapia with ranch dressing marinade.

Moreover, what is the urine smell after eating these little bamboos? I search online and found out that I am not the only one having the asparagus scent in urine. It's like eating jackfruit. Well, jackfruit have a sweet smell because it is a fruit.

Anyway, study said that some people cannot smell anything when eating asparagus. I don't know if I can say it is a good thing or not. I really don't mind about the urine smell, as long as my family does not complain about it. Flushing the toilet right away eliminates the odor.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What's Up With EC

There is a note on the top of my EC dashboard saying that the EC bot cannot locate my widget in my blog. Well, guess what my widget was been here since I added my blog into their system. I cannot drop in my inbox either.

I apologize if I cannot return all your drop if you drop in the last two days. Can someone enlighten me with the EC issue. Thanks.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

One Pound of Cod for $19.98

Well, I just got back from the grocery store and wanted to make fish sticks again for DH. I looked at the package of my wild caught Alaskan Cod, and it say's, Lobster Tail 2 pack and I paid $19.98. I was like, should I open it and see if the man gave me Lobster tail or leave it taped and go back to the grocery store and get my $13.00 back. A pound of the Cod is only $6.79. I knew it was less than $7.00.

Mind you our road are still bad from the storm two days ago. Our driveway is not totally melted because it is gravel. And I have to back up to the garage when I get back because it is very hard to get out of the driveway backing out to the road. Our garage is lower than the road. However, I did not have a hard time backing to the garage earlier. Our driveway shape like a "L."

I asked DH if it really worth the driving and the backing-up to get $13.00 back. He said no. I think I can go back and forth for $5.00 gas, and aggravation of driving on the snow, looking for a parking spot, be out in the cold, so the verdict...I'll cook my very expensive fish stick I have right now. I have to make sure to check the tag next time.

DH was also arguing with me, that taking it back I may get a look from the costumer service window. Why, I ask? They might say you bought that some other day and wanted some money back today. But the tag was wrong, I did not get a Lobster Tail, I got some fish. He thought that I got a fish and the tag on the fish said fish, but somehow the cashier charge me for Lobster tail...I was like...what! No, the person at the fish department press the wrong code, and somehow printed a lobster code instead of a cod code and put it on to tag my fish. The cashier only scan the bar code on the package, they can't change it. This is what happens when he does not let me finish telling him the story and simply jump to solve the problem.

Plus, it's his money, if he say's "fine let it go," well...it's fine with me. However, I do get mad at him when I tell him do not spend any money on the account it might over drawn...then he will say...huh! what happens to all the money in there? Then I can say...well someone gave away $13.00 not to long ago at so and so grocery store...remember the fish and lobster story? He needs to take some kind of money management class of some sort.

Ok, I better get off my PC. Time to cook the very expensive one pound Cod I bought for $19.98...gee!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Popcorn

Making popcorn is my household is DH job. I make the hot cocoa and he makes the popcorn. However, if he is out during a snow storm, and our children ask for popcorn I make it for them. I do refused to make it when he is home because that is additional work for me...I know...lol

This is our favorite snack while watching some family movies. Sometimes we go to the library to borrow children movies. We never watch real movies, most of the time we borrow animations.

We mix the popcorn with butter, sugar, and salt. I miss the way my mother makes it. With caramelize sugar! Yummy!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Get Organize with These

Organize your kitchen with enclume pot racks. There are no more digging at the bottom of your pots and pans pile and scratching each one. This is also a great space saver because you don't need to use your shelves. Display your nice pots and pans, these are not the old days anymore, that people only own one big cauldron.

Yes, I own one, and I am very happy with it. I don't have a nice one as enclume potracks, but mine does its job. With my little kitchen, I freed part of my shelving, and I can hide other things there. I just wished I have a bigger kitchen. However, mine is workable...(barely that is)...:))

I recommend enclume pot rack to anyone. There is nothing to like about it. Easy to install and use. You don't need to on your knees looking for that special pot anymore. All you have to do is look up, if you buy the hanging types. However, there are disadvantages for the hanging ones. With my size and height, I need to use a step to get something on top of it. Though, I like the advantages of it more than the other, though.

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The Rice Comes from an Elephant?

I was cleaning the covers in our kitchen and YDS came up and started playing with the things I wanted to throw away. He was looking at the empty bag of rice, however, did said anything while I was at the kitchen.

As soon as I was done, he ask me if the rice came from an elephant. I knew right away that he was talking about the empty bag of rice. He made me smile sometimes and he is attentive too. I had to explain to him that it was only a logo or name brand for the rice. Poor child brain was probably working hard...thinking that his been eating elephant the whole time...lol

I showed him some images of rice online and telling him how they grow. I should know, my parents used to grow them when I was little. I can't wait to take them all back home and show them how things are done with basic equipments. I better start working on my zappy machine to zap ourselves in Asia...:))...lol.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Out of Control Eating

Is it correct that American people have more over weight people than any other countries? I don't really know who conduct this study, or who participated on it. All I know is, if you are ready to be healthy and take control of your weight problem you can use food diary for help. This is a social fitness network. Some people can stay on their diet with others just like them. I am in the same boat when it comes to working out. I can't stay on track working out on my own. I want to see other people when I do it. I feel good knowing that I am the only one sweating when others look tired and ready to quit. I can say, I feed on other people failures to attain my goals. However, this only pertains towards working out. I just wanted to make it clear.

People must realize that eating junk food can be done occasionally. Furthermore, over eating will not help either. I am thankful that I don't have that kind of problem. I eat when I am hungry, and I eat natural or whole food 80 percent of the time. I rarely go out and buy cook food. If my family and I are traveling, yes, there are times just like that. However, as soon as we get home, we stop and make home cook meals. Cooking at home helps at a lot, especially for myself. It isn't healthy to sit all day and call for take out when it's time to eat. Yes, it is very easy for me to say because I've done it many times.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Napa Cabbage Salad

3 packs Ramen Noodles (raw, discard the seasoning)
5 oz. sliced Almonds
1 butter stick

I head Napa cabbage

2 bunches scallions (optional)

1/2 c Cider vinegar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 c Olive oil
Break raw Ramen noodles into pieces. Saute noodles and almonds in butter until lightly toasted.

Chop cabbage.

Finely chop scallions.

Combine vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan. Stir over low heat until sugar is melted. Combine with soy sauce and Olive oil.

When ready to serve, toss all ingredients. When I serve it at home, I keep everything separated, and who ever wanted some, they can make their own servings. I like to keep the noodles and almonds crunchy. You should try this.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Family Favorite

I am talking about chocolates. Yes, they get enough of it or anything sweet that is. And you know what holiday is coming? Valentine's day, and they expect to have chocolate gifts waiting for them. My husband favorite is the chocolate covered cherries. Most ladies I know love chocolates as well. I think I am the only one that is not very fond of it. Don't get me wrong I eat them, but I don't go over board when I do. A pack of chocolate will last me a while.

I also found out, that when you drink milk after eating some minty chocolates your mouth feel very cold almost like a brain freeze.I know you probably knew that a long time ago. I am just sharing my new found experience. This is also a post as a reminder to get something for your love ones on this coming event. I always give out chocolates for the holiday when I was still working. I may not be as sweet as chocolates but at least my associates received something sweet from me. My sappy self is coming out...bleh...ha ha ha

No More White Sugar

I heard time and time again that white sugar is bad for our health. Now, as new year begun, you will not find them in my pantry anymore. My family switched to brown sugar and all of us can't tell the difference.

I also asked my mother to send me some sugar patties. As soon as I get it, I will take a few pictures and post it here. The sugar patties is much healthier than the brown sugar crystal. However, the patties are cooked, as well as the brown sugar crystals. The patties are process less than the brown sugar, so in my opinion much healthier.

I can't wait for them to come in the mail.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Exercise schedule New Year's resolution

Guest post written by Mark Davidson

I think that one of the reasons that I'm never able to keep up the exercise habit when I've decided to work out a lot before is that I never arrange my schedule to where I reasonably have enough time to work out. It seems like to make time for working out I would always just give up something else in my schedule that I really needed to do, like spending time with my girlfriend or even getting some extra much-needed sleep. Well, my New Year's resolution this year is to come up with some time to work out without letting anything else in my life suffer.

I had let my gym membership at my old gym run out months and months ago, so I thought that I would go online with my BUNDLE CLEAR INTERNET to find some information about other gyms with extended hours.

I found a few gyms in my area that I think would go along with my schedules and let me work them into my exercise routine resolution. I signed up for a membership with one that's on the way home from work, which I think will make me want to work out even more.

Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

This is what DH ordered when he came home from plowing for twelve hours on Wednesday. Poor man worked very hard cleaning up parking lots.

I usually add milk with it rather than water, and I only heat it up a little. I been using raw milk for a few years now, and cooking raw ingredients will not give the full nutritional value. No, the tomatoes came from a can. I did not made this from the scratch. Warm up everyone!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I Am a Guac Snob :(

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Anyway, the above image is what I score on their Guac Star Style quiz. The quiz called me a Guac Snob, yikes! And my perfect Guac recipe is the Wild Side Fiesta Bar. I like guacamole but I only like a little zing in them. I like eating it plain when ripe. What can I say, I am your average guac consumer. Will you try your luck at Avocados from Mexico Facebook page like I did? You better do it fast because you only have 17 days.

I had two avocados trees in the backyard when I was growing up. I wonder if they are still alive and providing essential nutrients for my family.  I missed going out in the backyard when I needed something for a snack. Those are the days. Furthermore, I just wanted to mention that you can follow them @guacgrl at Twitter and use the hashtag #guacrock to tweet about the promotion. Good luck everyone!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Homemade Fish Sticks

Somehow every time I here the words "fish sticks" it reminds me of one episode of South Park about R Kelly and fish sticks. That was messed-up.

Anyway, I tried making a few pieces of fish sticks yesterday for my ever picky 10 year old DS. He said it was ok, well I told him that it is home made. However, DH likes it because it does not smell or taste like fish. I used wild caught cod. I slices them thinly, submerge with butter milk, then flour, next butter milk again, lastly into seasoned flour. I used cooking oil to fry them.

I am thinking about using the tempura mix next time, or better batter and breading. I have to research some more online and see which one most prefer.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Like a Little Zing

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Plain Lazy

ODS came home for his winter vacation last Thursday. DH picked him up from his father's house. I had fresh chicken from the store in the refrigerator and decided to make chicken Parmesan. I have all the ingredients and I don't need to go out to make it.

Well, like I said I have fresh chicken...I made quesadilla for lunch and I still have some left over. So, I decided to make chicken Parmesan. I cooked the chicken without any breading. When I am ready to bake it, I started thinking. Will it be fine without breading to make the dish? Well, guess what, it did not taste right. Something is missing with the taste. I checked online and most or all recipe for this dish calls for breading.

ODS still ate it because that is what we have for dinner. He is very nice for putting up with me, with my cooking mistakes. Well, that goes with DH too...:)) Always follow the recipe is the lesson for me.