Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weekend Snapshot: Sleep Over

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Weekend Snapshot
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After the Clear Black Night Halloween Dance Party, I stayed at my cousin's house. Around 8 in the morning, my niece woke me up by acting like she is a monster trying to eat me. But when she slowly crawling up the bed, I grabbed her and tickled her.

These are my nieces (Frances and Arielle). I slept beside them. After lunch time, we went to the cemetery to visit our grandfather.


Oriental Flavored Cucumber Salad

Saturday, November 1, 2008

1 each English cucumber
1 tablespoon Rice vinegar
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon Oriental sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Hot Chinese chili paste
1 each Small clove garlic -- minced

  • Trim ends off cucumber and cut into 1 inch chunks.
  • Combine rice vinegar with soya sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, salt, sugar, hot chili paste and garlic.
  • Mix dressing with cucumbers and serve at room temperature.

KFC Coleslaw

Saturday, October 25, 2008

8 1/8 cups cabbage
1/3 cup carrot
1 teaspoon onion chopped fine
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 cup milk
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise

  1. First core the cabbage and shred the cabbage fine using the fine disk for the shredder attachment to the mixer.
  2. Then shred the cabbage.
  3. In a bowl combine with a whisk combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, milk and lemon juice mix till well combined.
  4. Then add the seasoning.
  5. The last step is to add the sugar add the sugar to the sauce until well mixed in.
  6. Add the sauce to the cabbage and carrot mixture and mix well and allow the mixture to marinate for 13 hrs.
  7. Do to the waste of chicken in the restaurants the Colonel created a recipe to help use the chicken that was unable to be sold.
  8. So he devised the potpie recipe. See chicken could only sit and be sold for 2 hrs after it is fried.

Alphabet Question - Who I am {a tag}

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I got this from Mommy Len

A. Attached or single? Attached
B. Best friend? My hubby
C. Cake or pie? Cake
D. Day of choice? Sunday.
E. Essential item? my laptop, wallet
F. Favorite color? blue, pink, purple and green
G. Gummy bears or worms? gummy bears
H. Hometown? Rizal
I. Favorite indulgence? it depends
J. January or July? January
K. Kids? zero
L. Life isn’t complete without? My family and my husband
M. Marriage date? December 2007
N. Number of magazine subscriptions: none
O. Oranges or apples? apples
P. Phobias? heights
Q. Quotes? I can;t think of any
R. Reasons to smile? my husband
S. Season of choice? summer
T. Tag 5 people: Mitch, Ruby, Sheng, Ivory tasks, Mariz
U. Unknown fact about me? I'm lactose intolerant
V. Vegetable? eggplant
W. Worst habit? biting nails
X. X-ray or ultrasound? X-ray
Y. Your favorite foods? seafoods
Z. Zodiac sign?Taurus



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2 packages fast−rising dry yeast
2 cups tepid water
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon table salt
5 1/2 cups unbleached white bread flour
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup olive oil for topping
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • Dissolve the yeast in tepid water.
  • Add the sugar, olive oil, salad oil, and table salt.
  • Mix in 3 cups of flour and whip until the dough begins to leave the sides of the mixing bowl, about 10 minutes.
  • Mix in the remianing flour by hand or with a dough hook and knead the dough until it is smooth.
  • Allow the dough to rise twice in the bowl, and punch down after each rising.
  • Oil two baking sheet, each 11 x 17 inches, and divide the dough between the two pans.
  • Using your fingers, press the dough out to the edges of each pan.
  • Cover and allow to rise for about thirty minutes, and brush with a mixture of the crushed garlic and oil reserved for topping.
  • Sprinkle with rosemary and kosher salt.
  • Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Tuna Party Salad

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

2 Envelopes of gelatin
1/2 cup Cold water
1 cup Chili sauce
3 tablespoons Lemon juice
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Whipping cream -- whipped
1 cup Ripe olives -- quartered
1 cup Celery -- finely diced
2 cans Tuna -- drained

  • Soften gelatin.
  • Heat sauce to boiling.
  • Remove from heat and add softened gelatin and stir until dissolved.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Chill until partly congealed.
  • Fold in mayonnaise, cream, olives, celery and tuna.
  • Pour into a two quart casserole.
  • Refrigerate until firm.

Batangas: A Great Getaway Destination

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Batangas is one of the places in the Philippines which houses several tourist spots that the country is being proud of. It is approximately two and a half hours from Manila proper and is strategically located at the southern coast of Metro Manila where you can find Anilao, which is known for its diving sites. Here you can also find Taal Volcano and Taal lake and of course, Tagaytay.
There are a lot of things to do in Batangas that a short vacation will not do. You can see caged tigers, swim in their one-of-a-kind swimming place where the reef is carved at the foot of the ladders to make it as a small swimming area, snorkel at Sombrero island to see the beautiful colors of various corals.

There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake -- San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay. Salt-water beaches abound in the following towns: Matabungkay (Lian town), Nasugbu, Calatagan, Calaca, Lemery, Taal, San Luis, Bauan, Lobo, and Laiya (San Juan town). Or you can opt to explore their mountains! There is mountain trekking in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns. There are also several island tourist destinations, like Tingloy, Verde Island, Ligpo Island, and Fortune Island and also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.

The place is also made famous by its trademark “balisong” – butterfly-like knives, which originated from Barangay Balisong in the town of Taal, hence the name. Panutsa or peanut brittle, Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna in vinegar), suman (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves), the longganisa and tapa, the achara and bagoong, kapeng Barako, sweets like macapuno, Ube and pastillas are also some of the craved foods in the area. If after eating a sumptuous meal makes you thirsty, you can try their mura juice with mura meat – a young coconut juice with the fruit's meat, really good when served very cold mixed with condensed milk for sweetness... Or if you prefer hard drinks don’t forget to try Lambanog from San Juan town. It's a local brew from Cane.

To experience this one of a kind trip or vacation, better book your reservations as early as this time of the year. So what are you waiting for? Experience Batangas, Experience Philippines!!!

And let’s support Paraiso PhilippinesTourism Pinas 2009 because Walang Iwanan, sa Bayan in Juan (We'll stick together in Juan's nation).

Credits: Laiya Beach by Ktrix


Win $200 Plus Worth of Prizes

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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Salad Nicoise

Sunday, October 12, 2008

  • 1/2 pound new potatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup pitted nicoise olives
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tuna
  • 1/3 pound fresh green beans - rinsed, trimmed and blanched
  • 1/2 pound mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup lemon vinaigrette
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, quartered
  • 3 roma (plum) tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 4 anchovy filets
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, parsley, olives, onion, tuna and green beans. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  3. In large bowl, toss greens with vinaigrette and top with chilled potato mixture. Garnish with eggs, tomatoes, capers and anchovies.

Apple Pie

* 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons white sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup butter
* 1/4 cup lard
* 1 egg yolk
* 2 tablespoons milk

* 8 apples - peeled, cored and cut into thin wedges

* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons butter, softened


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.)
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 teaspoons white sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in 1/4 cup butter and lard until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Blend egg yolk and milk, add to flour mixture and stir until mixture forms a ball. Pat onto the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of an 8x12 inch baking pan. Arrange apple wedges in rows lengthwise on top of dough. Cover with streusel.
3. To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and 1 1/2 tablespoon flour. Cut in butter and blend into coarse meal.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes. Cover with foil the last 25 minutes to prevent over browning.

Baking pie is a rather straightforward technique, but a few tips can only help to make your pies come out looking and tasting perfect!

My Birthday Calculator

Friday, October 10, 2008

I saw this on a blog, but I forgot the exact link. I got interested so I tried it.

23 April 1982

Your date of conception was on or about 31 July 1981 which was a Friday.

You were born on a Friday
under the astrological sign Taurus.
Your Life path number is 11.

Your fortune cookie reads:
In the end there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 3 & 6.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2445082.5.
The golden number for 1982 is 7.
The epact number for 1982 is 5.
The year 1982 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/25/1982 and ending 2/12/1983.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Dog.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Beaver; your plant is Wild Clover.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Epipy, the third month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 1 Iyyar 5742.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 2 Iyyar 5742.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 18 katun 8 tun 15 uinal 18 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Friday, 28 Jumadiyu'th-Thani 1402 (1402-6-28).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 11 April 1982.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 18 April 1982.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 24 February 1982.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 30 May 1982.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 6 June 1982.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 18 September 1982.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 8 April 1982.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 23 February 1982.

As of 10/10/2008 8:24:31 PM EDT
You are 26 years old.
You are 318 months old.
You are 1,381 weeks old.
You are 9,667 days old.
You are 232,028 hours old.
You are 13,921,704 minutes old.
You are 835,302,271 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Scott Bairstow (1970) George Lopez (1961) Valerie Bertinelli (1960)
Craig Sheffer (1960) Jan Hooks (1957) Michael Moore (1954)
Joyce DeWitt (1949) Sandra Dee (1942) Lee Majors (1940)
Roy Orbison (1936) Shirley Temple Black (1928) Vladimir Nabokov (1899)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891) James Buchanan (1791) William Shakespeare (1564)

Top songs of 1982
I Love Rock `n' Roll by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder Centerfold by J. Geils Band
Maneater by Daryl Hall & John Oates Jack & Diane by John Cougar
Don't You Want Me by Human League Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band Hard to Say I'm Sorry by Chicago

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 3.78356164383562 years old. (Life's just a big chewy bone for you!)

Your lucky day is Friday.
Your lucky number is 6.
Your ruling planet(s) is Venus.
Your lucky dates are 6th, 15th, 24th.
Your opposition sign is Scorpio.
Your opposition number(s) is 9 & 11.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 195 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 27 candles.

Those 27 candles produce 27 BTUs,
or 6,804 calories of heat (that's only 6.8040 food Calories!) .
You can boil 3.09 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1982 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.
In 1982 the US population was approximately 226,545,805 people, 64.0 persons per square mile.
In 1982 in the US there were 2,495,000 marriages (10.8%) and 1,180,000 divorces (5.1%)
In 1982 in the US there were approximately 1,990,000 deaths (8.8 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1982 the population of Australia was approximately 15,288,891.
In 1982 there were approximately 239,903 births in Australia.
In 1982 in Australia there were approximately 117,274 marriages and 44,088 divorces.
In 1982 in Australia there were approximately 114,771 deaths.

Your birthstone is Diamond

The Mystical properties of Diamond

Diamonds are said to increase personal clarity to help one see things clearly as well as be straight-forward and honest. Supposedly, the higher quality the diamond, the better it is supports these qualities.

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire

Your birth tree is

Walnut Tree, the Passion

Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.

There are 76 days till Christmas 2008!
There are 89 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was new.

Friday, April 23, 1982

Moon's age (days): 0
Distance (Earth radii): 57.45
Percent Illumination 0.01%
Ecliptic latitude (degrees): -4.93
Ecliptic longitude (degrees): 28.01

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I got a package

Friday, October 3, 2008

Yesterday, Mitch gave us a heads up that the shirt from Paraiso Philippines has been shipped already. I was not expecting to receive today. But this morning, our guard told me that I have a package. So, I immediately went down stairs to pick up my QuikPac. (I was really impressed with 2GO, they are really Quick. lol)

I already knew what was inside: two Paraiso Philippines shirts, one for me and one for Ktrix. They are the early Christmas treats from Paraiso Philippines for members of Paraiso Philippines forum.

I asked my husband to model it for me, he agreed. But he does not want to give it back to me. He said it's for him. He's still wearing it...

Also, Mitch said, "May nakaipit dun na something from me heehee! Not much, remembrance lang." And here it is... a very cute bracelet. (Sis, I love it and I'm still wearing it.) Thank you so much sis. I really love it.

Once again, thank you Paraiso Philippines... thank you Mitch. I really like the gifts. Kisses from me.


Baked Macaroni and Meat

Thursday, October 2, 2008

9 x 12 x 4 pan
1 lb Macaroni, cooked
2 lbs Ground Beef
6 Tbsp Butter
1 cup Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp Salt
1-1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
4 Tbsp Tomato Paste
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Romano or Parmesan Cheese, grated
Cream Sauce
8 Tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Flour
1 qt warm Milk
4 Eggs
½ tsp Salt

  • Saute onion in melted butter.
  • Add ground beef, stirring frequently, until browned.
  • Cover and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, cinnamon, and tomato paste and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Combine with cooked macaroni.
  • Add eggs and cheese and blend well.
  • Pour into greased dish.
  • Cover with sauce.

  • Melt butter and add flour.
  • Remove from heat and add warm milk slowly to keep smooth.
  • Beat eggs slightly and add to hot mix slowly to prevent curdling, add salt and cook until thickened.
  • Pour over meat mix and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 375° for about 30 minutes-till custard is set.

Oriental Green Salad

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1 cup Leaf lettuce -- torn
1 cup Chinese cabbage -- torn
1 cup Mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup Bamboo shoots; sliced -- cannd
1/4 cup Carrots -- thinly sliced
1/4 cup Celery -- thinly sliced
1/4 cup Broccoli -- chopped
3 tablespoons Low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons Rice vinegar
2 tablespoons -- water
1/4 teaspoon Fresh garlic -- minced
1/4 teaspoon Fresh ginger root -- minced
*gm protein
*gm fat
*gm carbo
*mg sodium
*gm fiber


  • Combine all vegetables in a large bowl.
  • Toss to mix. Set aside.

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender or small jar.
  • Process briefly or shake well to combine ingredients.
  • Pour over salad and toss to coat.

Serve at once. Serves 4.

Pinoy Party at Yoville

Friday, September 26, 2008

My sister Kissxhugs hosted a party for Pinoys in Yoville... I got to meet new friends. And of course, a party would never be complete without pictures, so here they are:

After the party, we visited each other's house.  We went to Nini's bf house which is located in Brookside.   I really like this house...

Now, it's my house turn.  This is my living room... I love color pink and purple, isn't obvious?

Then,  Nini invited us to her house.  See the picture below, I'm with Kiss and Nini.   (Kiss is in the picture, trust me)

And since Ktrix, aka Scratch, is always missing in action, she took a photo of herself in her living room.  
That's our virtual world.  So, what are you waiting for, join the fun, join us in Yoville.

Iris likes Yoville

Monday, September 22, 2008

I haven't visited my facebook for a long time, not until I was introduced to Yoville. Yoville is like your virtual world on face book. Like in real life, you need to go to work to earn money. Once you have enough money, you can buy new clothes, purchase items for your apartment, go to work, and meet new friends. You can even go to the beach, diner, casino, bar and more.

This game is so addicting and fun. I got to meet new friends around the world. This is the game for as I love to designing especially our house. Take a look at some snap shots of the game.



So if you decide to join us in Yoville, look for Aeirin and add me as your buddy.


Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad

  • 1 (12 ounce) package macaroni
  • 3 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tuna
  • 1 1/2 cups light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Italian-style salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  1. boiling water, cook pasta until al dente, rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tomatoes, celery and tuna.
  3. Prepare the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, salad dressing, sugar and pepper. Add to pasta salad, mix together, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Workout IQ Contest

Saturday, September 20, 2008

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

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Chocolate Banana Peanut Cookies

Monday, September 15, 2008

1 c Brown Sugar, packed
3/4 c Peanut Butter
1/2 c Shortening, Butter flavored
3/4 c Banana, ripe mashed
2 ea Eggs
1 c All-Purpose Flour
1 c Whole Wheat Flour
2 ts Baking Powder
1/4 ts Salt
300 g Chipits Semisweet or Milk chocolate chips
3/4 c Peanuts, unsalted, coarsely chopped

  • With fork beat together sugar, peanut butter and shortening until well blended.
  • Stir in banana and eggs; blend.well.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Drop by tablespoon measure onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake in 350F(180C) oven 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
  • Cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Makes about 4 dozen.

NOTE: Cookies freeze well.

Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake

Saturday, September 13, 2008

* 2 pounds ricotta cheese
* 2/3 cup white sugar
* 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 6 eggs
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 2 teaspoons orange zest
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Set rack in the middle of the oven. Butter and flour a 9 1/2 inch springform pan, and tap out excess flour.
2. Place the ricotta in a large mixing bowl, and stir it as smooth as possible with a rubber spatula. Stir the sugar and flour together thoroughly into the ricotta. Stir in the eggs 1 at a time. Blend in the vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake in the center of the oven for about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, until a light golden color. Make sure the center is fairly firm, and the point of a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. It will sink slightly as it cools. Cover, and chill till serving time.

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Carlotaonline - Dashing Smiles 1st Anniversary Contest

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sponsor : Dashing Smile
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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Sliced Cucumbers in Yogurt

Monday, September 1, 2008

1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Low-fat plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon Celery seeds
1/8 teaspoon Ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon Pepper

  • Pare and thinly slice cucumbers.
  • Place in small bowl.
  • Sprinkle with salt; stir.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Stir together yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, celery seeds, cumin and pepper in small bowl to mix well.
  • Transfer cucumbers to colander; rinse with cold water.
  • Squeeze with hands to extract as much liquid as possible.
  • Return to bowl.
  • Stir in yogurt mixture.
  • Refrigerate covered until serving.

Makes 4 servings.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1-3 teaspoons hot paprika, or to taste
2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth
4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
1 medium yellow summer squash, diced
2 cups diced cooked potatoes (see Ingredient note)
1 1/2 cups green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cups frozen spinach (5 ounces)
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or prepared pesto

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onion, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes
  • Add paprika and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and beans; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach and vinegar; continue cooking until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes more.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with fresh basil or a dollop of pesto.

BLOGSILOG Birthday Game

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

BLOGSILOG is holding a birthday contest. Prize at stake is $26 worth of PayPal money. Two players will win $10 each and another player will win $6. To qualify, just follow the simple rules.

1. Blog about her contest
2. list down all her blogs and link them to their respective URLs.

Cherry’s Comfort Zone
Thinking Out Loud
DigiScrapz: Captured Memories
Buzzy Me
Wishing and Hoping
Fab Finds, Etc.

3. leave a comment on her Birthday Game post.

All entries should be in by September 1 at 11:59pm (-7 GMT). The names of the lucky winners will be announced on September 2 (her bday!).


making more friends

Sunday, August 24, 2008

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This is the easy way and the fastest way to :

1. Make your Authority Technorati explode.
2. Increase your Google Page Rank.
3. Get more traffic to your blog.
4. Make new friends.

Rules :

1. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog.
2. Put your own blog name and link.
3. Tag as many friends as you want.

1. Picturing of Life
2. Juliana’s Site
3. Hazel-My Life, My Hope, My Future
4. Jeanne-The Callalily Space
5. Starz in De Sky
6. My Charmed Life
7. Denz Techtronics
8. Denz Recreational
9. Life’s Simple Pleasures
10. My Blog
11. Because Life is Fun
12. In This Game of Life
13. Scribbles of my Life
14. Changing Lanes
15. This is what my heart says...
16. A mom's note
17. Tasteful Voyage
18. Jackie's Everyday Life
19. Jackie Simply Pinay
20. Gerthy's Scrapbook
21. Gerthy Sanctary
23. Asawa's Love Book
24. A Mother's Journal
25. Simple Life, Simply Me
26. Pinaymama's Diary
27. so it goes. . .
28. Hailey's Beats and Bits
29. Hailey's Beats and Bits .Com
30. Lourdes' Mia
31. OnlineBiz and Resources
32. PM's DigiScrap and Musings on Life
33. Pinay Mommy Online
34. Biz-N-Honey
35. Iris likes...
36. You're Next here

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Momhood Moments Tag

Here's what you need to do:

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1. Copy and paste this tag from "Start Here" to "End Here". (don't forget the image)
2. Place your blog's name with your URL at the end of the tag. If you have more than one blog, please add them too! Just make sure that you post this tag in all of your blogs.

3. Tag 5 blogs that is not yet in this post (just to avoid duplications ^_^ )
4. This is the twist... Go to the 5 blogs that you tagged and comment on any of their posts. Why? So that search engines can crawl to your site. ^_^
5. Return to the Momhood Moments blog and leave a comment saying that you joined the tag together with the URL of the tag. I'll be checking on it and add you in the master list.

Momhood Moments Tags You List: (updated June 13, 2008 10:14pm GMT+8)
1. Momhood Moments 2. Business Mars 3. Concealed Mind 4. 5. Personal Development Blog For Money 6. Vhiel's Corner 7. Anything and Everything in Between 8. Can of Thoughts 9. moms..... check nyo 10. Pinay dot US 11. My Blog Entry 12. Byaheng Pinay 13. The Sweet Life 14. A Mother's Journal 15. Welcome to my World 16. Thoughts of Mine 17. Pheandy's blog 18. stolen shots 19.veniz-great things come in small packages 20. Motherly Instinct 21. A Mother of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow 22. Filipino love stories 23. A mom's note 24. Tasteful voyage 25.Pinaymama's Diary 26. My So Called Life 27. Straight from the Heart 28. Deranged Insanity 29. Aeirin Collections 30. Fun|Fierce|Fabulous 31. Teacher's Corner 32. Hailey's Beats and Bits 33. Twerlermz Blog 34. Our Family Adventure! 35. Complex Life 36. .Bisdak's Footprints 37. Mummy Diaries 38. It Is Nap Time 39. Motherhood and All Its Adventures 40.Zook Light 41. Melinda Zook 42. Confessions of a (Not So) Domestic Diva 43. leaf in deforest 44. Tsinay…Between Cultures 45. Eds Mommylife 46. leaf in deforest 47. Love, in Real Lifetime 48. Lora’s Journal 49. My Life as Mama Jodi 50. Confessions of an Organized Mess 51. 52. Stinky John Jones 53. Hueandhysteria 54. Is 8 Enough? 55. Harmony In Motion 56. Mom Knows Everything 57. A Little Girl Talk 58. Celebrating Life (sultanazuleikha) 59. Juliana's Site 60. Jabber Jaws 61. Phoebe N Wyatt Diaries 62. The Callalily Space 63. MY LIFE 64.My Lovely Kids 65. Whiney Momma 66. Sejenak bersamaku 67. Crazy Mom W 4 Boys 68. It's a woman's world! 69. My Crazy Life With A Toddler 70. Two Lines On a Stick 71. Suka Suka 72. My Little Family 73. A "family - a journey of life 74. ::adinieliana:: 75. The Truth 76. 77. persismutiara 78. Coretan Kenangan 79. Chinta life's home and away untamed world 81. my uncensored life 82. meme me 83. i.mEl.dific 84. Haze - My Escape 85. multiple personality at its best 86. My Virtual Closet 87. The Real Deal The Real Me 88. My Views On My So Called Life 89. Living A' La Mode 90. Biz-N-Honey 91.Iris likes.... 92. YOU'RE NEXT!!!

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Techno Christmas 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

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You do not have to be tagged to play along. This game is simple and so here are the rules.


2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post the "Techno Christmas 2008" at each site you add.

3. You have a choice to tag or not to tag, however, the more tags you create the longer the list will grow.

4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving a comment HERE, so I can add you to the master list.

5. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often as you can. This will allow the new comers to achieve equal benefit as the late comers do.

6. Watch your Authority Rise

7. You may want to grab the Techno Christmas Badge

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Please follow the rules. Blogs in the list will be subject to removal if their lists are not updated. I will check all of the blogs once a week.

Techno Christmas 2008 Masterlist:

1. 2. 3. 4. Pinay Mommy Online 5. Blessings and Beyond 6. Mommy Earns Money 7. OnlineBiz and Resources 8. Lourdes' Mia 9. Digital Life Scraps 10. Pexlinks Triple Love 11. Pinay Mommies Community 12. Deranged Insanity 13. Traipsey Turvey 14. PierrEzarh 15. Dancing in Midlife Tune 16. Life is What we Make it 17. Picture Clusters 18. My Wanderings 19. Maiylah’s Snippets 20. Moments of Colours 21. MBA On Line 22. Mom of 2 Dancers 23. Wonderful Things In Life 24. The Fountain Of Happiness 25. A message From My Heart 26. My Life's Adventure 27. Photographic Memories 28. Love Is... 29. The Joy Of Life Forever 29.In My Dreams 30. I love nice 31. My Resting Place 32.You In My Heart 33. Life's All About 34 35. Gala Tayo! 36. Buhay Pinoy~Making Money 37. Hesitant Wife's Blog 38. PTC100 39. My Little Home 41. All Because Two People Fell in LOVE 42. Come, Let's Talk 43. Three P's in a Pod 44. 3P's In a Pod 45. Ivory Task 46. I Play Mom 47. Site Hopper 48. Health Zap 49. My Life's Journey in Italy 50. Sharing my Thoughts 51. Brown Pinay 52.Webby Contest 53. Life’s Sweets and Spices 54. Little Zoie’s Steps 55. La Bubbly Chica 56. A Stellar Life 57. Best Pinay Mom 58. Happy Healthy Families 59. My Blogging Experience 60. TIKLATON 61. Straight from the Heart 62. Welcome To My World 63. Pheandy's Blog 64. Musiqcentral 65. Day to Day Miracles 66. Lalaine's World 67. DEBORAH KATY´S BLOG 68. Psycha 69. Survivor Mom 70. when Mom more problem 71. Iris likes... 72. your blog next....



August Giveaways

Thursday, August 21, 2008

While doing my blog hop, I noticed that Nelle of Stranded Life and iHeartReviews is holding a contest called August Giveaways

Here are the he prizes at stake:

One time:
You can get EC credits and/or points by doing tasks 1-5 and your points will be accumulated for monthly prizes.

Dropper of the Day – 100 credits + 2 points []

Top Advertiser – most number of days to advertise on my blog. – 1000 EC credits

Grand Draw:
August 31, 2008

3 WINNERS of Hosting and Domain [1 year plan] [.com, .net, .org]

For more information on this great contest, you may click here.


Win $300 worth of Prizes from IMblogger

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

IMblogger is currently holding a contest. Here are the Prizes:

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* $125 cash
* 2 .COM/.NET/.ORG domain names of your choice

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* $100 cash
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How to Enter:

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The deadline of the contest is on the 1st day September of 2008. Winners will be announced on the 1st or the 2nd of September, 2008. Once the deadline has been met, IMblogger will use to randomize the entries and the 3 lucky entries will receive an email. IMblogger shall announce the winners with screen shots.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

8 ounces whole-wheat elbow noodles (2 cups)
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped broccoli
1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 4 minutes. Add frozen broccoli and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and broccoli are just tender, 4 to 5 minutes more.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in another large pot over medium-high heat until just simmering. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined. Add the flour mixture to the simmering milk; return to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in Cheddar, Parmesan and mustard until the cheese is melted.
3. Drain the pasta and broccoli and add to the cheese sauce. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat, until heated through, about 1 minute.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

1 1/2 C Flour
1/2 C Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 T Salt
1/4 T Baking powder
1/4 T Baking soda
1/2 C Butter (or margarine,)
1 C Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 t Vanilla
48 Maraschino cherries
6 oz Semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C Sweetened condensed milk
Cherry juice (4 to 5 tsp)

  • In bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla to butter-sugar mixture and beat well.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to butter-sugar mixture and beat until well blended.

  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheet and push down center of each ball with thumb.
  • Drain cherries and reserve juice.
  • Place 1 cherry in center of each indentation.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.

  • For frosting, put chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in small saucepan.
  • Heat until chocolate melts.
  • Stir in 4 teaspoons cherry juice.
  • If too thick, add more juice.

  • Spoon 1 teaspoon frosting over each cherry.
  • Spread to cover cherry.
  • Bake 10 minutes or until done.
  • Do not overcook.
  • Remove to wire rack and cool.
  • The cookies freeze nicely.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Vinegar
16 ounces Green beans, can -- drained
16 ounces Yellow beans, can -- drained
16 ounces Lima beans, can -- drained
16 ounces Garbanzo beans, can -- drained
16 ounces Red kidney beans -- drained
1 each Green pepper -- slivered
4 each Celery -- sliced
3 each Onions, medium -- sliced thin

  • Combine sugar, salt vinegar in pan, bring to boil for 1 min.
  • Cool.
  • Toss all other ingredients together and pour the vinegar mixture over them.
  • Marinate for 24 hrs in refrigerator, stirring occasionally.
Cal: 313.