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. http://www.ritzie.info/ 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. Threetimemommy.blogspot.com 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. http://hunnyishoney.blogspot.com 77. persismutiara 78. Coretan Kenangan 79. Chinta life's home and away 80.my 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

*Start Copy Here*

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

<a href="http://www.irisaeirincollections.com/2008/08/techno-christmas-2008-master-list.html/"><img src="http://www.irisaeirincollections.com-a.googlepages.com/technochristmas.gif"></a>

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 talks...no 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 [random.org]

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:

1st prize.

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

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* $100 cash
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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 random.org 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.