Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
2 cans (6 oz. each) light tuna in water, drained, flaked
1. Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate 10 min.
2. Heat large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat. Use ice cream scoop to add 1/3-cup portions of tuna mixture, in batches, to skillet.
3. Flatten into patties with back of spatula. Cook 6 min. or until golden brown on both sides, carefully turning patties over after 3 min.
Unlike here in US, in 2003 I had to be rushed to ER due to profuse bleeding through my menses. I was very pail and weak and I must have lost a lot of blood already. But when we got in, the staff was more interested in getting my insurance information than checking my vitals. I waited and waited for hours in the waiting area while my hb kept checking at the counter to see if they were ready for me yet. Six hours later a doctor was finally available to see me, and right there and then she said I needed blood transfusion. I was kept for the night in the hospital. I wonder what would have happened if we didn't have insurance or health savings account? After that horrible experience I would never go back to ER ever.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I'm glad to stumble upon Lighting Sale website because they have a wide array of lights I can choose from. Their website is so easy to navigate because they categorized their products as to height and weight; finish; manufacturers; style; and special features. So it was easy to search and find the right kind of light I was looking for. I also liked that some of their products are energy efficient, so that's a plus factor in making a decision. In any products that I buy online, I always go for affordability but without compromising the quality. Also I look for great deals like free shipping; discount; and no sales tax too if possible. And the product being an energy saver as well is really an icing on the cake. All these features are offered by Lighting Sale, so obviously it is the place to shop for home lighting.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Two years ago I bought a set of dinnerware with Christmas pattern and this year I'm planning to buy a new set of stoneware for everyday use. I truly deserve to get myself a gift for Christmas, and I will go for things that get me weak on the knees, lol. I saw different great patterns that I like at Pfaltzgraff and they can be used not only for everyday meal but for sit-down dinner to entertain friends and family as well. And also they will easily compliment the food that I'm planning to make on Christmas dinner. By the way, do you know that you can get a lot of dinner idea recipes at Yahoo! Food? Yup, despite my numerous cookbooks, I still get recipes online.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
List2Shop.com gives a list of usual or normal categories of products and a run down of common items under each categories. To register in this free grocery shopping list website is free and easy and can really make moms' life a little easier. You can actually create a shopping list and organize it by store and print even without logging in. But it would be advisable to register so all your shopping list history will be saved, so that the next time you logged on, you can easily access the last list that you created. You can also define your list in 'My Favorites' so you can quickly prepare your list next time you logged on. If in case you can not see the item you were looking for, you are free to add any item just by clicking the add button. If you want to keep up with all updates at List2Shop be a facebook fan by clicking their profile http://www.facebook.com/pages/List2Shopcom/104914421584?v=wall.
Friday, November 13, 2009
And what's worse, while nursing a sore body, I was also busy munching sweets. For some reasons I craved for sweets and finished a big container of caramel popcorn with pecans and almonds. I feel bloated literally and seriously need to get out of my sedentary mode. I've been trying to get back in the gym for the longest time, I'm not even into any sports anymore. I wish there is a ping pong table I can use to get my sweat glands working for a little bit. Anyway, hopefully by next week I can really get around driving to the gym and formally enroll. My girlfriends have been bugging me already, and there's a new gf I've met who's also into Zumba whom I promised to join with on the next class. I wish I'll be much better then.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I've always wanted to replace our fridge with one of those Shallow Refrigerators with bottom drawer freezer which I find more fitting and convenient to use in my kitchen, than the side by side refrigerator we have right now. I always have difficulty getting into my freezer because the wall restricts the freezer door to open wide. Most of the times I prepare food in advance and freeze them in vacuum-sealed bags so I would have food anytime I wanted and especially that I can't always cook everyday. My freezer seems always crowded though since I can't get around it easily I just load bags of food whichever way I can. I sometimes buy food that I already have only because I couldn't dig them out of the freezer. The shallow refrigerator with bottom-freezer would be the perfect refrigerator for us. I saw different brands of bottom-freezer refrigerators at shop.com and hopefully early next year we can finally buy the refrigerator that will be a lot useful for us.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Like I saw this website of Wasserstrom restaurant supplies that are used by professional chefs. I'm a regular viewer of Food TV Network and I really admire the professional cookware that they use on the show just like the ones shown on Wasserstrom website. I've been wanting to have this enamel coated cast iron Dutch oven and French oven dish, but they're quite pricey. But of course the price goes with the high-quality cookware products and I'm sure they are very long lasting. I hope to get one of these someday.
Monday, November 2, 2009
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals (instant coffee)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 egg whites
1/3 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch bowl. Roll balls in a sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
I never had copper cookware before but I've seen quite a lot of them at my aunt's house. She even had these copper molds of different designs that hang on her wall. While browsing online I saw this ruffoni cookware that I found quite interesting. When I read through the website I found out that ruffoni copper cookware is an excellent heat conductor and cooks evenly. But they're quite expensive and require polishing, but still they are the choice of many professionals. I'm still on the lookout of high quality cookware that I want for Christmas and I will keep ruffoni in mind. I have yet to look for other kinds; compare the quality and prices before I decide on which one to buy.
1 pkg. (2-layer) cake mix, any flavor (I used chocolate)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
Few drops each: green, red and yellow food coloring
1 Ice Cream cone (Comet cup)
1. Prepare cake batter and bake in 12-cup fluted tube pan as directed on package. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack; remove pan. Cool cake completely.
2. Meanwhile beat cream cheese and butter in medium bowl with mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended after each addition. Remove 1/2 cup of the frosting; place in a small bowl. Add green food coloring; stir until well blended. Spread half of the green frosting onto outside of ice cream cone; set aside. Cover and reserve remaining green frosting for later use.
3. Add red and yellow food coloring to remaining white frosting to tint it orange. Spread onto cake to resemble pumpkin. Invert ice cream cone in hole in top of cake for the pumpkin's stem. Pipe the reserved green frosting in vertical lines down side of cake.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I saw at NorthShoreCare.com these bed BugZip travel products that will help prevent bed bugs to attach to luggage while in hotels where bedbugs are commonly acquired from. BugZip Bed Bug Resistant Luggage and Clothing Encasement are designed to protect the luggage; clothing; and other personal belongings from bed bugs and critters as they are tightly zipped and durable and will prevent the bedbugs to cling to the luggage. BugZip come in different sizes and can safeguard large suitcases; carry-on luggage and garment bags from bed bugs. With the use of BugZip I can now have peace of mind that my hb won't bring home bedbugs from his trips. BugZip is definitely a great solution and safeguard to preventing bedbugs to come home with my hb's luggage and other belongings. Aside from BugZip Travel encasement, there are still other great bed bug products from North Shore Care that I'm also interested in like mattress encasement, bed bug monitors, PackTite Bed Bug Heater and more.
Monday, August 17, 2009
We're going to have a very small celebration with very close relatives and friends on the invite list, to respect my parents' wishes. My siblings and I contributed to make this happen and I'm very excited that all three of us are here to celebrate with our parents. It's very seldom that my brother and I can take time off and fly here at the same time.
Right now I'm very busy prepping our house for the occasion. I felt nostalgic seeing through the albums of our childhood while looking for my parents' old pictures. I even saw some of the pictures of our orlando vacations with my hb, that I've been looking for in a while. I thought I brought everything with me to the states. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing our friends and relatives this weekend. I don't know how long ago I've seen them last. And this will be their first time to see my little boy.
I read that salt can be damaging to our health and has been linked to many illnesses, including cancer, asthma, Alzheimer's, PMS, stroke, and cardiovascular disease to name a few. So if you want to be healthy, you should cut down on salt intake. Salt is very dehydrating to our bodies. When excess salt enters our bloodstream, the body is forced to store it between cells until our kidneys can deal with it. While it is there it causes a burning effect on the tissue. The tissue cells protect itself by releasing water to dilute the salt. When cells lose water they lose elasticity and shrink. This causes an imbalance as a result of the low of potassium. Having low potassium results in more salt penetrating the cell walls and when sodium levels rise, waters enters to dilute it. This causes the cell to become swollen and this continuous disruption to the cell's fluid balance in time calcifies and destroys the muscles, valves and arteries of the entire coronary system.
Completely cut out table/sea salt if you want to be healthy and lose weight. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and greens and this will help you completely eradicate salty cravings and also help you enjoy the finer things in life - fresh whole ripe natural foods.
(Source - ezinearticles.com)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
But vegetarians who eat no meat or dairy products need to be certain they get enough vitamin B12, calcium, and iron in their diets. Most breakfast cereals are fortified with adequate amounts of B12, and iron, and soy milk and many brands of orange juice are fortified with calcium. (Source - RD Food Cures)
A Caribbean cruise is my ideal family getaway as I learned that there are many fun activities in store for every member of the family to enjoy. It is always a challenge to travel with a little toddler and its good to know that there is a Camp Carnival on board where little kids can have their space and enjoy activities like board games; outdoor fun; reading and story time; finger painting; and many more. And another great thing is, they offer great babysitting services on certain hours every night as well, which means hb and I can have some romantic time to ourselves. Of course, we can splash together as a family at the Carnival WaterWorks or enjoy a family movie at the seaside theater.
This is one ideal Caribbean escapade that has always been in the works, and hopefully will push through before the summer is over.
Monday, July 13, 2009
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1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 cups cubed potatoes, cooked
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/3 cup dill pickle relish
1. Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients, mix lightly
3. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
Yield - 8 servings
Sunday, July 12, 2009
These delicious David's Cookies became very popular and well-known not only throughout the northeast and across the country, but also became an international franchise with over 250 cookie shops around the world. In 1980's Fairfield Gourmet Foods Corp. purchased David's Cookies and rejuvenated its brands and introduced other high-quality cookies and frozen cookie dough. David's Cookies is now the leading provider of fresh baked cookies on the internet and was voted one of Good Housekeeping Magazine's 10 Best Mail-order Goodies for Giving (or Serving), in December 2007 for their mini-cheesecake selection.
David's decadent cookies are also perfect for corporate gift giving with their cookie gift basket selections; giant message cookies; and other gift ideas. Whatever occasions, holidays or milestones you are celebrating, David's Cookies are truly a brilliant idea to make the celebration complete and exciting. This summer months, enjoy the gift baskets of some of their unique summer collection like Summer Beach Bucket; Pink Summer Bucket; and Lady Bug Bucket at very affordable prices. Enjoy free shipping too on selected items.
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Water makes up 83% of the blood and acts as a transport system, delivering nutrients to the brain and eliminating toxins.
Your brain needs to be fully hydrated so that the circuitry works well and it functions at optimum levels. Water is essential for concentration and mental alertness.
Studies have shown that most people are permanently partially dehydrated. This means that their brain is working considerably below its capacity and potential.
A study by Trevor Brocklebank at Leeds University in the UK discovered that schoolchildren with the best results in class were those who drank up to eight glasses of water a day. (source: Bill Lucas, Power Up Your Mind, 2001)
Therefore, you should drink at least 2 litres of water every day.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
ZENMED Derma Cleanse acne treatment system help the oil in the skin balanced therefore getting it back to being healthy and clear again. This product has acne fighting ingredients that combat acne at its source, as well as natural healing ingredients that help sooth the skin. The ZENMED Derma Cleanse system differ from other acne treatment products in the sense that it treats acne from surface and internally. It cleans, heals and sustains healthy skin. In just three easy steps, the system arrests the cause rather than just concealing the symptoms. In my desperate quest to find a product that will really help me get rid of acne, this ZENMED Derma Cleanse system looks promising and is worth a try.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Large Wall Calendars are custom dry erase calendars made of vinyl that can be mounted easily on the wall by simply peeling off the backing and place on a clean dry surface. You can customize the design of the wall calendar that will suit the specialty of your restaurants. You can actually build your own calendar and personalize or tailor made the design according to your needs by using your own image or photo. This image or photo will then be professionally formatted and finished by the graphic designers of Wall Calendar. Wall calendars are used not only by restaurants but other businesses, offices, retails, schools, residential and others as well. Custom dry erase wall calendars are exclusively produced by WallCalendar.us.
14 ounces firm Tofu, drained
1 small leek
1 ounce smoked ham
cooking oil for deep frying
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons black bean garlic sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved on 2 teaspoons water
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 Tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1. Cut the tofu into 1/2 x 2 x 2 inches pieces. Combine the seasoning ingredients in a bowl.
2. Cut the leek in half lengthwise, then into 1/2 inch slices. Cut the harm into 1 x 1 x 1/8 slices.
3. In a wok, heat the oil for deep frying to 375 degrees F. Dip the tofu in the eggs, drain briefly, then coat with cornstarch. Deep-fry the tofu, a batch at a time, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels.
4. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the wok. Place over high heat until hot. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add jalapenos, black beans, leek and ham and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the seasonings and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens. Add the tofu and toss to coat.
Makes 4 servings
Friday, June 19, 2009
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
14 ounces firm Tofu, drained and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
5 ounces straw mushrooms, sliced (or white button mushrooms)
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 1/2 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
2 Tablespoons Ketchup
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon chile garlic sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1. Combine the ingredients for the sauce.
2. Place a wok over high heat unti hot; add oil, swirling to coat the sides.
3. Add the firm tofu, mushrooms, and the sauce bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens.
But of course it's a different story now. Since we have a little son already we just couldn't do what we used to do anymore. And we have to choose kids-friendly shows and shows appropriate for the whole family as well. So I started browsing through Las Vegas kids shows and Vegas hotels already so that when vacation time comes, everything will be all set.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
1 package Tri-Color Ruffles noodles
3 Roma tomatoes, remove seeds
1 small red onion
1/4 cup sweet relish
1 cup chopped black olives
6 hard boiled eggs
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup mustard
salt and pepper to taste
2. Dice tomatoes; cut onions finely; and cube eggs. Mix together all ingredients. It is best if made the day before.
HOW TO HARD-BOIL EGGS:
1. Place the eggs gently in a pot and cover with tap water completely with about 1 inch of water over them.
2. Add enough salt to make it easier to peel later.
3. Bring the water to a boiling point on high heat. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat; don't remove the lid; leave the eggs in hot water and start the timer for 15 minutes.
4. After 15 minutes, remove the eggs from hot water and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
Don't let the eggs linger in hot water for a long time,
otherwise the yoke will turn slight greenish color and will smell like sulfur.
But I have yet to decide what to give him. I've been spending a lot of time browsing online for stuffs that my hb would like to receive on his special day, but it's just too hard to decide. He's got everything already so I need to find something that he will get excited about. Electronic gadgets will surely excite him. I came across laptop and iphone accessories; and even travel paraphernalia since he travels often now. Father's Day is three days away so I need to make a decision soon.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
It's believed that one reason the Japanese have lower rates of many diseases (including cancer) is that they drink so much green tea, a major storehouse of immunity-boosting compounds, including potent antioxidants like EGCG. Some research suggests that green tea is helpful for fending off the bugs that cause flue and diarrhea, whooping cough, pneumoniam, and even cavities. Even black tea appears to have immunity-enhancing properties. A small study at Harvard Medical School that examined immune function in coffee drinkers compared to tea drinkers found that when blood taken from all the study participants was exposed to E. coli bacteria, the tea drinkers' immune cells responded about 5x faster than the coffee drinkers'. Researchers believe it's the compound L-theanine in black tea that helps to rally immune function.
Aim for one to two cups daily for general health.
If you are sick, try to drink three to four cups.
(Source - Reader's Digest Food Cures)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
10 ounces tomatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons chopped ginger
14 ounces soft tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons chile garlic sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chile oil
1. Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl
2. Place a wok or wide frying pan over thigh heat until hot. Add the oil, swirling to coat the sides. Add the tomatoes, cilantro, and ginger. Cook stirring for 2 minutes.
3. Add the sauce and tofu; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the tofu is heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
Yield - Makes 4 to 6 servings
Eating soy foods once or twice a week in place of meat or poultry is a smart idea.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
In the morning he eats variety of fruits like blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, raspberries and blackberries. He eats them with cottage cheese, or mixes them with cereals. Sometimes he blends them into smoothie using only fat-free milk and plain yogurt. He eats mostly chicken and tofu and a lot of salad. His diet was a total turn around from the way he used to eat. So you can just imagine how he is losing some weight like he's been taking diet pill. I guess the gout has an upside to it, it served as a wake-up call for my hb to change his eating habit.
Gout is characterized by severe pain and tenderness, especially in the big toe. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid, which forms crystals that nestle into the joints and inflame them. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines, compounds in body tissues and in many foods, especially red meats and alcohol. My hb has cut down on these to avoid flare up of his gout.
Here are some food that offer relief of gout:
- Fresh cherries, blueberries and strawberries
- Fresh or frozen pineapple
- Tofu, edamame, soy milk, and other soy foods
- Tomatoes, bell peppers, and other foods rich in vitamin C
- Olive oil, canola oil, avocados
- wather and other non-alcoholic liquids
- Cabbage, kale, leafy greens, celery, and carrots
- Red meat and fatty fish like anchovies, sardines, mackerel, and herring, as well as scallops and mussels;
- Purine rich vegetables and grains;
- Alcohol and yeasty food like bread and beer;
- Large amount of table sugar and corn syrup
Friday, June 5, 2009
It's good that I've got area rugs in every spot I frequent like the area of the sink, oven, fridge, dishwasher and the doors to the deck and garage; they keep my feet warm. Since the rugs get a lot of foot traffic I always keep them clean and allergen-free by vacuuming them daily. And also since my little tot would sometimes sit or play on the rugs too, unless there are spills that I need to address right away; I run them in the washer every two weeks and air dry them on the deck. I've got a lot of nice rugs with the skid-free rubber ruined in the dryer so as much as possible I refrain from drying them there.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
There are a lot of recipes you can find in the net though, but I chose this recipe of Ming Tsai because I find it easier to make. Ming Tsai is also one of my fave chefs from Food TV Network who also owns Blue Ginger resto in the Boston suburb of Wellesley, MA where we've been several times already.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 cup canola oil
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup ginger dipping sauce, recipe to follow
2. On a floured surface, roll out dough into a thin rectangle. Brush an oil mixture, cover with scallion and season with salt and pepper.
3. Carefully roll dough like a spone cake. Cut into 4 pieces. Take one piece and twist 3 times. Make a spiral out of this and roll again and flatten to achieve a 5 to 6 inch pancake.
4. In a hot non-stick pan, coat with canola oil and pan sear both sides until golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve immediately with dipping sauce.
1/4 cup thin soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese chinkiang vinegar (I used regular white vinegar)
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
Combine all ingredients
Yield - Makes 4 servings