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Monday, March 31, 2008

What to do with Stale Donuts


When you have leftover doughnuts and it's going stale in your refrigerator, what do you do? Don't throw them out just yet, you can turn them into bread pudding and serve it as a snack or breakfast. Here's what you need to do. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small baking dish. Cube the doughnuts and place them in the baking dish. In another bowl, mix together 1 small can of condensed milk, 1 egg, beaten, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of salt. You can add fresh fruits or a small can of fruit cocktail if you like. Pour the mixture over the cubed doughnuts and let soak for about half an hour, or even overnight. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until firm. You can serve them with maple syrup on the side.

*photo was borrowed from flicker

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Benefit of Veggies to Men

For men 50 years and over, it is best to include vegetables in their diet. Eating vegetables everyday can save them from having prostate cancer, a disease very common to men in their golden years and over. It has been discovered that men who eat enough servings of vegetables each day have an 11% rate against prostate hyperplasia than those who only consume 1/2 a cup of vegetables a week. The antioxidants we get from vegetables block the free radicals on prostate cells.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

What is your favorite animal?

I read in one article that one person's pet can give you a clue of his personality. You can tell by his pet or his favorite animal what kind of a person he is. Read on and find out what kind of a person you are.

HORSE. You are unique and imaginative. Horse lovers are very sensitive persons and very close to nature. And because the horse symbolizes freedom, they are care-free.

BEAR. If bear is your favorite animal and you like collecting bear stuffed toys, you are a strong-willed person and can face any obstacle that comes his way.

DOG. A dog is a man's best friend and dog-lovers value true friendship. They are honest and caring persons.

CAT. The cat symbolizes power and charisma. These make it easier for you to charm others.

MONKEY. You're a party animal. You are very curious, animated and loves to experiment on things. You cannot stay at one place for a long time and like all monkeys, you are a natural-born performer.

ELEPHANT. This animal is slow and is not careful but is very strong. You are strong-willed and has the ability to win every battle.

TIGER. The tiger always aim for the gold. You are very ambitious, a master strategist and very confident. Like the tiger, you aim high and takes advantage of good opportunities quickly.

GIRAFFE. You have the ability to solve problems easily and you don't let anyone get in your way.

I am a dog-lover and it's true that I am a very friendly person. I love making friends and my friends are treasured. What about you? What is your favorite animal?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Oh So Cool Tag

Vien passed this very cool tag to me and it goes like this...

1. Go to http://www.photobucket.com/
2. Type in your answer to the question in the “search” box.
3. Use only the first page.
4. Insert the picture into your Blog.

1.) What is your Relationship Status?





2)What is your current mood?





3.) Who is your Favorite Band / Artist?





4.) What is your Favorite Movie?











5.) What kind of pet do you have?











6.) Where do you live?











7.) Where do you work?




8.) What do you look like?





9.) What do you drive?










10)What did you do last night?






11.) What is your Favorite TV Show?





12.) Describe yourself:




13)What are you doing today?




14.) What is your name?






15.)What is your favorite candy?







Tagging Monaco, Sweetiepie and Monica.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Your Best Guide to Webhosting

Are you thinking of hosting your own blog and having your own domain name? You probably think that doing so requires a lot of computer knowledge. Wrong, web hosting is not as hard as you think and you do not have to be a techie to own one.

Choosing the right web hosting solution is a tough decision, and if you are new to this, you need to study the know-hows first. Kausal Sheth's web site will guide you to the best web hosting companies. Everything you need to know about web hosting and the top web hosts can be found there. It is important that before you jump in, you have studied all the information from the basic planning to funding. Make sure you have browsed through all your marketing needs.

So, if you are considering hosting your own site, make sure to visit his site and learn about various types of web hosting services before you buy.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Improve your Authority

This tag came from happymum, another one of the linky love tags. Thanks sis!

I have randomly selected 5 of you below to be tagged and I hope that you will similarly publish this post in your blog. You have to tag 5 other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. (Do not replace, just keep on adding! Yes let’s hope a long list!) It’s real easy! Tag others and see your Technorati Authority increase exponentially!

The benefits of Viral Linking:

One of the fastest ways to see your Technorati Authority explode!
Increase your Google PageRank fast
Attract large volume of new traffic to your site
Build your community
Make new friends!

And these are the people who already took part on this tag:Blognation, Pinoytek, Reyna, Bluep, Kotsengkuba, Buraot, Iris, Banco De Reyna, Mitch, Tatapilla, HappyMum, Mommy's Little Corner, A Simple Life, moms.... check nyo, [next please]

Tagging Wifespeak, Irish, Chari, Denz and Maya.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Know your Chocolate

Chocolate always bring a smile on everyone's face. Every one loves it and there is something hypnotic about it that it's just so hard to resist. And when you're feeling down, try treating yourself with a healthy doze of chocolate. It is a great mood booster because it contains phenylethylamine, a mood regulating chemical naturally found in the brain. Others say, it also helps the brain produce serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. My kids love nibbling on bittersweet chocolates, how about you?

The types of chocolate:

1. Unsweetened chocolate is often referred to as baking chocolate. It is unadulterated chocolate and contains no sugar and it is too bitter to be eaten by itself. Also known as chocolate liquor, it contains 50 t0 58% cocoa butter.

2. Bittersweet chocolate is slightly sweetened chocolate and contains 35% chocolate liquor. This is the type of chocolate popular among bakers because of its intense chocolate taste. Bittersweet and semisweet chocolates are sometimes referred to as 'couverture'.

3. Semi-sweet chocolate is slightly sweeter than bittersweet chocolate and is often used for cooking purposes. It is a dark chocolate with low sugar content.

4. Milk chocolate is defined as mild flavored chocolate containing 10% chocolate liquor and as much as 12% milk solids [milk powder and condensed milk].

5. Cocoa powder is chocolate in powder form. There are generally 2 types of unsweetened cocoa powder; natural cocoa and dutch-processed. The natural cocoa powder lacks the chocolate color but will provide you with chocolate flavor. Dutch processed cocoa makes baked products darker in color. Dutch cocoa is slightly milder in taste and is frequently used for chocolate drinks such as hot chocolate due to its ease in blending with liquids.

6. White chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor. It is made from cocoa butter, sugar, flavoring and milk.

7. Compound chocolate is cocoa and vegetable fat combined. It is primarily used for candy bar coatings, but because it does not contain cocoa butter, it is not allowed to be called chocolate in some countries.

Choco tidbits:
And because chocolate is believed to be good for the heart, you no longer need to feel guilty if you enjoy a piece of dark chocolate once in a while. This great news does not give you a license though to eat as much chocolate as you'd like.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Nutritious Blemishes

When we buy fruits and vegetables, we closely examine them and pick the ones with perfect skin. I was surprised when I read in one article that the blemishes we see on fruits and vegetables mean these produce are more nutritious.

The dark dots on green bell peppers mean they have more vitamin C than a green pepper without spots. Instead of thinking that the green pepper is past its prime, the small dark dots mean the vegetable is sweeter and less acidic. Dry cracks on tomatoes mean they have more vitamin B. A tomato with healed cracks near its stem does not mean it is old. It grew in dry conditions that made it twice as high in B complex vitamins than spotless tomatoes.

Bananas that are yellow with little brown speckles are richer in magnesium than the flawless looking ones. The small brown spots on papayas mean they have more lycopene. These small oval brown marks reveal that the fruits is, sweeter, tastier and healthier. In fact, a spotted papaya contains higher percentage of antioxidant lycopene than an unblemished one.

So, the next time you buy fruits and vegetables, don't ignore the spotted ones. ^_^

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Two Tags...


Max invited me to participate in this tag. We have to present 12 words that mean something to us, and explain why:

1. GOD - He is Almighty and gave us His only son.
2. FAMILY - They are my inspiration.
3. LIFE - is a journey.
4. FRIENDSHIP - Friends make my life meaningful.
5. BOWLING - My only exercise.
6. MUSIC - relaxes me.
7. PETS - Not just another routine.
8. CROSS STITCH - Gives me time to ponder on things.
9. BOOKS - Releases my imagination.
10. KITCHEN - My favorite area in the house.
11. COFFEE - My comfort drink.
12. BLOGGING - A fantastic way to meet new friends.

Tagging Julie, Putri and Melanie.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Get Rid of Sweat Stains

It's the month of March and it is starting to get warmer. You suddenly notice sweat stains on your new tee and you know it's got to go. Here's how to do it, sprinkle each spot with 1 teaspoon dry meat tenderizer. Scrub the area with a toothbrush until a paste forms. Let it sit for 1 hour, then launder in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. The papain in meat tenderizer breaks down the chemical bond that forms when acid (from perspiration) touches salt (from the aluminum in deodorant). Doing so can save you a lot of money from buying stain removers.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Best Medical Training

Careers in the medical field are abundant and choosing the one with the best medical training program is tough. To learn more about health and medical careers, simply follow the links and you will find the best medical career training program that best suits you. The links will give you full information on the most popular medical careers and this will be your first step toward your medical career.

Fashionista

When you talk about fashion, first thing that comes to mind is New York, the city where fashion styles and trends begin. For an aspiring fashionista, a fashion school in New York is the place to be. If you want to become one of the world's best designers the New York fashion schools is your stepping stone. Fashion schools New York offer degree programs for those who have an eye for style and a head for business.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

My Kid in a Costume Tag

Geng tagged me on this. The photo was taken February of 2004 during my son's Family Day activity in school. They did an Ifugao flower dance and won the contest. The costume was a simple black shirt and shorts with "bahag" ( a loin strip worn by the Ifugaos). I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it but it wasn't much.


My Kid Is In A Costume Tag

  1. Look for a picture of your child/ren wearing any costumes. For example: a cartoon character, a character from a popular movie or program, animals, flowers, national/country costume, etc.
  2. Share with us a brief story behind the picture.
  3. Tell us where you got the costume and for how much.
  4. Pass it on to people you like.
Tagging JulianaRW, Arlene and Ellen.

Why you can't freeze lettuce?

A lettuce wilts after it has been frozen because it has a higher water content than meat. When vegetables and fruits are frozen, the cells crystallize and this stops chemical activity, which is what makes food go bad. These water crystals can also puncture the structure of the cell, making the vegetables lose its crispness.

Herbal Infusion

When you steep herbs in hot water they release their alluring flavors, this is the technique used in making tea. When you infuse rosemary, sage or thyme into olive oil, you make a fragrant condiment to drizzle on pizzas, pastas or breads.

To infuse herbs, heat the oil and let simmer. Add whole spices, sprigs or leaves. Cover, remove from heat to steep for thirty minutes, then strain. Pour the oil in decorative bottles when it gets cold. This make wonderful gift ideas to friends and relatives during Christmas. For a dramatic effect, you can insert the sprig or the leaf in the bottle.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Unbeatable Car Insurance

Every time you go out of the house, you worry about road accidents. To make sure you won't be in too much trouble when this happens, you make it a point to always update your car insurance. Getting the most out of your insurance policy is your utmost concern and the cost of your insurance is on top of your list. With thousands of companies out there offering the best car insurance, the question of who is the cheapest comes to mind. You should always look out for the lowest price offers to go with your budget.

The next thing you take into consideration is the service, you will definitely go with the company who treats you like a friend and not just a client. A company which offers you free quotation service for the type of insurance you are interested in and the one who will give you unbeatable Car Insurance policies. It should be able to give you a better understanding of what and how much you will be covered for.

Look for the one which offers big discounts and guarantees your money's worth or your money back. Let someone else worry for you and get the opportunity to experience excellent insurance service.

Peppercorn, Orange Peel & Cinnamon

Peppercorn, when made into soup is very good for weight loss, for warming the body and to expel phlegm. Orange peel tea is said to cure bad breath, common flu, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and to help improve the skin and to relieve constipation. Cinnamon is good for diabetes. Steep cinnamon sticks in hot water for a soothing tea to help lower the blood sugar level.

Berry Wisdom

To keep strawberries fresh do not wash them until you are ready to eat them. It will be wise to store them in the refrigerator in a plastic container with a dry paper towel to soak up any juice. When you are ready to use them, wash the berries gently with cool water. Allow them to reach room temperature before serving.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Taking Care of Herbs

Herbs, like any other plants need tender loving care. They need special attention. They can be grown in container gardens, hanging baskets and window boxes. Taking care of them is easy, they do not want too much sunlight and make sure you water them at least twice daily. Using the water you used from washing rice will make them healthy too. Talking to them like you do with your flowers and orchids will also do them good. They look small and will make your patios, balconies or terraces smelling good. Herbs make nice presents too.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Right Levers to Pull

The most favorite game played on land based and online casinos is the slot machine. A lot of people love to play the game because it does not require skills. I am not really into gambling but when I want to relax I play the online slots. The slot machine website I visit has a lot to offer. They have a list of well reviewed and reliable online casinos. Informative content like guides, news and the rules are readily available for their players. The web site will also help you find the right casinos for you and even provide you with strategies on how you can win the game. Each casino site offers flash or download version of the game. It is totally up to you if you want to download it so you can easily access the games or just visit their web site whenever you feel like playing. You can play for fun or for real money and upon sign up, these online casinos will even give you a bonus.

Whole Grain Cereal

Did you know that whole-grain cereal is not only good for the heart but it is good for diabetics as well? It lessens the risk of heart failure by 28% and it helps decrease the body's blood pressure. According to my dad's doctor, it is best to consume a bowl of whole-grain cereal with lof-fat milk everyday.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Too Much Caffeine

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant which temporarily wards off drowsiness and restores alertness. We all know that too much of this is not good to the body. I am a coffee and tea lover and I take at least 2 mugs of coffee everyday. I am not much into drinking soda but I like the taste of citrus soda. I never realized that it contains more caffeine than the regular soda until I came upon one article in the newspaper. I thought citrus soda has lesser caffeine content.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Weekend Snapshot - #15


As the author says, everybody loves weekend, it is the time for leisure, recreation and other religious activities. And when everyone is having a grand time, you want to capture it and share it with others. That’s why Weekend Snapshot is here for you. Come and join the fun here.
Weekend was spent at home helping my mom with her gardening tasks. She harvested a lot these lovely bell peppers yesterday.

Zespri is Kiwi


The kiwifruit is an edible berry. It originated in China but was commercially developed in New Zealand and Australia. It was originally known as the Chinese Gooseberry, the fruit was renamed in the mid 20th century for marketing reasons, first melonette and later on to kiwifruit. The latter was chosen for the indegenous New Zealand bird, kiwi, which is one of the country's national symbol. A few years ago, they changed the name of the fruit again to Zespri to differentiate them from the other kiwis in the world.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

$$$ for Bloggers

Snapbomb.com is a new blog marketing company where you can write a buzz or review on products. Since you have been writing on some products, why not get paid for it? Registration is free and signing up is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just click on the link and you are on your way to earning money.

Photo Hunt - Different



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This week's theme is DIFFERENT. This one was a toughie for me and I had to really think how I could present DIFFERENT. I was out buying some stuff the other day when my youngest asked for a Shawarma, this gave me an idea. Shawarma is a popular dish and fast-food staple across the Middle East, and is consumed across the rest of the world as well. It is typically made of pork meat, chicken, beef or lamb.
Shawarma is made up into a sandwich with pita bread or rolled up in lafa (a sweet, fluffy flatbread) together with vegetables and a dressing (tahini). A traditional Shawarma looks like this....
In the Philippines, Shawarma is not only served as a sandwich, as rice is the staple food of the Filipinos, this Shawarma kiosk has a different way of serving it, their Shawarma is served with Java rice.

Cellphone Warning

According to a hearing specialist, a person who uses his/her cellphone for more than one hour everyday is in danger of damaging his/her ears. However, studies are still being made at present to prove the connection of cellphones on damaging our hearing but limiting the use of the gadget can help a lot.

Ketchup Fights Bad Cholesterol

Ketchup is a delicious and nutritious condiment that is a staple in everyone's home. The magic ingredient found in ketchup is lycopene, a compound which gives the wonderful red color to a tomato. It is also an antioxidant which helps fight LDL or bad cholesterol and may help lower the risk of prostate cancer. A study shows that consuming at least 6 teaspoons of ketchup daily can make your cardiovascular system strong.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Corned Beef Sinigang

Sinigang is a famous dish in the Philippines, it is typically sour and usually prepared with tamarind. A few years ago, a good friend invited us to dinner and he ordered corned beef sinigang. That was the first time I've heard of it and was really curious on how it tastes. It was so good so I tried making my own version.

Ingredients:

1 can Corned Beef (any brand is ok but I prefer the chunky ones)
1 packet Sinigang Mix
4 cups of water
3 tomatoes, halved
1 onion, quartered
1 eggplant, sliced diagonally
1 radish, sliced diagonally
3 pieces okra (lady finger), halved
2 pieces long green chili pepper
4 small pieces of gabi (taro), peeled
1 cup kangkong (swamped cabbage) leaves
12 strings beans, cut into 3-inch long pieces



Directions:


1. Bring the water to boil. When the water starts boiling, throw in the taro. Simmer until soft. Add the onion and tomatoes.
2. Add in the sinigang mix. Stir.
3. When the onion and tomato have softened, add the Corned Beef.
4. Bring to a boil, let simmer, then add the string beans and radish. When the radish and green beans are almost done, add the eggplant, then the okra and green chili pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat then add the kangkong leaves. Cover for a few minutes.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Wordless Wednesday #16


The Friendship Chain

This is another one of the linky love memes and I Denz tagged me on this. Thanks bro.

~~Begin Copy~~

This is the easy way and the fastest way to :

1. Make your Authority Technoraty explode.
2. Increase your Google Page Rank.
3. Get more traffic to your blog.
4. Makes more 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 your friends as much as you can.

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. Denz Techtronics
7. Denz Recreational
8. moms..... check nyo
9. A Simple Life
10. Mommy's Little Corner
11. you're next

~~End Copy~~

Tagging Sheng, Ramil, Mel, Irel and Ivy.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Awards Galore 2

This blog has been showered with lots of beautiful awards from beautiful friends. Here they are....

Thank you so much Max for giving me with such wonderful awards. I'm sharing these awards with Amel, Nancy and Zhoe Wynz.


The cool cat award came from Navin and Vivek. Thanks, you're both so cool. ;) I'm passing it on to Lisa, and Virgie.


The best blogger award came from Nancy. Thanks sis I am so honored. I'd love to share this with asawakomahalko, Max and Melai.

I got 2 more awards from asawakomahalko. I am loving blogging so much because of these lovely awards. I am sharing these awards with Gigi and Pinay Mommy Online.



And lastly, my sweet, sweet friend Zhoe Wynz gave me 5 awards. I share these awards with my new blogger friends: Abby, Beth, Lilla, Jackie, Navin, Viky and Vivek.




Sunday, March 2, 2008

Weekend Snapshot - March 03, 2008

As the author says, everybody loves weekend, it is the time for leisure, recreation and other religious activities. And when everyone is having a grand time, you want to capture it and share it with others. That’s why Weekend Snapshot is here for you. Come and join the fun here.

Hubby took some photos of the Interfaith Rally last Friday at Makati City. These were taken while rallyists were starting to arrive at the assembly point in Paseo de Roxas. Students, priests, workers, employees and even small childeren gathered on that day in protest of the current administration.

Message in a Bottle Meme

I was tagged by Mimi on this. I've already done this meme at A Simple Life and I just can't resist when she tagged me again. This is such a wonderful idea and I love sending my messages in the blogocean.

Here are the rules:

You are about to send a virtual Message In a Bottle across the Blog Ocean. Leave a message in the sand or on the bottle. Write anything you wish. Be a pirate or a poet. Serious or silly. Anonymous or not. What message would you like to send out to the universe?

Message In A Bottle Meme
1. Compose a message to place in your virtual bottle.

2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic below

3. Use a graphics program of your choice to place the message on the picture.

4. Post the Message In a Bottle meme and your creation on your blog along with these rules.

5. Tag a minimum of 5 bloggers - or your entire blogroll - to do the same. Notify them of the tag.
Your virtual bottle will remain afloat in the blogosphere ocean for all blogernity (That’s a Mimism for blog + eternity.)


Here’s mine:

So, if you are tagged by me, go over to Mimi’s and ADD your site to her Mr. Linky list and place your blog’s name and url in a comment HERE TO LET MIMI KNOW YOU’VE COMPLETED THE MEME. Mimi will add it to the master list of message bottles. Email mimiwrites2005 at yahoo.com if you have questions. Participation is optional. Just remember she has a dungeon….and some of you are STILL there from the Band Meme. Have fun!!!

I'm tagging: Beth, Bless, Crystal, Eva, Hailey, Jenny R., Julie, Laura, Luana, Melanie, Nancy, Vivek, Siani, Wildcatlady29 and ZhoeWynz.



Saturday, March 1, 2008

Photo Hunt - Party

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Photos were taken last week during the birthday party of my daughter's friend. Of course, the karaoke is a permanent fixture every Filipino party.
 
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