Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
- In a bowl, combine pepper, green onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, seasoned salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
- Stir in crab, egg and 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- Divide and form mixture into balls.
- Roll crab balls in remaining breadcrumbs; flatten into cakes about 1/2 inch thick. (skipped the breadcrumb coating).
- In skillet, pan fry crab cakes in butter 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden brown.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of 2000 Flushes. All opinions are 100% mine.I decided to log on to the web today, taking a break from cleaning house & getting our place ready for the baby, and came across the 2000 Flushes Sweepstakes promotion for the Super Bowl. The contest is called "Is Your Bowl Ready for the Big Game ?" and the grand prize is $10,000 for a bathroom makeover - ooh, this sent shivers up my spine. I've been wanting to have our bathroom(s) redone since last year but our wallets are not yet ready for the expense.
I'm sharing the link to Enter to Win the sweepstakes DAILY. Who knows ? If we get to be the lucky winners, I'll be sure to post the before and after pictures our our bathroom. In addition to the grand prize, you could also be eligible to win one of the 99 free products weekly prizes. There's really nothing to lose, after all, the 2000flushesbrand.com is a very reliable product which I use all the time to keep our bathrooms sparkling clean - it is a very easy to use product that keeps the bowls clean without much fuss, definitely a great help for busy people and (future) moms like me who might not have too much time on their hands left for cleaning.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare the parmesan coating for the chicken by mixing equal parts of parmesan cheese & breadcrumbs (more parmesan cheese = better). Mix in the parsley.
- Season chicken thighs with freshly ground sea salt.
- Dip seasoned chicken thighs in egg.
- Coat chicken with the parmesan - breadcrumb mixture.
- Arrange chicken on a baking rack and bake until done - around 20 minutes.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Bidazzled. All opinions are 100% mine.Came across a new site called Bidazzled.com which was recently launched in November. This is a Penny auction or Pay-Per-Bid auction site that was created to fund a lung cancer charity, The Ruch Foundation.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Not having prepared anything at all, we defaulted to just having a hot pot dinner of soba noodles, squid balls, shrimp balls, mini buns, kani, and thinly sliced beef at home. It wasn't bad, considering that everything was "last-minute".
We have so many blessings to be thankful for this year but everything else has been overshadowed by the arrival of Swe-Cha, whom we are expecting around Christmas time. Thank you, Lord.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Our mantra has always been "we'll have to move to a bigger house anyway" so we always end up pushing off any purchases that we had been thinking about - among those we have pushed off buying are a new couch, LCD TVs, DVRs.
So anyway, seeing these black Friday ads have gotten me thinking again... so what happens when the stars align for us (i.e. we find a new place we can afford, we are able to move, I still get to work from home, and possibly, still afford to not sell our old house ?) AND we get a chance to move ? Real Property Management is the answer. Hope we get to rent out this condo and keep it on as an investment.
Thankfully, dreams don't cost much.
Doc checked out my (real) scores - I have to admit that I was sorely tempted to put in fake numbers a few times when I saw that my sugar levels had spiked up - and said that there was no need to put me under medication as I have my levels under control most of the time.
The spikes ? Well... I will just have to keep a closer watch on what I eat.
On a happy note, I don't have to go back to him again until March next year. I also need to take another glucose test one week before I see him, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll pass that test by then. I promise to be a good girl and watch what I eat and exercise.
On an even happier note, I just discovered a yummy meal that still gives me good glucose levels two hours after my meal. It's a Friendly's create-your-own meal and I like to start off with the Steak and Mushroom melt sandwich (which I just found out from the website today is NOT a permanent item on their menu, argh!), I skip the fries and pair the sandwich with freshly brewed iced tea and sweeten it with Splenda. I also get to have a happy ending sundae with 2 scoops of their no-sugar-added vanilla ice cream and a no-sugar-added fudge topping.
And let me end my post by declaring that we are on the last stretch! We should have our baby in our arms before Christmas.
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.
In any case, it seems like each time we transmit huge files meant for this person, something ultimately goes wrong in Manila. Last Friday, when we first started the transmission, power went out in the office building. We transmitted as much as we can, until the UPS went out.
Before helpdesk went home for the weekend, power came back on and he was able to resume the transmission. But guess what ? FTP servers were scheduled to go under maintenance that weekend so it went offline again.
I tell ya, one of these days, the office (or the building) has got to get one of these generac generators as a backup power supply.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
During my last pre-natal checkup, my OB measured my tummy and pronounced baby to be growing as expected. She then told me, "you don't have any stretch marks, that's very good."
Sure enough, just days later, I noticed a whole lot of stretch marks on the bottom part of my belly.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Also checking out some promotional items such as pocket calendars for my Mom and Dad - for them to give out to dealers, customers and those who pass by our storefront. I always find these small calendars very useful and have been keeping them updated (one a year) since 2002.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Taste-wise, it was surprisingly good, considering that I just winged it and used my taste buds which I seldom use as I often rely on hubby's. Texture-wise, the noodles were overcooked. I made a big mistake which I don't plan on repeating the next time I prepare this dish (I pre-soaked the Misua in hot water - DO NOT do this!).
Dried Chinese mushrooms
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1 cup chicken broth
soy sauce to taste
1. Soak chinese mushrooms in hot water and slice thinly when tender.
2. Slice fishballs (you can also use shrimp balls or cuttlefish balls)
3. Heat oil in a wok, saute garlic, ginger. Add the fishballs, shrimp, mushrooms and the carrots.
4. Add chicken broth and let boil, season with soy sauce.
5. Add the misua.
My first thought was "huh?" but it was immediately followed by "Oh no, you don't!"
Not when we're about to have a baby,... not when we're still paying for our 2nd vehicle,... not now and not ever! I've never been a fan of motorcycles, you see, and I've always thought that they were very dangerous playthings.
It turns out that he was checking out the site for a friend [insert sigh of relief here] because the prices look good and the site offers a lot of bargains on a lot of brand name items.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
2 tablespoons black bean sauce (I used canned salted black beans)
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
- Cut the spareribs crosswise into 1″ – 2″ sections.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients.
- Transfer spareribs and sauce into a shallow, heatproof pan that will fit inside your wok (a pie plate or 9” cake pan works great.)
- Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Set steaming rack inside of wok and fill with water almost up to height of rack.
- Turn heat to high and when water is boiling, turn heat to medium-high.
- Set pan with spareribs on top of a steaming rack in wok.
- Steam on med-high heat for 18-20 minutes until ribs are no longer pink.
- Make sure that when you are steaming that you don’t run out of water in the wok. Replenish with additional water, if needed.
I asked them to make sure that they post pictures so that the entire family can share in Lance's moment, but Achi was non-committal and said "Okay, we will try." Being a blogger since 2002, I've been so used to talking about events and photos (with a bit of security, of course) on the web for sharing. The rest of my family, however, are still not so web-savvy. That's why all my talk about them possibly putting up a family website or some sort of a brag blog (for proud parents, haha!) for their kids are kind of falling onto deaf ears - even if it's a simple site from an easy to use web site hosting provider.
I'm not giving up. After all, with security settings and customizations that are easier to control, this should be a breeze, right ? She wouldn't have to rely on free hosting sites that may or may not be dependable, or that may or may not allow her enough free space or may not even keep shared memories available for a long time.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Concerned, I asked why ? Was it not valid anymore ? Was it going to get taken out of circulation ? And Mom says "It's still valid but people just say it's bad luck to keep a P200 bill, you have to spend it right away".
It wasn't until I looked more closely at the bill when I realized why some people would call it bad luck - check out the back portion and see who's taking the oath of office.
And then there's this MB caption - I'm sure that this wasn't intentional. MB, after all, is a decent newspaper.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
It does feel timely to come across a phpbb web hosting review site that gives me more details about each provider. I also like the fact that they have rankings based on different categories such as Awards or even by Rating.
Friday, July 31, 2009
- 1 lb pork, cubed
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tbsp fish sauce (patis)
- 2 potatoes (Russet), peeled and quartered
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- Season the diced pork with salt and pepper and set aside in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- In a saucepan, heat oil and saute pork until no longer pink. If juices come out, spoon them out and throw away.
- Add the garlic and onion, saute till onions are clear.
- Season the pork with the fish sauce.
- Add the potatoes (NOTE: if using Russet potatoes, do not add them at this time as they cook easily and will fall apart before your pork becomes tender).
- Add the tomato sauce and water
- Bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for 25 to 30 minutes until pork is soft.
- Add the bell pepper and let simmer.