Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fruit and Veggies Art

My friend Lorna sent this pictures to me through e-mail and I thought I would share it with you all!

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                                     Butterfly Apple?

 

image                            Tomato leading Cauli Flower sheeps?

 

image                                        Face cut out of Potato?

 

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                                 Watermelon Man??

 

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                                   Is it Apple or Peach? Ouch!!

I thought it’s too cute!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Margarita, Anyone?

imageCherryle and myself while sipping our Frozen Margarita 04/24/2010 

I believe that this is the first time I have ever tasted Frozen Margarita. I am not an alcohol drinker, since I get sick when I drink. But, last Saturday I tried to drink Margarita, and it was pretty good. I wasn’t able to finish my drink since we had to leave earlier than planned because  there was a Tornado Warning. Next time I go out again, I would probably order Margarita again. Yum!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cooking Steak Just Right

Marc Weber

You don’t have to be a great cook to cook a great steak. Below are instructions for how to get it right every time. Be sure to choose a steak that is one inch to one-and-a-half inches thick -- and sprinkle both sides with salt before cooking.

ON THE GRILL

When grilling steak, heat the grill as hot as it will get. (If your grill has a lid, grill with the lid on.) Let the steak cook until it lifts up slightly from the grill and moves easily when prodded with a cooking tool. Then rotate the steak 45° (on the same side), and let it continue to cook until both directions of the crosshatch grill pattern are a dark mahogany brown but not black.

Flip the steak over and crosshatch the other side as well, assuming that the steak is thick enough that you can do this without overcooking.

Two ways to determine doneness...

1. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the steak is cooked to your taste. Insert the thermometer into the center of the steak, not touching any bone.

Rare: Remove the steak when the thermometer reaches 120°.

Medium rare: 125° to 128°.

Medium: 132° to 134°.

Well done: 150°.

2. Use your thumb as a rule of thumb. Your steak is rare when poking it feels like poking the thenar eminence -- the muscle group just below your thumb on the palm side of your hand -- as you make an "OK" sign with your thumb and index finger. For  medium rare, poke and compare the feel of this muscle as you make an "O" with your thumb and middle finger... for medium, use your thumb and ring finger... and for well done, use your thumb and pinkie.

Helpful: If the steak requires additional cooking after both sides have been crosshatched, move it to a section of the grill that is not directly over the flames.

ON THE STOVE

Choose a heavy, thick-bottomed pan. Lighter pans do not maintain their temperature as well and might not sear steaks properly. If you are cooking more than one steak at a time, use a pan large enough so that the steaks do not touch.

Apply a light coating of oil to the pan. Set the burner on high, and place the steak in the pan as soon as you see the oil start to smoke. Sear the steak for four to five minutes, until the side against the pan is a deep, even mahogany brown, then flip the steak over. The deep brown color means that the steak’s proteins have caramelized, which provides much of the wonderful flavor.

Your next step depends on how well-cooked you want your steak. If you like rare steak, sear the flip side until it, too, is a deep, even brown, and you’re done. If you prefer steak that’s cooked a bit more inside, remove the pan from the burner after you’ve flipped and seared the steak and place it in an oven preheated to 450°. To determine doneness, see left.

BEFORE EATING

Let the cooked steak sit undisturbed on a cutting board for about 10 minutes, until you can hold your finger to the steak’s surface without feeling like your finger is burning.

This "resting period" gives the steak’s juices time to permeate the meat. Cut into a steak any sooner, and you could be left with a puddle of juice and a tough, flavorless steak.

If there is a noticeable grain to the steak, cut against the grain for a more tender result.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Time For Smoothies

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Wow! now that hot weather is here, I believe that my blender will be used constantly. We all love fruit smoothies. My favorite of all is strawberry and cantaloupe smoothies. Perfect for hot weather, and it’s cheaper than buying it from the store. Banana would be great too, watermelon is cool as well.

What about you? What is your favorite thing to do during summer time??

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Food, Food and Food

  Oh well, whatelse can I post here? Hmmm.. Just a couple of pictures from Roan’s birthday party. Oh I made Chicken Barbeque and it was awesome. Let me see if I can find a picture.

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Oppsss. sorry this is the most decent I can find. Thanks to my husband Rodney, and our  friend Bob who grilled it.

 

 

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image My friend Jen cooked the Pancit, she is the best Pancit cook in town..

 

 

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I baked two cakes, and Riza posing with ate Tess putting the icing on it.

 

 

image I also cooked Afritadang Manok, and here’s the proof with Sherry and Me as the background.

 

 

image                      I also made Lumpiang Shanghai and Sherry was frying it.

 

 

image                                 I also made Hot Wings, so yummy.

 

 

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And my specialty…Ginataang Hipon that my guests loved.. Yummm!

 

 

imageGrace while eating some food at the Party..

That’s all Folks, have a great day!!!

Repair Shop in Houston

I have friends that live in Houston, Texas and they say it’s a nice place to live. I have never been in that state. I had been to different states due to visiting some relatives in New York and Illinois, we pass by several states, but Texas isn’t one of them. I was told that there’s a lot of nice places there, amusement centers, malls, shopping stores and of course, auto shops like Houston auto repair which is really close to my friend’s house.

Memorial Day weekend is getting close and I asked my friend that lives in Houston if they can come over for the 3 day weekend and we will celebrate AJ’s 3rd birthday if they are coming. She said, she’s not sure because of their van might not be reliable anymore, since it’s been parked in their garage for the longest time. She is planning to buy an Acura Integra real soon so that she doesn’t have to worry about her van breaking down in the middle of the road. I told my husband about the situation and he said, maybe they need to do some tune up on their van, I guess, it’s not being used since she only drives her little car going to and from work.

People who own vehicles need to know that they have to take good care of their cars or vans and all that, make sure tires are all working good, and also oil change is very important. Otherwise, they could end up breaking in a place where they least expected. I am so lucky that hubby is a handyman, he also understand about cars, so I have a mechanic on hand that doesn’t charge me a penny, just a little message before he goes to bed. What more can I ask for??

Have a great day to all!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BC BLOGGERS 2

Photobucket Wow, finally, I am now one of the members of BC Blogger’s Secret , gosh! I am so sure that my PR will go up. Can you imagine having hundreds of links on your site without asking someone to exchange links with you?

Paula of Mommy Diary had thought about this and it’s a brilliant idea. Now, I am certain that I will have lots and lots of linky loves..So, what are you waiting for? Sali na rin..

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Our Dining Room and Kitchen

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This is the latest look of our Dining Room, after long hours of working on it, painting and all, now it looks decent. We don’t normally eat here, because we have a breakfast table in the kitchen.

100_1785BEFORE picture with the old fashioned wall paper and brown cabinets.

100_2932 When I planned on repainting the kitchen, I was thinking of deep green wall and white cabinets. I made a mistake of buying this bright green paint, but I put it anyways, and my white plan for the cabinet didn’t work, since while I was painting the cabinets, it looked horrible. So, I decided to paint it bicycle yellow, and although it can blind your eyes when you look at my kitchen, it will work for now.

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Painting the cabinets with the doors in it is actually a pain in you know where. I won’t do it again even if my life depends on it.. I had to put 4 coats of paint to cover the brown color of the cabinets. I will never do it again, unless I got threatened by my hubby to paint it orange..

Whew! that’s it for now, and I will see you again soon for the other parts of the house.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jambalaya for Dinner

I never had Jambalaya until February 7th, 2010 when we stopped by at our friend’s house and they served Jambalaya for dinner. I told them I had never had any and I didn’t know if I would like it. They gave me a small portion anyways and I liked it. From then on, I make it at least 2x a month.

Very easy preparation and simple ingredients.

You will need, a box of Jambalaya mix

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A package of Eckrich Smoked sausage

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Chicken or Shrimp

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Just follow the direction from the box and voila, you would have a delicious dinner. This is now Rodney’s, Dan’s and my favorite dinner

Bon a petit!!!

Planning a Trip to San Francisco?

Have you been to California? I haven’t, and I think one of my goals is to go  there and just visit the place. I don’t know what’s over there but once you hear of California, you think of nice weather, no snow, tropical and lots of Filipinos. I have cousins in San Francisco, and I haven’t seen them in a while. We can probably drive there during summer time. With my sister-in-law’s Honda Accord I am pretty sure we will make it. She said it’s a very reliable vehicle. She got it from her husband on her 23rd birthday. She told me that if I ever want to go anywhere, she can drive me as long as I pay for the gas.

If we ever drove and we get to San Francisco, if at any rate we got car troubles, San Francisco auto repair  would be just around the corner and we won’t have to worry about anything. I heard that they are the best auto repair shop in town. My sister-in-laws car is pretty good, but who knows, it can have a timing belt problem and  it’s better to have it checked than cause trouble.

I guess, I am going to have to talk to her and see if she’s willing to drive us to California, wow..only 3 days drive? She might say “ Dream On, Sistah!” There’s no harm in trying, is there? She’s a good driver, and with a reliable vehicle, all I have to do is wish that she will do it for me, I will keep my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

After our Hardwork..

After a week of fixing our floor, this is what it looks like now. From dark carpet to laminate wood flooring. It brightens the house, and it lightens the whole room. Now, it looks cozy and neater.

100_2737Curtains are from JC Penney outlet and the throw pillows are from Big Lots, side table from Sticks and Stuff.

100_2738 This is the view when you sit in the living room, behind the wall is the upstairs bathroom and Linen closet. The door to the left is Roan and Wrozlie’s room, the room to the right, is Lola’s and Alex’ room, and the door that is closed on the right side is the master’s bedroom with it’s own bathroom. Also this wall is to go down the basement. I painted this wall too.

100_2736I am still thinking on what to put on our fireplace, it’s so rocky and it’s hard to think of stuff that can look good with it.

For now this is what I will post.

Have a great day to all!

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