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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Weekend Snapshot - 2

We did not go out this weekend, so, no outdoor photos today, but I'd like to share with you what happened last weekend.

A few weeks ago, as I was blog hopping, I came upon a web site giving away free books. I commented on one of the posts. Two days later, I got a message from Shosh informing me that I won a book. I was surprised because I wasn't really expecting to win. Last Friday, this parcel arrived...


Woohoo... the book is here, come and take a look...


I'll start reading tonight ;) If you would also like to win free books, click here.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Photo Hunt - High


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High is the theme this week. I chanced upon this high building last week and took a snap. Do you think this is high enough?



Monday, March 24, 2008

Simple Ways to Fight/Avoid Diabetes

According to our very reliable friend, Wikipedia, diabetes is a syndrome characterized by disordered metabolism and inappropriately high blood sugar resulting from either low levels of the hormone insulin or from abnormal resistance to insulin's effects coupled with inadequate levels of insulin secretion to compensate.

Mixing cinnamon with food is one way to avoid it especially when you come from a family with a history of the disease. A 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon that you mix with your food was proven to be effective. The cinnamon regulates the insulin in the body.

Drink milk. Milk always does a body good. A diet rich in low-fat dairy reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes in women.

Lose weight. Losing weight helps the insulin maintain its normal level.

Take your vitamins. A daily doze of 1200 mg of calcium and 800 iu of vitamin D can help you avoid diabetes.

Get enough sleep. Six hours or less destroys hormones and doubles the risk of diabetes.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!!!


This easter greeting is courtesy of my cyber daughter MARIKIT. I'd like to greet everyone a Happy Easter!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Wonders of Tea

Tea is very popular for its medicinal purposes and as a refreshing beverage. Nowadays, tea is is used in ice cream flavorings and is even made into cakes. There are many sources of tea, mostly from leaves and some from tea barks. The list of teas and their medicinal values goes on and on but the banaba tea has been an object of study by the Japanese for the past years. The tea, according to them, is doing wonders to Diabetes. A Japanese friend of my mom's confirms that his Diabetes was gone after taking banaba tea for a year. He replaced his regular intake of 8 to 10 glasses of water with this wonder tea.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bad Hair Day

Whether you like it or not, summer is here. Just a few weeks ago we had chilly mornings, now you start feeling the heat. If your hair hates warm weather and frizzes every time you step outside, here's the trick. This goes well with short hair, try to lightly run an ice cube over your hair after styling. The chill will seal the open cuticles of your hair that cause them to frizz making your style stay put.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Weekend Snapshot - 1

We visited my in-laws last weekend and took some shots of her favorite plant. This plant may look very ordinary but if you look closer you'll see how beautiful the leaves are. And during sunrise, she says the leaves shimmer like gold.




Saturday, March 15, 2008

Photo Hunt - I Spy

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For the theme I spy... let's see if you can find the following:
1. Which student seems to appear tired/sleepy?
2. Which ones are male twins?
3. Which ones are female twins?
4. How many women are in the group?
5. Which one is the teacher?

GOOD LUCK and have FUN!!!

haha... you're really good if you can find the correct answers. I can't.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Motivate your Kids to Cook

Cooking is really easy and you should not be afraid to experiment. If your family loves food so much, encouraging your kids to cook and help you in the kitchen is not a bad idea. Hence, it will give you more quality time to bond with them. Kids must see adults cooking at home. If you don't like cooking, it is likely your children won't take to it either. Don't force your children to learn to cook. It should be personally initiated. Don't force them to attend cooking lessons if they are not up to it. Encourage kids who love to eat to cook. If they love eating, they will most likely try to explore different tastes and ways of doing food. I have 2 kids and both love to eat, when they are not doing anything I ask them to help me out in the kitchen.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Keep Your Hamburger Juicy

The best way to keep your hamburgers juicy on the grill is to make sure you are using freshly ground beef. The patties should be patted lightly when forming them. Over handling the meat will male it tough. Never press down the burgers with a spatula. Doing so will squeeze out all their juices. Grill them over moderately hot fire, brushing them with mayonnaise or a little soy sauce during grilling, to get good crusts.



*photo courtesy of www.istockphoto.com

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Living a Full Life

Upon waking up, it would be best to do some stretching exercises. These activities help stretch and make your muscles more flexible making you more energized and ready to face all your tasks for the day. Eat a healthy breakfast and don't forget to smile. Smiling also helps build a balanced well-being. When you face the world with the proper disposition, this will help your body cope with life's added stress. Do some fun activities every once in a while, this way, you do not only relax your body but improve your blood's circulation as well.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Headache Free

It was recently discovered from a recent study that chili relieves headache. The wonder spice has capsaicin which emits heat and relieves headache by temporarily making your nerve tissues busy which are responsible for giving signals to your brain. It sounds odd but according to them, it is effective. So the next time you have a headache try eating something hot instead of taking medicine immediately.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Linker Chain

WE all know that we need to get more links from one another join this linker chain.

* To get more more traffic.
* To increase technorati authority.
* To get more back links.
* To gain more friends around the world.

Heres the Rules:
  • First copy and paste the list below.
  • Do not remove any content from the linker list.
  • Just add One LUCKY NUMBER to your blogs.
  • If you don't like the concept...say no. :-/
  • The main goal here is we are going to circulate our number of friends.
  • The more people who will join the "LINKER CHAIN", the more links we can generate.
  • Lastly, write only ONE LUCKY NUMBER for your blogs...
  • Keep it simple and short, I know some of you have more than one blog.
  • The color for the link should be only black, gray, or white, depending on your blog's theme. Please avoid using any color, ok ?
  • Hundreds and thousands and millions only no more trillions for chrissake lol.....ok lets get started.
1.) 6966 2.) 609 3.) 066 4.) 066 5.) 606 6.) 669 7.) 699 8.) YOUR LUCKY NUMBER HERE!
Tagging: chesca, monica, babette, serena and maya.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Make Your Own Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sun dried tomatoes are becoming more popular in the Philippines. They have the same nutritional value as fresh tomatoes. The idea of sun drying the tomatoes originated in Italy. They sun dry the tomatoes as a way of preserving them for the cold months of winter. Today, sun dried tomatoes are used more as a gourmet ingredient and are valued for enhancing the flavor of Italian dishes like pastas and pizzas. These can be bought in gourmet and deli stores here in Manila but they're quite expensive but you can enjoy them by drying the tomatoes yourself.

Needs:

10 cups water
1 kilo ripe medium tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar

Procedure:
1. Boil 10 cups water in a saucepan. When the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and put in the tomatoes. Leave the tomatoes immersed in the water for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Remove the tomatoes from the boiled water then dunk them briefly in a bowl with ice cold water. This will facilitate removal of the skin of the tomatoes.
3. Peel off skin of the tomatoes.
4. Slice tomatoes into halves and scoop out the seeds. Preheat oven to 200F.
5. In a bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and sugar. Mix well and pour over prepared tomatoes.
6. Toss lightly until all tomatoes are coated evenly with oil mixture.
7. Arrange tomatoes on a baking tray. Baked in preheated oven for 2 to 3 hours until tomatoes are slightly dry. Bake for a longer period if really dried tomatoes are desired. Turn tomatoes at regular intervals to make sure both sides of the tomatoes are baked.
8. Remove tomatoes from tray and allow them to cool. Store in a jar with olive oil. If your tomatoes still have moisture, it is best to refrigerate your bottle until you need to use your tomatoes. Otherwise, if your tomatoes are really dry, you can store them at room temperature.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My Awards (batch 3)

My sweet cyber daughter Chesca gave me this cute friendship award. Thank you so much anak, this is so sweet. I'd love to share this with Chubby, Gagay, Gelene, Laura, Monica and Maya.




The cool cat award came from a new blogger friend Maya. Promise! I didn't laugh. ;) I'm sharing this with my anak, Chesca. Hope you like it sweetie.


This forever friends award came from Monica. Thanks sis, I'm glad you're my friend too. I'm passing this to Emmyrose, Redrogue and Yvelle.







Monday, March 3, 2008

Baked Mussels

The common name mussel is used for members of several different families of clams or bivalve molluscs, from both saltwater and freshwater habitats. I have always reffered to wikipeda for my definitions. Fresh mussel meat has about the same amount of protein as beef steak, much less fat, 25% less calories and many more mineral nutrients.

Baked Mussels

ingredients:

2 lbs fresh or frozen whole shell mussels
1 head garlic (minced)
1 small ginger (grated)
2 tbsps. butter
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
dash of salt
dash of pepper
grated cheese

procedure:
Boil mussels in a large pot until the shells open. Discard unopened shells. Saute garlic in a sauce pan, add ginger. Let cook for a few minutes, then pour the tomato sauce. Season. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove and discard top shell of each mussels and arrange on a baking dish/sheet. Apply garlic and ginger mixture to mussels and top with cheese. Bake for seven minutes.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Facts About Oranges


Here are some interesting facts I've learned about oranges last night while I was browsing through a magazine.

* Did you know that most oranges are color orange due to a process called de-greening? Here's how it's done:

- the oranges are picked while still green
- these are then sprayed with ethylene gas to de-green them, to make them yellow
- then the fruits are placed in a pot of fruit dye so they will turn dark yellow or tangerine

OR

The oranges are placed in a cold storage for 90 days under controlled temperature until they turn yellow.

* Have you ever wondered why oranges and mandarins have this nice sheen on them that makes them look tempting to buy and good to eat? Here is how they meticulously handle these succulent orbs:

- The oranges, mandarins and pomelos are picked with cutters so there is a clean cut from the trees;
- the fruits are washed with soap suds, dried with hot air, given a fungicide bath and dried again with hot air;
- the fruits are waxed with a fruit wax from Israel, primarily to lessen the process of evaporation and to preserve the fruits; secondarily, to give the fruits their inviting sheen;
- the oranges, mandarins and pomelos are then placed in crates at the farm and brought to the distribution center to be sorted out into different sizes. The sized fruits are repacked into boxes and await delivery.

* How many trees are needed to satisfy the growing demand for oranges?

- 400 to 600 trees per hectare of land.

* Can you name some oranges? mandarins?

- satsuma, poncan, and clementine are mandarins
- hamlin, navel, trovita and valencia are oranges
- red chandler, chinese, magallanes and siamese are pomelos

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A Tomato a Day

We often hear that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but so does a tomato. There is an ongoing argument whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable, for me, this is immaterial. Whether you consider it a fruit or a veggie, what’s important is that tomatoes are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients and should be a part of one’s diet.

Studies show that tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which help prevent various forms of cancer. It has been found that lycopene is twice as powerful as beta carotene in fighting toxics that can trigger cancer in our cells. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin C which can boost the body’s immunity, preventing viruses from transforming healthy cells into cancerous cells. Fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and ketchup contain lycopene. You can get as much health benefits from eating canned tomatoes as you can from eating raw ones.

When I was younger, I used to take off the tomatoes from my food. My mom always tells me not to do that because it is not only good for preventing cancer but it is good for the skin as well. Now that I am a mom and convinced of the importance of tomatoes to good health, I encourage my kids to eat them. And according to a tomato sauce tv commercial, the best way to fight cancer is eat at least 3 tomato based meals a week. I'd like to share a recipe I’m sure your kids would love. Tomato Bread Soup.

Tomato Bread Soup

½ cup olive oil

1 large onion, minced

4 cans plum tomatoes, cut into large pieces, with juices

5 cups chicken broth or 2 chicken cubes dissolved in 5 cups water

10 slices crusty bread, cut into chunks

1 teaspoon salt

2 to 3 teaspoons sugar

2 cups fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil

Pinch of Italian seasoning

Saute onion in olive oil. Add tomatoes and its juices and allow to sauté for a few seconds. Add chicken broth and let simmer for a few minutes. Add the bread chunks, stirring to blend well. Season with salt, sugar, basil and Italian seasoning. Let simmer a few minutes. Serve warm, pouring a dollop of extra virgin olive oil into each individual soup bowl just before serving.

 
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