Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday Buying Guide

At the start of the fourth quarter or even a month earlier than that, we can already feel the spirit of Christmas through the Christmas songs we often hear on air. Might as well, some people were already preparing their long Christmas list. We have all the reasons to give and for this reasons, we should carefully plan what to give. Poor planning may lead to rush holiday shopping which eventually will end us up frustrated if we’re able to buy the wrong items. I admit I’ve been doing that for the past years, not only during Christmas Holidays but on other occasions as well that was really very time-consuming and draining on my part. For this Christmas I have lots of Godchildren on my list not to mention those friends and relatives whom I love. Instead of dealing with the holiday rush, I realized to go for online shopping! The benefits of online shopping not only include convenience but big savings as well. At first I was really hesitant considering the cost it may entails like shipping and other additional fees. Then I found out about the Dirt Devil 2009 Guide to Red Hot Online Shopping, this is all we need. They offered more than 300 clever ways to save with online shopping. Starting today, November 25, 2009, their Special offer has started. Visit their website now at They have lots of practical guides and deals and even personalized one for your girl friends, boy friends and even for the whole family! Indeed, this is a one stop shopping. They have a lot of partners who offers big discounts and even rebates plus FREE SHIPPING for your comfort and convenience! Download their Holiday Buying guide now for your quick reference.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Banana Recipe

* 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed

* 1/3 cup melted butter

* 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)

* 1 egg, beaten

* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* Pinch of salt

* 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Pineapple Casserole

2 cans crushed pineapple, drained (Reserve 6 Tbsp. of pineapple juice)

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed

1 c. sugar

6 Tbsp. plain flour

1 stick butter

Preheat over 350 degrees. Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray. Combine sugar and flour and then mix with cheese and pineapple. Pour into dish. Melt butter and add crushed crackers plus the reserved pineapple juice. Stir well to coat all crackers. Spread buttered crackers on top. Cook for 25 minutes.

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The Reason Of My Existence

An old photo of the wedding of my parents... They were the reason of my existence...They were no longer together. This is the only photo that was left. It looks like dilapidated, torn and partially damaged (aren't they meant the same thing? ;)Unfortunately, this was soaked on flood water that's why it looks bad. Anyway, good thing there is a technology called scanner where we can have our most treasure picture scanned and save. :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Avocado Corn Salsa

2 small to medium ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, and finely diced

1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced

2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced hot green chile peppers

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, gently combine avocado, corn kernels, tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, chile peppers, and salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to be served.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Ups

1 package uncooked lasagna noodles

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 container ricotta cheese

2 eggs

2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

1 (28 ounce) jar pasta sauce

1 lb hamburger meat

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

**Season, brown, drain and add hamburger to the pasta sauce.

**Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 5 to 8 minutes, or until just slightly underdone; drain and rinse. Lay out noodles on top of tin foil on the counter.

**In a large mixing bowl, mix together grated cheese, ricotta cheese, 2eggs, and Parmesan cheese.

**Spray bottom of 13x9 pan with cooking spray, and then cover bottom with a thin layer of pasta sauce.

**Spread a layer of the cheese mixture on the noodle. Roll the noodle up, and place seam side down the pan. Repeat for other noodles. Top with remaining sauce.

**Cover pan with foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 min.

**Uncover the pan and add a little shredded cheddar cheese to the top of each roll up. Return to uven until the cheese is melted.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and sour chicken

* 2 pounds skinned, de-boned chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces

* 1 cup all-purpose flour

* A little fresh ground black pepper, ground ginger, garlic powder and salt for seasoning (not a lot)

* 2 eggs

* vegetable oil

* sweet and sour sauce (buy or make it yourself)

* When cutting the chicken into bite-sized pieces, remove any fat, gristle or connective tissue. If the chicken is soft-frozen or almost thawed it is easier to cut.

* In a bowl mix eggs and seasoning. Beat until well combined. Add chicken and let it stand for half an hour.

* Place flour in a shallow bowl.

* Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour coating thoroughly (use chop sticks or two spoons to keep the flour off from your fingers).

* In frying pan, add 1/2-inch vegetable oil. Heat to deep-frying temperature.

* Drop pieces into the hot oil and fry until deep golden brown. Turn as necessary to cook evenly on all sides.

* When golden brown, remove to paper towel covered plate to drain.

* Place chicken to other frying pan and add sauce, mix and heat until the sauce is hot.

* Serve with rice.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Yummy Pasta

Italian Chicken Pasta

Italian Chicken Pasta

(Adapted from the Sandra Lee Semi Homemade Slow Cooker Cookbook)

Prep - 10 min.

Cook - Slow Cooker 5-7hrs.

Makes - 6 serving

2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes

1 pkg. (8 oz) frozen artichoke hearts

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans

1 (8 oz) pkg. Fresh presliced mushrooms

1 pkt. dried vegetable soup mix

1 can (10.75 oz) cond. cream of ckn. soup

1/3 cup Italian salad dressing

Campanelle Pasta

Combine tomatoes, artichoke hearts, beans, mushrooms, and veg. soup mix in slow cooker. Add chicken.

In a small bowl, mix soup and salad dressing. Pour over chicken.

Cook on LOW for 5-7 hrs.

Cook pasta

Shred chicken and serve over pasta.


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blogs on Free Press Release

I made mention about Free Press Release and its benefit. I just learned that we can submit our blog to a free press release to increase more viewers. Wow, if that's the case then it would be wonderful and more advantage. If you seek to popularize your blog then you may try this but of course just make it sure that you are submitting it to a very reliable and tested-proven press release websites to really gain more popularity. Sign up now in order for you to try it. Many succeeded, so why not follow their footsteps? It's for free!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Overcoming Financial Burdens

Read: If you don't have money, you shouldn't buy it or should you? How about this question? Most impulsive buyer resorted to debt just to acquire the things that they really want- the end result was a mere frustration. This is the problem for most of us. We just don't know how to control ourselves that we were compelled to buy something which is really not that valuable but just because we felt good of acquiring it, we forced ourselves to have it by any means that will do. This is the main reason why we cannot save anything for rainy days. Too bad. If we cannot overcome this kind of attitude then there'll be no money saving tips will be able to suit for us. But if we think that there's a great need for us to save then its time to seek an advice in a way that is practical and attainable... We really need to save. The question now is how? This was my dilemma before but was able to overcome it when I learned the practical way that can really Improve Your Financial Situation. Isn't it time to change our Lifestyle as to the way we spend our money? Let's not wait for another recession to come, in one way or another, there are practical tips that will help us in overcoming financial burdens.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Look-A-Like?

hahaha don't be shocked, if you want to have your own then click the link above and be more than surprise! hmmm... who really resembles me huh?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Acne Hurts2

My previous post talks about one of womens' problem(and perhaps some of the men too!)- ACNE. Above is a picture of one of the satisfied users. Believe me, it's not a camera trick nor edited with photoshop and other picture editor. It's for real! Check more about this here!. Boost your confidence! Be beautiful inside and out! Take note ACNE IS A REAL PROBLEM- GET RID OF IT!

Traditional Wedding Beliefs: Facts or Fallacies?

My colleague approached me just this morning asking me to assist her for the wedding reception program of her friend who is bound to tie a knot early next year (January 6, 2010). She was so desperate for help that she will not take NO for an answer. So I browsed the internet for some ideas and happened to stumble upon this blog about the "beliefs" of Filipino's traditional way of wedding preparation and celebration

Filipino Wedding Traditions

Author: Rafi Michael

Filipinos still adhere to numerous widely-held folk beliefs that have no scientific or logical basis but maybe backed-up by some past experiences (yet can be dismissed as mere coincidence). Below are just a few that concerns weddings. Some are still practiced to this day primarily because of 'there's nothing to lose if we comply' attitude while the others are totally ignored for it seemed downright ridiculous.

Brides shouldn't try on her wedding dress before the wedding day or the wedding will not push through. Knives and other sharp and pointed objects are said to be a bad choice for wedding gifts for this will lead to a broken marriage.

Giving arinola (chamberpot) as wedding gift is believed to bring good luck to newlyweds. Altar-bound couples are accident-prone and therefore must avoid long drives or traveling before their wedding day for safety.

The groom who sits ahead of his bride during the wedding ceremony will be a henpecked husband. If it rains during the wedding, it means prosperity and happiness for the newlyweds.

- A flame extinguished on one of the wedding candles means the one on which side has the unlit candle, will die ahead of the other.

Throwing rice confetti at the newlyweds will bring them prosperity all their life.

The groom must arrive before the bride at the church to avoid bad luck.

It is considered bad luck for two siblings to marry on the same year.

Breaking something during the reception brings good luck to the newlyweds.

The bride should step on the groom's foot while walking towards the altar if she wants him to agree to her every whim.

A bride who wears pearls on her wedding will be an unhappy wife experiencing many heartaches and tears.

An unmarried woman who follows the footsteps (literally) of the newlyweds will marry soon.

Dropping the wedding ring, the veil or the arrhae during the ceremony spells unhappiness for the couple.

In early Filipino custom, the groom-to-be threw his spear at the front steps of his intended's home, a sign that she has been spoken for. These days, a ring suffices as the symbol of engagement.

The Engagement

After the couple has decided to marry, the first order of business is the pamanhikan, where the groom and his parents visit the bride's family to ask for her hand in marriage. Wedding plans are often made at this time, including a discussion of the budget and guest list. Don't be surprised if the groom-to-be is expected to run some errands or help out around the bride's house. This tradition is called paninilbihan, where the suitor renders service to his future wife's family to gain their approval.

The Wedding Outfits

The white wedding dress has become popular in the last hundred years or so with America's influence in the Philippines. Before that, brides wore their best dress, in a festive color or even stylish black, to celebrate a wedding. Orange blossom bouquets and adornments were a must during the turn of the last century. For men, the barong tagalog is the traditional Filipino formal wear.

It is a cool, almost transparent, embroidered shirt, made from silky pina or jusi, two native ecru fabrics. It is worn untucked, over black pants, with a white t-shirt underneath. These days, a Filipino groom might wear the conventional black tux, but Filipino male wedding guests will usually show up in their finest barongs.

The Ceremony

In pre-colonial days, a wedding ceremony lasted three days. On the first day, the bride and groom were brought to the house of a priest or babaylan, who joined their hands over a plate of raw rice and blessed the couple. On the third day, the priest pricked the chests of both bride and groom and drew a little blood. Joining their hands, they declared their love for each other three times. The priest then fed them cooked rice from the same plate and gave them a drink of some of their blood mixed with water. Binding their hands and necks with a cord, he declared them married. The majority of Filipino weddings are now Catholic weddings, but some native traditions remain. Most have special "sponsors" who act as witnesses to the marriage. The principal sponsors could be godparents, counselors, a favorite uncle and aunt, even a parent. Secondary sponsors handle special parts of the ceremony, such as the candle, cord and veil ceremonies. Candle sponsors light two candles, which the bride and groom use to light a single candle to symbolize the joining of the two families and to invoke the light of Christ in their married life. Veil sponsors place a white veil over the bride's head and the groom's shoulders, a symbol of two people clothed as one. Cord sponsors drape the yugal (a decorative silk cord) in a figure-eight shape--to symbolize everlasting fidelity--over the shoulders of the bride and groom. The groom gives the bride 13 coins, or arrhae, blessed by the priest, as a sign of his dedication to his wife's well-being and the welfare of their future children.

The Food

The Filipino wedding feast is elaborate. One feast celebrated at the turn of the last century involved these foods: First was served cold vermicelli soup. The soup was followed by meats of unlimited quantity--stewed goat, chicken minced with garlic, boiled ham, stuffed capon, roast pork and several kinds of fish. There were no salads, but plenty of relishes, including red peppers, olives, green mango pickles and crystallized fruits. For dessert, there were meringues, baked custard flan, coconut macaroons and sweetened seeds of the nipa plant.

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Whether these are facts or fallacies, one thing is for sure- IF WE ALLOW GOD TO GIVE HIS BEST CHOICE FOR US, THEN WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. Tying the knot is not an easy thing, it's a lifetime commitment that needs a thorough consideration. Let our heart be not deceived with the promises of the world.

Camera Critters

I happened to visit some blogs and got stumbled (what a term) with this meme. When i browse with some entries its all about animals! then i remember this picture at home (taken by my huggy during one of his visit):

the kitten on the Malungay tree :)) sooo incredibly cute! For more of the camera critters visit OUR PLACE... Enjoy more pictures!