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Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! BOO!

The weather is good today. I did not decorate for this Halloween but I have bought candies for the trick or treater's.
Suddenly the CPA called me up and need my help, so I did went to help him today. Hubby is somewhat busy on his job that he even come home so later for almost a week now, he is trying to finish his job with a deadline, he will work on weekend and I hope it's done by Sunday.
So I came home on bus and trying to arrived home before the kids go trick or teat, but I was running late because of the bumper-to-bumper traffic . Luckily I was able to catch up and gave all the candies to the kids, by eight pm trick or treat is done. Hubby still at job site, it gives me time to cook dinner for him.
Happy HALLOWEEN! BOO!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Healthy Salad

We love this Watercress tofu salad so much. It so simple to make, all you need are
Bunch of watercress about 3 cups chopped
1 small can tuna
1 firm tofu cut into cubes
1 big tomato cut into cubes
5 tablespoon sesame oil
pinch of salt and pepper
mix everything and its ready for you to enjoy.

Health Benefits; Sesame oil is a good vegetable oil, rich in mono- and polyunsaturated acids (PUFAs) -- the good kind of fat that cuts cholesterol. It is low in saturated fats -- the kind of fat that's bad for you. And there's more. Sesame oil contains two unique chemicals called sesamol and sesamine. They are very powerful antioxidants.
Watercress; is the new cancer fighter with antioxidants, a better protection against cell changes that can lead to cancer.
Tuna; An excellent source of high quality protein, tuna are rich in a variety of important nutrients including the minerals selenium, magnesium, and potassium; the B vitamins niacin, B1 and B6; and perhaps most important, the beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Tomato; Rich in antioxidant function of lycopene-its ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen damage-has been linked in human research to the protection of DNA (our genetic material) inside of white blood cells. Prevention of heart disease has been shown to be another antioxidant role played by lycopene.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Update about my DAD

I was in emotionally stress this past week. But at least my dad is safe and soon to be home although he will still be in medication and a constant doctor's visit.
After one week in the hospital he is scheduled to be release today, they are just waiting at one Doctor to sign his release paper. They perform CT scan on him and their finding is he has a mild hemorrhagic stroke, dad is lucky because only one blood vessel has ruptured, he will recover soon.
I believe that everything happens with a reason, I am sure this is the time that he has to stop drinking alcohol and smoking and start living clean.
He is still slurry though but he is fine now.
Thank you God.

"In many cases, people with cerebral hemorrhages die of increased pressure on their brains. But those who live tend to recover much more than people who've had strokes caused by a clot. That is because when a blood vessel is blocked, part of the brain dies — and the brain doesn't regenerate itself; in other words, brain cells cannot be replaced. But when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, pressure from the blood compresses part of the brain. If the person survives, gradually the pressure goes away. Then the brain may regain some of its former function."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stray Kitten

A blue eyed stray kitten, with unique ash fur

I really have a heart for cats. We have lots of stray cats here in our place, I found out that there's two mother cats gave birth. Each of the cat's have three kittens, the other one abandon her kittens which make us so irritated during the night, it is so noisy crying all night.
Since I just discovered that there's another one by the rock file I told hubby that I have solution to it. I pick up the abandoned stray kittens and place it to the one with mother. I was surprise that the other cat adopt the abandon kittens and gave milk right away.
Actually this is one of our problem here stray cat's and chicken, hubby keep's calling the Humane Society but they just promise and never show up.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

My HEART just Sunk

I have time difference from my homeland Philippines, they are 18 hours ahead, when it's 6am Sunday here, there is 12am Monday.
When I woke up this morning I grab my phone at the bed side table only to find out the saddest news in my life, my brother and sister text me that my Dad has stroke. At that time it's 2am there, I called my Mom to find out. My dad has mild stroke but they will go to the hospital tomorrow because at that hour of the night there is no transportation available for them, good thing it's a mild stroke. My mom told me that my dad is slurry and he can't move half of his body, he might have hemiplegia (paralysis of half of the body). My dad is only 53 of age but he was depressed few years ago due to a family problem that's why he turn himself into drinking alcohol and he is a smoker ever since I can remember. I talk to my dad on the phone he is slurry but I can understand what he is telling me, he said he went to a christening and ate roasted pork then when he came home he drink alcohol and take a nap after he cleaned the house, at 6pm my mom discovered him lying down and cannot move his body and slurry that's why she jumped into conclussion that dad has stroke. I ask my dad to promise me that he would not drink alcohol anymore after this and if possible he have to stop smoking. I was really crying, I love my parents so much and I am not ready to lose either one of them. My dad is a good dad, he teach me so many good things to be a better person.
I write it here because I felt that it will lessen the weight in my heart. I LOVE YOU DAD...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cheese Stuffed Pastry

Lyn inspire me to create this dish. Actually last night I was making a chicken empanada with raisins and also I'm baking stuffed jalapenos. I have extra dough and extra filling for the jalapeno. I think I can use the jalapeno filling to fill my dough.
Cheese stuffed pastry was born and it is really good.

Ingredients:
Filling; 6oz cream cheese room temp., 1 cup cheddar cheese room temp, 1 scallion chop. Mix filling ingredients and set aside.
Pastry; 2 cups flour, 1 egg beaten, 1/2 cup water, 1 stick butter melted, 1 tbsp granulated sugar, 1/2 cup flour for dusting.
1 cup cooking oil for frying.
Beat egg in a mixing bowl add water, melted butter and sugar mix well, add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. divide dough in 12 equal size or if you prepare smaller pieces divide dough in 16 equal size.
Using rolling pin form dough into round flatten pastry then fill with 1 tbsp mixture. Brush side with egg white and seal. Fry until golden brown. Enjoy

Friday, October 10, 2008

Poor Tomatoes

I have planted tomato months ago, when I found out that it has fruit, I took good care of it so much, I even took picture of it last week. The other day the fruit has started to ripen but still has green color on it and I want to wait till today to pick it, to find out that the stray chickens has feasted on my tomatoes. I was so furious that I run inside the house to get the air gun, what made me more furious is I don't know how to load pellets on the gun arrggg.
My mood when I saw the chickens MyEm0.Com

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Educational Plan

I have talk to my aunt (mom sister) 2 weeks ago, she and her family live and work in Kuwait, the couple was working in Kuwait for almost 30 years now. She was so worried about the AIG insurance because she invested on life insurances and also educational plans for her kid's and in fact two years from now her eldest son will start using his college educational plan. She is so worried that her investment will just go into waste and it's a huge money for her. I assured her that she don't have to worry because a day before we talk the U.S government has already bailed out AIG, it's safe for now.

Stay Home or GO?

When you woke up feeling not so great, do you go to work or stay?
COUGH - Go if it's mild. Stay if it's deep or productive (produces phlegm or mucus)
SORE THROAT - Go if it's mild or a left over from a recent cold. Stay if it's intense or you have a fever.
FEVER - Stay. Fever usually means the worse is yet to come.
Stuffed or runny nose - go, but was your hand frequently so you don't pass it on.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I SLIP my Mouth!

My husband just left home and after 5 minutes he called me, just informing that his daughter and grandson will come up here on Monday for the little boys mild surgery. He will undergo a mild hydrocelle hernia surgery, that's just one day and it's mild so he can just recover that day and flew back home.
I already know the last time they were here that the boy's father will come with them, and I don't need to accompany her daughter during that time. Besides I really don't like to accompany her when it comes to hospital things or doctors appointment cause she is drama girl lol.
Hubby: just want to tell you that daughter will come on Monday
me: I know, she don't need me cause the dad will come with them
hubby: (shock) who's boy's dad? who's coming with them?
me: your grandson's dad will come with them
hubby: why? (he is clueless that her daughter and the boy's dad is on and off, what hubby knows is they are separated for long time now, and there are lot's of issue in between, I know more than him)
me: .... oppppppssssss slip, don't tell your daughter that I tell you that, 'dang! slip...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Empanada

My father's family side loves to cook, I get the passion of cooking from them and I am so proud that they are really good cooks in spite of limited ingredients and herbs but they still manage to cook the best food I've ever taste.
Well I never had a chance to ask for the recipe from my grandma though she's still alive but she lives so far from us.
This Empanada is one of my favorite pastry, I don't really know their ingredients but what I clearly remember was it's buttery, yummy and the pastry is crunchy, flaky, tasty and so succulent. I tried one time and bake it but honestly I didn't like it, so very different from my roots.
I remember it's fried. I was searching for it so long and wallah I found it. Of course I made it the family way.
Ingredients:
filling:
4 slices of bacon, half of large onion, 1 tbsp cooking oil, 2 cloves garlic chopped, 1 pound ground pork or chicken, 2 tbsp ketchup,half tsp brown sugar, 1 cup sweet potato chopped, 2 tbsp water, 2 tbsp parsley or coriander, 2 tbsp soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste. 2 hard boiled egg chop.
2 cups oil for frying
1 egg white
pastry:
2 cups flour
1 egg beaten
1 stick butter melted
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp granulated sugar
Filling:
heat 1 tbsp oil in frying pan, add bacon onion and garlic stirring regularly for 5 minutes. Add meat and cook for another 5 minutes breaking up lumps with fork, add sweet potatoes, ketchup, sugar, water, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cook until sauce is slightly dry, sprinkle parsley.
Pastry:
combine flour, egg, water, sugar and butter until well blended. Cut in 12 even sizes.
Flour your board, roll each into a ball then platen with rolling fin, fill it with 1 tbsp of filling mixture and place couple cuts of egg, brush edge with egg white and seal, to make it fancy press your fork on the sealed side to make a nice design.
heat oil and fry until golden and dry it on paper towel. Enjoy

Simple food for my SOUL

My breakfast yesterday was only a huge mug of coffee and a small piece of cornbread, I din't snack on anything after that. I make it a point when i'm home I will not cook so many sweets to snack on and I didn't buy too much snack. Maybe I'm trying to loose weight lol. Well at around 2pm yesterday I feel like my brain is not workin right anymore I need food fast, no more leftover so I end up cooking "sardines in tomatoe sauce and somen", yumm I cook just enough for me about 1 small bowl and I ate it with a little rice. I'm solve ;)

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