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Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Unfinished Projects

There's not too much to say this time. This blogging business took much of my time lately. Just been busy updating my two blogs, my friendster and my scrapbook website. Oh my, it's kinda addictive just browsing the net and also blog hopping. My cross stitch that I started long time ago is not yet finished until now. Just a little stitching to be done though and it will be finished. I will post it here later the outcome of my work. My crocheting hobby had been put aside too. I started to crochet a scarf for the winter but since I've been busy blogging I didn't have time to do it. Oh well, maybe one of these days, I will have to continue all those projects of mine so it will be done and I will see the outcome.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fresh Pear Pie

I decided to bake the pears that one of my friends gave me. They're already ripe and before they rot I better make a pear pie. It's my first time to cook this recipe and surprisingly it turned out good. Hubby was the first one to eat a slice of it then I sliced one for myself. was so good!!! Hubby requested another slice and also I got another one for myself. After tasting the outcome of my pear pie, I will cook some again next time because I still have some pears left. I asked hubby to buy me more pie crust at Wal Mart tomorrow. Here's the recipe for the Fresh Pear Pie:

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup white sugar (I used brown sugar instead)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
5 cups peeled and sliced pears
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1. Combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and lemon rind in a mixing bowl.
2. Arrange pears in layers in a 9 inch lined pan, sprinkling sugar mixture over each layer. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Roll out remaining dough; cut slits for escape of steam. Moisten rim of bottom crust, pressing to seal. Flute edge.
3. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes. reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for an addtional 35 to 40 minutes.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Fall Season Starts

Fall season officially starts today. Time really pass by quickly. I'm thankful to God that this past summer was just really a mild one. I didn't just stay in the house all summer like what I did last year. In fact this past summer I've been to summer camp in Oklahoma, Colorado, Six Flags in Arlington, Creation Evidence Museum in Glenrose and Balloon Festival in Oklahoma. So my summer was really filled with exciting activities and I've been to places I've never seen before. This fall season, I've been requesting my hubby to take me to the state fair in Dallas. I really wanted to see the fair ever since I just arrived here in Texas but hubby doesn't want to drive to a traffic city like Dallas. Now I've been requesting him again and hopefully we can go there next month because the state fair starts on September 28 and ends on October 21. I really did my research on the net and so I know the duration of the fair. The entrance fee is $14 per person, not bad.

The Dangers of Using Microwave

I personally stopped using microwave almost 2 years ago since I read about the dangers of using it. Eating microwaved food on a regular basis weakens your immune system and cause depression and anxiety. Parents who microwave baby formula are poisoning there children unknowingly because when you microwave anything, it becomes energetically toxic to the body. Oh well, people perish because of lack of knowledge. So when I read all about these articles, I tossed out our microwave and just reheat our foods on the stove just like we do in the Philippines. Only few people there own a microwave unlike here in the US wherein 98% of the people use microwave. Read further below.

Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven

From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:

1. Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].

2. The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3. Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4. The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.

5. Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6. The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.

7. Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.

8. The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9. Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

Perhaps many of you won't agree with this article, but it's up to you. It's your life and your health anyway so take charge of your own. I'm just sharing what I learned.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Cooking With A Friend

Toni and I had a cooking session today. This was our 2nd time to cook. Last time I showed her how to cook pancit and she showed he how to cook chicken pot pie. My hubby took me to her house which is about 12 minutes drive from our house at around 2:00PM. Then he just came back to pick me up after we're done cooking. I showed Toni how to cook our native cake "puto". I brought all the ingredients except the eggs because it might crack on the way. I mixed all the ingredients of the "puto" and then cooked it. When I'm done I told Toni and her kids to come and eat. All of them love the "puto". Then it was her turn to show me how to cook apple pie. She made a crumbly Dutch apple pie. My husband love apple pie and I took it home and just baked it in our oven because hubby came to pick me up before we had time to bake it.

a picture of the "puto"

Ducth apple pie before it was baked

Toni and I

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I Baked

Today I baked blueberry muffins but this time it was a ready made mix from the box. I used to bake muffins from scratch but I just got lazy this time. My hubby and I just love to eat muffins and everytime I baked he ate most of it. Sometimes I give away to my friends. I just love to give something to my friends especially my friends in the church. Hubby knows this characteristic of mine. I want to bless other people with the foods that I cooked and it made me happy to see other people happy whenever I give them something to eat. I think I got this from my grandma who when she was still alive, she loved to bless other people by sharing whatever foods she had to our kins who were poor. It's really good to be a channel of blessings to other people.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

It's Saturday!

It's Saturday and my hubby is off from work. He mowed the yard today while I cooked our breakfast. After breakfast, I went to pick up the squash flowers and string beans in my garden. Then I went for a walk just around the block. Walking is a good exercise and helps me to lose some of those excess pounds.