Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fridge Facts

The most important appliance for food safety is the refrigerator. In busy households, it's easy to forget to monitor basic equipment for problems until they break down completely. Try the following:
  • Check the fridge's internal temperature: it should be a maximum of 40 degrees F--preferably cooler. Freezers should be kept at 0 degrees F and below. Temperatures below 40 degrees F will slow bacterial growth, while temps above 140 degrees will kill bacteria, although it won't destroy any residual toxins.
  • Don't over-stuff your fridge--proper air circulation is imperative to keep products cool.
  • Practice the food rotation system “FIFO”--First In, First Out. Use up older products first before opening new packages.
  • Avoid using chemical cleaning solutions inside the fridge. Instead, use warm water mixed with lemon juice or white vinegar for a radiant and chemical-free shine.
  • Once a week, do a clean sweep of the fridge: check produce and other perishables, and throw out any items past their prime or expiration date. Scheduling your cleaning for the day before garbage pick-up is ideal.
  • Remove odors with a lemon juice-sprinkled sponge.
  • Keep an open box of good old-fashioned baking soda in the refrigerator and another one in the freezer to absorb odors.
Source: AllRecipes

Friday, June 26, 2009


A friend (Jerry) of mine from Utah sent me this one; this post made me laugh! I thought you might want to laugh, too! So, here it is...

1. Dead Man's Chest - Dibdib Ng Patay
2 I Know What You Did Last Summer - Bistado Ka Na
3 Love, Actually - Pag-ibig Ito , Sa Totoo Lang
4. Million Dollar Baby - Milyong Pisong Sanggol
5 The Blair Witch Project - Ang Proyekto Ng Bruhang Si Blair
6. Mary Poppins - Si Mariang May Putok
7 Snakes On A Plane - Inahas Sa Ere
8. Sum Of All Fears - Takot Mo, Takot Ko, Takot Nating Lahat
9. Swordfish - Talakitok
10. Pretty Woman - Sigurado Ako Hindi Ikaw Ito
11. Four Weddings And A Funeral - Kahit Apat na Beses Ka Pang Magpakasal Mamamatay Ka Rin
12. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Ako, Ikaw, Kayong Lahat
13. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone - Pusher Ng Damo Si Harry At Pusher Din Siya Ng Shabu
14. Click - Isang Pindot Ka Lang
15. Waterworld - Bahang Baha
16. Theres Something About Mary - May Teleleng Si Maria
17. Employee Of The Month - Ang Sipsip
18. Resident Evil - Ang Biyenan
19. Kill Bill - Kilitiin Sa Bilbil
20. The Grudge - Lagot Kayo
21. Nightmare Before Christmas - Binangungot Sa Noche Buena
22. Never Been Kissed - Pangit Kasi
23. Gone In 60 Seconds - 1 Round, Tulog
24. Dude, Wheres My Car? - Dong, Sa Anong Level Nga Ulit Tayo Nag-park?
25. Beauty And The Beast - Ang Asawa Ko At Ang Nanay Niya

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Paying Post Code Messing Up with Blog's Layouts!

I just want to thank my ever talented and helpful friend, Dhemz :-)! She figured out why our blogs layout got messed up....and it was because of the Paying Post code. She told us that we need to take it out of our blog so the layout will be back to normal. I followed what she said and Wallah, my blogs layouts are back! Thank you much, again, dear :-)! Go to Dhemz's blog for tips on how to remove the code.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Woman's Work 45 Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger called Dawn Friedman at This Woman's Work who does not give us even a hint where it came from. So today we are in the dark about who Dawn ripped off. But, it was probably stolen at that blog as well. But that is as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

1. Do you like blue cheese salad dressing? Yes, sometimes.

2. Favorite late night snack? Sweet pickles.
3. Do you own a gun? Does BB Gun counts?
4. What’s your favorite drink at Starbucks or other specialty coffee shop? I don't drink coffee.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, maybe because I have been seeing doctors for the past 7 years. Have been to quite few major surgeries; the last one was two baby kidneys transplanted in me.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? A junk food.
7. Favorite Christmas song? It came upon a midnight clear.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Juice of any kind.
9. Can you do push-ups? Yes, a little.
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My Swatch watch.
11. Favorite hobby? Cooking.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No!
13. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? Being a very strict person.
14. The last disease you contracted? IgA nephropathy that stopped my kidney from working.
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment. Treat hubby for a dinner out tonight of a restaurant of his choice for father's day, how can I convince hubby that we need a second car not necessarily a new one, and which resto to eat for dinner tonight if husband ask me to.
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Water, Sugar-free Rootbeer, and Crystal light.
17. Current worry right now? Fortunately, none at the moment.
18. Current hate right now? Not being able to buy a second car.
19. Favorite place to be? Salt Lake City.
20. How did you ring in the New Year? A toast of a sparkling wine and a kiss from hubby and son.
21. Like to travel? Yes, very much!
22. Name three people who will complete Sunday Stealing this week: Chuchie, Hazel, and me!
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, don't you?
24. What color shirt are you wearing? Orange.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Not really; I prefer a cotton one.
26. Can you whistle? Yes, fortunately.
27. Favorite singer/band? Sheryl Crowe.
28. Could you ever make it 39 days on the show Survivor? No, I don't think I would like to even try it for a day.
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Anything that is stucked on my mind at that very moment.
30. Favorite girl’s names? Alex, Sam, Ruth, and Cecile.
31. Favorite boy’s name? Jacob.
32. What’s in your pocket right now? None, don't usually put anything in my pocket.
33. Last thing that made you laugh? The paid post I made for Social Spark... “ stop dog shedding”
34. Like your job? Yup, I actually do. I am a full-time Mom and Wife...I think that is consider a job!
36. Do you love where you live? Yes.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? Two, one at my son's bedroom and one in the living room.
38. Who is your loudest friend? Joana.
39. Do you drive the speed limit or speed? Yes, as much as possible; I am scared to get a speeding ticket.
40. Does someone have a crush on you? None that I know of.
41. What is your favorite book? If Life is Easy, It wouldn't be hard.
42. What is your favorite candy? Chocolate...sugar-free since I am diabetic.
43. Favorite Sports Team? None, but I like Tiger Woods for Golf :-)!
44. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Talking with my friend at YM/IM.
45. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up today? Buy milk since we can't eat cereal without it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Fill- Ins

This week's questions are from Tamy at 3sidesofcrazy; thanks, Tamy!

And...here we go!

1. All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting
they will choose and do what is right!

2. Show me a good loser and I will show you a
great success .

3. Blogging is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one time.

4. Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are
busy being selfish and raising taxes.

5. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine
humility and pride.

6. It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without
garlic or chili in it.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to
sleeping early, tomorrow my plans include going for a walk with my son and check some yard sale around the neighborhood and Sunday, I want to pay my devotion unto the most high God and celebrating father's day with hubby and son!

Gift for Hubby!

Father's Day is a couple of days away; am glad to be able to go out to buy gift for my hubby. He has been eyeing a nice and very slick shaver at Walgreens. He said it is very expensive that is why he didn't buy it. Well, surprise, surprise...I got it this morning while he was sleeping. Then my son and I ate our brunch at McDonalds. Jake played at the playplace and afterwards, we went looking for a side table at Target, but the price is shokingly high! There is no way I will pay $60 bucks for a cheap looking table. However, I saw a nice pajamas for my son and bought it. Before we finally headed home, we drove by at some yard sale at the old neighborhood where we used to live. Didn't find anything. On the way home, saw an estate sale and bought some cute knick knacks that goes with my collections. Anyway, this is how our day went today! Have a great weekends everyone!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mommy Moments - That's My Dad!

This is my entry for this week's Mommy Moments with the theme about " That's My Dad".
mommy moments

We love our Dad, for he not only is a handyman, but he is also good with kids...
he takes care of me when Mommy is busy...

taught me everything I need and want to know like riding my bike, playing golf, swim, etc...

...takes us to outdoors fun like, camping, hiking, fishing...

I really had fun with our vacation at the beach... and to the island mommy and I never been to....

he make sure that we go to the park and play during his day off at work...

we never missed going to pumpkin patch to pick pumpkin for Jack-o-lantern..

and playing with the snow! My Dad is indeed great...for he loves us and gives us everything that will make us happy...most of all he is a God-fearing man who takes us to church every Sunday! We love you, Daddy...Happy Father's Day to the Best Dad in the whole wide world!

Your 1950s Name

I got this from Imelda of My Daily Moods, thanks dear for including on the lists of the recipients :-)! I also had fun doing it especially the result. I like my 1950s name!

Here are the rules:

1. Take this quiz.
2. Post the result in your site.
3. Acknowledge My Daily Thoughts and Moods by writing her link in number one of your list, followed by yours and then proceed to link other friends whom you would like to know their names in 1950s. Go back to this page, to be added in the list and so you can copy and add to your list those who are listed here. Come on, make this a long list of fun. The first one has been done for you. My name in the 1950s is Gwendolyn Silvia, yikes, seems like I don't like my name, then. Try yours. This is a booster to increase our technorati, too.

1. Imelda (My Daily Thoughts and Moods) - Gwendolyn Silvia - Cecile (Down Home with the Kenyons) - Dorothy Charlene

I am tagging Shy, Dhemz, Amy, Sweetiepie, Juliet, Rose, Clarissa, David and all those who wants to participate. Keep it rolling, guys!

Your 1950s Name is: Dorothy Charlene

What's buzzin, cuzzin?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Neighborhood Day Camp

Not quite sure if you want to send your kids off to camp this year? Show your kids how much fun you can be and organize your own simple day camp.

Rotate: Personal day camps work best if you can collaborate with a few other parents and rotate the days. This way, you get to have a few days of freedom while your kids are having a great time!

Keep it small: Have six campers at the most, unless you have a helper. Otherwise, things can get crazy.

Make a theme: Have a theme for the whole week or a theme for each day. These can range anywhere from western to outdoorsy to tropical. Have the kids dress according to the theme - this will make playtime even more fun.

Activity: Pick an activity that goes along with your theme. Cowboys can play with stick horses (brooms) and compete in a rodeo. Explorers should take a hike and keep their eyes peeled for exotic animals. Islanders can spend a relaxing day at the public pool.

Snacks: Adventurers always work up appetites! Serve something fun like "worms and mud," a.k.a. gummi worms and chocolate pudding, or "ants on a log" - celery stick filled with peanut butter and sprinkled with raisins.

Crafts: Build simple picture frames with popsicle sticks, make wind socks from construction paper and streamers, or decorate simple rubber flip-flops by painting or wrapping colored string around the straps.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I Am a Whole Wheat Bagel!

You Are a Whole Wheat Bagel

You are confident, hard-working, and successful.

You are status conscious and a bit of a perfectionist.

Of all the types, you're the most likely to be quite particular about what you eat.

You tend to make yourself a very healthy breakfast. You would never reach for a donut!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Quotes for Fathers

Since Father's Day is fast approaching, I would like to share these quotes from LDS church leaders...that are applicable to all fathers regardless of whatever religion you have or your beliefs are...for we are all God's children.

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
"The Lord's plan of salvation requires that you pass through trials in this mortal life. Those trials seem to be greatest when you reach fatherhood, but be assured—fatherhood, in a sense, is an apprenticeship to godhood" ("Father, Consider Your Ways," Ensign, Jun 2002, 12.)

President Ezra Taft Benson: "The sacred title of 'father' is shared with the Almighty. In the Church men are called and released. Did you ever hear of a mortal father being released?

"...Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth; it is a matter of desire, diligence, and determination to see one’s family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters" ("Great Things Required of Their Fathers," Ensign, May 1981, 36)

Kim Crenshaw Sorensen: "We live in a day when many fathers are working at a fevered pace to build material legacies of homes, boats, and bank accounts for their children. Exemplary Book of Mormon fathers, on the other hand, show us the importance of leaving legacies that cannot be cankered by rust.

"What more could we hope for than to leave our children the spiritual tools, the self-control, and the faith to become witnesses and disciples of Jesus Christ? Lehi and his sons Nephi and Jacob, Jacob and his son Enos, King Benjamin and his three sons, Mosiah and his four sons, Alma and his sons, Helaman and his sons Lehi and Nephi, and Mormon and his son Moroni all came to know the joys of discipleship and discipline.

"The sons of righteous Book of Mormon fathers were grateful they had been taught in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Enos 1:1), which led them to Jesus Christ" ("A Latter-day Father’s Guidebook," Ensign, Feb 1995, 15.)

President James E. Faust: "It is useless to debate which parent is most important. No one would doubt that a mother's influence is paramount with newborns and in the first years of a child's life. The father's influence increases as the child grows older. However, each parent is necessary at various times in a child's development. Both fathers and mothers do many intrinsically different things for their children. Both are equipped to nurture children, but their approaches are different. Mothers seem to take a dominant role in preparing children to live within their families, present and future. Fathers seem best equipped to prepare children to function in the environment outside the family" ("Fathers, Mothers, Marriage," Ensign, Aug 2004, 2–7.)

President Ezra Taft Benson: "Fathers, yours is an eternal calling from which you are never released. Callings in the Church, as important as they are, by their very nature are only for a period of time, and then an appropriate release takes place. But a father’s calling is eternal, and its importance transcends time. It is a calling for both time and eternity" ("To the Fathers in Israel," Ensign, Nov 1987, 48.)

President Howard W. Hunter: "We encourage you, brethren, to remember that priesthoodBeing a Righteous Husband and Father," Ensign, Nov 1994, 49.)

Elder L. Tom Perry: "Fathers, by divine decree, you are to preside over your family units. This is a sobering responsibility and the most important one you will ever assume, for it is an eternal responsibility. You place the family in its proper priority. It's the part of your life that will endure beyond the grave" ("Fatherhood, an Eternal Calling," Ensign, May 2004, 69.)

President Gordon B. Hinckley: "God bless you, dear fathers. May He bless you with wisdom and judgment, with understanding, with self-discipline and self-control, with faith and kindness and love. And may He bless the sons and daughters who have come into your homes, that yours may be a fortifying, strengthening, guiding hand as they walk the treacherous path of life. As the years pass—and they will pass ever so quickly—may you know that "peace... which passeth all understanding" (Philip. 4:7) as you look upon your sons and daughters, who likewise have known that sacred and wonderful peace. Such is my humble prayer, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen" ("'Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children'," Ensign, Nov 2000, 50.)

President Howard W. Hunter: "We encourage you, brethren, to remember that priesthood is a righteous authority only. Earn the respect and confidence of your children through your loving relationship with them. A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence in their social, educational, and spiritual activities and responsibilities. Tender expressions of love and affection toward children are as much the responsibility of the father as the mother. Tell your children you love them" ("Being a Righteous Husband and Father," Ensign, Nov 1994, 49.)


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