Saturday, July 31, 2010

What Kind of Coffee Girl Are You?

I'm a coffee lover and when I'm asked where's the best place to drink my coffee? Of course I love it anywhere anytime - while working, reading, watching tv, while watching the clothes on washer :-) while chatting - whenever, whatever! Just love it! It's obvious that I prefer my coffee anytime of the day in little bursts I may say!

I like my coffee with cream, sugar and sometimes with choco also! I can enjoy it simple or grand, plain or with creamy flavor like french vanilla, cappuchino, etc. Be it a home coffee or a Starbucks I love coffee to the max! For health reasons, I drink decaf more often than not!

Hey I've done this simple test about my favorite relaxing drink, here it goes:


You Are a Cappuccino

You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.
However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.
You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.
You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please

Friday, July 23, 2010

Flowers for your Home



Your home will be more livable with some flower arrangements. Do you know that flowers change the atmosphere in the room? Yes it can make the room look gayer with flowers of warm colors; it can lessen the glare in the room with flowers of cool colors; and it can emphasize a color in the curtains or pictures in the room by repeating it in the color of the flowers. No matter what kind of house you live in a well arranged and properly placed bouquet will always improve the interior of the house.

My Mom loves plants and flowers and she preferred fresh flowers than the decorative artificial seen in many department stores. A bouquet of fresh flowers can make her day happy and trust her to keep it fresh as longer as possible. I’m fond of white roses and chrysanthemums so that’s the kind of flowers that she usually have in her vase. Anyway for extra color and happy ambience in the house it’s best to have different flower arrangements. You can have various flower containers and holders depending upon your style and needs.

See above samples that I found online, my photo collection of flowers is not available right now so I picked some from www.flowerarrangements.net


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Window Curtaining

Windows are made for the purpose of lighting and ventilating the interior part of the house. Sizes and shapes of windows vary. Some are wide and low; others narrow and tall; or wide and tall; or narrow and low. Large windows allow much light and air to enter the room. Smaller ones limit the amount of light and air in the room. In the choice of curtains and drapes for window treatment several factors are to be considered like the size and shape of the windows, the amount of light, ventilation, the size of the room, the furnishings, the color scheme, and the use of the room.

When you want the window to look taller you may use only drapes and glass curtains which hang down to about one inch from the floor. If you want to shorten the impression of height of the window use valence. Floor length drapes and glass curtains give elegance and formality to the room.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Packed Sandwiches


Sandwiches are common for packed snack and lunches. They are easy to prepare and easy to serve because they're served with wrappers. Cheese, egg, ham, chicken, tuna fish and burger patties are common fillings. Varied sandwich fillings help make sandwiches attractive and appealing to the appetite.

I love sandwiches and for me I can replace rice with it especially if there are yummy fillings on it. I remember my favorite sandwich store in PUP when I was in college they used to serve big pandesal with choices of spreads and fillings. They even have choices of menudo, asado and adobo as fillings. They have about 20 fillings to choose and that's super great for me. The name of their store is Popeye and I've never heard of that name again to surface except on chicken food chain. Anyway that was in my school days, now I like doing sandwiches for my kids but they're fond of hotdog and ham sandwiches. Sometimes they just want strawberry jam, cheese, mayonnaise and peanut butter depending on their moods.

Images from wikipedia.org

Friday, July 16, 2010

Kitchen Ideas

I’m dreaming about what my brother has told me about his residential projects who bought such beautiful built-in kitchens. There are so many people now purchasing those expensive customized kitchen and when I saw one of the houses of my brother’s client I immediately asked him where we can see some other ideas. I remember what SIL told me about how it's easy and affordable to have custom built kitchen in her adopted land in UK. Saw these 3 kitchen design ideas from The Kitchen Centre www.look4design.co.uk. They’re a family run Poynton business with 20 years experience in kitchen design, supply and installation.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tips on Frying Foods



My kids love fried chicken and fried pork chops but my Mom told me that fried foods are hard to digest so what should I do to make it easy for digestion. Of course I don’t want my kids to suffer indigestion after eating their favorite foods. The technique is to absorb less fat and to do it foods should be fried in hot deep fat to avoid absorbing too much fat. Remember to fry chicken, fish, tapa, meat, eggplant and some others on hot deep frying oil to make them easy to digest.

Here's what I found at Wikipedia, an added information about deep-frying :

If performed properly, deep-frying does not make food excessively greasy, because the moisture in the food repels the oil. The hot oil heats the water within the food, steaming it from the inside out; oil cannot go against the direction of this powerful flow because (due to its high temperature) the water vapor pushes the bubbles toward the surface.[2] As long as the oil is hot enough and the food is not immersed in the oil for too long, oil penetration will be confined to the outer surface. However, if the food is cooked in the oil for too long, much of the water will be lost and the oil will begin to penetrate the food. The correct frying temperature depends on the thickness and type of food, but in most cases it lies between 175 and 190 °C (345–375 °F).


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Afternoon Snacks : Banana Q

This is one of Filipino’s favorite afternoon snacks and is usually seen also with turon, maruya and other saba products. I’m really amazed at this food because you can make it a big business, people can eat this everyday and still love it. Well some make an alternate eating with different saba cooked snack like turon, maruya or some camote fries. It’s healthy, affordable and a good food opportunity business because you can buy saba bananas at P1.50 – P2.00 each and sell a stick of cooked banana for P10.

It’s easy to cook this one, you just need a good amount of frying oil, bananas and brown sugar. Bananas should be fried first before putting brown sugar on it and it should be deep fried. Then after straining all the oil from the cooked ones you will put two in one stick. Easy and from my calculations you’ll have approximately P3.00 profit from it. Well your profit will depend on how much cheap you can get your materials or raw foods. You can buy them in wholesale price for a much affordable cost.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Looking for New Dining Sets

Thinking of replacing our old almost antique dining set this year to make way for a more spacious dining room. The huge octagon shape dining table we're using occupies the whole dining room. It's one of the biggest I've seen in many houses I came to see but it's beautiful and especially made by my father more than 3 decades ago. Well I'm not throwing or giving it away but I'm going to make it my kids' drawing and study table in the upper floor of our house. I'm searching and looking for some nice ideas on the net. Here are some I found at www.look4design.co.uk.

Wharfside Furniture
Debenhams