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Monday, April 30, 2012

Mango and Strawberry

 My Burritos  has their own preferences with fruits if given a choice.  Ms. Burrito  prefers Mango over  strawberry  and the Mister  is the opposite.  However, Ms. Burrito would eat strawberry if mango isn't available but Mr. Burrito isn't fond of mangoes.  
A Spice A  Day # 120-121
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April 29-30, 2012:
  • We visited my FIL after church yesterday then we  went to the  marland heights  park before we went home.
  • We went to DMV today, I planned to renew my driver's license  even if  I still have until next year before it expires.  The address on my  card is the former address that we have so it conflicts  the  new home address that we have.  I did not  accomplish it though because they have a new set of requirements that I have to  submit so maybe I'll comeback sometime this week.
  • I am down to the last load of doing laundry.
  • Hubby and the kids are having their night time walk, I did not go as I want to get done with the laundry before bed time.
  • We visited FIL this morning after our DMV trip.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lumpia Rolls

 These are the  lumpia or spring rolls that I made a couple of days ago.  Crispy and  lots of veggies inside, yum!

A Spice A  Day # 119
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April 28, 2012:

  • I am happy that I finally got to talked to my mother even if  for a very short period of time  last night.  The signal  in their place is very weak so it is hard for me to call.  It did not last very long but at least I got to hear her voice.
  • Hubby mowed our yard today.    I t is almost the month of May but the weather is so cold.  I tried to do some gardening today but my hand got so numb so I quit.
  • We visited my FIL after we went to DQ.

Friday, April 27, 2012

#CoronaRita Margarita



My very first experience of  dining at Chili's was when we were still  in South Korea.  We went to a  three-day getaway in Osan where the  Air Force base is.  Inside the  base, there was a big Chili establishment  and we  had our first night  dinner there.  It was a special  occasion for us as we celebrated  our  wedding anniversary in Osan.  What could be more special than celebrating  the occasion with  a bottle of wine right?  But with two kids in tow, my husband and I couldn't do that besides we are not really drinkers so we celebrated it with full belly.  If you are celebrating something  momentous in your life, Chili is one of the places I would recommend to eat.  They have a very good  selection of food and you can try the CoronaRita at Chili's.  CoronaRita is made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Coronita.  The first and last time I have ever tasted Jose Cuervo was during my college years.  My friends  teased  me because I got tipsy just for a little drink of Margarita lol.  As I have said I am not a drinker so when I do drink, just  a little  will  knock me out.  It's nice to have a drink  once in a while though, it is good for your health.  As long as you do it in moderation, it is okay.

 As you can see in this photo, our daughter love the Caesar Salad there.  I love their Fajita Trio very much!  I would love to  go to Chili's and  eat dinner there one of these days.


Home Made Burgers

I mentioned on my previous post that I prepared home made burger patties.  We  love Hawaiian rolls so we always have it in our kitchen, I used it to make mini burgers.

A Spice A  Day # 118
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April 27, 2012:
  • We switched from Comcast Cable to DirectTV because we were having troubles with the former's box.  The technician guy came over and hooked it up.
  • Ms. Burrito did not go to school today, she was fevered and feeling so down so we let her rest at home.
  • We visited  my FIL  when the technician guy left.  On our way home, we dropped by and visited my SIL.
  • They men at home  went to the store and  grabbed some groceries.
  • I am so frustrated that I can't get through the phone, I have been trying to call my  Mom through their cellphone but the signal is very weak. Grrrr.. I miss  my mother and it's so frustrating when you can't even talk to her even  for a short time.

Norture and Enhance Your Love of Gardening


We recently  added a little bit of curb appeal to our front  house.  We have a newly built  porch so we wanted to  put something that would compliment the porch.  We  bought some white rocks and some  plants  and  planted it in front.  I was very satisfied of what we did  especially that we only spend  a bit of money  compared to what we could have spent if we hired a professional landscaper.    I used some  plant food  in front but  I wanted to use something different at our vegetable garden at our backyard.  I haven't  done anything yet  at the back except  add some  mulch.

I don't really used  chemical based   products  for my vegetable garden but Whitney Farms® has a full line of 100% natural plant foods and organic soil  which  I like.  I have two  lovely kids, two dogs, and two bunnies so I don't want to use   anything that could harm them in anyway especially at our backyard where they frequently spend a lot of time during  warm days.  An organic plant food would be the perfect product that I could use for our vegetable garden.  According to the product description, Whitney Farms organic plant food has no manure odor  which is great because  last year I was kinda taken a back with the  product we used because it smelled like pure manure.  I want to use a different one this time so I might try this.  There is a $3 coupon off that you can get if you want to try this product  to nurture and enhance your love of gardening.  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spaghetti with Meatballs

I made some spaghetti with homemade meatballs last week and glad it turned out  well.

A Spice A  Day # 117
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April 26, 2012:
  • I am drying my last load of laundry.  
  • I made some  rigatoni and  mini burgers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bunny Cookies

One of the daughters of our neighbor had conducted a study for her thesis and she asked us if Ms. Burrito could be one of the respondents.  A few days after the experiment, she came by to our house and gave the kids these bunny cookies!
A Spice A  Day # 116
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April 25, 2012:
  • I made a pot of beans soup and glad hubby liked it.  That was my first time cooking it.  
  • We took the kids in the field and  played with them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Black Olives

My Burritos used to love  black olives for snack then they  change their liking to  fresh bell peppers specially the green and red.  I am not fond of black olives but am glad  they do because it's a cholesterol-free food and very little fat.

A Spice A  Day # 115
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April 24, 2012:
  • It's still cold at our end but am glad it did not snow as the weather channel have predicted.
  • Dang, it's two days in a row that my migraine is killing me wahh.  Wish this would go away.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fried Rice Balls

 I made  these rice balls the other night for dessert.  I mixed the glutinous  flour with  yam and  jack fruit, and  milk.  Fried it in vegetable oil and rolled it into   sugar confectionery.  Every time I miss my mother, I tend to cook those foods/dessert that she always makes for us when we were growing up.  Glad hubby and the kids loves it too.
A Spice A  Day # 114
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April 23, 2012:

  • This week is a final examination for my husband and Ms. Burrito is taking  State testing in their school.
  • I had migraine the whole day.  I am behind with my online  activities so pardon if I haven't visited you yet.
  • It's twelve midnight and  I am still up trying to post this one then I am going to crash.

Home Improvement Projects

My husband and I have done several home improvements to our home ever since we bought this  five years ago.  The project that we  did without hiring a professional was the  project we had in the basement.  It is still undone  but it is much better  that we first bought this house.  We removed all the  old  asbestos style tiles that was laid on the floor and we put hardwood floor on the other side and tiles on the other half.  I forgot what kind of tiles we used but it wasn't glass tiles.  I have learned how to laid tiles through hubby's  instruction and he  installed the hard wood floor by  himself.  He just  watched videos on how to do those stuff   and we started from there.  

I am very pleased of what  we have done so far in the basement.  My husband  built a  full bathroom at the basement which is way bigger than the bathroom we had in the main house.    We uses our basement  a lot especially  the kids when they are playing in the play area.  Hubby and I had a mini gym there that we uses a lot too.  Making our basement a livable space was awesome. We still have a lot of touches to do but we plan to  finish  and furnace it when we have extra budget again.  It was a fun project for both of us.  


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jelly Beans

 Just having fun with the jelly beans  that the kids are ignoring to eat.  I used them as decorative accent in the table.
 A Spice A  Day # 113
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April 22, 2012:
  • Went to church at noontime even if it was raining.  Our  priest is relocating to his hometown which is  sad because he is just a bubbly and fun to  talk to.  He will surely missed in the parish.
  • We visited my FIL and  went to see an open house.  It was quaint inside but the only downside is the yard.
  • Ms. Burrito and I made some  pepperoni pizzas.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sausage and Egg Sandwich

I made this egg and sausage sandwiches one fine morning for breakfast.

A Spice A  Day # 112
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April 21, 2012:
  • Hubby made some french toast this morning.  I did not cook lunch because we had some left over to  eat hehehe.
  • We visited  my FIL after I got done with my online tasks.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Deviled Eggs

When the Easter was over, I made the eggs that we colored into deviled eggs.

A Spice A  Day # 111
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April 20, 2012:
  • I made some meatballs and spaghetti for lunch.  For dinner, I made some pork ribs over at my FILs and we ate it with green beans and corn.  I feel bad when Dad said "Thank you for cooking Rose, it's been a while since I had a freshly cooked dinner."  My SIL and NIL  always cooks a hearty dinner   every weekend over there though.  I think, he wishes that he could have  fresh dinner every day.
  • I did laundry today.

Anti-Inflammatory Drink

I'm always on the lookout for healthy alternatives, especially when it comes to medication for ailments.  My husband and I avoid taking medicine if at all possible, unless we absolutely need it.  That is why I'm glad I came across this new product that relieves inflammation without the harmful effects of drugs.

Nopalea contains Betalains, a rare and potent antioxidant that is scientifically proven to reduce body inflammation.  Since inflammation is usually responsible for aches and pains, this is a great way to alleviate pain and cleanse your body of unwanted toxins. This tasty health drink is made from the fruit of the Nopal cactus, which has been used for centuries by native peoples for its health benefits.  This is a great way to relieve pain and improve your health at the same time.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Russel Stover

These are some of the sweet treats that the Burritos got last Easter.
A Spice A  Day # 110
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April 19, 2012:

  • I mowed our backyard this morning, it was a good exercise.
  • I made two dozens of lumpia or egg rolls after mowing the grass.  We just got done eating.
  • We visited my FIL and the kids  bought some candy bars from their  friend over at my FIL's neighbor.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Homemade Nut Roll

Our neighbor gave us a homemade nut roll, it was delicious! Thanks Don!

A Spice A  Day # 109
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April 18, 2012:

  • Me and the Kids went around the yard and picked some dandelion flowers.  Our bunnies love them!
  • We visited my FIL when hubby arrived from school!
  • I made some mini burgers for dinner!

Mango Smoothie

I made some mango smoothie last week from the last three mangoes that we bought in Pittsburgh. Hubby, Ms. Burrito, and I loved it. Mr. Burrito on the other hand is not so much fond with Filipino goodies.
A Spice A  Day # 108
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April 17, 2012:
  • Me and the kids practiced tennis yesterday at our backyard.  Mr.  Burrito got a booboo, he scraped his  arm from the brick but he was fine.

Baby Shower Invitation

I had a long talk to a friend last weekend on the phone.   She mentioned that they are planning to  have a second baby this year.  Their  first born (girl) is almost two years old and they want to have a baby boy this time.  I remember when  I found out that I was pregnant with our second child, I was a little scared because  my daughter was just nine months  old then.  But it was a blessing so even with mixed emotions, we were happy.  It turned out that our second child is a boy which completed our  planned family of two kids (a boy and a girl).  Some Filipina friends gave me a  baby shower and we got a lot of gifts.  It was actually a surprise for us because they invited us to their prayer meeting and at the end of the  event, they revealed the baby shower for us.
It's nice to  host a baby shower  because you get   gifts for your baby that you and your husband don't have to worry about.  I remember when  my sister-in-law threw a baby shower for our first born, we got   most of the things that we need like the crib,  swing, diapers, clothes, and  more.  It was a huge savings for us.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Iris

I have so many Irises in full bloom right now so I am taking the opportunity to have fresh flowers in our kitchen table.

A Spice A  Day # 107
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April 16, 2012:
  • Got so busy cleaning and organizing our home today so I  wasn't able to blog at all day till now.  Well, I am not  done with chores yet but I want to take a break  and blog a little.
  • I made some pork BBQ on a stick, baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese for dinner.
  • We played  tennis at our backyard after dinner.
  • I planted all my seeds  today and hoping that there would  be no more surprise frost that come our way.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Oral Care Countdown

Ms. Burrito's teacher gave her two samples of Colgate kits. One for her and one for her brother.

A Spice A  Day # 106
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April 15, 2012:
  • We had a great day today.  
  • We  decided to put  Matilda  to Wubzy's house because she kept trying to  escape from the cage, she already bent some of the wire.  Wubzy was very happy.
  • Ms. Burrito  lost another tooth today.
  • We attended  the noon  mass and proceeded at my FIL for a visit after the service at church.
  • When we came home, we went  for a walk and the kids rode their bikes.  
  • Me and Ms. Burrito planted some beans at the garden while the boys play  baseball at the backyard.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Brownies

My FIL baked a pan of brownie the other day.  I find it delightful that there is a  distinct color  in the middle.

A Spice A  Day # 105
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April 14, 2012:
  • We were so busy today.  My daughter has a big project that due this  coming Monday so that's what we did  this morning.  We  did not get finish until 3 pm, whew!  
  • I did not go with my husband  and kids over at Dairy Queen because  I wanted to start doing the laundry after we got done doing Ms. Burrito's project.  I just got done folding the clothes.

Bistik

Cooking beef steak is different in the Philippines. They call it bistik.

A Spice A  Day # 104
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April 13, 2012:
  • It's Friday the 13th today so  take care folks!
  • I bought two bags of gardening soil and a bag of mulch for my garden.  I thought that would be enough but it wasn't unfortunately.
  • We visited Dad after eating dinner.

State Line Resto

There are friends and relatives who told us that the State Line Restaurant is a good and affordable place to eat. So on our way home from my husband's school, we tried it. The food and prices were alright but the big turn off for me is the smell of the cigarette. I was suffocating as we entered the place. They offered us a non-smoking area but it wasn't desirable at all. There were sack of potatoes near the table where we sit and it wasn't clean either in the room. That would probably our first and last time to eat there.
A Spice A  Day # 103
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April 12, 2012:
  • We brought Max to the Vet today.  They were supposed to remove the pin out of his leg but they told  us again to come back in three weeks.   At least our time wasn't wasted because he got his rabies and booster shots.
  • Will  update this later tonight.  We just arrived and I have to go out in my garden.
  • I dug out so many dandelion at our  yard.  We have to buy some weed killer to get rid of these pretty weeds.  
  • Sauteed  cabbage with  ground pork and rice  was our dinner.  Later tonight, hubby made mashed potatoes and  mac and cheese hehehe.

Cookies n' Creme

Some of the sweet treats that the Burritos got from the "Easter Bunny".  
Cadbury Cream Eggs and Hershey's Cookie n' Creme.

A Spice A  Day # 102
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April 11, 2012:
  • It snowed again today, although it was just a brief  moment but am worried about my plants.
  • We visited my FIL  after dinner and dropped by at the store for some stuff.

Next Meal

"I have many memories of waking up to eat breakfast that my mother carefully prepared for us and her saying, what do y'all want for lunch, and as we're eating lunch, what do y'all want for dinner? It's always about the next meal."
-Lisa Loeb-
Hotdog Wrapped with Bacon and Scrambled Egg for breakfast
A Spice A  Day # 100
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April 9, 2012:

  • Ms. Burrito is still off  today so we have an extra days of fun at home.
  • We are making  deviled eggs today.  Will update this post later tonight.  I made deviled eggs for snack.
  • Bistik or beef steak, mashed potatoes, and boiled corn  is what I prepared for dinner.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Juicy and Sweet

The strawberry in the store is really hard to pass. They are big and fresh!  Mr. Burrito can eat  and eat strawberries and never gets tired of it.

A Spice A  Day # 99
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April 8, 2012:
  • We woke up a little early today.  I cooked and we got ready.
  • We attended the 12:30 mass and then we  headed to my FIL afterwards.  We did not stay very long because we got invited for an egg hunt at Starvaggi Park.  The kids had so much fun  at the park.  Both of the Burritos won  stuffed toys for finding the most eggs.
  • When we came home, I  started doing laundry.  I am down to two loads now but I am getting sleepy.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mini Pepperoni

The snack I made the kids yesterday.  We always buy the mini pepperoni slices instead of the big ones.  The Burritos and the Dad love mini pizzas.    We call this pizzaronis.

A Spice A  Day # 101
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April 10, 2012:
  • Ms. Burrito  went back to school today.  She couldn't believe that the 10-day break is over.
  • I mowed our backyard today and also did some gardening even though it's cold.  I love gardening and when I start, I can't stop doing it.  It's like a heroine to me lol.
  • I made some tinola for  dinner.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Eggs Coloring

Some of the eggs that the Burritos has colored last Friday.  
A Spice A  Day # 98
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April 7, 2012:
  • I wasn't feeling well when I woke up this morning.  My head was aching and my whole body  was painful.   I thought it was due to the  garden  work we have done for the couple of days but later on  I know the main culprit, it's PMS.
  • We went to the car lake today and  did some hiking in the woods near our place.  It was a relaxing exercise.

Welcoming Scent of Home



Walmart.com - Glade Expressions Air FreshenersI came across a blog that  talked about the new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist.  I  got interested   because I have been looking for something that I could replace the current  air freshener that we are using at home.   The one that we have here is only effective when you first open it then towards the middle of the bottle, it loses it's fragrance.   But anyhow, according to the blog post that I read, the lady  said that  this kind of air freshener has a long lasting fragrance, a welcoming scent  in your home that would invite life in.    It is also design to compliment any home style and decor.  The fragrance mist is refillable with any scent  which includes pineapple and mangosteen, cotton and Italian mandarin, Fuji apple and cardamom spice, and lavender and Juniper berry.  I really like the design and  I would probably  try the lavender and juniper berry. There is  $1.50 off   that you can get  by clicking the  link on this post, I'll be getting one for myself.     I also like the fragrance satisfaction guarantee, so if you are not satisfied with  your purchase, you can fill out the form and they will refund you the money.  The lady said that the new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser would last for thirty days and you won't need electric for it.  


Friday, April 6, 2012

Gardening Activities

 We have been straightening out our garden this week.    Am so  glad we got done  laying out the  landscaping rocks today.  The kids had so much fun helping us.  We are almost done at the front yard but still have a lot of things to do at the backyard.

A Spice A  Day # 97
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April 6, 2012:
  • Another busy day  for us.  Hubby  hauled a ton of  landscaping rocks earlier today and we  laid it in our front yard.  It looks a lot better now at our front yard.
  • After we got done at the yard and showered, the three lovelies of mine took  nap.  
  • We went to my FIL and visited for a while.

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