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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.

Anchor Irony

I was browsing for  some selection of funny tshirts design and  thought that this is perfect for my husband since he was a former sailor.  Don't bring me down is just a total irony of the anchor hehehe.  I have read so many funny  designs on shirts especially when we were still overseas.  There are some that doesn't make sense which ruins the   real intent of  funny shirt.  At site where I saw this, you can find so many funny designs.

Disclaimer:  Picture not mine.

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

This post brought to you by Chili’s Grill & Bar. All opinions are 100% mine.

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.

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But anyhow,  if you are familiar with Cinco de Mayo, that would be a perfect reason to celebrate it with the CoronaRita Margarita.  I remember when we were living in South Korea,  the Navy base used to host a Cinco de Mayo celebration.  It was one event that's full of fun and  excitement.  Whatever it is that you want to celebrate, be it a graduation, a special date or a family dine out,  Chili's is great place for it.  Before I end this post, let me ask you if  what do you think personally about the combination  of  CoronaRita Margarita?  Do you see yourself trying this kind of  beverage?    Do you have a specific item that you like at Chili's?  You may leave your thoughts at the comment section of this post. 
 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.
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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.
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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.

I've got really good news for those who are skeptical like me.  You can try Nopalea free by simply calling 1-800-203-7063, you just have to pay the shipping.  You don't have to harm your body to get rid of pain, you can get rid of pain and help your body at the same time.  Call today and get on track to a healthier you or visit for more details.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Russel Stover

These are some of the sweet treats that the Burritos got last Easter.
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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.
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Kids Play Makup

Some  women, make up is a regular routine that they do everyday.  They couldn't go out without  wearing one.  I am not  into makeups so I  won't know the difference of regular makeup to organic makeup.  I think that organic makeup are  made from natural  ingredients so it is gentle to your skin. My daughter is a girly girl type of  kid so she like to have her nails  painted and she also has  kids makeup  kit that her friend gave her.  I know that  it is just for fun but I don't want her to use those kind of stuff at a very young age.  Unless there is an occasion f course.

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.
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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.
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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.  So if you are expecting and looking for a place to get   baby shower invitations, check out Invitation Box website.  They have so many selections that you would    surely get  the design that you like.  You can personalize the  invitation and make it the way you like it.  Their prices is very affordable and You will be given so many selection to choose from.  They have   different kinds of invitation for any kinds of occasion   so check them out if you ever need  invitation for your special celebration.

Monday, April 16, 2012


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

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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.

Moving here

Guest post of the week by Brittany Booker

When I moved here I wasn’t really planning on buying a house. I obviously don’t really know the area and I thought it would make much more sense just to rent for a while but you know, this adorable little bungalow just kind of fell into my lap and there wasn’t much I could do about it rather than buy it! I’ve been here for about three months now and I love how the place is ALL MINE! I can paint it any color I want and I’ve already started working on the backyard and things like looking into texas electricity providers are totally my decision which is really nice. I’m just happy not to have a landlord anymore and be able to make my own decisions. I think it’s crucial at this ageto own a home and not worry about paying into rent because at the end of the day you’re not building up any equity that way and that’s just not okay with me! I think it’s crucial to buy.

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


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

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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.


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.


When I fetched my daughter from school yesterday, the  father of one of her classmates which is a doctor, was wearing  his scrubs.    He used to be my children's  pediatrician but when we came back from from overseas, he is no longer  treating kids.  He look good with  cherokee workwear. I remember when I gave birth to my first born, my OB Gyne recommended him to us so that's where we took our kids when they were babies.

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.
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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.
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