Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Meat Loaf, Beets, and Mashed Potatoes

My husband prepared us dinner over at Dad's house last Saturday. He made meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and cooked a can of beets. It was damn delicious! Thank you very much my dear darling hubster. You are the best chef in the whole wide world, you know that?
It is so good when your husband knows how to cook and helps to do a lot of household chores isn't it? Love you hon!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cheesy Macaroni & Broccoli

This is what I made for lunch last Wednesday. I suppose to make a chicken & macaroni with broccoli and cheese but since I was already making the steak, I did not include chicken. Then I boiled some frozen corn (it's very sweet).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Home Made Pizza for Lunch

I mentioned on my other blog that we will be having a homemade pizza for lunch and we did prepare three plate-sized pizzas loaded with pineapple, black olives, bell peppers, pepperoni, pepper, and cheese. We forgot to put some onions but its okay because I am not very fond of them anyway lol.
Here's my helpers making the pizza.

EJ loves black olives so 1/4 of the content of the can was eaten by him.
Here's the end-product, I almost burned it because my little boy was doing his ornery things in the bathroom. But it still tasted good.

Happy anniversary to

PS.. Please leave your urls guys so I could include it in my blogroll, I still don't have the time yet but please just leave it with your comment and if you want follow na din lol. Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Beef and Broccoli

Note: Originally posted on October 6, 2009 at my Bravejournal blog. Comments are also transferred here.

TGIF once again, another sumptuous weekend for the chef bloggers hehehe. I would like to thank Sis Dhemz for sharing the easy recipe of my entry, beff and broccoli. I never tried cooking this one yet till I saw it on Bakla Dhemz' blog. Hubby loved it! If you guys want to try it, just visit the above mentioned chef in California, its easy and quick to make.

Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fresh Salad

This is another transferred entry from my Bravejournal blog. The comments were just copied and pasted here. This post was originally created on June 5, 2009 when we were still in Korea.
Hey guys, do you serve salad in your dining table? I was nnot a salad eater till I came to the States. My in-laws love salad, so for every occasion there is salad. That is why I get use to eating it now hehehe. Here are some freshly picked recipes from nubella.co that you might want to try.
Whether you grow your own tomatoes in a backyard garden or select the perfect ones from a supermarket or roadside stand, enjoy experimenting with this vitamin-rich fruit (yes, fruit!) Try Baked Red Snapper with Tomatoes, Minted Tomato Salad, or Couscous with Tomato.

Our daughter Rylie love just any kind of salad. I am glad because she's a good example to our son who is very picky when it comes to food.

Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Strawberry Cake

This is originally posted on November 26, 2009 at my Consumer's Point of View blog and reposted/transferred here. Oh I miss the cakes in Korea!

I can't let this week pass by without participating to the Food Trip Friday and Yummy Sunday even if my schedule is full hehehe. Addict to blogging, that's me! Nah, not anyone's birthday, my husband just had a sweet tooth attack so we bought a cake. Every time you buy a cake in Korea, they give you candles hehehe. We get the candles because its fun for the kids!
Just remember....

that a little bit of this
and a little dash of that
makes a sumptuous life...

so Spice Up Your Life.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Our Songs of Love

We hired two students from Divine Word to sing during our wedding and we also had a personalized discs of our favorite songs.
These are some of our wedding songs (sung at church and at the reception):
From this moment, King and Queen of Hearts, Love is all that Matters, Looking through the eyes of Love, and You are my song.

Meme Rules:
1.Choose any song that fits the event. Any artist and genre will do.
2.Post your answers and tag five people in your list.
3. Don't forget to mention the person who invited you to play. I am sharing the fun to Mads Faye, Jenny, Ate Weng, Malou and Dhemz.
Please take note, this is a transferred post from my Bravejournal blog. Comments are copied and pasted here too.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Every photograph lies a memory

A million click, a million story

So never take your chance for granted

While you have time to take it, just snap it

Because a snapshot of today will be your future story.

- R. Cottrill

Every little things will be a wonderful story if you capture it, so never let chances pass by, grab every opportunity you have and say KISS... i mean CHEESE lol!. My composition above sucks lol!

Note: This is originally posted at my bravejournal blog on May 7th 2009

Thursday, March 11, 2010

100 truth tag

Before doing the tag, let me share this picture to you. These were taken in Cagsawa Ruins during our First vacation in the Philippines (2009).

001. Real Name: R. Cottrill

002. Nickname(s): Rose

003. Age: 36

004. Horoscope: Gemeni

005. Male or Female: 100% female

006. Elementary: Sibago Elementary School, Donsol Sorsogon Philippines

007. High School: Donsol Vocational High School - Phil.

008. College School: Divine Word College of Legazpi - Phil

009. Graduate School: DWC Graduate School of Business and Management - Phil

010. Hair color: Black

011. Long or Short: Long

012. Loud or Quiet: in between

013. Sweats or Jeans: Jeans

014. Phone or Camera: both

015. Health Freak: nah

016. Drink or Smoke: none

017. Do you have a crush on someone: Mario Lopez hahaha

018. Eat or Drink: eat

019. Piercings: ears

020. Tattoos: nope, don't like tattoos

021. Social or Anti-Social: in between

022. Righty or lefty: Right

023. First piercing: Ears

024. First relationship: 4th year High

025. First Best Friend: jovelyn - high school

026. First Award: when I was in grade two

027. First Kiss: Psst!!!
028. First Pet: Puppy

029. First Big Vacation: Masbate with my friend Josephine

030. First Love at first sight: none

031. First Big Birthday: bachelorette party/bridal shower.

032. First Surgery: when I gave birth to my daughter.

033. First sport you joined: Volleyball.

This or That
034. Orange or Apple juice: both

035. Rock or Rap: none of this heeheh.
036. Country or Screamo: Country
037. NSYNC or Backstreet boys: Both
038. Britney spears or Christina Aguilera: Christina A.

039. Night or Day: Both
040. Sun or Moon: Hmmm... both
041. TV or Internet: 100% - Internet!
042. Playstation or xbox: none

043. Kiss or hug: Want to have both!
044. Iguana or turtle: turtle!
045. Spider or bee: none of these.
046. Fall or spring: Spring.
047. Limewire or iTunes: Itune???
048. Soccer or baseball: baseball!

049. Eating: Just finished.
050. Drinking: water

051. Excitement level: Medium. Sleepy again.
052. I’m about to: go to bed!
053. Listening to: the TV, my son is watching
054. Plan for today: its night time now so i'll go to sleep soon

055. Waiting for: my husband's tour to end so we can go back home!
056. Energy Level: Medium.
057. Thinking of someone: mama

058. Want kids?: of course
059. Want to get married?: i am.
060. When?: One day... five years ago

061. How many kids do you want: just 2
062. Any name on the mind: Rylie and EJ

063. What did you want to be when you were little: teacher

064. Careers in mind: to become an entrepreneur

065. Mellow future or wild: mellow!
066. Something you would never try: commit suicide

067. When do you want to die: If God will permit, I wanna see my children grow up, get married and have kids .
068. Lips or Eyes: Both
069. Romantic or Funny?: Both!!!
070. Shorter or Taller?: Taller.
071. Protective or Caring?: Caring
072. Romantic or Spontaneous?: Romantic
073. Nice Stomach or Nice Arms?: Nice Stomach
074. Sensitive or Loud?: Both...
075. Hook-up or Relationship?: Relationships
076. Trouble Maker or Hesitant?: ???
077. Muscular or normal: normal
078. Kissed a stranger: Never!
079. Broken a bone: nope.
080. Lost glasses or contacts: yup
081. Ran away from home: Never
082. Held a gun/knife for self defense: Nope
083. Killed somebody: Neverrrr
084. Broken some one’s heart: not sure!
085. Had your heart broken: twice!
086. Been arrested: Never.
087. Cried when someone died: Yup.
088. Liked a friend more than a friend: not sure about this hehehe.

Do you believe in
089. Yourself: hell ya!
090. Miracles: Yup.
091. Love at first sight: Nope
092. Heaven: Yup
093. Santa Claus: Nope.
094. Tooth Fairy: Nope.
095. Kiss in the first date: nah...
096. Angels: Yup

Answer Truthfully
097. Is there 1 person you want to be with right now?: I'm with him hehehe!
098. Are you seriously happy with where you’re in life now?: Incredibly happy!
099. Do you believe in God?: For
100. Post as 100 truths and tag 10 people.

Okay, the ten people would be you x 10 hahaha..

Note: Originally post at my bravejournal blog on April 5, 2009

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pasta with Turkey Meat Ball

Dinner's not worth making a fuss about. That's why you'll love this speedy spaghetti and meatballs meal that I received from Nubella newsletter. The meatballs are a cinch to make—just mix and shape—and they cook in the same short time as the pasta. And the sauce? It's whatever's in your cupboard, jazzed up with fresh tomatoes. Easy does it.

This is one of my father in laws favorite, John's niece is very good in making this. So here's the recipe. Enjoy!
Work gently when making the meatballs and don't overmix or they'll be tough.
1 lb. gound turkey breast
1 small yellow onion, minced, divided
1 egg
1/3 cup fine dry bread crombs
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano or
1/2 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil or 1/2
teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary or
1/2 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 (12-oz.) pkg. penne or ziti (tube-shaped pasta)
1 (2 z.)
jar spaghetti sauce with herbs
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Heat oven to 500ºF. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.

2. Combine all meatball ingredients until well-blended. Shape into 24 (1-inch) meatballs. Arrange in single layer pan. Bake 10 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center.

3. Meanwhile, cook penne according to package directions; drain.

4. Bring spaghetti sauce and tomato to a boil in large saucepan. Add meatballs with any drippings and penne. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
Note: Originally published at my bravejournal blog on February 3, 2009. Comments are also copied and pasted here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

From Tita with Love

My sister-in-law sent Christmas presents last year and we just now received them. Thanks a lot Chris and Gail. We love everything you sent, especially the boots , they're so cute!
Here's Rylie after she screamed so loud hehehe..
These are the books and DVDs and the set of Crystal Necklace with pendants and earrings for Rylie.
Here's my gift, thanks Chris maybe I won't burn my hand in the oven this time hehehe...
She made this out of a white tile. My SIL ad I share the same birth month - June.
A Christmas ornament that she made out of a piece of glass and painted it.
My daughter wanted me to wear her dress up hat, then she took a picture of me hehehehe.

Note: Originally published at bravejournal blog on January 23, 2009

Monday, March 8, 2010

Dad And Daughter Chef

John and Rylie baked a home made pizza yesterday and it was sooooo good.They're getting addicted to baking things, it is quickly becoming a daily routine. When it comes to baking stuff, my daughter and husband get along well in the kitchen. I don't like baking because I always get burn marks from the oven hehehe... So here are the pictures I took while they were putting a pizza together.

Note: Another transferred post from bravejournal blog.. originally published on January 8, 2009

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sensible Supper

I got these recipes from nubella.com. They sent me email several times a week and I love being a member with them. I might try this Lemon herb Roasted Chicken to start our new year with a little something healthy hehehe...

A Sensible Supper went a little overboard this holiday season? It's bound to happen...but fortunately, it's easy to get back on track with these tasty recipes that are low in calories and fat. For dinner tonight, how about preparing Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken, Spiced Salmon Steaks, or Crispy Baked Tilapia? Simple, healthy, and delicious.

If you want to see the recipes, just please click the links from this post. Enjoy! (Image and recipe source is nubella.com newsletter)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Roasted Pepper and Eggplant Frittata

My husband and kids love eggplant so this recipe is a perfect one for me to try. Did you skip breakfast this morning? Make up for it at dinner. This egg-rich frittata is ideal when you're looking for a meal that doesn't entail a lot of fuss or expense. It starts on the stovetop, then moves under the broiler for a golden brown finish. Let's hear it for second chances. Recipe source: nubella.com

Make sure to use an ovenproof skillet because the frittata goes directly from the stovetop to the oven.

10 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 cups finely chopped peeled eggplant

1 (12- to 13-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained, chopped

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until well-blended.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Cook and stir eggplant 5 to 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in bell peppers.

3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet; heat until hot. Pour egg mixture over vegetables. Cook, covered, over medium to low heat 12 to 15 minutes or until almost set, occasionally lifting edges with spatula and tilting skillet to allow uncooked egg to flow to bottom of skillet.

4. Heat broiler. Uncover skillet; sprinkle frittata with cheese. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into wedges.

Note: reposted from bravejournal blog.. originally published on February 9, 2009

Friday, March 5, 2010

Precious Presents

Note: This is another transferred post from my bravejournal blog which was originally published on December 21, 2009.

We received a Christmas presents from our family friend back in the Philippines. Thank you so much Ate Chay! Hopefully I will win the lotto next year since you gave me a wallet with good luck money in it hehehe... May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! Happy Holidays, everyone!

Family weekend with Santa

Note: This was posted originally on December 14 at my bravejournal blog.

The MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) organized an event for kids last Saturday, they called it Winter Wonderland. We took our children there for them to enjoy the weekend. They have for different booths for the kids to try. There's cookie decorating, coloring pictures, christmas ornament arts and craft and a painting tattoo booth. Our daughter Rylie tried the cookie decorating and xmas ornament craft. Ej on the other hand, scribbled crayons on one of the pictures on the booth.

Here's the trampoline where Rylie stayed most of the time.

Here is the Santa that Ryle decorated...

Of course Santa won't be absent in the occasion, so here are the kids waiting in line for their turn to sit in Santa's lap and get something lol..
Santa asked Rylie what she wants for Christmas and she told her that she wanted a scooter.
When Santa gave her the wrapped up gifts, she was not happy when she opened it because she thought she is getting the gift she wanted for Christmas ha ha ha.. Kids are so funny...
Here is Daddy helping and showing our lil' ones how to use the toys they got.
EJ said, I don't want this Dad lol...
What a wonderful weekend we had...

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