Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Gardening, Photography & Home-Cooking are just a few of what I love doing!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Make Something Out Of Unused Ornaments

I bought so much Christmas ornaments last year that I still have so much left. I already have our Christmas tree up but it is just about 3ft in height that it is already filled with Christmas ornaments. I couldn't used all the ornaments that I bought from last year's Christmas sale! I bought so much because we have a 7-ft Christmas tree but unfortunately we didn't have the space for now to put it in the house, so it's been sitting in our storage building for the past 2 years!. I love our 7-ft Christmas tree, we bought it brand new at Kmart over 3 or 4 years ago and we only used it twice! 

Anyway, I hated to see so much brand new ornaments sitting in the container unused ! So I decided to make something out of it which is pictured above. I call it ornament chandelier because it kind of reminds me of a chandelier. The first picture is what I made yesterday. I used 3 bamboo skewers to hold the ornaments. I tied it with ribbons to hold the skewers together and then used more ribbons to hand the ornaments! The second picture I made just this morning. I like it way better than the first one! The base or what's holding the ornaments is a Christmas wreath that I also bought on sale last year! I thought it was just perfect to hang those beautiful ornaments!

I still have plenty of ornaments left and I am planning on making some more of these to try to sell to our Christmas Bazaar for our church. My mother-in-law suggested it after seeing what I made the first time and she thought it was beautiful! These are actually very easy to make. You can use ribbons to hang the ornaments or fish line which I used in the second picture! ;)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Filipino Foods That I Fixed On My Son's 2nd Birthday

My youngest son's 2nd birthday was last Sunday. As I mentioned before, I fixed some Filipino foods. It was just a very simple celebration with just family and a couple of friends and their daughter who lives about 5 minutes from us! Below are the said Filipino foods that I had fix. Everybody seemed to enjoy it including me although the Lumpia or Eggrolls which is not pictured was a big mess! I used a different wrapper which I won't be using again in the future! But everyone said that it was still good even though it didn't look too appealing at all!

Escabeche! Fish that I used was a big stone fish or what we call in the Philippines "Isda sa bato"! I paid $9+ for this piece at the asian store!

Lechon Kawali! Instead of deep frying it, I put it in the oven which turned to be as good as deep frying it plus there was no big mess from oil splattering!

Left pic is what we call in the Philippines "Humba" or Pork braised in brown sugar and vinegar and of course spices! Right pic is Sweet and Sour meatballs. I am not really sure if this is a Filipino dish but I always cook it because aside from it taste really good, it is also very easy and simple to fix. Frozen meatballs, sweet and sour sauce and pineapple chunks are the only ingredients and put it in the crockpot for 2 hours and voila!

Last but not least, Pancit-Bihon or Bam-i! Birthday is not complete without this dish! We have this beliefs in the Philippines that having some kind of pancit or noodles on birthday celebration will give the celebrant long life! I don't know if there is a truth to this or not but it's been part of our culture over there!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Card This Year For Free

I just ordered our personalized family Christmas cards for this year at Walgreen's online a few minutes ago and didn't cost me a single penny! You can get a 20 5x7 collage greeting cards for free right now if you like Walgreens page on Facebook and they will give you the code to enter at the checkout, value at $16.99! I love getting free stuff, don't you? Every year, I always personalized our own greeting cards to send to family and friends and I love that these cards this year didn't cost me a penny at all.

Anyway, if you prefer to have it ship to your house, it would cost you only $2.99 for standard shipping. I started choosing to have it ship to me but then I changed my mind. Why would I pay a penny when I can do a pick up at their store for free? I mean yeah the nearest store is about 30 minutes drive from where we live but I don't have to do a special trip just to get these cards. We are heading that way some time this week and that will be the perfect day to pick them up!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our Finished Family Turkey

Above is the finished family turkey of ours! This is my son's Thanksgiving project in school that we had to work together as family. Well, I ended up working on it by myself! My husband just doesn't have any interest in crafts like this and told me that he will just leave it up to us. My youngest son is too small to be part of it and my oldest son, instead of making the job easier, he was making it longer and wasn't really interested in participating on his own project! I really wanted him to participate, I mean he helped for just a few minutes and then lost his interest on it. So I just let it be, because I wanted it to be done and get it out of the way for I have other things to do.

My youngest son's birthday is this coming Sunday and I have tons of things to do before that day! So instead of insisting for my oldest son to help me do his project which would have taken longer, I just let him do his usual thing while I work on it. It's not the neatest nor the prettiest but I am satisfied with it and seemed like my son is too! The submission date would be Monday but I am gonna give it to my son to submit tomorrow so I won't forget Monday.

Anyhow, the materials that I used are gold paper doily on the back feathers, layered yellow leaves on the wings, red leaves on the face as well as the feet, egg shells on the body and I used glitter glue for the eyes and that skin hanging on the face, whatever that's called and dark glitter for the outline! It was kinda messy using the glues but overall, I enjoyed doing it!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Family Turkey Project

Last week my son brought home a drawing of a turkey as their project at school for Thanksgiving. We have to work on it as a family project! We have until Monday to submit it and I just started working on it earlier! I only worked on the outer feathers, and what I did was cover it with a gold paper doily that's been sitting in a craft box for how many years! 

At first, I didn't have a clue as to what to do and then suddenly the idea just popped in my head to use the doily when I saw it! Anyway, our family turkey is not yet finish, so please do not judge! LOL! We still have plenty of time before the submission date so we are gonna take our time to make it look nice or decent..

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Yo Gabba Gabba Theme

{Image NOT MINE!}
This year for my son's second birthday, I decided to do a Yo Gabba Gabba theme since it is one of his favorite shows. I can put on the Yo Gabba Gabba show and he can watch it for hours. Sometimes it is a big help to me especially when I am trying to finish something around the house or online!

Anyway, it is not gonna be a complete set like from the plates, cups, napkins, hats, balloons or things like that. I only picked out some like this wall scene setter and banner. It would be nice to have a complete theme but I was not willing to pay that much money when we will only use it one time. Besides, it is just us and a couple of friends with their daughter and she's not even old enough to enjoy it! By next year, he'll probably be able to pick his own theme, so probably won't be using this theme again!

Anyhow, I am also doing a Yo Gabba Gabba picture cake. I found this nice pictures of the characters online that I am planning to print and do a picture cake with my son's picture as well. I am pretty sure that he is going to love his birthday cake! Too bad that the Yo Gabba Gabba party stuff are not available at Walmart! It would have been much easier and probably cheaper if I could have bought the stuff at Walmart but I have to order them online!

Well, this is just a one-time event each year so I want it to be special for my son. He won't remember much of it but he will be able to look back by the pictures that I will be taking! :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Menu On His Second Birthday

I always like to cook Filipino Foods on my kids birthday. I want them to know somehow that they are that special to me to go through all that trouble when we can just easily go out to celebrate their birthdays. But I always prefer fixing them Filipino foods on their  birthdays at home although it's not much and we do not really invite a lot of people. Just us and a couple of friends who lives nearby...

Anyhow, my youngest son will be celebrating his 2nd birthday in less than 2 weeks. I already planned out what I will be fixing on that special day and these are:

  Pancit-Bihon or Bam-i


 Lumpia or Eggrolls

 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

 Lechon Kawali

These pictures above were all the foods that I made from previous occasions. I thought it would be nice to have pictures included! Seeing those foods is definitely making me hungry!!! I have been trying to control myself not eat too much due to some weight gain but when that day comes, I do not know what the word "DIET" means! LOL! 

Anyway, I am very excited for my son's birthday! I have not yet bought his presents but I am getting ready to do it after this post. So see you all later and you all have a great day!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Chicken Stir-Fry In Pineapple Juice And Sweet And Sour Sauce

This is what I fixed for supper tonight and it is my very own recipe. I call it Chicken Stir-Fry in Pineapple juice and sweet and sour sauce! It is very easy to fix, just like you're making a stir-fry. The veggies in the picture as you can see above are carrots, broccoli, onions, red and green bell pepper which were all fresh! I probably added about a pound of chicken breast which I cut in cubes. I also added pineapple chunks, well it's not fresh, it's from a can and added some of the juice to it to sweeten it a little bit. And to finish the recipe, I added half of a jar of sweet and sour sauce and simmer it for about 6-8 minutes just enough to thicken the juice!