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Cooking everyday is something we do back in the Philippines. Not just once but thrice or more. Yes, we cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner and sometimes, snacks. I grew up eating freshly cooked meal. We don’t have fridge, nor microwave that is probably why, they need to cook all the time. My mom is a busy mother but she always manage to feed us proper breakfast. When I moved to my grandparents house when my father died, my grandma or my Aunt  always cook breakfast too and never let me leave for school without anything in my stomach. We may not be rich but I grew up like that and made me realized hey I am rich! Rich with loving relatives.12047699_914155175342753_316491862_n

I must admit, I hate cooking! I was asked to cook several times when I was younger  but I never enjoyed it, not until my family and I moved to America and have to learn how to cook or my family will either end up broke eating out or starve to death! I can’t really say I am a good cook now, I am still in the process of learning. But I am proud to say I can cook without looking at the internet/recipe now, and can even make up my own recipe (wink! wink!). My husband seemed gaining weight by eating too much (thank  goodness, he is doing some exercises now!), my kids are not complaining except when you give them vegetables (LOL) so evidently I am doing an OKAY job. (what do you think?)  I am not gonna hide how proud I am to myself. I never imagined myself cooking dishes that I always thought was hard to make. I am hoping to expand my knowledge and learn more recipes. NO,  I still don’t love cooking but I do it for my family and will do it forever coz I LOVE watching them eat and enjoy what they are eating!



TRANSITION- (noun ) the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

My family is now in this state. We just had our annual physical this month, everybody is in great shape except husband needs more Vitamin D and has to lessen his CHOLESTEROL intakes. Both Vitamin D defeciency and High Cholesterol scared me and my husband so from now on, we, not just him have to watch our every food intakes. I may not have high cholesterol but it’s time to change our diet and habits to keep everyone in the family healthy! And besides, I needed to lose weight too, I needed to trim the disgusting curves I have so I can once again wear fashionable clothes especially this summer! I must admit, I was kinda neglecting my health lately. I am not consistently going to the gym or doing any exercise and I am eating whatever kind of food I craved for. I guess this is a wake up call and it’s never too late to change all that and start being health conscious. No more frying for us, time to cook more veggies and lessen meat, more fish and consistenly taking vitamins and supplements.

I am hoping after 6 months,  when husband visit his doctor again, his Vitamin D and cholesterol levels will be back to normal again.

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Family Supplements

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Grilled Asparagus


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1 cup of rice

grilled asparagus

tomato based ground pork with white egg

 cookie for desert

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Grilled Sausages 



This was our lunch last weekend…slices of carrots and celery, baked spicy chicken wings and our all time favorite  – Lumpiang Shanghai or most commonly known as Spring Rolls. I’ve been eating spring rolls my whole life in the Philippines but last year was my first time to make some since I am craving for it, then I realized it’s not that hard to make but a lot of process. Usually if you go to a party, this appetizer is always present! For most of the people this is classified as appetizer but not for most Filipinos like us  coz we love to eat it with steamed or friend rice! Preparing it is a little bit complicated because you have to grind   most ingredients with food processor or blender if no other choice.  Let me try to write my version of recipe for some people that asked for it… IMG_146810333036_633023386789268_374482674_o

Lumpiang Shanghai Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground pork
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup cabbage (optional. I wanted more veggies for my kids thats why I added it.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon soysauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Lumpia wrapper (you can find it at ACHAU in Rogers or at MANNA ORiental in Springdale)
  • cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

  1. Grind the carrots, onions, cabbage, garlic , parsley  and green onions using food processor one ingredient at a time
  2. Mixed all ingredients in a bowl starting with the onion, carrots, cabbage, green onions, parsley, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and 2 pieces raw egg. Mix well. (You can use 1 raw egg only if you want and use the other one egg for wrapping, but in my case, I used both eggs and I used water to seal the wrapper)
  3. Once all ingredients are mixed, scoop 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoon of our mixture and wrap it with thr lumpia wrapper. (but the large square wrapper instead of the small one. You can wrap it the way i did and cut it after frying in small portions or you can cut the wrappers into 2 triangles and make 2 spring rolls out of it.
  4. Heat the cooking oil in a pan or deep fryer. Deep fry your lumpia until golden brown. Remove from the fryer and put in a paper towel to remove dripping oil.
  5. Transfer to serving plate with Sweet and Sour sauce in a separate saucer and voila! Enjoy your SPRING ROLLS!!!!

You can always leave a comment for questions and suggestions.

NOTE: If you think you cannot finish everything in one meal, don’t fry them all. Just like frozen products we’re buying in store, it can also be stored in freezer and fry it next time you feel like eating Srping rolls again.

Thank you for visiting!!! ENJOY!



The kids enjoyed Easter Egg hunt adventure in our friend’s house last Easter Sunday. We had our simple celebration with Ihaw-ihaw  (grilled) foods, play time in their backyard, easter egg hunt and egg decorating.

 Before we had lunch, the kids enjoyed the new trampoline our friend got in their backyard.  They loved it and even asking if can buy it too aside from the patio swing that they keep on asking us to buy. Unfortunately we can’t have this stuff until we got our own house in the future.

After playing we had feast on the Ihaw-ihaw foods…

Grilled Liempo, Grilled Fish and Chicken, fresh fruits and veggies :)

And finally, EGG HUNT and EGG Decorating time!!


HAPPY EASTER everyone!



My mom has been complaining of back pains every time we chat online. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I told her to have an expert give her a check-up. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right? Besides, osteoporosis is something that’s common among women, and as much as possible, I want that possibility to be ruled out. That’s why I told her to see a doctor as soon as possible. Open back surgery is something we all want to avoid not only because of the expenses but also because of the complicated procedure. I hope that her back pains aren’t as severe as we think.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 | Healthy Foods, Miscellaneous | No Comment Yet





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