Oct 27, 2014

The Fourth Fisherman - Book Review

The Fourth Fisherman is a book about faith and utilizing that faith to survive.  The books tells the story of Joe Kissack, a wealthy executive, who had it all—fortune, cars, family, etc., (or at least he thought he did.) But his world came crashing down on him to the point that he felt into deep depression, alcohol, drugs, and family strife. The story intertwines with the news that some Mexican fishermen who had drifted in the Pacific Ocean for more than nine months were still alive.

 As the story tells us, they survived on raw fish, rain water and faith.
 Joe felt he was called to meet these fishermen and get them to tell him their story.  Joe realizes that their story was just like his story—he had been just a lost as these fishermen had been lost.  He realized that only through faith he was able to survive just as the fishermen did. 

This is a story of lost and found, and Ironically, sometimes in order for us to realize how lost we are, God allows tragedies to knock on our doors-in this case the drifting over such a long period of time of these fishermen, and the state of depression of Joe.

 
Although I found the book to be a life’s lesson, I can’t say that I liked the way it was written.  I wish it would have been written in a different way rather than the back and forth fashion that it was used to express the author’s idea. 

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

May 29, 2014

Pallet Boards Table

Pallet boards are being used by many people today, especially those who like to recycle. These wooden pallets are often thrown away after being used. The uses of these vary depending on the factory or warehouse.  Well, no doubt that although some companies get rid of them after they've been used, there are many people who make goods things out of them. 



Here I show a table that I made myself using wooden pallets. It was very easy to make as some times the frames don't even need to be cut.  I added legs to a frame, and made the top with many different cuts to simulate a puzzle. I then added three pieces of wood across in the middle for more support and for storage.  Stained it and them white washed it to good a distressed look which was what I wanted.


For the next project I do with wooden pallets, I  will bring a tutorial for you to see the process. Remember that it is good to help the environment by recycling even wood.

May 28, 2014

Decoupaged Frame

See how easy we can make a decoration for our wall.  I bought this frame at discount from $8.99 to $2.25 as it had a flaw in one of the edges. I bought it and thought I could fix it, and I did.



Fixed the damage by cutting around a bit. Then I sanded and painted.  Then I glued this flag  that a friend gave me long time ago. To mount the flag I diluted white glue with water and decoupaged it. I used 3/4 glue and 1/4 water.

First I fixed the flag on the frame, then decoupaged as explained before, then I let it dry. Then glued the fabric to the frame--it turned hard after it dried which is what I wanted.

For more DIY projects please visit Grace Lucky's blog.  She has a lot of good ideas. Visit her at  http://graceluckydiy.blogspot.com/

Easy and simple to do.

Jan 20, 2013

Cucumber, Tomato, Pineapple Salad

Contrary to what so many think, salads are not just for the Summer time. I personally like salad with my main meal which is dinner—I learned that from my Mom. I also learned that you don’t need too many ingredients to make a nice salad. I think that what really makes a good salad is it's dressing.


Ingredients
1 cucumber
2 large tomatoes (seeded)
1 can of pineapple (in chunks)
¼ cup of Balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 packet of Goya Salad & Vegetable Seasoning
Parsley flakes
Salt and pepper (optional)

Instructions
Salad
  1. Make ridges on cucumber and slice thinly.
  2. Cut open tomatoes and remove all seeds
  3. Drain the pineapple chunks.
  4. Arrange cucumber, tomatoes and pineapple on a platter.
  5. Sprinkle with dry parsley
Vinaigrette
  1. Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salad seasoning. Stir. Set aside and drizzle over salad as desired.
  2. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad
Note:
To make the ridges in the cucumber do the following: Wash cucumber thoroughly. Take a fork and pressing the fork against the peel of cucumber, run the fork downward all around. Slice cucumber in thin slices.

Jan 18, 2013

Basic Cooking Ingredients

There are three (3) basic ingredients that a cook should not be without. These are: GARLIC, ONION, and SALT. The rest are flavor enhancers.

With these three main ingredients your dishes should taste great.

  • Garlic: Besides adding flavor to food, it has been used as medicine for treating different types of diseases.
  • Onion: There are many types of onions. Personally, I prefer Spanish onion. I like to use purple onions for salads.
  • Salt: It is a mineral composed mainly of sodium chloride. It is great for seasoning but should be consumed with caution, as too much or too little salt in your diet can cause neurological problems or even death.
So the next time you want to give a little flavor to your dish and if all you have are these three ingredients, your dish will taste great.

Jan 17, 2013

Eggplant in Tomato Sauce

Eggplant is a plant native to India. Its cultivation is quite old, for over 2,000 years. It was introduced to Africa by the Arabs and later to Europe and America by the Spanish.


I learned to cook eggplant with my Mom. She made it so good! But as I learned to cook I altered the recipe a little and always look for ways to improve it.

Eggplant is considered to be a fruit and not a vegetable. It can be cooked in different ways, i.e. in sauce, in lasagna, as meatballs, with eggs, over rice, with cheese, etc.

This recipe for Eggplant in Sauce



Ingredients
1 eggplant
Salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons onions (chopped)
½ red pepper (chopped)
½ green pepper (chopped)
1 jalapeno pepper (chopped)
1 teaspoon small capers
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ bunch parsley (chopped)
1 cube of Maggi chicken flavor bouillon
1-2 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Peel the eggplant and cut into small pieces. Salt and scrub eggplant with the salt. Set aside for a few minutes. (This is done to get a little of the seed out and also to take some of the bitterness off.)
  2. Rinse with clear water to remove the salt; Drain well. Set aside.
  3. In a skillet, bring to a medium heat the olive oil. Add all the other ingredients except the water.
  4. Add the eggplant. Sauté. Add 1 cup of water.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
  6. Add more water as needed.
  7. Cook eggplant until completely minced, or if you prefer, you might leave some pieces whole, as seen in the photo.
  8. Serve over white rice
  • You can use this same recipe to make lasagna. Instead of ground beef place it between the lasagna noodles as if using ground beef.
  • Also if you let the pieces cooked until minced, you can use it as dressing on Italian bread when making sandwiches instead of mayonnaise.
Yields 4 servings