Dec 16, 2014

Christmas Cookies 2014

After baking for a couple of days, this is how my counter top looks like.

For all my sugar cookies I use the same recipe found here http://yolandascakesenglish.blogspot.com/2012/08/sugar-cookies.html.  For the rest of the cookies see other links.  There are tons of great recipes on the Internet that you can try and see which one you like best.  Happy Baking

Cake Central has many excellent recipes on Oatmeal Cookie.  Visit www.cakecentral.com and check them out!




For the Stained-glass cookies find the recipe at http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1055/stained-glass-cookies.


Find an awesome recipe in www.Allrecipes.com "Aunt Cora's recipe World's Best Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies"

For the recipe of the coconut macaroon, find the recipe on the back of Baker's Angel Flake Coconut Sweetened.  It is very easy to make.


Cardamom Butter Cookies--There's a recipe at www.mccormick.com/GourmetRecipes/Dessert/Cardamom-Butter-Cookies.  They are the ones shown here covered with baker's sugar.

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.