Monday, July 29, 2013

Pocket Tissue Pouch

Hello everyone! My last craft post was three weeks ago! That doesn't mean though that I haven't crafted anything since then. I made this Pocket Tissue Pouch from which I haven't posted until now. I fell in love with the color and its design.

So here's what I made. Did I choose a nice color?
I placed the smallest pack of tissue inside
The source of this pattern mentioned that the stitch used is the "Spaced Arches" stitch from The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden,  ©2004.
Photo taken from 
It's my first time to use this material ever since it was given to me by Aunt Marly. The label reads Unger Dolly, made in France.
Thanks to Aunt Marly for all these materials in my stash!

It looks like a special "dotted" fiber. I don't know how to describe it. It has some kind of luster, too!

Credits to Ayana Grace for the photos
I would like to make a few more of this...for gifts... Oh my, that's a few months from now!
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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mushroom delight: Fresh Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

I accompanied my husband to see his doctor for his regular check-up last week in the cardiac hospital where I work. Our hospital celebrates Nutrition Month for this whole month of July.  Part of the month-long celebration is the putting up of a Food Gallery at the ground lobby where various food entrepreneurs get to showcase their products. So now, let me share this mushroom recipe I got from one of the stalls when I bought a pack of mushroom.

I bought this pack of organically grown mushrooms for P 100.00. After asking the saleslady about the lifespan of the product which she comprehensively answered (2-3 days at room temperature, 2 weeks when refrigerated, months in the freezer), she voluntarily handed me a list of mushroom dishes with recipes by their company, CMAR Mushroom World, located at Jala Jala, Rizal. Here they are...

Fresh Oyster Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce

1/2 kilo mushrooms
2 tbsps cooking oil
1 cup water
6 tbsps oyster sauce
1/2 head garlic
2 tbsps cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup water

  1. Heat oil in frying pan. Add 1/2 head garlic. When garlic is almost brown, add 1 cup water, salt and   oyster sauce.
  2. Heat to boil, then add cornstarch dissolved in water to the desired consistency.
  3. Put in mushrooms and heat 1 minute. Serve hot.
Preparing and cooking this dish was very easy and fast with only a few ingredients and 1 minute simmer time to cook the mushrooms! Hmmmm... what do you think? I wish I could have purchased more of their products as I still have a few recipes to try from the list given to me. These are Lumpiang Shanghai with Oyster Mushroom, Tempura and Tortang Oyster Mushroom. Till next time!
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Guacamole-Spinach Salad

Inspired by the Tropical Spinach Salad posted by Lemon Tree Dwelling,  I made this salad for dinner tonight.
Guacamole-Spinach Salad

1 avocado, diced
1 slice pineapple, cut into chunks
1 piece pear, diced
1 bunch of spinach
1/2 small red onion, thinly diced
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsps vinegar

1. Mix all ingredients for the salad.
2. Mix all ingredients for the dressing. 
3. Pour dressing over the salad. Serve and enjoy.

My Guacamole-Spinach Salad with Ham-Egg-Cheese Cup and Papaya slices
Just perfect with the Ham-Egg-Cheese Cups made by Ayana Grace! I love it! My husband liked it too and said that it's quite different from what he usually eats. 

Have a blessed week ahead!
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Nail Arts Bloggers Unite

I don't know her personally. I just saw her face on my Facebook newsfeed last week when a friend posted about the sad news. Ayana Grace, my daughter who is a nail arts lover, asked me today something about blog link ups and as we exchanged thoughts about the topic, she opened a blog post that features about how bloggers unite in tribute to this very popular girl who has become a You Tube makeup guru sensation and CoverGirl's Honorary Model.
Photo from Google
Talia Joy Castellano is her name. And just today, I read that this beautiful and talented girl from Orlando, Florida, who has fought with cancer since she was 7 years old, passed away at age 13 last week, July 16, 2013.
 "...diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma when she was just 7 years old,
 started using makeup 'as a wig' shortly after she found out she was sick. 
In July 2011, she began filming makeup tutorials in her bedroom — 
short, how-to videos for the glam, colorful looks she invented. 
Within months, she had hundreds of thousands of subscribers 
and millions of views on her more than 150 YouTube clips."

Both make-up and nail arts lovers around the world grieve at this inspirational and talented girl's demise that Nicole of Nail Polish Wars announced in Facebook a blog link up she initiated in honor of Talia Joy. In this tribute, bloggers unite to express their love and sympathy for Talia Joy and her family by posting about mint manis to remember her by using the last mint mani photo she uploaded in Instagram.

I'm not really into nail arts (my daughter, Ayana, is!) but I've been pinning some nail arts photos and blogs into my Beauty Pinterest Board. When I saw all the mint manis that were linked up so far, I suddenly felt this strong urge to break away from my usual crafts and food features to make a post on this.

Here's a snap shot of the links in one of the sites I visited. 
Photo snipped from Life in Lacquer
Here are some of the sites I visited that joined the link up tribute for Talia Joy.
Mint Manis for Talia Joy by Love for Lacquer
In Loving Memory: Mint Manies for Talia Joy by The Shades of U  
Mint Manis for Talia Joy by Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom 
Roses for Talia Joy Castellano by Le Lacquer hook up
Mint Manicure for Talia Joy by Life in Lacquer
Mint Mani for Talia Joy by From Polish, with Love
 Mint Manis for Talia Joy by We are the Wicked
 Nail Trail: Mint Mani for Talia by My Beauty Junction
  Mint Dotticure in Memory of Talia by My Polish Stash

These sites are all worth-visiting but oh, there are still A LOT MORE to visit! When you do visit any of these sites, just click on the box featuring the photo of the featured nail arts or the name of the post underneath the photo.

Sabine @ My Polish Stash
Browsing and reading about Talia Joy led me to TV Week's article featuring the video clip below on how Talia Joy answered Ellen Degeneres, when during the show, she was asked how she managed to stay positive in the face of cancer:
"...the young girl gave a bubbly reply:  'When people ask me that, 
I’m [like], what do you want me to do, be depressed?' she said. 
'A little fishy told me, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,"
referring to the catch phrase of DeGeneres' ... inspiring fish Dory 
from the Disney-Pixar film 'Finding Nemo.' "

Video from TV Week

Be inspired by the life of Talia Joy. We will surely remember her each time we watch Finding Nemo!  Hope you enjoyed your weekend, friends!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fried Pompano

I have already featured this fish before.  In my post entitled, "Of Little Pigs and Silver Fishes," I described how I came to discover white pompano. From then on, this has become a frequent dish on our table. Just as I said in my previous post, it's very tasty and everyone in the family loves it.

For today, we enjoyed a very simple pompano dish.

1 medium size pompano
salt and ground pepper
6 pieces okra (lady's fingers or bhindi or gumbo), steamed and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 pieces salted eggs, sliced
2 pieces large tomatoes, sliced

1. Sprinkle salt and ground pepper to both sides of pompano. 
2. Heat oil in pan. Fry pompano. 
3. While waiting for pompano to cook, steam okra for 2-3 minutes. Drain and cut into 1-inch chunks.
4. Remove salted eggs from shell and slice into 6 pieces each.
5. Once pompano is cooked, place in a serving dish.
6. Garnish with steamed okra, salted eggs and tomatoes.
Fried Pompano garnished with salted eggs, tomatoes and steamed okra
 Hope you had a restful weekend!
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Round Makeup Case

I found this Round Makeup Case pattern by Candace from Crochet Spot. The description says that this makeup purse can hold separately mascara and lipstick that would be handy and easy to find in one's bag. I must have been attracted to the color of the item as featured in Crochet Spot that I didn't waste any time. After reviewing the pattern, I had it printed and the journey began. 

Here is my finished product. Do you like it?

I really wanted exactly the same shade of pink Candace used in her post but I didn't have any in my stash. For my version, I used a combination of plain pink yarn and variegated purple cotton.

I was already working on the second half of the pattern (Row 13) when I realized I would like to have a smaller version that can accommodate 1 or 2 lipsticks instead of longer items like mascara. I had to unravel the yarn all the way back to Row 4. I shortened the process by 8 rounds (Rows 4-6 instead of 4-10, and Rows 12-15 instead of 12-18). For all the other rounds, I followed the pattern as instructed.
My Lipstick Holder!!!!

Oh, by the way, I have already made two pieces. In this photo, I still haven't fastened the buttons.
Another perfect gift to friends? Exactly! So why don't you start making some now? Don't wait 'til the Christmas countdown begins. You might be another victim of the holiday rush!!!

Have a great week ahead!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pinangat na Talakitok sa Kamias (Poached Trevally in Bilimbi)

While choosing vegetables for the week's supply at my favorite vegetable stall in the market today, I saw a bunch of kamias (Averrhoa bilimbi fruits) so I went back to the fish vendor to buy medium-sized talakitok (Trevally) as the vendor suggested and I, too, imagined they would be perfect together!

Kamias (bilimbi) (photo from Google)
This might sound weird for many of you but talakitok which is very common in the local market is a good choice for this dish which is also a common favorite in my country.


1/2 kilo small talakitok (trevally)
Salt and ground pepper
1 cup kamias (bilimbi fruits)
1 thumb-size ginger, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 tbsps fish sauce
2 tbsps soy sauce
Pinch of sugar
2 tbsps leeks

  1. Clean talakitok, drain and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  2. Wash kamias, remove both ends and slice diagonally half-inch thick.
  3. Line bottom of pan with a layer of kamias slices. 
  4. Place talakitok over kamias layer. 
  5. Top with ginger slices, onions and another layer of kamias.
  6. Place another layer of talakitok, ginger, onions and kamias.
  7. Add fish sauce, soy sauce, sprinkle a pinch of sugar to taste and top with leeks.
  8. Cook in minimum heat for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked.
I have a confession to make. I initially prepared only the ingredients as shown on the photo above. 
 Then, I proceeded to do the layering of the other ingredients as shown in the succeeding photos.

As I went along the steps, I suddenly thought of adding onions, fish sauce, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar.  And so I just did! That explains why they are not in the photos above.
I didn't add water as other recipes of pinangat indicate. I just allowed the juice of the kamias to cook the fish. Hmmm… couldn't wait to see if hubby would like it when served in a little while.

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