Saturday, September 14, 2013

Tuna-Mango Dip for Nachos on a Lazy Day

Happy Saturday, everyone! Feeling weak after going home very late from work last night. Just had so much work to do anticipating that I wouldn't be able to continue working at home as my laptop is out for repair!!! Woke up late and groggy, went to the market just to buy some veggies and fruits. Good there were still left-overs from the simple birthday dinner my kids and I had two days ago. That saved me from cooking for lunch. Feeling relieved! 

My husband and I had late afternoon snacks with the kids. He said he will just end the day with fruits. So I prepared some mangoes and kiwi on the serving dish. While doing so, I remembered the pack of nachos I bought the previous week. Ayana Grace, my elder daughter, had been prodding me several times to open it but I told her I'm reserving it for some dips I planned to try. With my laptop out today, I don't have the luxury of time to retrieve the dip recipe I wanted to try from my FB page and Pinterest. Not much choice? What now? 
 

Okay, get ready... here we go... open the cupboard--- Take out the can of Century Tuna Flakes in Oil. Remove the tuna flakes out of the oil, slice half of the small piece of cucumber (I bought a piece from the market today). Dice the tomatoes and onions. I was about to mix them when I noticed that the mangoes I prepared earlier looked so inviting! Slice them further. Mix them all together. Oh yes, add a dash of salt, ground pepper, cumin and cayenne powder. 

Here's my DIY Tuna-Mango Dip for Nachos


Hmmm... sorry, I should have diced everything much smaller. But it seems nobody even noticed! :))

Here's a recap of what I just did.

Ingredients:
1 small can of tuna flakes
2 pieces tomato, diced
1/2 medium-sized onion, diced thinly
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
salt
ground pepper
cumin
cayenne powder
1 pack of nachos

Steps:
1. Drain tuna flakes.
2. Mix together tuna, tomatoes, onions and mango slices.
3. Season with salt, ground pepper, cumin, cayenne powder.
4. Serve with nachos and additional slices of mango and kiwi.



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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Singing God's Faithfulness


"He placed me in a little cage,
Away from gardens fair;
But I must sing the sweetest songs
Because He placed me there.
Not beat my wings against the cage
If it's my Maker's will,
But raise my voice to heaven's gate
And sing the louder still!"


Photo from google
I am no singer. I mean, I don't have a golden voice. I don't sing solo (except when I was in gradeschool when my teachers in Grade 1 and Grade 4 made me sing in front of the class, and once for a graded activity in high school). I can read notes, though, and can very well recognize off tunes. And yes, I do like classical music!

Today, as I celebrate God's goodness in my life, I post this poem I read from my favorite devotional. As I write this, in my heart and in my mind, like the bird in the poem, I sing of God's faithfulness all through the 53 years He has blessed me with.

My husband posted a photo in Facebook with the birthday cake they gave me in advance last Sunday, and wrote this in the caption: 
"Count your blessings, name them one by one, 
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
INFINITE BLESSINGS IN THE PRIME OF YOUR LIFE!
"

Let me do just that. Count my blessings...

I sing for joy at the life He gave me through my parents
 
I sing of fond memories with family and friends

 I sing because of all the good things I learned in school


I sing for how He saved me,
I sing because I'm happy... I sing because He has set me free
I sing because His eye is on the sparrow, and that sparrow is ME!!!

Photo from google
Just like the bird in the cage I raise my voice to heaven's gate and sing the louder still. Not just today, but tomorrow, oh yes, by His grace, I always will!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Zucchini Bread Cups

Zucchini, zucchini, zucchini... I was introduced to zucchini by the famous movie, Ratatouille. I have already tried several zucchini dishes in the past which I have featured in my previous posts, Sunday's Cram, The Zucchini Magic and Go Green with Zucchini Carpaccio.

Today's feature is inspired by the Zucchini Tots originally posted in Easy Recipes, Healthy Eating Ideas, which I also shared in my Garden Chef's Needle and Pen Facebook page. 

See how I made these Zucchini Bread Cups for breakfast last Sunday. Instead of adding bread crumbs in the zucchini mixture, I used wheat bread slices as base.


Ingredients:

Olive oil
12 slices of wheat bread
1 cup grated zucchini
2 large eggs
1/4 medium onion, diced
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated quickmelt cheese

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin cup cake pan with olive oil. 
  2. Grate zucchini. Squeeze off the excess water out of the zucchini. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, egg and onion. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.
  4. Remove the crust from all sides of the wheat bread slices. Flatten each piece using a rolling pin.
  5. Place a slice of bread into each cup cake slot, pressing each slice firmly down. 
  6. Fill each bread cup with a tablespoonful of the zucchini mixture. 
  7. Top with grated cheese.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops become golden brown.
Before loading the bread cups into the oven

Straight from the oven
Take a cup
So this is what hubby and I enjoyed for breakfast---
Zucchini Bread Cups for breakfast with kiwi and mango as side dish
Very easy, I dare you try it! I love the crunchy edges!
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

L'amour @ 24

My name is Eve. Hear my story about how I met Adam... I mean, the Adam of my life. 

My friends used to tease me by asking, "Eve, where's Adam?" And I would answer them, "Oh, he must be there somewhere, sitting on top of the tree!"

That was more than 24 years ago! I never had the slightest thought that Adam would eventually come and get me! I was about to believe that I was endowed with the gift of single blessedness at the age of 28! I never thought I'd find him. Oooppps... erratum... I never thought he'd find me.

I remember our Pastor preaching on the ever exciting and favorite topic of single men and women in church, Love, Courtship and Marriage. Citing the verse, "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matt 6:33), he said something like, "As you walk to serve the Lord, just fix your eyes above. If your God's best does the same, in His own perfect time, God will allow your paths to meet without both of you knowing it." Excited to discern His will, if indeed, He has reserved His best for me, I faithfully did what the Pastor said. Just continue walking and serving while looking on things above, fixing my eyes upon Jesus, prayerfully asking the question, "Lord, do you really have the best for me? Who could he be?" 

While most of my dorm mates would prod me into socializing to meet people by attending parties, as a single lady, inspired by Matthew 6:33, I found it more fulfilling to serve in my own capacity. How? Well, I found my ministry in serving tables and washing dishes before and after lunch fellowships on Sundays; in assisting married ladies as they cooked for lunch (praying that the rice would cook perfectly fast when we cook for a second batch); joining the Visitation Team to share God's Word from house to house in various neighborhoods and communities. I also attended Bible studies and enjoyed the fellowship of young people, single and married men and women in our church. As I kept myself busy in the work of the Lord, little did I know that God, in His own perfect way, was also preparing Adam to meet me.

Ehem... Adam? Oh yes, the Adam of my life, God's very best for me! A new member in church then, he became involved in the school ministry as full time teacher. We didn't know each other at first, but God had His own special way of allowing us to fellowship and know each other better. 

Truly, God works amazingly in the lives of His children! We may not realize how He works miracles and wonders, simultaneously in the hearts and minds of men, but He does. He did... for Adam and me! And when He works, it couldn't go wrong. He works so perfectly, nothing can thwart His plan and will, defying physical disabilities (I sustained a fracture one week before our wedding day) and seeming constraints. All praises and glory to Him who specializes in making everything beautiful in His time that Adam and I could only succumb to His will, that is... to be united together in the bonds of matrimony, one perfect day, 24 years ago... such happiness!

Oh, by the way, Billy is his name. 
Bound to start life anew together
Through the years
A blessed Sunday to all!
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