Sunday, April 26, 2015

Simple and Easy Crocheted Friendship Necklace

Inspired by Oombawka Design, I attempted to make my own version using almost the same color but different shapes for the bead frame and the beads. This is what came out.

I wanted to send a gift to an old friend but I've been going home late from work. I didn't have much time to go out and buy something so I browsed through my Pinterest board, Crochet Patterns I Like. The goal was to look for a pattern that I could do in one sitting because the kind lady who offered to bring the gift was leaving the following day. I had to finish it before my eyelids drop for the night.

Oombawka Design's pattern for the Simply Easy Crochet Necklace was exactly what I was looking for. Simple and easy to make, indeed, it was! Instead of the usual friendship bracelet as souvenir, a friendship necklace it has become. Symbolizing a long-lasting relationship, I thought the circular bead frame I found from my stocks was just perfect! Not only that, the chain around the neck could be adjusted to make it longer or shorter. Nice color, too! I enjoyed crocheting this because the pattern was very easy to follow. 

Oh, by the way, I received these from my friend. 

Letters and pastries from Rena

Then a few days after I sent her this letter with necklace enclosed, she sent me a PM, saying that she received and liked the gift. 

Look, here are photos of her wearing the necklace. Isn't that cute? Perfect on her white blouse!

Thank you, Rena, for sending these photos to me :)  :0  :))

Thank you, Rhondda, for sharing your pattern! Looking forward to making another project with you.
Linking to:
Life on Lakeshore Drive

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sauteed Corned Beef with String Beans: Fast Food Meal

This is one of those days when I would prefer to just spend more time in bed but I'm left with no other choice but force myself to get up to fulfil some domestic duties. One, prepare food. Two, the garbage. 

Opening the cupboard oftentimes offers a speedy solution. I see a can of corned beef grinning down at me. The veggie bin also has more to offer. There are string beans. So after frying three eggs for a late breakfast for my two daughters and myself, I use the same pan to cook the corned beef. Presto! Lunch is ready!

1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 can corned beef
1 bunch of string beans, cut into 2 inches long
salt to taste

  1. Spray oil on pan.
  2. Sautee onion and tomato slices. 
  3. Add corned beef. 
  4. Add string beans. Allow to simmer until string beans are tender.
  5. Add salt according to taste. 

This is one such good idea if you are looking for a simple and easy dish. Exactly what busy moms and beginning cooks need.

Oh, yes, I was just right on time in bringing the garbage bag out for the garbage truck to pick up. So now, I jump back to bed for some social networking. May yours be a relaxing weekend, as well.
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Life on Lakeshore Drive

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Zucchini-Spinach Veggie Pizza

A few days before the Holy Week last month, I bought two packs of pizza dough, anticipating that my family, being pizza lovers, would go for a movie marathon at home during the four-day break. So here's what I did.

1 piece Bambi Premium pizza dough
1/3 cup Del Monte Filipino Style tomato sauce
1/2 cup Mozarella cheese, grated
1/2 small zucchini, sliced thinly
1 large tomato, sliced thinly
1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
1/4 green bell pepper, sliced
2 tbsps button mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch spinach leaves
1/4 cup bacon, fried and diced
1 medium white onion, sliced thinly into rings
8-10 thin slices of Quickmelt cheese

  1. Spread tomato sauce over the pizza dough.
  2. Sprinkle half of the grated Mozarella cheese over tomato sauce.
  3. Arrange slices of zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, mushroom, spinach leaves, bacon and onion rings on top of the cheese.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining mozarella cheese over the vegetables and top with quickmelt cheese slices.

         5. Bake in oven at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts.
Here is what came out. 

Time to serve it with your favorite drink. Well, guess what, that made me crave for soft drinks!

It was so tempting. I made this very late at night and I wasn't able to resist 'til the morning. 
Look, who's taking the first slice?!

Now back to the movie marathon. Oh, wait, I made another one, but added more cheese.
Here it is--- NO MEAT this time, just fully loaded with cheese!!!!

Hhmmm... yum, yum, yum! 'Til next pizza time!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pan de Amerikana: the Upside Down Resto in Marikina City

Telling a person that he or she has turned one's life upside down gives a romantic undertone. But in this post, I use the expression in its literal sense. Take a look at this photo to get a clear picture of what I mean. 

Credits to The Woman and Her Exiguous Aspirations for this photo.

Now, see what I mean?  I wasn't able to take a view of the whole facade as shown above when we stopped over for breakfast in this place. I just had enough time to take a portion of the whole view. Look at the photo below.

This is Pan de Amerikana Bakery and (Upside Down) Restaurant located at 92 Ordonez Street, Marikina City where you can enjoy pan de sal and various breakfast menus anytime of the day. 

Map from Google
 This is what the place looks like up-close. 

The entrance

I know, I know, I'm not good at taking photos, but do you notice the unique design at the entrance door.

Come on in! 

Photo by Grace Kayanan

Near the counter, here's Mr. Chef with his information board featuring the holiday schedule of the restaurant.

For a change after so many years in the history of our hospital, the organizers of our summer team building this year proposed a unique and bright idea of enjoying a "Tour D' Art" escapade, to which a majority agreed. Our itinerary was set for us to have breakfast at Pan de Amerikana at 7:00 am. The whole team was very particular that we reach our first destination on time so each one was asked to place breakfast orders days ahead so that the restaurant staff could serve us all, more or less 30 people, on time. 

We were offered a variety of choices for both rice meal or sandwiches for breakfast. For the rice meal--- beef tapa, tocino, Ilocano longganisa, daing na bangus, corned beef and mushroom and cheese omelet. They also serve pan de sal sandwiches. Two pieces of large pan de sal for a single order! 

This is just one of the two pieces of pan de sal with tuna and hot coffee served to my seatmate.
Rice meal or two-piece pandesal sandwich plus coffee or hot chocolate or juice for P 100.00! 
Don't you think it's very affordable?

This was what I had for breakfast.
Mushroom and cheese omelet with rice and hot chocolate. 
While waiting for the food to be served, one could never fail to notice this nook where framed photos of selected veteran movie actors and actresses of different era are displayed.

Looking up, this design is seen underneath the roof where floral decorative vines are suspended.

These pieces of furnitures mounted on the ceiling are noticeably amazing!

A piano on the ceiling??!!
And a dining set, too!
No, no, no, you're not seeing any magic here. See the photo on the left below. That's me reaching for the table hanging on the roof.

Now, look at the photo on the right. Oh, yes, you're right, that's still me, turned upside down. Don't you think it's cool? 

While waiting for the others to finish their meal, there was enough time to survey the area. I didn't feel the need to use the rest room but I managed to take some shots outside. 

That's me standing just outside the rest room which was rated 3/5 by one of my colleagues. Furnished with mirror and bidet, with the wash area located just outside the comfort room.

A couple of sink with adequate supply of water and liquid soap.

There were other displays to view around the area. 

Well, it was a nice experience we had in this place. One-of-a-kind exteriors. Unique interiors. Good ambiance. Scrumptious food at an affordable price. Clean rest rooms. 

Hey, look what I found! 

Here's a screen shot of their page featuring our group having fun during breakfast.

You are welcome to LIKE their page. Click here to view.

Time to leave now to have more fun in our next destination, the Pinto Museum in Antipolo, Rizal. See you there!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

What's in His Blood for You and Me?

    My family came home from the Good Friday Service in our church tonight. The choir rendered a number of songs, in between preaching and reflections on the Seven Last Words of the Lord Jesus Christ, as they have always done every year. They didn't sing this one in particular but the lyrics of the song have been reverberating in my ears for days now. 
    "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
    Sin had left a crimson stain,
    He washed it white as snow...
    I'll wash my garments white 
    in the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb."

    The verse below would make a perfect sequel to the lyrics above.

     "...And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)

    The power to cleanse, indeed, is in His blood. "In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9: 22)

    Such power in the blood that was shed on the Cross of Calvary! Have you allowed the blood of Jesus Christ to make a difference in your life? See this... a perfect illustration of the cleansing power of His blood. I am so blessed to have found this animation from google.

    The blood of Jesus
    1. Are you washed in His blood?