Thursday, December 27, 2007

Online Casino

When I was young my parents would not let us gamble. My mom would not even let me play with cards because she don't want me to get into the habit of playing with cards and wanting to gamble. I would obviously play cards and even mahjong behind their back. When I was older my parents no longer can control me and they didn't care if I gamble (in moderation) obviously. I have only been to the casino several times in my life. The first time I went to the casino was when my parents took me there shortly after my 21st birthday and then ever since I came to the US I've only been to the casino three times because my hubby is not a fan of gambling in the casino. Like I mentioned before I am not a huge fan of gambling but I like to gamble a little once in a while and since hubby do not like to go to the casino I have found another solution! Pro360 has hundreds of reviews for the casinos online and lists tons of online casino so if I ever wanted or feel like gambling I can go to pro360 and click on the different type of games out there that I'm interested then click on one of the websites. I might click around to see but I'm really doubtful because I think I like being in the actually casino more but who knows I might try it some day..

Get Paid to Blog

Every morning when I get up the first thing I'll do is turn on my computer and go online. I love to play around online. I also like the idea of having my own blog and being able to rant most of my feeling or my thoughts out. I didn't know that you can be paid to blog. Smorty is giving my very first opportunity to blog for money and doing what I already like to do-Blogging...Anyone that is qualified can sign up for Smorty and get your blog approved to blog for money. Smory's website is simple to navigate and play around so you can understand more about what they are offering. At first I thought all these blogging for money stuff is a scam but to find out that it is actually not and everyone else is doing it. Making money can never be easier..yippiee..I just wish that I will always find time and be determine to continue. At least I found something to fill up my time when I'm not working yet get to earn some dough..*wink* lol. Now all I have to do is log in to my account and grab suitable campaign for the money to start rolling..:)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Yogurt Cupcakes

When I go to the grocery store I have a list that I try to stick to it. Hubby and me sometimes go a insane buying stuff hence we have two refrigerator and a freezer. At time when I walk pass the yogurt isle I'll tell myself I want to be healthy and eat yogurt everyday hence we will be greedy and stock up on it. We stocked up on it and do not have the cravings to eat them and it would be a waste to just throw them away.

Since we had to attend two Christmas party over the weekend I decided to make some yogurt cake and also for the very first time use my
Wilton decoration kit that I bought over the summer. Sorry I should say tried to use the decoration kit.

Yogurt Cake

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar (I used 1/4 C of white and 1/4 C of brown sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup plain yogurt (I used 11/2C of peach yogurt)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch Bundt pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the yogurt. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the crown comes out clean.


p/s: I changed this recipe because I didn't want my cupcakes to be too sweet and I was going to put icing on top because my icing was not stiff enough it didn't look pretty :(




We attended two Christmas party has weekend. Saturday was FIL's side and Sunday was MIL's side and therefore I made a batch to take over for both days because I don't want any left overs but yet we still have. We (MIL, FIL, Hubby etc) talked about not getting presents for each other this year so I am not stress about any presents at all this year *yippie* but I decided I'll just bake some stuff as a present and since BIL like the Caramel Apple Bread I told hubby that I'll make that for him as a Christmas present. I haven't decided what I'll make for the in laws. I am thinking of making a Cinnamon raisin bread but have not decided still.

Hubby's cousin..She's 4 years old and she's adorable..Elisa was wearing her jeans and sweater but when I went down the basement to look for her she was just sitting prettily on the couch wearing her snow white dress.

Merry Christmas


I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this holiday bring you lots of food, fun and laughter to you and your loved ones.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Best Blogging Buddies


When I first started blogging I thought I would just blog everything and anything that's in my mind. I didn't think that by blogging I would be able to meet so many people. I've virtually "met" some really cool and nice people out there and I hope that one day I would be able to meet them in person. Thru blogging you get to meet people from all different walks of life but there in no discrimination what so ever against those people. Mummy Shern have once again presented me with this awesome cool award that is the Best Blogging Buddy Award. I am so honored to receive this award and I would like to thank all my blogging buddies for helping and lending me your ear / giving me feedback and encouragement all the time. I am glad I met all you bloggers out there..*hugs*
I would like to share this award with..Zara's mummy, Sass, and Dar..That's for it now..the rest that I didn't present this award I DO appreciate you and your support..xoxo

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Time Flies

MIL just got back from her vacation in Texas and she's freaked out about work etc..Went to the office today with hubby and saw here there rushing to key in stuff into the computer. She was talking about not going to work of Friday etc and was asking me about Christmas shopping..I didn't understand why she wasn't going to work on Friday and why was she so concerned about Christmas shopping then it struck me that Christmas is NEXT WEEK. Oh My God!!!I cannot believe that Christmas is next week. I thought it was in two weeks and I had plenty of time to make stuff for Christmas. I cannot believe how quickly time flies. I was initially busy with work and Stanley's school and now looking for another job and planning stuff out for vacation etc it didn't occur to me that Christmas IS around the corner. In no time New Year's would be here and it would be time to make my New Year resolutions. I'm hoping that I'm able to line up a job for next year so that I don't need to stay at home..aiks...*finger cross* let's hope that something will turn out for me soon.
We haven't even set up our Christmas tree..I think we are just going to skip the tree this year. Our first year in our new home we skipped the tree and we decided to put one up last year but this year with Stanley still being so hyper we are not sure if we should put the tree up moreover we are skipping presents this year therefore there won't be any present under the tress after all so what is the point of a tree?We'll see technically we still have some time to put up the tree for a couple of days though and it should be down then.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Stanley is sad...

Stanley's third class went quite well but the hubby forgot to take the camera with therefore there was no pictures or videos from that class. Stanley and I got there first as usual while hubby would go there directly from school. The teacher used Stanley as an "example" because he's one of the hyper dogs there. He was so cute he listened to the teacher so well that the teacher actually praised him as a good and smart dog..I was so proud of Stanley and then 20 minutes after that while he supposed to be sitting still his daddy walked in the room. Stanley knew that it was his daddy but he dare not move..so cute..wished I had my camera there. Everybody laughed because Stanley looked like he wanted to greet his daddy but he dare not move more..LOL..

Anyway last weekend we went up to the cabin. On our way up there Stanley was so whiny sitting behind because he wanted to come up front with us finally I gave in and let him sit on my lap his daddy said "look who's the boss" but his daddy was worst than me. Stanley was sitting behind and he pushed his way on to daddy's lap while he was driving and sat on his lap. His daddy just let me do that...I was like I guess I know who's the boss too..his daddy purposely stop so that Stanley can go out and stretch and run for a while because he was whining..

When we were in the cabin, he was just with his grandpa when ever he could. Grandpa would sit and read a book and he would jump on the couch and sit next to him, his grandpa took a nap on the couch Stanley jumped on the couch and slept with grandpa and his grandpa actually moved one of his leg to make room so Stanley can nap with him together, Saturday night grandpa was tired and fell asleep on the recliner; Stanley was sleeping on him again. Sunday morning his grandpa took him out for a walk before we even got out of bed..*shake head*..See I'm not the only one that spoils him rotten. Hubby and his dad spoils him too especially his dad.


Grandpa had to move one of his leg so Stanley can sleep with him
Tired out..
Waiting for Grandpa to come home
Poor boy was so sad when he left the cabin. I think he miss his grandpa a ton because he could care less who was at the cabin all he did was just stayed with his grandpa. He didn't even disturb me when I was watching my shows.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

There goes my shopping money..sob sob

When hubby and I first applied for my PR(Permanent Residency) we spend a ton of time and money into it. I was finally granted my conditional PR about two years ago. Now I have to pay $500++ again to remove my "conditional" PR or else everything that we have done before would be void. Hubby said why can't I be a Mexican then I don't need to go thru or spend money on all these. I will be illegal but will be granted asylum..I said I should just go home and he should just pay me alimony every month...I don't even want to know how much will it cost us when I apply for my citizenship...arghh..the amount of inconvenience, time and money we spend on this and there are hundreds and hundreds of illegals out there..I might as well just be an illegal actually..Thinking about this makes me mad sometimes...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Caramel Rolls

When hubby was young MIL always made Caramel Rolls and he used to ask me to make that for him. The other day I asked him and FIL what do they like to eat better Caramel Rolls or Cinnamon Rolls and they both said Caramel Rolls. Since I'm not working and I want to try Caramel Rolls I made some...
To safe me the hassle I just dump everything in my bread machine to mix the flour up.


The flour rising
It rose so much that it opened up my bread machine cover
Cut up to be put in open
Finish product with caramel icing..yummy...
Caramel Rolls

2 cups warm water (not hot) -I used Milk
2 (1/4 ounce) packages yeast (2 T bulk)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons butter (let sit out until soft)
1 egg
6 1/2 cups flour
cinnamon-sugar mixture

Topping
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons water

Mix water and yeast and wait 5 minutes.

Stir in sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour.

Add egg and butter and mix.

Stir in rest of flour by hand, if dough is still sticky add just enough to make it not sticky anymore.

Let raise until dough is double in size.

Sprinkle flour on surface and roll dough out until is approx 18 X 12 inches.

Spread a very thin layer of soft butter on dough and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture on it.

Roll dough from the long side, it should look like a log.

Cut into 1 inch pieces. (I used thread to cut it to eliminate the mess of using a knife)

Should be 18 pieces.

Place brown sugar and butter into microwave dish and heat until butter is just melted; stir well.

Stir in 3 T water.

Divide mixture into 3 pans (8-inch cake pans).

Place 6 pieces in each pan.

Let raise for about 45 minutes.

Bake for 20 minutes in a 325°F oven.

When you take out of oven, turn each pan of rolls over on a plate, otherwise you will have a hard time getting them out when they cool.

If you can, let them cool slightly and enjoy them when they are still warm.

I love both Cinnamon an Caramel rolls..Caramel rolls is much sweater than Cinnamon once I think and if my mum would see the amount of sugar in the Caramel rolls I think she would faint.LOL Hubby said I'm trying to kill him because I make all these rolls and he really loves it therefore he's going to be fatter and die sooner..opss...I guess that's why I try and distribute food that I bake so that he don't get to eat so much of it..

Stanley’s Second Class

He was a little better than his first class in terms of not so excited but never the less he was still excited seeing other people/dogs there. The teacher suggested that we take him out more to the pet stores to walk and meet other people or animals. I told the teacher that hubby dare not take him to the stores in case he goes wild/too excited to see other people and animals and she said that we should do it often but not keep him sheltered. After class we took him to petco and I think my baby did pretty well. This class I took two videos of him it was just funny to see him, hubby and the other dogs just excited/scared being there.

Next class is going to be interesting. The teacher said that we are going to take their leash off and do the "come" command. I can imagine the chaos..

Unemployed Again ;)

I'm done with my seasonal job. It was supposed to be a month long seasonal job and they kept me there longer than expected. I'm happy, I'm glad that I'm given the option and the extra time to work there. I enjoy meeting almost everyone there and I've truly enjoy working there. I seldom enjoy working at a particular place and with this place it was enjoyable and I was happy most of the time. I had the opportunity to meet many people from different walks of life including the president of the company. He's truly a nice man. I enjoy chatting with him. He's so open to questions/suggestions. Being me I obviously gave him my two cents opinion about the problem that I and the other people find but nothing’s been done and he looked like he seriously took my suggestion. He's trying to set me up for an interview with a bank which he's a chairman of. I am waiting to hear from the lady and since Christmas and New Year is around the corner I'm not sure when I'll hear from them but anyway I'm really thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him. Will see what will happen future when I know more..*finger cross*

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Frustrated

I'm currently feeling extremely frustrated. I have been trying to do the Pay Per Post thingy but I'm still unable to do so..Poor Mummy Shern she's been trying to tell me how do install this and do this and that but then it seems like I'm not able to do some of it. I feeling dumb currently. It's also frustrating for someone across the world to help you but then you are not getting it right however I DO appreciate it very very much Mummy Shern..I hope that this hassle is just to get start up and then after that should not be that much of a problem if not I think I will be CURSING and SWEARING a LOT...
So far there is no sign of giving up yet but just frustrated. Mummy Shern thank you thank you for helping me and I'm sure there will be more questions on the way because I still haven't been able to figure it out. Thank you for your patience and guidance too...*hugz* let's hope it works sooon or else I'll probably give up..

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Updated

This story here about the illegal breeding of puppies really makes me ANGRY..will continue blogging when I get home..I told hubby to read this story when we got home..remember hubby said ONE dog is enough but after he read the story and seeing the cute little puppies me decided to head to petfinder to see dogs surrounding our area for adoption lol..There are several once once that we thought it was pretty cute.

Ralph
Snow Bear
Hubby loves Ralph the most. He said that Ralph is even cuter than Stanley..sob sob..I told him that Stanley will always be my NUMBER ONE..I think other dogs like Snow bear that's cute too. So many to choose from..Ralph's adoption fees cost $500 I think we should just browse it because it's cost too much to adopt another dog that price moreover the only reason I want another dog just because I feel bad for those puppies in the puppy mill and I just want another dog to play with Stanley..hehehe..
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For some reason today I wanted to make some Cinnamon rolls so after work I came home and made some. Asked hubby to test it for me..Even me when I don't eat my own baking I liked it..It's really sinful and I cannot believe that I would even eat it..
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup margarine
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour

FILLING
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, softened

ICING
8 tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
Add sugar, margarine salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.
Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide. It should be approx 1/4 thick.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.
Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan.
Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.
While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.
Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.
p/s: I didn't take any pictures of my Cinnamon Rolls because we already dug into it...Will take it when I make more soon. Hubby said I should hide it from him so that he don't eat everything lol.
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Stay tuned for Stanley's second class...:)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Tagged

Zara'z Mama tagged me..it's been a long time since I've been tagged actually..

8 Things I'm Passionate About...
1. Stanley
2. Cooking
3. Eating
4. Shopping
5. Baking/Cake decorating (I have just started that and haven't really had time to play around)
6. Browsing on the Internet
7. Yapping on the phone/in person
8. Reading

8 Things I Want To Do Before I Die...
1. Move closer to "home"(Malaysia) to be closer to my parents
2. Have kids
3. Travel to more places with hubby
4. Have a decent job that I enjoy
5. Spending more time with my family and friends
6. Make good money
7. Move to our dream house
8. Watch more movies/shows

8 Things I Say Often..
1. STANLEY!
2. NO
3. COME HERE!
4. Good boy
5. DOWN!
6. SIT
7. STAY
8. Darn it (work mostly)
*the first 7 things I say often it's all to Stanley and believe I DO say it often..LOL

8 Books I've Recently Read
1. 1st to die
2. Who ordered this truckload of dung?
*I cannot remember the other books I've read. This two months I haven't really had time to read.

8 Song I Could Listen To Over And Over
1. The sound of music
2. Circle of Life-Elton John
3. The Bitch is Back-Elton John
4. Peng You-Emil Chau
5. Ai Xiang Sui- Emil Chau
6. Lips of An Angel- Hinder
7. Love you more each day-Jacky Cheung
8. Picture-Kid Rock

8 This I've Learnt This Past Year
1. To be a wife
2. To control my temper
3. The saying "customers is always right" it's true even if they are ridiculously dumb
4. About blogging for money like Zara's mama but I've not done it yet
5. You can make friends from the internet and it feels like you have known them for a long time
6. Men will always be men they will not really change
7. Life is short enjoy it while you can
8. To care for a puppy

8 Person I Want To Tag
1. Mummy Shern
2. Hui Ling
3. Sass
4. Dar
5. Yee leng
6. Hau Lip
7. Chi Leng
8. Nan

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In a way being tagged actually made me look at my life and I came up with a conclusion that my life is actually pretty boring. Low key and simple..which should be good right? In a way I think I am longing for more excitment too..???

Sunday, December 2, 2007

First snow storm of the season..

We got our first snow storm of the season yesterday..It started snowing pretty bad about 8ish in the morning up to last night. Hubby had to help a friend move and as soon as they were staring to load their tucks up it just snowed and snowed and snowed. It was cold and windy which made it worst but luckily I didn't go with him because I had to start preparing food because we were having his cousin over for dinner last night. We decided to make steamboat/pot hot since it's cold and it's pretty easy to prepare. I started boiling the broth as soon as I got up until at about 3pm and after that I started grounding pork to make dumplings. I was going to use the food processor I had but that stupid thing happen to not work at that time. I would put the cut up meat in it and start it but it'll just spin and not do anything so I ended up using the old fashion way buy chopping it by hand. I need to get a new food processor..By the time I was done slicing the chicken and wrapping the dumplings/wanton hubby came home and we went out to get some other food and vegetables. Stopped by the pet store to get some adult dog food for Stanley too..This is some pricier than usual canidae dog food and according to the testimonials on the website it's supposed to be the "shit"! I'm hoping that he will have a pretty coat of fur, better for his digestion and will reduce his smelly gas.. Shoveled more when we got home and chopped up the vegetables then cleaned the house a little lastly just waited for our guest to arrive. I was thinking that our guest might cancel because the weather condition was so bad and not all the roads were plowed but he finally made it.


The "untouched" snow behind my house

The shoveled/plowed snow in front of the house


There was a little more food but I had no time to take any more pictures..
We had tons of left over because there was only 3 of us eating. I kind off knew that we would have left overs but then I like to have more out and have left overs just in case it would not be enough. I don't like to go to other peoples house when they invite you there and not have enough food to eat that's why being the Asian that I am I always have more..LOL..We didn't even have space in our tummy to eat dessert. We were going to have ice cream cake for dessert but we never made it there..
After dinner we cleaned up and went to the store to returned/get another electric blanket because the one we had before is not that warm. We had 3 blankets on our bed but after giving Stanley his bath (because his daddy decided that he could run around since it was just snow and he ran underneath his truck and became black) I went outside a little while to help daddy and allowed him to run around in the house. When hubby took the clothing up to fold he noticed that the bed was wet. Stanley must have pee on our blankets while I was outside. I am not sure why but then he's getting bad at this again. His teacher said that those are submissive peeing. I am hoping/I have to make sure that it stops sometime soon because it's driving his daddy insane. Thank god I love him if not he'll be OUT OF MY HOUSE by now..lol..We'll see what schooling brings him..*finger cross*. Continuing my story so then we decided it'll be time we get our electric blanket then we don't need so many blankets so we decided to head to the store after dinner. A lot of the roads were plowed but it still wasn't the best but these conditions don't bother hubby so we always go out even if the conditions are bad. Oh yeah and we had to do loads and loads of laundry too thanks to the puppy which made his daddy even angrier at him..hehehe..Luckily I'm the one doing it if not his ass is grasp..

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Stanley First Class/Training

I was nervous all day and not know what to expect. I rushed home after work so that I can do stuff around the house a little before going to the school and because it's our first day I had to go there a little earlier so that I can pay for it first. He was soo hyper and excited. *faint*..Anyway I think we learn a lot in our first class. I find it pretty exciting yet interesting the key to this is CONSISTENCY and COMMITMENT..He really respects/scared of his teacher. I like her because she's those kind of no nonsense people which is fine with me because I don't want to deal with his nonsense..She had a small poodle OMG he was so very discipline how I wish Stanley was like that. I forgot to take some pictures while she was showing us her dog..Argghh last minute I managed to take a little video of Stanley and his daddy "training"

About 3/4 of the video you can see his teacher walking in the middle.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Stanley

Stanley is going to start his schooling tomorrow...Wish us luck..The reason why we chose this school was because a lot of people recommended us but after signing up for it I heard ONE remark that she is really rude..her last name is also Rude actually..LOL..Anyway that made a tad bit nervous after hearing it because I am afraid that Stanley will not do go and she will make nasty remarks about us/Stanley..Well I'm also not sure whether is this such a big deal the story was one of my co worker her cousin took their dog to this school too. Their dogs would not climb up or down the stair and nothing they did work. So when they went for their lesson they were carrying their dog upstairs and the instructor saw they. She asked them what are you doing and they replied that their dog would not go up or down stairs no matter what they did. She asked them do you want me to teach you how to train him to do that and so they said yes she took the dog from them and just threw him down the stairs. Well obviously now the dog is willing to go up and down the stairs. I said thank god I've managed to train Stanley to go up and down the stairs..;) I guess I should not be too dramatic because of one story but then it still makes me nervous because I've never been to any of these kind of classes and don't know what to expect. I was thinking of signing him to some one on one classes but then the vet suggested that we should let him interact with some other people and animals too that's why we decided this would be the best. Therefore wish me luck *finger cross* everything will be alright..I hope i remember to take my camera so that I can take some pictures.
I was also going to wait till tomorrow to bath him after his class but then I really cannot stand his smell already. He smells like a dog! I always tell hubby that he he tells me that Stanley IS a dog and I cannot stand that smell so I had to bath him today. I could not wait even 1hour..On average he gets bath 2x a week unless he gets really dirty he gets bath more. I like a clean dog so that I can cuddle up with him all the time.
Since we are on the subject of Stanley, I think I have a little regret..I was going to buy him a Coach collar/collar and leash but then hubby said No..I know it's a little ridiculous to want to get him those but then I think it was so pretty..Maybe the next time I go there I'll try and persuade him again..hahaha but another part of me feels like he won't even know how to appreciate it and moreover I'm not celebrity i think my dog don't need to use so expensive stuff...
Will try and remember to take some pictures of his first class and post them up..LOL..toodles got to go cuddle with my nice smelling dog now..

Sunday, November 25, 2007

True Blue Award

I got this award from mummy Shern. I'm so very honoured to receive this award.

Mummy Shern has helped me with the Pay Per Post thingy and every other things I've asked her. I'm glad that I came across her blog. She is a hot young mama with a cute and handsome boy. I hope someday I'll be able to see mummy and baby Shern..

I'm hereby passing my award to Sass, Yee Leng and Skwermy .

What a weekend...

Hubby had to make up my birthday for me since we were at the cabin during my birthday. He started by buying me ice cream cake from Dairy Queen two weeks ago. The it was my birthday present..we were so busy the last few weekends that we didn't have time to go to the mall to get my present so we went this weekend since we had 4days holiday we decided to go Saturday and man there was tons and tons of people every where..

Stanley and me..



This was my totters in vinegar that I made two weekends ago..yummy..I absolutely love this dish. I've been craving this dish for a long long time.



Some of the damaged done this weekend. The green Coach and red one is mine but the brown one is for SIL. I know she loves Coach and since MIL will be going down to Texas Christmas time I suggested that we buy SIL a Coach purse. There was one more blue signature collection that hubby and I like but then we decided that two this time would be enough..LOL..I also bought some clothing and a sweater from Gap. We bought some odds and ends this weekend which includes an air compressor for hubby (I'm not the only one that's buying stuff).

SIL has announced her wedding that will be held on March 19 2007. We are so excited and hubby and I are hoping that we are going to be able to make it to Houston, Texas.

I think we should be done making damages in our bank accounts for the mean time hopefully until we do some Christmas shopping I guess...*faint* I hate yet LOVE year end..

Today we were trying to peel, core and chopped some apples that we bought to freeze. I try not to give Stanley any human food but his daddy loves to give him any food that he eats. I will give Stanley fruits and vegetables but I don't want to give him any meat but obviously his daddy has given him a little before. Anyway his daddy wanted to see if he would quit eating when he's food. I told him that dogs won't and he suggested that we gave him the whole apple that's peel and cored for him to eat to just see how many he'll eat. Our apples weren't very big but he ate SIX (6) if them! We had to stop giving him because we knew that he would still eat more if we have him more. The poor boy he had diarrhea and he was actually feeling sick. We could see his tummy bloated..opss....We learned our lessons and we would never do that to the poor boy again. I think we actually inflicted misery in him..Stanley mummy is really sorry for allowing/agreeing to do this to you. Luckily it looks like he's getting better..:P

Back to work tomorrow. It's really nice/fun/relaxing this weekend. The next one I'll be looking forward to will be Christmas and New Year holiday.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Swollen eyes

I got up this morning was tired/lazy (as usual) my eyes started to itch so I assumed because I was kind off still tired beginning rubbing it and scratching it. Went to the bathroom to check what was irritating my eyes to find that my eyes and surrounding was swollen and red! It looked I cried the whole night or I was red from drinking too much. Quickly woke A up to check it out and obviously he had no suggestions and proceed going back to sleep &&^*$^^&..Cleaned up, changed and put my make up on although it was swollen I am hoping that the redness will be covered by the make up. It was really itchy the whole morning and the swelling didn't go away. Called up A and told him about my condition. I was thinking of just going to see a Doctor but A said we should called the registered nurse hotline that our insurance offers. I did and after 101 million questions she told me that I should not put anything on it or take any medication but to go consult a doctor. Went back to my table told my manager that I had to go see the doctor and I would try and be back. X called in and told him that she'll be in at 11am. I left at 11am and she was still not there. I felt a little bad just leaving to of my co workers to deal with the line but the itching was driving crazy and I was nervous it might be something bad.

Called A on the way to the doctor and told him that I was on my way to the doctor office. I had to wait 1.5 hrs in the waiting room and then was only called in to the consultation room and I think I waited for about another 15 minutes in the consultation room..$%^# some people still have to work..arghh..The nurse first took my history, readings etc and then after that 15 minutes the doctor came in. He asked me what's wrong blah blah blah suddenly someone knocked on the door. Assuming it was the nurse the doctor opened the door A showed up and came in because it was so long since I called him..He thought it was something major and it took such a long time or I could not drive. Continue with my consultation and to find out that it might be allergies and I could just buy over the counter medication...&^%*. That was the first thing I wanted to do this morning anyway but then I didn't think that I had allergies and I didn't know what to take..arghh...Wasted my time and money...sigh

My eyes are still swollen and red and after I went back to the office I took some medication. I was sooo sleepy I could barely keep my eyes open. I rushed back as soon as it was time to leave. I didn't even bother working up the hours that I missed...I wonder what I'm allergic too...hmpp...maybe is A lol... Luckily I went back to work because X never showed up and I wonder what happened to her..

P/S: I was surprise A was so sweet to show up..He said that its for brownie points in case he gets into trouble next time..hehehe

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday

Initially I had all these GREAT ideas on what I wanted to do when the hubby was gone. As stated on my previous post, I was going to go out shopping or maybe even take Stanley out to the pet store etc..I manged to sleep in a little before Stanley work me up because he was whining. I got up and took him out, fed him, clean a little and made brunch for myself. Nothing special just instant noodles but I started watching my TVB series..Men don't cry and got myself addicted to it as usual. I haven't been watching anything lately because I have just been too busy. Therefore I just decided to stay home and veg around. Today is also Stanley is the day Stanley has his bath (I bath him twice a week). At about 3pm I was starting to prepare my dinner I was going to have Trotters in Vinegar and some stir fry vegetables. I was busy skinning the ginger and Stanley was telling me that he needed to go out several times. So I quickly skinned it and stir fry the ginger quickly as stated. Then I dump the wet ingredients to simmer while I got ready to take Stanley out (it's cold out now so I have to bundle myself and not apply make up so don't get me wrong). I was planning to take him for a walk before giving him a bath. We walked down the road to my house and the wind was just killing me so I decided that I will let Stanley run around the yard before giving him a bath. I leashed him up and I made sure that it was secure and before I could blink my eyes there was an animal up the hill opposite my house. Stanley just zoom and ran away. I was shocked because I know I leashed him up well I quickly ran in the house and grab a treat hoping to trick him. The hill is pretty steep and I am all puffed and bundled up therefore it's pretty difficult for me to climb up the hill too. I was standing at the bottom of the hill. I saw Stanley at the very top of the hill chasing some freaking animal. I called and called him he just went further and further away until I could not see him. I was thinking good bye my baby I'm never going to see him again..sob sob..He's going to be up there or some where and he's going to come down eventually and get run over by the cars at the busy road down my house. I made my way up a little slowly and suddenly I saw Stanley..I showed him the treat I had and he was hesitant for a little while but he ran to the treat. I grabbed him while he was attempting to grab the treat. I carried him down and fell because the hill was so steep but I also held on to him tight so that he is not able to run away again. Walked back to our yard and took the his collar in the house. The plastic clip of the collar snapped I think it's because he was pulling so hard and we have been taking and putting it on him which made the plastic weak that's why it broke. I bathed him and attended to my pork. Turned off the stove and I had to go out because I had to get another collar for him. Called hubby while all these was happening but he didn't answer his call because I'm thinking that he was in the woods and obviously didn't answer my call. He called after I was done bathing Stanley and I told him the whole story. He thought that I could wait till he gets home before I go get another collar because I don't even know what kind to get him but I could not wait as I need to take him out tomorrow morning. He told me to take his old collar and go to the store and just try and get the same size. I went to the store and bought TWO collar one steel once and the other one it's like buckle kind not the plastic buckle kind but like the once we use for belts. I also bought him some new treats which I think his daddy is not going to be too happy because I was just supposed to get him one collar instead I came home with TWO and TREATS..I was so happy being there by myself because I get to buy what I want for him. If his daddy was there I would be grumbled at LOL..
I was planning to go out tomorrow instead of today. I didn't want to leave my house and get my fat ass of the couch but then apparently I had to. *sigh*..This is the SECOND time this week I almost lost Stanley..arghh...His daddy suggested that we should take him to training class ASAP and suggested that I call the school up soon. I called the training school and got some information now I just have to ask daddy which day will suit him best. It's going to cost us money and time but then if he can behave better we think that it's worth the money. I kind off told the lady on the phone about him and she obviously suggests that we bring him in. I am hoping that some schooling for him will do us good. I cannot imagine losing him some other way..
What an interesting Saturday I had..*faint*Back to my movies now..
p/s: If you were wondering how my pork tasted....I didn't end up eating my pork because I was starving by the time I got back from the store. Will report on my pork tomorrow when I have it for brunch I reckon..LOL



Friday, November 16, 2007

Present for the puppy

Stanley's new kennel arrived today..OMG I didn't think that it would be that big but I am sure Stanley will like that better because he can stretch all out now without being confined in the smaller one.

Daddy has gone hunting this weekend. It's opening weekend tomorrow and he'll be gone a couple of days. He didn't take our little buddy with him because that will scare away the deers and so that he can accompany me. I was thinking of going shopping this weekend but then I know that the mall will be pack! moreover I am really tired and sleepy this week I guess if I feel up to it I could go for a little while. I was planning to take Stanley to the pet store with him to see what we can get for him but then I really think that we should be done spending money on him and I am not sure I can handle him in the store with the other pets and people however if I am determined enough I think I will give it a try. MIL said that Stanley is such a social butterfly and he just loves to be around people *faint* which makes it worst because it's so difficult to control him.

The other day after I got back from work and took him out I didn't leash him properly. The dogs from the corner house was barking and he was pulling the leash and it got unhooked. I thought he was going to run out to the busy street but luckily he was more interested to find out about the dogs that he was just around there. It took me a few seconds to leash him back but at that moment my heart almost stopped because it was after work hours and there were plenty of cars on the roads and knowing Stanley he would just run out without caring about anything..His daddy warned me that I must be careful because if anything ever happens to him I will never forget myself and if it was him I just would not forgive him therefore I should always make sure that his leash is secured. He knows how precious Stanley is to me and he knows that I will never forgive myself.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday Morning..

Stanley has been slipping back to his old habit. He'll piddle a little while daddy tries to put the leash on him before they go out. I think it's because he's just too excited but daddy is not really happy with it. Friday morning he piddled again and landed a little on his daddy's shoes..Boy daddy was upset with him..he got a little spanking and scolding from daddy. So I cleaned him up after he came back inside as I was doing that he helped himself to some of my cereal that I was having for breakfast. The milk splattered on the chair and some on his face. I yelled at him and he was so scared he piddled a little on the floor. Then I made him go down his play pan straightaway.

I felt so very bad the whole day at work. The poor boy he was scared shitless because he was yelled at by two people the same morning!!I felt like just going home from work to go home and pat/hug him and tell him I still loved him..Well I could not get out of work just to go home to be with him so as soon as the clock struck 4:30pm I was out of there..I rushed home to be with my little boy..Daddy is still a little upset him him but he's also not. We were watching the today's show video clip on the Internet on how to house train your dog and it reminded us that it takes a long time to house train them. It can take up to 2 yrs..I felt so bad but it reminded me that I should have more patient with him that he's just still little..I tried to make it up to him by playing with him a bunch and taking him out with his during the weekends when we can..LOL..

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ramblings

Stanley had a hell of a time at the cabin..There were 5 people there..mummy, daddy, grandpa, grandma and his uncle to love him..He was so busy and was constantly in the middle of the attention he barely took his naps..the best thing for him was he was even allowed on the couch!!!I didn't bring my camera but we took some pictures of him with grandpa's phone. He was so tired on our way back that he didn't even whine heck I was also tired that I slept the whole way home..

Work has been really really busy this week. I am not trying to make any time because I'm not even planning on taking off but I'm working a lot of hours. Monday a lady took off because her daughter was sick and today a girl took off because she was sick. I am working in the customer service department and because it's the peek season there are many many phone calls with damage or missing items etc..They just threw me in like go answer the phone with no training what so ever BUT they are always there to help me so I can help the customers..It's been really busy but I'm really really enjoying work. I am really enjoying learning new things almost everyday. I was very nervous the first few times I answered the calls which I am not because I don't feel adequate to answer questions but it's a little better..

A stopped by and pick me up after school this evening to supposedly stop by at the grocery store to pick up some stuff..We ended up going to the pet store before that because daddy wanted to get Stanley another toy..We spend $20 buying him a toy last Sunday but then he broke it in 20 minutes so daddy went online and did some research to find the toughest toy he can find..We finally bought him new metal crate too yesterday..oh gosh this week we spend almost $200 on Stanley already..*faint*..he is a very spoil dog..MIL and BIL was comparing us with BIL (her other older son) saying that BIL's dog gets nothing and the attention where as Stanley is sooo lucky..I am hoping that we are really really done spending big chucks of money on him..We then stopped by at some other store before that. I went to walk around at the clothing store while A went to the electronic store. I have been so tired because I've been getting up early and going to bed late that I've been so tired I don't even have the mood/energy to shop..I just browse thru it and decided that I want to leave. I noticed today that as I'm older I don't even want to buy those really high heels shoes anymore. I tried on two nine west shoes; boots and working shoes. They were both about 3+inches tall and I don't even feel like buying it. I am assuming either because I'm older or I'm just too tired to make a decision.. A was surprised that I was done so quickly because normally when I'm in there I can take forever..I also figured I can wait with my shopping craze until we go for my birthday shopping spree. A was going to get me an LV handbag that we've chosen but I decided that I we should wait till Christmas. I decided that I wanted Coach handbag for my birthday rather than LV. I would use the Coach more just because I barely even use the LV's that I have now. That time I can charge my battery full and hopefully find lots of nice things and good deals..I haven't been on any shopping trips since last month..sob sob..

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Blogging from the Cabin…

Sitting in front of the warm fireplace overlooking the lake reading a good book would be relaxing after a long week. We decided to head up to the cabin with FIL, MIL and BIL for the weekend. A’s been wanting to come up here to relax and my only motive was to take Stanley up so that he could run around and play out in the woods since he has never been up here before.
I wasn’t planning to leave work earlier because A didn’t mention anything until he told me that MIL was getting done with work on Friday at 12:30pm..I discussed it with him to whether he wanted me to try and get done with work early on Friday so that it would get too late by the time we got there. We decided that if my boss didn’t have a problem with it then I would go ahead and leave a couple of hours earlier. I went to work earlier on Thursday to speak to my boss and he said that he didn’t have a problem with it but if something came up he hoped that I would be able to stay back and help with it which was fair and I didn’t mind. On Friday for some reason I could not really sleep and got up at 5am by 5:30 am I was like I’m going to get ready and go to work. I’m not going to wait around until my alarm rings! I washed up had breakfast and went into the room to make up and change. A woke up and asked what time it was and what time I got up etc..He said that I was “sick” to get up so early for work!!LOL..I really don’t mind working at this place in fact I love working here. The stuff I do can be pretty boring but the best part is I’m learning new stuff everyday and I really like most people I work with..This is the first time I’m enjoying actually going to work. I was at work by 6:45am and by 2:20pm I was getting ready to leave at 2:30pm when an urgent order came and needed to be looked over that day. My boss asked me to look over it before it was being finalized. I did that I left by 2:45pm and he apologized but I told him that it was fine because we agreed that I would help out if something came up. A and I got home almost the same time. We took our shower, loaded that car and left at about 4pm..He has a lot of last minute things to take when I told him numerous times to pack the beginning of the week so that we can leave when we got back from work but it was alright because FIL and MIL had to wait for BIL to get done with school before they could even leave so we were still earlier than them. We stopped by at some stores mainly because Stanley finally broke him last one and only toy so his daddy wanted to buy him another one. This week alone he cost me about $50 because I had to buy some flea medication for him too..When we get home we are going to get his crate too..Everyone thinks that we spoil him too much now but I think that if we took the responsibility to have him we should give him whatever we can and not deprive him. I don’t understand some people when they have pets, they don’t even take time to spend with them or even buy them any toys or treats. All they do is take feed them and give them a place to stay? What’s the point of that? They need to feel love and they need to be given attention too because they are just like humans I think in a way..Anyway we finally reached the bar that we were going to have dinner and had dinner with FIL, MIL and BIL. We arrived at the cabin at about 8ish..I was reading while the boys. A and BIL was doing their homework. I was beat after the long day and proceed to go to be at about midnight.
My faithful little companion heard people walking around and started to whine to get out of the kennel at about 8ish…Daddy got up and took him up while I lay in bed for 10 more minutes…FIL made breakfast and I helped to cut some vegetables. After breakfast FIL and BIL was going partridge hunting and MIL went with them. A was watching a movie for school while I read my book and ate junk food…We decided to go for a bike ride in the evening and I felt like shit on our way back. I hate those gravel roads..It was really difficult for me to ride on it and I felt like I was not getting back. All I wanted to do was push my bike back and walk the rest of the way. I am pretty sure that I’m not totally out of stamina it was just that the roads really sucked ass..This would be my first and last time biking up here I rather go for a long walk with my little baby..Stanley is just enjoying himself being outdoor and being with everybody. I don’t think he’s going to like the idea that we will be going back tomorrow noon…

Monday, October 29, 2007

Well..before I go any further I just want to clarify that my baby/Stanley is actually my puppy..I know a lot of people were actually confused about that because they thought that he was my kid..LOL..which is funny because in a way I do treat him like my kid. I cannot believe that a love for a pet could be this deep is just really amazing to me. He has changed my life just like I'm assuming if I ever have a kid I would feel the same.
Finally settling in..Well..First I had get use to the schedule of working and dealing with Stanley then I was going to have a garage sale with L and I had to take half a day Thursday off last week because I had an appointment to go to therefore I had to work extra to make up for the time and tried to bake stuff to sell at the garage sale. It was just a crazy week. I had to rush home, get Stanley and try and make dinner after that, do some house stuff and then bake something..I baked brownies and banana muffin but never had a bake sale because I just didn't know what to bake...Thursday night I had to go over to L's place to arrange my stuff and tag the items since she was going to start it on Friday but because I had to work so she was going to do it with her mom and grandmother while I would go over on Saturday.
Friday I didn't cook therefore we went out and ate buffet. I ate so much that A was asking if I was done eating..LOL..then we went to Target after that because obviously we were too full to go home and sit around...
Saturday night we were having dinner and I had craving for some fried chicken...I wanted some at midnight and obviously there was no way we could get any so I had to wait until Sunday to get it.sob sob..
Sunday we spend a chunky of our time at A's parents house because he had to fix something with his truck and Stanely and I visited grandma and grandpa. After that we went to Chicken Unlimited to get some fried chicken which was a huge DISAPPOINTMENT. Every single person I spoke to said that this place has the best fried chicken better than KFC etc but A and I didn't enjoy our chicken at all..I still wished that I didn't insist going there instead KFC would be yummy...arghh.....but I'm sick of fried chicken at least for a while...maybe till this weekend..LOL..
We still need to get our wireless crap fixed I'm hoping that would be done SOON..oh BTW I made some homemade fries in the over last week (I had craving for fries and I was out of frozen once) it was really yummy and healthier than McD's but if you ask me to choose obviously I would still prefer my McD's fries but I like my homemade one too..When I make again I'll post some pictures and recipe. I didn't take any pictures because I didn't know if it was going to work/taste good.


Friday, October 26, 2007

This week is just insanely busy..First the wireless router was down at home for a couple of days which made it difficult to go online, then it's just been a hectic week..

Anyway just wanted to say that daddy took Stanley to work with him today. Go figure who spoils him more? He just mentioned the other day that I have to stop obsessing about him that much and now he's taking him to work. I hope that both of my male will survive each other today.

Will update more soon..probably when this weekend is here..

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dilemma

So I've not been working for about 6 months now. I finally get a seasonal job...hooray!!!.it's just for a month but I don't care because I'm getting bored to my mind staying at home..Toss up is I'm going to be leaving Stanley alone at home 8-10 hours a day 5 days a week. I leave him home here and there a couple hours here and there but that's just about a day or two a week but to think about him being by himself in his pan makes me feel so horrible. I feel so horrible doing that to him. I know this sounds so weird he's just a dog but he's my buddy and my companion ever since we got him..I called A today after I was done at the employment agency and told him that I needed to spend time with Stanley. I went shopping after leaving the employment agency but I had to make it quick so that I can rush home and spend time with him..I think I'm so crazy..I'm so obsess with him..A mentioned that he's not going to like going to his pan everyday but we will have to make up for it during the weekends that's all we can do I guess..Anyway it's just seasonal so I'll get to spend time with him after the month..calm down calm down..I'm so silly..*slap forehead*

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Caramel Apple Bread

After Jakob's 1st birthday last Sunday we decided to stop by the apple orchard to get some apples. We bought a peck of normal apples and one whole box of cooking apples(I don't think they are called cooking apples but I'm going to be using it for cooking that's why). The cooking apples are much smaller and supposedly second grade. I'm going to be using it for cooking and for Stanley to it because Stanley just LOVES apples. He is weird in that way. From what I've heard dogs do not like to eat fruits and vegetables but Stanley will it almost every fruits and vegetables known to man kind. Anyway because we have a box of cooking apples I decided to use some up to bake. I've made this before but that was like two and the half years ago. A and BIL(the second one) likes it therefore since A will be seeing his brother this Saturday I decided to make some so that he can pass it to him. BIL's girlfriend doesn't cook. Supposedly she's afraid the the stove will catch on fire (we/they have electrical stove by the way) therefore I think BIL does the cooking and I think they rarely/don't bake at all.

Caramel Apple Bread

15 caramels
1 1/2 cups flour, divided
1/2 cup room temperature butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 apples, cored,peeled and finely chopped

  1. Heat oven to 350° and grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. Unwrap caramels and with a scissors, cut each one into 8 small pieces.
  3. Toss caramels with 1 tablespoon of the flour in a small bowl to keep them from sticking together; set aside.
  4. Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well after each.
  6. In another bowl, stir together remaining flour, cinnamon allspice and salt.
  7. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and blend well.
  8. By hand, stir in apples and caramel mixture.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  11. Cool completely on a wire rack, then remove from pan.

Chopped Apples



Cut Caramel



Before going into the oven



Done baking/cooling down

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

FACEBOOK!!!

I was talking to a dear friend yesterday and he was telling me that he's playing around in face book..He insisted that I give facebook a try. I've heard tons of stories that facebook is really addicting but I was thinking what the heck I'll join and see what happens..To find that I'M CURRENTLY ADDICTED to it. I met up/found so many people that I didn't think that I would ever talk to again unless I happen to meet them on the streets sometime this life..But I did I found them..OMG it's getting so exciting..I even found some of A's cousins and talking to them. You see him and his extended families don't really hang out a lot or see each other; the last time we saw most of them/I met most of them was during our reception. He was pretty close to this one particular cousin but then they moved on and still kept in touch here and there. I know him too and he's a fun guy..So we've been messaging back and forth..I might be missing for awhile now neglecting my blogs and everything else (Stanley) lol..

Monday, October 8, 2007

Feels like Christmas

I feel like it's already Christmas for A and I..Yesterday we went to a little boy's birthday party. After the party was done we came home to see Stanley..I was about to fall asleep when A said let's go shopping..I'm like huh..we are not supposed to spend anymore money we have everything we possibly need and more!!!But I still agreed to go..who would refused a shopping trip..LOL...but then again maybe I should have said no..
My damage was a Skinny Jeans from Levis because I wanted to try one and Levis was a decent price, A pair of Hello Kitty pajamas which mind you A chose that (He was going to buy the robe too but I told him no because I just bought a Paul Frank one from Orlando, FL last year but now looking at it online I wish we got it..OMG..I'm HORRIBLE..I have 3 robes that I hardly wear actually!!*faint*)and I did not insist of buying it and the most absurd one we bought for me was a Wilton cake decorating set. I've always like decorating cakes but do not have all the adequate tools and the talent. A mentioned that I should just get this set but its pretty expensive for me to have since I don't know how to use most of the tools anyway..then he said that when I get this set I should be able to learn how since it has instructions and I can attend some of the classes offered if I wanted to..So we ended up getting these..I don't even know why I need all these but we bought it..I guess it makes me happy knowing that I have it..



A's damage wasn't so bad..He just bought 5 polo tees and his tool set that's all..But I don't know what's wrong with him yesterday he just wants me to buy everything that I like..hmp..It makes me feel like he's being up to no good. Normally when he's like that it's when he wants something so he'll let me buy anything I want and then he'll tell me what he wants by then he's already bought me so many new stuff I feel bad telling him No to what he wants..that's always his little trick..and every single time I fall into his little trap..Let's see what will he ask for this time..I can only imagine actually...*faint*

Although we had to do it really quickly because the stores was closing early I did have fun..I really love to shop and I don't need to!!!..Well I've transformed A from not shopping when he was single to loving to shop..I think that one maniac loving to shop is enough but with a buddy its always more fun..lol..*wink*


Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Monster got loose!!!

I followed A to work yesterday morning and as usual we will take Stanely out feed him and take him downstairs to his pan before we leave. A was rushing me yesterday and I was responsible to put him in his pan. When I came home last night I went downstairs to take him out of his pan so that he could go outside but when I went down I saw stuff shredded everywhere..but Stanley was in his pan..I was surprised and nervous thinking some animal came in and shred my stuff. I quickly called A to come down with me to investigate. We found out that I didn't latch him in properly and he got out of his pan!! So he was roaming freely in the basement yesterday while we were gone for 12 hours!!*faint*. The damage was not that bad, he only chewed two pairs of my slippers and a pair of latex gloves *phew*..Thank god nothing bad happened to him like him chewing on the electric cable or anything poisonous. I would feel like shit if I went home and found him dead because I didn't lock him up properly. Luckily we always have the basement door shut when we leave if not I cannot imagine the damage he would have done being able to roam freely in the whole house...I have to make sure to latch him properly next time..Hopefully this will NOT happen again..that gave me a fright.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ever since I had a sample of Ikea's oat meal chocolate cookie (I'm not sure what it is called but I ate it and it taste like that) I've been wanting some oatmeal cookies. So after A left for school I decided to try to make some..


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


Whisk together and set aside

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Cream wet ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

Then stir in

3 cups oats (not instant)

1 1/2 cups raisins


Preheat oven to 350°.


Whisk dry ingredients; set aside.


Combine wet ingredients with a hand mixer on low.


To cream, increase speed to high and beat until fluffy and the color lightens.


Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until no flour is visible.


(Over mixing develops the gluten, making a tough cookie.) Now add the oats and raisins; stir to incorporate.


Fill cookie scoop with dough.


(Use a #40 cookie scoop; it measures 2 tablespoon of dough) Press against side of bowl, pulling up to level dough.


Drop 2-inches apart onto baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray.


Bake 11-13 minutes (on center rack), until golden, but still moist beneath cracks on top.


Remove from oven; let cookies sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


p/s: I halved my dough; half of it I added raisins and the other half I caramel chocolate chips.

Dough and Chocolate Chips



Done..:)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Chicken Pot Pie & Pie Crust

I made Chicken Pot Pie for dinner tonight. I even cut my nails really short so that when I make the crust it will not stick underneath my nails. It's a little more work, it taste yummy (kind off like the store bought kind with no preservatives) but then I think next time when I'm lazy I'll just use the easier method ie, use frozen veg and can soup..LOL..I even made my own chicken broth. I would still make my crust because I like the taste of it and it's not all that difficult to make..

Delicious Chicken Pot Pie

1 cup potatoes, diced
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup chopped carrots
1/3 cup melted margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 pie crusts (either store bought or your own recipe)

Preheat oven to 400°F.


Saute onion, celery, carrots and potatoes in butter for 10 minutes.


Add flour to sauteed mixture, stirring well Cook one minute stirring constantly.


Combine broth and half and half


Gradually stir into vegetable mixture


Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly.


Stir in salt and pepper; add chicken and stir well.


Pour into shallow 2 quart casserole dish and top with pie shells .


Cut slits to allow steam to escape.


Bake for 40-50 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly and cooked through.

This is how it looks when it's done cooking

Shake-A-Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup Crisco shortening
1/2 cup cold water
1 dash salt


Put flour, sugar, salt and crisco in a plastic bowl with a lid.

Seal and wink (let the air out;-) Shake until it sounds like sand.

Add water.

Seal and wink.

Shake until it sounds like a rock.

Roll out for your favorite pie or pastries.

p/s: I didn't add the sugar in because I was making this dish but if you are using this recipe to make dessert feel free to add the sugar.

The finished product...

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