Enjoying Tea During These Cold Days

Both my hubby and I are tea drinkers, whether it be a cool and refreshing ice tea in the summer or a warm hearty winter time hot brew . We always have tea bags in our cupboards. During summer we make sun tea by putting a large clear glass container out on our deck with a few tea bags in it. During cold days, we brew our tea indoors on top of our wood burning stove. We are both trying to eat healthily that includes watching what we eat and drink.

Even though, my hubby and I like tea a …

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Bulalo (Beef Shank Soup)

I have been wanting to make bulalo and finally I was able to make some a few days ago. Bulalo is one of the most favorite recipes in the Philippines. It is very easy to prepare but getting the beef shank tender takes time.

Here’s what you need:

1 lb beef shank
1 small bundle of bokchoy, whole leaf individually detached
2 pcs corn, each cut into 3 parts
3 pieces medium sized jalapeño peppers
½ cup green onions
1 medium sized onion
8 cups of water
½ tsp of beef granules


1. In a big cooking pot, bring …

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Rice, Very Labour Intensive Crop

 photo IMG_0275_zpscjamoeft.jpgMy meal wouldn’t be complete without rice. That’s the way we ate when I grew up in the Philippines. Even though I have been living here in America for more than six years now, I still eat rice almost every meal.

Rice is very important in the Filipino culture. There are many different varieties of rice there in the Philippines. Many were pioneered or bred by the Philippine Rice Institute. When you go to a supermarket or wet-market you will find dozens of different types of rice for sale at greatly varying prices. Rice is also the main ingredient in …

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Snow Crab for Dinner

No automatic alt text available.Snow crab for dinner sounds so good. That is what my husband and I have for our dinner tonight. However, the two-pound snow crabs are probably not enough to satisfy the both of us. It would probably take about ten pounds to satisfy my cravings for it.

We seldom buy crabs because they are usually pricey. But whenever there is a big sale at the nearby grocery store, we definitely buy some. Crab is one of my favorite kinds of seafood. I really like seafood and could eat it in every meal, especially crab.  Last night we had salmon.

I am a big …

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Luma Soda – Naturally Sweetened and Flavored Soda #DrinkLuma

Someone was chomping at the bit to try Luma Soda.  Yes, my husband could not wait to open one before I finished my photography.  He opened the cherry cola.  He likes almost everything with cherry flavor.  He was sipping it while watching his favorite show on television.   That’s a nice way to relax at home in front of the fireplace, right?

Luma Soda has four different distinct flavors: cola, cherry cola, blood orange and lemon lime.  What makes Luma soda different from the typical soda is their health benefits and natural flavors.  Luma is sweetened with natural honey and nature-made monk fruit …

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Fish Fry

 photo DSCI0635.jpgwalleye in butter & finely chopped onions

grilled crappies and perch in butter & finely chopped onions

I can’t wait for the warm season to come and go fish at the nearby lakes.  These pictures were taken one summer season when the family got together.  I am anxious to start catching good sized eating fish. It was my hubby who caught most of these fish. Overall, at that time, we brought home seven fish of different kinds. My hubby caught one walleye, three crappies and two perch.

I, on the other hand, only caught a crappie and a perch. We had …

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Tonight’s Dinner – Buttered Garlic Shrimp

This was what my hubby and I had for our dinner tonight, shrimp sauteed in lemon soda with butter. The lemon soda gives this dish the sweet taste that blends well with the rich flavor of butter and the spice of garlic. It is tasty and is easy to prepare. Here are the following ingredients you need.

Buttered Garlic Shrimp
  • 2 lbs of shrimp
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp powdered garlic
  • 1 quarter onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • ½ cup lemon soda
  • ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. Marinade the shrimp in lemon

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