Monday, 27 December 2010 reminisce, that is. I can't remember when was the last time I celebrate Christmas with my family in the Philippines. I miss it but my home is here now. I have told Mcj that one of these years, we have to free our schedule in Christmas so we can go back there.

For now, I'll just have to be content and happy that I have all my family alive, apart and together.

This song always makes me sad and happy at the same time for some in-explanable reason.

It has a tug in ones heart, makes you remember your loves ones, the happy times and buy gold coins or shall I say buying them for gifts. It's the time to be merry and happy most importantly as it's the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We bought ham of about 7 kilos and of course, although there are many of us who eat it, it takes several days to finish it off. And by then, you'll be sick and tired of it. No wonder we only buy them once a year. Lol.

Anyway, I'm looking for recipes with ham as well as pendant lighting as our dining area is not well-lighted.

Cooking Time
14 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)
350g San Remo Vegeroni Bowtie Pasta
olive oil cooking spray
125g 97% fat-free bacon rashers, sliced into thin strips
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup frozen baby peas
3/4 cup low-fat feta cheese, crumbled

Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions, until tender.

Meanwhile, heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Lightly spray with oil. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, for 3 to 4 minutes or until crisp. Add tomato, garlic and peas. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until tomato is soft.

Drain pasta and return to pan. Add tomato mixture, feta and salt and pepper. Toss over low heat until combined. Serve.


Sunday, 5 December 2010

This year, I'm planning to have an authentic Aussie Christmas when time is with me. so I looked up the internet for recipes (aside from looking up digital cameras for the gift that I want this year).

:: White Christmas ::

3 cups rice bubbles (Rice Krispies)
1 cup mixed fruit
1 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup dry powdered milk
3/4 cup of sifted icing sugar
225 grams copha
drop of vanilla essence

1.Put 3 cups of rice bubbles(krispies), 1 cup of mixed fruit,essence,
dessicated coconut, dry powdered milk and 3/4 sifted icing sugar in a bowl.
2. Melt 225 grams copha in saucepan. Add copha to dry ingredients in bowl
and mix well.
3. Press mixture firmly into a biscuit tray. Set in a refrigerator. Cut into squares.

Makes a nice little christmas gift if placed in cellophane and decorated with ribbons.

(For our overseas friends, I believe you can buy copha online at or

:: Marilyn's Rum Balls ::

9 Vita Brits or Weet Bix
½ cup coconut
1 cup chopped raisins
2 tabsp. Cocoa
1 tin condensed milk
3 tabsp. Bundaberg rum
extra coconut

Mix together well in a bowl.
Cover in the fridge for ½ hour. (That's what we do in Australia.)
(Yours could probably sit in the bowl in the snow.)
Shape into balls and roll in coconut.
Recipe contributed by Marilyn from Australia 19th December 2005. Thanks Marilyn!



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I reckon even with all the flyers, it's all up to the parents to feed those type of food. Kids are intelligent. They ate what their stomach can accommodate, not more. Not like adults who accummulate Cubic Zirconia more than what their fingers can accommodate.


Life in a home with gluten-free diet, preventing Diabetes 2 and trying to be lactose-free. And a little bit fussy child. It sounds difficult and complicated but not really. It's been roughly ten years on - we have a lot of practice.

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