Friday, November 25, 2011

Birthday and Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated yearly in the USA for  the  blessings and good harvest  of  the year .It is not complete without the traditional  turkey on the table.It is also the time for family and friends gatherings.

The first time I celebrated Thanksgiving with hubby was in Qatar during our first year together.We  invited our friends over to celebrate with us. I cooked a lot of American food but only few showed up. From that day on hubby told me that we are not going to celebrate it there anymore .He was not so happy that I spent 2 days cooking and ended  up with too much left over food because many of our expected guest did not come.

Now that we are in the US there are so many reasons to thank God for all our blessings.This year we did  celebrate  thanksgiving and my eldest son's 13th birthday as well.

I forgot the candle for the cake so my 2 boys just pretended  blowing.

 Happy Thanksgiving to all and of course happy happy birthday to my son!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mc Donald's Apple Slices

My youngest son loves french fries and chicken nugget so much.Everytime we go out and see the Mc Donald's fast food  he will say "French Fries".French Fries for him means"Chicken Nugget Kids Meal" and that includes toy in his order. Last Sunday before the weekly grocery shopping we stopped by Mc Donald first for lunch since he asked for  fries again when he saw the big yellow "M" sign near Walmart store.

While my eldest son was on the line for our orders, me and the small one headed  into the play area .The play area is one of the reason why I take my kids to Mc Donald because that is where they want to play and enjoy the day.The meal came as a surprise,Mc Donald has added  apple slices and reduced  the portion of French fries in its children's meal boxes.McDonald's has made changes to its menu over the years to drive more sales and to serve a healthier  food to their customers.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Blueberry Muffin

 I have this recipe from Dorothy's Cooking School cook book for a long time . This is one recipe that I really like .Very easy to bake and my kids loves it.

Blueberry Muffin Recipe

3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup fresh milk
1/4 cup butter
1 whole big egg
2 cups sifter all purpose flour
2 tsps sifted baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh blueberries

Streusel Topping:
1/4  cup granulated white sugar
13 cup sifted all purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12 cupcake with baking paper cups.
2. To prepare the streusel topping,combine all the ingredients in the mixing bowl .Keep in the freezer until needed.
3. In a mixing bowl ,combine sugar,milk,softened butter, and egg. Beat at low speed until blended.Pour in the flour,baking powder and salt.Continue beating at low speed until the batter is thick and heavy.
4. Gently fold in the blueberries using the rubber scraper.
5. Divide the batter equally(3/4 full) on the prepared molders.Get the streusel topping from the freezer and crumble with your finger.Generously top the muffins with this mixture.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Sinigang na Manok (Chicken Sour Stew)

I was always  cook sinigang at home using  lemon  as a souring agent ( pampaasim) because I cannot find any sinigang mix in my place. After a year, I finally got one from Walmart Paris, Texas. I love to shop there because the food is tax free and they sell  some Asian food stuff . Last week was my lucky day. At last, they were selling Knorr Tamarind Soup Mix. I immediately cooked Chicken Sinigang for me and my children. I put in the freshly harvest eggplant from my garden. Too sad that I don't have okra and pepper anymore so I just settled for bell pepper for added flavor.