Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Recently i was reading a lot and staying up very late at night due to the holidays. I noticed that under my eyes, my skin got darker and my eyebags started to be obvious. I looked tired and weary. I went online and searched for different home remedies for my problem and fortunately i found articles that explain how potato is useful for a skin problem specially with tired eyes and eyebags. I want to share what i learned and hopefully this will also be helpful to you guys. I tried it and it's really good and working. Now take a look at the photos below. Those photos are examples of eye problem that this remedy can cure.
This is a photo of a woman with big eyebags. She looks weary and tired.
This is a photo of a woman with a dark skin under her eyes.
According to most of what i read, raw potato is good specially the skin part. So this is what i did. I chopped like 2 medium size potato in cubes to make it easier for me to blend. I didn't peel them off as i've read. Then i put them in the blender until it was juicy. I poured it in a small bowl and left it in the fridge for about 20 minutes until it's cold. While i wait for it to get cold, i get a cotton cloth or socks that i don't use anymore to serve as a bag where i will put the ground potato, then i washed my face to take off the dirt. Finally my potato was ready so i took them out of the fridge and poured half cup for each socks. Then i tied the socks slowly to seal them and i lie flat on my bed and put each sock on my eye. I waited for like 20-30 minutes to let the potato juice work on my eye's skin. I admit, i was a little hesitant to do it at first but i realized that it really work. It was very relaxing as well. I suggest that you try it yourself if you are experiencing this problem also. You won't be disappointed at all.
Now my eyes are better and my skin under my eyes is no longer dark and looks tired. Im happy i learned this home remedy. Easy, cheap and effective.
Monday, December 29, 2008
This New Year, let's welcome it with a simple preparation that symbolizes these three elements; happiness, prosperity and good health. I will give you a healthy recipe that will perfectly fit for New Year's Eve. Aside from preparing round fruits that bring good luck to our homes let's also consider this recipe to add it on our celebration. Now what is the importance why we need to think of the foods that we prepare during New Year's Eve? It is because it has something to do with our faith towards the New Year that will come. As people who are always believing and hopeful, it is very important to us to welcome the year so that all these good things will follow us.
Chicken is believed by Chinese that it symbolizes happiness and prosperity. Egg, which is a common part of our daily meal, symbolizes fertility. Now we will add noodles on this menu which symbolizes longevity. Everyone of us wishes to have long life and extend all the good things that we experience in our lives, we don't want it to end. This recipe will have all of these three main ingredients which will make our year perfect. You can add vegetable or fruit salad together with it or make any type of fruit shake to match with your main menu. Enjoy your New Year with your family.
Chicken and Egg Noodles (Crock Pot)
- 3-4 lbs chicken pcs. (I use 4 chicken breasts with bones, skinned)
- 4 cups chicken broth or water
- 1/4-1/2 cup butter (I use 1/2 stick)
- 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup (I use Campbell's Healthy Request, no MSG)
- 1 (10 ounce) package extra wide egg noodles (I use the big bag) and salt
- Put all ingredients, except noodles, in crock pot.
- Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 3 1/2-4 1/2 hours.
- (I cook just until the chicken is done, about 5 hours on low).
- Remove chicken from broth.
- I like to run a slotted spoon through the broth to make sure no little bones have escaped.
- Add salt to taste.
- Turn cooker to high and add noodles when broth is hot and bubbly.
- Cook 30-45 minutes, or until noodles are done, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, remove meat from bones.
- Add bite-size pieces to broth and noodles.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
2 Cups Chopped Leftover Christmas Turkey
1 Can Veg- All
1 Can Cream Of Chicken Soup
2 Pre Made Pie Crusts or if your feeling brave make your own
Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit or 177 Celsius
Combine Turkey, Veg-All, Soup and mix well
Place bottom crust in 9 inch pie pan
Add Turkey Mixture
Place the Top Crust on and trim the excess crust
Pinch the edges of the crust together and poke a few
Holes in the top crust with a tooth pick
Make a design if your artistic
Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown
Now for the brave
Basic Pie Crust Recipe
2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Shortening
1\2 Cup Water
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half, and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll out dough on a floured counter. Don't over work it.
Personally, much easier to buy the crust.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
6 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lemon, halved
1 pack fresh rosemary
salt and freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Remove the giblets from the turkey. Rub oil on the outside of the bird and season well.
2. Place the butter, lemon and whole herbs in the cavity. Cook the bird breast-side down for 15 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Cook for 3 1/2 hours, turning bird the right side up after 2 hours.
3. Test the turkey with a skewer in the leg joint. If blood comes out, give it another 20 minutes. If clear juices run out, it's cooked. Remove from the pan, wrap in foil and rest for 20 minutes while you make your gravy.
turkey neck and giblets
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
2 bay leaves few sprigs fresh thyme
3 tbsp plain flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Place the turkey neck and giblets in a saucepan with the vegetables, herbs and 600ml cold water. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve.
2. To make the gravy, pour 3 tbsp fatty juices from the turkey roasting tin into a pan and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for about 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
3. Pour in the giblet stock and 150ml turkey juices (or wine) and bring to the boil, stirring. Add a llittle gravy browning, season to taste and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Every person has different body structure. Some are short, some are tall, some have bigger bone structure and some don't. In my case my arms and upper body got skinnier bones than my lower body parts like my thigh or legs. I used to think i was malnourished because i was smaller than my other classmates in the school and my body developed later than others. People say i probably eat less and don't get enough rest or sleep that's why I’m slim or skinny. I believed what they said to me and tried to eat more than i used to but i still i didn’t grow bigger than i expected. Then some people that i knew told me that probably it was because i was a hyperactive person. I used to walk all the time visiting my friends, joined activities like outreach and other adventurous things that we thought would be fun. In other words, i can't stay home for 10 minutes. Then again i decided to lessen going out to see my friends and sleep in the afternoon instead during weekends when i had no class. Then i looked at myself, still there's no changes at all. I was wondering what makes those girls that i knew grow bigger that i don't know. Maybe i wasn't doing it right. As a matter of fact i got less confidence to be with a crowd that i wasn’t familiar with because i always thought that they would see me as a kid or would think same thing as other people thought of me with regard to my body. I tried and tried and i gained a little weight, so little that it was not even noticeable.
I came up with a conclusion that my body will not probably change as to what i wanted. I realized that my bone's structure compared to my sisters and my other friends is not the same. Theirs are bigger and mine is skinnier. Then i started to think differently about myself. In fact i took vitamins and eat more sweets than i used to but those things didn’t really add more flesh or weight to my body. I finally realized what i was doing didn’t make any sense at all. Instead, they were giving me anxiety, pressure to myself, insecurity and depression. I noticed later on that because i go out less, my legs can not sustain a longer walk and i get tired easily for just an hour of walking in the mall. Then for staying home, i felt more lousy and inactive plus the fact that unintentionally i have detached myself from friends and other activities that i used to enjoy. All these things didn’t do me any good. It is not a matter of how big and small a person is. It is a matter of being active, happy and alive.