Saturday, September 12, 2015

Preparing Your Home For Christmas

Time flies so fast, we are already on the "ber"months, and before we knew it, it's going to be Christmas time again.  There are so many things that excite me about Christmas and one of which is preparing your home for the most special season of the year.  How do we do this of course depends on our budget.  We could decorate our homes with lavish Christmas decors, make DIY projects so you could decorate your homes on a budget or if you don't have enough time to do this and you are on a tight budget as well, the best option is to look for SDOTD.  I always make sure that I go for smart purchases, thus I never practice impulse shopping.  Waiting for the right timing will make your money go along way.  For instance, you could look for crazy deals that could give you your money's worth.  Some shops open this opportunity once in a while, so whether you are saving for gifts or for home decors this coming Christmas season, you have to keep yourself informed on this once in a season opportunity.  

Well, of course if you are into arts and crafts, don't forget that you could make use of your skills as well to prepare your home for Christmas.  Making your own decors or home made gifts will surely be a hit this coming holiday season.   

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fruit Jelly

This is a simple and easy to prepare dessert that you could do with only few ingredients.

Fruit Jelly


1 can of Fruit Cocktail
1 can of condensed milk
1 sachet of gulaman
water to dissolve the gulaman (gelatin)


1.)  Boil about 4 cups of water to dissolve the gulaman
2.)  Stir continuously until gulaman is fully dissolved.
3.)  Mix the condensed milk 
4.)  Add some fruit cocktail but don't put everything.
5.)  Pour into separate containers or any container of your choice.
6.)  Topped with the remaining fruit cocktail
7.)   Put in the fridge and serve cold.

This is best when you expect some visitors in the house and you don't have much time to prepare some snacks for them.  This could be done in as fast as 15 to 20 mins and will be surely loved by your guests.  Best for family desserts, too.  :)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Budget Meal - Stir fried Brocolli with Carrots

I am always on a look out for healthy meal that's easy on the budget and sometimes, even though I am very fond of collecting recipes, I still prefer to experiment preparing my own dish. My experiment always happen as a result of wanting to use what's left in the fridge.  Honestly, I don't feel nice throwing foods.  So, if I still have a way to put it into good use, I would.

Below is a healthy and delicious dish and this is meatless.

Stir fried Brocolli with Carrots


one small head of brocolli
1 small size carrot
onion leeks
1 stem of celery
4 tbsp of oyster sauce
2 tbsp of butter
a dash of black pepper
a pinch of iodized salt (to taste)
1 medium size red onion


1.) Put 2 tsb of butter in a heated frying pan.
2.) Saute garlic and onion in the melted butter.
3.) Placed the small pieces of brocolli and carrots, then mix.  
4.) Put the oyster sauce, simmer for a minute, then add a dash of iodized salt and black pepper.
5.) Topped with onion leeks and chopped celery.
6.) Serve hot.

This is very nice and goes well with a cup of hot rice.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIY Projects Using Fabric Tapes

My son bought me some fabric tapes last month and I used these for my DIY's at home.  I got some recyclable plastic bottles which I used for my daughter's desk organizer.  I also made use of extra cloth materials we have at home to cover the plastic bottles.  Then I just randomly picked some left over ribbons and strings from my crafts box plus some unused stickers and this is the result:

Some of the left over tapes were also used to cover the electrical switch on the wall of my room and it looks better than before.  I guess there are more things we can decorate at home using these fabric tapes.  These can also be used for dressing up lamp shades, photo frames and even mirrors.  

I am looking forward to buying more of these for my future DIY projects.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Trying Mason Jar Meals

Because of my busy routine at home and doing part time job on the side, I have a very little free time. At the same time, I do not wish to compromise preparing healthy meals for my family but I knew that it requires a great deal of time.  I've been searching for some ideas online and this is where I stumble about Mason Jar Meals.  I've learned that it is not just super easy to make, but it will always give you a ready to go meal every time.  You can save money, time and effort and at the same time be assured of a healthy meal packed with all those nutrients your body needs.

There are actually a variety of meals that could fill your mason jars.  At first, I thought it's only meant for salads but I was wrong.  Mason jars could also be filled with healthy and delicious breakfasts and snacks.  I had actually collected several mason jar recipes that I am so eager to try.  Imagine marching your way to the kitchen, opening your fridge and having a delicious meal in an instant! That's such a relief!  Inviting your friends or relatives over for a coffee break complete with salads and baked goodies while enjoying some great music sounds perfect. :)

Well, I might be sharing some mason jar recipes that I'm able to collect and try in my future posts.  I hope these recipes will be pretty great!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Organic Gardening

I long wanted to have my own organic garden.  This desire has been imminent since I became more conscious about my health.  Is this the mindset when people begin to age? :) Well, probably yes.  I actually begin to be interested in eating raw salads when I was still working abroad.  Since I don't really like the local foods in Cambodia, I resorted to eating fruits and vegetables which is a good thing.  Since then, I developed the habit of munching cucumber slices and lettuce while reading books or watching DVD movies.  I also became active in researching different kinds of salad preparations especially the healthy ones.  Later, I came to know that not all vegetables that you can buy from the market are considered safe and healthy.  "If you are really that conscious about what you eat, then you better go organic", this was a remark from my friend who is actually into organic gardening.

Why you should choose organic?  It's because the organic vegetables are grown naturally without using man made artificial chemicals.  Naturally grown vegetables are healthier because these were grown using natural substances.  Little did I know that this type of gardening extends beyond personal benefit.  Apart from getting naturally grown produce, this type of gardening is also beneficial to the environment.  Many people also swear that the taste of organic foods are far better than the commercial ones.

I am loving the idea of coming up with my own organic garden simply because it's also good in my pocket.  Organic vegetables sold in the market are a lot pricey than the commercial ones.  Growing your own will help you save a lot and also give you the chance to enjoy fresh produce everyday.  If you're lucky enough, you can also sell the extra produce from your organic garden.

Maybe, I should stop procrastinating.  My busy schedule now prevents me from starting one but it's always a part of my bucket list and I'm pretty sure that I will soon have a full blown organic garden very very soon.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Less Is More!

Since last year, I've started to become interested in a minimalist life style.  Maybe I was greatly influenced by the books I've been reading on minimalism.  Why not?  I've seen the rationale behind this concept and I've found a lot of practical things that I think will benefit me and the family in the long run.  I would admit, a part of my youth was addicted to shopping and hording and buying a lot of stuff even if it's not really necessary at the moment.  I think everybody has gone through this stage and I am definitely not an exception.  It's a good thing that I did not really go that far to the point of putting myself into a great debt.  I'm still wise and mature when it comes to spending and budgeting. I just thought that I could have saved more have I learned the art of minimalism at an earlier stage. Perhaps, I have more investments now. :)

My desire to shift slowly to a minimalist life style has given me the urge to have an inventory of what I currently have at home and sort out those things which I think are not really necessary or those that I considered to be really extra and not being used for years and just gathering dust in my shelves.

It was a good thing that both my kids are sharing the same interest with me and support me one hundred per cent on this.  I haven't asked them to read the books that I read but slowly explaining to them the concept enabled them to understand and adopt the idea.  Now, we have been selling a lot of our unused stuff at home and it was really fun.  I didn't realize that it was that easy to sell and that we really can convert those what we've considered as clutter to cash that we can use or spend for more important things that we require at home.  A lot of stuff like used toys, wall decors, figurines and ceramics, used audio equipment, collector's items and kitchen items were sold very fast.  There's really truth to the belief that what you consider as clutter in your house can be a precious possession for some people. 

Now, I feel more relaxed to see that my home appears to be bigger, cleaner and more organized than ever. It is actually a win-win situation!  I was able reduce a lot of clutter, convert them to extra cash and made my life easier having to maintain and clean less stuff.

I couldn't be happier being a minimalist! :) 

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