Monday, January 30, 2012

Crunchy Montecristo Sandwich

My Ichiro is fond of bread and sandwiches. He prefers it more than rice. He's used to it because he grew up with my parents who loves pandesal every morning. Being a very busy mom, I used to buy biscuits and bread in bulk so whenever I come home late from work I am assured that he won't be hungry and he has everything he needs anytime. So when he approached me with my cookbook in his hand, I know what he wanted already. So there, sandwich making time for Mama Eila.

The original recipe came from Nestle Daily Delights menu planner. I just did my own version by skipping some of the ingredients. This is very much the same from my Kariman sandwiches. The only difference is that this has more fillings. I'll be posting the original recipe but of course you can modify it according to your taste and budget or what's available in your fridge.

1/2  cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp mustard
Sliced American bread
Roasted or fried chicken strips
cooked ham or bacon slices
cheese slices

special coleslaw: combine-
1/2 head cabage finely shredded
1 small carrot, cut into fine strips
1/3 cup pineaple tidbits drained
1/2 cup caesar salad dressing salt and pepper

2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup Nestle fresh milk
1 8g maggi magic sarap

2 cups crushed Nestle cornflakes

1. Spread mayonnaise and mustard on a bread slice
2. Layer the chicken, ham, cheese, and coleslaw on the prepared bread slice. Top with another bread slice.
3. Cut sandwiches diagonally to form triangles. Secure with toothpicks. Set aside.
4. Dip prepared sandwiches in egg milk mixture then coat with crushed Nestle cornflakes. Fry on heated oil until golden or bake in a 375F oven until brown and crisp.
5. Transfer on paper towels to drain excess oil. serve with your favorite drink for a filing snack.

Good to know Trivia from Nestle:
A bowl of Nestle cornflakes with milk contains 11 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and iron.

I made two batches. One batch was cooked in the oven while the other batch was fried. I like the latter better because the sandwich was softer and cooked well while the one from the oven was crunchier, thus it's name.:)

It's a very heavy sandwich you can skip a meal for this if you're on a diet just watch over that mayo, ok?

What have you tried lately?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Start em Young

There's no proper age in learning how to save money than starting them young. As early as six months your kids  can already have their own savings account. Me and my kid's dad have started this early for our eldest Ichiro. We opened an account for him to save for his education. Sadly, it stopped sometime when he already started going to school. But because I believe in teaching kids through example, I opened a new account for each of them and a separate Remittance account for me. Each of these accounts have different purposes but it doesn't fail to let my boys experience banking everytime they accumulate quite big enough money of course courtesy of the generous Grandpa and Tita's and other sources.

Here are the requirements if you want to open an account for your kids. 
  1.  your child's picture
  2.  2 pcs. of your ID picture 2x2 in size
  3. my boys waiting for their turn to deposit their money
  4.  2 Valid IDs
  5. Your child's original birth certificate photocopied
  6. Php 500 for initial deposit

This comes with a passbook without the ATM. I'm just not sure if you can request an ATM for the Junior Savers Club account. I don't need it anyway since I do online banking everytime. I do monitor these accounts online. These way all transactions are easy to manage without the hassle of long lines in Bayad centers and the fear of carrying a big amount of money during travel. 
For more information regarding online banking, check BDO website here.

Have you started yours?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gratitude Is A Magnet (Re-post)

repost from Bo Sanchez

       Here’s my message today: If you want to receive more blessings in 2012, you need to be more thankful for blessings you received in 2011. Because gratitude is a magnet.
       Let me ask you a few questions.
       Did you have food on your table last year? Thank God. (From the way I see you, you had too much food.)
       Did you have clothes to wear last year? Thank God.
       Did you sleep well at night last year? Thank God.
       Did you have work last year? Thank God.
       Did you earn money last year? Thank God.
Did you have friends last year? Thank God.
Did you serve God last year? Thank God.
       Open your eyes to see that you were swimming in an ocean of blessings last year.
       I looked back at last year and couldn’t help but say, “Wow.” 
I can’t say anything else. Because when I think of the year, I feel overwhelmed at what God has done in my life.
Choose: 2 Weeks Or 40 Years?
       There are two ways of living on earth:
       You can grumble or you can be grateful.
       Both habits are powerful. (I’ll explain in awhile.)
       Do you know how long the Israelites travelled from Egypt to the Promised Land? The Bible says it took them 40 Years. I find that weird. Do you know how quickly it should have been?
       The distance from Cairo to Jerusalem is only 391 kilometers. That should have only taken the Israelites 14 days to travel from Egypt to Israel. But why did they take 40 years?
       Let me tell you one major reason: They followed the grumbling path instead of the grateful path.
       And the grumbling path is much longer than the grateful path. 
40 years longer…
       Think about it. They were rescued from 400 years of slavery. But they weren’t grateful. They saw 10 mind-boggling miracles, from water turning into blood, and a staff turning into a snake, and frogs leaping out of the lake… But they weren’t grateful. They crossed the red sea on dry land. But they weren’t grateful. A pillar of fire accompanied them by night and a pillar of smoke accompanied them by day. But they weren’t grateful.
       I don’t know about you, but I want to enter the promised land quickly. And the way to do that is to learn to be grateful.
What do you have that you did not receive? … Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! (1 Corinthians 4:7-8)
Marriages Can’t Be Strong Without Gratitude
Do you know why married people have affairs? It’s not because of sex. It’s because they grumble instead of being grateful.
Your spouse has 90% of what you need.
But because you’re not grateful for that 90%, you search for that missing 10% in a mistress. Someone fresh. Someone prettier. Someone more affectionate. Someone who smells nice.
But when you go home, your wife smells ofpaksiw
She isn’t affectionate because she’s tired, taking care of the kids the entire day.
So you have an affair. At first, it’s exciting. It makes you feel wonderful.
But one day, you’ll wake up and realize you’re holding Miss 10% in your arms. You’ve lost your Miss 90% to get Miss 10%. 
Gratitude Attracts Blessings
I know some people who can’t be grateful today.
They’re waiting for something big to happen for them to be grateful.
Some people say, “I’ll be grateful if I win the Lotto…” Or “I’ll be grateful if I get promoted…” Or “I’ll be very grateful if I have a baby…” Or “I’ll be grateful if I marry someone like Brad Pitt, or John Lloyd, or Bo Sanchez…” (I apologize for my hallucinations.)
Don’t wait to be grateful. Be grateful now!
Why? Because both grumbling and gratitude are a magnet.
Grateful people get more of what they’re grateful for.
If they’re grateful for happiness and love and friendships, they’ll have more happiness and love and friendships. If they’re grateful for financial blessings, they’ll have more financial blessings.
In the same way, grumbling people get more of what they grumble about.
If you grumble about your problems, you’ll have more problems. If you grumble about lack, you have more lack in your life.
Be grateful.
And receive more blessings this 2012.
       May your dreams come true,
       Bo Sanchez

Starting the year with gratefulness and much love for everyone. Welcome 2012:)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best this 2012!