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Pansit Miki Guisado

What did you get your Mom for Mother’s Day? A cake, a bouquet of flowers, or the latest brand of cell phones? Or did you treat your mom to a sumptuous meal in her favorite restaurant.

When I was young, it was my mother who treats us during Mother’s Day. She would cook Pansit Miki or spaghetti and banana cake for the occasion (and for other special family gatherings that require her cooking expertise).

Here’s my simple version of Pansit Miki :


Miki noodles
Diced tofu
Chopped cabbage
Julienned carrots
Chopped spring Onion
Pepper, Salt


Saute garlic and onion, add in diced tofu. Add ½ cup water and seasoning (salt, pepper), bring to a boil. Add in carrots, miki noodles and chopped cabbage. Stir. Simmer for a few minutes and serve. You can add strips of chicken or diced pork or shrimp. You can pair pansit with fried fish, chicken or pork dish.

Anniversary Ideas on a Budget

Your bank account may not be large but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun, whimsical, and romantic evening with your love to celebrate your life together. Anniversaries let you show the person you whom you have decided to spend the rest of your life with just how much you love them. The following ideas prove that you don’t need a lot of money to celebrate the day with the love of your life.

Look Within your Community
Far too often, we are under the misconception that the exciting things to do take place outside our own towns and cities. This couldn’t be further from the truth and most areas, even small towns, have something fun that you can do during your anniversary celebration. If your city has a local theater, for example, consider comparing their schedule to your anniversary. Local theater is generally more affordable, and the more people that support their local theater the better it is for the community.

Grab a Bite to Eat
One of the most common ways to celebrate an anniversary is dining out. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend half your weekly paycheck on a pretentious and snooty restaurant. There are several others options, such as seafood restaurants in Allen TX, that provide delicious food in a fun and more relaxed atmosphere. For an even more affordable option, consider fixing your love their favorite food in the comfort of your own home. You can make it more romantic by diming the lights, turn on some soft music, and lighting candles.

Consider an Experience instead of Gifts
Instead of spending money on materialistic items, why not take what each of you would spend on one another and use that for an experience. Taking a painting or ceramic class together, going ice skating, touring a local historical site, or wine tasting are all experiences that will create lasting memories for you and your partner.

Think Outside the Box
Just because there are certain actions associated with anniversary celebrations, such as expensive gifts and long weekends away, doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do. Do something that others are not. Instead of dinner, take your love to a sundae bar to enjoy a sweet treat with your sweet.

The important thing to consider is that it really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are with your love and having fun together.

Simple spaghetti recipe for my boy’s 18th birthday

I cooked spaghetti for K’s 18th birthday today. I used the spaghetti noodles and sweet sauce package from UFC.

The other ingredients include:

1/2 kilogram ground pork, 1 can mushroom (chopped), shredded carrots, minced red bell pepper, garlic, white or yellow onion, salt and pepper, cup of water, grated cheese.

Procedure is so simple.

In a large pot, boil 5 or more cups of water. Add a pinch of salt and little cooking oil prior to boiling. Add the spaghetti noodles and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Occasionally stir. Drain and rinse in running water for a couple of minutes.

For the sauce. Saute garlic and onion, add ground pork. Add salt and pepper. Let it simmer until the ground pork turns a little brown. Add water and simmer for a few minutes. You can now add the chopped mushroom, shredded carrots and minced red bell pepper. Simmer. Add the sweet spaghetti sauce and grated cheese. Simmer. And serve.

We were planning to have a double celebration on August 4 – K’s birthday and his big sister’s graduation day. 🙂