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#Recipe of the Day: Baked Pork Chops

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Recipe of the day:

BAKED PORK CHOPS

 

I have recently confessed that I am a pork-lover, sorry to my dear friends who doesn’t eat pork because of their religion or whatever their reason would be, but today I’ll be sharing a pork chop recipe.

 

This is another quick and easy to prepare recipe. My whole family loves pork, me being the top fan. 🙂

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Pork Chops
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (Some may not be familiar, but you can actually buy this at the grocery stores.)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (You can use the rest of the lemon in your drinking water.)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (Brown sugar is sweeter than your ordinary white/refined sugar.)
  • 2 tbsps ketchup

 

What are we waiting for…

 

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat the oven for 15 minutues.
  2. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar and ketchup.
  3. Lay your pork chops in a baking dish.
  4. Spread the pork chops with ½ of your sauce mixture.
  5. Bake the pork chops in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan and turn the pork chops.
  7. Spread them with the remaining sauce.
  8. Bake again for 30 minutes.

 

Once done, go run for steamed rice and enjoy your baked pork chops! I guess you can try this recipe with chicken, too, but you need to lessen the cooking time since chicken cooks easily than pork chops. Share and let me know your experiences by commenting below. Thanks!

 

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Posted in Lifestyle, Sports/Activities

BEST Center Gives Back to the Community

The Basketball Efficiency & Scientific Training (BEST) Center, Philippines’ premiere basketball clinic, gave underprivileged kids the chance to enhance their basketball skills during a free two-day workshop held at Barangay Milagrosa, Project 4, Quezon City. The event was held as part of BEST Center’s community development program through sports.

 

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Participants were taught the basics of playing basketball in a scientific way, such as handling, dribbling, shooting, and passing. After the workshop, they were encouraged to continually practice these techniques to improve their game.

 

“BEST Center has always been an advocate of sports development especially in the grassroots level. It is our hope that by reaching out to the Filipino children through our clinics, we can inspire more kids to get into sports and lead an active healthy lifestyle,” said BEST Center founder Coach Nic Jorge.

 

The BEST Center clinics teaches kids the fundamentals of basketball and helps them develop good character and values such as discipline, sportsmanship and camaraderie through their interaction with coaches, instructors, classmates, and peers. Founded in 1978, BEST Center is an award-winning basketball clinic inducted in the Philippine Sportswriter Association Hall of Fame in 2007 for pioneering scientific approach of basketball training in the country.

 

Since its establishment, BEST Center has produced a string of top national cagers, including Chris Tiu and Keifer Ravena. The clinic has also expanded to offer volleyball training for girls. For more information on BEST Center’s classes and tournaments, visit its Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc-66172039922 or call telephone nos. 411-6260 and 372-3066 or telefax 372-3065. You may also inquire via email at bestcenter@gmail.com.

 


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#Recipe of the Day: Crunchy Baked Tilapia

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Recipe of the day:

Crunchy Baked Tilapia

 

We are used to eating deep fried tilapia or grilled tilapia, but have you ever tried baking one that is also crunchy as good as deep fried? You gotta try it! It’s good and less calories!

 

What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • tilapia fillets
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup corn meal
  • ½ tsp oregano, finely chopped

 

Let’s get started!

  1. Pre-heat oven for 15 minutes.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy and frothy.
  4. Get another bowl, combine bread crumbs, corn meal and oregano (either fresh or dried).
  5. Start breading the tilapia fillets. Dip first in flour (shake excess off), then dip in egg whites, and finally to the bread crumbs mixture.
  6. Spray baking pan with cooking spray/oil. Lay the fillets flat on the pan. Cover with aluminum foil for even baking.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

 

This dish is best served with steamed rice and atchara (a pickle made from unripe papaya). I’ll share with you how to make an atchara soon! For now, enjoy your meal! 🙂

 

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Posted in Facts & Random Thoughts, Family & Parenting, Lifestyle

Studying in School and at Home: A Redundancy?

With my 30+ years of existence, it’s only now that I’ve come to realize a certain redundancy in studying. We go or send our kids to school to study and learn, and then when we reach home, we have to study again what we have learned in school…and also have some advance lessons for tomorrows. Sometimes, there are assignments or homeworks to do, to be checked and would be taught the following day.

 

Isn’t it redundancy?  I mean, why can’t we just study these textbooks or theoretical stuffs in school and then learn other things at home (sewing, cooking, carpentry, art works, etc.) or have bonding with the family. I’m sharing my thoughts in behalf of preschoolers and grade-schoolers. It somehow feels that we are getting their childhood from them by confining them to so many hours a day studying both at home and in school.

 

I am not saying this because I don’t like teaching my kid at home. I DO. We all do. Why? Because we wanted them to excel when they are at school. We don’t want them to be the least among the students. So we review them. But sometimes, you can observe that your kids look tired, restless or uninterested to do reviews (maybe) after school. And all they wanted to do is to relax, sleep or play.

 

I don’t know. This is my opinion. You have yours. And you can share it with us, too.

 

I like the schools who have rules that there should be no assignments to be brought at home. I think that is fair enough for the children to relax and rest after a day at school. I also appreciate those schools who don’t require kids to do projects at home (rather in school), because there is 70% (I guess) that those projects will only be done (or with the help) by their parents or brothers and sisters or whoever their guardian or tutor is. I think there are a few schools here in the Philippines who practices that.

 

But anyway, what can I do but to “follow” the “tradition” sending your kids to study in school and review them for past and future lessons at home (after school). Maybe I’ll just have to find ways to make our review session a fun one yet he could easily understand and retain things in his mind. I am not yet a “pro” on this so I am open to your suggestions and feel free to share your experiences or thoughts on these.

 

As of this day, what I do is to draw and do some writing activities ahead so that when it’s our “review time” at home, he’ll have some papers to answer. And then we run through any errors encountered and have some advanced lessons.

 

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Disclaimer: I did these worksheets quickly so please do not judge my drawings. I can do better than these. Haha! 🙂

 

I am “planning” to do some printable activities or worksheets for preschoolers so that I can share them with you, too.

 

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So, for now, all I can say is good luck to you and your kids as well. Share your thoughts and comment below. Have good one!

 

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Mobile Game Review: Bakery Story

I could say I’m an “addict” of mobile games, but I SUPER HATE game requests and notifications on Facebook. They are annoying. They fill up most of my notifications that I find a hard time browsing the important ones. And I hate it when there are new game requests from my Facebook friends that I need to restrict or block again so as it won’t be included in my notification feed.

 

Hey, friends, we do not have the same tastes on mobile games and apps. I don’t want to be rude or something but I can browse and install any game I would like to play. You can suggest a good game but please DO NOT FLOOD my notif feed requesting to play with you on a particular game/s OVER and OVER!

 

Okay, this shouldn’t actually be a rant, rather, I would like to share would you one good mobile game that I’ve been playing for the past 2-3 months. It’s called BAKERY STORY.

 

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This ONLY an online game. Meaning, you cannot play without an internet connection. The TOP thing I like about this game is that you can have online friends who can play with you and help you accomplish your goals without asking or requesting to gain friends from Facebook.

 

As seen from the title, this is a baking game in which you design your own restaurant or café and bake food, brew drinks,  etc.

 

And as mentioned, you can add friends online through the game itself who obviously like, play and have interest in this game, too. They are also real people playing the game from different parts of the world whom you can chat or interact with through wall posts. You and your friends can accomplish the goals of the game by requesting parts (like materials in building an oven) and sharing in-game gifts. You get a summary of these notifications every time you log in to the game.

 

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It’s up to you if you’ll either accept or decline the requests. Of course, I usually do accept so that my requests would also be reciprocated. It’s a give and take thing.

 

On the baking side, you get to enjoy various baked goodies and drinks as well as earn awards and get promoted. Some little accomplishments that keeps you going in the game…and crave for MORE. 😃

 

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The only “hard” thing about this game is earning much money for expansion. (Option: install other Storm8 games to earn gems to be used for the expansion.) But for me, it’s tolerable because that is what keeps you going on playing this game, right? Otherwise, if you can instantly get all you need for expansion and all, you can finish the game in no time and what’s next? Uninstall right away? Or give comments and feedbacks that the game is so easy to finish and that there are no more expansion updates or whatsoever? Think.

 

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It’s a user-friendly, easy to play and understand game. It’s a healthy escape from your daily routines. I could say, it is both entertaining and challenging. It can be played by kids and grown ups…uhmm..like me. Haha!

 

My only suggestion for now… I hope you can choose in which counter you would like to put your baked goodies especially if you have different designs of counters. Like dimsums for dimsum counters, or wherever you would freely like to put them. Other than this, I’m perfectly fine with the game. I will not delete it…so far. Haha!

 

If you are encouraged by my post, feel free to try it too. 😊 HAPPY PLAYING!

 

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#Recipe of the Day: Coleslaw

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Recipe of the day:

MISS DONYA’S COLESLAW

I have a simple side dish happiness to share. I’m a fan of KFC’s coleslaw. I don’t know but it really goes well with their hot and crispy chicken. It balances all the flavors in your mouth. Do you feel the same way, too?

Now, I’ll be sharing with you a delish coleslaw recipe I have which you can combine with your fried menus.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 head cabbage, shredded/coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp pickles relish
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp pickles’ juice
  • 2 tbsp cane vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

 

Time to make the COLESLAW!

 

How? Just combine and toss everything! Next, cover and refrigerate overnight. Super EASY! Enjoy!!!

 

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