Archives for December 2016

Helpful Ways to Maximize the Efficiency of Your Home and Kitchen Areas


If you own your own home or rent your own apartment you likely spend time cooking in the kitchen and decorating your house. Will all the competing ideas it can be a daunting task to get started on. Consider some of these quick tips and tricks to maximize the efficiency of your home and kitchen.

Redo the floors

If you have carpets or linoleum floors in your kitchen you need to rethink that decision immediately. Tile or wood flooring is the optimal flooring for kitchens and bathrooms. Carpet and linoleum have a porous nature to the material that brings in water and liquids and stains very easily. Tile and hardwood lend themselves perfectly to being cleaned easily and often. Homedepot.com is a great place to start for all your home improvement needs.

Get a robotic vacuum cleaner

If you have wood floors or tile you likely have to sweep them regularly to keep them clean. Have you ever thought about getting a roomba or other comparable robotic vacuum cleaner?

These handy devices sit on their docking stations until they are turned on. Once powered on they use a series of lasers to guide themselves around the room cleaning. While they aren’t great for huge hunks of dirt or clods they will perfectly clean small debris, dust, and pebbles. Once finished they return to their docking stations and continue to charge themselves. They can even be programmed to come on late at night or while you are away at work so you never have to see it. You will just come home to clean floors without ever having to think about it. Consider a robotic vacuum cleaner to cut down on time spent sweeping.

Put your electronics on a timer

Did you know that many household items use electricity even when not in use? Tv’s microwaves, and stereos are prime culprits. Consider putting these on an electrical timer that cuts their power when you are away or asleep. Electrical timers can be a great way to save money on your power bill and reduce the energy you use.

My Uncle’s Profession

My uncle was a professional saxophone player and instructor. He has been dead for almost a year now, and my cousin, his son seems to be following his footsteps. In addition to being a really beautiful sound, the saxophone has a special place in my heart. Whenever I hear a saxophone I think of my uncle and he feels close.

So in order to continue my uncle’s footstep, my father gifted my uncle’s son a tascam cd recorder saxophone on my cousin’s graduation day. He was so excited to use it and quickly played music at family dinner for us. He’s such a sweetheart and me and my family will support him all the way. I am excited to see him be like his father in just few years.

Blood stew, anyone?

Does anyone up for a blood stew? Have you eaten a pork blood stew before? For some of you, you will find it gross that it makes your stomach turn around but it’s quite good actually. When you taste it, you won’t even know its blood. For first timer, my advice is, do not think while eating it!

Pork blood stew or “Dinuguan” as the Filipinos call it is cooked using pork blood and pork meat or some would use pork entrails. To cook this you have to slice the meat into small cubes and set that aside, mince a few gloves of garlic, dice an onion, ginger, and chopped shallots. You can put a tablespoon of vinegar on the blood (optional). To cook this you should preheat the pan. Add two tablespoon of oil, sauté the garlic, onion and ginger then put the pork meat. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Season it with salt, pepper and soy sauce then slowly pour the pork blood while constantly stirring to avoid clumping. Stir it until the blood turns black and reduce it to 40 percent. You can add chopped shallots and voila! Your pork blood stew is served; this is best eaten with “puto” (rice cake)!