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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mom's Oven --- All Summer Squash Pizza


Having fresh vegetables from the garden and cooking them at once is really a healthy option to do.  All the nutritional benefits provided by each vegetable we gather are well appreciated on the table.  Aside from this, we don't need to buy these vegetables in the grocery store.  It's being healthy wise and saving wisely at the same time.


Golden Egg Summer Squash Plants


Saffron Summer Squash Plants


Zucchini Plants

Cucurbitaceous Family of Vegetables
They are *low in calories, but high in Vitamin A and C that can help protect from heart disease and stroke and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Its fiber also helps promote colon health and has been linked to cancer prevention.  It also contains Vitamin C and lutein which is excellent for the eyes and helps reduce bruising.



                                  http://www.gardeningchannel.com/?s=health+benefits+of+zucchini


ALL SUMMER SQUASH PIZZA
Almost everybody loves to eat pizza. It’s a cool thing to make your own pizza.  Making my own pizza has never been so hard with this easy recipe I prepared. In addition, I have this mini electric cooking appliance named, Xpress Redi Set Go, that is really so easy to use and easy to clean.  I don't have to use my oven to cook these few tortillas.  Enjoy this delicious, nutritious, and crispy pizza on your table.

Ingredients:
1 c.     mixed summer squash vegetables  (diced)
1c.      Kraft Mozzarella w/ Philadelphia cream cheese
1 bot. 24 oz. Ragu super chunky mushroom sauce (2 tbsp / pizza)
4 pc.  small Mission flour tortilla (20 ct)
1 pc.  small onion (diced)
4 pc.  precooked bacon (1 pc / flour tortilla)
          Italian seasoning
          basil leaves
          ground pepper
          no-stick cooking spray
          Xpress-Redi-Set-Go cooker or any non-stick cooking pan

Preparation Time:  30 minutes

Cooking Time:  5 minutes / pizza

Instructions:
1) Spray the appliance with no stick cooking spray before  preheating it.  Plug in and set the timer to 10 minutes for      preheating.
2) Set one piece of flour tortilla on a plate.  First, spread 2 tbsp of Ragu sauce and then ¼ cup of mixed summer squash vegetables and some onion on top of it.
3) Cut one precooked bacon into small pieces and spread it over. Top with ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese.
4) Sprinkle a dash of Italian seasoning, basil leaves, and ground  pepper on top of the mozzarella cheese.
5) Set  the prepared pizza on the electric cooker, cover it, and set  the timer for 5 minutes.  
6) While it is cooking, prepare another flour tortilla on a plate.   Do the same procedure from 2 to 4 until the timer rings.  Remove the cooked pizza and put on a serving plate. Then set  the prepared pizza on the cooker and set again the
timer for 5 minutes. Do the rest. Serve while it is hot.
  

Servings:  4




All Summer Squash Pizza

Please see  about planting other vegetables and trees  - The Garden (2012), The Garden (2013), and other recipes using these all summer squash vegetables:



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“Cooking doesn’t only involve knowing what and how to cook and prepare  all the ingredients, but also how much you love to cook for somebody ."  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My hands can do this --- Porch Flower Arrangement


Flowers do attract the eyes of any beholder especially, if they are arranged well in a vase or set in any space. Its nice scent fills the air and lifts up our spirit. It provides peace and harmony in a relationship and gives good ambience and color in our surroundings.  


PORCH FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

Materials:
9 x 4 inch rectangular floral foam (new or used)
small nails
cut, dried branches
fresh flowers of your choice
garden stretch ties
plastic mesh or net (new or used)
chicken wires
needle nose plier
hammer
tape measure
spray bottle of water

Level of Difficulty - easy

Instructions:



Cut long branches from the hedge and form them into circle.  Tie the ends with chicken wire to form a wreath. Hang them for many weeks to dry. 


Hedge




Curving of Dried Stems
After drying, trim the small stems and leaves around.  If there is a long stem curving nicely, don’t cut it because it can be considered a good design of the wreath.


Positioning the Wreath on Post

Position the wreath where it can be seen eye-leveled to the viewer when hanged. Mark both the bottom and top area where to hammer the nails. Be sure that the distance between two nails measures 10 inches.   Hammer the first two nails into where the marks are. Be sure that they are at the center of the post. Hammer also another nail in the middle of both two nails. Cut four 10-inch chicken wires. Attach the first wreath on the nails by using two pre-cut chicken wires.  Tie them tightly with a needle nose plier.  Get another dried wreath, attach it to the first wreath and then coil the chicken wires around the nails.



 Positioning the Wreath on Post
Put the floral form inside a plastic mesh and afterwards position it against the middle nail on the post.  Cut two 30-inch stretch ties and tie them around the floral foam to further hold it. Spray the floral foam with water before attaching the flowers.


Gathering of Flowers
Gather any flowers of your choice as many as you can. Since we have many beautiful sunflower plants in the garden, I used them to make this project. From the flower base, provide 2-inch allowance before cutting the stem. Retain its leaves, if possible. If the stem of the flower is not that sturdy to easily poke into the floral foam, you can use a small stick and attach it to the stem with a bread tie.  Poke each flower beginning from the top going down to its sides and front area making a round or oval shape flower arranging.   Though sunflowers are really beautiful, they are very pliable and don’t last longer.  But I made sunflowers as my symbol of hope and life to represent as my logo under my sitemap in this website.  Other flowers I used are shown below:


Porch Flower Arrangement - Mums


Porch Flower Arrangement - Roses

Please see my other flower arrangements:
   Nativity Portrait                                                                       
   White Christmas Flower Arranging                                       


Sunday, July 7, 2013

My Lord says ... Luke 10:1-12, 17-20


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit.  He said to them,  

“The harvest is abundant, 
but the laborers are few;  
so ask the master of the harvest 
to send out laborers for his harvest.  
Go on your way;  behold, 
I am sending you like lambs among wolves."

Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;  and greet no one along the way.  Into whatever house you enter, first say,  “Peace to this household.”  If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him;  but if not, it will return to you.  Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment.  Do not move about from one house to another.  Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it, and say to them,  “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.”  Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say,  “The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.”  Yet know this:  the kingdom of God is at hand.  I tell you,  “It will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.” 

The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said,  “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”  Jesus said,  “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.  Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”


MINISTRY

There are different kinds of ministry – healing ministry, pastoral ministry, public ministry, spiritual ministry, singing ministry, etc.  Whatever ministry we choose to join in and whoever we are, each of us can be a minister of God in every areas of where we are presently in, whether at home, school, work, and organization.  To be of service to others for the glory of God entails a lot of sacrifices, hard work, determination, commitment, and perseverance in the midst of trials and struggles.  We can be often rejected by others who don’t accept the Gospel, or even by our own family members.  We can also be insulted and humiliated in the midst of performing our ministry,  as well as, create enemies even among our own friends.   Despite of  heart-breaking struggles in our life,  we are not alone because the Holy Spirit dwells within us through the power of prayer.  We can do our chosen ministry in different areas, like as follows:

Home  - We can become good ministers of God if we do our responsibilities to our own children.  In spite of our busyness at work or business, quality time at home is still the most important to set for our children. Providing our children’s needs is not the only important responsibility we need to achieve, but more of instilling them good spiritual and moral values.  Good examples are:  teaching how to pray, especially the Holy Rosary, joining them in religious organizations, bringing them to Sunday mass, spiritual retreat events, altar service training,  etc.  These can help us nurture our children to the straight path God has intended them to go and become what God ought them to be. 

School – Children can become good ministers of God, if they show good examples to their classmates and teachers by doing their assignments everyday, studying diligently,  submitting any required class projects on time, participating actively in school activities, etc.  That’s why good manners and right conduct evaluation are done and shown in every  child’s report card to give importance to this area.  Part of nurturing our children to righteousness can be attained with the help of their teachers who serve as role models to our children. Teachers are second mothers to our children.

Work –  Working in harmony with co-workers can already show that being a minister of God is rewarding.  We can earn the respect of our co-workers due to our righteous manner of how we deal and solve problems in the work area.  We can earn the respect of our co-workers due to our being punctual in coming to work, following the company’s policies and procedures, maintaining honesty, doing hard work,  etc.  Conflicts and intrigues among work associates can happen in any work environment.  It is where the battleground for spiritual ministry should begin.

Organization -  Commitment, sacrifices, hard work, and cooperation among members to maintain a good organizational level of management whether in a profit or non-profit organization, is very important to achieve the goals.  In addition, honesty, determination, and perseverance in every detail of the problems, is needed to surpass the obstacles.  Everyone works with the right motive and mindset.  Each one works for the good of all and not for oneself only.  Believe that this ministry is not ours, but Christ’s.



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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."



Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My hands can do this --- Sassy Child Skirt


Little girls are really nice to dress up like dolls.  This beautifully designed skirt will catch every mother’s eyes because it really makes a big difference in itself.  When combine even with a simple blouse, this beautiful, sassy skirt still stands out and really adds a new style to your own child’s fashion craze.


Sassy Child Skirt (1)


Sassy Child Skirt (2)


 Sassy Child Skirt (3)



*SASSY CHILD SKIRT


Materials:
(1) Caron Simply Soft , 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz, Dark Sage
(1) Caron Simply Soft , 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz, Baby Brights Ombre
       crochet hook size – F5 /  3.75mm

Measurements:                        Child                              Project 
Age of Child –                       2 years and 7 months
Height –                                 36 inches                            11 inches
Waist –                                  20 inches                             20 inches
Hips –                                    21 inches                             22 inches
Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(ch)    chain                                                              
(sc)     single crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(sl st)  slip stitch     
(sp)     space
(dec)   decrease
(YO)   yarn over
(pc)     popcorn
                       
Special Instructions:
(dec) – decrease -  (YO twice and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops. YO and insert hook in next (dc).  Pull up loop and draw through 2 loops.  Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
(hdc) – half-double crochet – YO and insert hook in same (sc). Pull up loop and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
(pc) – popcorn – (4 (dc) in next (2 ch-sp).   Remove hook from loop and insert in 1st (dc).  Pull up loop of last (dc) and draw through 1st  (dc).  Pull yarn to tighten (pc) and press  outward.
Note: Always count all the stitches before going to the next round.

Instructions:
Bottom Side– Dark Sage
1st Rnd – Make 108 (ch) and (sl st) on the beginning (ch) to connect. Be sure that the chains are in one direction to avoid misalignment of stitches. [5 (Ch), skip 2 (ch), and (sl st) on next (ch)]  34X.  5 (Ch), skip last 2 (ch), and (sl st) on the last (ch).  Don’t hide the excess yarn.
Result – 35 (5 ch-sp) or loops

2nd to 4 th Rnd -  (Sl st) on next 3 (ch). [5 (Ch), skip middle of chains, and (sc) on the middle of the next (5 ch-sp) or loop] 34 X.  5 (Ch), skip the last middle of chains, and (sc) on   the 3rd (ch) of beginning loop of previous  rnd.
Result – 35 (5 ch-sp) or loops

5th Rnd – Make (ch).  5 (Sc) on first (5 ch-sp).  Skip (sc). [5 (Sc) on next (5 ch-sp). Skip (sc)] 34X. (Sl st) on beginning (sc).
Result – 175 (sc)

6th Rnd – (Sl st) on next 2 (sc).  (Hdc), 3 (dc), and (hdc) on same (sp). Skip (sc). (Sl st) on next (sc). These stitches become the first petal design counted as one. [(Sl st) on next 3 (sc).  (Hdc), 3 (dc), and (hdc) on same (sp).  Skip (sc). (Sl st) on next (sc)] 34X. Extend an extra yarn, cut, tie it twice, and hide the excess yarn.
Result – 35 petals 
Upper Side – Baby Brights Ombre
1st Rnd -  At the 1st Rnd of the Bottom Side, insert  the baby brights ombre yarn into the (2 ch-sp) of the green yarn (where the excess yarn is) and tie them together twice. (Sl st) on first (2 ch-sp) and hide the excess yarns as you begin crocheting. Make (pc) on same (sp).  2 (Ch) and skip (sl st). [(Pc) on next (2 ch-sp).  2 (Ch) and skip (sl st)] 34X.  (Sl st) on beginning (pc).   
Result – 35 (pc) and 35 (2 ch-sp)

2nd to 8th Rnd – (Sl st) on first (2 ch-sp). (Pc) on same (sp), 2 (ch), and skip next (pc). [(Pc) on next (2 ch-sp). 2 (Ch) and skip next (pc)] 34X. (Sl st) on beginning (pc).  
Result –   35 (pc) and 35 (2 ch-sp)

Connecting Another Yarn Color – Dark Sage
1st Rnd – Insert the dark sage yarn into the loop of the baby brights ombre and pull to tighten it.  Tie them together twice.  Extend an extra yarn of the baby brights ombre and then cut.  Hide the excess yarns as you begin crocheting. (Sl st) on first (2 ch-sp) and make 3 (ch) on same (sp).  2 (Dc) on same (sp) and skip next (pc).  [3 (Dc) on next (2 ch-sp) and skip next (pc)]  34X. (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 105 (dc)

2nd to 6th Rnd – Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on next 104 (dc). (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result – 105 (dc)

7th Rnd – Make 3 (ch).  (Dc) on next 2 (dc) and (dec).  [(Dc) on next 3 (dc) and (dec)]  20X.  (Sl st) on beginning 3 (ch).
Result -  63 (dc) and 21 (dec)

8th Rnd  Make 3 (ch). (Dc) on next 2 (dc). (Dc) on (dec). [(Dc) on next 3 (dc). (Dc) on next (dec)] 20X. (Ch) and then turn around.
Result – 84 (dc)

9th Rnd – Make (sc) on first (dc).  (Sc) on next 83 (dc).  (Ch) and then turn around.
Result – 84 (sc)

10th Rnd -  Make (sc) on first (sc). (Sc) on next 83 (sc). (Ch) and then turn around. Don’t cut the yarn yet.
Result – 84 (sc)

Connecting Another Yarn Color – Baby Brights Ombre
11th Rnd - Insert the baby brights ombre yarn into the loop of the dark sage yarn and pull to tighten it.  Tie them together twice.  Extend an extra yarn of the dark sage yarn and then cut.  Hide the excess yarns as you begin crocheting. (Sl st) on first (sc) and make (pc) on same (sp). Push the stitches outward as you tighten it.  2 (Ch) and skip 2 (sc).  [(Pc) on next (sc).  Push the stitches outward as you tighten it. 2 (Ch) and skip next 2 (sc)]  25X. (Pc) on next (sc).  2 (Ch) and skip (sc). (Pc) on last (sc). (Ch) and then turn around.
Result –  28 (pc) and 28 (2 ch-sp)

12th Rnd – (Sl st) on first (2 ch-sp). (Pc) on same (sp), 2 (ch), and skip next (pc). [(Pc) on next (2 ch-sp), 2 (ch), and skip next (pc)] 27X.  Turn around.
Result –   28 (pc) and 27 (2 ch-sp)

Connecting Another Yarn Color – Dark Sage
13th Rnd – Insert the dark sage yarn into the loop of baby brights ombre and pull to tighten it. Tie them together twice.  Extend an extra yarn of the baby brights ombre yarn and then cut.  Hide the excess yarns as you begin crocheting. (Sl st) on first (2 ch-sp) and make (ch). 4 (Sc) on same (sp).  Skip (pc).  [3 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp). Skip next (pc)]  12X. 4 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp). Skip next (pc). [3 (Sc) on next (2 ch-sp). Skip next (pc)]  12X. 4 (Sc) on last (2 ch-sp). (Ch) and then turn around.
Result – 84  (sc)

14th to 15th Rnd – (Sc) on first (sc). (Sc) on next 83 (sc). (Ch) and then turn around.
Result – 84  (sc)

Making of a Tie – Baby Brights Ombre
Measure (12)  20 inches of yarn strands. Insert 2 yarn strands each into the 2 holes of the (sc), both upper sides. Insert 2 yarn strands each into the holes of the (sc), both bottom sides. In summary, there are a total of 8 strands in both upper sides while there are only a total of 4 yarn strands in both bottom sides. Tie them to make a bow or ribbon to close the skirt at the back.   



Sassy Child Skirt (4)


Sassy Child Skirt (5)


Sassy Child Skirt (6)
Whatever kind of blouse you partner with this cute, sassy skirt, surely they blend well together with style. 



*This project was featured also in my crochet designer's profile as "Sassy Little Skirt" on All Free Crochet.