Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Welcome to 2009

From the family Cottrill to yours, Happy new Year to everyone!
I found this Recipe for a happy New Year at appleseeds.org...
Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cedar-Planked Salmon with Pinot Noir Sauce

Here's an entertaining recipe that you and your guest would surely love. I got their recipe from cooking club to which I am a member. You might wanna try making this one day.

The next time you need an elegant and impressive dinner party dish, try planking. In this technique, salmon is cooked on a cedar board, imbuing it with rich, smoky flavor. Here the fish is paired with a velvety Pinot Noir-based sauce, which you can make the day before. Be sure to start soaking the planks the night before, too.

Here's how:


2 (16x8-inch) untreated cedar planks
1 cup fresh thyme sprigs
4 (12-oz.) salmon fillets with skin (about 2 inches thick)
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
1/4 cup butter4 (6-oz.) bags baby spinach

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Cards

Welcome to my new blog, for a starter, I am sharing the Christmas cards we've received in the snail mail from friends and family.

During special occasions like Valentines day, birthdays and anniversaries, Christmas and other celebrations, I prefer receiving cards more than gifts. I always told my husband that, cards are lasting rembrance that you could reminisce over time. Here are the cards we got this yuletide season...
This is from my loving husband. He wrote "Thank you Hon for the wonderful life you have given me" inside... Gave me teary eyes when I read it...

This is the one I gave him..
This one is from our very good friends from blogosphere Demcy and Greg with a newsletter in it. I love this Idea manang, I think I may have to steal it when we get back to mainland hehehe..
This one is from the godmother of our son from Germany. Fe and Mike are having twins. Welcome and goodluck to parenthood/momhood mads!
We got this one from my husband's teenhood friend Joe Destefano. I always like their personalized Christmas card with their three sons.
This one came all the way from the Philippines from our close friend Ate Chay
This one is from my sister in law and Gail.. We miss you guys a lot!
We got this one from our neighbor back in West Virginia, the Fancher family..
Ate Emily gave us this one. She's from Korea but she's in the Philippines right now enjoying her vacation..
This one is from my close friend back in West Virginia. Im so sorry Manay for your loss, I know its hard. I been there so I know how it feels.
So there you go friends... I will leave you A question, do you prefer gifts during Christmas? Do you care much about Christmas Cards?

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