May 12, 2016

DIY Kitchen Organizers


Daddy A loves to cook and bake. So I can say that kitchen is one of his favorite spots at our home.


That's why the kitchen will be the next area we will renovate after our living room. But have noticed we have a lots of kitchen utensils that needs to be organized. So now, let me share some do it your self (DIY) kitchen organizers.

Cookware and pan organizers

This pull-out cabinet organizer is perfect in our kitchen since we have many pans. Also since you can pull and extend it, you will have easy access to cookwares.

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I like this pegboard pot organizer. I can place it inside the cabinet or just hang it on the wall.

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Or simply use an adjustable organizers like this.

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Same with baking pans, you can use adjustable organizers.

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Dish Organizers

If you have drawers, this is perfect. So nice, I'll make sure we'll include additional drawers when we have our kitchen renovation.

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If you have drawers, this vertical rack will also do.

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Or this hanging plate rack. So nice, but I'll wait till my son grows up. You know, kids are always curious and clumsy, haha!

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Kitchen utensil organizers

For the knives, you can use this usual organizer.

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Or this wall mount knife rack.

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But I prefer to keep them safe with the other utensils like the spoons and forks inside the drawer. To keep it away from the eyes of my curious kid.

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Daddy will surely love this. DIY measuring cups organizers with measurement chart.

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Chopping boards can be stores like this using a rack mount on the door's back.

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Spice organizers

We need a spice organizer like this rack because Daddy loves to cook and he has buys many spices. 

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This recycled crate spice rack that can be mounted on the wall is perfect too.

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Or neatly keep them inside a drawer like this.

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Or put them at the back of the door's cabinet like this.

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 But I like this the most. DIY test tube spice rack. Perfect for us since we are both chemist, haha.

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Pantry organizers

If you are like us who store goods at home like canned food, this DIY canned food dispenser is love.

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Or store them neatly using  clear jars and baskets with labels. So organized right?

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You can organize your pantry this way too with this full extension drawer slides.

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Kitchen appliances organizers

You can also use pull out shelves to store kitchen appliances for easy access and to save space if you have a small kitchen like us.

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 Or on metal kitchen shelves like this.

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But this is my ultimate organizer peg. All in one kitchen organizer.

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Whew! I have shared a lot but this one can store everything above, haha! Though I think, I have a smaller version of that cabinet organizer. 

Before you do your kitchen renovation, let me just share what I just read. Did you know that the stove must not put across the sink? Take a look at this.
According to Feng Shui for homes, the stove is a source of the fire element and if it is placed across the sink, the fire energy will be drained, almost immediately, from our home. So make sure to place the stove on the opposite side.

Wow, that was fun! Can't wait to have our kitchen renovation. 
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May 4, 2016

Sizzling Tokwa Ala Chemist Dad


Last weekends we celebrated Mommy’s birthday. Mama, Papa and my Sister visited us and instead of bringing them to somewhere for lunch Mommy and I prepared fried chicken, pan-grilled liempo, and sizzling tofu.

Sizzling Tokwa


The last one captured the attention of our visitors. They can’t imagine that it was just tokwa and it will cost about 50 pesos to cook for this dish. They asked me how it was prepared for they wanted to try it when they go back home.




Sizzling Tokwa

This dish is somewhat similar to what Max’s Restaurant offered.



Ingredients

Here is my version.



SIZZLING TOFU ALA CHEMIST DAD

Ingredients:

1 block Chinese tofu or tokwa
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green siling pangsigang
1 medium-sized onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup Ladies Choice Real Mayonnaise
½ cup water
2-3 tbsp oyster sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooking oil for frying and sauteeing.

Direction:

Fry Chinese tofu or tokwa until all sides become golden brown. Drain excess oil using paper towel then chop into about ¼” cubes.
Saute onion and garlic.
Add bell pepper.
Pour in water, mayonnaise, and oyster sauce.
Simmer until no more lumps of mayonnaise is observed.
Add tokwa, salt and pepper.
Simmer until sauce thickens. Set aside.
Heat a greased sizzling plate.
Pour in the tokwa mixture.
Remove from heat sprinkle chopped siling pangsigang and serve immediately.

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April 18, 2016

The Food We Eat: Is your child safe from toxins?


Daddy A and I cook all our family's meal everyday. 


We want to make that our son eats safe and healthy food.


However, even though we cook our own food, we aren't sure if our son will be safe from toxins. Apparently, most of our vegetables and meats came from market of unknown source. And our kids are vulnerable to toxins coming from the food that they eat.

With that let me share this good information to learn more about food safety especially for our kids.

From the Press Release Kit:

The food we eat may have toxins that can pose serious health risks particularly among our children who are most vulnerable.

To provide for the increased demand for food, conventional commercial farming resort to artificial growth-promoting hormones and synthetic pest control substances such as pesticides and herbicides for faster production of crops, meat and dairy products. While adults have developed immune system to help fight these toxins, children are defenseless because of their immature organs and systems.

“Several studies have linked the harmful effects of chemical residues in food to pesticides. These chemicals are increasingly found in the food we eat and have been linked to the rising incidence of developmental disorders among children such as autism and ADHD, immune disorders such as allergy and asthma, as well as metabolic disorders leading to obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life,” said Edwin Feist, Chairman and CEO of ANTECH, Inc., the distribution and marketing partner of the largest global producer of organic food, HiPP Germany.

The World Health Organization reveals chemical contaminants significantly contribute to foodborne diseases, which is linked to child mortality globally. Artificial growth promoting hormones and prophylactic antibiotics regularly used in small doses to fatten up farm animals and to increase production of cow's milk used as raw materials for milk and dairy in conventional farming, coupled with feeds that have pesticide residue and GMOs may be detrimental to our children's health and cognitive development.

Exposure to pesticide residue that may be present in conventional food and dairy products like cheese and milk, even in low doses is particularly damaging to children because it is the timing of exposure and not the dose that makes it poisonous.

Ingestion of these harmful pollutants through food may bring irreversible and lifelong harm to children’s health and cognitive development, which may lead to learning disabilities and developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD.

“One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure of children to these harmful substances is giving them organic food. Organic farming does not use synthetic growth-promoting hormones, antibiotic for prophylactic purposes among farm animals, and GMOs are prohibited, thus avoiding toxin residue that may be present in conventionally-grown food,” said Feist.

The production of organic food begins from the selection of farmland, ensuring that the soil is free from pesticides and harmful chemicals. Animals are fed with organic feeds and pesticide free crops and are raised using natural methods; prohibiting use of artificial growth promoting hormones and antibiotics unless for treatment of disease. The produce like meat and dairy products are then tested from detectable residue of pollutants and made sure to comply with organic standards before being sold in the market or used as raw materials. When cows get sick and are given antibiotics, they are cared for in isolation and are tested to be free from antibiotic residue before returning to the herd.

Simply put, organic food produced through organic farming minimizes the risk of exposing children to harmful chemicals that may affect their health and intelligence. Without foreign chemicals negatively interacting with its pure nutrients, organic food has greater nutritional value. It has more antioxidants that help boost children’s immune system, higher Omega 3 that supports heart and brain development, and more mineral content like zinc and iron.

With the knowledge that food may be exposed to toxin residue, it is important to make an informed choice about your children's nutrition.  Ensure the good health of your family and give your children a good start by choosing organic.

After reading this, Daddy and I will definitely push through with our organic garden at home. Will share that with you soon :)

Have a Blessed week everyone!

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April 15, 2016

Spring Break Travel Must Haves


For those who are living in countries with spring season, it's the perfect to to plan a trip or travel out of town. Spring is great time to enjoy the sun and nature to create wonderful memories with families and friends.

But before you plan a trip, here are a checklist spring break travel must haves.

Hat
A simple newsboy hat is alright for both ladies and gents. Other hats is okay as long as it will protect the face from the sun and hair from the wind.


Tops
White shirts is a must when preparing for the spring travel. This can be worn perfectly with any bottoms like pants or skirts. White tops is also perfect for all occasions.

Bottoms
A loose and breathable jeans will definitely a good pick. This will be applicable in day or night parties.

Bag
A colorful and a bag that can hold everything you need – sunscreen, towel, clothes, etc., is a better option.

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Footwear
If planning for a walking tour or outdoor activities, it is better to have a pair of kicks. This will make your feet more comfortable than flip-flops.

Shades
Pick a single piece that will go on every occasion than packing a lot of pairs in the bag.

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Others
On spring season, chilly nights is still experiences. Having a piece of hooded jacket should be added in the bag.

Crossbody bag is also needed in case you wanted o bring your phone and other accessories.

Those are the basic spring break travel must haves. The amount of basic needs you have to bring depends on how many days your break will be. Based on spring break survey conducted, most people’s spring break trips will only be 4 or 5 days. 


No matter how long your spring break trip will be, what is important is that you enjoy and create wonderful memories :)

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April 14, 2016

Easy Vanilla Pound Cake


I’ve been looking or an easy and nice recipe of pound cake to try. Though there are some I tried, it doesn’t give the finished product I wanted. There might be something in the recipe or in the procedure that I might miss.


Until one weekend, I got another recipe (I forgot the source) of a simple yet almost-perfect vanilla pound cake to try and I got it as what I expected.


Here is the simple and very easy recipe of pound cake. This is perfect for breakfast paired with a cup of tea or coffee.


EASY VANILLA POUND CAKE

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups APF, sifter
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ cup butter or margarine at room temperature
1 ¼ cup white sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk, I used evaporated milk

Direction:
Pre-heat oven to 150ÂșC.
In a bowl, whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Using hand mixer at high speed, mix butter, and sugar until softens and smooth.
Lower the speed to medium setting then add egg one at a time.
Add vanilla. 
Add 1/3 of flour mixture and ½ of milk. Mix until just smooth. Do this step twice.
Add the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Pour the batter into a greased pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Serve plain or dusted with confectioners sugar.

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