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Christmas 2021 In Sacramento

BIG DAY...   My first time spending Christmas in Sacramento... and I hope there will be more to come....  Prime beef is our main attraction....  So nicely done..... It is not overcooked... just nice for me... Medium well, so the chefs said.... Glazed Honey Ham.... Company gift....  Green peas with bacon is a must.... Mashed potato special dish by Kaye... Food laid on the table... Ready to go!! The usual 8 again.... After a thankful prayer, we dug into the food... Christmas 2021 is so special!!

Taking Care Of Your Car Means Regularly Doing These Things

  When you own a car, the last thing that you are going to want is for it to start having problems. Of course, if you bought it many years ago and it’s only now having issues then that’s not so bad, but if you purchased it fairly recently and it is now causing you issues, this is not what you need. In order to minimize the risk of something going wrong, you need to be taking care of it. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you should be doing regularly in order to ensure that this is the case. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more. Image Link - CC0 Licence Cleaning It The first thing that you are going to need to do is start cleaning it regularly . The build up of dirt and grime is not good for anything, especially a vehicle. Clean the outside regularly for aesthetic purposes, but make sure that you are cleaning the wheels to avoid a build up of dirt. You might not think that this is important or that it can have any negative

Winter Solstice And Gingerbread House

BACK TO SACRAMENTO.... for Christmas celebration! Few days before Christmas, we were back in Sacramento, getting ready for the festive season again.  Few days before Christmas, it is Winter Solstice, it si on the 22 December and we remember this day by boiling some glutinous balls with ginger syrup and palm sugar. We did it the easy way... Bought a packet of these glutinous rice balls with sesame and peanut fillings.... Yes, they were very nice eaten with the ginger and palm sugar syrup.... And then the younger adults tried doing a ginger bread house..... Looks easy but they had a difficult task making them stick properly.... As illustrated on the box.... And this turned out instead.... LOL.... Looks easy.... or not?? Two pairs of hands....  Must be dainty enough.... Anyway, they did a good job.... Thumbs up for them... First time trying... Better than me... I am just an observer to give them the thumbs up!  

Oral Hygiene: The Importance of Good Oral Health

Image Credit Oral hygiene is an integral part of our daily lives, yet most people don't take the time to brush their teeth twice a day. Some people even go weeks without brushing their teeth. If you want to maintain good health and prevent more severe problems, then it's time for you to start practicing oral hygiene today. Here are some reasons why it should be your priority: Fresh Breath One of the most important reasons to practice good oral hygiene is for your breath. When you don't brush and floss, bits of food get caught in your teeth and gums, which can cause bad breath. Good oral hygiene not only gives you fresh breath but also a bright smile. If plaque isn't removed regularly, it will harden into tartar. Tartar can cause yellowing of the teeth and even contribute to gum disease. Gives You a Bright Smile Keeping your teeth clean is the number one step to keeping them white and bright. Unfortunately, when you have plaque on your teeth, it allows bacteria to build

Simple Tips To More Effective Parenting

  Image Credits No child or parent can be perfect all the time, which means that your parenthood journey will not be all rosy every day. You will be happy on some days and equally struggle on some. Below are tips to make parenting more enjoyable and manageable on good and bad days. Be Open Imagine being in an environment where everyone is too guarded to engage in a conversation about the good simple things in life. Tough, right? Children and most people generally love to be around easy and outgoing people. So, do not be the parent who gives kids such a tense environment. Instead, loosen up and be approachable to encourage your children to come to you with their problems or little wins. Be accessible to your children, and they will easily open up to you and tell you when they are getting bullied or struggling with certain emotions they can’t express. Practice Healthy Financial Habits Parenthood comes with a lot of responsibilities. When you become a parent, it means you have an extra

Dungeness Crab For Dinner

ITS THE SEASON AGAIN... my son told me that Dungeness crabs are now on sale.  It always come aound this time of the year.  And so we took the advantage of the seasonal promotion, in some supermarket, they are selling at prices between 6.99 to 9.99 per pound. These Dungeness crabs are commonly sold in Asian markets, maybe because ther are a lot of Asians around here and they are familiar with the cooking of these crabs.  As for us, we just do it one way.... Steaming! One evening, they brought back three crabs priced at $43 ...all cleaned and cut at the supermarket staff... we just have to clean them and put into the steamer....  Just steaming... no seasoning added....  Baked some chicken wings marintated with Korean Bulgogi sauce.... Steamed three cobs of corn....  and sprinkled with Cajun seasoning... No rice... just crabs and chicken... And desserts something like Cendul Ice Kacang... LOL... That is why I don't miss Malaysian food much...  As for the three hard shells, my daughter

Easing Your Pet’s Chronic Pain

  Pixabay - CCO Licence Animals can experience acute injuries and ongoing illnesses in the same way humans can, which is why it’s important to monitor your pets regularly for any sign of discomfort. Realizing that your pet is in pain can be upsetting but getting them the right help can alleviate their suffering and give you peace of mind. To get started, take a look at these top tips for easing your pet’s chronic pain now: Get a Treatment Plan in Place If you suspect that your pet is experiencing pain or discomfort, seek help from a veterinarian right away. A vet will be able to assess your pet and run investigative tests if it’s necessary to do so. Once a diagnosis has been made, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about which treatments could be beneficial for your pet. This might include surgery and medication, as well as other treatments, such as physiotherapy or even complementary therapies like osteopathy.  Make Home Life Easier When a pet has chronic pain, they might fin

What I Cook And Eat In San Jose

BACK TO SAN JOSE... after the festive Thanksgiving.... and soon it will be Christmas!  I wonder what feast will lie in store by then, no turkey for sure... There were some turkey leftovers and I put them all into a pot and made it into a Chinese dish which is called Chap Chye or Chap Choy in Cantonese.  Not only the turkey meat, I put in ham as well... I wonder how many of us put in turkey and ham into this dish!  LOL...  The days flew by again... taking care of my grandboy, sometimes leaving no time to prepare food during lunch time.  We resorted to Door Dash also commonly known as Grab food in Malaysia.  They also give discounts, sometimes 40% capped at $10, whereas nowadays Grab gives 50% discount cappted at RM12.50 which is a good option for online delivery instead of going out. Our Poke Lunch....  And when I have time, I do this.... Here is my Turkey/Ham Chap Chye....  I cook it early morning using instant pot... And by lunch we can have these....  Two other dishes are Door Dash..

4 Smart Ways To Secure Your Financial Future

Image Credit The future can be unpredictable, and it’s best to always be prepared, so you’re not caught off guard. Your finances are an essential aspect of your future that you always need to work towards, and it’s never too early to start. Statistics reveal that about only 30% of households in the US have a long-term financial plan. Here are some practical tips to help you secure your financial future .  Prioritize your needs over your wants If you want to become more disciplined with your finances, it would help if you built the habit of putting your needs above your wants. Listing your needs and wants will help you eliminate the ones you can do without and identify which ones urgently need your attention. Doing this will help you minimize impulse buying, increase your savings, and reduce your debt.  Plan towards your retirement According to financial experts, the money you save towards your retirement won’t be enough if you don’t start planning early enough towards it. It’s best t

Morning Walks During The Winter

SHEDDING OFF... calories after some hefty meals we had for the past few days continously and by doing that, we took walks either in the morning or evening.  With the winter season now, the daylight is shorter and by 5pm, it is very dark already.  So normally we take our walks in the mid morning, walking up and down three times along the road takes half an hour and it is good enough, we said... LOL...  Though it is sunny, we have to wear our sweaters or jackets at times.....  Along the road....  Very quiet on most days...  not many cars passed by cos it is a dead end road..., Some rent out their land to keep animals.... horses mostly.....  This cactus caught my eye.... Looks like they are fruits.... Edible? First time seeing fruits on cactus.... Trees shedding off their leaves in front of the house.....  Soon they will be bare....

Simple Methods To Help Speed Up Your Laptop

  Whether you're tirelessly working from home or attempting to stream your favorite movie as you veg on the sofa, the speed of your laptop can have a huge impact on the success of your day. Technology is an essential part of modern life, so having to cope with slow speeds and serious lagging can cause serious stress and strain. Thankfully, it's more than possible to speed up your laptop, as there are several different innovative ideas that you can make the most of to boost your devices capabilities in no time at all. So, if you're interested in finding out more, then simply read on!  Image Source - Pexels   Upgrade Your Internet Connection First and foremost, one of the easiest ways to increase the speed of your laptop is by upgrading your internet connection. It's more than likely that you have some kind of WiFi device inside your home that provides you with the internet that you use on your laptop, and this connection can either help to support super fast downloading

And Our 2021 Thanksgiving Feast Began

FULL COURSE... and all of us were seated around the table... 8 of us.... (baby went for his afternoon nap) My son again had the honor to say Grace and a Thankful prayer and after that, the feast began... "Pass me this please, pass me that please.... pass this around... thank you, thank you..... "  This is what happens when the table is not round but rectangle....  Oh, I forgot to show the turkey.....  Ok, don't get funny ideas.....  I am just showing the stuffings.... Sideview might be better....  Ready to be cut.... The Captain cum Chef officiated...  then the knife was passed over to my son... to do the rest.... Laying out the table.... Finally food is ready! Sliced turkey... Another turkey cooked by our Filipino friends... Cranberry jelly.... Stuffings and Macaroni and cheese.... Peas and bacon....  Well, I guess that was about all... Except for the 3 pies in the fridge.... And the patiently awaiting guests... All ready to feast after this is done!