Sunday, April 29, 2007


This is one of our absolute favorite meals! We learned it from a couple different Fillapino friends. It can be made with chicken, beef, or pork (my favorite!)


Meat of your choice. Chicken legs/thighs are great, or breasts, or bite sized pieces of pork or beef (This week we're gonna have it with some venison a friend gave us)
1 cup soy sauce
2 cups vinegar ( We buy a spicy vinegar from a local Asian food store called "Sukang Maasim" or any spicy vinegar with garlic, onion, and chiles in it , but you can also use white vinegar. You may want 1/2 and 1/2 if you don't want it too spicy)
1 bay leaf (not totally necessary, but it adds a great flavor)


1. Brown the meat well - sometimes I use a little olive oil, sometimes just dry in a non-stick skillet if the meat seems to have a lot of fat.
2. add vinegar and soy sauce and bay leaf. (you may want to lean back when you add the vinegar unless you want your sinuses cleared.)
3. simmer 1/2 hour or so, until the meat is done
Eat with plain white rice. I make it in the rice cooker so it's nice and fluffy. I'm sure it's great with brown rice, but this is one meal my husband would insist on white rice for.


Monday, April 23, 2007

No More Nail Biting!

I have quit biting my nails. Anyone who knows me knows this has been a life long habit (and a horrible one I might say!) It's been 2 weeks, no biting!

I was planning to go get a manicure last Friday, but it didn't happen. It's more expensive here than CA, and I didn't want to spend the extra dollars... I trimmed them last night when I got home from church, but I really need to learn how to file them so I can grow them a little longer and have them look decent. I might just paint them tonight. I have a nice color that a friend from church gave me.

I really want to truly give this to the Lord and be done with it. This is really very exciting for me. Hooray for no more nail biting!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ecclesiastes 12

1 Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
"I find no pleasure in them"-

2 before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;

3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;

4 when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when men rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;

5 when men are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags himself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then man goes to his eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.

6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
or the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
or the wheel broken at the well,

7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.