Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Meatball Loaves with Tomato Gravy n Mashed Potatoes

I am a picky eater.. So,don't surprise if you don't see a lot American recipes here. Ssssstt.... I'm not a fan of American food ^___^.

But,this time, I gave up. I saw this recipe on tv at Rachel Ray's 30 minutes meals. Dang...... baby!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I liked it!!!

So,I tried to make this meal tonite. I was so excited.Ronnie had his bowl of cereal tonite,but he said he'd try later ( I'll bring the food tonite to the bar ). ^___^.

Mom said it's yummy!!!!!!! She likes the sauce.I loved it,too !!! I usually don't eat long beans,but since it's sprinkled with bacon.. mama mia!!!!!!!! I ate it !!! ^___^ .



Meatball :

2 pieces rounded ground beef ( or 1/2 lbs ground beef or pork )
1 cup grated cheese ( but I used the american cheese,chopped it )
a couple handfuls of Bread Crumbs
1 egg
Parsley,chopped ( dried one )
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tea spoon Worcestershire sauce
Other spices like salt,pepper ( as needed )


Sauce :

2 tea spoon olive oil
4-5 baby carrots,chopped
2-3 slices onion,chopped
rosemary ,as needed
tomato paste ( but I used Tomato Ketchup ) 1/4 cups

Meatball :
In a large bowl,combine the ground beef and other ingredients.

Take the muffin baking sheet, drizzle the olive oil. Form the meat into meat ball loaves like tennis ball shape. Bake for 20 mnts.

While the meatloaves bake, in a large skillet,heat the olive oil.Add the other ingredients.Stir around 1-2 minutes. Simmer until thickened.

Serve with Mashed Potatoes,too. Plus, Beans with Bacon.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Look Who's Talking :D

Lately,MeiLee likes " talking " either to herself or to us. Every morning,when she wakes up, we greet her by saying " Hello ". She is really happy,starts smiling and scream " Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh " ^___^

Ronnie likes talking to her. Once I sing for her, she " sings " along with me, with her own rhythms. He he he he.

Good job,girl !!!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Prettiest Mom ( Proud to be A Mom ) ^__^

Prettiest Mom

Once you have been hit, you have to hit 5 pretty Moms.
Including the one who thought of YOU today & sent it to
YOU...If you get hit again, You will know you are Really
pretty! So hit 5 pretty moms on your friends list to let
know they are pretty!

Before I was a Mom....

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom -

I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom

I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom

I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to
him down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop
the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -

I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.  I didn't know
that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom -

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to
make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the
wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,before I
was a

Send this to someone who you think is a special Mom.
the person who thought of you today and sent it to YOU!....

******** thanks to Cie Ira who had sent this to my email ********


Those words are true... I am proud to be a Mom !!!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Coupons Collector :P

Yup.... since I have a baby, I concern abt saving money ( but,sometimes don't ) . Once I saw coupons book sent weekly,I love looking at them..

I remember Sybelle, my Pinoy friend,she gave me mobile on my babyshower and gave me coupons $4.50 off from Enfamil.Mom says," Mei,you're gonna need it. It's nice of her to give you that." I didn't realize how much I need it back then.

When Ronnie bought milk, he told me he paid a lot. I was surprised.I went to the kitchen and looked for my coupon.I said," here.. next time use this coupon,you'll save 4.50 bucks." Duhh!!!! I realize I need it so bad then !!!

Eversince, on Sundays,I'll sit down and check the coupons book. I cut coupons that I think we need.  Once I went to Kroger and bought Croissant. I used the coupon. I saved 25 cents. Awesome!!!!. I put all the coupons in one plastic bag.

Last nite, I was ready to check what's on the book.He he he he. Mom said," Mei, these P&G coupons can be used at Kroger.Please check what we need,and save the coupons." I told Mom," I do !! I've been doing this since couple months ago. I enjoy it."

Lately,I miss my CSI Miami.I'd rather sit down and check the coupons. . I told Mom," Keep the coupons for the Enfamil,Mom." She got a few coupons.

I just only buy 1 can every month.My breasts produce lots of milk.I just only give MeiLee formula once a day. But,sometimes when I am busy and take her somewhere, I prepare at least 1-2 bottles of formula. So... saving money not to buy formula .Besides,MeiLee still got some samples from the hospital. We keep them for other occasions.

Well... I got lots of coupons now. Sometimes,I am fussy, I go to Kroger just only to use the coupons and see if they work..Yes, they do...

I declare myself as a Coupons Collector now.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Dec 30th : The Ries' Christmas Party ( MeiLee's 1st Christmas )

The day came.... ^__^. MeiLee has been ready hours before the party started. We played in the bedroom. Ronnie's still in bed. I dressed MeiLee with a jumper this time. Put on a head band and skirt. He he he.

She sat on top of Ronnie's belly.Suddenly she fell backward. AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We laughed. Kakakakakakaka. Ronnie pulled her back and played again for a while.

Dave came with his kids minus Joyce ( She didn't feel good ). Steve came without Pam and kids. Not too many people like last year,but we did have fun.

Danae spent lots of time with MeiLee. She likes kids. ^___^. We started dinner abt 6pm. It's light meal this time, sandwiches. Lots of appetizers. I made Deviled Eggs. Bought Black Forest Cake the other day from Sam's Club, the 60 oz one. Kenyangggggggggggggggg.

I played as a Santa this year.^___^. Put the hat on and rang the bell.....
Gave the presents to everybody. It's been Ronnie's custom to give presents to his nieces,nephews and brothers.

Mom got a watch from Mary n Matt. Steve gave Mom a nice robe. Ronnie gave Mom a Home Depot gift card.

MeiLee got a doll from Bryan ^___^. Besides,she got some clothes from Grandma and Dece. Daddy bought MeiLee and Mommy a giant Tiger doll. Alamakkkkkkkkkkkk... bikin kaget aja !!! Belinya kok Tiger ?? Mbok ya Panda gethoooo :P

After everybody got a present,we started doing the exchange gifts. It's a fun one. Everybody couldn't wait . Ha ha ha ha ha.

Ronnie got the 1st chance to pick the present. He got the digital pic viewer key chain.Then Mary got the same thing. Steve got a shirt. Dave got a skillet. I got earrings!!! Mom stole the pic key chain from Ronnie,and Ronnie stole the shirt from Steven. Steven stole the dart board from Matt, and Matt stole the skillet from Dave. The beauty stuff was back to Dave ( he brought it for the exchange gift ). It's really funny !!!!

I love the earrings I got. It's been a long time never put on earrings. Since MeiLee's born, I didn't put any earrings or other jewelries. Just only wear the Baby Ries' necklace. Now,it's time to go back to jewelries. :P

Party's over abt 8pm. We cleaned up the table. Wrapping some food to take home for Dave n Matt. I myself had lil nap on the couch before going to the bar.Duhh...tiredddddddddddd...........

Went to the bar at 10 pm and went home abt 3 am. What a longgggggggggg nite.

Merry Christmas!!!! God bless you all !!!

PS: Mary,thanks for sharing the pics.I took some and put here.

Dec 29th: Mommy's Baking Day,Daddy & MeiLee's Shopping Flour :P

I continued baking cookies. Kejar setoran,nek :P

I was afraid I needed more flour,so I had Ronnie go to Kroger buy me some. Ronnie said," Ok.. wake me up abt 1/2 hour later." Daaaaaaaaaaaaaa... he woke up abt 2 hours later . kakakakaka.He's tired.

I told Ronnie,' Baby,pls take MeiLee with you.I think she needs a ride.She's kinda fussy today." Ronnie said," Ok...." . So, we put her in her car seat. Ronnie said," Oh MeiLee.. Your Mommy makes this hard. I could go and run for 10 mnts to buy the flour. " ha ha ha ha ha.

But,Ronnie's happy to take MeiLee with him.He made sure MeiLee's warm enough.He said,' All set.Let's go shopping !!! " ^______^

I made Kue Nastar, Kue Semprit n Kue Tongkat Almond. I had to finish them before Sunday. Mom used to make some cookies,but not this time.

Ronnie and MeiLee came back abt 30 mnts later. MeiLee's kinda sleepy. Ha ha ha ha. I bet she enjoyed the ride and the wind. Ronnie said ," Ok.. now you've tagged." I didn't get what he said. He kissed us and left to the bar.

I was alone with MeiLee in the kitchen. I checked MeiLee. I wonder what's on top of her hoody. Oh my goshhh!!! So..that's what Ronnie's talking abt. A sticker from Kroger, " I've been Krogering " was put on top of her hoody. Kakakakakakaka.Dodollllllllllllllllllllllllllll..................

Grandma babysat MeiLee. She gave MeiLee a bottle of milk. Ronnie came home for supper.I ate the left over. Really hungryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

So,at that day I finished my baking. I got 5 cookies for Christmas. Oh well.. they're more than enough.

Mom helped me clean up the kitchen. I took a rest,then continuing wrapping the presents. Ronnie always buys presents for his brothers,nieces and nephews. The wrappers??? Newspapers,of course. That's typical Uncle Ronnie!!! Ka ka ka ka ka .

Ronnie called me and asked me not to come.Oh Thank You, Baby !!!! Cos I was really tired.

I was ready to face the Christmas Party tomorrow :P