you complete me

There is only one thing in my kids’ mind when you ask them about their ultimate comfort food… it’s lasagna. (See below if you want to know my lasagna recipe). And what is lasagna without cheese, lots of cheese? My fridge is never without cheeses… cream cheese, quick melt cheese, cheddar and mozzarella.

Cheese makes everything delightful. It is so FLAVORFUL, so good, so addicting. It is so versatile too. It could be an appetizer, a dip, mixed with desserts and great for baking/cooking. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab for some bread right now and make a grilled cheese sandwich. Cheese… you complete me. Yum!

How about you? What’s your ultimate comfort food?


My lasagna recipe. (I’m sure i already blogged about this but i’m sharing it again)

As a busy mom, i oftentimes make shortcuts when cooking. So i use ready bake lasagna sheets and store bought spaghetti sauce when i cook the ground meat. I sometimes make use of mozzarella sheets if i have them. It’s not often available so grated mozzarella is the next best thing. If out of mozzarella or on a budget? I also make use of quick melt cheese.

For the white sauce. Just melt butter in pan, add some flour, stir to cook and slowly add milk. Stir to prevent lumps. Season with salt to taste or in my recipe i just drop a pork bouillon cube to add more flavor. You may add some cream too for that creamier texture. Bring it to boil with constant stirring to make it even more glossy.

For the ground meat. I usually buy a combination of pork and beef. Based on my own experience, purely ground beef results to an oilier meat sauce. Put ground meat on pan, add some salt, chopped garlic and onion. When cooked, stir in store bought spaghetti sauce. Give it a dash of italian seasoning, some salt if needed and a little sugar to balance acidity. Simmer and set aside.

For layering. Just alternate white sauce and ground meat on a baking pan adding some mozzarella if you want an ooey-gooey lasagna but quick melt cheese will do just fine. I bake it for about 40 minutes with the pan covered in foil at first to prevent burnt cheese topping then i remove the foil covering and bake it just a little more time until the topping has a golden glaze. (Tip: To test if your pasta is cooked, just pierce it with a toothpick or a chopstick and you will know and feel if it’s done.)

Cool… serve… and enjoy! Best paired with toasted french bread with garlic parsley butter spread.

Boots: Mom… did you just say LASAGNA?
Mom: Yuppp! Oh! I thought you’ve just eaten ’cause you still have food stains on your mouth, hahaha… 

only a cat parent would understand

I am TEMPTED to wake him up. But i can’t. I could see Boots feeling so relaxed with his eyes closed and his paw on my laptop. I need to use my laptop sweetie but it’s okay, i could wait.

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I am TEMPTED to wake her up. But i can’t. I could see that Puti is having a nice nap on my bag. But honey, i need to get something from my bag. Oh well, i could wait for a while.

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curly and luminous

During a visit to our family dentist, i took some photos of their saltwater aquarium. I remembered taking the photos during the day and i did not even turned on the flash. The resulting photos are awesome. The neon green and pink corals are shining and radiating and are glowing in WATER. I love those gleaming green curls.

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And speaking of curls, here’s Boots sporting some curly whiskers. Among my other kitties, he is the only one giving me head bumps and i know it’s his own way of showing me love and affection. I just love it when he does that. So sweet.

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As i am typing this, Boots is doing just that… lots of head bumps.

good morning sunshine

As i am typing this, i could hear the roll of thunder. Is it going to rain? Weather is so unpredictable these days. The sun is shining and yet dark clouds loom nearby and sometimes will just be blown away by strong wind. But on some days, a heavy downpour ensues.

Today’s weather is gloomy but i see the sun peeking out from the clouds.

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My MORNING routine is chaotic (but in a nice and funny way). The kitties are following me everywhere i go… in the bathroom, while i am making my coffee, as i go back and forth to the fridge, while i prepare my morning toast… okay now, kitties first before my breakfast meal or sometimes doing it simultaneously… ahh they are fun, they are so cute as they beg to be fed, meowing in chorus and so demanding. “Right away please. What’s taking you so long mom?”

While all the kitties are having a rumble Boots is the only one who just sits and waits patiently on the table. Such a well-behaved sweetheart worthy of a thousand PRAISES. “Good morning mom. I just sits here and waits and just be cute..”

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Happy weekend everyone … from all of us.

 

pink dragons

I consider the dragon fruit as the MUSE of all the exotic fruits that i know and tasted. Its pink fluorescent color is so vibrant and attractive. What makes this fruit unique is that it is actually a fruit of a specie of cactus plant. The fruit has soft leathery peel that is bright pink and is covered by scales or fins hence the name. The flesh is either deep magenta or white in color depending upon the variety, and the taste is similar to a pear or kiwi but with a mild and delicate taste that is delightfully refreshing. Personally, I prefer the deep magenta flesh because it is sweeter.

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How to eat a dragon fruit? Just slice the fruit (no worries, it will cut easily) and scoop out the flesh. Doesn’t want to use a spoon? No problem, cut it in quarters, peel back the skin (you’ll be surprised how easy you could peel off the skin) and bite into it. Don’t worry about the seeds, they are edible much like a kiwi fruit.

Today’s weather has been really crazy. One moment we experience a heavy downpour and the next moment sunshine. I am feeling so lazy and the kitties are too, preferring to take a nap than play. Anyway, here’s two of my best buds Tiger and Boots saying hi. “Hello WP friends.”

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almost there

As promised, here’s my 2nd installment of a series of photos about the flowers in my garden. Today, some of the buds opened up but younger ones will surely bloom by tomorrow… yes almost there.

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I was hoping for a more vivid and bright photos but the WIND is preventing me from doing that so some of my photos looked a bit blurred and dreamy. I also tried taking photos of the butterflies feasting on its nectar but they were so elusive.

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Since not all buds have unfolded, more photos coming soon tomorrow.

By the way, Boots is my laptop buddy for today. He’s so sound asleep but i just couldn’t resist his sweet face so i give him kisses and chin rubs from time to time.

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Wishing everyone a happy weekend.

hey buddy

Who or what comes into your mind when you hear the word BUDDY? I bet most people will immediately think about their pets and “hey buddy” is even a common pet greeting.

Presenting… my laptop buddies. Please enjoy. 🙂

Ashton and Tiger side by side.

All paws up!

Ashton and Tiger are nap buddies.

I’m holding this for you mom.

Can i help you type?

Boots in lala land… shh don’t disturb.

Can we play first before i take my nap?

I know they are just enjoying the warmth coming from it but i think they just want to be near me and just hang out and be annoyingly cute and adorable.

happy #TTT taco tongue tuesday

Some photos to make you (and me) smile… happy TACO TONGUE TUESDAY!

TTT or Taco Tongue Tuesday is a popular hashtag on social media to celebrate tongues of cats and other fluffy and furry cute pets.

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Star

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Boots

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Tiger

Updates on Queenie:

It was tiring and hectic and stressful the previous week. I was super busy hence i have no time to post and visit blogs. My mom’s cat Queenie was back at the vet last week due to some sores again in his mouth because of his auto-immune disease. He (yes, he’s a HE) was confined for 3 days because he needed IV fluids for hydration and shots of steroids and antibiotics. My mom is having a hard time in caring for him so Queenie is now staying with me. Other than his auto-immune disease, his liver test reading is also slightly elevated. Right now, he has 4 different kinds of medicines… prednisone (steroid), doxyvet (anti-infective), immunol (for immunity) and liverolin (appetizer, immune enhancer and to promote healthy liver). It really takes a lot of patience caring for a special needs cat. So far, he eats well and drinks a lot.

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Queenie (older photo)

After all that Queenie has been through, i admire his strong will to live and survive. He is such a sweet boy and i will do my best to give him a good quality of life. He will be back at the vet after two weeks for a recheck.

 

weekly photo challenge: endurance

Only Star could endure going up the door among all my kitties. She is the most adventurous and could stay there for a long period of time. She could even take a short nap up there too. If you’re wondering how she could go up there, she uses the screen door and crawl up until she reaches the top of the door. How? click here for photos.

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Star

Would you believe that this cat condo box is almost 6 months old? I made this box last April. I wanted to replace this but this has been one of Tiger’s favorite spots. It has endured a lot of scratching, bites and rough plays, trampled upon and yet he still loves to sleep in it.

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Tiger sleeping inside the cat condo box

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Tiger sleeping inside the cat condo box

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Tiger and Boots at play

It used to look like this 6 months ago.

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Tiger inside the cat condo box

Check out other ENDURANCE photos at TheDailyPost.

 

happy tummy rubs

Hi everyone.. Here are my entries to the Weekly TRT Photo Challenge.

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Star just can’t tolerate belly rubs longer than 2 seconds.

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Star

Tiger on the other hand accepts some and i know just when to stop scratching his tummy.

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Tiger

Boots is the most patient kitty in the world. He is able to tolerate lots and lots of belly rubs and never gets angry about it.

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Boots

Click the next photo if you want to participate in the photo challenge. Don’t forget to add the link to your post at Katzenworld.

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Happy weekend to all 🙂