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a hot cocoa for monday

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hot Cocoa For a Crowd

recipe courtesy of hersey's kitchen recipe


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 gallon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Combine sugar, cocoa and salt in 6-quart saucepan; gradually add water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk. Heat to serving temperature, stirring frequently. Do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Serve hot. About twenty-two 6-oz. servings.

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kung hei fat choi!!!

wishing a blessed and prosperous chinese new year to all!!!

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see me..

Saturday, January 24, 2009

3 month old patrick...

it's weekend a time off for work...

time to relax and to enjoy the rest of weekend..

with patrick...

and my nickz..

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Let's try chocolate drink this time...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Chocolate Chocolate Milkshake
recipe courtesy by Austin Geraldson


  • 2 cups premium quality chocolate ice cream
  • 2 (1.65 ounce) bars dark chocolate candy bars, diced
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate shavings, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream


Combine the ice cream, diced chocolate, and 1/2 cup whipped cream in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, and garnish with 1/4 cup whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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a real bald good looking guy for me...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

So in love with this his girl..of course it can't be on the real life...but it can be in my dreams...

born in Oceanside, Long Island in July 11, 1972, Micheal Owen my eyes...

i always watch smallville and instead of eyeing Clark Kent (Tom Welling), I admire most Lex Luthor, which Michael portrays..not because he is the villain in the story, but because i saw him at his best...playing a bad guy for a role..but in real life it was exactly the opposite..

contradicting his role in smallvile..(sad to say but he leaves at season eight) he is really funny, friendly..loves to talk a lot..loves to sing, an athlete and most of all it amazes me 'coz he dances so well...impressive for me...

an admirable actor who delivers each roles effectively..Urban Legend, Sweet November, Sorority Boys to name few films of him..

a talented voice over artist for animated series like justice league, batman and beyond and jackie chan adventures.

a versatile actor, real talented, and a real bald good looking guy for me...

read read read

Reality of Partners & Marriage

- Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz -

I have never met a man who didn’t want to be loved. But I have seldom met a man who didn’t fear marriage. Something about the closure seems constricting, not enabling. Marriage seems easier to understand for what it cuts out of our lives than for what it makes possible within our lives.

When I was younger this fear immobilized me. I did not want to make a mistake. I saw my friends get married for reasons of social acceptability, or sexual fever, or just because they thought it was the logical thing to do. Then I watched, as they and their partners became embittered and petty in their dealings with each other. I looked at older couples and saw, at best, mutual toleration of each other. I imagined a lifetime of loveless nights and bickering and could not imagine subjecting myself or someone else to such a fate.

And yet, on rare occasions, I would see old couples who somehow seemed to glow in each other’s presence. They seemed really in love, not just dependent upon each other and tolerant of each other’s foibles. It was an astounding sight, and it seemed impossible. How, I asked myself, can they have survived so many years of sameness, so much irritation at the other’s habits? What keeps love alive in them, when most of us seem unable to even stay together, much less love each other?

The central secret seems to be in choosing well. There is something to the claim of fundamental compatibility. Good people can create a bad relationship, even though they both dearly want the relationship to succeed. It is important to find someone with whom you can create a good relationship from the outset. Unfortunately, it is hard to see clearly in the early stages.

Sexual hunger draws you to each other and colors the way you see yourselves together. It blinds you to the thousands of little things by which relationships eventually survive or fail. You need to find a way to see beyond this initial overwhelming sexual fascination. Some people choose to involve themselves sexually and ride out the most heated period of sexual attraction in order to see what is on the other side.

This can work, but it can also leave a trail of wounded hearts. Others deny the sexual side altogether in an attempt to get to know each other apart from their sexuality. But they cannot see clearly, because the presence of unfulfilled sexual desire looms so large that it keeps them from having any normal perception of what life would be like together.

The truly lucky people are the ones who manage to become long-time Friends before they realize they are attracted to each other. They get to know each other’s laughs, passions, sadness, and fears. They see each other at their worst and at their best. They share time together before they get swept into the entangling intimacy of their sexuality.

This is the ideal, but not often possible. If you fall under the spell of your sexual attraction immediately, you need to look beyond it for other keys to compatibility. One of these is laughter. Laughter tells you how much you will enjoy each other’s company over the long term.

If your laughter together is good and healthy, and not at the expense of others, then you have a healthy relationship to the word. Laughter is the child of surprise. If you can make each other laugh, you can always surprise each other. And if you can always surprise each other, you can always keep the world around you new.

Beware of a relationship in which there is no laughter. Even the most intimate relationships based only on seriousness have a tendency to turn sour. Over time, sharing a common serious viewpoint on the world tends to turn you against those who do not share the same viewpoint, and your relationship can become based on being critical together.

After laughter, look for a partner who deals with the world in a way You respect. When two people first get together, they tend to see their relationship as existing only in the space between the two of them. They find each other endlessly fascinating, and the overwhelming power of the emotions they are sharing obscures the outside world. As the relationship ages and grows, the outside world becomes important again. If your partner treats people or circumstances in a way you can’t accept, you will inevitably come to grief. Look at the way she cares for others and deals with the daily affairs of life. If that makes you love her more, your love will grow. If it does not, be careful. If you do not respect the way you each deal with the world around you, eventually the two of you will not respect each other.

Look also at how your partner confronts the mysteries of life. We live On the cusp of poetry and practicality, and the real life of the heart ! resides in the poetic. If one of you is deeply affected by the mystery of the unseen in life and relationships, while the other is drawn only to the literal and the practical, you must take care that the distance doesn’t become an unbridgeable gap that leaves you each feeling isolated and misunderstood.

There are many other keys, but you must find them by yourself. We all have unchangeable parts of our hearts that we will not betray and private commitments to a vision of life that we will not deny. If you fall in love with someone who cannot nourish those inviolable parts of you, or if you cannot nourish them in her, you will find yourselves growing further apart until you live in separate worlds where you share the business of life, but never touch each other where the heart lives and dreams. From there it is only a small leap to the cataloging of petty hurts and daily failures that leaves so many couples bitter and unsatisfied with their mates.

So choose carefully and well. If you do, you will have chosen a Partner with whom you can grow, and then the real miracle of marriage can take place in your hearts. I pick my words carefully when I speak of a miracle. But I think it is not too strong a word. There is a miracle in marriage. It is called transformation. Transformation is one of the most common events of nature. The seed becomes the flower. The cocoon becomes the butterfly. Winter becomes spring and love becomes a child. We never question these, because we see them around us every day. To us they are not miracles, though if we did not know them they would be impossible to believe.

Marriage is a transformation we choose to make. Our love is planted like a seed, and in time it begins to flower. We cannot know the flower that will blossom, but we can be sure that a bloom will come.

If you have chosen carefully and wisely, the bloom will be good. If you have chosen poorly or for the wrong reason, the bloom will be flawed. We are quite willing to accept the reality of negative transformation in a marriage. It was negative transformation that always had me terrified of the bitter marriages that I feared when I was younger. It never occurred to me to question the dark miracle that transformed love into harshness and bitterness. Yet I was unable to accept the possibility that the first heat of love could be transformed into something positive that was actually deeper and more meaningful than the heat of fresh passion. All I could believe in was the power of this passion and the fear that when it cooled I would be left with something lesser and bitter.

But there is positive transformation as well. Like negative transformation, it results from a slow accretion of little things. But instead of death by a thousand blows, it is growth by a thousand touches of love. Two histories intermingle. Two separate beings, two separate presence, two separate consciousnesses come together and share a view of life that passes before them. They remain separate, but they also become one. There is an expansion of awareness, not a closure and a constriction, as I had once feared. This is not to say that there is not tension and there are not traps. Tension and traps are part of every choice of life, from celibate to monogamous to having multiple lovers. Each choice contains within it the lingering doubt that the road not taken somehow more fruitful and exciting, and each becomes dulled to the richness that it alone contains.

But only marriage allows life to deepen and expand and be leavened by the knowledge that two have chosen, against all odds, to become one. Those who live together without marriage can know the pleasure of shared company, but there is a specific gravity in the marriage commitment that deepens that experience into something richer and more complex.

So do not fear marriage, just as you should not rush into it for the wrong reasons. It is an act of faith and it contains within it the power of transformation. If you believe in your heart that you have found someone with whom you are able to grow, if you have sufficient faith that you can resist the endless attraction of the road not taken and the partner not chosen, if you have the strength of heart to embrace the cycles and seasons that your love will experience, then you may be ready to seek the miracle that marriage offers. If not, then wait. The easy grace of a marriage well made is worth your patience. When the time comes, a thousand flowers will bloom…endlessly.

“Our love is planted like a seed, and in time it begins to flower. We cannot know the flower that will blossom, but we can be sure that a bloom will come.” – This is definitely true..Having someone to love starts from a scratch..You don’t know each other well unless your relationship will go longer & you love each other unconditionally despite of predicaments in your relationship..You experienced the transformation in your life whether it’s positive/negative. … I may say I transformed to both aspect..Our relationship is kinda roller coaster ride..Sometimes we’re okay & sometimes deep inside of me, I want to shout because we argue..I truly love this person because he let me bloom & grow.

“If you believe in your heart that you have found someone with whom you are able to grow, if you have sufficient faith that you can resist the endless attraction of the road not taken and the partner not chosen, if you have the strength of heart to embrace the cycles and seasons that your love will experience, then you may be ready to seek the miracle that marriage offers.”—Yes..I have found someone whom I can say I will be able to grow old. He always understands my fickle & impulsive mind. I hope God will give us strength to keep our relationship stronger and face those trials that might come..

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chocolate's monday!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Aunt Teen's Creamy Chocolate Fudge
Recipe courtesy of Kelly Phillips

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line an 8x8 inch pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow cream, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and pour in semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firm.

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what's your puppy and kitten's names?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I've read this from it's kinda cute...and make me think of my 'lil patrick, my so adorable and playful puppy...and made me think of what's with their name... i mean what's the history of their name...and whom or where did their owner named them after? and of course why?

Most Popular Dog Names of 2008 Most Popular Cat Names of 2008
  1. Max
  2. Bailey
  3. Bella
  4. Molly
  5. Lucy
  6. Buddy
  7. Maggie
  8. Daisy
  9. Sophie
  10. Chloe
  1. Max
  2. Chloe
  3. Tigger
  4. Tiger
  5. Lucy
  6. Smokey
  7. Oliver
  8. Bella
  9. Shadow
  10. Charlie

here's the most interesting part...the out of this world names...

Most Unusual Dog Names of 2008 Most Unusual Cat Names of 2008
  1. Rush Limbark
  2. Sirius Lee Handsome
  3. Rafikikadiki
  4. Low Jack
  5. Meatwad
  6. Peanut Wigglebutt
  7. Scuddles Unterfuss
  8. Sophie Touch & Pee
  9. Admiral Toot
  10. Spatula
  1. Edward Scissorpaws
  2. Sir Lix-a-lot
  3. Optimus Prrrime
  4. Buddah Pest
  5. Snoop Kitty Kitty
  6. Miss Fuzzbutt
  7. 80 Bucks
  8. Sparklemonkey
  9. Rosie Posie Prozac
  10. Toot Uncommon

by the way...i named my puppy, after patrick.."spongebob's best friend", the pink star fish...of course i really love watching spongebob...that's the real reason...

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dunno what to post ...

don't know what to post....
reading this comics a while ago...i'm posting it here...
to share with you guys...

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chocolatey monday!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Nutty Chocolate Rum Truffles

Courtesy of The Food Channel®


    • 1/3 cup whipping cream
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon rum or brandy flavoring
    • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into chunks
    • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
    • 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
    • 6 ounces almonds, finely ground


1. Heat the whipping cream and butter together just to a simmer, then add chocolate. Remove from heat while chocolate melts. Add flavoring. Stir until glossy and pour into a chilled bowl. Set aside until firm.

2. Once firm, use a small melon baller and scoop ganache out. Roll by hand and set aside.

3. Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate with 2 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir until melted; microwave additional seconds as needed. Drop each ball individually into chocolate, roll with a fork until coated, then use the fork to lift out and place into a bowl with the finely ground almonds. Roll around until coated, then lift out and place on parchment. Chill and keep refrigerated.

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