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JJ Heller, current favorite artist

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There’s a Christian radio station I always listen to that broadcasts in this good old central and north Florida. For the past couple of months, I’ve become more and more captivated by JJ Heller, music, lyric and her voice. Her two songs that I most often hear on the radio, “Your Hands” and “What Love Really Means (Love Me)“, are really two of my most favorite current songs. I can’t get tired of the simple music that complements her voice; and instruments that emphasize and amplify the lyrics and their meaning rather than overwhelm them.

Your Hands

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn’t there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands

When You walked upon the Earth
You healed the broken, lost, and hurt
I know You hate to see me cry
One day You will set all things right
Yea, one day You will set all things right

Your hands
Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still

When my heart is breaking
I never leave…
I never leave Your hands

What Love Really Means (Love Me)

Who will love me for me?
Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me?
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love, what love really means

Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside
And it said
“I know you’ve murdered and I know you’ve lied
I have watched you suffer all of your life
And now that you’ll listen, I’ll tell you that I…”

I will love you for you
Not for what you have done or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love

The love that you never knew

Best Youtube Food Channels part 1

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There are few things I love in this world, two that include food and YouTube. What do you get when you mix and toss them together? An endless recipe collection from all over the world right at your fingertips. Below are links of chefs and other food junkies I enjoy learning from.

aeriskitchen shows you Korean cooking. Her instructions are always simple and easy to follow, she has great presentation of the food. Aeris really cares about her viewers and takes the time to reply when you comment or ask a question. I love her Korean Styled Twisted Donuts and so did everyone else who has tried my replication of the recipe. You won’t regret, promise.

foodwishes with Chef John is a treasure in YouTube. I can’t begin to describe how wonderful his recipes are. They’re so simple and he’s just the type to not do extra non-essential steps. Chef John has videos not only on recipes but also tips in cooking and has a few published cookbooks with picture of each dish; that way you’re not left wondering if you made the dish right. He’s got a blog http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/ where he posts the complete recipe, direction and introduction to the dish. Some of my favorites: pumpkin pancakes, garlic spaghetti, his book

cookingwithdog focuses on Japanese food and features a cute little dog that “narrates”. I love watching all the new videos and my favorite one is Christmas Cake which I made for my little cousin’s birthday. Everyone loved it so much I ended up making the Christmas Cake for 2010 Christmas. All the heavy cream and egg white whipping may seem like a pain (especially if you do it by hand. Trust me, I know), but it’s all worth it in the end when you bite into the light and versatile cake.

DairyFarmersofCanada has a few great recipes and you guessed it, the recipes use plenty milk. If you’re lactose intolerant, it’s a sad story if you’re not, this is a great way to get your daily source of dairy.

More coming soon…


Dal Bean Soup with Samosa

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If you’re looking for a simple recipe with huge flavors, you’ve found the right one. This is so simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. The beans give it a strong, earthy flavor while the samosa spice, aroma and taste to the soup. I haven’t masted the art of making samosa so I used a family favorite store-brought frozen cocktail samosa.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbps canola oil
  • 3/4 cup dried dal beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tbps canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup oil
  • 26 bite-size/cocktail samosas

Directions:

  1. Soak the beans in water, for a few hours or overnight. But if your stomach can handle it, it’s not necessary. Throw away the soaked bean water and rinse before cooking.
  2. Take the beans and 5 cups water into a medium-big pan, and boil over medium-high heat. Salt and cover. As it boils, stir occasionally and gradually add water to desired consistency. Boil for 20-25 minutes.
  3. In a skillet, put the oil and onion on medium high heat. Sweat the onion until it becomes slightly translucent. Then add the garlic until everything becomes golden brown.
  4. Add onion and garlic into the bean soup and let it simmer for 1 minute. Add black pepper.
  5. Samosas don’t need to be deep fried, as long as there’s enough oil covering half, you can stir them occasionally to get all sides golden brown.
  6. In a bowl, server soup with whole or cut pieces of samosa, add cooked white rice if desired, garnish with cilantro or chopped green onion.

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What book are you reading now?

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I ran across a wonderful website several years ago when I used to read for pleasure. If you’ve ever had problems finding a good book to curl up with then you will want to check this out.

What Should I Read Next

It’s exactly as the web name says, you type in a title or author or ISBN number and the website will generate a list of books you might like. It also provides a direct like to UK or USA amazon if you want to go ahead and purchase the book or find out more information and reviews on the book. Pretty neat, huh?

Next, another great website I stumbled upon recently is Good Reads, which has a link to buy the book, reviews from users, list of similar genre, books by the same author and probably dozens of helpful features I have yet to discover!

So please, enjoy and read on~

-BEBS

Memorable Books

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Ever since 5th grade when my brothers hogged the television in our tiny apartment, my older sister and I would read books to entertain ourselves. This will be a little like a PSA, in that, reading has really helped me in my reading comprehension and learning English. Reading past writings, these posts and even sentences written 10 seconds ago aren’t grammatically correct, not lyrical enough or the thoughts are unrelated. But if I say so myself, and I do, I’m doing well for someone who didn’t speak, read or write English for almost half her life

The point I’m getting here is that in between 5th grade and middle school where I did most of my reading, there are some wonderful books that are memorable and would always be my favorite.

Some include:
Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson
This book was and still is a story that I relate to very well since like all families, my family has had tension and conflict that I saw paralleled to this story. And reading this comforted me because it lets me know there are other families that are wacky with a few skeletons in the closet.

One Night by Margaret Wild
I love, love this book. It’s written in poetry and just very beautiful with a wonderful story that’s heartwarming and stark reality. The friend with the trench coat, whose name I’ve forgotten, reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven.

Spirited Window by Joyce Sweeney
This is an easy read about discovering your roots, family ties with a touch of romance.

They Loved To Laugh by Kathryn Worth, Marguerite DeAngeli (Illustrator)
One of my most favorite book of all times. All the characters are so endearing and lovable that I couldn’t help but cry when they cried, and laugh when they laughed. I searched on ebay a few years back, and Kathryn Worth’s other books were over $100s because they were all out of print but when I checked a few days ago, there weren’t even any books other than They Love To Laugh listed for sale 😦

Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
Written by on of my favorite authors and this book is the one that introduced me to her. I’ve read this book maybe 3-4 times over already.

Archangel by Sharon Shinn
Let’s just say, I love books with a hint of romance mixed in with the big story.

The Pigman by Paul Zindel
This was one of the reading for English in middle school and I ended up liking it a lot. I’ve also read other book by Paul Zindel and they’re also fantastic books.

More books sharing to come…

Great Fashion finds

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Ever had the feeling that you’ve just missed your new favorite dress? Quite tragic 😦
I had been eying Peekabbo Shift Dress at asos.com and had decided to buy it when they had only just one left in my size. Here comes the but… but I couldn’t purchase it because I had left my bank card at my Dad’s place. And the next day, despite keeping fingers crossed that my next favorite dress would still be there, was out of stock.

The Vero Moda Pleat Front Shift Dress is one of the dresses I ended up buying when I got my bank card back from the mail. The blue looked much better in the product photos but only the “mustard” was available in my size so I ended up getting that. Let’s see how it looks in real life once it arrives in the mail.

Now, this is the puffer vest I’ve been waiting for over a year. Ever since senior year of high school when I committed to wear more warm color clothes, I’ve been looking for a red puffer vest. However, the color this year was “cherry red” which turned out to be more maroon or dark red instead of the bright red I had envisioned.

-BEBS

First Day of School 2011

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First day of second semester of sophomore year in 2011 has just ended for me; new instructors, new courses. But out of my four classes, two of them use the same lecture rooms as I had last semester so I feel like the bad karma from those two courses would follow me.

I left my wallet, which has my student ID that I use to ride the bus, and bank card, up in Tally so now I’m left begging my brother for bus money or to get a ride with him and for lunch money. Feels like grade school all over again.

It’s been a slow and dreary start to the day with cloudy and rainy skies in the lovely Sunshine State. My schedule needs a serious renovation as I have two labs overlapping at the same time. And I need to figure out what textbooks I need and where to get everything.

All of which I will sort out, just as soon as I get a nap.

-BEBS