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Appetite Booster

I love to eat. Who doesn't? And with this kind of weather, eating is one of my favorite pastimes. LOL

I was craving for "atsara"... a Filipino side dish that my Dad used to make. It is made of green papaya with slices of carrots and bell peppers. It's one of my comfort foods that I miss so much.

But since green papaya is not readily available in our local store I had to dream about it instead. However, I'm good in improvising. So with the last batch of cucumbers we harvested from our garden I made my first ever cucumber atsara.
My new favorite relish.  For the Cucumber Relish recipe... Click HERE.
I made about 7 bottles and they were all gone in 2 days. No, I didn't eat them all. I gave 4 of them to my friends. LOL.

Candy Bar

The Candy Bar is always a big hit in parties especially for those with sweet tooth. I'm not really a big fan of candies but I love setting up candy bars for parties.
The Candy Bar is always a main stay in every party that I organize.
We have a "decorative well outback" and I used it to set the candy bar. Last year when B celebrated his 11th birthday with a Dino Video War Theme party, I trimmed the roof with the personalized birthday greeting banner.
With some cute items I picked at the Dollar store, I came up with some awesome containers to hold the candies.
And I made some personalized party favor bags too.
It's indeed a sweet way to celebrate a loved one's special day.

The Charm of the Bling

As a woman, we all have our different indulgences. I love bracelets and bling-blings. And like any girl  I know, I get what I want from people I love. But I am not just a taker. I am a giver too. So most of the time I buy bling-blings too to give to the people I love.
These Pandora bracelet charms were gifts from my Sweetest. I am just lucky that what I like or love... were mostly given to me by my loved ones.
However, the Tiffany number was my gift to myself. wink*

Falling for Maine Fall... all over again!

This is the official start of Fall season. And this is my favorite season of all.
What's not to love when you see the white steeple stood tall a midst a breathtaking red and orange scenery,
 ... when the railroad is lined with orange and yellow and golden leaves,
 ... when the river banks are bursting with orange and red and yellow trees,
... when the red barn stands out against the orange backdrop,
... and the trail is an explosion of orange and gold hues!
 Fall is indeed the most beautiful season in New England.
 I will never ever get tired of fall.
 I will never ever get over its beauty to behold.
 I will never ever fail to be awed by its amazing sceneries.
And I will fall in love with fall over and over and over again.

For more Information about Maine Foliage check the following links:
1. Maine Foliage
2. Fall in Maine
3. Fall Foliage
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Burger/Hotdog Bar

I'm not a party girl per se. But I love planning for parties for my loved ones.
Here is one of the parties I planned for a loved one. I came up with a burger-hotdog bar.
The burger-hotdog bar is easy to set up. Lucky for me, I got those cute condiment jars, bowls and plates at Christmas Tree Shop that are perfect for the bar.
The Burger-Hotdog bar is an awesome idea to let your guests make-their-own burger or hotdog sandwiches.
They can choose whatever stuff they want to put in their burger or hotdog. I have different containers for the veggies that can be added to the sandwiches too so "designing" your own sandwich is really a breeze.
And more importantly, it's fun to see your loved-ones and guests enjoy the party.

Nature Walk

Be with nature. It's the only place where you can be with yourself.

-Ruthi Orona-Gregoire

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The Ultimate Gifts for the Barbeque Loving Man

Barbeques are at the top of many men's favorite things list. Usually, the passion goes along with a love for meat and various sauces. Barbeques are also a great way to get together with friends and enjoy a cookout in the hot summer months. If you are looking to get a gift for the barbeque loving man that you know, you just need to start thinking like a barbeque loving man. Images of meat might pop into your brain, and that is a great place to start.
Hubby grilling our lunch during one of our camping trips up north. What Goes With Great Meat? Great Beer
Buying your barbeque loving man some beer will surely put a smile on his face. Often, steaks, ribs, and chops are amazing, but he will need something to wash those flavors down with. Rich beers are often matched nicely with rich-tasting food, so try getting him a European beer, because they are often more flavorful than many of the North American brands (though there are some from this continent that are also packed with flavor). A v…

My Take on Online Dating

Years ago, I happened to have so much time in my hand that having 5 or 6 active blogs of my own were not enough to satisfy my thirst to express my nagging thoughts and desire to earn extra income online. So, I did some blog moonlighting stints on the sides for a virtual friend's blog Bizarre Marriage.
These blogs are basically about Online Dating and my personal experience in Online Dating. As many of my old friends here in Blog-o-sphere know, I found my Knight-in-Shining-Armor not riding a white horse but surfing the world-wide-web... and the rest is - the publication of this blog.

Here are some of the blogs I published about Online Dating. Hope you enjoy reading them.

The Wake-Up Call
* a lifetime occupation - Posted @ My Refuge Online

Pre-Online Dating
1. The Last Train and Class Reunions
2. The Late Bloomer
3. The Modern Day Quest
4. When You Forget to Smell the Roses
5. The Thing of the Past and the Present
6. Confession of an endangered Spinster (Part 1) - Posted @ My Refuge O…

PYO Apple

One of my favorite seasons here in Maine is the Apple Season. It’s yummy. It’s crunchy. It’s sweet. Summer is almost over and Apple Season came early this year. It is now time to go out and take a trip or two to the orchards and PYO [pick your own apples] is the way to go. It's easy. It's fun. And it's yummy! [If you know what I mean.] I took a trip to the Apple Orchards with my friends. We had breakfast of apple cider donuts with cinnamon and sugar sprinkles and hot apple cider tea at the picnic table located near the farm store and gift shop while enjoying whatever seasonal event they had scheduled for the day. Apple Ciders and Donuts are a great match. Apple Cider Donuts are the best donuts around this time.
There are lots of orchards around Maine. People from all over the state and tourists alike come to the orchard to buy their fruits in season. It serves as a fun family activities that Mainers look forward to every summer. Brackett's Orchard in Limerick Apple Acre…