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I' am planning to make this sweet vegetable lasagna when my hubby arrived, one of his favorite food.
Lasagna Ingredients:
8-10 sheets of no-boil lasagna noodles
2-3 small zucchini, sliced thinly lengthwise
1-2 small yellow summer squash, sliced thinly lengthwise
6 tomatoes, cooked skinned and seeded (or 1 c. canned whole tomatoes)
2 c. julienned parsnips
1 c. julienned carrots
3 c. baby spinach, coarsely chopped
Extra Virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper1/2 c. coarsely chopped basil (reserved)
Bechamel Sauce Ingredients:
6 T. unsalted butter or vegan margarine
6 T. unbleached flour
3 c. 2% dairy or unsweetened soy milk
Salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg
Tofu Filling Ingredients:
1 block extra firm tofu, drained of its water
1/2 c. freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese(optional)
1/2 C. chopped parsley1/2 t. grated nutmeg
1 t. salt
To prepare:
Drizzle olive oil over the bottom of an 8 X 8 baking dish and set aside
1. Prepare bechamel sauce:
Heat milk until hot but not boiling. (You can add room temperature milk, but heating speeds up the cooking process and in my experience, makes a smoother sauce.) Melt butter in a saucepan but do not let it brown. Slowly whisk in flour until you have a smooth roux, continue whisking for a minute or two and begin adding the hot milk. Cook and stir constantly until the sauce thickens and is creamy but not runny. Season to taste and set aside.
2. Prepare tofu filling:Crumble drained tofu into a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mix together with a fork, season and set aside. (If you are preparing the vegan dairy free version, add three tablespoons of nutritional yeast instead of the grated cheese.)
3. Prepare vegetables:Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Saute the parsnips and carrots for 5-8 minutes until crisp tender. Add both the zucchini and squash and toss, just to heat through. Remove from heat.
4. Assemble lasagna:Spread about 1/2 cup of the tomatoes over the bottom of the baking dish. Cover with two sheets of lasagna noodles. Add a layer of vegetables, a few more spoonsful of tomato, and spread about 1/2 c. of bechamel sauce over this layer.
Add a second layer of pasta, alternating the direction of the layers. Top this pasta layer with the tofu filling. Next do a layer of fresh spinach, add a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and top with yet a third layer of pasta. Add more of the vegetable mixture, a few dollops of the cooked tomato, a little more bechamel, and cover with two more sheets of pasta.
Top the casserole off with a nice cover of bechamel sauce, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and the chopped fresh basil. Finally, spoon a little more of the tomato mixture around the sides of the lasagna.
Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes. If desired, top with remaining sauce. Serve hot.
Note: Bechamel sauce will thicken while it rests, a gentle reheating should loosen it up. If necessary, add very small amounts of milk, water, or stock until you regain the desired consistency.
I really appreciate knowing how to make a bechamel sauce because it can be used in so many other dishes and this recipe is so creamy and light. Get adventurous and try the fabulous non-dairy option as well!
If you dislike the flavor of nutmeg, simply omit it and add an extra few turns from the pepper mill. Remember to always use a light hand and taste your food when you add seasonings!

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Two things about me

Another tag from Eds . It's all about two things about me. Thank you sis I really appreciate it..


1. Two names I go by: jhona and Len

2. Two things I am wearing right now: Office uniform - Pants and shoes

3. Two things I want (or have) in a relationship: Loyal and Trust

4. Two things I like to do: mppp I want to see my hubby -( and Blogging

5. Two things I want very badly in this moment: Kiss and hug my hubby lol..

6. Two things I did last night: Talked to my hubby and sleep

7. Two things I ate today: rice and fried shrimp

9. Two things I am doing tomorrow: Same with eds go to work and blog :)

10. Two favourite days of the week: saturday and sunday

11. Two favourite holidays: Christmas and Valentines Day

12. Two favourite beverages: Frappe and Coke

13. Two things about me that you may not have known: Introvert and I am good dancer . hehe

14. Two jobs that I have had in my life: Admin Officer

15. Two movies I would watch over and over: The Notebook and One more chance :)

16. Two places I have lived: Arayat and Sn Fernando

17. Two of my favourite food: Karekare and Black Forest. yummmmy

18. Two places I would rather be right now: Mall and Home :)

Anyone can also grab this tag! :)


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Graveyard shift work

LONDON - Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a "probable" cause of cancer. It is a surprising step validating a concept once considered wacky. And it is based on research that finds higher rates of breast and prostate cancer among women and men whose work day starts after dark.

Next month, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, will add overnight shift work as a probable carcinogen. The American Cancer Society says it will likely follow. Up to now, the U.S. organization has considered the work-cancer link to be "uncertain, controversial or unproven."
The higher cancer rates don't prove working overnight can cause cancer. There may be other factors common among graveyard shift workers that raise their risk for cancer.
However, scientists suspect that overnight work is dangerous because it disrupts the circadian rhythm, the body's biological clock. The hormone melatonin, which can suppress tumor development, is normally produced at night.
If the graveyard shift theory eventually proves correct, millions of people worldwide could be affected. Experts estimate that nearly 20 percent of the working population in developed countries work night shifts.
Among the first to spot the night shift-cancer connection was Richard Stevens, a cancer epidemiologist and professor at the University of Connecticut Health Center. In 1987, Stevens published a paper suggesting a link between light at night and breast cancer.
Back then, he was trying to figure out why breast cancer incidence suddenly shot up starting in the 1930s in industrialized societies, where nighttime work was considered a hallmark of progress. Most scientists were bewildered by his proposal.
But in recent years, several studies have found that women working at night over many years were indeed more prone to breast cancer. Also, animals that have their light-dark schedules switched develop more cancerous tumors and die earlier.
Some research also suggests that men working at night may have a higher rate of prostate cancer.
Because these studies mostly focused on nurses and airline crews, bigger studies in different populations are needed to confirm or disprove the findings.
There are still plenty of skeptics. And to put the risk in perspective, the "probable carcinogen" tag means that the link between overnight work and cancer is merely plausible.
Among the long list of agents that are listed as "known" carcinogens are alcoholic beverages and birth control pills. Such lists say nothing about exposure amount or length of time or how likely they are to cause cancer. The American Cancer Society Web site notes that carcinogens do not cause cancer at all times.
Still, many doubters of the night shift link may be won over by the IARC's analysis to be published in the December issue of the journal Lancet Oncology.
"The indications are positive," said Vincent Cogliano, who heads up the agency's carcinogen classifications unit. "There was enough of a pattern in people who do shift work to recognize that there's an increase in cancer, but we can't rule out the possibility of other factors."
Scientists believe having lower melatonin levels can raise the risk of developing cancer. Light shuts down melatonin production, so people working in artificial light at night may have lower melatonin levels.
Melatonin can be taken as a supplement, but experts don't recommend it long-term, since that could ruin the body's ability to produce it naturally.
Sleep deprivation may be another factor in cancer risk. People who work at night are not usually able to completely reverse their day and night cycles.
"Night shift people tend to be day shift people who are trying to stay awake at night," said Mark Rea, director of the Light Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, who is not connected with the IARC analysis.
Not getting enough sleep makes your immune system vulnerable to attack, and less able to fight off potentially cancerous cells.
Confusing your body's natural rhythm can also lead to a breakdown of other essential tasks. "Timing is very important," Rea said. Certain processes like cell division and DNA repair happen at regular times.
Even worse than working an overnight shift is flipping between daytime and overnight work.
"The problem is re-setting your body's clock," said Aaron Blair, of the United States' National Cancer Institute, who chaired IARC's recent meeting on shift work. "If you worked at night and stayed on it, that would be less disruptive than constantly changing shifts."
Anyone whose light and dark schedule is often disrupted — including frequent long-haul travelers or insomniacs — could theoretically face the same increased cancer risk, Stevens said.
He advises workers to sleep in a darkened room once they get off work. "The balance between light and dark is very important for your body. Just get a dark night's sleep."
Meanwhile, scientists are trying to come up with ways to reduce night workers' cancer risk. And some companies are experimenting with different lighting, seeking a type that doesn't affect melatonin production.
So far, the color that seems to have the least effect on melatonin is one that few people would enjoy working under: red.

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Bag


Yesterday, I have been looking for a craze coach bags, i saw this bag while im surfing and i really like it specially the style and color as well. I arrived early at home from work I called hubby immediately from US to buy the bag for me kasi darating sya this coming december. sooo excited na. :)

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"Be The Blog Award"

The "Be The Blog" was awarded by Eds to me.

This award just brighten up my morning sis! Thanks so much.

"Be The Blog" award is presented to a successful blogger, one who can "be the blog" - making it their own, staying with it, interacting with the readers, and just plain having fun."


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One more chance

ONE MORE CHANCE

My sister and I watched the movie lastweek. Yes, it was beautiful.. superb acting from bea and JL. I feel like crying when I was watching it grabe nakaka touch talaga.... BEA was beautiful in that movie as well as JL. im so kilig .. lol.. I am big fan of Bea and JL. Hey people watch nyo one more chance very excellent movie.. ehhe

the best movie ever.. sana sila nalang talaga.. ahhahha

How I wish they could have another movie.

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Kuala-Lumpur


Shopping and entertainment district in KL, and the road that runs through it, Jalan BB. The area is home to many landmark shopping centres, caf├ęs, clubs, shops, malls and specialty shops.
Bukit Bintang also known as golden triangle in kuala lumpur. The night life here are very laid back. Most people will be around here for a chinese food, dinner and coffee with listening to a life band which play at the side walk. of BB Plaza. There are a pub and bistro, restaurant and pub but the place are not as noisy as other club at Jalan P.Ramlee, Jalan Penang or Jalan Sultan Ismail. Most people will sit at the coffee house at the side walk of bukit bintang and have coffee after dinner, listening to the life band music, or watching a cartoonist with their drawing and such.



@ Jalan bukit Bintang



The Petronas Twin Towers (also known as the Petronas Towers or Twin Towers), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are the world's tallest twin buildings.


Trader's Hotel - Kuala-Lumpur




First night in our hotel, Trader's hotel near petronas. We’re both exhausted when we arrived. We ate dinner in a nearby restaurant.

The next day we woke up early, we had breakfast at the hotel the foods was good. We went to Bukit bunting, Twin Tower, The Genting Theme Park located at Genting Highlands in Bukit Tinggi , the park is easily accessed by road Kuala Lumpur or cable car ( first time ko sumakay CC. lol...) from the foothill.
Some of the highlights are the roller coaster, tube drop, Flight Simulator and Splash Pool. The park is a destination for those after fast-paced excitement as it is full of amusement games, interactive rides and superb shows. There are also many restaurants and eateries inside the covered area.


We also went to Berhaja Hills the view was nice enjoy talaga.

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Santa claus
















Christmas is around the corner and the market is flooded with goods related to the festival, be it stuffed Santa Claus, or gifts laden glitzy trees! But, what caught my attention is the Santa.

I sure hope this Santa comes down my chimney.

Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo took three months to design a 1'3" tall Santa that weighs 44lbs.
He is made of pure gold and has 1.7 diamond carats in his belt.
And, there are two of them!
One is in Tokyo and the other is in Osaka.
The price...Y200 million = $1.817,355.
I hope this little fellow comes down my chimney.

whewww what a spectacular santa claus... =)

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