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On July 1st, 2006, The Edge Radio, Metro Manila’s first all-Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) radio station, goes live from 6PM to 6AM. With music coming in from many of the world’s foremost Christian artists, including American CCM artists Switchfoot, MercyMe, and Casting Crowns, and local CCM artists Kitchie Nadal and Barbie Almalbis, The Edge Radio will broadcast 12 glorious hours of CCM daily.

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Toni of Wifely Steps challenges her readers, in an Iron Chef -type manner, to come up with recipes for fruit cocktail. Most of the folks who’ve posted thus far have suggested dessert recipes, so I decided to submit a recipe that picks up on an original recipe from my mother.

By the way, did you notice, in my trying to be classy and picture-perfect, one of Nathan’s toy blocks in the flower vase?! LOL I only saw that now!



5 slices of CDO Cooked Ham
2 small cans of Del Monte Fruit Cocktail (Lychee Flavor, mmm)
1 teaspoon of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring the syrup of the two cans of Del Monte to a boil in a medium saucepan.
2. Put the ham in, and cook until almost all syrup is gone.
3. Empty the fruits into the saucepan. Place one teaspoon of sugar in one of the empty cans of fruit cocktail and half-fill it with water.
4. Empty the can into the saucepan and cook for five minutes or until syrup thickens slightly.
5. Plate the ham. Spoon the fruits onto the ham or on the side.
6. Drizzle the syrup onto the ham and fruits and serve immediately.

We celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday last Saturday (photos due for uploading within the next few days). Cathy, Nathan and I were joined by her mother and three brothers for this celebration at my mother’s home in South Green Park.

During the celebration, an old family friend of my mother’s showed up with his wife. He apparently hadn’t seen me since I was just a lad – I couldn’t place him for the life of me – and was tickled pink by the sight of me “all grown up.”

“What smooth skin!” he crowed before he reached up and pinched my cheeks.

Now I praise God for my “smooth skin,” and I praise God that I’ve managed to somehow avoid looking my age, but how many 30-year-old’s out there are still cheek-pinched by well-meaning family friends?

I did some Wikipedia research this afternoon on the statistics of the Iron Chef America television series on the Food Network, which then led me to this website, SuperChefBlog.

In a word, awesome. Juliette Rossant oversees, an online magazine that follow careers, empires, trends, and brands of super chefs in America and abroad. A lot of great reads, and certainly a lot of great food features. It’s enjoyable, it’s exciting, it’s inspiring… you really should visit.

Yesterday morning, I decided to clean out Nathan's toy chest, getting rid of the old and busted toys (yes, it's very Toy Story). My son has quite a variety, from toy cars to squeeze toys, from alphabet boxes to bubble blowers.

In the course of the cleaning, I found a tool kit that Nate received as a gift, with hammer, ruler, plane, you get the idea. That tool kit came with a plastic cutter that I found at the bottom of that chest.

Looking at the cutter, I marveled at how legit it looked. Wow, I thought to myself, that plastic looks real.

At this point, all neurons to my brain may have shut down, because I ran the cutter along the tip of my finger. To my surprise, blood began to spurt out. It was a real cutter, and I had just cut myself!

In between the self-berating and Cathy's why did you DO that tirade that immediately followed, all I could think of what how I was so glad that I didn't feel like humoring myself and running that blade across my wrist.

Lessons learned:

1) No matter how well you think you can hide your dangerous materials, there's no real way to hide them unless you do it lock-and-key. That cutter is now safely out of Nathan's reach.

2) Fake cutters have no place in a toy tool kit. A 30-year-old kid like me can't tell the difference, what makes me think a 3-year-old can?

3) I want the Fairly Oddparents band-aids. My boo-boo's covered with a band-aid that matches my skin tone, and I don't feel cool at all.

Dude, none of this is cool.


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