Corn soup with bittermelon leaves

Ginisang mais with ampalaya leaves

Ginisang mais with ampalaya leaves

Corn soup reminds me of my mother, always. She loved to cook them during the summer when corn is in season and for a change in her menu.

It has become a favorite of mine too so when I chanced upon a great batch of corn at the local grocery store and the price was right, ten cents each, I grabbed them.

I had all the ingredients, dried shrimps in place of fresh shrimps and some frozen bitter melon leaves. The bitterness of the leaves serve as a good balance to the sweetness of the corn.

There were some left over grilled pork which I minced and added to the soup. Unlike corn chowder that calls for a thickener and cream, Filipino soups are almost always clear. A good chicken broth which I had in the pantry was a perfect base for this soup.

It is so simple to make and yet a great comfort food for me. Just one of the joys of summer.

365 Project: Day 197

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Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

Geneva‘s old center of town is historical and their downtown is filled with quaint little boutiques housed in old homes. It is definitely a nice place to visit.

Because I love needlework, our first stop was at Needle Things. I don’t know how to knit and I have always been jealous of those who do so I got attracted at some of their items.

One of them were these colorful knitted cupcakes. I was wondering what purpose they serve other than magnets for dusts. At closer look, you can open the top and voila! It is a mini container of small items. Women never ran out of tiny objects like jewelries, pins, buttons and what have you. Or it could serve as a nice container for a small gift.

I have to remind myself to check out their pottery offerings because I collect those handmade creations. There was a creamer that I liked and I regret not getting it now. Well, it would be a nice excuse for a fourth visit.


My entry to this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Container.

365 Project: Day 196

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Frizztext’s AtoZ Challenge: Y

DSC_0345Tagged “Y” as in yellow. My entry to Frizztext’s weekly challenge, here.

Still on the grounds of the Fabyan Villa Museum.

I love this flower especially this variety. The shrub is about 8-foot tall and it can go grow wild here in the Midwest. We generally call them prairie flowers.

They are ideal in the garden because they are not bushy and can fill a space at the back. They are perennials and can reseed so one is assured that you will have it back every year. It is low maintenance and loves the hot dry summer.


365 Project: Day 195

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood/Spring



Photos taken yesterday from the Fabyan Villa Museum grounds located in Geneva, Illinois. I would like to revisit this place, am sure the trees would be very colorful in the Fall.

The grounds of the Villa is a good place for a picnic. The gardens are well kept although they could use more flowering plants but they have huge swatch of prairie flowers. They also have a covered structure with picnic tables and barbecue pits within walking distance to the wash rooms. The trails are also well kept and people can bring their bikes or kayaks.

My entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring/Wood. To join or see more entries, go here.

365 Project: Day 194

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Travel Challenge: Purple


Yesterday, me and my best buddies went to visit the Fabyan Villa Museum. The Villa covers a lot of acreage and they used to have a rose arbor that led to the office of Mrs. Nelle Fabyan, the former owner of the estate. The rose garden and the office structure are no longer there and instead the arbor is now covered with clematis. Unfortunately we missed the blooming season and there was this purple one left.

The arbor as seen from the Fox River side.

The arbor as seen from the Fox River side.

This is my entry to Ailsa’s Travel Challenge for the Week: Purple. To join and see more entries, go here.

365 Project: Day 193

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One Day One World Project: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Samson enjoying my afghan project

Samson enjoying my afghan project

Here’s my entry to Lisa’s One Day One World Project: 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Provided it does not rain and as long as it is a sunny day, 7:00 – 8:00 pm is still light here in the Midwest.

I like to spend the afternoon in the garden swing, relax and get some fresh air. Rambo would be in the yard getting his exercise and so does Samson. He likes to keep warm in my afghan project though.

365 Project: Day 192

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Elegant stinkhorns

stinkhornNo, there are no snakes in the garden. What we have are stinkhorn mushrooms or to be specific Mutinus elegans. And would you believe they say they are edible?

But who would want to put them in their dish when you could smell them before you see them? No wonder the flies were flocking over them because they are covered with mucus and the flies unknowingly spreads their spores.

The ones we thought were snake eggs were nothing of that sort, they are the eggs of the mushrooms.

It is such a relief to know that we don’t have any unwanted critters or reptiles in the yard. Our imagination, and not just us, friends and family members’ went wild. And we were going to blame their presence from our neighbors with unkempt yards. Good thing we kept it to ourselves or we would have created some enemies and unfriendly stares from next door.

stinkhorn eggs

stinkhorn eggs

All images taken from the internet.

The stinkhorn comes in different colors and shapes. But I guess if they stink they must call them stinkhorns. I was never that close to them though to smell but it is repulsive seeing them covered with flies.

They said they are commonly found under thick mulch because their role is to decompose dead matters and under ideal condition, like too much moisture, they grow. The moisture only lasts a day though. I guess after all the mucus has been consumed by the flies, they wither and die until the eggs produce more fruits or mushrooms.


365 Project: Day 191

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