Saturday, December 29, 2012

Corned Beef Spaghetti with vegetables

Jollof spaghetti with veggies and corned beef

This meal came in handy when we got home after the long trip to Agbokim waterfalls. There was no time to go shopping and we had to just think of something that will cook fast. These were part of our luggage from Abuja and cooked in less than thirty minutes.
The taste was great and I enjoyed chewing the shredded carrots in there.
Friday, December 28, 2012

How To Bake Cake Without An Oven (Updated recipe)

 baking cake in a cooking pot

Baking Nigerian cake is very easy whether with or without oven. What many people do not know is that Nigerian cake is actually pound cake, can be baked in a bread pan, doesn't require much mixing.
The girls and I tried to save gas at the village by baking with firewood. Everyone that ate the cake complimented it. I did not eat though because I am really struggling with reduction of my sugar intake. Visitors and family enjoyed the cake.
We did the mixing together, but the girls designed their
Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Tour Of The Agbokim WaterFalls In Pictures

Just got back from touring the Agbokim waterfalls. I tried to see if it connects, and though very slow internet connection here, I am still happy that I can post a few pics. The day was full of adventure. We were ten in number that made the trip.

The excitement on the faces of the young ladies when I announced to them this morning that we will be visiting the waterfalls in Cross River State. The trip was uneventful except for good music and video CDs that I packed for the girls and which kept us company, some fell asleep in the car, but once the kids set eyes on the waterfalls and the vapor around the falls, the atmosphere changed automatically. We took so many pics and I hope to upload more later.
Posing for photographs on a hill beside the Agbokim water falls. Lol!

Back With Boiled Rice Served With Green Vegetable Stew

 boiled rice with green vegetable stew
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ripe Plantain With Fried Brown Beans

 Fried Plantain (dodo) with brown beans

11 Handprint Holiday Crafts


Tis the season of gift giving!  This year, rather than taking the kids out to the stores to find gifts for family members, why not have your children make gifts for their grandparents, aunts and uncles instead? Crafts made from prints of your child’s hands, feet, and even thumbs are treasured keepsakes that are held onto and brought out years later when the children are grown.  Here are a few fun and memorable ones to
Monday, December 10, 2012

5 Books That Help Kids Appreciate A Healthy Diet


Eating healthy is what we all strive to do daily. For adults, it is not so difficult because we know what happens if we do not eat healthy, however, for many kids, the only thing they enjoy and want  is something very sweet ( sugary). Getting kids to eat healthy can be quite a challenge sometimes. Instead of good food, most kids would rather go for snacks; chocolates, lollipops, cookies, ice creams and a host of sweet foods. These foods are good only when eaten with moderation, they'd become a problem when a child begins to want to live only on them.   
It’s one thing to make sure your kids maintain a healthy diet; it’s quite another to get them to appreciate exactly why they need to be eating what you put in front of them. That’s where

Curried Vegetable Rice Served with Chicken

 Curried Vegetable Rice
Saturday, December 08, 2012

10 iPhone Apps That Can Help You When You’re Lost by Emma Roberts

Few things are as nerve-wracking as realizing that you’re lost, whether you’re in a completely unfamiliar city or simply a neighborhood in your hometown that you don’t know very well. It wasn’t so long ago that you’d be left to fend for yourself, asking strangers for directions until you found your way back to a place that you knew. These days, however, the popular
Friday, December 07, 2012

7 Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Family By Sandra Mcaubre

Here I was, asking for ideas on how to create a memorable Christmas holiday for kids. I am thankful for the responses I got, See them HERE. Today, I just got this mail from Sandra with permission to share with my blog readers. More Ideas! Enjoy.
Some families have holiday traditions that go back generations.  Other families don’t really have any traditions at all.  Regardless of which camp you fall into, why not create a few new holiday traditions this Christmas season?  Traditions give everyone something special to look forward to year after year.  If you are at a loss as to what kind of things you can do to start a tradition, check out

Indomie Noodles Recipes With Green Peppers And Cabbage Cooked With some Chopped Sausages

 Indomie noodles with green peppers and cabbage served with

Rice And Fish Stew Served With Juicy Chicken Drumsticks

 rice and fish stew served with juicy
Thursday, December 06, 2012

Vegetable Ogbono Soup With Beef And Fish Served With Garri (eba)

 vegetable ogbono soup with beef and smoked fish
   INGREDIENTS FOR COOKING THIS OGBONO SOUP:

  • 1/2 cup ground Ogbono
  • 1kg Beef
  • 2 medium sized Dry Fish
  • 1/2 cup ground Crayfish
  • 1 small bunch Ugu Vegetable (fluted pumpkin)
  • 1 tablespoon Palm Oil
  • 1small onion to boil the beef 
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper or more
  • 2 Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • Water enough to cover the boiled meat before adding ingredients. If while cooking, soup gets too thick, you can always adjust by adding some more water.


MY RECIPE FOR THIS SOUP:
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Any Ideas On How To Create A Fun Christmas Holiday For Kids?

 Christmas Decorations
A fun-filled holiday does not just happen, it has to be created. Making kids happy with fun memories is something that we need to plan. Sometimes, holidays come and go and the only time we realize that the holiday has passed by is when we start getting them ready for school. How can one really create a memorable Christmas for kids? I am not talking about robbing a bank or organizing big fat children parties and all that. No! I mean a simple but memorable holiday.


Monday, December 03, 2012

Between Water And Electricity

 Free Flowing Natural Water
Now I'd understand better when I hear someone say "water is life."  There has not been a single drop of running water in my area for about four days now. Water board announced that they were having problems and that by Saturday  water will begin to run again. Saturday ran by, Sunday crawled along and now, Monday has arrived. Today is a working day and people are really in need of pure portable water.
Now, to you Water Board, *a promise not kept* and to

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Today Must Not End Until I...

Christmas in the post-War United States
Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have been out and very busy the whole day. Wow! Just like a flash, the year is ending. By this time last year, I saw December 2012 like a period of time that will take pretty long before coming. Right now, it's still just like yesterday. When I was younger. December took so long to come. I waited and prayed for Christmas. I waited too long but right now, December comes when I am not even ready. Is it old age that is causing this? Because, I hear that time flies faster when you are growing older. Haba! I am not yet old abeg, Just a few years back I was still a student. Not graying yet, not making noises when sitting or standing up yet. Those are the early signs I guess?

OK, today is World Aids Day, I remember when I first heard about HIVAids. The fear then eh. It was like even sitting close to an infected person could be fatal. See me now teaching others that you can even share  a cup or toilet seat without getting infected, Alright o!

Today has been fun! I always want the month to start well. I hate sadness or pain on the first day of any month. I hate to receive bad news on the first. I hate hard luck on the first. I hate shedding a tear in the beginning of a month. Today, I danced
Friday, November 30, 2012

My Kind Of Love For Polygamist Family Sister Wives

When a man gets married to multiple wives, he owns all these wives and remains the head of the family.  On the part of the wives, they MUST remain loyal and faithful to the polygamous man.While most cultures frown heavily at it, In Africa, we see one or two Heads Of Government Living that Lifestyle. Those in it seem very happy. They say it is their choice and that they are loving it. They will not trade that lifestyle for anything. I have seen co-wives making uniformed outfits  and even ganging up against their husband sometimes. All the wives in a polygamous marriage are seen as mothers to every child in that family, whether biological or step. The term step-mom term doesn't exist among them.The children are taught to see all the wives as their biological mothers, while the women try as much as possible to treat children of their co wives as they would their biological children.

It is a free world, everyone is free to choose the lifestyle they want provided that it does not hurt anyone. This lifestyle, is not
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Indomie Noodles With Chicken, Shrimps And Vegetables


indomie noodles with salted, dry fried shrimps and stewed chicken

Hello, We Are Merging Now!

 My unripe porridge plantain with Vegetable
Hi, I did a post on this blog about one blogging mistake that must be avoided. On that post, I mentioned that my second blog welcome to joy ojay's kitchen diary was not getting enough attention from me.  I remember urging fellow newbies to ensure that their first blog is old enough to stand on it's "two legs" before attempting to start a second blog. That post is RIGHT HERE.
All these while I kept struggling to keep both
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Unripe Plantain Porridge With Green Vegetables

Plantain porridge cooked with green vegetables.
Ingredients for unripe plantain porridge:
  • 5 fingers unripe plantain
  • 2 medium sized smoked catfish
  • 1 spoon ground pepper  
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons palm oil
  • fluted pumpkin, green amaranth or hot leaf (uziza)
Unripe Plantain Porridge served hot!

My Chicken Pepper soup with Washed bitter leaf

How to cook my new Chicken pepper soup with washed bitter leaf

I Am First To Finish. For How Long?

 This morning, I am seriously considering our everyday winner gets a gift thing. It is becoming a chore for me with having to get something for the first to finish on a daily basis. At the end of the day, it is not only the winner who takes it. The loser also gets something because I cannot endure the cries and promises to do better next time.

At the beginning of this School session, I felt a little bit relaxed when it comes to morning rush. This is because the two "senior" girls have left for boarding School and it felt like "OK, with this two little ones, the work is reduced by half," I was sooo wrong.
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Re: Your Marriage Can Work, If You Make It Happen

Nigerian wedding picture image courtesy: In Love Naija.

After reading her story, It felt like the Sophia here has done what we should be doing to let the single ladies know that marriage is a Union that requires hard work. There are no two marriages that are the same. There is so much talk about divorce these days. Many singles have become scared of  commitments. Some go into marriage with BIG expectations, and when it is not what they envisaged, they rush out almost immediately. 
There is so much about woman empowerment and equality before the law. I am a believer in these, but I do not think that a "modern marriage"  is one where the woman goes into power struggle, or shows no  respect  at all for her husband, or where the woman talks to her husband like a no body. Whether we like it or not, In Africa, the man is still the head of his family and he deserves that respect. I am a believer in *any marriage can work if you make it happen.*

I have been married for over twelve years and the truth is my marriage is more peaceful now than when we got married initially. I remember times I practically
packed
Thursday, November 22, 2012

Your Best Christmas Shopping From The Nigerian Market Woman

The market woman trades on  food items, fruits, vegetables  and even household goods and appliances at the open market. The Nigerian open market is where we get to bargain for items before payment. I spoke with a friend just last week, She is Nigerian but her family left the country when she was still a child. She lived and studied abroad. She is in the country because according to her, their Father thinks that if they continue to study and begin to raise families abroad, that he will lose them forever. Where he got that idea no one knows. Her brother and sister have been sent down to study in Universities over here. He believes that giving them a University Education back home will provide an  opportunity for the girls to find love and raise their families where he can always get to see his grand children. 

Nora had no idea that when you go shopping for food items at the open market, you are supposed to bargain, to try and 'beat' down the price  to its barest minimum. She loves to get her fruits and vegetables from the open market but never bargained. I guess the traders recognized her as a newbie in the system and took advantage of that. The items she buys are always too small for the amount of money spent. When I discovered that, I had to give some tutorials on how to shop from 'our' open market.
The tutorial
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eya, Learn A Second Language!

French homework
French homework (Photo credit: eefeewahfah)
Learning a foreign language has become very necessary for me. Kids bring homework for supervision, I do it successfully in all other subjects except French Language. Every time there is home work in French Language, I keep my head straight,  put a little frown on,  before giving the response " Leave that one for Daddy or go check Online" If I do not put that little frown that makes me very serious, I will have to answer too many questions for not knowing  the answers to "that simple French Homework"

The kids are learning French in School. Hubby can speak English, French and  German fluently and even a bit of Japanese, so, why can't I just try to speak at least one foreign language. Am I that dull?  I announce to them on Sunday evening that before this year ends, I will not only be learning but speaking French Language in this house. They ask how and I refuse to say.  Why should I?  when all I want is shock them with speaking. 
There was no time to start yesterday as planned,
Monday, November 19, 2012

My Less Expensive But Classy Nigerian Wedding

Well, there is no wedding video here. This is not about my wedding video, LOL!  It is about what I consider Less Expensive But Classy when it comes to Nigerian Wedding. It is also about what is "acceptable wedding" in the Nigerian Society.
In the past, Nigerian weddings were less stressful and cheaper. Then people wedded according to what obtained in their tribes. Then, the Aso-ebi was more of a Yoruba thing. The only weddings where people attended  in uniformed dresses were  those by The Yorubas. A bride and groom from another part of the country focused on what obtains in their tribes and just did that. 

Again the Aso-ebi was only used during the Church (white) Wedding. The Traditional Marriage Ceremony was usually conducted without friends of the bride and groom making Uniform dresses. The highlight is just the bride and groom who attend dressed in their traditional attires. The bride picked her 'colors' for just the Church Wedding alone. For the Registry and Tradition, guests were free to wear what ever they chose. 
The trend has really shifted, and shifted even more in our twenty first centuryNigeria, which is a
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Letter To My Daughters

My Dearest Cuties,
How are you doing today? Hope you are doing great and having a good time?  We are fine except that we miss you so much. We are eagerly looking forward to the Christmas holiday. The days seem so slow while the nights drag too long. In just three weeks we are going to be together. These three weeks seem like a whole year to me. How are your friends? Do you find time to talk a little and have some fun or do you just read read read and read? 

Every evening I imagine you two reading in the School library. I see you walk back to your different rooms and Shaloooo, I see you waving goodnight to your little sister Boboo and I just wish that you two share the same room or hostel. If it were possible, I would have ensured that you both sleep side by side. 
It is shocking how
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Is Anything Wrong With Being Realistic?

Let’s BE REAL 
 There is something bothering me. I am trying to find out one thing. Being realistic about life, does it mean  a realistic person lacks faith? What I see around me and in this part of the world is something that is making me go into serious thoughts. 

Once upon a time in my dear country, when you ask a friend why she is not looking too well, she answers with words like; I have a cold, I am not feeling too well today, I've caught the flu, I have a sore throat, I have a running stomach, My head aches, I feel pain on my knees, I am down with a fever and so on. This was a few years back. Right now, it is different. When I see depressed looks, I cannot say what is wrong with even my own friends, and colleagues.
The new trend is "It is well" This response
Monday, November 12, 2012

True Confession Night

Spent the whole early hours enjoying #confession night on Twitter and laughing. Will like to share the twelve  that made me laugh the loudest: I refused to confess on Twitter and chose to make my confessions in the "privacy" of my blog readers.
Friday, November 09, 2012

High Heeled Shoes? Not Anymore


A short Comment I left at Romance Meets Life inspired  this post. While admiring Myne's collection of  lovely high heeled shoes, the memories just came right back. Never thought I'd say this here, but the discussion  after my comment made me decide to share. I love heels especially platforms. They help you walk elegantly. When you wear high heeled shoes your steps are taken care of. Even without much on, you feel confident and classy. I love platforms, I love heels. However, a fall I had recently made me decide to reduce my inches when it comes to beautiful stilts:

My husband and I were at a
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

25 Good Things Your Nigerian Church Can Do For You

  1. Provide snacks for Children Sunday School classes. This will help you save a little cash. Buying snacks by the church gate for kids before taking them to their classes? Shouldn't the offerings these kids give be used to make their classes more fun?  I used to frown at Birthday celebrations that take place in Children classes, but not any more. If not for these celebrations, there will be no form of entertainment for kids apart from singing, clapping and dancing.

  2. Stop telling little Kids who haven't started earning any income that not bringing offering is a sin. The parent's Tithe and offering covers them too. 

  3. Stop making members feel like God is some kind of magician who calculates the amount you give him and instantly makes you rich when you give big amounts. God is no magician, he works in mysterious ways. 

  4. Tell the congregation that God is interested first in you as a person. I am yet to see where God says that if you need a big car, you have to SOW  your property or a huge amount of cash to get it. Tell the people that he is not a God of  " The more you give the more you get" 

  5. Teach members that loud singing and clapping by 5am, Use of  microphones early in the morning and late at night in residential areas can be classified under noise pollution.

Why You Don't Need A Domestic Servant While Still Parenting

I read on a blog yesterday, how a house boy defiled a six year old girl left in his care while her parents were away at work. This post troubled me the whole day. Do you really need a domestic servant while still raising your kids?

No matter how hard you try to make them feel like family, Domestic helps don't accept you. They
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Ten Commandments Of Our Bathroom

English: Pedestal squat toilet
English: Pedestal squat toilet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Decorative toilet seat
Decorative toilet seat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. If at first you don't succeed, KEEP FLUSHING! DON'T RUSH OUT!
    1. You must sit straight up. Bending forward is not permitted as it may splash toilet water on your bum. Bending forward may soil the whole place when you have a running stomach. Sitting straight sends it straight down and neat too.

  2. You must not talk while in there. Lips must
    remain sealed to enable you concentrate.

  3. Do not forget to spray the deodorant before leaving. Spraying more than once can be offensive and choking so one pufffff is enough.
Monday, October 15, 2012

Something About Malala Yousaf Zai And Queen Esther

These two woman have something in common. They are both strong women. They both are women who do not turn their heads the other way when it is time to speak out. The two may not have the same beliefs, They do not come from the same era, but they know how to put others first. "putting others first." These are words that are easier said than done. 
Malala Yousaf Zai is on that hospital
Friday, October 12, 2012

A Look At The US Presidential Candidates' Wives

With the ongoing debates and polls about who did or did not do better at both the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates' debates, TV has become so much fun because one cannot help but laugh and learn at the same time. The Candidates are doing great, however, their wives are doing greater.

The way and manner
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Children And The Online World

 What do you think about Children and the Online World? The Online world has come to stay. The Internet is what we cannot do without at this age and time. The Online world is also a necessity when you need to reach out, to promote your goods and services and other things. A lot of advertisers cannot do without the online world.

The Young Child, Teenager And The Internet

The Internet has made
Monday, October 08, 2012

What's In A Name?

Eya Ojong Ayambem
"Today it is Joy Ojay, Tomorrow it will be Eya. Is she OK at all?  What is her name by the way?"...  "This lady is not serious at all. At a time when we are getting used to Joy Ojay, she suddenly switches to one long African Name Lol!"

Dear readers, please bear with yours truly. It is just one person.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

How Divorce Affects Some Children

Just this year, we read about Pastor Chris Okotie's divorce, or separation from Stephanie Henshaw. This morning I am reading about Bishop David Benenoch's announcement to his church. He has told his congregation that he is divorcing his wife of 20 years.  
No Couple goes  into marriage with prayers to divorce in the future. Divorce is never sweet for anyone. Yes! What happens to Kids after a separation or Divorce?

  1. Kids become unhappy as they cannot see one parent often. They probably saw both parents daily, but  now, it is one parent at a time.
Saturday, September 29, 2012

We Can Opt To Be Different

Grave mark of Mordecai and Esther
Grave mark of Mordecai and Esther (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There is something about humans. Have you realized that when too many people are engaged in something that is wrong, it begins to feel right?  When you see too many people doing something that you feel is not quite right, after a while, that same thing begins to feel Ok, and you are enticed to join the multitude.

Life is easier when we go along with the flow. Things just seem to work themselves out when you just play along. The difficult part of life, the part that is not so enjoyable is the part that
Friday, September 28, 2012

The Benefits Of Forbearance

The ability to refuse or refrain from becoming angry with people who deliberately annoy you is forbearance. You feel the pain, you feel hurt, but you tell yourself that you are not going to get
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How To Pop Corn In A Cooking Pot

Dear Diary, it has been quite a while. I have been having problems trying to upload images to you, so, I just decided to let it rest while I focus on wives
Monday, September 24, 2012

5 Characteristics Of A Nagging Woman

Marriage Day
Marriage Day (Photo credit: Fikra)
A nagging woman is the direct opposite of a peace loving woman. Any woman who complains all the time, always and daily has something to complain about is a nagging woman. A nagging woman is seldom happy. She is dissatisfied, has something to complain about, and feels like no body really does what she wants.  A nagging spouse believes that her happiness depends on others. She looks for people who can do her every whim, obey her commands, grant her every wish, and ask her for life directions.
The Characteristics:
Monday, September 10, 2012

Back To School, Time Management Tips For Busy Mothers

After about six weeks of fun, arguments, fights, more chores, family outing, noise, late bedtime and all, the kids are back to school The holiday is over. The days when they are allowed to sleep until they wake up naturally are gone. They watched TV, bookmarked favorite programs and shows, recorded at will, ate at will and had freedom to just be free and be themselves. A new school session begins
Saturday, September 01, 2012

Tips On Holding Successful Family Meetings

We can use family meetings as a tool for building stronger family relationships. The Agenda for a family meeting should be determined by every member of the family including the children. There should be some place in the house where every body includes what they want the family to talk about. It is important that every member of the family be given the opportunity to include topics that they want discussed. A family meeting agenda can be flexible or formal depending on your family. In order to ensure that family meetings are a success, here are a few things to remember: 

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