Simply Filipina

Have the passion of cooking, she's sharing you the goodness and deliciousness recipes from her KUSINA to your KUSINA! Or from my Kitchen to your Kitchen that will cost less yet very comforting that the entire family would enjoy! It's all about GOOD FOOD and more!!!


Last weekend i got a pretty great deals on groceries at my favorite store PUBLIX supermarket. I most likely doing my grocery shopping at them because i absolutely loved their store wide ads offer on weekly basis to their customers. The BOGO are extremely helpful, double the coupon and so much more. One thing i was very excited about last Saturday, was about the Turkey deals offer! They're having the .79 a pound of whole turkey, it's like you can get them for $8 to $12 + something. And i am talking about huge sizes of whole turkey meat! 

So, if you haven't check Publix yet, might as well go get some for you while supplies last! I am sure there are still available this week. By the way, I grabbed 2 that morning and came back at night grabbed 3 more for us it will last until spring or early summer of next year, just stocked them at the freezer, it won't get bad at all. Wink!

Browsing randomly through different online shops, I bumped into egnater amp at Musicians Friend. Geez I almost forgot, my sister had me search for a cheap but nice amplifier for dad’s office. They recently opened one in the Philippines and knowing that I’ll send some goods soon, they want me to include amplifier or stuff for the sound system because accordingly they need it for presentations. It will be quite heavy and will occupy a lot of space in the box, not going to be practical if we grab one straight from here. But might as well do some research to find a good deal.


Got this at a consignment store here in our locale, at The our place furniture store. When i saw this on her facebook page that night i told myself i must have them! So the next day the husband timely drove over there for his furniture delivery and so then i went with him to get this gorgeous tea pot sets. I likey because it's unique! It's a tiger-ish color with plants and vegetable patterns on it. The cups and saucers are so cute! They're looking great and almost brand new! For a $20 price you can't beat the deal! Love the look on my kitchen counter top right at the very corner. Wink! 

I got a new little black dress from a generous friend and I thought it would be a nice outfit this coming Sunday for the worship meeting. Since it is plain black I want to accessories it with a bright bangle. I don’t have one, lol! But then found them at Reeds.com, a nice collection of sequin bangles in bright and lovely colors. I’m really not a bangle girl and I’m wondering myself why the sudden liking. Anyway this is still not final yet, I hope the thoughts of it go away, I’ll wait for a couple of days more, otherwise.


Thankful for my day off today since everyone are celebrating "Thanksgiving day". Had a chance to slept in and play with kids in the bed. Meanwhile, we get up and thought of having some homemade donuts for breakfast! So i did made ourselves some yummy and hot fresh Thai donuts that I've learned from the restaurant i am working with. These tiny little donuts are so delectably melts in your mouth with a special house sauce for dipping. Since, i had them at the restaurant, its then my favorite to make make at home! They're not so sweet actually. Perfect for cold morning here in FL, as well sipping my hot coco with marshmallow! Life is good! Good morning!

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Serving these food everyday is worth the hard work! I truly enjoying and loving my offline job recently! Yes, i am officially working mommy now at a Thai Restaurant here in our place. We only serves delicious authentic Thai cuisines and a twist of Filipino too. these are some of the dishes that we have in the restaurant. Aren't they look so good and inviting?

~Red Dragon Roll~

~Salmon Mango~

~Mango Sticky Rice~

We have all kinds of noodles soup too, stir fry noodles, appetizers from tempura to crab ragoon, sushi, shashimi, rolls and maki, mouth watering Thai desserts and lots to choose from entrees, specials and more!



I’m not fond of peanut butter but we can’t run out of it since the husband is such a fan! He can finish a bottle in one sitting and just like him the little man loves PB too! They love it in their cookies, sandwiches, and bananas and since I like to give them different kinds of snacks, I am now including peanut butter into some of my dishes and breads. I must say it’s really good and I am becoming a peanut butter fan myself. But then again, the main reason why I don’t like it is that I tend to have pimples, am not saying it’s the cause but it’s what happens whenever I get to have my share of peanut butter.


Untill recently, I stumbled upon Wow Butter “Taste Just Like Peanut Butter!” It’s the only peanut butter replacement in the world that taste, feel, and looks like the real thing! It has a creamy texture but it’s made in 100% peanut free, gluten free, nut free, egg free, and dairy free facility. It has no added colours, flavours and preservatives and most importantly it’s made with all natural, NON GMO ingredients.
I love making the peanut butter filled donuts either i made the dough by scratch or a store bought biscuit dough (Pillsbury). Pretty simple, prepare the biscuit and heat oil for deep frying. Then toss the dough, wait until golden brown and drain the excess oil. Cool. Then start preparing the delicious peanut butter sauce and you can use the WOWButter this time it doesn't make any difference. My son said "wow it's peanut butter! YUMMY" lol. 

For the peanut butter sauce filling: 
  • 1/4 cup heavy whip cream 
  • 2 egg yolks 
  • 4 tbsp white sugar 
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk 
  • half tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3-4 tbsp WOW BUTTER 
  • 1/4 cup crash peanuts (optional)
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I have often talked about how I lose weight in my previous post but nothing so detailed and honest. I am somehow hesitant because I know exactly how it feels to be on the other side. Like all those stories about successful weight loss are just stories, easier said than done. I have read a lot of how to’s before and try to strictly follow it but nothing seemed to work. Well that was actually the wrong there, I strictly followed, not considering the fact that something that works for the other may not work for some. So I reached almost size 14 and then came the turning point. I wasn’t happy already and realized I have to work for it. When you’re in a battle, you need to be armed and that’s what I did. I read all the how to’s again, grab as much healthy magazines, and underlined the things I believed would work.

I’ll share some of those that really helped me shed off those extra pounds. First, water therapy. Drinking 2 full glasses of water in the morning before anything jump starts everything. When you drink water in an empty stomach, it increases your metabolism and also makes you feel full the rest of the day. In addition, don’t drink water right away after a meal. Wait for 30 mins before drinking, if you want you can squeeze out lemon as well.

Cut the sugar. I love desserts I managed to lay-low. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy sugary treats anymore, believe me, I still bake a lot. The secret is to share your portion. When you can’t help but to grab that super moist chocolate cake, slice and share the other half.

Exercise. You don’t have to be on the gym and follow those strict routines. Exercise means to move as much as you can. Since I’m a full time mom and don’t have much time to work out, I opted for gardening and mowing, those I consider my exercise, not just fun but therapeutic as well.

If you want to try food supplements, there’s nothing wrong with that. I did too but you gotta make sure it’s safe. Don’t expect it to be so effective that it brings about miracles. My point is if it’s safe then it’s worth the try. Like TRIMSPA diet pills and TRIMSPA diet supplement, a good friend recommended it to me so I wasn’t scared to try it. It’s the combination of all the steps I mentioned that made me lose weight. Hey but I’m far from skinny. Just that I’m very much happy and satisfied with my size now that I became a fashion blogger. (Big Grin) Who would have thought? LOL!


Crepes are mine and kids favorite desserts or breakfast to have! We usually go to IHOP or Bob Evans for crepes. I love the mix berries fillings to be exact. Meanwhile, kids loves their Nutella crepes so as per request this morning i made them some. 

Here is my simple recipe yet it's very delicious!

You Need: 

1 cup buttermilk pancake mix (I use the KRUSTEAZ light and fluffy)
1 cup 2% milk
2 beaten eggs
1/4 tsp lemon extract
cooking spray
1 semi-ripe banana
Nutella for filling
chocolate syrup for drizzles
confectioner sugar (optional for dashing)

How:

  • In a bowl, whisk the first 4 ingredients (pancake mix, milk, eggs and lemon extract) altogether until well blended. 
  • Heat skillet over medium to low heat then light spray it for grease. 
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter mixture in the middle then spread it out to the skillet, cook until lightly brown on each side. 
  • Then in a serving dish, start plating with Nutella filling and form it whatever you desired. 
  • Add slice banana on top and drizzles it with Hershey's chocolate syrup and dash it with powdered sugar! 
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Had a wonderful weekend with family, it's all our kids on the weekend. Taken them at kids toys store and they had fun so much! Got them some toys and stuff. Then I was asked by my son if I can buy him a guitar? Well of course if it’s the beginners’ kind without the guitar power amp rack, lol! Seriously, I would gladly get him one if he wants to. I told him mom would be so happy if he learns to play an instrument especially if that’s a guitar. Taking the little man and little sister to music class, probably this coming summer. Winks!

Just wanted to share this very important article, everyone must read:

Some molds, such as those in blue cheese, are safe to eat. But others can be dangerous, especially to people who are in frail health, warns the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. The molds on bread and grain products are among the most toxic. Often the visible mold has rootlike threads that penetrate the food. Moreover, the toxins produced by mold cannot be destroyed by cooking. The Wellness Letter recommends:

 ▪ Refrigerate produce if possible, and use it before mold grows.

 ▪ Throw out small fruits, such as berries or grapes, that are moldy. Wash fruit only when you are ready to eat it, as moisture promotes mold.

 ▪ Small moldy areas of large, hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples, potatoes, cauliflower, or onions, may be safely cut out. Moldy soft fruits, such as peaches and melons, should be discarded.

 ▪ Moldy hard cheese may be partially salvaged by cutting away the outer part at least an inch [2—3 cm] away from the mold. But throw out moldy soft cheese and yogurt, along with moldy bread, meat, leftovers, nuts, peanut butter, syrups, and preserves.

Source: Awake

Drug addiction has long been a problem of the society. It’s the cause of insurmountable heartbreaks and damages not just to the lives of the patients but as well as their loved ones. It is something so serious that back then nobody would even talk about it, thinking that drug addiction is a hopeless case. But things changed big time. No doubt it is still one of the world’s biggest problems but today, people are accepting the fact that a victim does needs the strongest of help, professional detox for example. They become open about such treatment, a sign that the do want to be free and well again. That may well be the positive side of things.

Having a network of good friends may well increase a person’s life span, reports the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. A study of nearly 1,500 Australians aged 70 or over examined how relationships affected longevity over a ten-year period. Individuals with a strong network of friends had a mortality rate 22 percent lower than those with few friends. Active friendships also have a positive effect among the elderly when it comes to “depression, self efficacy, self esteem, coping and morale, or a sense of personal control,” says the report.

Source:  from Awake magazine, 2007

Okay so today I feel like reading health articles and as a random pick, I came across cigarette smoking and its alternative electronic cigarette or what is known as e cigarette. Sort of reminds me of my old friend during one of our conversations. I haven’t seen one I told her but she and a couple more college friends are using e cigarette as their preferred way to smoke. They actually started back in college, when the peer pressure was strong, and they wanted to make a statement, to be someone. Stress is another thing, they say smoking calms them somehow, like they have to take a cigarette break to relax. That’s when the love and hate relationship between them and smoking begun. They love it in the sense that they’re addicted to it but hate it as well knowing it’s dangerous to the health. But anyway, they still do smoke and one of them is my friend whom I chatted recently.

Many studies and researched have been conducted to verify its safety and effectiveness. Also it is more sanitary to use because the device is refillable and rechargeable which makes it more pocket-friendly, users can just refill whichever variant they want, whenever, wherever. Accordingly, it also comes in many flavors, chocolates, blueberry and apple are just some of her favorites. And the catch is, some e cigarettes don’t include nicotine and those dangerous substances so it makes tobacco consumption lesser. Reports shows that it is most popular in Western Europe are now accepted worldwide. Well I bet she had her first experience with e cigarette from one of her trips in Europe, she worked for a cruise ship back then. That girl gets her stuff through online, since it’s more convenient and relatively cheap. She buys them in bulk so as to cut cost. Well she seems to be very happy about it. But actually she also mentioned about her goal to smokes in moderation. I’m just glad that after all these years of not being in contact with her, we can still be open about so many things even those serious stuff like her old habit.


One of the best potato soup you could taste. Never would have thought that one day this dish would be one of my favorite. Started when we dined in at Legend's restaurant back in Tennessee. Husband's favorite so he encourage me to try also so without a second thought i ordered from then on, my affair of this delicious side dish is pretty strong, lol. I learned how to make my own version of creamy and silky potato soup inspired by the restaurant and i didn't it! i admit mine is better than any other gourmet places in our locale that we've been, truly speaking! So without furthering it i will share my recipe and try it for yourself!

You need:

10 peeled large potatoes (slice to mini square portion)
6 bacon strips (chopped)
chopped medium onion
4 cups water
4 cups 2% milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp paprika
dash of garlic salt
a cup of cheddar cheese
1/4 cup instant mash potato mix (for creamy soup)
a cup of garlic Parmesan croutons
1/2 cup of chives (optional)

How:

In a pot, toss chopped bacon until crisp. Set aside. Using the bacon greased sauteed onion until fragrant and caramelized. Toss the slice potato in the pot, stir and add paprika, garlic salt, salt and pepper the stir gradually. After stirring, pour the water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then pour the milk, stir it continuously. Then simmer it approx 45 min to an hour in medium heat with continuous checking and stirring to prevent on sticking underneath until the potatoes completely cook. ( JUST ADD WATER OR MILK) if the sauce evaporates a lil to your desired. Then pour cheese and the quarter a cup of instant mash potato mix for thickening the soup slightly and the set aside crisp bacon chunks. Simmer it for extra minutes and serve moderately hot along with your favorite garnish on top (i use the croutons in garlic Parmesan) Enjoy the creamy and savory potato soup.

Happy Cooking!


Chocolates make everything better no doubt about it. It can put a smile to a frowning face, perks up the weary and cheer the gloomy. We all have our favorite chocolates, and I personally can attest to the fact that a bite of my favorite chocolate brings out the kid in me, not to mention it does melt my heart! So what are my favorites? I have lots, but I prefer those milky and rich bonbons since they ain’t too sweet. Some people would prefer white chocolates though, and can never get enough of the creamy goodness that never fails to delight their taste buds. Well it really doesn't matter, this kind of sweet treat is a sure hit isn't it? Speaking of chocolates, there’s one kind that I've been looking for ever since. The first time I had it was way back in my youngster years when a friend of my father got home from abroad and gave us a box of Chocolate Truffles as a gift. Since then i saw the real looking seashells made of chocolates, it’s tattooed on my mind and never left me at peace. But hey, the long wait is over, I just saw it and got to grabbed it, yay!


I’m talking about Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate, the best tasting chocolate ever! Promised! It’s very unique and cool actually, inside the box are irresistible 100% pure chocolate seashells assortments filled with luxuriously rich and creamy chocolate truffles. It comes in different packaging and collection, any chocolate lover will have a hard time picking one. Yes right, that’s the reason me and the kids had a chocolate overload these few days now. My daughter's favorite is the dark truffles. Gave couple of boxes to my parent in-laws and they love love it too! Look at the little man holding those boxes! He was ear to ear smiles and asked "are these all chocolates? with a big smirked on his face, haha! Believe me, I was smiling twice as much as he was, nuff said! LOL! Can't wait to try? use this coupon code Chocolate10 to save 10% through the end of the year at the checkout.

Short Introduction : Guylian “ultra-indulgent” luxurious chocolate seashells are 100% pure, silky smooth, dark and white Belgian chocolate and are filled with their rich & creamy signature hazelnut filling. The Guylian brand dates back to the late 1950’s when Guy Foubert, a passionate Belgian chocolataire married his love, Liliane, who then joined names creating Chocolaterie Guylian. Today, Guylian crafts the finest authentic Belgian Chocolate Truffles, utilizing the original handmade recipe of Guy and Liliane. Our original signature truffle recipe is still made in small-batch copper kettles exclusively by Guylian’s Master Chocolatiers in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.

So without furthering much, Guylian allowed me to host a giveaway! Experience the ultra-indulgent luxurious treats right here, right now! The giveaway starts 9th of October until the 30th of this month. Open to US only. One lucky winner (1) will receive the following products: 
  • One – 22 piece box of Guylian Artisanal Belgian Original Chocolate Truffles 
  • One – 22 piece box of Guylian Artisanal Belgian Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles 
  • Two - 6 piece Original Chocolate Truffle Box 
  • Four - 2 piece Original Chocolate Truffle Box No Sugar Added Chocolate Bars—Milk and Dark Chocolate (one bar of each) 
  • One- 16 piece Vanilla Cream Truffles - Limited Edition
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I super like these set of four (4) bowls for my soup dishes like a home-made chili or an onion soup perhaps that my family would and always enjoy. Actually, I've been looking around for the perfect soup bowls lately because I love home cooking and it's been my hobby since. Cook delicious meals, make new recipes and all that stuff. I think i finally looked the right one! These stoneware soup bowls is definitely i need, what i like about is they're versatile, can be a bowl for our favorite soup or even use for a rice dish when i plan to cook an Asian meal them huh! I love it, nothing can stop me getting these at Target! I'll be ordering this online since the store doesn't carry them. 

It’s just so nice to have a Filipina sister-in-law, she reminds me of home so much. We can get to talk about anything and relate to everything. We love the same food, we watch the same type of movies, and best thing is that we can be open to each other about plans in life. In one of our chitchats, she mentioned about her plans of getting into massage therapy training. Such skill is very in demand here in the US and since she wants to go back to work in the future, that’s something she wants to learn. Well I’m here o support her, that would be so nice. By then I will definitely be her first customer. Winks!

Had a delectable and satisfying dinner date with family on the weekend at Bono's BBQ place here in town. I must say they are one of the best BBQ restaurant you could have. Their food are fantastic specially the grilled chicken they serve, there is a hint of a Filipino flavored which i thought they use a similar recipe on it (mix of ginger, spices, teriyaki kinda way) Husband loves it so much one reason he enjoy going there! 


The cook prep is way neat, as you go walk in inside, the big grilling station welcome you ahead. Apparently you can view the mouth watering, delicious goodness of the meat while they are cooking. The chefs are friendly and they make sure you are enjoying your stay at the resto.


They have the bar as well at the front of the grilling station where you can eat and have some fun.


Fried mushrooms are the best one i ever eaten from them. We love it as our appetizers with their home-made ranch dressing, yummy! We ordered it because the lil girl can't get enough of it. Very tasty which is crunchy on the outside then juicy and soft in the inside, just melts in your mouth as you bite it. The flavor is so settled and you only wanted more and more!


Another favorite appetizer i must have, is their chicken wings, it's either spicy or just the southern style wings which was my main dish that night. Although they quite of choices from super spicy hot, to garlic butter, barbecue, sweet and spicy. 



Ok, here is my plate! Southern style chicken wings with celery and ranch dressing, a side of okras (my favorite) and a side of french fries. So stuffed and very satisfied. 

You should visit this place guys i tell they have the best food you ever taste!



Wine is good as long as it’s taken moderately, in fact wine has health benefits and medicinal values as well. But some people took it to the next level and became alcoholics. The sad thing is that, when you become one, it’s hard to break free from the habit. But did you know that there’s a champagne-like, sparkling beverage but without the alcohol and it’s even natural and healthy? Kristian Regale brings us their Sparkling beverage that’s non-alcoholic, all natural with 8 variants from real fruit juice, gluten and caffeine free and since it’s from Swedish origin, it has less sugar and fewer calories.

Now we got all reasons to celebrate! You know there are those happy moments and you want to open a bottle of champagne but can’t cause the kids can’t join in? With Kristian Regale, even kids can join and enjoy the bubbly and delicious beverage! I’m glad to have these 4 variants in handy- Peach, Pomegranate, Black Currant and of course Apple! I gave one to my parent-in-laws the black currant flavor and without further ado, they totally love it and can't get enough with it! I am so glad that i shared it to them because they looking for healthy and refreshing products that won't harm them you know. If you haven’t tried Kristian Regale yet, grab a bottle now and let’s drink to good health. Wink!

Moreover, I love to cook and experimenting my food every now and then. So without hesitant i infuse the sparkling juices in some of my recipes. As you can see first thing i made was my homemade pancake. I used to remember before i got here in the US, i make our pancake by scratch and never use the store bought pancake mix. One morning i made my husband and kids their delicious breakfast.


In a bowl, i mix 2 cups sifted all purposed flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup whiter sugar, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 cup fresh milk and 1/2 cup Kristian Regale in Peach flavor instead of orange soda that i normally use. Then just whisk them altogether until the batter gets smooth and bubbly. Then just cook it just the same as you do cook your regular pancakes in a skillet or griddle. Then serve them with your favorite fruits and sides (we had scrambled eggs and hot dogs). It was delicious as always, family enjoyed their plates!

Meanwhile, another fixes i did that day was my healthy fruits smoothies. My daily routine to start my morning. I mix some fresh strawberries, a slice of banana, a handful of fresh frozen blueberries, cut pineapple, slice if apple, few grapes and few baby spinach. Instead of water for liquid, I opted it to Kristian Regale sparkling juice with couple of ice for extra taste. Love it so much!

The last one i incorporate the sparkling juice was the Korean beef spareribs! I must say it is delectably good. I braised the beef using quarter a cup of apple flavor, we can tastes the mouth watering delicious concoction of the meat and the sauce is so good. The Korean beef is always my husband favorite!

Korean Beef Recipe:

1 lbs baby beef spareribs (cut to serving pieces)
2 gloves garlic (chopped)
2tbsp soy sauce
1tsp vinegar
1/4 cup KG
1/4tsp ground pepper
pack of green peas
1 tsp cooking oil

Saute garlic until light brown. Bring the meat and stir, pour soy sauce, vinegar, KG and pepper. Cover and braised it for 10-15 minutes or until meat is brown. Toast the vegetable then stir. Let the everything marries together until the sauce is a bit of caramelized.

So, if you haven’t tried Kristian Regale yet, grab a bottle now and let’s drink to good health and ofcourse enjoy cooking with them. Wink! Like them on Facebook for more updates and tips. Follow on Twitter as well.

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Had a fantastic weekend with all those delicious food trucks in out city last Saturday. Food Truck Frenzy invaded us! A moving culinary event, for one reason to visits cities and towns and to share their delectable cuisines in different origins of life. These was the second time in two months. The park was totally packed. It's raining yet it didn't stop the fun and people are just having the best time of their life. Food includes, BBQ, tacos, Korean, Japanese, seafood such as lobster rolls, wide varieties of snacks, cupcakes, drinks and more. I love the Empanada & Fries truck, they have the best empanada I've ever taste. With variety of flavors from spicy beef, to chicken, ham & cheese, shrimp and lots more! They have desserts empanada as well, my favorite was the dulce de leche. It give me the idea to make one one day! Will definitely try the Nutella empanada. Wink. 

Such a lovely weekend, kids had fun and so as we! Took home some foodies we bought on the event. 

Went for a longest drive lately to delivered some stuff to a costumer. I preferred to be with him instead driving alone for 8 hours total. It was a fun ride seeing scenic views here and there! One thing as well i was assisting him while he was installing the outdoor furniture we brought. He put them together and holding a a spring clamp to the certain spot here and there. So the tasks are more easy and quick. Afterwards he treated his reliable assistant to a delicious dinner date at Apple Bee's, lol! 


Nothing beat of fresh and delicious fruit smoothies to start up your day. Always love and want healthy breakfast such as the one i made for myself and kids this morning. A mix of banana, pineapples, strawberries, frozen blueberries and grapes with couple pieces of ice and a cup of water to complete the delectable flavor. The pineapples gives the sweetness and tropical taste. It is indeed a super food to start the week. 

Have a wonderful weekdays ahead everyone!

I am talking about one of the family member that is looking for a custom stuff for his new business which is hot sauce. He goes to shows and events here and there. He thought of getting his name to the next level. Trying to help him find the best tablecloth printing around. This is the best way to lift his hot sauce brand in whenever fairs, festival events and shows he is going to attend in the future. So far so good, positive feedback and comments he is getting. 


As far as i could remember when growing up is that, i am not fond of this wonder vegetable. Monringa or we called it in native dialect as Malungay is very common to our household. My dad's favorite he can have them everyday! He believes the healthy benefits of it! He keeps reminding us that when we were kids and wanted us to continue eating. The tree itself called horseradish. Very famous in the Philippines. Anyway, this tree i used to take it for granted. I remembered how my grandma fixed it and mom, aunts and dad's favorite cooking is law-oy way. Haha, in-short nothing special but a mix of water, fish (not necessary) slice tomatoes, chop green onions, some garlic for aromatic effect, salt to taste, few other veges such eggplants or string beans and the famous Monringa. Just simmer it until everything is cook. 

So therefore, right now i realized how much i took it for granted. Once in a while i wanted to have those malunggay in my plate either way i could fix them. Gladly we move in FL, now the weather is more on tropical sides. So we planted some trees and they're blooming like crazy, this was my first harvest and first taste since i came here to US seven years ago! Right now, i would never take this for granted and the nutritional benefits of the vegetable is unbeatable which is the important!


When you’re on a diet, it is only natural to avoid eating in-between meals or having a snack. But who among us doesn’t want a real good snack? But here’s the good news, I came across Barefruit Snacks- our much awaited guilt-free snacks! Barefruit is a healthy snack that is 100% organic-baked dried fruit, low in calories, and naturally sweet. From the name itself, you’ll get this idea that it comes from the very fruit, nothing but the fruit! I like the way how the apple chips are baked and those natural sugars caramelize which give us a sweet and tart flavor.


My daughter loves it and I glad cause it’s healthy for her. She ate them with her favorite dipping sauce, lol. Meanwhile, the lil man is not so fond of chips but to my pleasant surprise he really does love this fruits chips! Absolutely healthy and addicting. On my part though, I love their dried fruits especially their mangoes, i bet it is good for sure. It’s my favorite actually because it reminds me a lot like home. Plus they’re not just snacks to munch but can also be infused to baking. Oh well, gotta keep these goodies in our pantry I guess. Winks!

So without further ado it's my pleasure to announce to my readers and friends about Bare fruit Snacks giveaway click here to win a case of delicious apple chips! Good luck to all you guys!

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 ~Lemon Cake~

~Chocolate Oreo Cakes~

Had fun baking and decorating my lovely cakes as seen on photos. I got few (suki) wanted to have my specialty cakes so even though i am quite hectic nowadays, I didn't refuse to make their favorites! The very in-demand cakes i have here are my Oreo flavors. They love love it and i know it's good, lol. The frosting that i made with my own secret recipe what made it bloody delicious. Super creamy, velvety texture and not so sweet that all you can taste is the sugary icing! Of course the super moist cake inside compliment each other.

The other specialty cake i did this week is the lemon cake with lemon curd concoction filling. Well, I am always enjoying whenever i do my hobby which baking even though i squeezed them in on my busy schedule! Now time to send this lemon cake over the girls. Wink!


Here i am so clueless about technology and stuff like that, however though i am glad i have my own personal computer savvy with me. I ask my partner about disk defragmenter? And he explains it to me very well. Now i learned it's for the hard drive, files pictures, files system, everything about files. So anyway, when you keep using your files they eventually fragmented them into pieces. So by using the disk defragmenter, it will help you gather your files again easily. That's it, am glad i know lil bit some pieces of this kind of stuff!

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Looking for seafood that satisfy your cravings? Seafood delicacies is always number one favorite among everyone! Because they are delicious, addicting, healthy to eat and full of nutrients. It's summer and everyone is calling for seafood. I believed they're always refreshing and food for the soul. It reminds me of my hometown, growing up my dad provide us these kind of stuff, shrimp, crabs, fish, lobster and more! Best way to get them is through online you can buy seafood online at a fraction of the store price locally. Plus they are delivered to your door the next shipping day! Well, when we lived at Tennessee i hardly get seafood and it's a pain because i always crave them especially lobster, it is my favorite of all! So with regards to that my partner usually buy lobster online for me to enjoy my cravings every now and then. Well, who doesn't love lobsters? they are delectably good.

So moving on, we had a great supper at the parent in-laws house last night with the entire family. Dad, mom, grandma, sisters in law, brother in law, nieces and the kiddos. We got invited for an awesome dinner, talk about seafood feast! PIL make sure to have this get together dinner that most likely happens twice a month every Friday of the week. We're all stuffed and had the best seafood dinner lately!

So if you love seafood? Better yet check seafood online as well because the price and quality is outstanding! They get the premium brand and guarantee to arrive to you. And remember seafood are always the best idea to have this time of the season. (Wink)

Ok, back in June I received some good treats from the generous cookie man, Mr. Bart Smith, the founder of BartsCookies.com. He's been making it for over 20 years, and I tell you it is one of best cookies I've ever eaten. Bart is known for his world famous chocolate chips cookies, because .. do you know why? They are baked fresh daily as you order! How good is that? There are no added preservatives whatsoever. When you place your order, if not that day, they are baked for you immediately, and shipped the same day. Talk about getting cookies shipped to you as fresh as can be.



I must admit I am a cookie lover! And Bart's cookies are addicting for me, and my family. We had two kinds of cookies sent to us: (1) the white chocolate chip cookies and (2) milk chocolate chip cookies. Both were delicious! My kids devoured half of them and I ate the rest, LOL. The white chocolate chips are my favorite flavor of all time and they have what I want for a cookie. Because, unlike others out there, these are not flat! Bart's cookies are thick and just right to enjoy every bite. Soft inside, and a 'lil crunchy on the outside! Right now, I am craving some of Bart's cookies, and I'm so glad I found BartsCookies.com. I checked out his site to see what flavors he bakes besides my favorite one! (Wink) 

So, if you are looking for freshly baked (and gluten free) chocolate chip cookie delights, then, check out BartsCookies.com!

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Whoa! That's exactly our reaction when the pizza delivered to our table, lol. It was humongous large size house special pizza! Literally my lil man lighted up his face and his big round eyes because he and his sister love pizzas so much. Freshly made pizzas are of course the best one to eat unlike the others I've known (no name names). We can tell the difference between fresh and frozen. Probably this is one of the best pizza we ever ate so far. It's made of mix with pepperonis, mushrooms, Italian sausage, green bell peppers, caramelized onion with the mozzarella cheese and the thick crust dough that fresh made daily. The crust just deliciously crunchy from the outside yet soft in the inside! It smells terrific too!
We enjoy our dined in at Nino's Italian place. This was our first time to try their pizza specials because normally we just get the individual slices for kids and we orders our own preferred menus. I typically order the pasta with fried seafood on the side meanwhile the husband is his favorite plates which several of them.

Anyway, Check out your local Nino's Italian Food restaurant and won't miss to try them out. Wink.

The other day I was looking for a good pair of scissors to cut some stuff with and all I could find were regular scissors. That's when I found Tesco direct. They have a large selection of Knives and Scissors and great prices. They don't just have knives and scissors though, they have all the sharpeners and knife blocks to go along with them. I spent quite a while looking at the endless variety of knives, scissors and accessories there.
They really do have a large selection of Knives and scissors. My favorite is the kitchen scissors, as they cut a variety of different things easily and without alot of effort. They also have electric knives, finger guards, honing oils for sharpening and a great selection of wood, plastic and metal blocks to hold all of their great knives and scissors. One of my favorites is their knife block called the Voodoo Block. It looks like a Voodoo doll made out of metal and has spots for the knives to stick in it. It looks really cool! My other favorite is the Taylor Eye Witness Wild 5 Piece Knife Block Set. It's a stunning set of 5 colorful non-stick coated stainless steel knives that includes a Sloping Arcylic Block/Stand, Chef's Knife, Bread Knife, Carving Knife, Utility Knife and a Paring Knife. They are colored with wildlife patterns like Zebra, a Tiger and even a Snake! You should see them for yourself as they look amazing. I will be sure to get a set of these for my wife, as she loves the look of wildlife patterns. Don't forget to get your knife and scissor sharpeners though, because most knives will need an occasional sharpening.

Good thing that Tesco direct also has that covered. Their sharpeners are built to last a long time and they have electric sharpeners as well as the old style steel sharpeners on a handle and the stone type sharpeners that require honing oils. Whatever type of sharpener you prefer, they are sure to have it. Please check them out and see their large selection of Knives, Scissors and accessories for yourself. You will surely find a favorite as well!


More and more people around the world chose to go organics or simply living the healthy kind of way. Avoiding foods that are high in fat, carbs, sugar and opting to the natural ones, no preservatives, less caffeine, and stuff like that. I must say in my not so distance past, I never really like vegetables and fruits a lot, oh well look now! I can’t go on a day without my meal of pure fruits and my glass of smoothie. We always make sure to keep a supply on our fridge but then come to think of it, will they remain as fresh as they’re supposed to be? I mean putting them in the fridge doesn’t keep them fresh for a long time!

 

So what can we do? There’s a great innovation called Bluapple® and they say if you love fruits and vegetables, then you’ll love it twice as much! How does Blue Apple works?

I am glad i have known this lil friend here! I have a Vegetable garden and i tell you they sprouts like crazy! I couldn't imagine if Bluapple® isn't present in my fridge, sure my harvested produce lasted longer than we anticipated compare it before without the bluapple. I got 2 sample pack, i kept the one and the other one i shared it to my mom in-law which is since then she also like it because she's worst than me in gardening, lol. Thank you for your product! Wink!

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These are some of my all time favorite Filipino kakanin or native pinoy delicacies. Every now and then we crave this decadent pinoy snacks and most of us living here in the States we find our selves making this stuff in the comfort of our home. One thing i miss Philippines is our delicious and varieties of food! Nothing compares and couldn't say more that we truly have the delicious food you could have. Foodies that are inviting and versatile, you won't get tired craving and enjoy eating them.

These Filipino native delicacies typically made of sweet rice, coconut milk, brown/white sugar, rice flours, eggs, and milk. Such things like biko, ginataan, the chikalang, they're all made of this delicate sticky rice accompanied of course with sugary ingredients. I must admit these are my weakness ever since i could remember! Growing up, waiting to manang tindera outside when she starts hollering her baskets full of kakanin. 

Since i am away from home (PH) i make sure our native delicacies are introduced to my family here in abroad. Some they love to eat, some as well they don't bother, lol. However, for me they're all the best food I've ever eaten! Hands down to that!

How about you what's your favorite kakanin?


Besides cooking, baking, sewing, crafting, blogging, writting, pitching, facebooking, selling, chatting, posing and everything i do couponing too! Yes, been doing this since my mother in law introduce it to me way back years ago. She even gave me a coupon baggy for all the coupons I've collected and collecting every now and then. What makes it more interesting is that, I finally figured out the extreme couponing deal! I enjoy going on my trip to grocery store especially Publix and watch those numbers going down by my coupons. They have so much deals to offer, BOGO and so much more! So last night we had the trip and i save chunks of bucks as you can see in the receipt. Not really bad huh!I 

Every time I hear the line above, I think of the rasta colors- red, yellow and green and the feeling of elevation, like indeed- “Every lil thing’s gonna be alright!” Then I think of the happy, Jamaican spirit which reflects very well in those famous Reggae songs. I think of the warm melodies and fun colors, instruments like guitars, Djembe, and yes cajon drum at musicians friend, lol! Now I’m feeling the groove! Might as well sit back and relax while I listen to the good-old classics. Oh and yes, makes me think of the coastline and all the fun things to do there, winks!


It was my first time to step inside on an Italian Bakeshop. Actually they sell all kinds of authentic Italian delicacies, pastas, sandwiches and more to mention. Main thing i noticed outside the glass wall are these cute cookies. They have quite a number of assorted cookies in the front aisle and i told my self I've got to check them out. So after we had our lunch on the next  door of this bakeshop, hubby took kids in the car meanwhile i detoured myself to see what's inside. I was excited just because i love cookies and such, lol. I had the sweetest time picking and pointing cookies to put on my cookie box. Ordered a pound of assorted cookies from ITALIA! Wink. 


Bound to food shopping at Publix shortly. Sunday is our adventure going to grocery to get some stuff for the week. Usually we done it this day or Saturday but most typically yours truly get lazy on the weekend and the last moment before the week started again. Always make sure the lists is check before hand, so in that way i know what to grab and where to go. Fruits, vegetables, meats, rice, bread, condiments and kids snacks are my priority. I only shop for food once a week, for me is the most convenient thing to do since i really don't like going on the weekdays because it's too busy in the store.


Have you ever try to season your fruit salad with salt? I am avoiding sweets and sugary stuff since i started my diet plan back last January of 2013. Since then i am more into healthier stuff. As you all know i am into smoothies as well, most of my morning starter. I use my NutriBullet helper to fix my family and I a healthy breakfast. Using our favorite fruits and mix them with green leafy vegetables like spinach, cucumber, arugula and more.

Anyway, I was letting my self pig out on the weekend sometimes, lol. So i make sure to back it up with fruits during weekdays which is most likely my schedules are busy! So these are my lunch salted fruit salad. I slice and mix assorted berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, then toast some grapes, some watermelon slices and of course oranges. Then dash of salt here and there plus a squeezed of fresh orange too! Delish and very refreshing! Try it, you will definitely love it! Wink!

You need:

6-7 pieces strawberry
a handful of blueberries
a handful of raspberries
a handful of grapes
1 cup watermelon slice
1-2 big oranges

How:

In a deep serving dish, Slice the fruits that needs to be cut. Then toast them altogether, stir and season it with salt to taste. Squeezed one fresh orange and stir. Serve cool.

Enjoy!

If you are finding it difficult to create great meals that the entire family enjoys, then you may be using the wrong tools. Cheap cookware is cheap for a reason. It doesn't help you make great food. It only helps you burn things. Investing in a good high quality set of cookware will go a really long way. Not only will a high quality cookware set help you create great food, but it will last you your entire lifetime. How do you find the perfect cookware?

Start Shopping On the Internet
If you want to find the best cookware, you can't go to the local department stores. Your selection will be limited to just a few choices. The Internet opens the door to a large world of cookware. You can find anything and everything that you could ever imagine and have it delivered right to your doorstep.

A great place to start your search for the perfect cookware is Cilantro The Cooks Shop. This website is a virtual treasure trove of cookware selections. You will find high quality products from companies like:

These are just a few of the great selections you will find at this website. There are plenty more to choose from.

Getting the Right Cookware For the Job
Not all cookware is created equally. You need the right type of cookware for the specific type of cooking that you plan on doing. You can't use a Dutch oven in your traditional oven and a cast iron frying pan is not the greatest choice for sautéing some fresh vegetables. Copper cookware, casserole dishes and fondue sets all have their own place in the kitchen. Make sure you choose the right tool for the job and your meals will turn out perfect every time.


Just had our Mexican lunch, i was stuffed! Been craving for chips and salsa in a while now. Last time i had their food was a month or so ago so imagined how much i want to eat their stuff, huh! Usually order the cheesy chicken back we were up Tn however, they don't have it here so i go to the alternative one the famous taco salad. I love Mexican food ever since my husband introduced it to me since then i crave those yummy food! Thanks babe for nice lunch!

We are Getting ready for back to school lists for our son. First, i must make sure everything is ready for my student. Since he is online schooling we need to get him new keyboard for his computer that daddy just re programmed it. Another keyboard is for his music subject. Teacher as per advice to find some good deals of portable & arranger keyboards at WWBW for him to use during class connection. Anyway, we are are getting anxious and excited, couldn't believed time fly by so fast, now he is a first grader already!


It was a lazy day feeling today and all i can think of was just to eat! I craved burgers today and i just don't know why! So asked the husband to take us at Steak 'n Shake famous for steakburgers around. I just love their burgers compare to other burger place in town. It's like fresh and tasty in my own opinion. Just melts in your mouth kinda thing! I usually order the GRILLED PORTOBELLO ’N SWISS - A Double Steakburger with fresh Portobello mushrooms, seasoned on our fiery hot grill and topped with melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and garlic mayo. It served along with their skinny french fries the salt and vinegar flavor is my favorite one.

These two are the main reason why i go back to the restaurant. They have all kinds of flavored shakes and you can create your own shake as well. Another reason i love about them is their vinegary pepper sauce! I am addicted to it, lol. It's a lil bit spicy and tangy with a lot of kick on it, just a splash or two to your steakburger before every bite, yum! You must try them for your self! Were stuffed and had fun dinner tonight at Steak 'n Shake. Wink!

The good thing about the Internet is that it can take you to places in a snap! Of course nothing can beat the real thing but pictures and descriptive words are enough to make you feel that somehow you've been there. Random thinking over here, I thought of New Hampshire. The place reminds me of Beauty Queens, I can honestly say I've watched a lot of movies about beauty pageants and New Hampshire has always been included in the list of winners. A home to beautiful people it is no doubt home to beautiful attractions as well. So yes, why not lurk around and see what they've got!

New Hampshire has a lot to offer, a haven to some of the world’s beautiful attractions from lakes to beaches, waterfalls, mountains and woods, sea coast, etc. If you’re the type who’s into diverse adventure, it is the place to be. You can also experience cross-country skiing in winter and not to mention their world-class golf courses. Amongst the many things, what caught my eye is the Sky Venture, a wind tunnel something in Nashua. It is something out of this world wherein you can experience how it is to actually sky dive without jumping off the plane! How cool is that? According to visitors of the place, it is the kind of adventure that should be included in your bucket list.

I’m sure the place has so much more to offer to visitors from around the world. Now I’m actually looking for nice yet affordable new hampshire hotels, cause that’s the first thing you would want to consider when you’re on a vacation right? Who knows someday, day dreaming once again. Such as 5 star hotels with breakfast in bed, over looking views! Ahhhh, just nice to think about!


We love love adobo, it's either chicken nor pork or tuna fish! Adobo is always number one best dish in Filipinos, no doubt of that. Since i cook the dish often i thought beef would be great alternative instead of the typical meats we most likely use. I was right! Beef adobo is as good as the others! Actually, i like it a lot! 


If you haven't try using beef for adobo, well you should cook some soon!

Just follow the typical recipe of adobo then the rest are just add some vegetables like thinly slices of carrots and some strips cut of bell pepper! As you can see on the photo, the plate look really inviting! You will definitely asking for more and empty the rice cooker, lol.

Enjoy Cooking!


I just can’t help it, my affair with anything red has gone ever more deeper and stronger with the passing of time. I started out with personal items like shoes and purses but then slowly, I was becoming obsessed as long as it’s red. From the sofa to the dining set, carpets and rugs, pillow cases to counter tops. My friends and family has been very supportive as well. Every now and then they would surprise me with something red like my favorite high heel glass bottle that was given by the bro-in-law. Well I think most of us has this fancy over colors, those that as we lay our eyes on would give us bliss.


In connection with that, I am all smiles since I have the new Red Zen Tea Set from Enjoyingtea.com and all I can say is that she is so lovely! It’s made of ceramic with a red and black Zen design, the perfect tea companion for a lazy afternoon or after a good sumptuous dinner. Just like we sis with my adorable daughter, she and I's had our mommy and baby first ever tea party! In my wonderful surprised she loves the teas i made. They sent me assorted tea canisters too to try! And we loved it because family enjoying tea so much! One of husband's collection also, well TEA is good for us health wise! So moving on, to be honest though, I think I will just put her (my new tea set) in the china cabinet most likely and just be amazed with her beauty. I so love thee because I love red and tea, now that’s a rhyme baby!  lol.

Anyway just like me, feel free to check out the webstore and enjoy your next cup of tea with beautiful pieces of their tea sets. I tell you they have the widest selection of stuff! Name it, they have it, from tea sets, teapots,   teacups, (they're all so dainty) to tea sampler with lots of variety to choose from and so much more! .


Furthermore, I am hosting a giveaway for you to try their amazing products. A winner will get the chance to avail free of the smart tea maker plus one small canister of tea. Giveaway start July 9th and ends August 8th. Inviting all US readers to participates! Click the link for the giveaway details

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