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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Pasta Chips Offers Endless #PASTAbilities

I just got perked!  PS>> I WILL Update this post tomorrow.





Friday, July 31, 2015

Foodie Tribute for my Late Father and a Recipe

 Growing, I 've witnessed my  Father's passion for gardening and cooking.  I was more drawn into gardening than cooking. IN fact, I  did not like cooking at all  even as an adult and was living alone at my own.  My father  used to tell me that whatever you put in the ground will  produce something.  Our backyard was always full of veggies  that  he planted.  I was very inspired and told myself that I would love a  vegetable garden in my garden when I grow up.
12 years ago today, he suddenly passed.  It was a huge  blow on us especially for me because I  would have never imagined losing my Dad two weeks before my wedding day.  It was very tough to swallow but  we have to move on and accept the truth that he's gone.  I still miss him till this day.  I regretted that I was never  vocal with my  affection for him.  I never told him how much I love him and how much I appreciated everything he have done for us.  As I was  picking veggies in my garden, I was thinking of my  Dad  on his death anniversary.  It's painful to think that I will never  be able to talk to him.  I am  glad that he visits me  once in a while in my dream, just like old times, he  was always supportive and big fan of me.  This post is for you Papa, I love and miss you very much!
 I didn't  really start cooking until I got married.  MY Mom told me once, if you don't learn how to cook, your husband might not like that so I  tried my best to learn how and now I love cooking at home.

I made this  Egg Fritata for our breakfast.  Here's a simple recipe.
Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs beaten in a bowl
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • a dash of Kernel's butter seasoning
  • 1 large tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • fresh dill

 Direction:
  • Mixed the eggs, salt and pepper, and butter seasoning
  • Place a small size of frying pan in a medium high heat  and spray with  cooking oil spray
  • When warm enough, pour the egg mixture.  Cook for 2 minutes  then layer the  tomato slices on top.  Cook for another minute then turn the heat off.  Sprinkle some cheese then transfer  it to the plate.  
  • Put the dill on top and  finish cooking it in a microwave for one minute.  

We ate it with fried rice that I cooked with  fresh green beans and soy sauce.  We also had some sausages, sliced  fresh cucumbers and kiwi for dessert.  That was a nice and yummy brunch.  I hope that my Dad was looking down on us and be proud that I learned how to cook.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Electric Wine Opener with Pourer and Stopper

Sometime last year, I got one of the electric wine opener from Ozeri.  It had the  digital battery meter  that is displayed on an LCD screen where you can gauge whether to charge it or not.  We have used it whenever hubby and I buy a bottle of wine.  So when I was offered another chance to  review another wine opener, I wanted this this wine bottle with corkscrew and accessory set.  Unfortunately, they have sent me the wrong one which is a bit disappointing but it's okay.
I have received this electric  wine opener with pourer and stopper instead which is fine.  It includes t a foil cutter  to remove the seal of most  wine bottles.  Just a simple push down  button  removes the  cork which is  a lot better than the old one that I have.  It has a contoured ergonomic grip, an elegant charging base, LED charging light indicator, and a bonus pourer and stopper.  
This would make a great   gift for  your loved ones who love to  drink wine.  You can buy this in Amazon though this link.  If you love entertaining at home, this  is a great addition in your kitchen.  It makes for  an elegant entertaining that your guest would surely notice.
Hubby and I doesn't always  drink wine, we only buy  a bottle whenever there's a special occasion that we need to celebrate.  He loves the effect of wine on me because I go on a  laughing  streak.  For some reason, wine makes me laugh and I turn red every time.  I don't even drink  a big amount, just a glass makes me tipsy lol.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the product/s mentioned  to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Own Version of Quinoa Pilaf + Recipe

Supergrain of the Future is what they call  quinoa, it's a complete source of protien.  I like that it is nutient-rich and very versatile to prepare.  This makes a great substitute for pasta, rice, or couscos.  This is great in salad and soup, as a side dish, or as a hearty main course.

Quinoa is something that I shy away from making because I don't know the product.  But after seeing recipes from blogs, I gave it a try.  I bought a box  of this traditional  gluten-free quinoa and tried to   make  the  recipe that comes in the box.  When I cook, I don't exactly  follow the exact recipe, I change ingredients, I cook what is available in my pantry/fridge.  For the first time I cooked half of the box (there's only 2 and 1/4 up of quinoa in this box), here's what I prepared.
Ingredients:
  •  kale, sliced thinly
  • Green beans, freshly picked
  • I/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery. diced
  • 1 green roma tomato, diced
  • scallions, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 rap oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 cup of sliced almond (I did not put almond as I didn't have it)
  • Argan oil, optional

 Preparations:

  • In a 1 ans 1/2 saucepan, add 1 cup of traditional quinoa and 2 cups of water,  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is  absorbed.  You will know when the quinoa is done when you  the germ ring  along the outside of the grain and it's soft and translucent.

  • In a pan, saute vegetables in  olive oil until crisp. Stir in oregano.  Sprinkle salt and peper.
  • Add cooked quinoa and mix well.  Salt to taste and finish it off with few drizzle of culinary  argan oil

 We ate it with the pan fried  turkey sausage, it was delicious!  Surprisingly, I thought the kids and hubby will just take a few bits and they will say "It's alright" but they liked it!  I thought it could use  a little flavoring to elevate the taste.
Since we all like the first time I made the  quinoa, I decided to make the rest of the quinoa in the box today but I altered the ingredients once again.  I told you, whatever is   available in my  fridge that's what I use when I cook, lol.


  •  1/4 cup yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup ornage bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced kale
  • 1 small shallots, diced
  • 4 link sausages, browned
  • 1 cup  thinlysliced beans
  • 1/2 cup eggplant
  • a small piece of ginger, chopped
  • maggi seasoning
  • rgan oil
  • salt and pepper

 Instead of olive oil, I  sauteed the veggies in a pan where I browned the  sausages.  It's  grease add so much flavor to the veggies.  I added some maggi seasoning after I sauteed the  veggies.  I like my veggies crunchy so I only sauteed it for 5 minutes.
 Finish it off with an argan oil.
 The kids said that incorporating the link sausages in it  is so much bette than  a separate  turkey sausages.
So that is for  my  successful ittle adventure with quinoa.  I might  buy again or I might not, depending if my family is craving for it.  I think I can eat  this dish once a week.  It's easy to prepare and it's delicious.  I just wish it's not too expensive.  This small box cost almost $5.  If youthink about it though, it's not  that much  cnsidering that I made two  separate dishes out of a small box.  I am ju0st comparing the price I guess to other commodities.  

Modern Wicker Deep Seating Loveseat Set

During our mini road trip last weekend, one of the  beautiful  establishments we've looked ta is the  Arts on Broadway display  in ugarcreek.  I even liked the  outdoor  furniture that they have displayed in the front.  I did not take pictures inside though, I did not know if it's allowed there but that was a regret for me  not to take any photos as the arts  are gorgeous!
If I have a big patio or deck, this modern Wicker deep seating Loveseat set is what I would like to have.  I have seen this at http://homeandpatiodecorcenter.com.  This would be great for a relaxing time with family  outdoors.  Now that summer is on it's peak, outdoor is where we spend most of our time with.   We dp a lot of  outdoor activity as a family and it has been  fun!
Hubby has been looking for a larger home for us but unfortunately, the ones that we liked is not affordable.  Right now, we are focusing on  paying off our  loans (car and home) so that we can  afford to get a bigger home loan.  I am a bit worried  because hubby is having a hard time at his job so  we might  change plans for the future.  Moving back to the Philippines is one option for us, my kids doesn't like the idea but I would love to!

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