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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hearty Breakfast #A-Spice -A-Day#98-100

This  was our breakfast on April 4.  Fried rice with peas, carrots, and spam, sliced cucumber, bacon, and scrambled egg with tomatoes and I made some strawberry milk shake.
Our daughter love cucumber with balsamic vinegar with  a little sugar and  pepper in it.  The little mister  likes it with ranch while hubby and I just like it plain.  During school days, breakfast are the easy to prepare ones not like this one but during the weekends, we make sure to make a hearty  one.  Usually, our 9 year old chef wannabe  cooks for us.

Modern Twist on Pretzel

My kids are enjoying  their Easter break.  They won't come back to school until Thursday.  It gives us ample time to do things together.  Being off from school does not mean that they are also off from doing things like reading.  My son has test  on religion when he goes back  so we  reviewed for that.  Aside from that, we  spend 45 to an hour reading every day.  We had plenty of books to read here at home.  
Entertaining them  at home is  a bit challenging if you have no activities line up for them. I am also glad that we have variety of snacks to munch while doing things.  I received a big box full of goodies from Pretzel Crisps to review.  I also love the  bag and coupon that came  with it.  
At first, my children are  skeptical about trying them because they are not very fond of pretzels but once I opened the original deli style one, they were hooked.  This is really a way to rethink  pretzel.  They are thin and very crispy which is why my children  loves them.  
 These were the flavors that I received and mind you each bags has 7.2 oz content which is pretty big.  Flavors included are  garlic parmesan, buffalo wing, jalapeño, honey mustard onion,  sea salt cracked  pepper, chipotle cheddar, sesame, everything (I imagined this has everything in it), and the original deli style
We haven't tried the other flavors yet but I am planning to  open the  jalapeño next time as I love spicy snacks.  I like how they package them as you can  zip them open and close which  preserves the freshness and crispiness of the  crackers.
 My kids found their new favorite snack on our  reading time.
You can get creative in serving Pretzel Crisp.  Pretzel Crisp is the modern twist of your old time favorite pretzels.  You can crunch'em, crack'em, dip'em, or stock'em up.  All flavors  has the  crunch that you will love in a lighter and crisper way.  This  would be great  to make as an appetizer.  You can top it with  cheese and  pepperoni or even a slice of cucumber.   Thanks Pretzel Crisp!

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Jazzing Up Popcorn, Fruit, Waffles, Oatmeal, Toast, and More

Preparing food is something that I was not very fond of when I was still single but when I got married, I had to really dig down deep within me to find that passion in cooking.  Luckily, Internet is there for  easy recipe search and there are so many  seasonings available in the market.  I've  found out that cooking is not as hard as I perceived it to be.
I received the gift basket that Kernel Seasoning has sent me for review. I have never tried their seasoning before so I am excited to received different kinds that I can use to add some flavor to our snacks and food. This basket full of goodies made my Easter, yay! The package includes 8 different kinds of seasoning and two packages of pop corn.
Up top is the White Cheddar seasoning o perfect to jazz up your popcorn, potatoes, pasta, eggs, vegetables, salad and more.  It is made with real cheese which is a plus for those who love cheese with their food or snacks.  
The butter seasoning is also good with popcorn, pasta, eggs, eggs, vegetables, and rice.  I love rice so this one is for me.  
We love baked potatoes around here so the bacon cheddar would be great to  kick up the flavor of the potatoes.  This would also be good to  add flavor to your pizza, veggies, salad, and chicken or whatever you want with a bit of bacon and cheddar  taste.
Now, the Ranch seasoning, would definitely  jazz up your salad.  It's also good with potatoes, pasta, and pizza.  
We have the boiled eggs left over from the Easter and I am thinking of making  some deviled eggs  in a bit and the Nacho Cheddar seems to be a good seasoning to add to it.
I don't like garlic but I don't mind putting it in my cooking because my husband likes it.  The garlic parmesan seasoning would be great for pasta.
The caramel seasoning would be great for oatmeal, oat,  ice cream, coffee, and for my kids fruits especially apples.  
To match up the the last two, I used the kettle corn seasoning to a freshly popped Kernel Seasoning Popcorn for our movie  time here at home.
Although we like popcorn, we  don't eat it often at home.  We only  get popcorn once in a while  especially when we go to the movie house.  What I don't like about popcorn at movie theaters is the grease.  
Popping  corn at home is fun plus you can avoid the extra grease that you get when you buy them at the movie house.  Today is a cheat day  for me and my kids.  Instead of slicing up some  fresh veggies and fruits, I pooped  one pack of the popcorn and jazzed it up with the Kettle Corn  seasoning.  I love the  sweetness to it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Caldereta #A-Spice-A-Day#95-97

Caldereta is one of the Filipino dishes that my husband love eating with rice.
I usually  add green peas, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, and hot dog.
I always buy a pack or two of the Carne Picada Extra thin cuts of beef so I don't have to  chop them up.
Kids and husband love eating caldereta with rice.  I  love eating this with hot sauce or  hot peppers.

Turn Your Next Party into a Fiesta With These Tips and Tricks

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Looking to throw a party that all your friends will remember? Then it’s time you stopped thinking party and started thinking fiesta.

There are many different things to think about if you want to throw a fiesta in your home. You need to get the mood right so your party guests can get into the event and have a good time. To do this, you need to focus on food, drinks, music and décor.

If you want to take your fiesta fun to the next level, you can also consider theme clothing as well as the items you serve.    

Here are some tips to help you throw a great fiesta party for your next gathering:
  • Set the scene with color and décor. Real provides some information on how to set the scene if you are going to throw a Mexican celebration.    As Real Simple points out, many decorations for Mexican parties tend to use bright colors like aqua, hot pink and lime. The bright and cheerful colors mean you can go wild and not worry about going overboard or clashing.  You can find many different Mexican-themed colorful décor items at party stores. For example, think about getting  a piñata, or finding paper flowers and themed-napkins.  You also don’t need to worry about having perfectly coordinated glassware or dishes, but just pick bright and cheerful serving ware.
  • Serve the right food Sargento has some great recipes like the one found in the previous link that you can use to prepare simple, easy and delicious food for your next fiesta. This recipe only calls for 7 ingredients. It’s quick and easy! And that’s not all—their recipes range from All-American patty melts to snack and tasting recipes and to recipes that focus on seasonal and healthy living.
  • Serve great drinks.  Real suggests a fruity lemonade is a great choice for the kids who are attending the party.  Of course, for adults, you are going to want to have a little more traditional drink served at fiestas: Margaritas.  The Cooking Channel provides a list of the top 15 margarita recipes, including classic margaritas, frozen mango margaritas, spicy margaritas, whole citrus margaritas, pomegranate margaritas, lavender margaritas, and frozen cucumber margaritas.  Think about the tastes of your guests and the ingredients that you have on hand. If you can incorporate some fresh seasonal fruits into the margaritas that you serve, this will make a great drink even better.   Having a few different kinds of margaritas is sure to please all of your guests and to provide a refreshing option during the hot summer months.
  • Consider playing games. A piñata game is a classic game that people will enjoy and that Real Simple recommends. You can get piñatas in different shapes and sizes.  While piñatas are beloved at children’s parties, adults may also appreciate getting a chance to try their hand at breaking open a piñata as a nostalgic nod to the parties of their childhood. You can fill the piñata with delicious candy treats for people to enjoy at the party.
  • Think about paper flag garland as part of your décor. Cooking Channel TV recommends paper flag garland as one of its five key ingredients that you need to have a good fiesta (the other four include margaritas, of course, along with a piñata, succulent flavors and guacamole.)
  • Set the mood with music. sites music as one of the most important aspects of throwing a fiesta. Ivillage suggests that Mariachi music may be just the thing for your next fiesta.  While many people don’t have a lot of mariachi music to choose from in their personal collections, you can use online radio services like Pandora or Slacker radio to find the music that you need in order to set the mood.  It is possible to select a Mexican station from the genre music menu on online radio services. You can also build your own station by adding in Mariachi bands and other music from South of the Border.
By following these tips, you can throw a great Fiesta and everyone will have a great time. Fiestas are fun and casual parties perfect for any occasion and it is easy to make the party a success. Consider sending out theme invitations as well so your friends will know what to expect even before they arrive at your home for your special fiesta celebration. 
Disclaimer: Sargento covered the costs of the ingredients used in this recipe, but the opinions are my own.

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