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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bread Bin with Reversible Cutting Board Lid @JosephJoseph Rocks!

 The  house that we bought  recently moved in  hasn't been updated  in 15 years so almost everything is outdated although  the former owner really  took good care of this home and   kept it in  pretty good shape.  Updating the floors was our first priority as it wasn't in great condition.  The kitchen cabinets and countertop  is need  to be updated  but that would be our future projects.  Home  renovations is  very expensive around here where we live.  Having said that, since we won't be able to upgrade the whole kitchen just yet, it is nice to have new things to use such as this bread bin  that I got from Joseph Joseph.  

 Joseph Joseph is one of the companies I love to work with because their products are highly innovative and very functional.  This stainless steel bread bin is so sleek that it  is sure to suit any kitchen even  our outdated  kitchen.  With this, it makes our kitchen a little more modern.  This comes with a high-quality wooden lid which I really love.
You can also use it as a chopping board for your newly baked or store-bought unsliced bread.  My daughter is already planning on  baking a loaf of bread just so she can experience cutting it on this   wooden  lid.
I love that it matches our  bread toaster  and our kitchen knives set.
My husband really liked it.  Him and our son are the ones who love bread in our family so they are  pretty thrilled to have this  new bread bin.
I can confidently leave the bread inside it without  worrying about  bugs or any crawlers to get in there because the lid seals it.
This bread bin sells for $75 at their website so if you are interested in purchasing one, you can just check them out through the link.  We have a  the old style  bread box here but I never used it because it is bulky so it takes a lot of space, with this one , you save space in the counter.
Now, I can't wait to  have newly baked bread.  It would smells  so good and you all know how good  fresh baked bread  tastes like right.  I wish I could bake bread more often.  Problem is, I am not a baker lol.  Anyway, thanks again Joseph Joseph for this one!  They have so many cool products for cooking, storage, cleaning,  and I am sure you would fall in love with their collection.
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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thinking Of Becoming A Vegan? Here's What You Need To Know To Get Started

When it comes to changing your diet and lifestyle, you may wonder where to get started. Especially if you are thinking of becoming a vegan. A plant based diet has many benefits. You may decide to do it because of how you feel about animal welfare. Or maybe it’s because of health reasons and the benefits you can feel when changing your lifestyle. Whatever your motive and reasons may be, you are at this point where you want to change your diet. So how do you start? Well here’s a few pointers to set you on the right track.

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Do your research and be aware of what you can eat

The first thing you need to be aware of is what kind of food you can eat on your new plant based diet. Especially if you are going from a diet which included many of the foods, you potentially cannot eat anymore. A plant based diet should be quite a simple thing to follow. But, there are other factors to consider. Raw and cooked vegetables are one way to start. There are many ways you can start things up. A good thing to remember is it might be worth keeping things out of sight so you are not tempted to lapse. What it is worth remembering is that there are plant-based alternatives. For some of the most well-loved condiments and ingredients. You can check out companies like Hampton Creek. If you want some inspiration for recipes, you can find it on Facebook here.

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What is your motive for this lifestyle change?

Before you jump into a new diet, it is worth knowing what your end goal is. What is your motive for wanting to make this change? This will be vital to have in the forefront of your mind. Especially if you find yourself being tempted away from your choice, or struggling to keep things going. Your motive and end goal should be what motivates you to keep on going.

Set yourself realistic goals

While is amazing and so vital to have your end goal to keep you motivated. It’s easy to become disheartened when you can’t achieve it straight away. This is why it is essential to set yourself realistic goals. These tend to be smaller, and much easier to achieve on a quicker basis. This is a great way to keep yourself motivated to succeed and reach your end goal. This could be as simple as reducing your diet by taking certain foods away each week. Or it might be adding more vegetables to your main meals. You may even challenge yourself to try a new ingredient each week. However, you do it, keep in mind that small goals will always reach that big ambition in the end.

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Find alternative recipes for some of your favorite foods

Sometimes you have those favorite meals that you just can’t imagine living without. That’s understandable. But thankfully you don’t have to worry anymore. These days you can find alternatives to all those much loved recipes. Social media like Pinterest and Youtube have many tutorials and recipe ideas. So you can turn some of those firm favorites into a more suitable version for your plant based diet.

There are plenty of ingredients now available on the open market that offer great alternatives. Perfect for use in some recipes. Many of these ingredients are perfect substitutes for some of the most needed attributes to a diet like protein or carbohydrates.

Keep it simple

Another amazing tip to keep in mind is to keep your meal planning as simple as possible. Especially at the beginning. It can be hard to overwhelm yourself too much with over complicated recipes. It can be as simple as making sure you get everything you need on the plate. It can be quite a change to go for this lifestyle change overnight, so don’t make things harder on yourself. As the weeks go by you can then look into changing some of the meals and trying new processes and cooking. However, keeping it simple doesn't mean sticking with the same things. This is where boredom and lack of motivation could play a big part. Try and vary your diet as much as possible. A varied and simple diet at the beginning will keep things into perspective. Making you much more likely to stick with it.

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Get the whole family involved

It will never be easy to stick to a diet or lifestyle choice if you are surrounded with people that are not following it with you. While you can’t force people to have the same way of thinking as yourself, you could try and encourage them to get involved. Even if for certain mealtimes. This is where trying new recipes could help you. You would benefit from the extra support you receive, and it could help in other ways in regards to health for the whole family.

Have a positive mindset

The best advice would be to remain positive throughout the process. A positive mindset will keep everything in perspective. If you struggle with a negative thought process, it may seem impossible to change that habit. But it can be done. It’s about actively turning a negative thought into a positive one. So if you find yourself feeling a little low about your progress or not seeing many benefits for the effort you have put in, turn it into a positive. Look back at what you have achieved, and how far you have come. Before you know it, you could be doing this without needing to think about it. A positive mindset can change things around for you.

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Think of others way you can transform your life

Finally, while you are in the process of changing your lifestyle, you could consider other ways you can change things up. This might mean increasing the amount of water you drink each day. Providing you with many benefits. You may also want to become more active in your daily life. This could be as simple as walking more.

I hope this has made you more aware of how to get started with your new vegan lifestyle.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Multi-Purpose Stainless Steel Grill Rack

For the past two months, I have been neglecting to cook regularly because of our  schedule of doing renovation the new home that we bought  and packing our stuff.  Moving is exciting but at the same time  it comes with stress as well.  Having said that, we  are guilty of going to the fast food lately and getting our food there  instead of  cooking at home.  I don't like it because not only it is not budget-friendly, it is also not very healthy.  Now that we have moved, I am starting to   go back to cooking our meals again.
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I am also excited to use my new  kitchen tools and gadget  just like this  multi-purpose stainless steel grill Rib Roast Rack that I got from Cavetools. It's a unique 2-in-1 design that gets the job done without needing multiple tools .  This is great for cooking ribs, roasts, chickens, turkeys, hams and more!  I can finally  try to make a turkey here at the new home for the Thanksgiving.  
If you want your  ribs to cook to perfection, this is the tool for you.  You can professionally cook  the ribs  the way you want it.  With the spacer bars, it a allow the convection heat to evenly cook  5 perfect ribs.  I love that it is dishwasher safe which makes the cleanup a breeze.  It has a thick stainless steel construction that ensure a  long lasting durability
And look how it holds even the other foods!  This is what we had  for the 4th of July.  I was planning on roasting a whole chicken but I did not have time to buy the ingredients I need since I am still busy unpacking, so I just grab whatever I have in the fridge.  I grilled some porkchops,  boiled some corn on a cob and  sliced some water melons for dessert.  It's not  red,  white, and blue but it definitely was yummy!
If you would like to purchase this cool tool for your kitchen, go to amazon and use this  coupon code 
 LRJMNT3A to enjoy a 15% off the selling price.  

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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Preparing Square Burgers Ahead of Time

We are moving in a couple of weeks which means that we will be super busy packing and unpacking  so I prepared some  square burgers.  It  will be easy   to throw them in the grill when I can't  prepare an elaborate meal.  Preparing  these  burgers are super easy  using my  burger press from Cavetools.  When it comes to grilling and BBQ tools, I like  Cavetools  because they have the best  tools there is  that you can find.  
I added some chopped onions, a dash of cumin, black pepper, Hawaiian sea salt, and chili powder.  I only used two pounds of ground beef , that's about an ideal weight for 6 square burger patties.  
The kids are very fond of the built-in burger dimpler if this hamburger press.  I love it too because  it makes your burger stay flat when you are grilling them.
You can  buy this with 15% Off using this code  LZEN8T4G via amazon .
The advantage of  having this burger press is  that it  keeps your patties  fresh as it seals tight and  stacks easily in the freezer.
When we bought  a quarter of beef  early this year, we  chose  a lot of ground beef cuts because that's what we use the most in cooking.  
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.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

How to Throw a Good Party

It can be a challenge to throw a good party. It is such a big challenge in fact that there are people who literally dedicate their entire lives to planning parties. One of the problems with throwing a party is that you can never be 100 percent sure how all of the guests are going to interact with each other.

A good party planner is going to take the time to think about the people they are going to invite, they will think about how they get along with each other, and they will work to have a good mix of people at the party. At every single party you need to have one or two people who are going to make the party move. These are people who have exuberant personalities. These are people who are going to start party games, tell jokes, and make everybody laugh. They are the life of the party.

You also need one or two people who are not going to be so exuberant. They are going to be a little bit more reserved and be there to help the host if any problems arise. These are caring individuals who are always on the lookout to see what they can do to make sure that the party functions well. They are not going to be the funniest people at the party, but they are going to be there to help with the structure of the party.

Something that a host has to remember is that their responsibility is to provide the venue, provide the food, and provide the music. However, it is up to the guests to add to the party. They are the ones who make the party work.

Many party planners have used prepared drinks or mixers such as those found at VlingMixers.com, for example, to make sure that the guests enjoy the beverages that are provided at the party. If the guests do not like the food and if they don’t like the drinks, the party is going to go nowhere.

When a party is properly planned, it seems like the planning of the party itself was effortless. The guests do not see the host stressed out. The guests cannot see the effort that was put into the party, but they enjoy it. A well planned out party is something that people will talk about for months to come. It’s a lot of work, but it is worth it. 

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