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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Steeler Design Cake for EJ's 10th Birthday

Last Saturday was a fun night for my family.  We celebrated  EJ's 10th birthday.  I cooked some food  and we also bought some as addition.  When I used to have a  party for my children's  birthdays, I used to cook everything but it can be tiring.  I stopped hosting a party when they started  going to school but  we thought of having one  this year since it's a great milestone for our little guy.  
I cooked some  pancit bihon (rice noodles).  My parents always told me that rice noodles signifies long life lol.  So on birthdays, we  either have  spaghetti or noodles.
 I also  baked some  pigs in a blanket, kids love these kind of food.
 As my daughter's request, I made some garden rotini pasta salad.
 Then we made a bowl of fruit salad for dessert.
 We also  bought a tray of pizza from DiCarlo's.
 My husband suggested that instead of me cooking that we can just buy some of the food so I can rest while waiting for the  guests.  I was all for it, approved!
 Chicken  strips and jojo potatoes.
Doritos for snacks is one of the kids favorite pick-me-up bites.
 Soda for beverages.
And since our birthday boy is a football fanatic and a huge fan of Steelers, we got him a Steeler designed cake.  Half of it is chocolate and half is vanilla.
We have left overs  so I did not cook the next day yay!  That's one good thing about  hosting a party at home, you have left overs n the next day and you don't have to worry  about cooking.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ringing the 2017 with a Family Date

We started our new year with a family date.  We went to a sushi restaurant  after we attended a Sunday mass.  My husband was craving for some sushi  and my daughter   wants to try the  place where hubby took me for a dinner date  last time without them.  

Me and the kids had a Happy Family meal.  It has  beef, chicken, lobster, and lots of veggies.
My goal this year is to  eat healthier with homecooked meals but here we are lol.  Anyway, the kids and husband will be back to work and school so I will have time to cook again so for now, ringing in the 2017 eating out  is just a temporary thing.  Besides, it is just a little celebration  for us.
We were on our way to visit my father-in-law so it was a nice excuse to not to cook.  We all had a full belly after we left and headed out to Ohio.
This Happy Family meal was so good.
The kids shared with some of their Dad's sushi.  
When we came back, we went to the grocery store and bought some stuff.  I ran into a friend who  asked me what is the best  brand for speakers.  She said that she is looking for replacement speakers for their entertainment system.  I told her what we currently use and we have it for  many years so it's a good brand.  Today  feels normal, my kids are back to school and hubby is at work.  I am slo working on updating some of my blogs and answering emails to some clients.  Working at home rocks!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Feast

Here's our simple Christmas feast at home.  The great thing about celebrating Christmas at home is that, you can  prepare whatever  you  are in the mood to eat.  Mind you, there's only four of us but  we all have  different cravings.
Instead of cookies, we  made some puto.   Don't confuse the word puto for the  Mexican word hehehe.  Puto is a Filipino  type of steamed rice cake usually served as snack or as accompaniment to savory dishes such as dinuguan or pancit.  That's why yopu will see  a pancit (rice noodles) dish  in this post.
 My daughter love  this pasta salad that I always make for her school lunch so I made some too  just for her but of course we had some too.
 Chocolate crinkles is the only cookies we baked this year.  We don't really bake too much cookie during the holiday, we only make those that we really want to eat.  I will post the recipe  of this on a separate  post, we  used the  Betty Crocker recipe for this one and it's really good.
 You can never go wrong  making  pancit bihon (rice noodles), it's always a hit in my family.  The good thing about  this is, we can always eat the left over for breakfast, it's a win win situation for me.

 We gotta have rice to complete the  meal.  I made  some BBQed ribs to go with  it.
 My husband was craving for some lumpia (spring rolls) so I fried him some.  I  made these  few months ago and freeze them.
 On Christmas day, I made some spaghetti for  dinner.
So there you go, our little Christmas feast.  Even the dogs enjoyed some of the left overs.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Believe in the Magic of Giving

Today is the first day  of Winter, it is hard to believe since we have been having  bitterly cold weather for  weeks now.  After the last day of  school, my daughter was yet again  hit by  cold.  It's the second time this winter so I stock up on  some citrus  and we are also drinking some tea with  lemon  to strengthen our health against  sickness.  
"Believe in the Magic of Giving", I borrowed that line from Macy's because I do believe in the magic of giving.  Glutino sent us extra  gluten-free products for Christmas so I decided to give some to friends as well.  I gave some of  it to our family friend and some to my daughter's piano teacher.  We've come to love the gluten-free products  from Glutino and we want to share   the goodness to others as well.  
I divided the  goodies and the coupons to the above mentioned parties and I hope that they would enjoy it as much as we enjoy  Glutino  products every month.
I want to thank Glutino for  providing us gluten-free  goodies  this whole year, we  appreciate it so much.  I look forward to working with them next year if given a chance and  also to share how good their products are to other people. 
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, December 15, 2016

Christmas is the Perfect time to Indulge on Festive Foods

As Try the World puts it "If there's one thing that links all holiday  celebrations together, it  is the incredible FOOD and good cheer." to which I agree.  I am super excited to received this Holiday Box from Try the World .  With this holiday box,  Try the World and Michelin came together to curate  this unique box.  It's  complete with  Rich Hanukkah desserts and  pastries and cakes for Chinese New Year.  I love the selection really!
 I have tried two of these products before in a different box  so I am kind of familiar how they are, the tea and the  ginger snaps.  However, the rest are all  pretty new to me.
 I am planning to bake this Pain d'epices or spiced bread baking mix.  It is from a small french company, Marlette.  This is a traditional French holiday  cake that's made  with freshly milled, organic flour and a variety of baking spices.  Oh I can't wait to try  baking a french bread/cake.
 I am not sure with this Truffle sauce but I am sure  willing to try it. It says that you can mix this into dips or spread it into crostini or even fold it into omelettes.  I might try it with omelettes this weekend.
My daughter already tried this date spread and she said  it's really good.  She is the type of person that sticks to what she knows and like when it comes to food but  that doesn't mean she is not willing to  try other foods.  Yesterday, she made a toast and spread this date to it and then she gave it a thumbs up.
"A symbol of good luck, dates are popular holiday food throughout the Mediterranean.  This date spread is made with ripe fruit grown on a community farm in  Israel, and the packaging process that follows provides working opportunities for disabled  individuals in the community."
These mini pineapple cakes are really good, one of my favorites in the holiday box.  The mini cakes are buttery and filled with sweet and tangy jam.  Pineapple cake is an ubiquitous pastry in Taiwan.
"In Taiwanese, pineapple is called and pronounced as Onglai, which is similar  to the phrase for "the arrival and prosperity and fortune."  This hidden meaning makes it a popular gift during Lunar year."
Here's my daughter who  got attracted right away with the packaging.  We all love fresh pineapple here at home so she was curious how it tastes like.  She loved it!
These classic shortbread biscuits from Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co from Canada  are good too.  It's rich  and buttery, perfect for dipping in  coffee or you can top an ice cream sundae with it.  It would also  make a cute cookie cookie sandwich.
My avid taster daughter tried this one as she was curious about toffee.  She said, it is more salty than sweet lol.  I tried it and I think it is delicious, rich, and creamy.  It is made of  pure butter from Darling, a south African town  known for its excellent butter.  You can melt and drizzle this over an ice cream or enjoy it as a midnight snack.
I had these ginger snaps  before.  They are good with tea or coffee.  You can enjoy this  ginger snaps  from Sweden  with mulled wine or dip it into a hot cider, or if you want to be an adventurer in baking, you can crumble this in pie crust.
I have tried this mind-awakening Yerba Mate holiday energy teatonics  before and thought it's pretty good.   It's really good in the morning, it would jump start your day.  It is  great with honey and  lemon or you can serve chilled with ice.  This is great especially during winter times.  I wake up at 4:30 on weekdays with my husband and sometimes, I feel  so sleepy, this teatonic is my go-to to  fully wake me up.  
"Born from a passion for natural ingredients and mindful living, Teatonics combine the British love of tea with organic aromatics from around the world to create delicious infusions.  Their tea blends are ground by hand and filled with healthy micro nutrients and antioxidants.
This box comes with an entertaining holiday stories and it also includes recipes.  So if you want a unique  gifts for food lovers this Christmas, this is a perfect option.  You can enjoy a 15% off  gift with promo code DEC15.
I ordered an  Italy box, I am giving it to an Italian friend  for Christmas.  I tried this box before and love what's in it. Hopefully she would love it too.
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.

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