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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes: Gluten-free Halloween Treats

I am glad that my daughter feels a lot better now. She is excited to go back o school tomorrow. Halloween is tomorrow night and these gluten-free treats  are perfect for my little minions at home.  You can find the recipe below.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pack Glutino gluten free pantry double chocolate brownie mix
  • 2 eggs  
  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut shavings
  • 10 pieces  chocolate covered gluten-free Glutino pretzel
  • Halloween sprinkles
 Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 8x8 inch pan with vegetable oil. I use this pan  so the brownie will be thin.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs for 3-2 minutes.  Gradually add dry mix.  Beat to moisten.
  • Add butter and stir until combined.
  • Scoop into prepared  muffins and bake 17 minutes.
  • When cupcakes are cool enough, add sprinkles, pretzel, and roasted  sweetened coconut.
 When it comes to toppings, I always love roasted sweet coconut shavings, it's the best for my palette.  The  chocolate covered pretzel was such a reat surprise for these  cupcakes.  
 Of course, the kiddos love the ones with sprinkles.

These  gooeey, chocolatey, and delicious cupcakes are  awesome!  If you are looking for some great alternatives  for your gluten-free products, Glutino has them.  
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, October 26, 2016

Stainless Steel Fish Basket from @cavetools

If you're a constant  visitor of this blog, you will know that I love seafood (shrimp, fish, lobster, etc.)  I grew up in a coastal area in the southern part of the Philippines so fish was something that we have in the table  almost everyday.  When I came here in the States, I miss  the fresh fish that I used to eat from back home.  Over here, I can only buy frozen ones from the store and it's not the same.  But over time, I got use  to it.  Having  frozen  seafood available is better than nothing.
I receive this fish grill basket from Cavetools and love it because it makes  grilling and cooking fish not messy.  This fish basket is available in two sizes, small and large.  I got the large one because I like  grilling milk fish sometimes and they are often available in   big sizes.
I like that it can be easily open and close due to its intuitive locking system on the side (shown below).    It is  dishwasher safe so it is easy to clean.  The large size  cost $28.99  via amazon .  You can buy it with 15% Off by using this  code  L8WIFQPU upon checkout.
During summer time, I  love grilling salmon and swordfish steaks.  I don't always have  swordfish  but I buy it once in a while when we go to the Asian  store in Pittsburgh.  Another fish that I like is milk fish, we call this kind of fish "bangus" in the Philippines.  
Our grill ran out of gas so I just cooked the milk fish in the oven.  I love that you don't have to worry about your fish sticking to the grill.  Clean up is easier too since you can just  put the  fish basket in the dishwasher after  you're done cooking.  
I love the fact that even on winter times, I can still eat  fish without making the whole house smells like fish.  This grill basket will help me  cook it without so much mess.  Thank you Cavetools!  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thrive: Superfood Nut Bars by @GoMacro

My husband's team won the biggest loser  contest  at his work.  He was worried that they were not going to win since he didn't lost  as much weight as he wanted to.  He only lost  26 lbs over the course of few months. Some of his team mates however have  lost a lot of weight so that made for it.  I remember last year, my husband got so skinny because aside from  dieting, he also workout a lot.  This time though, he only watched what  he ate and did not  work out.  The only fitness he did was  walk and it worked.  
Aside from watching what he eats, he also  replaced  his sugary snacks with healthy ones like this SuperFood Nutbars from GoMacro.  The six new flavors contain plant-based protein, essential fatty acids and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind. These flavors are chocolate Nuts Sea salt, chocolate peanut butter chips, almond apricot, blueberry lavender, ginger lemon, and caramel coconut.
My daughter's favorite is the  caramel coconut and I love it too.  I also love the  ginger lemon and blueberry lavender.  My husband favored the  chocolate flavored ones.  Being a stay at home Mom, I would gain so much weight if I let myself eat just about anything.  I eat snacks  several times a day but I choose snacks that are healthier. I usually go with nuts and fruits.  I highly recommend these new Thrive  nut bars by GoMacro, they are delicious.  You can use the coupon code Thrive30 for 30% off when you buy a dozen of these  nut bars.    
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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