Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Doodle4Google Contest Entry

Today starts the ten-day period of voting for the Doodle4Google contest where my daughter is one of the finalist.  She is the State of West Virginia's Winner for this year's 6th Annual Doodle4Google.  Below is her official entry.
Thank you all for casting your votes!  Result will be  next week.  We are keeping our fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thermo Glasses

 I received my Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee glasses from Ozeri to review.  This set is perfect for us to use since there are four of us in the family.  I  already packed away the Moderna Artisan that I got from them last time.

This is the  full description of this insulated glasses.

  • Set of 4 heat and shatter resistant borosilicate glasses that each hold 12 oz.
  • Stronger and more durable than common glass, each glass features a wraparound contour that provides a natural aesthetic grip
  • Patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect.
  • Designed to keep your hands cool with hot drinks and free of condensation with chilled beverages
  • Completely dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe; 
  • Ships in an elegant 4 color printed box with a 1 Year Warranty; Satisfaction Guaranteed

I like these kind of glasses because you can use it both for hot and cold beverages.  The packaging is really good, they make sure that  it won't get damaged when in-transit.  
The only thing that  I am not impressed with is the quality of how it's made.  As you can see in the above-photo, the finish  of the glasses is not really polished.  I found one glass with a damage too when I had the Moderna Artisan that  I previously reviewed.  These glasses are made in China so that's probably  why the  quality isn't to a high standard.  
I like the Serafino more than the  Moderna  because of it's height.  My kids can use their  glass straws perfectly with the  former glasses.  This is on sale now for $28.95, you can check it out by visiting this link.  Thanks again Ozeri for this opportunity.

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.

Eco-Friendly Wooden Utensils

Mother's day is just around the corner and I am sure you are already planning what to get for your dear Mom, well, this might just give you an idea.  
I received three sets of eco-friendly wooden utensils from Ecommflash for review which includes Alder Spatula Curved, Alder Spatula Straight, and the  Juniper Spatula Salad Set
I love how they individually  packaged their products.  There's also little tags attached to it that say "From Estonia with Love"  and the packaging are made from our mother nature.
I use non-stick pans so I prefer using  these kind of utensils because they are not only good for yiour health but also good for  the environment.  Are you tired of getting  your Mom the same items every year for Mother's day?  Why not  try to get her a set of eco-friendly wooden utensils from Ecommflash?   Ecommflash has over 30 wooden items on sale at Amazon, you can check them out by visiting this link.

Thank you Ecommflash for giving me an opportunity to  try your  eco-friendly products.  I am loving them in my kitchen.

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.

Ultimate Ice Cream Pint Collection

 The weather  is becoming  warmer as day passes by.  Although we have been getting a surprise cold weather once in a while, Spring is here eventually.  My kids were  delighted when I  showed them the big  package that we received from  Pierre's Ultimate Ice Cream.   They packaged the goodies really well using a styrofoam ice box and  dry ice.  The dry ice provide additional entertainment to my kids as well, will make a separate post for it. 
 The  package contained 6 pints with different flavors.  I was hoping they would send me the mango flavors but unfortunately, they didn't but now that I know how good their ice cream is, I will definitely check  their ice cream from the store to get the mango  flavor.  
 My son does not like pecan but  I  encouraged him to try this butter pecan flavored Ice cream.  He was hesitant at first but as soon as he tasted how good it was, he was hooked.  
We haven't tried the iHola Fruta Black Cherry Lemon  one but I am sure that it would be as good as the butter pecan one.  The chocolate lava cake is one of Pierre's  signature  Ultimate ice cream flavor. It has chocolate and vanilla  ice creams  with chocolate cake and fudge swirls.  
 The banana fudge chunks has  walnuts and fudge chunks.  This would be great to make a banana split  treat fir the kids.
 My husband's pick is this Chocolate Frozen yogurt.  He is on a diet now but  it doesn't mean he couldn't  have some.  He tried this one and love it!
 I love this pomegranate and blueberry  combination since I love pomegranate and blueberry fruits. 
Here are the varieties that you can try from  Perre's Ice Cream:
  • Hola Fruta is available in 7 pint flavors which includes black cherry  lemon, mango (the one I want), Margarita, Peach, Piña Colada, strawberry, and the one I showed above.  
  • Their signature includes banana fudge chunk, cherries and chocolate chunks, , chocolate lava cake, coconut fudge almond, exquisite vanilla, mocha mud pie, and nun butter snickerdoodle. 
  • Their Probiotic Yovationincludes  black cherries and chocolate chunks, butter pecan, cappuccino, chocolate,  moose tracks, vanilla pomegranate blueberry, and vanilla.  These smooth and creamy frozen yogurt have   probiotics added benefits in every irresistible bite
 Look at this  little man, he thought he doesn't like pecan but that notion changed with the Pierre's Ice cream lol.
My daughter  who isn't into sweets really enjoyed  her  ice cream, in fact she  asked for another serving that day. 
Pierre's.... It's our favorite Ice Cream NOW!  Thank you Pierre's for letting us try your  delicious ice cream! You can check them out and like their Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

 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.

Easter Sweets and Treats #A-Spice-A-Day#102-104

We visited my FIL yesterday after we attended church. My kids got their Easter treats from their Aunt Crystal, thanks Chris! My FIL was taking a little snooze when we arrived, he said it's the reason why he burned the green beans he was cooking earlier.

We were not able to attend the  Easter gathering at my FIL's home.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Macaroni with Broccoli and Beef #A-Spice-A-Day#101

This is something that I can whip up pretty easy and the kids love it. Macaroni with beef and broccoli.  My daughter usually digs for  the broccoli, she loves it.
How about you, do you  add anything when you make macaroni and cheese?

A friend of mine asked me how to make this so here it goes.

2 cups of macaroni
2 cups of broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
1 lb. ground beef
2 cups  milk
2 cups grated parmesan cheese 
1 tsp paprika

  • Boil the macaroni  until its al dente, drain  and set aside.
  • Brown the ground beef.  Add the  broccoli, milk, and let it cook for ten minutes in a medium heat.
  • Add the  macaroni and the cheese.  
  • Sprinkle the paprika.

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.

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