Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Birthday Bundle of #KitchenTools and Special Treats from #Fambam

Growing up, I  don't remember having a cake  or  any birthday party  when we celebrate our birthdays.  I have 8 siblings and just providing for our basic needs is what my parents can afford and it was good enough for all of us.  We managed to have a enjoyable childhood with whatever we had.  We never had fancy toys and yet, we always have fun time everyday playing with each other around the neighborhood.  It was  safe back in the day that our  parents never had to worry about our safety, it's  way different these days.
 However, I am very lucky to enjoy all of the things that I never had  in my younger years now that I am older.  I have an awesome husband and wonderful children who showers me with  great companions and give me plenty  of  hugs and kisses everyday.  The gifts are just the icing on the cake.  What matters to me  is the love.  It's amazing  that when you grow older, your priorities and outlook in life changes.  You value  non-material things such as family and friends.    
 These bouquet of strawberry roses were waiting  in the breakfast table when I got up during my birthday.  My daughter made them and my husband cooked  breakfast for us.  I don't really care for cake on my birthday but they always get me one anyway.  I like this  cake though, I thought it's beautiful!
 Now that I am in the mid-40s, I am trying to embrace the things that I am not fond of like color purple.  The purple icing and candles  are perfect color combo with the pink.
 Aside from  gifts from family and friend, I also received a bundle  of  kitchen tools and gadgets for my kitchen from Ozeri.
 They sent me a set of  this Elite Chef Ceramic 3-Piece Knife Set in black,  the 3-Piece Adjustable Ceramic Knife stand, and the Moderna Artisan Series Wine Glasses.  
The set of 4 insulated borosilicate wine and beverage glasses are awesome  for entertainment this summer time.  Each glass holds 10 oz. of  cold  wine.  The patented double wall design preserves a wine's ideal serving temperature by suspending the wine within an inner chamber.   I think it's brilliant that they designed it to have an  opposing mouth-blown dimples that allow for a natural grip.  They normally  sell for $29.95 but now on sale for $26.36, check it out on amazon.  
 I love their ceramic knife and  stand.  The knives are really awesome in cutting our veggies and fruits.  If you want to  get it, they  are now  on sale for $18.95 via amazon, it's original price is $79.99.  It would be a perfect  gift set for  your love ones who love to cook.  
 What I like about it is the fact that unlike metal knives, these Elite Chef Knives do not corrode, rust or leach metal ions from extended exposure to moisture, oils or acids in common foods.  The stand is also on sale for $9.95 from it's original price of $19.95, check them out on Amazon.
I'd like to  take this opportunity to thank all of you who took time to send me  birthday greetings and  showered me with special gifts.  Thanks to Ozeri for continuously working with me.
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, June 16, 2017

VeggieZip with Hydroliners from BluApple

Having fresh greens in the  fridge is always a good sight  for me.  I miss having  them in my backyard but my garden in this new home is not fully develop yet so buying them from the store  is what we can do.  I do however don't like  the fact that they wilt very easily so I have to buy it when we really  want to  consume it right away.   That's one reason why I am so grateful that Bluapple  contacted me again to review one of their new products, the Veggie Zip.  Bluapple developed some products  that prolongs the produce freshness.

I love this new one because I have tried this technique before with paper towel and it helps  but not for a long period of time.  With Bluapple's VeggieZips, they  are specially designed produce bags that allow us  to create the perfect humidity for all the different types of produce that we have in the fridge. So depending on what we will be using it for, you can adjust  the humidity which is outlined below.
These VeggieZips are vented with the patent-pending U-Vent technology.  It allows fresh air in and helps the ethylene gas to escape through small flaps that cover the bag. Each bag comes with HydroLiners.  You can use the soft, cloth-like hydroliners wet, dry, or not at all depending on the needs of the produce. 
Here are some tips from Bluapple using their  VeggieZip:

  1. When storing produce that needs additional moisture to stay fresh, like lettuce, cilantro, or green onions, dampen the HydroLiner, gently wrap it around the produce, place in the VeggieZips bag, store in the refrigerator, and re-dampen the HydroLiner as necessary. 
  2. If you are storing produce that needs excess moisture absorbed, like mushrooms, berries, and cauliflower, wrap the produce in a dry HydroLiner, place in a VeggieZips bag, and store in the refrigerator. 
  3. There are some types of produce that do not need moisture added or absorbed, like peppers, eggplant, and nectarines. With these, just place the produce inside the VeggieZips bag without a HydroLiner and store in your refrigerator. 

We all know  that produce can be  expensive sometimes so these VeggieZips will not only prolong the life of the produce but it will save us money as well.   There are 22 VeggieZips and 22 hydroliners in a pack.  You can buy it here  for $9.99.  I have looked at our local store if they have this yet but I didn't see it.  
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Disclaimer:  The product described above was  given  to me for FREE in exchange of my honest  review.  There is no monetary compensation  receive  in facilitating this  review.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

After Recital Dinner at Chico Fiesta

We attended the Torrence Music recital  last weekend and it was  awesome.  We always  go out for a dinner with friends  that we invited for the event but this time only one of them  could come to the recital but unfortunately couldn't  dine in with us due to prior commitment she have.
We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant here in the area.  I like their food but the only thing I am not  fond about is the  serving size, they are huge!  We always come home with  left over.  My daughter and I always  share what I order and  we still can't finish it but other than that, I think they have pretty  delicious  variety of Mexican Food.
They are always  packed and busy  especially during  weekdays.  We originally planned on going to Theo Yianni's bur we changed our minds when our friend couldn't come with us.
My favorite dish  is the tilapia  cancun, it is so good with the roasted veggies and other sides that comes with it (refried beans, rice,  guacamole and salad).  See, just listing all of that makes me full already lol.
Anyway, while listening or watching to the  video of the The Dance below,  I want to share this
prs se, check it out at . The owner of the music  place where my daughter take her piano lessons announced that  she will be hiring a violin teacher so my daughter is very excited about it, she can finally use the violin that we got her last Christmas.  Here's the video I took during the rehearsal.

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