Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ice Cream Cake

We gave our daughter  a choice to pick her  birthday cake and she chose  ice cream cake.  It was perfect since it's hot and having an ice cream literally cooled us down on her 14th birthday.
The only thing about having ice cream cake is that, it's hard to slice it as it is frozen.  Running a hot water over  the knife helps though.
Ice cream cake is too rich for me so I just always share with one of my kids.  I can't finish a slice of this sweet!
But anyway, I am kind of sad that my little girl is getting older.  She'll be driving soon, ugh.  She's been practicing  test online as preparation before she take the written exam for her learners permit.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

3 Reasons You Should Visit Montreal this Summer

Whether you’re single and looking for a good time, or a family looking for a safe and beautiful place to go this summer, Montreal is the perfect spot. It is culturally different for you to feel like you’re on a whole other continent. Montreal truly comes alive in the Summer and is one of the most popular Canadian cities for North American travelers for a reason. Here are three reasons why you should visit Montreal this Summer.

The Festivals

Montreal is a city of festivals, and the whole downtown core’s architecture was built with that in mind. Whether you want to soak in some of the city’s French culture and music at the various Festivals (Francofolies, Jazz Festival, Nuits d’Afrique, and so much more), or see some of the world’s most iconic comedians perform at the world-renowned Just for Laughs Festival, you’ll have an abundance of choice. The Montreal Jazz Festival is also a must-see and features performers from all over the world. And though it’s called the Jazz Festival, you can see tons of alternative rock, blues, folk, and even some DJ sets.

The Food

Montreal is the ultimate foodie town and you’ll get to enjoy the incredible diversity and variety of the local food scene once you’re there. Go on the Eastside and you’ll find kebab shops worthy of some of the best places in Istanbul. Or sample some of the delicious Haitian creole cuisine on the north side of town. Montreal is also the place where poutine, the country’s unofficial national dish, was perfected. And no visit to Montreal would be complete without going to La Banquise, which offers some of the wildest and most enormous poutines you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Montreal also has some of the best steakhouses in North America, and they have their unique Montreal Steak Spice . You’ll have no issue finding a great steakhouse & bar in Montreal, even if you’re looking for something more affordable. Bâton Rouge, for instance, is one of the city’s institutions, and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re looking for choice and range when it comes to cuisine, Montreal is definitely the place to be.

The People

But if there’s one thing that really sets Montreal apartis the People. The city is one of the safest major cities in North America, and people’s naturally kind disposition certainly has something to do with it.

There’s truly a sense of proximity and small-town charm to Montreal, so don’t be surprised if a complete stranger strikes a conversation with you on the street. The street life is also something else, and there’s always a party going on in Montreal. If you’re looking for great spots, Old Montreal, St-Laurent Street, and Crescent should be on your list.

Conclusion

Montreal is truly one of a kind and a Canadian must stop. Whether it's the food, people, or the general festive atmosphere, there’s something for everyone in Montreal.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Teriyaki BBQ and Sweet Corn

BBQ season is starting again now that the weather is getting warmer.  I haven't uncovered our grill yet since I haven't bought a new  tank of gas yet.  However, we were craving for some good BBQ so I made some Teriyaki BBQ a couple of days ago in the oven.  
I love this new  kabob rack universal fit  that I got from Cavetools.  It has a specially designed notches  that lock skewers into place.  If you owned the Cavetools skewers, you will find this rack so awesome when you  do your BBQ.    Just like  many of their products, this rac is also dishwasher safe so it is very easy to  clean it after using it.  It is stackable so it saves space when you store them.
 You may buy this via  amazon , use the KabobRack15 coupon code to enjoy a 15%  discount.  This comes with free copy of grill Master's Essential Barbecue Recipe Book & access to meat smoking journal.  If you are feeling generous, you can buy one for you and one for your love ones and enjoy more savings.  There's an instant 10%  savings when you purchase two or more.
If you want a nice teriyaki sauce recipe, here's one from Allrecipes.com
  • Combine 1 cup water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until nearly heated through, about 1 minute.
  • Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cold water together in a cup; stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan. Cook and stir sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.
I was going to make  mashed potatoes but  chose to  make steamed rice instead.  The corn is super sweet.  I wish  our asparagus  have started to grow new ones already, it would have been a great veggie for this BBQ.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Valentine Feast at Home

My husband went to work on Valentine's Day.  He suggested for us to go out for dinner so I don't have to cook, however, I hate going out on holidays like this.  You know restaurants are always crowded and I just end up having a migraine so I just cook at home.  Let me show you the feast we had, home-cooked food are the best  in my book.  I even made  the card I  gave to my husband.
I made three dishes that  we all liked.  I made some pork BBQ and we ate it with steamed rice and steamed veggies.  
I love using these stainless steel BBQ skewers from Cave Tools.   I love that it measures 15.5 inches so you can really pack it with meat and veggies.  The feature that I like the most with this set is the food remover ring.  It helps to easily slides the food  off the kebobs.  It is dishwasher safe but I love washing it manually.  The advantage of having these kind of skewers is that you can  reuse it over and over again unlike  bamboo skewers.
 This works really good too when you want to  grill corn on a cob.
 This set has ten skewers so if you are hosting a party, you can get a couple of set of these and use it for grilling your favorite meat or veggies.  You can buy this at Cavetools website or via amazon. Use this coupon code, SKEWERS15 to enjoy  15% discount upon checkout.
 Aside from the menu above, I also made the kids favorite dish, the stuffed shells.
 Then we made a no-bake  banana creme pie for dessert.
 Hubby loves burger so I made sure to make some  burgers too so we have some choices to eat.  I was in the mood to cook so they got lucky to have those choices for Valentine's Day.
How about you, did you go out to eat or  are you like me who  cooked and enjoyed the rest of the day at home?  Personally, Valentine's Day is way overrated.  For me it's just another day, it is like Valentine's day everyday for my husband and I anyway so no big deal.  I do however get excited because I always get a pot of mini roses from my husband which I always plant in our garden.  It's nice seeing  them bloom in the summer.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Special Thanksgiving Party For 8th Grade

To make it memorable for our 8th grade children, our homeroom mom, Mrs. Arnold, prepared a special  Thanksgiving meal for them. She brought in her waffle maker in school and different variety of fruits for toppings.
 I have not made a homemade waffle  so after tasting this, I must admit,  it is so much better than the frozen ones  I buy from the store lol.  Now I want to have a waffle maker of my own.
 Thanks to her and her husband and  also to Mrs. Buterbaugh for  their best effort in making this event a yummy one.  
 She's been doing  this for years so she is kind of an expert of what to do to make the children feel special for every occasion.  Aside from the being the best homeroom Mom, she's also a great health care provider, working as a nurse.  I feel blessed to have known this woman, she inspires me.
 Just look at the happy faces of these kiddos.
Thanks again Rose for everything that you do for our children! I'm sure going to miss these gatherings when the kids  starts high school.  I don't think they do these  kind of events in highschool but we will see.

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