Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Optimus Prime Inspired Birthday Cake

This is the 7th Birthday Cake of my eldest son, Francis. My kids were asking about their previous birthday cakes so I am digging from my archives. Cakes are really big time for them - if its their birthday - they must have a birthday cake in their favorite cartoon popular during those times. For that period - oh yes - year 2011 - the Transformer were popular then so my eldest son was the Optimus Prime while the younger one is the Bumble Bee. They have their own favorites!

I cannot remember where I ordered this cake but will check again in my party planning book so I can update this post.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Craving for Boom Burger

I am really craving now for this massive burger from Boom Burgers, Davao. Wanna eat with me?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas Baker's Edition

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It’s Christmas Baker's Edition Giveaway Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media.

Who wants to keep this KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas? I certainly would love to win this prize as an addition to my kitchen gadget. So if you want to win this, join now !

MPM Network Bloggers are gearing up for an amazing holiday season. Make sure you stop by and checkout all the tasty recipes below. Surely you will find something that makes your holiday even yummier!

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Giveaway ends December 9th at 11:59pm, open to US & Canada, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bloggers Wanted: Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway



It’s Christmas Baker’s Edition Event


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Grand Prize: KitchenAid Tilt-head Stand Mixer + accessories


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Friday, October 25, 2013

How To Get Ready For IBM Certification Exams Faster

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Easy to Cook Top Torikatsu

I recently had the  opportunity to review Bounty Fresh's newest product offering - the Top Torikatsu.  Torikatsu is a Japanese breaded chicken  fillet.  This product will surely hit mommies who are on the go and need to stock up easy to cook meals for the families.

Top Torikatsu comes in two variants : the Classic and the Cheese and Chives

The Classic variant is crispy on the outside yet tender and tasty on the inside.

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While the Cheese and Chives oozes with cream cheese and bits of chives.

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If you want to know more about Top Torikatsu, visit the following links:

FB page - https://www.facebook.com/toptorikatsu

Instagram - http://instagram.com/toptorikatsu

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/toptorikatsu

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Choosing the Best Commercial Fridge

Many businesses in the food industry have a need for commercial fridge and refrigerated display shelves to entice customers and onlookers to try out their products. Establishments such as bakeries, restaurant and coffee shops often invest on the best refrigeration units from Fridgeland for their storefront to present their best selling food items. The display fridge should suit the kind of business you have for you to showcase your products the right way.

Bakeries and patisserie needs a refrigerated display case for the cakes and pastries. Restaurants need a fridge to display beverages and bottles of wine. A countertop display fridge is also great for desserts while refrigerated salad bars will keep vegetables, dressings and other ingredients fresh for hours. Sandwich shops and delis attract more customers with a transparent preparation counter and refrigerated cases for keeping the cold cuts and other ingredients fresh. The appetizing way food is displayed easily makes customer hungry and eager to order for food.

So even if you are tight on your budget, go for what you really need and take in its aesthetic appeal for your store. Try not to go for something too high-tech for your budget and your requirement. A good-looking and top of the line fridge may cost more than what you can really spend at this time.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ate Who Can't Cook

We have a new ate on the house who can't cook, oh well, she can for the most common food but not even adobo. My mom hired her because of her age, yes she is older than the usual Ate we have.. I guess she is already in her 50's. Oh well, I guess this is the time to practice and hone my cooking skills - or perhaps hubby?! Hehehe



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Steak Like in Steakhouses

Steak is a cornerstone of a final meal. It is a purest carnivorous pleasure made available to all. However, the delight is costly and many cannot afford a hearty treat from a luxurious diner. Nevertheless, you can still make one in your home while imitating the taste as that in the steakhouses.

Here are some tips that will contribute to improve the taste of your steak food.

  1. The right age.  Give the steak a little bit of age to make it juicy, tender and tasty.

  2. Sear the steak.  Brown the steak’s surface before grilling.

  3. Do not let it sit in the cold.  You can put your steak inside a warm oven

The great way to attain the right taste, aroma, and texture of a steak is through cooking the meal the right way. Enjoy your meal!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Two Pizza from Pizza Hut

Two of my cousins visited us today from Cagayan de Oro. Since we were not so hungry as we had a late breakfast, so I only ordered 2 pizza from Pizza Hut. They have an ongoing promo now for Php 499 or three pizza for Php 699.

I chose the Super Supreme flavor but I need to add another Php 40.00 to avail of the promo.

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Second choice was a Pepperoni as this is the favorite of my eldest son.

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Pizza Hut is just a call away. In less than 45 minutes, the delivery man came knocking at the gate already. If you are from Bacoor, this is their hotline number 046-417 1111.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Burning Incredible Amount of Calories with Healthy Food

Without a doubt, a person gains weight and inches due to unhealthy lifestyle. These include lack of exercise and improper dietary practices. Since it is the latter which is the common culprit for unwanted fats, then this article will focus on that aspect.

If you want to burn calories, then opting for healthy foods specifically the fat burning foodstuff will improve your fat burning capabilities. The following list of food will simply enhance metabolic rate by virtue of nutrients and natural features like caffeine in green tea.

  • Oatmeal

  • Lean meats

  • Fish

  • Chicken and eggs

  • Broccoli

  • Green tea

  • Whole grains

  • Peanuts

  • Hot peppers

  • Lentils

Indeed the healthy foods will stoke your metabolic fire. However, you should remember that you also have to incorporate regular workouts to attain better results and keep the body in good shape.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hosting Your Own Party

If you’re hosting a party, you might feel a bit pressured to make this party a success. But looking into a few essential details can help make a party worth remembering without the host over exhausting herself! A day before the scheduled party, prepare the entrees by washing the lettuce, making the dipping sauce and start baking the dessert. Some even prepare main courses before hand and simply work at reheating them when the party starts. If you are thinking of serving your guest with seafood, there are surely lobster for sale at the nearest wet market. Alternatively, you can search for lobster order online. Its easy, convenient and they'll deliver right in your doorsteps.

If you are up for balloon decorations, you can prepare them a night before so you'll have time to pump and design them.

Table setting, decorations except for fresh flowers of course, can be taken-cared of the day or night before. You can work at preparing a certain main course and order or buy ready to cook appetizers so you won’t feel so harassed when the party in on the way. Once you've prepared everything, its your turn to beautify and pamper yourself.  Surely not nice to greet your visitors with a haggard face. Just sit back and enjoy your party!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Trust Dukan

Celebrating its two year online birthday just last month, the Dukan healthy diet plan is becoming more popular than ever. It is no secret that every diet has its downfalls and critics but it is also no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge has successfully used Dukan in the past...

As it is a new year, many people will be embarking on new diets and may have already found that a select few don’t work for them. With Dukan, the simple four phase programme is easy to understand and the website is cutting edge in terms of personal support and development. The first Dukan diet phase is Attack which is an all-out cleanse of your system; high-protein foods and rigorous exercise. It sounds horrific, but this is the hardest part of the diet so survive this and you are well on your way to becoming a slimmer, healthier version of you. For this first phase, you eat purely high-protein meals with ingredients from the 100 safe foods list. This list is made up of 72 animal-based foods and 28 plant-based foods and at each stage you are allowed to eat a wider variety. This is to make sure you don’t become too bored of the same foods throughout the diet and to provide you with the correct nutrients at the appropriate time.


Following the Attack phase there is the Cruise phase to get you down to your True Weight (calculated using your ideal and perfect weights) and the Consolidation phase which settles you into your new self. It is more than common for people who have lost weight to gain it very shortly after their weight loss plan has ended which is why Dukan have their final phase, Stabilisation. This ensures that you have the skills to keep feeding yourself healthily and allows you to keep as close to your True Weight as you want to.

As with any diet it is advisable to consult your doctor before embarking on a new regime as it is not suitable for everyone.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Seafood Saturday Feast

Weekends are always fun when you get a theme for your family lunch or dinners. The whole gang would be excited to know about the recipes you have and would be eager to help out in the preparations especially if what you’re going to have is any one of their favorites. It’s a good thing that most of us in the family loves seafood specialties and agreed to have fresh seafood delivery for our Saturday extravagant lunch. It works like a reward for working our best both at work and in school during the weekdays and when Saturday comes; we can all enjoy a leisurely and luxurious meal that we all love.

For this weekend, I’m thinking of preparing seafood marinara with penne pasta and my husband is requesting to order lobster online that he and our sons can grill together. I’m still finding recipes for dessert though, my kids are requesting for ice cream and I might just give in to what they want. All I need now are some numbers to call for delivery and a short walk to the convenience store for half a gallon of ice cream and some snow cones too. Thank goodness for online deliveries, enjoying family meal times is so hassle-free!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Decorate Cakes

Cake decorating is one of the sugary arts that will not fail to amaze one’s eye. If you are an aspirant baker who likes to decorate tasty cakes, check the following tips:

  • For the flat top, flip the cake and use the flat bottom. Decorate as you please.

  • Create S-shape swirls with the use of a teaspoon.

  • Decorate cakes to cover up spotty icing by piping large and small dots.

  • Add a simple silky texture and sheen appearance with butter cream frosting.

  • Sprinkle cakes with goodies.

Adornment will give the cakes a finishing touch. It will just require creativity and skills to come up with an attractive culinary creation.

I am a frustrated baker, really like to do it, but not enough time!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Harry Potter Series Movie Marathon

This month one movie channel has been playing the Harry Potter Series especially during Saturday night, which is just perfect because the kids will have their periodical exams until Friday. A Saturday night of movie marathon will be a wonderful way to relax for them and for the whole family to bond as well. This is one of our ways to just forget all the stresses of the past days. For the kids of course, it’s about their exams and studying for the week, and for my husband and me, it’s all about the deadlines and the pressure of work.

Harry Potter is one of the kids favorite movie series and lucky us because we can watch them one by one from the first installment up to the last part. What we need now however is to have an unlimited supply of popping corn to feed our popcorn maker. My husband the boys are great popcorn eaters and they can finish one whole bucket even before one movie starts! Good thing I found popcorn supplies such as cheese and barbeque power along with good quality popping corn from an online store recently. I don’t have to scour every grocery store for our popcorn needs.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Must-Have Kitchen Utensils

Cooking becomes a delight to an individual who is engrossed with foods. If you often visit the kitchen to prepare various dishes, you probably have your own set of favorite kitchen tools. These may include one or more of the following.

  • Flat whisks. This utensil is perfect for making gravies for fried chicken or pork and making sauces.

  • Stainless tongs. These tongs come in a variety of lengths. It can help in turning your fried foodstuff sideways.

  • Knives. These are essential to your kitchen. You can’t slice meat and any other ingredients that demand a perfect cutting.

  • Pastry brushes. If you are into making pastries, spreading the melted will not be difficult with these pastry brushes.

The importance of utensils makes its mark on you as you go on with your passionate venture. Enjoy cooking!

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