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Monday, November 17, 2014

Budstraps... Offering Safety, Convenience and Style

If you're someone who couldn't live without earbuds but gets annoyed when tangles, dropped cords, and out-of-control swinging get in your way...well, budstraps is for you! The innovative new way to keep earbuds (and frustration) in place, budstraps will help you say goodbye to distracting tangled cords and earbuds that won’t stay put.

BudStraps is an amazing new tool which allows you to simply clip your earbuds around your neck and go. A lightweight neoprene strap that sits comfortably on the back of the neck, Budstraps are ideal for runners, bikers and drivers who need one ear open for optimum safety and also for moms who could not bear the hassle of a dangling bud or tangled cord. Simply clip those favorite earbuds into the strap and instantly simplify any run, ride, walk, workout or gaming session. With Budstraps, you’re free to clip, go and forget about those buds. If a bud falls out, it’s kept close and easily retrievable rather than falling the full length of the cord and often-times taking its companion earbud with it. Budstraps are designed to empower, providing confidence and uninterrupted focus on what’s important…a distraction-free run, ride, workout and even cooking! 

To learn more about Budstraps, check out their Kickstarter video!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Three-Cheese Baked Ziti

This delicious and comforting Three-Cheese Baked Ziti is another favorite here in our house! It is packed with ground beef, fresh tomatoes, carrots and peppers, three kinds of cheese including ricotta, Mozarella and Parmesan and a hint of red pepper flakes, which makes it a go-to comfort food. The best thing is that you can get this dish assembled ahead of time, store in the ref and just bake later for a quick and easy meal any night of the week!
Do give it a try and let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Chocolate Cake

Made this for a Halloween Party... It's a Chocolate cake with cream cheese filling, covered with dark chocolate ganache and decorated with finger cookies and chocolate rats.
It's actually my first time to make a Halloween cake and I must admit I had fun! Though the chocolate cake, as well as the filling and the frosting are something I usually make, both the finger cookies and chocolate rats which I used for decoration are new to me...and I tell yah, I enjoyed making them! Want a creepy treat for Halloween? This is just check it out and give it a try! Wishing you all A HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bowtie Chicken Alfredo

Both my 7th and 3rd grade daughters bring homemade lunch to school everyday, not just to avoid long lines but also because they think that cafeteria food tastes like crap. They prefer that I make sandwiches, quesadillas, wraps or pasta for them, rather than have them fall in line for more than 5 minutes for something that they consider low quality food.
This Bowtie Chicken Alfredo is one of the pasta dishes that they love bringing to school. They love it so much that whenever I cook it for dinner, they would request that I save some for their lunch the next day. Well, I couldn't blame them because it's really good --- so creamy and very comforting! I guess it's true 'coz even their friends tell me that I should make their lunches too!

You should try it!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rellenong Talong (Stuffed Eggplant)

Called Rellenong Talong in the Philippines, this dish looks like an omelette but it's actually the Filipino version of stuffed eggplant. Unlike that of other cuisines where the eggplant is basically cut into half and then hollowed out and the eggplant flesh is cooked with the other filling ingredients, the Filipino stuffed eggplant is cooked differently. First, the eggplant is grilled then the skin is peeled off and after that, it is soaked in beaten egg, filled with meat mixture and then cooked like an omelette. There's another dish called "Tortang Talong" which is actually the Filipino eggplant omelette. The difference is that after grilling and peeling off the skin, the eggplant is just soaked in egg and cooked without the filling. Some steam the eggplant instead of grilling it, but I personally prefer the latter because of the added flavor that grilling brings and because grilled eggplant turns out less watery and mushy.

Rellenong Talong is one of my youngest daughter's favorite. Just like me and the hubs, she loves it with banana ketchup! Like the Rellenong TahongRellenong AlimasagRellenong Pusit and Rellenong Okra that I have featured here on the blog before, Rellenong Talong is a bit time consuming to prepare, but I tell yah, it's all worth it! Definitely a must try!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oreo White Chocolate Mousse Torte with Chocolate Ganache Topping

Today, my youngest daughter turns 9! For this special day, she requested that I make her this Oreo White Chocolate Mousse Torte. It's a very easy no-bake treat that we've been making since forever. I got this recipe years back from Kraft recipes and been enjoying it since then. But for her 9th birthday, Cherlin requested that I add a special topping to it aside from the usual whipped cream. She requested that I top it with chocolate ganache. Being the good mom that I am, I gave in to her request! :)
She was so delighted when she saw it this morning! The smile on her face was so precious! Well, I'm pretty sure you'll be all smiling too after trying this! Check out the recipe, and let me know what you think...

To my #sweetangel, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy this day and every day of your life to the fullest! Keep smiling and doing the things you love to do! Wishing you all the joys and blessings you deserve!