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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Outerbanks, NC Summer Vacation 2016

Summer Vacation 2016


Hello Everyone!

Summer time is always something that I look forward to- that warm weather reminds me of fun under the sun activities. Hanging out at the beach/pool is something that I really love and enjoy to do with my family. So, this summer I'm taking you with me to my beach and beyond experience at Outerbanks, NC - a place where you can relax and creates memories that will last for lifetime. I will never get tired going back to this place over and over again and over again... I'm so grateful to my in-laws for always inviting us for fun summer vacation. As you may remembered my first  Outerbanks, NC experience back in 2013, followed by Outerbanks Escapades 2014 and of course Outerbanks, NC 2015 where I get a chance to visit Jollibee on our way back home..:)

This summer vacation 2016 is no different. Once again, we hit out paradise destination! Outerbanks, NC. I can't wait to share with you, another fun memorable memories this summer. If you can't get enough of summer vacation. Checked my Disney World Florida Experience 2016. Grab your favorite drink and keep on reading. Its going to be awesome summer ahead!



Best thing about this vacation was hanging out at BEACH anytime you WANT. There's no time restrictions, you go as you please. Our condo was located very close to the beach and has unlimited access to the pool and hot tub anytime. Awesome right? That's not all--- sunset and sunrise overview from deck was amazing!

One of the things that you can do while at Outerbanks is go fishing. My in-laws said it was super FUN and they caught a lot of fish. I was able to enjoyed that fresh caught fish. Checked out my last photo.

Bonfire & Smore's at the BEACH is another fun activities you could do at Outerbanks. All you need is a fire permit, smore's essentials, music, and family. I LOVE Smore's and hearing the ocean breeze feels wonderful. This was one of the things that I looked forward in doing every time I'm at Outerbanks.


Beach and Beyond Experience with Family- nothing can beat being with your family just hanging out at the beach all day long. Feeling the sand between your toes, building sand castle, swimming, long walk, and sunbathe. So relaxing!

Jockey's Ridge "Sand Dune Adventure" was something that I looked forward in doing at Outerbanks. My kids loved climbing, running, playing with the sand and so do I. Next on the list is Souvenir Shopping as its BEST that's right my friend. Since, everything is so close together you can just walked to get your souvenir. Its fun walking with hubby, get exercise, and catches as many Pokemon (wink) I have to admit! Pokemon Go is addicting! Don't you agree?

Lists of fun things to do at Outerbanks:

*Wright Brother Memorial Park-  I visited this park back in 2013 and it was amazing. Its great experience for the whole family.
*Aquarium Adventure
* watched "The Lost Colony" @ Roanoke, Island
*Bowling
 .....and so many more!:)


Summer vacation won't be complete without delicious meal at the end of the day. Yup, that's right I will be sharing my delicious foodie escapades. Starting off my with my scrumptious brunch at Nags Head Fishing Pier. I ordered "Special EM" which composed of sausage, egg, toast and grits. OMG! It was delicious- sausage egg and grits together is simply delicious. Not to mention that we have a great view of the ocean while enjoying brunch together with my family.

I made homemade fresh blue fish and Spanish mackerel. Yes! Delicious- my in-laws went fishing and caught these fish. Best ever! I had scrumptious meatloaf, crab cakes, macaroni & cheese, corn, buns, pizza, wings. Aside from this delicious food. I also get a chance to celebrate two wonderful birthday's

A summer vacation that forever be treasure in my heart and memories of lifetime. That's how I spent my summer vacation with my wonderful family. I hope this blog post will inspires you this summer. Don't forget to smile and always be grateful. Until next time everyone! Stay gorgeous as always.

P.S Thank you to my family for another wonderful Outerbanks summer vacation. :)

xoxox- Melgie

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wonderful Celebrations of June 2016

Daughter's 7th Birthday, Anniversary and Father's Day Celebration


Hello Everyone!

June has been super quick and fun month for us. But, before June ends I would like to share with you  three amazing moments which includes my daughter's 7th birthday celebration. O, yes! She's already seven years old and shes growing fast. As you may remembered from last post HERE. So, this blog post is just a sweet addition to my blog. A birthday celebration won't be complete without delicious food and great company of family and friends right? So, get ready to explore the perfect summer month yet? Grab your favorite and keep on reading!:)

Birthday Celebration

 Birthday party won't be complete without the cake right? The easiest way to get delicious cake in no time is either store bought or per-ordered personalized cake according to your theme. But, if you love to make your kids homemade birthday cake just like I do. Then, this post is right for you. My daughter really LOVE Shopkins! she collect them, play with them and even her clothes and kitchen utensils have Shopkins characters on it. So, when, she asked me to make her a Shopkins cake. I decided to give it a try. What we have is the Shopkins "Macaroons" Isn't she a pretty cake? The most important thing was my daughter LOVED it.


I just followed the direction in making the cake, bought icing that I needed and tried to make the BEST Homemade Shopkins Cake for my daughter. As you can see on the photo above, the process of making is actually super easy and fun. I added Shopkins topping and candles that matches the color of the cake. It was a success!

After making the cake. I also made some of Reyna's favorite dish which includes Lumpia Shanghai, Bihon and Caldereta. My mother in-law made delicious meatballs, steam corn, and we had great drinks, chips. Just all fun stuff on her birthday.


The BEST thing about birthday celebration are family and friends. So, give me time to introduce you to my wonderful good friends (Michelle, Cherry & MJ) - Thank you for being such a wonderful friends and also for coming over to celebrate my daughter's 7th birthday. 
To my beloved Family- Thank you so much for being so generous as always, for all the glorious gifts, and for making Reyna's 7th birthday super special one. I love you all!:)

Our Wedding Anniversary

Our 8th Wedding Anniversary celebration was simple yet so perfect! I love every minute being with my Sweetie- his the BEST partner, husband, and father to our kids. Words can't express how much I love him. Cheers to our 8th and many.. many... more years together. I love you with all my senses, Sweetie!


Father's Day Celebration

My kids made my hubby a really nice homemade card. It expresses how kids loved and adore him as their wonderful Dad. I was so touched reading their cards. Then, we went out for breakfast with my Father in-law and Reese at IHOP. It was the best and memorable meal ever. As pictured below, I ordered the breakfast platter. It was delicious!!!  



Its never too late to say Happy Father's Day before June ends, right? wink! I hope this post inspire you in so many ways. Keep on browsing my blog for more delicious and super easy recipe to try this weekend. Don't forget to check my latest post on my other blog www.wish4less.info. Until next time everyone! Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay gorgeous as always.

xoxox- Melgie

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Easy Mango Cake Recipe

Mango Cake Recipe with Truvia Nectar Blend

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Hello Everyone!

I'm calling all the Mango lovers out-there to try this super easy scrumptious Mango Cake recipe. I'm extremely excited about this recipe because I LOVE Mango Cake! It is actually one of my favorite and been wanting it for long time. When I made my first Mango Cake the other day, I was so stoked with the results. I couldn't asked for more, it was indeed DELICIOUS cake! Officially, my kids are now Mango Cake fanatic. Awesome right? I hope you guys are all excited as we unfold how easy it is to make this Homemade Mango Cake at the comfort of your own home. Let's get started, shall we? :)

I know you guys are excited to make this Mango Cake. BUT, before we get into baking. Let me give you an overview on some of the ingredients that I used on this recipe. Stared off with the main ingredients.
Mango- I highly recommend to use fresh ripe mangoes on this recipe. In case its not available, I think frozen or can mangoes will work just fine.
Cream Cheese Icing- feel free to use your favorite icing recipe but I prefer store bought.  The last ingredient that I'd like to introduce to you is this amazing  NEW Truvía® Nectar blend  Truvía® Nectar has 50% fewer calories per serving than sugar and adds a touch of sweetness wherever you would use agave, sugar or honey. Blended with Stevie leaf extract and honey. Its reduced-calorie way to love honey. I received this Truvia Nectar Blend for free courtesy from Crowdtap and TruviaCrowd I'm really pleased and happy with this product, its perfect pair that added sweetness into my Mango Cake recipe. Indeed a perfect blend of flavors. Yum! Here we go with the recipe!:)

Note: Make this Mango Cake as your own recipe. Adjust the taste according to your preference!:)

Mango Cake Recipe

Ingredients:
(3) Ripe Mangoes- chopped
1/2 teaspoon Truvia Nectar Blend
Cream Cheese icing
Non-stick cooking spray
(2) round baking pan for double layered cake
(1) 15.25 oz white cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

* Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit

Mango Creme Filling - to make the mango creme filling. Simply placed the chopped ripped mangoes into a bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Truvia Nectar Blend for sweetness. Stir until thoroughly combine. Set aside.

Cream Cheese Icing with Mango Bits- to make cream cheese mango bits icing is extremely easy. Just simply combine the store bought icing of your choice, add ripped mashed mangoes and stir until combine. Set aside


Directions: 
1.) To make the cake batter. Simply follow the directions on the back of the cake mix. Mix,  1 cup water, 1/2 cup oil, 3 eggs in large bowl with mixer on medium speed or by hand for 2 minutes. Add finely chopped mango into the mix.
2.) Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter into pan. Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before frosting.
3.) As you can see on the photo above. I put frosting on the cake before adding the next layer. This will allow the cake to stick  together make it easy for frosting process. I also lay parchment paper on the bottom for easy clean up after I frost the cake.
4.) Make sure that the whole cake is covered with icing. Then, put the Mango Creme filling on the top of the iced cake. Add the remaining icing on the side to secure the Mango Creme filling from falling out to the side.
5.) There you go folks. Enjoy your Homemade Scrumptious Mango Cake with Truvia Nectar Blend. Share this delicious cake to your family and friends. Enjoy!




 Every single bite of this Mango Cake reminds me back home. The Mango flavor is truly the highlight of this delicious treat. Not to mention that the Mango Creme filling on top with Truvia Nectar Blend just add to perfection. This is probably one of the BEST treat ever this week! As you guess, I'll be making more of this Mango Cake soon. Yummmo!!! I hope this recipe inspire you to make your very own Mango Cake at home. Don't forget to share your amazing baking experience on the comment below. Check Truvia Nectar blend at your local stores and grab some mangoes to enjoy this week. Check my other blog Wish4less for fun reviews and Sweet Cuisinera for more delicious treat recipes. Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay gorgeous everyone!


xoxo- Melgie

Disclosure: I received  FREE Truvia Nectar Blend courtesy from Crowdtap and TruviaCrowd Opinions express are 100 percent my own.  Thank you so much #Crowdtap #TruFanCommunity #TruviaCrowd #Sponsored

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