Friday, December 27, 2013

Airborne Gummies- Product Review

Airborne Gummies Review

Hello Everyone! How was your Christmas Celebration? I spent mine with my family, had wonderful and festive dinner, exchange gifts and most of all watching my kids opening their presents from Santa. Precious moments with family is the best gift ever that I've ever received.

Another thing I received which really excite me is my free sample of Airborne Gummies from Smiley360.com. Not a member yet? sign up here. It's totally free and fun site if you love freebies.. wink:)
It arrived on my mailbox yesterday and so excited to try it out. This Airborne Gummies are really good, Its like eating a candy. The AWESOME!!! part, It helps support your immune system.Yay!

 It consist of three different flavors Citrus, Mixed Berry and Grapefruit. I love the Mixed Berry most, but they all equally delicious..
3 Gummies= 1 Serving 
I'm enjoying the 3 flavor of Airborne Gummies everyday. I LOVE it and I highly recommend this product to my friends and family.
Stay warm guys! See you in few days....

Disclosure: I received my FREE Sample of Airborne Gummies from Smiley360.com. 
Opinion is 100 percent mine. Thank you again, Smiley360.com:)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas Everyone!

HO!HO!HO! Merry Christmas Everyone! I'm finally done wrapping all the presents. It took me awhile to wrapped everything but It was fun! Are you guys excited? Aside from wrapping gifts Christmas is also time to spent quality time with family and friends. When we talk about Christmas its gonna be gifts and food. So, to give you some ideas on what to make for Christmas. I'm gonna list some of my favorite recipes below. Check them out!

Those are my MUST HAVE on Christmas dinner..wink:) What is your favorite holiday dishes? Please share your thoughts. I would love to know.:)
To my family, friends and especially to all the lovely readers of The Sweet Cuisinera. I personally sending you a very Sweet Merry Christmas Greetings! Hope you have fun spending time with your family and friends this holiday season...Lets enjoy together the spirit of sharing love and blessing this holiday season. See you in few days! Merry Christmas Everybody:)
xoxoxox Melgie

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake for Reese

 Happy Weekend Everyone! We gonna make Christmas Cookie today with my family. Yay! I'm excited its like my in-laws family tradition to make cookies, I look forward to this event every year. I'm talking a lot of cookies and varieties. Sharing the warmth and love this holiday season we gonna give the cookies to our family, friends and neighbors... Do you have any plans for this weekend?
 Before heading to my in-laws house I'm gonna share to you my homemade birthday cake that I made a week ago, Remember the spider man cake  that i made for my son's birthday last month? This week is like baking madness in my kitchen. Yup!! The house smells like bakery and all those sweet stuff. Lots of celebration this month birthday's, Christmas get together and exchange gift party! So, talking about baking and birthdays,I made this cake couple days ago for Reese's and Phillip joined birthday celebration. We celebrate their birthdays a week before Christmas and also to have a family get together. I made a yellow cake with chocolate icing and purple icing for decoration... and of course some candies for little touch. She loved the cake and pretty happy about it.
I think cake or cupcake is must have on out table this Christmas? What do you think?

-I used store bought icing, feel free to used homemade icing if you want.
-Used whatever pipping tip/design you want.
- Change the color of icing flavor and color according to your preference.

Things you'll need in making this awesome birthday cake:
- 2 8x8 inches round cake (I used yellow cake )
-1 tub chocolate icing 16 oz
-1 tub vanilla icing 16
Purple icing color, candies sprinkles- for decorations
Pipping bag/ pipping tip- choose whatever you like!:)

- Stack the 2 cakes together and just simple put the chocolate icing on top. Carefully distribute the whole icing to covered the whole cake. Get the pipping bag put the purple icing and simple start pipping on the side until everything is covered. Feel free to choose whatever design you want. Write the Happy Birthday on the middle of the cake, sprinkles the cake and add some candies on the side and on top... Be creative and festive with your homemade cake. Yum!

The joined birthday party of Reese and Phillip is a big success and surely love all the food that my in-laws prepared. Happy moments with family! 
I'll see you on Tuesday for some Christmas Meal Menu Ideas and sweet greetings on Christmas! Keep sharing the joy in this holiday season.. See you in few days! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday gift Ideas#3- Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Ho!ho!ho!Ho!ho! Yup! a week from now its gonna be Christmas! yippee!! I'm excited seeing my kids getting excited, you have no idea how many times my kiddies ask me everyday when the Christmas gonna be. So, Are you done wrapping all your presents? If not, I know at some point this week you probably gonna start wrapping. I'll do mine at the very last minute or probably 2 days before depends on the mood. I'm not even done with my shopping yet! Yup!! Kinda slow this year but I'm getting there! For meantime,  Let me share my personal gift wrapping ideas and some money saving tips along the way as well. I love wrapping presents, it makes me feel like Mrs.Claus, do you feel same way? (wink:) Let the excitement come begin! C'mon lets start wrapping those Christmas presents... and be ready for Christmas.,,:)


 The most popular gift wrapping of all time for the reason that it is the simplest way to wrap present. Be creative with your wrapping and add some bows and ribbons! Whoala!!   
TIPS:-When your shopping for clothes, shoes, books or even toys. Don't forget to ask the cashier for gift box. Some store give free gift boxes especially this holiday season. By doing this, you can save money buying gift boxes. This makes your gift wrapping so much easier and it look so nice as well.
Money Saving Tips:
- Recycled- If you have wrapping paper from last year use those!
BUY it when its on SALE- Especially now that Christmas is getting close they usually go on sale. Take advantage of those:)
Ribbons/Bows-Put a little perfection to your gift by adding cute bows or ribbons.


This is the easiest wrapping gift ever, WHY? simply because you just carefully put everything in a gift bag put a tissue paper and whola! best wrapping ideas ever!!!:) This is perfect for toys, clothes, anything you can think off as long as it fits on the gift bags. They varied on sizes so also perfect for jewelry and gift cards.. 

Money Saving Tips: 

- Buy Gift bag in bundle- this way you can save money instead of buying by each. Also, look closely how much the individual gift bags are, maybe they are much cheaper compare to the bundle ones.

- Gift bags doesn't require tapes, bows or ribbons. ( pretty cool)

Giant Bag/ Giant Bows-
This is perfect for BIG STUFF. My in-laws gave us TV ( 2 years ago) and this is what they used to wrapped the TV (Giant Christmas Bag)- Just ask the store if they sale this kind of bag, I've seen few at some stores. Also if you can't find any Giant Bag  big ribbons will do! 

Some gifts are already in the box itself and no need to put them on gift boxes or gift bags like books, perfume and some toys. Just simply wrap the gifts and Whola! Merry Christmas!

I hope you learn something new and If you have some cute gift wrapping ideas please do share! I love to know what you come up with. See you guys on Saturday for some sweet inspired treat for meantime keep browsing for your favorite recipes.:)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Krispy Kreme Everyone?

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Free Cookie Mix

Happy Morning Everyone! who wants some Krispy Kreme doughnuts for breakfast? I do! the easiest and quickest breakfast you could ever have this cold lazy morning. I never have doughnut for breakfast for long time and its nice to have it again this morning, paired with hot coffee? Yum! Can't complain! Krispy Kreme doughnuts is really good.  I can eat anytime of the day actually, you can eat it like this cold or you can put it on microwave for 30 seconds, perfect bite every time. I admit I'm a doughnut lover, my favorite one is the chocolate glazed doughnuts at Tim Hortons but this Original Glazed at Krispy Kreme is also quite good.:)

Guess who got the first bite? I bet the answer is pretty obvious on the photo. Have you notice the holiday wrapping on the doughnuts? I feel the Christmas getting closer and closer and to be honest I'm not even done with my shopping for my kiddies and family. I should go start making some Christmas Card right now and hopefully everything will be done on time. How about you? What your favorite doughnut flavor or even doughnut place? Aside from this scrumptious breakfast or I would say brunch? I also wanna share my another yummy freebie arrived on the mail couple days ago...

Yup! Sugar Cookie Mix from Betty Crocker, this cookie mix can make up to 3 dozen, Yeah! I love Betty Crocker product and always used them every time and also I'm a member of the Betty Crocker. I just simply sign up through their site. One of the advantage of being a member you get a chance to snag their monthly freebie. Pretty cool right? I love cookies and I'll be making some with family soon!! can't wait... ! Do you have Christmas tradition like cookie making? If yes, then we have same thing in common. Well be making cookies, lots lots of cookies every December... Fun time with family and kids and lots of sweets!

Have a great weekend everyone! Keep on browsing for some recipes. I'll see you in few days:)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas # 2

Inexpensive Holiday Gift Ideas

Hi! Its Wednesday once again and as I promise I'm back with another Holiday Gift Ideas. This week I wanna talk about the inexpensive gift that we could make or we could buy at the store. Holiday season is the busiest day of the year and also the most expensive one. Have notice that when you go to the store, Christmas songs are play it because when you hear Christmas it means giving gifts and you ended up buying stuff not suppose to be on your list, but this week we gonna make something cute and amazing without spending much. This gift ideas are so perfect for our friends, neighbors, teachers and even my kids love this idea. Just be creative on this holiday season and let's transform the boring flour and sugar from our pantry into a delicious treat that everyone will love, the regular apple and orange into cute little basket that can touch someones heart and sending some love and warm this Christmas with personalized coffee mug.  Lets be merry this coming holidays, check out my holiday ideas below....:)


Tell me who doesn't love bake goods? I made this cassava cake last year for my friends and surely they LOVED it. Also along with this scrumptious cassava cake are coffee mug with hot chocolate on them. You can also make something different like fruit cake, cakes, brownies and cookies. Another one is little fruit pies or just pies..:)
- The IDEA wrap their favorite bake goods in a clear plastic so that they can see clearly whats inside, put ribbons and whola..!!! Happy Holidays! I know! not all of us knows how to bake but Hey! lot of bakery have delicious sweet treat this holiday complete with beautiful box and ready to go. Just simple grab some and bring it to your friends or neighbor house...:)

 How about a fruit basket complete with your favorite FRUITS? I'm sure your friends and neighbor will gonna love and appreciate what you do. This is so simple you can just put 3 kind of fruits in a basket depend on how fancy you want it to be.. Or you could use a nice bowl or basket whatever you feel like.. 
The IDEA- Buy 3 kinds of fruits, different color and shape and little basket that you think the fruits could fit, wrap it with clear plastic put big red ribbon on top.. WHOLA! 


I think hot chocolate mug, so far this is the most easy and super inexpensive one, but this is also the most cute and heart warming gift idea. So, if you have friends who love hot chocolate? LIKE ME!!! Oh yeah! this is so perfect or if your friend like Coffee you can totally change it into COFFEE MUG instead.
If you know his/her favorite drink, BUY IT couldn't be that expensive I think. Also on your list is Little Marshmallow,  Chocolate Chips. I'm getting excited right hahahah! and of course the coffee mug of your choice ( green, red and white is perfect holiday color theme) but feel free to get whatever you think she like you can also use JAR
 BRIGHT IDEA- if your using a reusable jar pour the hot chocolate mix, add some chocolate chips and on the top is the marshmallow. Put the lid and seal it tight. Put a nice ribbons and RECIPE TAG
 If your using a MUG put her favorite hot chocolate drink , chocolate chips and marshmallow. Cover the whole thing with clear plastic wrapper. Tie it on the top with ribbons and attached the RECIPE TAG ( below is a recipe tag I made )

This is perfect for everyone! Just simply buy a big chocolate bar. All you have to do is tie the chocolate with your choice of ribbon and attached  with gift tag.

Hope everyone is having fun this week. I'll see you next Wednesday for more holiday gift ideas and I'll be posting also some recipes in few days. See you around!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pinakbet / Pakbet Recipe

Pinakbet/ Pakbet Recipe
( Mj's Recipe )

Pinakbet or pakbet is an indigenous Filipino dish from the northern regions of the Philippines. Pinakbet is made from mixed vegetables steamed in fish or shrimp sauce.[1] The word is the contracted form of the Ilokano word pinakebbet, meaning "shrunk" or "shriveled".
( source:wikipedia )

 Hello Everyone! Another awesome recipe that I'm sharing this weekend and also one of my favorite. Pinakbet or Pakbet prepared by my friend MJ. She always make me Pinakbet everytime I asked for it. Lucky Me! Mj is like 10 minutes away from my house and we always hang out together. She also have a garden on the back on her house filled with all the vegetables staple for making Pinakbet. When its summertime, we have a lot of vegetables to choose from her garden.
There's a lot of variations of making this dish and they all taste delicious. I love Mj's recipe because of its own delicious characteristics and I'm happy to get her recipe and share it here on my blog. This is very popular dish in the Philippines and also this dish is so forgiving that you can adjust every ingredients according to your liking. C'mon let's start making Pinakbet/ Pakbet. YUM!

-the quantity of the ingredients depends on how many guest eating the dish.
-Adjust the taste according to your preference

long beans/ Chinese beans
chopped onion
shrimp paste
chopped pork belly
salt and pepper 

1.) Prepare all the ingredients by cutting all the vegetables into desired pieces. Set aside.
2.) Put cooking oil into a large skillet, Let it stand for couple minutes. Add the chopped garlic and onion and sauteed until translucent.
3.) Add the chopped pork and let it brown. Add the vegetables in order squash first then add the rest after 5 minutes. ( - other vegetables have different cooking time like eggplant, beans and okra to avoid over cooked)
4.) Add little water if you need to, put the shrimp paste and let it stand for couple minutes. Once the vegetables are cooked. Give it a taste, add salt and pepper if you need to. 
5.) ENJOY! the Pinakbet with rice and friends company.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas-#1

Holiday Gift Ideas for Love Ones

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I'm pretty sure that every single one of you already put the Christmas Tree up, well ME we just did it last night. Yay! I'm excited seeing my kiddos getting excited and also looking forward for Christmas. I made some Beef Caldereta for dinner and Chocolate Crinkles for our dessert for our perfect dinner last night! Thinking about Christmas is just around the corner, some of you maybe already have the gift wrap up and ready to go, or still in the process of shopping, and maybe some of you, like ME still scratching my head of what to get for my love-ones this Christmas.
Thinking about gifts for special someone or even for our husband/wife is sometimes harder than we thought. There's a lot of things to consider What to get? Where to buy or get the good deal? How much money you plan on spending? If it is a surprise gift consider the size of the product. Remember! It's hard to hide big stuff  and eventually you ended up confessing about your gift before Christmas. To help you! and ME,( hahah) I've come up with this Wednesday Gift Ideas, Yup! I'll be posting some gift Ideas only for the month of December every Wednesday. So, I'll be happy if you visit my blog and see what I come up with... wink:) Remember the important of Christmas is not the amount we spent, Its always the thoughts that we put into. Let the spirit of Christmas be with us..! Let start by asking questions?:)

Does  he/she like to SHOP ? 
- I would say that GIFT card, GIFT Certificate or CASH is perfect for this category. Unless you know his/her size, favorite store, color and such.
SHOES/ SANDALS-  I think GIFT CARD to his/her favorite store is just perfect for this one.
BAGS-  Designer bag is always a hint!
JEWELRY-  Nothing fail to impress someone this holiday.
Does he/she like WINE? 
Personalized wine basket - Fill the basket with his/her favorite wine, cheese,crackers and wine glass. Or you could treat him/her to a wine tasting adventure.

Does he/she like to COOK?
-Kitchen Gadgets- AWESOME! I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen this is just GREAT!
-Baking Basket- compose with Apron and baking equipment, OR it could be personalized according to his/her liking. Get all the ingredients of your favorite cake, brownie or cookie recipe put all together in one basket and attach the recipe.
-Cookbook- Find the his/her favorite cookbook and you can simply just put it along with your Baking basket.
Does he/she like CRAFTS?
-Personalized gift basket idea is perfect, filled with his/her favorite crafty materials and also gift card  to his/her favorite craft store is always a big hint.  
-DIY Christmas Card- :)

Does he/she like Coffee?
-Coffee Maker- There's a lot of varieties nowadays in the market for all the coffee lover out-there. The best one is the Keurig and its affordable!..:)
-Coffee Basket- Can't go wrong of a coffee basket for coffee lover. Just simply put his/her favorite coffee flavor, coffee mug, few crackers to with the coffee and Gift Card to his/her favorite coffee shop like Starbucks:)

Does he/she like Sport Fanatic Movie Lover
-Personalized basket- His/her favorite t-shorts or sweatshirts with his favorite team, hat, pop corns,chips and candies if you have budget for GAME TICKET then go for it.:)

Does he/she like to TRAVEL and OUTDOORS ADVENTURE?
Plane Ticket is sound so GOOD! but lets face it, Its expensive. So, let make something cute and fun!
- Little Travel Basket- compose with magazine about travel and places, travel size lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush all health and care you could think of you that he/she might need for travel.
- I'm not a very adventurous person but I think good brand SHOES is perfect for this, Anything else you could think of? Please share!

This is only few gift Ideas I could think right now, If there's anything that I missed, anything at all. don't hesitate to leave me a comment. After all its Christmas time to share and give.!
I'll see in few days for more recipes and next Wednesday for another gift ideas.:)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sinigang na Bangus Recipe

Boiled Milkfish with Sour Broth and Vegetables


"The milkfish is an important seafood in Southeast Asia and some Pacific Islands. Because milkfish is notorious for being much bonier than other food fish, deboned milkfish, called "boneless bangus" (bangus is the local name) in the Philippines, has become popular in stores and markets" 
( source: Wikipedia )

Hello December! Christmas is closer than I thought and on this first week of the month. We gonna put up our Christmas Tree this week, feeling excited!:). On the first day of the month, Allow me share my most favorite dish Boiled Milkfish and the best word to describe this recipe DELICIOUS!. I grew up eating this fish and my Mom prepared milkfish by boiling it combine with garden leafy vegetables we have grown on the farm. The broth have a sour taste to it but it make this dish set apart from the rest of fish dishes I have. I think my mouth just water just saying the word sour, Do you feel same way too when you hear the word sour?. Anyways, are you guys ready for Cyber Monday tomorrow? And thinking about some good dinner recipe? Sinigang na Bangus might be the perfect fit for this cold weather. I personally love Milkfish it can be fried, boiled or steam..:) If this is your first time eating this fish, it might be not fun for you cause this fish have so much bones on it. Its hard to eat it right away but thanks to my Mom who trained me how to eat this fish in right way :)  Good news! Boneless Bangus or Milkfish already marinated and ready to cook is already available in all Asian Store  and getting popular in a lots of supermarket in the Philippines. How cool is that?  Pretty cool indeed! for a Milkfish lover like me. I always have in stock on my freezer , very convenient for easy breakfast and when my friends come over, Oh! yeah.. It's like back in the Philippines again. Looking for something sweets to end this scrumptious meal? What about macaroni salad, binignit, suman malagkit and much more.! wink:)  So, let this excitement put into action and lets start cooking Sinigang na Bangus- ( Boiled Milkfish). I have Sinigang na Bangus boiling right now my my stove top and it smells really good...:) 
-I leave the skin on this recipe but you can totally do skinless milkfish if you want.
-Make it totally your own recipe by adding your favorite vegetables and seasoning
-Add vinegar for sour taste if you don't have sinigang mix.:) That's what I did on mine... 
- Adjust the taste according to your preference. 

Milkfish- sliced into desire pieces.
Eggplant- sliced
Bokchoy/Petchay- sliced
1 tiny green chili- (optional, I like mine with little hint of chili :) )
Tomato- sliced
Ginger- sliced
Green Onion
Salt and Pepper
Sinigang mix or vinegar

1.)  In large pot boil 4-5 cups of water depending on how much broth you want. Once the water is boiling add the ginger, onion, green onion and salt and pepper.
2.) Wait for couple minutes until you smell the aroma, then add the milkfish. Let it simmer for like 5-8 minutes.
3.) Add the tomato, bokchoy, petchay, eggplant and the chili. Let it simmer until the vegetables and the fish cook through. Add the sinigang mix or in this case I add vinegar for that sour taste broth that I'm looking for. Adjust the taste according to your preference. 
4.) Sinigang na Bangus is served. Enjoy! Best serve with rice.

Keep on checking on  some of your favorite recipes here on my blog. I'll see you in few days for more!...:)
xoxoxo- sweetcuisinera

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