Friday, December 26, 2014

Celestial Seasonings Tea Review

Celestial Tea Candy Cane Lane Review

Disclaimer:  I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Happy Holidays to all!
Its a time of year where giving is so much fun, being a secret Santa Claus and making memories of lifetime by spending Christmas with family. I enjoyed every moment of it from shopping, gift wrapping and the most FUN part when my kids woke up screaming " Mommy, Daddy!! Santa came!! Santa came!! My kids enjoyed unwrapping their gifts, exploring and talking about how much they loved it. It's the most precious moment as a parent.
After the kids opened their Christmas gift we proceed to our Traditional Christmas breakfast which is Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls- I just simply love how easy it is to make and the house smells divine!
and who can resist a delicious cup of Celestial Tea "Candy Lane flavor" I can't! a perfect time to take a sip of Celestial Tea that I received with my "Frosty Voxbox" courtesy from Influenster

I made round cinnamon bun and I also make some twisted cinnamon bread. Both are equally delicious especially if paired with Celestial Tea- peppermint flavor! Yum- At first I don't think both will work but actually the minty flavor from the tea will compliment the sweetness of the cinnamon rolls.
I've tried different flavor of teas but haven't tried the Candy Cane flavor and I was surprised how good it taste. So fresh, minty and I just feel the holiday. Yumm-O!

If you love Candy Cane and love that peppermint flavored tea, then this is perfect for you. I love how cool and fresh that peppermint flavor and it taste great! I love it paired with cinnamon rolls and can drink this tea every day. I'm glad that I'm able to test this Celestial Seasoning Tea for free. Its really good. I hope you enjoy your Christmas celebrations as much as I do. Keep those sweet moments and always remember that being with family this holiday season is always amazing!!:)
Keep checking my blog for recipes that you might like. I'll see you in few days for another fun foodie escapade and delicious treat.  Advanced Happy New Year Everyone!:)

xoxox- Melgie

 Disclaimer:  I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Opinion and experience through the product is 100 percent mine. Thank you Influenster:)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weight Watchers Cooking Along with Ana and Laura Grand Prize Win

My first contest/challenge Grand Prize Win! Yippee:)

Virtual Hugs Everyone!
 Welcome to another exciting and fun blog post about great recipes and dinner ideas. Exciting because the recipe that I'll be sharing with you today was the recipe that help me win the Grand Prize challenge contest at Crowdtap couple weeks ago. The Challenge was to create a 3 course meal inspired by Weight Watchers Cooking along with Ana and Laura. It was my first time joining in a cooking contest/challenge which really excite me in the first place. So, I made my version of delicious, fall, healthy meal recipe inspired by Cooking along with Ana and Laura the whole cooking experience was so awesome! I really enjoyed following the cooking instructions and double up the fun when my kids decide to helped. In less than 45 minutes I was able to create a delicious meal that my family enjoyed and loved! The Chocolate- Espresso Mouse is simply delicious-:)

My culinary creation includes:   
Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage,  Spinach Salad with Pears and Raspberries,
Chocolate-Espresso Mousse
You can check the recipe of all three dishes HERE, But the Chocolate- Espresso Mouse recipe will be shared below. I think its going to be my favorite dessert from now on. (hahah I love chocolate! Do you?)

2 tsp instant espresso
1 Tbsp hot water
1 package fat-free sugar-free instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix (1.4oz)
1 1/2 cups fat free skim milk
1 1/2 cups fat free whipped topping, divided
16 chocolate wafers, lightly broken- (I used Oreo cookies on mine)

  • In a small bowl, combine espresso and water until dissolved; let cool to room temperature.
  • In another bowl, whisk together pudding mix and skim milk until well-combined; whisk in espresso mixture and then fold in 1/2 cup whipped topping.  
  • Line up 4 glasses/ bowls and spoon spoonful pudding in each one; top each with teaspoons cookie pieces, spoonful pudding and 1 more teaspoon cookie pieces.
  • Garnish each with 1 tablespoon whipped topping before serving.
Note: Its super easy to make and its delicious! Have fun and be creative on presentation! I used Oreo cookies on mine but feel free to used chocolate wafers or your favorite chocolate cookie will do.:)

Couple days later - I got an email stating that I won the grand prize (check out the photo above). I'm super duper happy! It's my first time winning a contest like this, so the whole experience is unbelievable. ( I wish you can imagine me jumping round and round! hahahaa)
After I submitted my shipping information. I waited for like 8-10 days and Whola! I got my prize delivered in my front door sent through FedEx.The prize was packed nicely which is very impressive. I opened it carefully and slowly... and there it is.. the Swag Bag-  inside the bag is the Bite Into Life spoon and $50.00 amazon gift card. I'm really happy with the prize!

The Swag Bag is actually really cute! I really love the design, the materials and the color. It just so perfect! I actually used the Swag Bag the other day and I loved it! The BiteIntoLife spoon definitely put into used this holiday season and the Amazon gift card it will definitely come in handy this coming Christmas. I haven't decided on what to buy yet (hehehe)
I hope that this blog post inspire you in many ways. Don't forget that the key ingredient to a delicious meal is LOVE! (hahah corny no?) Anyways keep checking my blog for scrumptious recipes that will inspire you this holiday season. See you in few days! Stay warm and gorgeous. Don't forget to smile a lot!---:)

xoxox- Melgie

Disclosure: I received the prize stated above by joining cooking contest/challenges provided by Crowdtap and Weight Watchers. Opinion is 100 percent mine.  Thank you so much #Crowdtap #BiteIntoLife #WeightWatchers

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Crowdtap Sample and Share: Campbell's Tasters

Crowdtap Sample and Share experience with Campbell's Tasters

Hello Everyone!
I would like to say Thank You to all of you, whose very excited and happy about my new domain name. Your comments were undeniable inspiring to me and truly appreciate it! After I replied to all your comments this morning and going through my previous post. I accidentally deleted my blogpost about (Undergo a Little Change on Both blogs) I know! It's extremely frustrating!:( I tried everything I could but I just couldn't bring it back. My apology to all who commented on that blogpost..

Anyways- I have an exciting and fun recipes that I like to share with you all featuring the Campbell's Tasters courtesy from Campbell's and Crowdtap. Yippee! As a foodie lover this Sample and Share is amazing! I have different kind of recipe helpers that will help me to create a delicious dish without spending too much time in the kitchen. Also Campbell's provide recipe ideas that can be found on the back of each products..Awesome!!

What is Crowdtap?-  crowdtap is the place to use your creativity to win gift cards and score free products from big-name brands. Brands will challenge you to discuss and showcase how you use everyday items—through photos, videos, and writing—and then reward the best submissions." 
I been getting sample and share since I joined Crowdtap. It's always a nice feeling to be able to sample such great product and share the experience with your family and friends. Aside from the experience I also won multiple gift cards every month.. ( Thank you much Crowdtap!)
How to join Crowdtap? Just head over to their website www.crowdtap.com and register for FREE! That's it! Just start exploring the site and let's have fun together tappin'!:) I forgot to mention that its mobile friendly which is so great! you can tap anytime you want! wohoo!!

Alright back to my Campbell's Tasters Sample and Share: I'm so grateful that I was one out of 2,500 tappers be able to sample Campbell's product difinetly #DiscoverCampbells all the way!  Have I mentioned how great Crowdtap packed their Sample and Share products? Yes! its packed to perfection and always impress me everytime! Exciting part of all, opening my party kit package!:)

Party Kit Items: (photo above)
  • A variety of new Campbell’s® products including (but not limited to) Soups for Easy Cooking, Campbell’s® Latin Inspired Soups, Campbell’s® Skillet Sauces, Prego® Alfredo sauce, and Swanson Cream Starter™ Broths
  • Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Tote
  • Shaker
  • Recipe Booklet with Coupons
  • 1 set of Sampling Instructions 

So generous right? I think so too- :) I received all those product mentioned above plus a coupon booklet that includes a FREE  New V8 juice and  $1.00 of coupons on every product, which I shared with my family and friends.

First on the list of Inspired Meal Ideas featuring Campbell's Tasters:
Campbell's Skillet Sauce: Creamy Parmesan Chicken over Egg-noodle with Spinach
I know the title of this recipe is kinda long-:) I just can't think of anything that will put them all together. Here we go!

Campbell's Skillet Sauce- Creamy Parmesan Chicken
Spinach (Optional)
Chicken- cut into pieces

* Cooke the egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside;
- In large skillet, brown the cut chicken. Once the Chicken is cooked, add the Campbell's Skillet Sauce. Let it simmer for couple minutes. Add the spinach and turn off the heat.
- At this point you either add the cooked egg-noodles to the creamy chicken or you can put the creamy chicken with spinach over the noodles. Either way they are equally delicious.
- I mix creamy chicken with egg noodles and served with Italian bread on the side! Adding spinach is totally optional. I prefer adding vegetable to the dish but its all up to you.:)

Campbell's Prego Sauce: Pasta with Light Homestyle Alfredo and Sausage
This is the recipe I come up with using Prego Homestyle Alfredo Sauce: Totally homemade and I add my personal twist on the dish by adding sausage. Yum!

Spaghetti noodles
Prego Light Homestyle Alfredo
Sausage (Optional)

* Cooked the spaghetti noodles according to the package directions. Drain and Set aside;
- Cooked the sausage on the skillet until golden brown. Add the Prego Light Homestyle Alfredo Sauce. Let it simmer, then add the spaghetti noodles. Mix it together until everything is combine.  Served HOT along with garlic bread.
- The sausage is totally optional. Just be creative with your Prego Sauce and I'm sure its delicious and always impress everyone's taste.

Campbell's NEW! V8 Spicy Mango Drink: V8 Spicy Mango and Pineapple Drink
After creating few delicious dish using Campbell's Tasters. I think we need a refreshing drink right?
Here we go!

V8 Spicy Mango
Pineapple Juice
ICE cubes

* I pour 1/2 cup V8 Spicy Mango and 1/2 Pineapple juice in the Shaker. Add some ice cubes and shake it to perfections. That's it!
- You can totally make it fancy by dipping the tip of your glass with salt then add your V8 juice mix. Adjust the serving size and taste according to your preference.
It is delicious! I like mine  with more pineaaple juice--- and my friends love the NEW V8 Spicy Mango! CHEERS!

Those are just few of the recipes that I made using Campbell's Tasters Sample and Share. They have plenty of products need to be explore and I cannot simply wait. A perfect helper for holiday entertaining and easy meal ideas. Grab your Campbell's product and let's start cooking! I hope this recipe inspire you this holiday season. If you need more recipe ideas using Campbell's Product just check their FB Page or simply visit their website- for TONS great recipe ideas!!. Let me know what you think about Campbell's product in general! Leave me a comment below! and I'll promise I'll be careful this time going through my blog post! Enjoy the rest of the week everyone! See you in few days---:) Stay warm and be inspired always!!!

xoxo- Melgie
Disclosure: I received all the Campbell's Tasters product mentioned above for FREE courtesy from Campbell's Tasters and Crowdtap. My opinion and experience is 100 percent mine. Thank you so much Campbell's Tasters and Crowdtap #DiscoverCampbells #CampbellsTasters #Sponsored #Crowdtap
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Kettle Brand Real Sliced Potato and Popcorn- Review

Kettle Brand Real Sliced Potato and Popcorn courtesy from Bzzagent and Kettle Brand

Hello Everyone!
How are you guys doing today? It's Black Friday! Yay! Are guys excited! Whose done shopping already? Most of the stores starts their Black Friday deals as early as 6PM Thursday after Thanksgiving dinner. So, if you want to get good deals and bargains you are going to beat the crowd and be at the store as early as you can. Well, for me! I don't shopped Black Friday. I just like to relax at home with my kiddies and watch movie. Anyways- talking about movies and relaxing at home. How about a delicious bowl of  Kettle Brand White Cheddar Popcorn? or Maybe a Kettle Brand Real Sliced Potato Chips that I got for FREE from Bzzagent? Sounds so much fun and delicious to me! Do you agree? and Let me share you something that makes this Kettle Brand amazing:
Kettle Brand® Real Sliced Potatoes and Popcorn have:
  • all-natural, non-GMO ingredients
  • no trans-fat or MSG
  • no preservatives or gluten
  • packaging material reduced by 20%
What is BzzAgent? An international network of consumers who voluntarily participate in word-of-mouth (WOM) campaigns for a variety of products and services.
How Bzzagent works?All I did was take surveys, get invited, try the product, review and share, then Keep it UP! Easy peasy right? I joined Bzzagent, June of this year and I been trying 6-7 great products. Check out the Bzzagent website and sign up for FREE! It's so much fun.:)

My Kettle Brand BzzCampaign Kit Includes:
  • FREE coupons for any Kettle Brand® Popcorn or Kettle Brand® Real Sliced Potatoes
  • Pass-along coupons for friends and family, so they can try any Kettle Brand® Popcorn or Kettle Brand® Real Sliced Potatoes

After couple days of finding this delicious snacks- finally! its sitting on my kitchen table. Yum! They just looks so good. Just all good stuff! Yum---:)

 First STOP- Kettle Brand White Cheddar Popcorn. Have I told you that its delicious? So perfect for movie time with family. The popcorn itself is so fresh! and the white cheddar flavor just add up to perfection on every single bite.

Next on the LINE is the Kettle Brand Real Sliced Potatoes -Sea Salt- The sea salt flavor is really good. I love that I can taste the little salt on every bite, its crunchy! Yup! so crunchy and so good. I noticed that the potato chip it not greasy. Delish! So perfect for everyday snacks :)

My experience about the Kettle Brand Popcorn and Real Sliced Potatoes was amazing. I'm actually addicted to it (hahahah) I also share my pass along coupon to my friends so that they can enjoyed how good Kettle Brand. I'm also going to try different flavor of Kettle Brand popcorn and real sliced potatoes next time. I bet they're delicious! Come on, let's start snacking! What do you want to try first? Yippee! excitement overload! Try this Kettle Brand Popcorn and Real Sliced Potatoes when you get a chance. Share your thoughts about what flavor you like best on the comments below. I'll be reading all of them.  Enjoy the rest of the week and I'll see you in few days for foodie escapades. Stay warm everyone and have fun snacking Kettle Brand!

xoxox- Melgie

Disclosure: I received Kettle Brand Popcorn and Kettle Brand Real Sliced Potatoes for free courtesy from Kettle Brand and Bzzagent. My opinion and experience shared on this post is 100 percent mine. Thank you Kettle Brand and Bzzagent for awesome snack.:) #Bzzagent #GotItFree #nofilter #KettleBrand

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buko Pie Recipe

Simply Homemade -Buko Pie Recipe

Sweet Morning Everyone!

 How you guys doing? It's been a hectic and cold week for me! Yup- its already snowing here in my place! I love the snow but not really liking the cold though. It's been like 3 weeks since my last blog post and I missed you all! Anyways! Whose excited for some Buko Pie?? It's been like forever since I had my last sliced of  this Filipino delicacy, Can you tell?. So, I challenge myself to make some Buko Pie-- and it went perfect! I felt nervous at first but after I made the Pie filling I'm just on it! Wohoo! I'm just so happy that the pie turned out good and its delicious!  I promise:)
On this recipe I used frozen young coconut meat that I bought from Asian store. I would recommend to used fresh coconut if you have some (can't beat fresh coconut meat and buko juice on this recipe). I also made a  homemade pie crust for top layer of the pie but you can totally grab some at the store all ready for you. This Buko Pie reminds me back home! A perfect treat anytime of the day. I can't wait to share my first buko pie experience with you all. I'm getting excited just by writing about this recipe (hahah) I hope you too! Are you ready to make some Buko Pie? Come on join me in my kitchen as we unfold the process on how to make delicious Buko Pie Homemade!
Check out the recipe below! Enjoy:)

 Notes: Store bought pie crust is good for easy cooking. If want to make your own pie crust. I got a recipe for you below that I used for the top layer of the pie. Just double the recipe if you decide to make the bottom and the top layer of the crust.
-Adjust the cooking time if you have to,:)

Buko Pie Filling :
1 (16oz) Frozen young coconut meat- thawned
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch diluted in 1/2 cup young coconut water
1/2 cup milk
Frozen Pie Crust- store bought

Butter flaky Pie Crust
1 1/4 All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter- chopped
1/4 cup Ice cold water or 1/4 cup 7up or Sprite soda

First let's start make the filling:
1.) In medium pan. Heat up the milk. Add the sugar and stir well.
2.) Meantime, combine the cornstarch and coconut juice- set aside.
3.) Once the milk boils. Add the coconut meat include the juice and let it cook for 3-5 minutes.
4.) Add the diluted cornstarch and stir to avoid lumps.
5.) Keep stirring until the pie filling is cooked. Turn off the heat and cool down.

Pie Crust:
1.) In large bowl combine the flour, salt, chopped butter. Mix the mixture.
2.) Add the water or lime soda and mix well. Put the dough in the baggie and keep it refrigerated until you ready to used it.
3.) Sprinkle little flour on the board, roll the dough until you achieve the right thickness.
4.) Covered your buko pie with your homemade pie crust. Trim the side, used fork to seal the edge of the pie and for cute decoration on the side as well.
5.) Poke the pie on the middle and on the side. Brush with egg-wash to achieve that golden brown color.

BAKE at 375 preheated oven for 40-45 minutes


This Buko Pie reminds me back home. I would say very close to what I used to eat back in Pinas. The buko pie filling is not to sweet, perfect blend with coconut meat paired with flaky crust. Perfection!  My kids love this pie and so do I ( Shhhh! I already have 2 slice since I woke up..wink! ) Let me tell you something! this Buko Pie is great with your coffee or hot chocolate in the morning. Yum!  Since holiday is right around the corner, what about a perfect gift for friends and family? BUKO PIE! this is also great pasalubong or even for potluck parties.I hope this recipe gives you an inspiration for upcoming holidays. Share your cooking experience on the comments below! I'll see you in few days for another awesome recipes! Stay warm and smile a lot!:)

xoxox- Melgie

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leche Flan Recipe

Leche Flan/ Caramel Custard Recipe

Sweet Morning everyone!
Excitement overload!!because we are going to do trick-or treating today. My kids are been waiting for this day- we are literally counting the hours right now hahaha!wohoo! I'm excited for my kids! Talking about excitement. How about a super easy Leche Flan recipe? oh yeah! I finally posted Leche Flan recipe after almost 3 years of blogging- As you may all know, This is one of my favorite dessert next to macaroni salad and mango float. I remembered all those sweet memories with my family back home, eating and sharing Leche Flan every weekend, So, this recipe is special to me-:) To be honest, I was kinda intimidate to make Leche Flan at first, but when my craving strike. I decided to make it right there and then, so spontaneous. It also a good recipe idea if you have a lot of eggs on your fridge,  although we only need the eggyolk on this recipe, you could used the egg whites to make Pasencia Cookie which is also, by the way sooo delicious! or maybe a ham and egg white sandwich in the morning? Yum!
This recipe really work for 4 individual serving and came out just perfect! I would recommend to double the quantity for larger crowd. I love to make extra for myself for personal consumption purposes..wink:)-- It's also really good toppings for  HALO-HALO as well. Do you agree? I'm like drooling right now.. hahaha! Are you excited and ready to make some Leche Flan?  Come on! join me in my kitchen as we unfold my Leche Flan foodie escapade. I'll promise you! this is a super delicious journey!:)

Notes: This recipe is good for 4 individual serving. Adjust the quantity for larger crowd. Make sure that you stir the custard mixture gently to avoid air pockets on the flan ( which I didn't do on this recipe..ooops! for future reference ) Enjoy!

6 Egg yolk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4- 1/2 cup granulated sugar- caramel sauce
4 ceramic bowls/ flan molder- used whatever you have in hand.:)


1.) In large bowl combine the egg yolk, condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla. Mix well until everything combine. Set aside.
Note: Mix the mixture gently to avoid bubbles on your flan.
2.)  Time to make the caramel mixture. Simply put the granulated sugar in pan, turn heat into medium low. Let the sugar melt and caramelized to perfection. Turn off the heat and we are ready to assemble our delicious flan.
 3.) Line up the ceramic bowl,  add 1-2 teaspoon of caramel sauce depending on sweet you want it to be. Pour the custard mixture evenly.
Notes: I did steaming process and Baking process. Both came out just perfect! I would personally love the baking process because I can fit all four ceramic bowls at one time. 
 4.) If you do BAKE your Leche Flan- Preheat the oven into 350 and bake for one hour. Make sure that the Leche Flan is bake with water bath. The warm water should be halfway full with the ceramic bowls.
5.) If you do STEAM- I used rice cooker on this recipe and its perfect! I did steam mine for good 1 hour.
6.) Let it cool down completely. Served the Leche Flan upside down. ENJOY!

My family love Leche Flan! and I hope yours too. They are super easy to make and so delicious! A perfect sweet treat for company coming over or just simply a treat on an ordinary day. I hope you find this recipe so scrumptious and try to make it at home.
Warning!!! This dessert is so addicting- wink!:) Share your love on this recipe by dropping a comment below.  I'll see you in few days for more awesome, delicious recipes. Keep it sweet and simple. Enjoy the rest of the day everyone!

xoxox- Melgie

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Smiley360 Mission: TAZO® Chai

TAZO® Chai Review courtesy from Smiley360

Hi Guys! Happy Wednesday to all of you!! I hope you all doing great. It's been a hectic week for me. I been busy between work and family, running errands and trying to finish up some school work with hubby. I'm so glad that we finally bought my kids their Halloween costumes and I'm already excited for next week. Anyways, Today I'd like to invite you to have some tea time with me. Sounds like fun right? Yup! It it so much fun especially if you invite your friends to come over. Last week, I received my latest Smiley360 mission- Tazo Chai. What is Smiley360?- Smiley360 is a community of influential people who try products for free and share their opinions online. Yup! you heard it right! totally free. This is actually my 4th mission from Smiley360 since I joined and I'm loving the whole experience.  Simply sign up online at smiley360.com for FREE. Apply for a mission that you are interested in, if you're qualified then you just have to wait for your free sample on the mail. Share your your personal experience through smiley360 sharing tools and earn smiles before the mission expired. That's it! super easy huh?
Now, lets go back to my latest smiley360 mission. TAZO Chai. I was pretty excited when I got accepted for this mission. I really love to try TAZO Chai, since I heard a lot of good reviews about the products from my friends.  Come on you guys, Let's take a peak what inside my Smiley360 kits. Are you feeling excited? Tara:)

Here's my lovely smiley Kit consist of::)

• Full-value coupon for any TAZO® Chai filterbag tea or latte concentrate
• Two full-value coupons for any TAZO® Chai filterbag tea or latte concentrate to share with your closest friends or family
• TAZO® Chai tasting guide
• 1 TAZO® Classic Chai filterbag, 1 TAZO® Chocolate Chai filterbag and 1 TAZO® Vanilla Caramel Chai filterbag
• Smiley360 Sharing Guide

I would say that its pretty generous smiley kit. I was able to share 2 of my FREE coupon to my friends and they are pretty happy to experience TAZO Chai as well. I also tried 3 Chai Filterbag and so far my favorites are Chocolate and Vanilla Caramel. So delicious and so relaxing. I love me some tea time for sure!:)

 Aside from the Tazo Chai Filter Bag. I also tried the TAZO Chai Latte- cold style! Let me tell you something, Its pretty good! Superb! I have 3/4 cup of milk into 1/4 Tazo Chai Latte and ice cubes. I also made some Caramelized Plantain Bananas to go with my awesome Tazo Chai Latte drink. The combination of sweet caramelized banana and Chai Latte is great!
 Have you tried TAZO Chai? If so, What is your favorite flavor? I think the chocolate is superb! So perfect anytime of the day and who doesn't love the aroma and the combination of flavors.:) I'm going to make some TAZO Chai in a minute who want some?? Enjoy the rest of the day everyone! I'll see you in few days for more awesome recipes and  product reviews. Stay warm and smile always! :)

xoxox- Melgie
Disclosure: I received my FREE Sample of TAZO Chai from Smiley360.com.
I enjoy and love using this product, opinion and experience express is 100 percent mine. Thank you, smiley360:)
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Easy Recipes with Ragu Sauce

 Beef Caldereta and Mixed Pasta with Ragu Sauce Recipe

Crowdtap: Ragu Sauce Sample and Share

Hello Everyone!
I'm so inspired this week! I was able to spent time with my friends watching Filipino Movies and pigging out delicious food which reminds me back home. We also shared food and recipes every time we hang out together which is almost every week. When I hang out with my friends it feels like we are back in Pinas, which is so great! So, this week I'm sharing one of my favorite Filipino dish, which is The Beef Caldereta/ Kaldereta with a twist:Yup! I'm re-inventing Beef Caldereta using Ragu Sauce that I got for FREE from Crowdtap. I'm telling you, It's delicious and I can't going back for more and more and more! wink~~
I been blogging about Crowdtap Sample and Share multiples times now and I really enjoyed it! I love the experience of trying the product and share my experience to all of you. So,

What is Crowdtap?-  crowdtap is the place to use your creativity to win gift cards and score free products from big-name brands. Brands will challenge you to discuss and showcase how you use everyday items—through photos, videos, and writing—and then reward the best submissions."
Now that you know how awesome Crowdtap is. Join us and start tapping~ I personally love this site! and been sampling great products and able to win awesome prizes. Thanks a lot Crowdtap!:)

Anyways, I'm super excited to share this two super easy recipe featuring Ragu Sauce. Both recipe are equally delicious and it takes no time to make it at home. Come on join me in my kitchen and let's start making this recipe. Stay inspired and remember the best ingredients there is  LOVE! wink~~~:)

Beef Caldereta with Ragu Sauce Recipe

NOTES: Adjust the taste according to your preference and use ingredients that is available in hand.

1/2 lbs.Beef- cut into cubes
1 medium carrots- sliced
1 medium size potato- sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas
Onion- chopped
Garlic- chopped
1 teaspoon oil
Salt and Pepper- to taste
1/2 cup water
Ragu Sauce- I choose Ragu meat sauce creation on this recipe

1.) Put oil in large pan, let it heat through. Add chopped onion and garlic. Sauteed until translucent. Add the Beef Cubes let it fry for couple minutes until brown.
 2.) Add 1/2 cup of water and let it cook until the meat is tender. Add the potatoes, carrots and Ragu Sauce. It depends on how much sauce you want on your Caldereta. Add more if you want.:) Let it simmer until everything is cooked.
3.) Add the frozen peas. Cover for about 3-4 minutes. Adjust the taste by adding salt and pepper.
4.) Turn off the heat. Serve the Caldereta over white rice and ENJOY!

Tell me! Does it look delicious? I'm like drooling right now just by blogging about it. Umhh! this recipe is so tempting and scrumptious and surely impress everyone's taste-buds.  ooopppss! we are not done yet! I still have another recipe featuring Ragu Sauce. Come on! and see which one is the best! wink

Mixed Pasta with Ragu Meat Sauce

Notes:  I called it mixed pasta because its the mixed of all my left over pasta shells. Wink:) Use your favorite pasta. Adjust the taste according to your preference and Enjoy cooking!


1 box Pasta- I used my 3 kinds of pasta, great used for left over noodles you have in the pantry
1/2 lbs. hamburger
Ragu Sauce Meat Creations
Salt and Pepper

1.) Cooked the pasta according to the package direction. Drain and set aside.
2.) In large pan. Add the hamburger and let it cooked and render fat. Drain if you need to:) Add salt and Pepper then the Ragu Sauce.
3.) Simmer for couple minutes and taste the sauce before adding the cooked pasta into the sauce.
4.) Let it cooked for 3 minutes until everything is combined.
5.) Serve hot with garlic bread on the side. Enjoy!

 Does it look delicious? Not to mention that this recipe is super easy to make. Great idea for quick fix dinner:) Are you feeling inspired after reading my blog? I hope it give a boost of ideas to be creative with your Ragu Sauce. Do you have a favorite between the two? Share me your thoughts and recipe ideas  below. It's funny! I feel so hungry just by blogging about this two great recipes. I might as well get something to munch on.  (hahaha)
I hope you give this recipe a try and I'll be seeing you within few days for more fantastic and fun recipe. Enjoy the rest of the week. Stay warm!:)

xoxox- Melgie

Disclosure: I received FREE Coupon of Ragu Sauce courtesy from Ragu and Crowdtap. My opinion and experience is 100 percent mine. Thank you to #Crowdtap and #NewTradish

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bistek Recipe

Filipino Style Pan- Fried Beef Steak

Hi Everyone!
 Wow! Can you believe that its already October? Weeh! It feels like I can't keep up anymore! Time goes so fast that I can hardly remember what I did yesterday and few days ago. Do you feel same way too?  Or it just me trying to keep up with everything. :) wink!
Talking about busy schedule, this recipe is so perfect for easy and quick fix dinner for the whole family. Bistek- is basically a Filipino pan-fried beef steak with very simple ingredients. I'm guessing all the ingredients is already in your fridge. Awesome right? This is actually one of my favorite Filipino Dish paired with rice and soda. Yum! This is also very fulfilling meal that I'm sure everyone will love.
Its kinda strange that I'm getting hungry just by talking about the recipe, Not to mention that I just got back from lunch with my Mother in-law. Its always nice to just sit down and relax, talked and eat. I always treasure those moments, Thank you so much! Mom:)
Ready to explore and make Bistek?? Come on join me and my kitchen as we make this recipe together. Remember to just have FUN and don't be afraid to explore the flavors that cooking can bring.:)

 NOTES: Adjust the taste according to your preference. Double the recipe quantity for larger crowd. Enjoy and have fun cooking Bistek.:)

1/2 lbs Beef- cut into pieces
1/4 cup soy sauce
Vinegar or lemon juice 2-3 teaspoon
2 garlic chopped
1/2 cup water
Onion- sliced into rings for garnish
Salt and Pepper- to taste

1.) In medium bowl combine the sliced beef, soy sauce, vinegar or lemon juice, pepper and let it marinate.
2.) Put a little vegetable oil. Add the chopped garlic sauteed until translucent. Add the marinated beef and let it cooked. Add water if you want the beef to be tender and also it gives you that delicious sauce that you want to drizzle over your rice. (It's totally optional, I just like mine to cook it that way.)
3.) Let it cooked to perfection. Add salt if you need to and Serve it in a bowl add the Onion rings-- DONE
4.) Best served with rice or noodles.:) Enjoy!

Now you know how quick and easy it it to make. Are you ready for some Bistek dinner tonight? Add your own twist and make it perfect. It's always great to have delicious meal even on busy days.  I hope you get some cooking inspiration this week.Try my version of Bistek and let me know what you think. Share me your thoughts on the comment below.
Keep checking on my blog for more awesome recipe. I'll see you in few days- Stay warm, sweet and cozy!! Enjoy the rest of the week--:)

xoxox- Melgie
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Apple Crisp with Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

Apple Crisp Recipe with Truvia Brown Sugar Blend

Hello Everyone!
How was your week doing so far? Did you do something exciting? or maybe tried new recipe? My week  is doing pretty good and full of inspiration. I finally watched the movie "Divergent" and OEmGEE! I was totally into it. The characters in the movie are simply the best!  and guess what? I watched the movie 5 times within the period of 48 hours. Hahahha! I know its kinda annoying if you think about it buy hey! I enjoyed and loved every moment of it) wink. Aside from being obsessed with the movie Divergent, I'm also please and excited to try new product of Truvia, introducing the Truvia Brown Sugar Blend,, yippee! As you all remembered I hosted a TruFan Lemonade Stand in my neighborhood not too long ago and it was a blast! and now I get a chance to try a new Truvia Brown Sugar Blend- So grateful! @Truvia- Thank you so much.:)
I'm static to do a review on Truvia Brown Sugar, As you all know Me! I'm into trying new recipes and this is right on my alley. Couldn't ask for more! There's 7 great recipe cards included on the package and when I saw the Apple Crisp recipe, I was totally sold! It's one of my family's favorite dessert and its super easy to make. I made Apple Crisp before but I didn't add oatmeal to the toppings and now its my chance to to re-do the recipe and used Truvia Brown sugar blend. I'll promise you, this recipe is simply the best! great for company coming over, potluck party and much more.

Truvia Brown Sugar Blend Kit #YayBrown
The package was beautifully wrapped to perfection and delivered right into my front door through FedEx. It was totally a surprised and I was so trilled! So, Come on, join me as I discovered what's inside the package.. Wohoo! excitement overload! Can you tell? wink!
* 16 oz Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
* YayBrown booklet presented by Truvia Sweetener- basically talked about BROWN in general and kids are having fun reading it.
* 7 Recipe Cards- Yippee! A great addition to my recipe collections. One of my favorite  recipe Apple Crisp which featured here on my blog. Yum!
Are you excited to get this dessert take it to the next level? Come On join me in my kitchen, As, I make this super easy and delicious dessert that everyone will love. Also to experience the New Brown Sugar Blend  that has all the taste and texture of Brown Sugar, but only a quarter of the calories. Isn't is amazing?  Below is the recipe.
* Notes: Feel free to used and substitute ingredients according to your preference. Enjoy!

Yield: 6 servings
4 cups apples, sliced
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose four
1/4 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
Nonstick Cooking spray

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit.
2.)  Spray bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3.) In a medium mixing bowl, toss apple slices in lemon juice to coat, then evenly layer them in the pan
4.) In a medium bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over apples.
5.) Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is golden-brown and apples are tender when pierced with fork.

 This is recipe is so good and I don't even feel the difference between a regular sugar and Truvia. Awesome! My family love the Apple Crisp, especially if you add vanilla ice cream and let it melt over the warm apple crisp... Delish! Can't even put into words how good it is. ( hahaha) A perfect way to end your delicious meal or a sweet breakfast in the morning. I actually tried having it for breakfast the other day and it was yummy. I add vanilla yogurt on top. Yum!After trying the Truvia Brown Sugar, I simply loved the product! It taste and feels like brown sugar but only a quarter of the calories. That's amazing! #YAYBROWN indeed. 
 I hope this recipe give you inspiration to make it at home and keep that aroma of fall all over your house...
I hope you find this recipe so inviting and delicious and I'll see you in few days for more awesome recipes. Enjoy the rest of the day..

xoxox- Melgie

Disclosure: I am a member of the TruFan Community rewards program and Truvia sent me a sample of its Truvia Brown Sugar Blend to review. Opinion of the product is 100 percent mine. Thank you Truvia!:) #YAYBROWN

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Easy Taho Recipe

Super Easy Classic Taho Recipe

 Hello Everyone!
How you all doing this week? I hope you get so excited seeing TAHO recipe on the menu for today. Yup! I am a super TAHO fan. I can literally eat this, almost everyday if I want to. It also reminds me of my childhood memories where I ate this scrumptious merienda with my family and friends.So FUN!
 It's pretty popular snack in the Philippines because its very affordable and just simply delicious that satisfy your sweet cravings.Typically the TAHO vendors carries two big aluminum bucket and usually seen on the streets in the Philippines. If yo want to try this delicious treat in the Philippines, you know what to look for.. wink:)
To my avid readers wondering what TAHO means- It's a Filipino snack made with fresh  soft/silken tofu, sago pearl or similar to tapioca pearl with hot caramel sauce made of carmalized brown sugar. Best serve when its WARM. Yum!
And to those, whose far away from home and missing TAHO. Well, I got a super easy recipe that you can make at home. Oh! not to mention that you'll only need 3 ingredients to make this classic marienda. Yup! only 3, how cool is that?  So, are you a TAHO fan? What's your favorite memories behind it? Bring those sweet memories by making Taho at home. Come on, Join me in my kitchen as I made this classic Merienda.
Check out the recipe below!

Super Easy Taho Recipe
* NOTES- Used whatever tapioca pearls on hand. Adjust the recipe for larger crowd.

1 cup of tapioca pearl- I used small size tapioca pearl
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 (16 oz) Nasoya Organic Silken Tofu

1.) In large pan, boil 3-4 cups of water. Add the tapioca pearl and cooked until its cooked. It should take about 30-40 minutes depending on how big your tapioca pearl. Keep on checking just in case you need to add more water.
2.) Meanwhile, In another pan. Add 1/2 cup water let it boil. Add 2 cups of sugar ( adjust the taste according to your preference) and let it caramelized. Set aside
3.) When Tapioca is done and the caramelized sugar is done. Make sure that everything is warm. Heat the Tofu in high heat for 2-3 minutes.
4.) Get your favorite cup/serving glass. Scoop a little bit of tapioca, tofu, add caramel sauce. Repeat the process until your cups is full. Add more caramel sauce on the top. ENJOY!
--- Ask your friends to come over and have fun eating TAHO together---

My very own taho, cook and served with LOVE-- delish! A perfect snack for friends coming over and best serve when its warm. I hope this recipe make you excited for the rest of the week. Don't forget to share the super easy and delicious recipe to your family and friends. Until  next time everyone! Be inspired and have some Taho this weekend. Leave me any comments below on what you think about Taho. I'll be reading them all. See you in few days for more awesome recipe and have sweet bite everyone! wink

xoxox- Melgie

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pork Sinigang na may Gabi Recipe

Pork Sinigang with Taro roots and Vegetables

Hello Everyone!
Yippee! It's weekends wohoo!I'm excited because one of my good friend is celebrating her birthday today and we are going! It's going to be fun day, pigging out delicious food and great company with my friends and family. Do you have any plan for this weekend with your family? What ever your plans maybe, just have FUN! Anyways, talking about food and recipes- the latest on the list is my Sinigang na Baboy na may Gabi. I know the title kinda long and hard to remember. wink:) Basically, its kinda like Pork Sinigang that I made couple months ago but this one have a taro root instead. YUM! So, perfect for rainy and cold days. I can totally picture myself eating this dish anytime of the day, because this is one of my favorite.
The inspiration behind this dish was when I saw the Knorr Seasoning mix while I shopping at one of my favorite store. The next thing I know was, I see myself looking for some GABI or Taro roots which is available mostly on Asian store. Taro roots makes the soup more condensed and taste scrumptious but if you can't find one just substitute with potatoes or totally skip it. This recipe is very forgiving or I called it FREE Recipe because you can totally make your own version and add whatever kind of vegetables you want. Are you ready to make some Sinigang with Gabi?? Come one you guys. Join me in my kitchen and lets taste and explore the beauty of cooking delicious food. Yum!!! Check out my super easy recipe below.

NOTES- Adjust the taste according to your preference. Add your favorite choice of meat and have FUN!

 Sinigang na Baboy na may Gabi Recipe

Pork- cut into desire pieces
Bokchoy/Petchay- sliced
Knorr Sinigang na may Gabi Mix
Gabi/ Taro Roots- chopped
Corn on the Cob
Green Onions- slice

1.) Put 4-5 cups of water in large pot. Let it boil. Add the ginger and onion, wait for couple minutes and then add the cut pork. Let it boil for like 20 minutes.
2.) Add the corn, taro roots and let it cooked for 10 minutes. Once the vegetables is cooked. Add the Bokchoy/Petchay and green onion. 
3.) Add the Knorr seasoning mix ( NOTE: Adjust the taste according to your taste preference, add little bit more if you want more sour taste) Salt and Pepper to taste. 
4.) Turn off the heat and let it set for couple minutes until the Bokchoy/Petchay is cooked.
5.) Serve it HOT over rice and ask your friends to come over. ENJOY!:) 

Super easy recipe of classic Sinigang dish right? This delicious food will be in your table in no time and make your house smells so good. Do you like Sinigang na may Gabi? Please share your thoughts on the comment below. I hope this recipe inspires you to make it at home! I'll promise you, you can't get enough of this, so good, so delicious and great for company coming over. Until next time everyone! I'm going to make some coconut macaroons, cassava cake, and lumpia for my friend's birthday Stay gorgeous and enjoy the rest of the weekend and remember to have FUN while cooking- See you in few days for another awesome recipes..:)

xoxox- Melgie

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