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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sweet Potato Casserole

Happy Thanksgiving! Is the turkey in the oven yet? Mine is not LOL. Actually, Hubby and I had our early thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Sister-in-law and her family from Mississippi were in Orlando for a short vacation and they came over for dinner. We had turkey, sweet potato casserole, rolls, savory stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potato, salads, corn, green peas, and ham. Today, we will have the leftover but, I will have a fresh turkey for tonight's dinner. Just for hubby and I. It will be my first time to cook a turkey. For now, here's a sweet potato casserole for you.

Here is the recipe that I used:

Have a great day and have fun with your family and friends on Thanksgiving.

Singing the Christmas Carols

When I look around in our neighborhood today, I felt the nostalgia. There are few families who are ready for Christmas and most of them have their Christmas lights and decors set up already. Christmas back home is more fun! I remember that as early as December 1, there are carolers roaming in our streets and most of them do the caroling for a good cause. They give out letters and they will come when the family said yes to their request.

The carolers have their guitarist, a soloist and they usually sang 3 to 4 songs. Their guitar is not as fancy as the  taylor baby guitar mahogany top but, they sang beautifully. By now, the church choir is busy practicing for Christmas songs every night. As a matter of fact, my mom is busy in her church group too. They're practicing a Christmas Carol for their up coming Christmas party.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Beef Bone Marrow Recipe

Here is another recipe that a vegetarian wouldn't dare to look, much less to try. This is not for you. For those who venture away from the usual food they love, this might be a great option to try.

- 6 pcs of beef bone marrow
- 1 pc white onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 4 Cups of Water
- 12 pcs baby carrots
- 1 bundle of bok-choy, chopped
- 1 pc large tomato, sliced
- 1 beef cube
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil

- Rinse the beef bone marrow, set aside
- In a hot pot, add oil and sauté the garlic and onion until golden brown.
-Add carrots and cover for few minutes.
- Add water and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Place the bone marrow and bring to a boil until the carrots are cooked.
- Add beef cube and the chopped bok-choy, return to a boil.
-Lower the heat, add the sliced tomato and simmer until bok-choy is cook.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy

Thursday, November 21, 2013

#ChooseSargentoCheese for Snacking

Do you like cheese? I do but, I am not familiar as to how they taste in comparison to each flavors. There are hundreds of types of cheeses and they come from different countries. I can only mention two of my favorites, I love Mozzarella in pizza and cheddar in macaroni salad. Few days ago, I received this box containing two #Sargento coupon, one is a free coupon and the other is a $1 off. This cute box also contains a single cheese pouch which is really cute.

I went to #Publix in our neighborhood and claimed the coupon choosing the #NaturalBlends #SharpCheddarJack #CheeseSnacks. I never tried this in #Sargento brand so; this will be my first. When I get home, I poured a glass of sauvignon; and sliced a fresh pineapple,  grapes and the sharp cheddar jack.  

The taste is an explosion of honest to goodness flavor. The texture of the sharp cheddar jack blended well with the sweetness of grapes and the juiciness of the pineapple fruits. The combination of flavors is delightful and I admit, this is really a great snack whether you are on the go or having a mid- afternoon relaxation.

When I was working in the casino, our break room cook provided me an information about different cheeses. We have more than 20 variety on display as we ordered our hot lunch. I was ordering a quesadilla and don't know what good cheese to add. She added lots of Pepper-Jack cheese.

Anyway, this is a healthy snack that you should try. Get out from that comfort zone and #ChooseSargentoCheese in your snacking for a healthier you.

I disclose that I received these products complimentary from #Influenster for testing purposes. No compensation was received. My opinion is truthful and may be different from yours.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Black Pearl is Pretty

Do you love to eat oysters? My husband love them. He can eat it raw and with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of salt, he can gobble a dozen at mealtime. I am not a big fan of oysters. I can eat one or two steamed or fried oysters but, a dozen? I probably can't finish eating them in an hour. Oh well, the only thing that make me interested with oysters is when I saw a pearl inside them. My brother used to give my mom a real pearl. He got them from local pearl divers in the Philippines. They bartered the pearls in exchange of the products of my brother.

It is not as beautiful as MIKIMOTO though. The pearls of my brother are small. If I have to choose, black pearl is my favorite. It looks pretty than the white pearl. What do you think? Do you prefer white or black?

Onion Rings Recipe

When hubby and I craved for onion rings, he decided to make a homemade onion rings. So far, this is the tastiest onion rings he made. Maybe because of the tasty batter. Try it! It is crunchy and as I said, the batter is truly delicious!


- 3 large sweet onions
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- cooking oil for deep frying
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 well beaten egg


Peel the onion and cut it into 1/4-inch thick rounds and separate it into rings. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, seasonings, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk then, add this mixture to the dry ingredients, blend well.
Dip the onion ring into the batter and deep fry at about 365°. Make sure to turn both sides and fry until golden brown. Remove and put the onion rings into the paper towels to drain the excess oil. Sprinkle with a little salt upon serving. Enjoy!

Moving to the Gulf Coast

Today, I was browsing some photos in my folder and boy, I craved for shrimps, snow crabs and sea foods. Did you know that down in the Gulf Coast, you can buy large shrimps for $2.50 / lb? We live there for almost two years and when we bought properties in Florida, we moved in the Space Coast area for good, and so we thought. Next month, we will be spending Christmas Holidays in the Gulf Coast to be with our family. Another reason why we will be there is to look at some properties.

We thought that living closer with family is a good thing. It is a security blanket and besides, it is fun to be around with family all the time. Hubby and I decided one Sunday morning that we will go back to Mississippi and live there for good! Right now, we are looking for properties and I was introduced with goconnect app for realtor checklists. I never tried this app yet. I need to read more information about it. This app might be useful!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mashed Potato with Onion Gravy and Pork Chop

How are you today friends? Have you noticed that time flies so fast? It's already Hump day tomorrow.  I thought I just went to mass yesterday. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas but, I don't want it so soon. Uh uh, I need more time to save for buying gifts. Anyway, are you ready for Thanksgiving? If you do, good for you! Oh my goodness, I am  not!

Hubby and I just hangout at home today, I was doing my blog updates so; I told him he had to fix for lunch. He gladly fix for less than 30 minutes and here's what we have on the table. Fresh and crunchy tomato in Olive Oil, mashed potato with onion gravy sauce and tender pork chop.

Oh my goodness, right now I am so full. I think I will need a power nap in few minutes. How about you? What's for lunch?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Using the #EZTofuPress for the First Time

Have you ever tried to cook tofu but it comes out watery? If you like to achieve the right tofu texture, pressing and draining the water out of it should be done right. With the help of EZ Tofu Press, preparing your tofu meal can be easy, and it surely saves your time and energy.
EZ Tofu Press is the latest product that I received for free in exchange of my fair and honest review. It is a compact kitchen device used for pressing out water from tofu. When it arrived this week, I was on the hunt for a tofu recipe and boy, I had a great time cooking. The recipe is posted in a separate post and please check it out.

Shipping and Handling
The EZ Tofu Press arrived in perfect condition and inside this box are the EZ Tofu Press, a manual and a handy measuring device. I was pretty happy to receive the product for I find it really helpful in preparing a Tofu meal. To tell you honestly, I have never tried cooking a Tofu recipe before so; I challenge myself to go beyond my comfort zone to find a recipe, cook it and use this tofu press. Tofu is known as a super food because of its amazing and significant nutritional benefits. Most vegetarian and health conscious people use tofu to substitute meat in their diet. Tofu is healthy, gluten-free and made of soybean. According to a study, it helps to fight cancer, it helps to prevent ulcers, a good source of calcium thus; prevents osteoporosis and more.

Using the EZ Tofu Press:.
I have a big round plate ready to catch the dripping water. I unscrew the tension knobs and placed the Extra Firm Tofu centered in between the two plates. I tightened it simultaneously as far as I can go and the water started to drip out. Using the measuring device shown on the photo below, I quit at 1 inch thick and the water quit dripping. It was super easy to use, no sweat and no mess at all, which are reasons that I like this product. The EZ Tofu Press is the best kitchen device to use when you plan to cook a Tofu. It gets most of the water out from the tofu therefore, it will absorbed more of the flavor that you added.
Features and Benefits:
You can buy the EZ Tofu Press for $35.00 with free shipping at the Amazon. But, if you are a Prime member, you will get it at $25.99 with free shipping. EZ Tofu Press can press all sizes of firm and extra firm tofu. It will only take at least 15 minutes or less to press a right textured tofu. You can prep food and marinade while turning the knobs every 2 minutes. It presses faster compared to spring based tofu presses. Most importantly, EZ Tofu Press is easy to clean, a dishwasher safe, and fewer parts to break. The paper and cloth towels are now a thing of the past when you use the EZ Tofu Press.

One secret that you should not forget when cooking a tofu is to press the water out to get the better flavor absorption and improves the texture. Start cooking tofu today! For more information about Tofu Press, please visit the Website. EZ Tofu Press is now priced at $25.99 and you can buy it in Amazon.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR,Part 255: "Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising", Food Delights and Etcetera received a small amount of compensation and one EZ Tofu Press product for free in exchange of an honest review. The opinion stated above is honest based from experience and it maybe different from yours.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pork Adobo

Oh my goodness! This is so good. Thanks to #YouTube for the video. It is so easy to follow a recipe by viewing it. Pork Adobo is one of my favorite food and of course, with rice and soda, this meal satisfies my craving for Filipino foods. For health conscious and vegetarian, this is not for you.

What are the Ingredients?
- 2 lbs pork belly
- 2 tbsp garlic crushed
- 2 pieces bay leaves
- 4 tbsp vinegar
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp whole pepper corn
- 1 cup water
- salt to taste

Here's the Procedure:
1.In a bowl, combine the pork belly, soy sauce and garlic; marinade for at least 2 hours
2.On a hot pan, cook the marinated pork belly for few minutes, cover.
3.Then, add water, pepper corn and bay leaves.
4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Add the vinegar and simmer for about 15 minutes.
5. Add salt to taste.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Basics of Ferrite Magnetic Powder

Most people simply go about their day not worrying about how the things they use each day work. They use microwaves to heat breakfast, then sit down and check email, bank accounts, and the news on a laptop, phone, or tablet. After that, they hop in their cars, and drive away to work with the sound of music blaring in their ears. Once they reach work, most people spend some time in front of a computer, or speak to people on the phone. A few hours later, they go out to grab some lunch on their break, and pay for it with the swipe of a card. What most people don’t realize is that every single daily task just described requires the use of magnets. And, taking it one step further, each magnet is made out of ferrite magnetic powder.
If you would like to learn more about magnets and ferrite powder, then you should read this short article for more information. As you can see from the above paragraph, you use magnets in your daily routine almost without realizing it. Because magnets play such an important part in modern living and technology, the demand for them has been very high through the last few decades. Most of these types of magnets are produced using ferrite powder and ceramic bindings. The ferrite powder is what brings the magnetic properties to the part being produced.
Depending on the type of application that the part is being produced for, it will be made into either a soft or hard ferrite. The main difference between these two types of ferrites is that soft ferrite magnets can change their polarity easily, while hard ferrites hold polarity much better. Soft ferrites are used in applications such as high-frequency radio transformers. Hard ferrites are used to produce permanently magnetized magnets that you would find in your home holding items up on the refrigerator.
Now that you know more about ferrite magnetic powder, you will probably have a better appreciation for all of the appliances, speakers, automobiles, and other advanced products that use magnets. In addition, you will also remember that magnets are made out of ferrite powder when you see them hanging on the refrigerator door.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Baking the Four Cheese Italian Pasta with Pollo

Eating is one of my favorite things to do and diet is not in my vocabulary. That's true! I love to eat rice too. Oh, I can't last a day with out it! How's your Sunday by the way? I bet you had a wonderful time with your family. We spent the day at home after all, Sunday at this time of the year means Football Sunday. Hubby and I attended an early morning mass at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Merritt Island and since BJ's, our favorite store is just nearby, we went there for grocery shopping.

I bought a shredded 4 cheese Italian blend cheese for my pasta and pollo dish. I was so glad that hubby appreciate the baked pasta which I served for lunch today. It's creamy and cheesy!

I will have the recipe ready on my next post. I tell you what, this is truly delicious. Thanks for stopping by. I will see you next time.


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