Deals This Week

It always makes my eyes go big when I go in the store and see unexpected clearance sales whether it be food, chocolates, clothing or household items. I would not say no to sales you know! One best example for a really good sale is this Ghirardelli chocolates at Walgreens. From $3.29 down to 89 cents. Mind you, expiry date is until January 2017. A few expire in two months, but hey, it’s chocolate. My daughters will eat them in no time if I let them.

Another great store to go for sale items on food is Kroger. Every Monday, I go there when I have the time to scour for yellow/red stickers on items in dairy, center aisle, seafood and even in produce area. One of my best buys in Kroger is this Hawaiian rolls which is 50% off the original price. I don’t buy it in full price because it is kind of pricey for me. I wish I grabbed two instead of just one in Jalapeno because it is so good!

Not pictured is the third deal I got this week is the price matching of spam canned meat at Walmart, I got 52 pieces of the lite and original flavors for just $1 each, normally $2.68. You wonder why I got so many spams? Half of it will go to my box for the family in the Philippines.

I’m such a sucker when it comes to deals because I want to help my husband by saving money on groceries and anything we need and use in this house.

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Guitar Hanged Safely

The worst thing you can ever do to your most precious guitar is getting it damaged due to your negligence. A guitar is like your baby or part of yourself, therefore, it should be treated fairly and delicately. One string is broken, replace it right away. If you are looking for one or a string swing, look no further. Click on the link and start browsing. You can even find for a perfect guitar stands and hangers there.

Native Visayan Stew in America

Those who grew up poor and in the province anywhere in the Philippines can relate to this kind of food with the exception of shrimp because it is expensive in my home country. A native Visayan stew or “utan bisaya” as we call it consists of Asian spinach, yellow squash, long yard beans, eggplant, bamboo shoot, malunggay or moringa oleifera, okra or anything that can be grown in your backyard can be made into a stew.

This is one of those that I so appreciate here in America because not all Filipinos have access to native veggies like me. I grow this in our own backyard free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. When I feel like cooking native stew, I just go out there and pick some vegetables. I am blessed to have the ability to plant my own food that I enjoy so much!

Native stew freshly cooked paired with dried fish and leftover grits, anyone? This is my kind of food, belly filling, nutritious and it satisfied my craving for a healthy dish. Aside from that, it also felt like I was home when I gobbled this up!

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Time to Upgrade, You Think?

You know, we all got things that are hard to let go that we truly treasure because either these things have been with us for so long or they have sentimental values. Whatever it may be, it just just pretty normal to keep them and never let go. Same goes with our musical instrument, but if you want to achieve the ultimate sound and high performance of your microphone, try to upgrade to art pro mpa ii, you think?

The new ART ProMPA II is the next generation in affordable high performance microphone preamp technology. Each microphone input circuit, with selectable 48v phantom power, features variable input impedance which can radically vary the overall performance of any high quality dynamic or ribbon microphone.

So Creamy Mac and Cheese, My Girls’ Favorite

Don’t we all want instant mac and cheese in a box? It is because it is fast, quick and easy to prepare, right? When we are hungry and tired from work, we don’t have that energy to prepare for a good meal anymore so we settled on instant foods and we don’t think about whether it taste good or bad.

Well, here’s a recipe that I got from an original poster that was shared on Facebook that is truly creamy, tasty and delicious homemade mac and cheese. I followed exactly her measurements and ingredients to achieve that yumminess mac and cheese that my girls love very much.

Just by looking at the pictures make me drool. You imagine when you get to taste the finished product, you’ll love it more than anything else. Once you tasted it, you’ll never try to go back making the boxed mac and cheese and you’ll have to trust me on that.

In fact, my 8-year old girl asked me to make it again which I wholeheartedly said yes. It is such a joy watching my kids devouring the dish I make for them, so it is always a pleasure making them dinner.

NOTE: Photos are mine but the recipe can be found here http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/super-creamy-mac-cheese/

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… girls’ plates right after I took out the mac and cheese from the oven, along side with it are fruits and vegetable.

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Big Sale Event

Big sale event happening right now on musiciansfriends website. If you head on to their website right now, you can avail up to 33% Labor Day sale on select items. Ask for your Labor Day coupon online, phone or chat.

You may also check their last chance warehouse clearance on things you need whether it be accessories, musical instruments, parts and other stuff. Also get 8% rewards, free shipping on everything if you apply for a rewards pass. Enjoy shopping and hope you find what you need on their site.

My First Jollibee in the US

Only Filipinos can relate how much we love dining in Jollibee. Wherever we may be in the world, we would always crave for that Pinoy taste only Jollibee can make. So here we are in Texas, we only have one Jollibee franchise here in Houston. And that is four hours away from where we live.

You see, going to Jollibee is a treat for us no matter how far it is, we are eager to drive to go there because it satisfies our cravings. Being on the road for four hours was nothing because of the anticipation that what we’re getting after such a long trip is heavenly.

An added bonus is that, Red Ribbon and two other stores are adjacent to Jollibee which made it very convenient for us. We brought home lots of goodies from JB and Red Ribbon. If money was not an issue, I could have bought the entire Red Ribbon stocks and re-sell it from here, just kidding! Anyway, chicken joy and gravy was my order and a taro boba. It filled me up, made my tummy happy and most of all, I had a lot of fun during the road trip. If we have to do it again, I will not say no!


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100 Colors Super Markers We Love

Nothing makes me and my kids happy than receiving this product for free in the mail, it’s because there are so many of them plus it has two tips that we can use depending on the project we’re working on. Both of my girls love to draw and write a lot, this set just adds colors and life to their drawings. I always keep this set on the center table so when they are bored or feel like drawing, this comes in handy.

Writes pretty well and oh just amazing no-repeat colors. Quality wise, it is very good, continued release of ink and is beautiful in colors. From the name itself, “super markers” is what this set all about and just very impressed with it. Creates colorful and attractive art, encourages children to make an even appealing art for school or for home use.

Samples of our artwork below, the fruit drawing is mine and I don’t consider myself a “drawer”. I am a terrible drawer, I tell you. But, using this set of colors made me somehow come up with an acceptable art that I can keep for a while.

The “not knowing eyes” is drawn by my 4 years old, you see the artist in her at such a young age. She likes emojis and different expressive eyes.

Buy your set too on Amazon, please CLICK HERE

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Visayan Adobaw Na Manok Recipe

Growing up, I still remember that chicken recipe that my grandparents and or father used to cook. It is a recipe that only Bisayan people can make and for years of residing here in America, I could not seem to get its taste nor cook adobaw na manok the way my old folks did.

There is something in it that I really love, the aromatic smell of ginger, onion and garlic is so heavenly that I have been wanting to taste for so long, finally satisfied. Thanks to a friend who shared her mother’s recipe as well as the technique to really come up with the delicious taste of the dish. The dish is so common in the Philippines yet seemed mysterious to make (at least to me).

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Ingredients:

1 whole chicken – I prefer Cornish chicken for it’s similarity to native chicken taste.

3 laurel leaves, 2 tsp. ground black pepper, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, garlic powder, onions, vinegar, oil and salt.

I don’t put exact measurement on those because all I do is estimate the amount of each ingredient according to my preference.

Here’s how:
~ Buy a whole chicken and cut up the meat into desired pieces. Bones in please.

~ Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or more with Filipino soy sauce, vinegar, grated ginger, ground black pepper and garlic powder.

~ After marinating, bring the meat to a boil, covered and stirring constantly until meat’s natural juice come out. Cook some more until desired tenderness of the meat is achieved.

~ Saute minced garlic and onions until brown. Put in the chicken and its juice, wait until all juice is absorbed and dry, it’s optional if you put in the marinated sauce or not. If you don’t, it is also good and still make a great adobaw chicken taste.

~ By then, the chicken should be almost done, put some laurel or bay leaves, cover and cook a little bit more. Stir. Add some salt and ground pepper according to your taste.

~ Serve hot.

WARNING: Rice killer, make sure you a got a whole big pot of cooked rice before serving! Enjoy!

Honesty is what I Can Give as a Reviewer

As you may have known, I am or have been reviewing products since 2008. Either paid or receiving free items, I am willing to do it. I have countless reviews over the years and I must say, I have become better at what I am doing.

Doing the thing I love most somehow gives me skills and knowledge to properly examine the products that the seller or advertisers entrusted me to do. Some weren’t happy of the feedback or review I gave them but then, honesty is all I can give when it comes to reviewing their products for the sake of their prospect buyers/customers. Because, I myself, would rely on other/previous customers’ feedback if I were to buy something that cost a tremendous amount of money.

One of the perks of being a reviewer is that the free items you actually get that you love to use or wear. Example is this boy shorts swim with matching strappy bra top and a cover up. It is a stylish set that has a beautiful pattern that I chose for myself.

I was not disappointed for it fits right, hugs my body and yes, I am comfortable with it. You see, I got to pick the style I want, color or design and all it takes is my honest review after testing the product. I hope I made the seller happy with it.

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