Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Korean Pork Chops

When I think of Korean food, it is an instant feeling of hunger.  I remember when I used to live in Los Angeles , you will find Korean Restaurants left and right. It is always a pleasure everytime we dine in a Korean restaurant. Aside from my Bulgogi obsession, I love the experience of being able to cook or grill on your table.


6 bone in pork chops
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2/3 cup orange juice
1 cup orange marmalade
6 tbsp , low sodium soy sauce
5 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sesame oil

3 cups snap peas
4 oz angel hair pasta or small broken noodles
1 tsp sesame seeds


In a bowl, combine orange juice, marmalade, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar sesame oil and rice vinegar. Whisk together,

Place the pork chops in a large ziploc bag and pour in the marinade. Put the chops in the fridge and marinate for at least an hour. I marinated mine overnight.

Heat your grill pan and grill the chops. ( reserve the marinade). Grill until thoroughly cooked.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan boil the reserved marinade for about 7 minutes. This is entirely optional to serve with the chops --> Boil a pot of salted water , cook the peas for about a minute. Add the pasta to the same pot and cook for additional 2 minutes. Drain and toss with the cooked (reserved ) marinade. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Serve the chops with the noodles or rice.

Flavorful and tender!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Super Easy and Quick Marinara Sauce

One of the many ways frugal and SMART families saves money with their food budget is by making homemade kitchen staples. I love making homemade Marinara Sauce because of the many possibilities, recipes that you can make with it. You can use the sauce on spaghetti , meatball sub , as a pizza sauce , dipping sauce for garlic bread , pair it with meatloaf and so on. This is very easy and quick! It would just probably take 10 minutes of your time.

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1 28oz of crushed tomatoes
8 garlic cloves, crushed ( you can minced the garlic if you prefer it that way)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp sugar
optional : 1 tbsp red pepper flakes. 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese


Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan, saute garlic until slightly golden brown or fragrant.

Pour the crushed tomatoes. Add the pepper, salt, sugar , basil, oregano , salt and optional red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese. Mix and let it simmer for about 8 minutes.

Quite easy right? Feel free to use fresh herbs too!

 It so perfect with the homemade meatballs that I made too!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DIY Ariel and Ursula Costume

How easy is this DIY ARIEL AND URSULA COSTUME ? Very easy and budget friendly. Just so I won't bore you with a long post, this DIY Ariel and Ursula Costume tutorial will be a two part series.

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  Ever since our dear Lucy saw Little Mermaid, she's hooked! She loves everything Ariel. She requested to be Ariel last year for Halloween. If you know me , you know that I will try to match or at least incorporate our two girls together. Last time, they were THING 1 and THING 2.

and it came in really handy this year for Dr. Seuss birthday. She wore it to school, and of course our youngest just has to wear hers too.

I did my research on Pinterest ( that counts..right?) and almost all of the Ursula costume tutorials I found were for adults or a couple of DI Y's that involves a sewing machine. I do have a sewing machine but my skills are limited.  These costumes involve minimal and basic hand sewing skills.

Here's the materials you'll need: ( for both Ursula and Ariel)

  • Tulle Spools ( 25-Yard) Purple--> I used 4 spools . For the Ursula , I used the black and dark purple/plum color ; for Ariel , I used the lime green and Aqua  (note: the amount of tulle you will use depends on the size and how long you want it to be)
  • laces - I bought mine at Joane's
  • needle
  • thread - black
  • glue gun


Let's start with Ursula..


   I chose to purchase the pre-cut tulle spools ,it will save you time. You can buy it by the yards too and there are some great tutorials on how to quickly cut the tulle because I'll be honest , it's a pain to cut it individually.  

   Measure your desired tutu length.  If the length of the skirt you choose is let's say 24 inches long, double that. So you will be cutting 48 inches instead because you will be folding it in half.

Here's a step by step procedure ( pictures below):

1. I used a canister of Nesquik to hold my crochet headband. It's not fancy but it got the job done.

2.  Fold a piece of the tulle in half , if you want the tutu to be more fluffy then add more tulle. I used one only on each squares because they will still be wearing leggings inside.

3. Make sure you start at the second row of the square hole.

4.  Hold at the center to make a knot.

5. Insert it in the second row, make a knot.

6. Pull gently.

7. Make sure that the knots are all facing the same direction. Facing you.

8. Repeat with the second color ( I wanted the tutu to be alternating colors of black and plum). Repeat the process all the way.

   After the outfit was done, I had our youngest daughter to try it on. To make sure it looked good. She told me that the crochet headband was scratching her skin. So I grabbed an old tank top of mine I cut it in half using a rotary cutter. I pressed it so I can easily sew it on the crochet band. I made a lining that looked like a tube top.  I sewed that lining onto the crochet band.

This is totally optional. I hot glued the lace around the waist line, covering the knots. 

What's an Ursula costume without the shell necklace ? 

I've turned to my " search engine " --- Pinterest.  I've seen a very cute tutorial using a polymer clay, but again I wanted to use most of the materials I already have.

1.  I used felt fabric ( yellow, that looks like golden yellow),  trace a "horn like" figure.

2. Cut the figures and I hot glued  the vertical side and the other edge ,one side only .

3. It would look like the photo shown below, with a slim pocket.

4. I filled it with pillow stuffing in sections and I hot glued it to seal it.

5. Roll it , so it would resemble a shell. As you roll, hot glue it.

6. Get your remaining lace , it would serve as the "chain".

7. I've attached a small felt circle at the back of the felt shell. This is where I will glue the "lace chain"

9. You can either use a velcro or a snappy to serve as the "clasp" -- I took an old footie pj's , I mean old with ginormous holes and recycled the snappies

voila !

 I applied make up on her and tried to replicate Ursula's eyebrows.

That..you can skip.

We bought the wig from Kmart.  It's a witch wig , Adult size so we had to use some hair pins to keep it from falling.

There she is rockin her Ursula costume!

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Nutella Oat Muffin

  I recently saw a video of how to make your own nutella spread at home. It was easy and it looks really good.  Our girls loves nutella so I will be making that for sure very soon.I love that  there a lot of recipes that you can make with nutella. Few weeks ago , I made a Nutella popsicle.  Next time, I would be making nutella brownies.

Here's a very easy and delicious muffin recipe.  You can substitute some ingredients for a healthier option. You can use coconut oil instead of canola. You can use honey instead of the white sugar or just decrease the amount.  You can find the Nutella Popsicle recipe HERE.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or use paper liners.
In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Whisk until combined.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the milk, oil, vanilla extract and the bananas.
Stir until combined.

Add the flour mixture onto your wet mixture. Stir to combined , do not over mix!

Pour the batter into your muffin tins and add a teaspoon of nutella on each muffin butter. 

Using a toothpick, slowly and gently cut and swirl the nutella in the batter.

   Make pretty swirls..

Bake for 17 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.

I'm thinking of coffee with this muffin..yum!
 I love how the swirls came out pretty.

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