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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Thursday, July 9, 2015


These homemade flour tortilla are amazing! Very easy to make and only takes a few ingredients.  Once you try making your own homemade flour tortilla , I bet that you may re think your store bought flour tortilla.
Frugal and easy, make it with your favorite Mexican dish!

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2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening ( or additional more tbsp , as needed)
1 cup hot water


  1. Use a large mixing bowl, combine the flour , baking powder and salt.
  2. Drop 1/2 cup of the shortening onto the flour mixture and cut the shortening until it crumbles. Use a pastry cutter or fork or your clean hands.
  3. Slowly pour the hot water onto your bowl ( flour with shortening mixture) , Stir using a wooden spoon until it sticks to itself. If it looks dry and lacks moisture, add in 1 or 2 tbsp of shortening. Add as needed. Knead , in the bowl until the bowl forms a ball and not sticky anymore. It shouldn't stick to the sides of your bowl.
  4. Using a tea towel or a clean kitchen towel ( I have used both), cover and let the dough rest for an hour.
  5. Break the dough into 14-16 smaller pieces and make a ball. Cover the dough balls for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat a large non stick skillet, Using a well floured surface and a well floured rolling pin, roll one dough at a time into a thin round shape ( tortilla shape). 
  7. Place the thin dough into the hot skillet. You will know when it is ready to be flip when the dough is bubbly on top.
  8. Flip the tortilla and cook until golden.
  9. Wrap the cooked tortilla in a clean tea towel or put in a tortilla container to keep it warm
  10. Serve immediately .

Store in an air tight container or Ziploc bag. To warm, wrap the tortillas in damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mango Coconut Cream Popsicles

I was on a homemade popsicle kick last week, I got excited with all the good bargains on the fruits and produce aisle . I made about 3 different kinds of homemade and easy popsicles ( that of course I will be sharing to all of you). The inspiration to "mass produce" these homemade popsicles was inspired by our tiny taste testers at home -- our popsicle obsessed little girls.

These Mango Coconut Cream popsicles are just perfect for this summer heat. The tropical taste is a nice break from the usual chocolate popsicles. You can use fresh mangoes or frozen .Our youngest daughter loves mangoes! We tried a jar of preserved mangoes that we bought at Costco, she fell in love with it. I told her that she will love the fresh fruit . Fresh is always better anyway. Sure enough, it is her favorite desert. Luckily, they are on sale lately..5 for $2.00 ?!! I will take that!


2 1/2 cup of diced mangoes ( fresh or frozen) - about 3 mangoes if using fresh.
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp sugar ( can use honey)
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp low fat yogurt


If using fresh mangoes, diced about 3 mangoes.

Blend the pineapple juice and the mango, until smooth.

It will be smooth and thick. Set aside.

Meanwhile , prepare all your ingredients for the coconut cream.  Blend it all together, just a quick pulse.

Pour your mango puree into your popsicle molds and freeze for about 10 to 15 minutes. When it is somewhat solid, pour your second puree , which is the coconut cream. Freeze again for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the process .

Creamy and sweet!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

6 Efficient Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

Do you like to plan ahead? I do, it makes certain things a lot less chaotic and it does keep my sanity in tact. Well, somewhat ha! Of course life happens and no matter how much you plan ahead , unexpected things do happen. Speaking of planning ahead,back to school products are on a full swing everywhere.

Whether it be on how we can save on back to school supplies and outfits , or back to school hair styles to back to school lunches, getting ready will help us greatly. Here are some tips on how to get ready for back to school.

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1. Shop back to school outfits on a budget

Back when I was on my school days in Philippines, I am very fortunate to study in a private 
school. Buying everyday school outfits was not a problem. I am also blessed that we have a tailoring business and my mom sews our school uniform. Buying school outfits can be really expensive, it adds up pretty quick.  Jenny from The Jenny Evolution has awesome tips on where to find cool and nice outfits when you are on a budget.

How to save on back to school outfits

Shop SCHOOLA.COM , the best place to find amazing deals on pre-loved children’s clothing. You can save up to 70% on kids’ apparel.
2. Shop smart on school supplies.

Mid July, you will see a bunch of back to school deals and sales. One of the best tips I can give is to shop early. After checking my stocks for school supplies that I still have , I make a list of items that I know for sure we will be needing for the school year. Be on the look out for the sale cycle.
If you see that certain items are already marked down, go ahead and purchase them early, If available, stack it with a coupon.

Caching on a Shoe string offers great advice on how you can save money on back to school items.
3. Designate a storage area for back to school supplies.

Now that you scored good deals on school supplies, don't just stop there. Designate a place for them. It will save your sanity for the school year and money too --having all of the supplies organized makes it easy for you to find the things your children need. It's frustrating to buy a certain item, only to find out that you actually have it. 

This is how I organized our supplies last year, I will probably make a few changes this 2015 school year.

 4. Designate a homework station.

Encourage your children in doing their homework by providing a homework station, check out this post by Clean Mama. 

If you are limited in space and if you are like us, our dining table pretty much is our all around table, make a homework caddy instead. Look at my homework caddy HERE.

5. If you are a DIY'er , take it up a notch and make your own Storage lockers. Check out this cute  DIY Storage Lockers via One Creative Mommy.

6. Make a school lunch ideas binder.

You can find a lot of school lunch bento box ideas on Pinterest. I'm sure that most of us do ran out of  ideas on what to pack for their lunch. Kids needs variety too! To prevent that mental block, gather  your kids favorite meals, some food ideas on Pinterest and compile them in a binder or just make a go to list on a notebook.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Made in America

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The 4th of July is a day to celebrate all the USA stands for. So while we are celebrating the red, white and blue, it’s important to me to highlight products that are made in America. I like to showcase the works of diverse American artisans, which helps fuel this country’s economy. 

According to ABC World News Tonight, there is a significant positive impact – both economic and social - of buying goods made in America. On the flip side, there is often a negative impact on third-world workers when Americans purchase goods made in those countries. In many cases, buying goods produced off-shore fuels extremely low wages, oppressive working conditions and even worse.

That’s why there is a renewed movement in the US to be conscientious in our buying decisions. Made in America has gained amazing support from those that create products in the US and shoppers – like you.
So, show your support for small US businesses. Have a positive impact and look fabulous doing so. Visible Interest is among those great businesses that also love to feature Made in America products. All of their jewelry is designed by American artists and craftsman. And their selection of modern jewelry pieces is gorgeous.

In fact, Visible Interest made ABC World New Tonight’s Made in America List both in 2013 and 2014.
To shop all their Made in USA modern jewelry, go to Shop By Category and select Made in USA in the drop-down menu, then search by type of jewelry including earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings.  

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

10 Seriously Easy No Bake Desserts for 4th of July

Raise your hand if you are not a big fan of heating up your kitchen in the heat of the summer season.  

Here are 10 seriously easy NO BAKE desserts for 4th of July.

Make this festive and yummy cheesecake. Have your kids decorate it with sprinkles for fun. I love that it uses a no bake crust too.

Just the word trifle makes me smile. This beautiful and delicious cup of trifle is perfect for any occasion as well. 

Holy yummy! How cute are these?!!! I am sure that I just won't stop at one cake pop. 

Are you drooling yet? Here's another drool worthy no bake desert.  What I like about this recipe is that you can make it with other fruits too like sweet mangoes and peaches! Yum!

Say what? A healthy pizza? You read that right.. Whip up this easy and no bake fresh fruit pizza. 

 An incredibly easy but super yummy no bake dessert that you can make in a jiffy. You can make your own homemade strawberry sauce or use a canned pie filling. Options..options. Gotta love options!
 Put it in a mason jar or small cups for easy serving.

Our girls will go cray cray over this. First, they love anything push up. Second, they love cakes and frosting. Another awesome no bake recipe that uses Sara lee pound cake.

My smart -o-meter just went up a notch, how clever is this?  Very quick, easy and healthy dessert.

Still a no bake dessert but it will take minimal stove effort. It will only take you a few minutes - just to boil the water for the jello and that's pretty much it for your heat exposure.  Delicious 4th of July dessert .and pretty too. I like eating pretty foods.

Don't have time to make desserts? No worries there, these cute lil ice cream sandwiches will only take few minutes. 

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