October 22, 2018

Cheesy Macaroni Salad Recipe


Macaroni Salad is a dish typically served during Filipino fiestas and other family occasions. It's one of the popular dish on Noche Buena and Media Noche celebration. And because Christmas is fast coming let me share this Cheesy Macaroni Salad that my family loves.

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Here is my Cheesy Macaroni Salad recipe:



Ingredients:

½ kilo macaroni, cooked in packaging direction
1 can pineapple crushed, drained
1 cup raisins
3 slices of cooked sweet ham, diced
1 pc apple, peeled and diced
½ cup pickles
½ cup cheese, grated (and another 1/2 cup for toppings)
1 ½ cup Mayonaise, real mayo
1 ½ cup all mayonnaise, dressing mayo
½ cup condensed milk
sugar, salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instruction:
1. In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients. Mix well.

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2. Topped with grated cheese.

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Chill before serving.

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We love to pair Cheesy Macaroni Salad with nachos.

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And also with toasted tuna whole wheat bread.

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October 17, 2018

A Quick Guide to Using the Monitoring Service TeenSafe



I love the internet and I love my smartphone, but to be honest these technologies are not always the safest for kids. Our son isn’t old enough yet to have a phone of his own, but I’m already planning for the day when he does and I’ve been wanting some sort of way to protect from some of the dangers out there. After doing my research I centered on TeenSafe, a phone monitoring service, as a way to make sure he stays safe when using technology. Here’s a little guide to the service and why I’m planning to use it once our son is old enough.

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Dangers out there

One of the issues that worries me most when it comes to the use of technology and smartphones is the potential for our son to have negative interactions online. A big concern these days is cyberbullying and I know that most kids who are victims of this tend to not share that information with their parents. Since the practice can cause real harm to kids, I’d want to know if such a situation were going on with my son so that I could help him.

I’m also aware that there are online predators out there who single out kids for a variety of negative aims. I don’t want to worry excessively about it but it is something I want to be aware of. If it does seem like my son is communicating with a stranger, I want to be able to stop it before it gets out of hand.

Monitoring service features

TeenSafe has so many tools that are useful for parents, which is why I ultimately settled on it as the service I’d use. A major one for me is the ability to monitor phone call logs and text messaging. By being able to see who our son is talking to, and what texts he’s sending and receiving, we’ll have a better idea of whether or not he’s staying safe. This type of monitoring even extends to messaging apps like Kik and WhatsApp.

Two other important features are website monitoring and location tracking. This would allow us to see where our son has been both online and in the real world. I don’t need to track every step he takes, I of course want him to have his freedom to explore the world and hang out with friends. But it is important to me that I can keep tabs on him to make sure he’s not getting mixed up with things he shouldn’t be. Honestly, kids sometimes don’t have the best sense of judgement and they can benefit from an adult steering them in the right direction.

The importance of talking

That’s a quick look at what TeenSafe can do to help you keep your kid safe. Remember, while these tools are really helpful for parents who want to take an active role in protecting their kids from some of the harms of modern life, they work best when used in addition to talking to your kids! So I definitely recommend some kind of monitoring service if your child has their own phone, I also suggest taking time to talk with them and let them know why you’re using the service in the first place. After all, your goal is to keep them safe!

More about TeenSafe on YouTube

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October 15, 2018

Homemade Crispy Chicken Fillet Recipe

Crispy chicken fillet is my son's favorite meal at McDonald's. That's why I am obliged to make a copycat of McDonald's crispy chicken fillet. But I have to warn you that this recipe I am sharing is not the exact taste and look of McDonald's crispy chicken fillet. Though I can guarantee that your kids will love this crispy chicken fillet.

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Here is my Crispy Chicken Fillet recipe:

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts, cut into 7 fillets (pounded)
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
vegetable oil

Cooking Instruction:

1. Beat the egg in a bowl then stir in water until well blended.
2. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Mix these well. In another bowl, put the bread crumbs.
3. Dip in the chicken fillet into the flour mixture bowl. Make sure to entirely cover the fillet. Dip in the flour covered fillet into the egg mixture.  Let the excess drip off it. Then rolled it over bread crumbs. Repeat this step for all the chicken fillet. Let it chill inside the refrigerator for 1 hour.
4. Heat oil in a pan. Add the fillet one by one. Alternately, you can air fry the fillet for 10 minutes at 200 C, which I did first like this.


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This way I can store it in a refrigerator then pan fry it when needed to serve.

5. Fry fillet until both sides are golden and crispy.
6. Remove the fillet from pan and drain the excess oil with kitchen tissue.


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Ready to serve hot with rice or pasta. 

Read also: Century Tuna Burger Patties
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October 4, 2018

How to Get Your Home Holiday-Ready



Time really flies. It seems like it was only recently we celebrated the New Year and before we knew it, we are coming to the end of the year. We are all looking forward to the year-end holiday season. Even though there are going to be the house cleaning and getting the house in order and ready for the holiday, we do get excited thinking of the family gatherings and events, and of course sitting around the table having a meal together.

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For those of us who have great plans for the holiday season such as parties and entertaining guests in our homes, we should waste no time in getting our homes ready for the holiday season. Some of us may not know where to start and the best way is to get ideas from some of the best interior design firms. If you have the budget to hire an interior designer, you can trust them to do a good job.

Not many of us are good with interior designing and getting a professional from one of the interior design firms Palm Springs to do the job will take off a lot of stress from us and leave us free to do our shopping, etc. will be the first step.

If you need help with picking the right theme, the professional interior designer from any of the interior design firms Palm Springs will be able to guide and help you in this area. Choices in picking the right curtains, wall paper, to the placing of the Christmas tree can be a daunting task. Share your preferences with the expert and they will make your ideas materialize before your eyes, making your living room comfortable or classy, whatever your style. Every furniture, decorative items, the Christmas tree, throw pillows, and even the doormat seem to be perfect in their place.

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October 3, 2018

Vegan Bopis Recipe



Bopis is a traditional Filipino dish made up of pork or beef lungs and heart sautéed in tomatoes, chilies and onions. This appetizing dish is also classified as pulutan and served with alcoholic drinks. 

I personally don't like Bopis that much because it is cooked from pig internal parts, but it tasted good though. So I made a simple recipe I called Vegan Bopis. 

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This Vegan Bopis is made up of just 5 main ingredients - tokwa, carrot, radish, onion and bell pepper.

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I just add spices like soy sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and little tomato sauce to add that vibrant color.

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This Vegan Bopis is easy to cook and it tasted just like the original Bopis recipe.


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Here is my Vegan Bopis recipe:

Ingredients:

4 squares tokwa, fried and diced
1 carrot,  diced
1 radish, diced
1 bell pepper, dices
1 bulb onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
tablespoons tomato sauce
ground pepper and salt to taste
vegetable cooking oil

Cooking Instruction:

1. Saute’ garlic and onion. 
2. Add radish and carrots. Mix thoroughly. 
3. Add diced tokwa and bell pepper. 
4. Season with ground pepper, soy sauce and add salt to taste. 
5. Add tomato sauce and vinegar. Continue mixing until cooked. 

Ready to serve hot with rice.
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