Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Giveaway: Chewy Non-GMO and Gluten-Free Candies

I just got to tell everyone that I found my new favorite candies, actually not just me but my husband, daughter and mom too! I love the fact that it's GMO-free so I can allow my daughter to eat them too. For those of you who are into gluten-free diet, this is perfect for you too. Five out of six flavors are not as sweet as the regular candies, yes, impossible but true! Even my husband noticed it. Sharing more details below so read on. ;)
1. Superfruit Chews
Lovely Candy Co. offers two delicious fruit packs! Which by the way my daughter loves so much. The first is the Superfruit Pack which comes in blueberry, raspberry and cranberry flavors. Unlike the other similar chewy candies, this one is not as sweet! I swear it really tastes like real fruit and as you can see in the photo below, it even have seeds and crushed fruits.
2. Fruit Chews
This pack is also made with all natural real fruit. Very much alike with the Superfruit Chews above, with the same shape and packaging. The only difference is the flavor, this pack come in apple, cherry and blackberry.
3. Raspberry Fudge Rolls
I haven't tried raspberries ever, okay, maybe once which I forgot when, but I do not really like it. So, I bought this pack at a friend's house whom I know really love raspberries (and who are into gmo-free, gluten-free, natural stuff). When I arrived at their home, I opened like 3 pieces immediately so we can sample it. They of course loved it, especially when it was covered with chocolate. I ate one myself. And I really really loved it! This became my favorite flavor and now there's nothing left in the bag. LOL. I ate every single piece of what was left. I guess I finished more than a dozen in one sitting. ;) I love that it's not that sweet and the (very) subtle hint of sourness. I think I can now eat the real fruit itself.
4. Chocolaty Fudge Rolls
You'd think this is the sweetest due to the fact that it's chocolate, but no. I ate six pieces in less than 5 minutes and I didn't even need a glass of water. LOL! The inside part is more like a ganache, with rich, soft yet smooth feel. I think this everyone will like this Chocolaty Fudge Rolls!
5. Chewy Original Caramels
My husband loves caramel so he opened this pack first. He liked it so much that I was only able to taste one (good thing I was able to get a piece). He even brought tit to his office. I told him to share with his colleagues but I am not sure if he will or he did. He'll fight for the last piece. LOL!
6. Chocolate Swirl Caramels
Now among all the flavors, this I think is the sweetest! Chocolate and caramel is always a great combination. I actually like the swirl, I think it would be perfect to serve during playdates. I can imagine opening each and arranging them in the same swirly thing on a white plate. I bet it'll look tempting. I'll save the rest a get-together next week. :)
Now for the really sweet part, you can get a chance to sample the same (really really delicious) Lovely Candy Co. flavors I tasted. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below for a chance. Good luck!
I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product/s mentioned above. I was given samples to facilitate my review. Everything was based on my honest opinion of the product/s.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Great Substitute To Cubed Pork Meat

Have you ever experienced a time when you needed only a small amount of meat but the one in your fridge is a whole package, which you have to thaw for more than an hour. You must have also wasted the rest because it's not fresh anymore when you put it back in the freezer. When you're in a hurry, you'll find thawing a pain, but don't give up! I just thought about a solution to that! 

According to the package, Hormel Cure|81 Cubed Boneless Ham is 'great in salads', I'd say it is a great substitute to meals that need chunks of meat! Plus, it's already 'pre-cut'! Less work for you! 
I used Hormel Cure|81 Cured Boneless Ham in two of my favorite recipes. First is for laing, a Filipino dish with dried taro leaves and coconut milk (you can make it spicy by adding red chili peppers). This recipe was my mom's and it was really good! The pork meat cubes, which I substituted with Hormel, was not just good, but great! Good thing the ham was not seasoned that much so it won't interfere with the regular taste of our meals.
I also used Hormel Cubed Boneless Ham as a pork meat-substitute for our sauteed mung beans with horseradish. The Hormel Boneless Cubed Ham didn't crush and it was as tender as the usual boiled pork meat. I think I'd be using it more often with our meals. :)

I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product mentioned above. I was given free samples to facilitate my review. Everything was based on my honest opinion of the product.

Fresh or Frozen Breakfast?

The school has just started and for some families, it means busy days ahead. Meal preparation can be one of the culprits in consuming your time. Imagine the need to prepare two meals - breakfast and lunch (not even counting snacks) right after waking up. I can imagine the scene. 

So, what is actually better, getting prepared meals or cooking fresh food? I find them equally beneficial, let's discuss what they are.

1. Pre-packaged meal - This type of food can be ready in a minute! You need not do anything but get them from the freezer or fridge in some cases. They may not be an immediate hit for your family that's why you have to try it first to find what you like best. Also, you just got to choose what's right for your diet. Some Hormel Compleats are gluten-free and comes in varieties like Chicken & Rice, Sausage Gravy & Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Breakfast Scramble & Sausage Breakfast Scramble. 
 Hormel Compleats come in other flavors too.
2. Cooked from scratch - I know, not really from scratch because most are already seasoned, but you still have to cook it, right? ;) The thing I like with home-made meals or meals from scratch is you can incorporate what kind of ingredients you like. Whether you prefer natural, organic, no-MSG, gluten-free, you a free to add whatever you like! Well, I guess it's a good thing Hormel Natural Choice is all of it! It doesn't even have that Nitrate/Nitrite thing! Although, the preparation time depends on method of cooking - I like mine either fried or oven-baked.
Look at that plate. Whether fried or oven-baked, I know now what my picky 3-year old would eat! I guess next time, it won't be as hard to feed her. I hope she'd start to eat the Hormel Natural Choice ham with whole-grain bread. :)

So, dear parents, I think it doesn't really matter much whether it fresh or frozen. The ingredients are listed and you can read the nutrition facts. You just got to choose what you think is best for you family, especially if you're into some special kind of diet.

I was not paid in any way to do a review of the product/s mentioned above. I was given free samples to facilitate this review. Everything was based on my honest opinion of the product/s.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meet the New Dora and Friends!

Yes, new! Why did I say that? Because Dora is now a 'big girl' with a bit longer wavy hair and beautiful eyes. I am not from a Latin/Spanish-origin but I let my daughter watch Dora because she learns a lot from her, besides another language, that is.

If you have no idea, Dora and Friends extends Dora the Explorer's play-along interactive format through music and interactive songs. Your kids will sure develop and enhance the following skills:


Collaborate and work together to carry out socially responsible actions.


Reflect on the episode's pro-social activity and its impact. Support pro-social messages with drawing, pictures, videos, and photographs.


Repeat Spanish words and phrases in dialogue and songs. Recall one or more Spanish words or phases that were used five times.


Used to deliver educational content, pro-social messages, and higher-level Spanish. Clap to the beat or make movements to the rhythm and tempo of the music. Join in when other are singing and dancing.


Manage emotions by using strategies such as deep breathing, visual rehearsal, or positive self-talk to persevere. Establish emotional connections with others and relate emotionally to others (e.g. show empathy, keep promises).


Use advanced map skills (e.g. read or make maps, find routes or shortcuts, or use a compass).

Bodily Kinesthetic

Process sequential instructions of two or more steps. Use advanced gross motor skills (e.g. skip, gallop, balance, and throw overhand).
That by the way, was quoted from Dora and Friends curriculum, I did not make them up. LOL.

I would also like to share that I was thrilled to host at #DoraHouseParty where we get to watch the first two episodes of Dora and Friends. Also in the HouseParty package were snack cups, some really cool glasses, crayons, posters, character fans, coloring materials, balloons, leaflets and of course, a Fisher Price Dora and Friends doll! The kids surely had tons of fun! They enjoyed even more with the party kit that includes each of the item I mentioned. :)
If you visit Dora and Friends website, you can also get some printables like envelope, poster, bookmark and more! These sure will keep your kid busy the whole day!

I was not paid in anyway to do a review of the product/s or service/s mentioned above. I was given samples and but not for review. Everything was based on my honest opinion.

Hormel's Back-to-School #HFBTS Twitter Party [8/26 | Tuesday]

For some, the school started last week, for the rest, it could be today! As the kids are getting ready to go back to school, Hormel Foods is here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for the kids and mom & dad.

Join Hormel's Back-to-School #HFBTS Twitter Party!
August 26, 2014 (Tuesday) 
1-2PM CST / 2-3PM EST

It is a must to follow @HormelFoods so you'll get updates about the event. Follow me too, @momstriedtested, just because I'll be there *wink*. During the chat, you can ask questions and share your tips around the Back-To-School theme. Everyone who participates will be automatically entered to win a $500 gift card! We hope you can help spread the word to your friends and readers and also participate yourselves. Join the conversation using the hashtag, #HFBTS

I was not paid in any way to do a review of the event mentioned above. As a member of the Hormel Extended Family Blogger Program, I get to share this exciting news with my readers!