Friday, July 25, 2014

Great Tasting Cookie Using a U.S.-Grown Wheat Flour

I have been baking for awhile and I always use the same old brand. Just recently, I went to Target and found one that is new to me - King Arthur Flour. Good thing, I needed some self-rising flour for this summer's baking and found organic ones too! I bake at least once a week though I don't really post everything here in my blog. But from now on, I'll be baking using King Arthur Flour and I am going to share my experience using them too.
King Arthur Flour Unbleached Self-Rising flour doesn't really have much difference compared with the other leading brands, and I mean it in a good way. While using it, I noticed how pure the color is, you won't see crumbs too. The flour looks very well granulated and there's no need to sift it. Saves time, eh? What I like about it is it was "milled from carefully selected 100% U.S-grown wheat", as in the package. I feel very safe in using it knowing it was made from something that was grown in a place I know and trust.
The packaging said it's best for cookies so that's what I tried to bake! :) I found a recipe online via AllRecipes though I altered a few ingredients. I can't find the link anymore though I found it by Googling the keywords "self-rising flour", "cookie" and "allrecipes". I just wanted to let you know that this is not my own. I wanted to give the contributor a credit, I think I'll just update this post when I find it again. :) I chose this recipe because it doesn't contain a lot of ingredients. Besides, I want to do something with what I have and I thought this was perfect.

2 1/4 cup Self-Rising flour
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Butter (softened)
1 tsp Vanilla
1 pc Egg (large)
As wanted: Chopped walnuts, Milk chocolate morsels, Marshmallow

Mix wet ingredients with the dry. Line in a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake at 375F for 12-14 minutes. Yields 2 dozens.
The basic ingredients needed.
I added chocolate morsels and chopped walnuts.
Then I noticed I have marshmallows so I cut them into pieces and threw them in the batter too.
 The first, second and third batches! 
The end result: Some yummy, crunchy, chewy, thin but moist cookies!
It was hot that day so I decided to add something cold. :D

Note and Tips:
  • If you want to try adding marshmallows, just use like one big piece (for the original recipe) and cut it in very small sizes, smaller than those I did. Marshmallows make the cookie more appetizing but it tends to melt more and if you use a lot, you'll see some part of your cookie melted. Just imagine the moon. For the last batch I even needed to remove the marshmallows! LOL!
  • I think the smaller the chocolate morsels are, the better.
  • I used the regular milk chocolate morsels and they were great, they didn't really add too much sweetness in the cookie. It would have tasted a bit more different with bittersweet ones.
  • Do not heat the butter in the microwave, just let it melt at room temperature. I tried to heat mine and the batter became super moist. So for the last batch, I needed to put it in the fridge first because baking it.
  • If you put it in a fridge, use clear wrap and roll. When rolled, it'll be easier to just slice and put it in the sheet. What more, the shape and size of your cookies will probably look almost the same. ;) 
I definitely suggest you use this recipe, it is very easy to do with less ingredients too. Well, the add-ons will depend on you. :) Good luck and happy baking!

I was not paid to do a review of the product/s mentioned above. I was given free samples to try but was not required to do an online review of them. Everything was based on my 100% honest opinion.

The Perfect Party Trays for Gatherings

Have you ever been invited to a party and didn't know what to bring? Or do you always have surprise guests who suddenly appear on your doorsteps? Well, I'd say the new Hormel Gathering Party Tray is the perfect answer to that! There's no need for you to prepare, the ingredients are already there, ready to be served! You don't even need to prepare a serving plate! :)
As you'll see in the pictures above, each ingredient is individually packed and sealed to maintain freshness. If you bought one and won't be using it the same day, place it in the fridge because the cheese might melt. You also need not worry about the crackers being stored in a cool place because it's crunchiness won't be affected. Now let's talk about the ingredients of the party platter:
  • Honey Ham - The round bite-sized shape makes it easier to swallow. It is tender and sweet. My favorite to top my appetizer!
  • Turkey - Like the honey ham, it has the same shape and size, probably three times the size of a quarter. Anyway, it is soft and it looks really fresh. 
  • Cheese - You have two options but both are equally delicious - Sargento Colby Jack and Sargento Mild Cheddar. I loved both because they are smooth and tasty.
  • Crackers - Crunchy and I'd say sweet rather than salty. To my fellow Filipinos, if you are looking for crackers similar to Fita, you bet this cracker taste similar to it . It's hard to find it here in the US, now, I know where I can find it! 
I deeply apologize for not having taken closer (and opened) photos of each, I brought this at a party and there were too many people already taking bits and pieces and I didn't want to bother them by taking photos of the food. Well, I'd say I definitely have at least three friends who liked it sooo much, besides my husband and daughter who can't stop eating them! 

Just for you to know. :)
If you prefer other meats to go with the crackers, they also have other Hormel Gatherings Party Trays - Hard Salami & Pepperoni Party Tray AND Supreme Party Tray. I can't wait to bring and try the other for upcoming events!

I was not paid to do a review of the product/s mentioned above. As a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger, Mom's Tried and Tested was given a sample to try but was not required to do an online review of the product/s or service/s they provide. This post was based on my 100% honest opinion.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#GetNoticed with @Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash #Giveaway

Ever taken a bath feeling so refreshed? I just did! Thanks to Dial's new body wash scent -  Coconut Water and Refreshing Mango. Not only did I feel refreshed, while taking a shower, I imagined I was in a tropical country like the Philippine (my home country) where the sun is hot and the wind's a breeze, where life is simple, fun and enjoyable... Feels like home! I really pampered myself with the sweet fruity scent, lathering myself with bubbles! Mmm... Now I think I could use it for a bubble bath because it produces tons!

I got to say that this season, I haven't been to a beach yet but using Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash takes me to my dream summer destination. You can fall asleep dreaming where it will take you. Where do you want to be anyway? ;)
Coconut Water and Refreshing Mango
Also just to share, I have tried this coconut-mango combination in a smoothie, though they say it's not a good combo for the stomach. Nothing happened to me, but I sure did feel refreshed and hydrated! ;) So why a mixture of those two ingredients? Because coconut water is a leading trend known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration. Mango, on the other hand is known for being rich in nutrients besides the fact that it adds a touch of tropical freshness.
If you want to be taken to some tropical country by using the same Dial body wash I just showed you, then come enter Mom's Tried and Tested's sponsored giveaway. To enter, just click the Rafflecopter link below. Good luck on winning Two (2) bottles of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash!

I was not paid to do a review of this post. As a member of the Purex Insiders, I am eligible to try new products for free in hopes of sharing my experience using the product/s with my readers. Everything was based on my honest opinion.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amy's Takes You Around the World!

If you love to travel but don't have time nor resources to do so, let Amy's take you around the globe, at least with food. You know how it's possible? They have a lot of food options from different parts of the world from Thailand, India, Mexico and different states of the US!
Amy's have a wide range of products and I chose to get some family size meals so my loved ones can try them too. They have at least six family size meals to choose from and I get to try three. The instructions said to cut open the plastic cover, but my box has somehow been pre-thawed because it took me 4 hours to go home after getting it from the store. LOL! So I decided to put it in the microwave for only 10 minutes (instead of the original 17 minutes) and it was ready by then.
That was the first time I tried Mexican Casserole and I thought it was good! The corn and the beans did not sag after I put them in the microwave. The corn specifically was tasty on it's own and still crunchy. It was like a delicious home-cooked meal prepared only with organic ingredients.

I love curries but I haven't tasted the Thai version. When I saw this flavor, I took it without second thoughts! I was so excited to serve it for dinner yesterday. I used the microwave for the Mexican Casserole so I thought of using the conventional oven for this one. It was rather long because you have to bake it at 375F.
Amy's Thai Red Curry
Well, what can I say, I definitely love the tofu. I read they make their own so it's definitely made from natural and organic ingredients too! I'd say I prefer the curry I am used to, I guess that the Indian recipe. My husband thought Amy's Thai Red Curry was good though.

I was not able to find a family size meal from other countries but I saw they have a lot more option with bowls which is good for one person. You'll see flavors from more countries in Asian, America, India, etc. :) Anyway, the third Amy's product I was able to try is Amy's Cheese Enchilada. It says it's made of organic corn and tomato, I can definitely see and taste the tomato but not the corn. The corn must have been mashed and to serve as a 'filling' together with the rest of the ingredients. The tomato tastes different though, it doesn't taste like the tomato sauces from cans nor boxes, it taste a lot more like real tomato! If you know what I mean. ;)
You can top it with fresh cheese of any flavor, I added some shredded jalapeno on mine. :)
As you can see in the box, they only showed two pieces of enchilada, so when I opened it, I was expecting like two huge pieces. LOL! Anyway, good thing they have like six smaller ones like about 5 or 6 inches each. Great for the whole family indeed!

To know more about Amy's products, visit their website, Facebook page, Twitter account or Youtube channel. By the way, I bought the Amy's products I reviewed at Target and Safeway, you can also find a store near you so you to try them.

I was not paid to do this post. I was given coupons to try any Amy's product but was not required to do an online review of those items. Everything was based on my honest opinion and experience in using the products.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Creamy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread

My 3-year old knows where I place the food she is allowed to eat - in a cabinet that she can open and reach. One morning, she decided to prepare her own breakfast. I was still in another room when she decided to go down to get something to eat. She was able to reach for the bread and her favorite spread, peanut butter. She must have not noticed at first that she took a new kind of peanut butter. She must have just decided to pick it up because that's the peanut butter's spot in the cabinet. It wasn't opened yet so she yelled, "Mommy, help!". I went down to remove the seal and get her a spreader. 

I saw the look in her eye how surprised she was when she saw it's not the usual brown peanut butter. So she asked me what it is. I said it's Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate flavor. Her eyes went BIG! She immediately put some on her bread and even prepared one for me! She's really that sweet!
She of course loved it because her favorite spread is peanut butter, and more importantly, it's chocolate!!! Who doesn't love chocolate? ;) I tasted the one she made for me and I kind of liked it. The texture has the right kind of smoothness and it's not super sweet [it was noted in the packaging that it has 60% less sugar compared with Nutella]. As for the taste, you'd know it's peanut butter, but imagine it with add-on chocolate. The taste though can't be compared with Nutella because Nutella uses a different kind of nut which is hazelnut. Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate has it's own unique taste. I think it was our first time to try a chocolate flavored peanut butter.
For your information.
This Skippy peanut butter won't last long, it's addicting! We'll probably have it everyday for breakfast, and probably use it as a strawberry dip! Mmmmm.. I can already imagine the taste. But I have to wait until tomorrow to buy some fruits. :D

If you want to know more about Skippy, visit their website, Facebook page, Twitter account or Pinterest board.

I was not paid to do a review of the product mentioned above. As a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger, Mom's Tried and Tested was given a sample to try but was not required to do a review of the product/s or service/s they provide. This post was based on my 100% honest opinion.