Monday, March 2, 2015

Slow Cooker Recipes: Like Restaurant Eating at Home + a Giveaway!

For a long time now, I've been fascinated by food prepared using a slow cooker or crock pot. Imagine, you just load all the ingredients in the pot and leave it for many hours while you do what you need to (at work or at home)? That's fantastic! And with its low temperature of slow-cooking, it's almost impossible to burn food with a slow cooker. That's just perfect for someone like me who tends to forget that something's cooking in the oven or stove. Haha.

Now, what's better than cooking with a slow cooker? Getting free slow cooker recipes, of course! Antares Press introduces this Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners: 55 Fast and Easy Slow Cooker Recipes to Lose Weight Fast. It's available in ebook format so you can easily access the recipes through your smartphones, your computers, tablets or ebook readers. 

This recipe book is targeted for beginners so all the recipes are really easy and quick to prepare. I've gone through it to see which recipes I can actually cook and I was glad that most don't include those hard-to-find ingredients. Living in the Philippines, there are ingredients that are not readily available here or are too expensive. So yeah, that's definitely a plus for me.

Anyway, this Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners ebook is going to be perfect for those people who are always on the go. Those people like me who needs to be able to prepare food in advance but still want to have restaurant-grade, tasty and nutritious food when mealtime arrives. 

For those looking for great ways to lose some weight, the recipe ebook is also packed with a variety of vegetarian recipes Ratatouille and Veggie Chili. There's even dessert recipes for the sweet tooth! Chocolate Mousse and Cheesecake are just two of the amazing desserts included.

Here's a couple sample recipes to get you started:

Serves: 6

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts 
16 ounces Baby Portabella mushrooms, sliced 
1 packet dry Italian dressing mix 
1 cup white wine 
1 8-ounces package fat free cream cheese (room temperature)
8 ounces fat free chicken broth 
1 tablespoon butter 
2 teaspoons paprika 

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter then whisk in wine, chicken broth, dressing mix, and cream cheese until smooth. Place mushrooms and chicken in the bottom of a large slow cooker. Pour wine sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

Serves: 8

4 cup low-fat chocolate or cinnamon graham cracker crumbs 
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted 
8 ounces reduced-fat sour cream, at room temperature 
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar 
1 egg, at room temperature 
1 tablespoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract 
1 1/2 tablespoons flour 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1 tablespoon lemon zest 

In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom and sides of a 6 inches springform pan. In a large bowl, mix the sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, lemon juice, and zest until completely smooth. Pour into the springform pan. Pour 1 inch of water into the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker. Place a trivet in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pan onto the trivet. Cook on low for 2 hours. Turn off the slow cooker and let the cheesecake steam for 1 hour and 15 minutes with the lid on. Remove the cheesecake from the slow cooker. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight before serving.

I didn't even know you can make cheesecake using a crock pot. Now, that I wanna try one of these days. So there you go. If you want an easy step-by-step guide to enjoying delicious, healthy meals without all the hassle, get the Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners ebook. You can get an either get the ebook or the paperback copy. Check out the link below:

Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners ebook
Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners paperback

And hey, if you want an ebook copy of your own, the amazing people at Antares Press has given me permission to give up to 10 free copies for you! Comment below or hit me up with an email. First 10 gets it!

Antares Press gave me a free copy of the Slow Cooker Recipes for Beginners to review. I was not paid any amount however to write about it.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fun Non-Traditional Wedding Cake Ideas!

There's one object that almost always becomes the centerpiece in wedding receptions - the wedding cake. But, did you notice that most of these cakes are traditional tiered cakes? Where's the fun in that? Girlfriends, it's time to think out of the box and try non-traditional wedding cakes - they are bold, adventurous and probably will cost way cheaper. I've browsed the crazy non-traditional wedding cake design ideas from and listed them below. Check out and enjoy!












So, which one would you like as your wedding cake? We'd like to know. Hit us in the comment section! ;)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

8 Lovely Wedding Dresses From The Vera Wang Fall 2014 Collection

You might say "That is so last year!" to these wedding dresses but we bet you'll still fall in love with them. And why not? These dresses are lovely and who knows, you might get some ideas for your own wedding dress. The Vera Wang Fall 2014 Collection actually include more than 8 pieces but I've chosen my favorites. Check them out!

Coral strapless circle cluster and butterfly lace ball gown wedding dress with tumbled tulle accented by organic flower detail and floral beaded embroidery.

Coral strapless chiffon mermaid wedding dress with alternating pleat bodice, organic flower detail and pleated tier skirt.

Coral strapless silk mermaid wedding dress with organza flange detail accented by faille blossom, pleated organza and floral beaded embroidery.

Petal strapless silk mermaid wedding dress with organic flower detail accented by tulle hand draping and cascading bias cut silk organza flanges.

Peony strapless faille sweetheart mermaid wedding dress with double bow back detail and floral beaded embroidery.

Petal strapless silk organza ball gown wedding dress with hand draped bodice accented by organic flower, grosgrain shoulder strap and peony faille blossom.

Rose strapless silk ball gown wedding dress with hand applique Chantilly lace bodice, grosgrain bows and draped skirt accented by crystal pleated tulle detail.

Petal strapless silk ball gown wedding dress with hand draped tulle bodice and organic flower detail accented by silk organza ruffles.

They're so pretty right? And not your traditional white gowns too! Which one do you love? Let us know in the comment or suggest any wedding-related topic you want us to blog about next. Ciao! ;)


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Infographic: 10 Habits That Are Hurting Your Back

Back pains. The woes of many 9 to 5 employees - and that's include me. Sometimes, at the end of your work shift, you can barely stand. It hurts to even walk a short distance because of the strain you've put on your lower back in a whole day's work.

The Center for Spinal Disorders in New Jersey offers an infographic on the different habits that might be causing lower back pains. They aim to educate people about the ways that you could be compromising your health because of everyday habit - which could be exacerbating back problems.


Source: The Center for Spinal Disorders

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Perfect Make-Up? There's an Infographic on That!

Of course, women like to look presentable - beautiful even. It may not be an everyday thing for some, but everyone have those days when we just want to look good. And so, make-up is almost a necessity. The sad reality though is that not everyone can apply the perfect make-up. Hell, I always mess up putting blush on so I usually just forgo it.

Now, thanks to Aesthetic Surgery Clinic, they've put together this amazing infographic on steps for applying the perfect make-up. Yay!
9 Unbelievably Simple Steps For Perfect Make-Up

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Manchester United Welcomes Six New Signings

Just a few days ago, I posted something about Angel Di Maria's signing with Manchester United. However, he's not the only one who were signed recently by the club. In fact, there are six new signings - including Di Maria. The club also signed Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo. My, Louis van Gaal was a very busy man, wasn't he?
Anyway, Manchester fans (including me), here are the new jersey names and numbers for us to cheer on:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rude! Don't Kill The Magic!

I've never been much into reggae. Only when the mood strikes will I ever listen to some 311, Sublime and Bob Marley. But, when I heard the song Rude playing on the radio, I instantly fell in love with it. I spent a portion of my meager mobile data allowance just so I can instantly download it on my Spotify playlist.

Of course, I had to know more about the band. I found out that the band's name is MAGIC! (yes, it's stylized that way) and that they are from Canada. They identify their music as reggae fushion. The band is composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri on vocals, Mark Pellizer on guitars, Alex Tanas on drums and Ben Spivak on bass.

The band released their debut single, Rude, from the album Don't Kill The Magic. So I was actually pretty late in discovering this song. On April 4, 2014, they released Don't Kill The Magic as the second single. And of course, it's addicting as well. But, don't take my words for it. Check out the two songs from their music videos below:

MAGIC! Official Website
MAGIC on Facebook
MAGIC! on Twitter

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kasey Kahne Bags First Win and A Spot In The Chase

When I read the Chase standings of the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kasey Kahne is one of the drivers outside the grid - looking in and needing a win to secure a spot. The driver of the #5 car and Hendick Motorsports hasn't had the kind of luck he enjoyed last year - locking in early. But, as fate would have it, Kahne is destined to race in the Chase once again after securing a win the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta last Sunday.

Kasey started in P10 and restarted at second after the yellow flag that was brought by Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano having contact. Before he could take the lead though, he had to race hard against Matt Kenseth who restarted in P1. 

Kenseth finished 2nd; Denny Hamlin in 3rd, Jimmie Johnson in 4th and Carl Edwards in 5th, completed the Top 5 finishers after the checkered flag. Meanwhile, Danica Patrick recorded a career-best finish in 6th place.

More info here: Oral-B USA 500 Results
Check the complete Chase Grid standings here:


NASCAR has officially released the 2015 schedule for all three national series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping Truck. Check it out below:
Sprint Cup Series 2015 schedule
2/14/15Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited)FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
2/15/15Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
2/19/15Daytona International Speedway (Duel)FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/22/15Daytona 500FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/1/15Atlanta Motor SpeedwayFOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/8/15Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayFOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/15/15Phoenix International RacewayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/22/15Auto Club SpeedwayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/29/15Martinsville SpeedwayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
4/11/15Texas Motor SpeedwayFOX, PRN, SiriusXM
4/19/15Bristol Motor SpeedwayFOX, PRN, SiriusXM
4/25/15Richmond International RacewayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/3/15Talladega SuperspeedwayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/9/15Kansas SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/16/15Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/24/15Charlotte Motor SpeedwayFOX, PRN, SiriusXM
5/31/15Dover International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/7/15Pocono RacewayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/14/15Michigan International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/28/15Sonoma RacewayFOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM
7/5/15Daytona International SpeedwayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
7/11/15Kentucky SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
7/19/15New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
7/26/15Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM
8/2/15Pocono RacewayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/9/15Watkins Glen InternationalNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/16/15Michigan International SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/22/15Bristol Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
9/6/15Darlington RacewayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
9/12/15Richmond International RacewayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/20/15Chicagoland SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/27/15New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
10/4/15Dover International SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
10/10/15Charlotte Motor SpeedwayNBC, PRN, SiriusXM
10/18/15Kansas SpeedwayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
10/25/15Talladega SuperspeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/1/15Martinsville SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/8/15Texas Motor SpeedwayNBC, PRN, SiriusXM
11/15/15Phoenix International RacewayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
11/22/15Homestead-Miami SpeedwayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
Nationwide Series 2015 schedule
2/21/15Daytona International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/28/15Atlanta Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM
3/7/15Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM
3/14/15Phoenix International RacewayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/21/15Auto Club SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
4/10/15Texas Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM
4/18/15Bristol Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM
4/24/15Richmond International RacewayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/2/15Talladega SuperspeedwayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/17/15Iowa SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/23/15Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
5/30/15Dover International SpeedwayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
6/13/15Michigan International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/20/15Chicagoland SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
7/4/15Daytona International SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
7/10/15Kentucky SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
7/18/15New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
7/25/15Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayNBC, IMS, SiriusXM
8/1/15Iowa SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/8/15Watkins Glen InternationalNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/15/15Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
8/21/15Bristol Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
8/29/15Road AmericaNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/5/15Darlington RacewayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
9/11/15Richmond International RacewayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/19/15Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
9/26/15Kentucky SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
10/3/15Dover International SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
10/9/15Charlotte Motor SpeedwayNBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM
10/17/15Kansas SpeedwayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/7/15Texas Motor SpeedwayNBC, PRN, SiriusXM
11/14/15Phoenix International RacewayNBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM
11/21/15Homestead-Miami SpeedwayNBC, MRN, SiriusXM
Camping World Truck Series 2015 schedule
2/20/15Daytona International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/28/15Atlanta Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
3/28/15Martinsville SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/8/15Kansas SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/15/15Charlotte Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/29/15Dover International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/5/15Texas Motor SuperspeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/13/15Gateway Motorsports ParkFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
6/19/15Iowa Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
7/9/15Kentucky SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
7/22/15Eldora SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
8/1/15Pocono RacewayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
8/15/15Michigan International SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
8/19/15Bristol Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
8/30/15Canadian Tire Motorsport ParkFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
9/18/15Chicagoland SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
9/26/15New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
10/3/15Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
10/24/15Talladega SuperspeedwayFOX, MRN, SiriusXM
10/31/15Martinsville SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
11/6/15Texas Motor SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
11/13/15Phoenix International RacewayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
11/20/15Homestead-Miami SpeedwayFOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

You can also download the printable version here: 2015 NASCAR Schedule

Monday, September 1, 2014

MotoGP Results: Marc Marquez Wins Hertz British Grand Prix

Marc Marquez is back on the podium after finishing P4 in bwin Grand Prix ńĆeske Republiky last week. The 21yr old Spanish racer grabbed his 11th win at the Hertz British Grand Prix held in Silverstone Circuit after the August 31, 2014 race. He now has 11 wins out of 12 races.

Finishing 2nd is Movistar Yamaha MotoGP racer, Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo and Marquez battled for 1st position before Marquez was finally able to take that lead and win. Meanwhile, this is Lorenzo's fourth P2 finish and his 6th podium.

Rounding up the podium finishers for this race is Lorenzo's team-mate, Valentino Rossi. This is The Doctor's fourth P3 finish and his 8th podium for the year. In fact, this is Rossi's third consecutive P3 finish - starting from the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in the August 10, 2014 race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For the complete results and analysis of the Hertz British Grand Prix, please go to The next race is the GP Tim Di San Marino e Della Riviera Di Rimini on September 14, 2014. It will be held at the Misano World Circuit in San Marino, Italy. 

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