Sunday, August 26, 2012

Argan Oil

Tryin' out the Argan oil from Snoe Beauty, I think they have the cheapest Argan oil for only P799.00.  They have lots of branches and an online store, bought mine at their Trinoma branch.
Benefits of Argan Oil:
"Visibly diminishes signs of aging, protects against sun damage, prevents skin dehydration, relief for eczema, psoriasis and acne, helps strengthens nails, reduces visible scars and active blemishes, mend split ends, restores remarkable shine to all hair types, alternative to shaving foams and gels, eliminates stretch marks.

Snoe's Oil for All with Rgan oil is deemed to be one of the world's richest natural sources of vitamin E, which is renowned anti-aging and anti-wrinkle ingredient, especially liked for its antioxidant powers.  Argan oil contains 80% essential fatty acids to help reduce inflammation, squalene to help skin soft, phytosterols to help protect collagen and phenolic compounds to guard against free radicals.

Argan oil has natural antioxidants to aid in repairing hair damage at the cellular level so your hair bounces back to health."  ~Snoe Beauty, Argan Oil

I'm excited to use it on my newly rebonded and colored hair, on my hands since I do all the laundry, and of course on my stretch marks! (hope it works!).  Since I turned 30, I've been adding anti-ageing treatments on my skin.  It's better to prevent them for coming too soon, right?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

My kids are not used to eating vegetables, so now, I'm looking for recipes that has sneaky veggies in them!  My kids didn't even notice there was an eggplant/vegetable in their pasta!♥

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe
1 box lasagna noodles (500 grams)
cooked according to package directions

Bechamel sauce:
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cans evaporated milk (1 can is equivalent to 225 ml or 1 cup)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Eggplant meat sauce:
3/4 kilo ground beef
1 cup chopped eggplant
1/4 cup cooking oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped
6 tablespoon white wine (optional)
1 piece bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (herbs)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cans tomato paste (150 grams each)
dissolve in 1 cup water with 1 beef cube
1 bar quickmelt cheese to add in between layers and for topping

Cook the Bechamel Sauce
1. Melt butter in a pan.
2. Blend in flour until bubbly.
3. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
4. Cook until bubbly and a bit thick.
make sure not to burn the milk by lowering the flame.
5. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
6. Set aside.

Cook the eggplant meat sauce
1. Saute onion in oil until translucent, add in the garlic and cook for a while but do not brown.
2. Put in the ground beef, white wine and chopped eggplant.  Cook until the beef changes color and eggplant is very soft.  Add the Italian seasoning and bay leaf.
3. Pour in the beef broth (1 cup) and tomato paste mixture.
4. Simmer gently until thick.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Set aside.

To assemble:
1. Grease a rectangular dish (around 10x7 inches) with butter.
2. pour 1/3 of bechamel sauce.
3. Arrange a layer of pasta.  Spoon in tomato meat sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
4. Repeat number 3.  End with bechamel sauce on top of the layer.
5. Sprinkle with Quickmelt cheese.
6. Bake in pre-heated oven at 350 F until golden brown.
7. Let stand 5-10 minutes to set.
Italian Herbs/Seasoning
More decent pictures next time!  Looks like I'll be making more of this, soon!  The kids and hubby enjoyed it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Coming Home to Mandaue Foam

We've been looking for a perfect bed for our kids, we excluded the double deck bed because we were too scared that they might accidentally fall off the bed.  Then i saw the Mandaue Foam store in a magazine, they're just located at Quezon Avenue so we just had to check them out.
Then, we saw this bed!  Perfect!
It's the Galvin single bed with pull out bed, priced at P13,000!  I immediately asked the saleslady for a new stock!  Lucky me, they were still on sale, they slashed 10% off the price! :)
Love it!!

We've made our top 3 choices to buy when we go back there.  Our eyes are on the V-60E Circular Tier Center table, priced at P10,000 for our living room.
and the Tee Back Dining Chairs, priced at P3,900, elegant looking comfy dining chairs.
And their 573 Square Table and 477 Chair Dining Set 4+1 with seat cushion, priced at P15,000, these will look lovely on our veranda.

But I don't think we'll ever stop there, 'cause they have almost everything you need for your home, even beds, pillows, vases and more.  In Mandaue Foam, it's your home, your imagination.

Watch their new TVC!