Super Easy Sweet Treats You Can Make to Surprise Your Wife

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Nothing says sweet love more than homemade sweet treats! Impress your wifey, partner, girlfriend, or mother and make her feel super loved and extra special by whipping up these amazingly delicious desserts. And don’t you worry, these recipes require no culinary degree nor baking expertise!

So roll up your sleeves, gather up those ingredients, and whip up these incredibly easy dessert recipes for the most important woman in your life:


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No-Bake Choco Hazelnut Bites

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable cream cheese

  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted

  • 1/2 cup Nutella

  • 2-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts, toasted

WHAT TO DO:

Beat cream cheese, melted chocolate chips and Nutella until blended. Stir in cracker crumbs. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.

Shape mixture into 1-in. balls; roll in chopped hazelnuts. Make an indentation in the center of each with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Fill with a hazelnut. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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White Chocolate Mousse Cup

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

WHAT TO DO:

In a small heavy saucepan, combine chocolate and 2/3 cup cream; cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, beat remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Fold 1/4 cup of the whipped cream into chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining whipped cream. You may even put in a few drops of food coloring liquid if you want to make it colorful.

Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours.


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Minty Chocolate Bars

WHAT YOU NEED:

FILLING

  • 1/2 c. milk

  • 3 c. mini marshmallows

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • 2 tbsp. plus 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tsp. pure peppermint extract

  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  • 6 to 8 drops liquid green food coloring (optional)

CRUST

  • 34 chocolate wafer cookies

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

TOPPING

  • 3/4 c. heavy cream

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

WHAT TO DO:

  • In a medium saucepan, heat milk on medium until hot. Add marshmallows and butter and stir to melt. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons heavy cream, extracts, and food coloring (if using); let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. In a food processor, pulse cookies to form fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combine. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan and refrigerate.

  • Once marshmallow mixture is cool, using an electric mixer, beat remaining 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Fold a spoonful of cream into marshmallow mixture to loosen, then fold in remaining cream and spread on top of chilled crust. Refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes.

  • Make topping: In a small pot, heat cream on medium until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add chocolate; let sit 1 minute, then stir until melted and smooth. Spread evenly over filling and refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes or up to a day. When ready to serve, use overhangs to transfer to a cutting board and cut into pieces.

DIY Gifts That'll Surely Make Your Mom's Heart Melt

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Since Day 1, our moms have showed us the true meaning of unconditional love. They’re loving, supportive, caring, patient, and sometimes even overprotective. And even though there are days when we fail to show how much they mean to us, they continue to love and understand us no matter the circumstance. Simply because of that, they deserve nothing but the best.

As May 12 nears, it’s about time you give some extra thought and work into your token of love of your mom. Sure you can buy her the most expensive gift from the store, but nothing beats a DIY gift that clearly shows your love and devotion for her.

Here are some ideas you can cop to make your mom feel more loved, more appreciated, and more special on Mother's Day:


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Flower Bath Bombs

Moms, and women in general, love bath bombs! They just make our bathtub-me-time more divine! But what makes them even more gift-worthy is the fact that you hand-made them to look like actual pretty blooms. With just a few ingredients like baking soda, epsom salt, essential oils, and food coloring, you can already mold and wrap up a nice bath bomb pack for your dearest mom.


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Mason Jar Succulents

Moms that are just fond of gardening and decorating will truly be happy to receive these as lovely and thoughtful gifts this Mothers’ Day. Show them that you support their likes and hobbies by making time to create these. So gather up those succulents, mason jars, painting and decorating materials--and turn them into the cutest succulent planters your mom has ever had!


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Bath Tea

If you believe that moms are some of the busiest people in the world, then it’s time you give your mother dearest enough reason to spend some time alone--even if that means locking herself up in the bathroom for a met-time in the tub! With just epsom salt, rose petals, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, essential oils, and tea bags (organza and muslin bags will do as well), you can create a divine bathtub tea mix that your mom will love. Customize them according to your mom’s favorite scents!



Polaroid Magnets

Turn your messy-looking fridge exterior looking like a well-curated Instagram profile! It’s not only simple and budget-friendly, but also, we’re sure it’s going to be a sure hit for moms who just adore sentimental stuff. With the ever-reliable magnetic sticker squares, you can easily turn your Polaroid or Instax prints into cool fridge magnets or magnetic clips.


First Aid Hacks Using Everyday Home Items

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Because most minor accidents happen at home, it’s a no-brainer that every household, big or small, should always have a first aid kit on stand by. But during those unfortunate times when an emergency kit isn’t available, or when your gauze pads, bandages, or ointments, have just run out, it’s comforting to know that there are actually some items in your home that you could use for the meantime.

Here are some of those items and how you could use them as ingenious hacks for emergencies:


Duct Tape

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The good-ol’ duct tape shouldn’t be confined to the four corners of your garage for a multitude of reasons. More than just to seal windows and cracks, it’s actually a miracle tool that can really save lives:

  • Put on your feet to avoid blisters inside new shoes; if you already have a blister, cover it with a gauze and wrap with duct tape

  • Wrap a sprained ankle to stabilize

  • Create a sling for a broken or sprained arm. Fold a long length of duct tape down the middle to create a ‘rope’,  then stabilize the arm and tie at the shoulder

  • If you have a cut and no adhesive bandages, use duct tape over a clean gauze (or use that sanitary napkin or tampon) to secure it in place. Just don’t place the duct tape directly over the wound.


Plastic Bags

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Instead of throwing out your plastic bags and contributing to the society’s trash problems, just keep them for a rainy day as they’ll come in really handy even in emergency situations:

  • cover injured and bandaged appendages to protect from getting wet.

  • use a zip top bag to create a gel ice pack (freezing dishwashing liquid gel) for soothing areas swollen from trauma

  • Protecting burnt skin. After cooling down the burnt area, wrap it with a plastic film in order to prevent an infection. Plastic bags from food or frozen products will do. These materials won’t stick to the damaged surface of the skin and will create a necessary protective barrier against microbes


Glue

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Glue is not only a helpful tool in school projects or crafts, it can also be useful to take care of injuries until medical attention is available.

  • For a minor wounds (those that are not bleeding excessively), super glue can be used to seal a cut. Clean the wound and spread a thin layer of super glue on the cut, but be very careful to get any glue inside the wound. It can cause some skin irritation.

  • Use to remove splinters that are not very deep, especially in small kids who tend to get freaked out when they see a needle or tweezers. Just put a small amount of PVA glue to the splinter as well as the skin around it and let it dry. Then remove the dried layer of the glue from the skin and it should also pull the splinter out.


Baking Soda

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Baking soda’s reputation for being an all-around deodorizer or cleaning agent is unbeatable. But did you know that it can also be helpful during some accidents? Here are they:

  • Use ½ teaspoon per 8 oz. of water to help treat stomach aches and indigestion;

  • Mix with water to help relieve itchy skin from bug bites, sunburns and other skin irritants.

  • Use to put out a grease fire on the kitchen stove or garage. While it’s still better to use a lid to cover the fire, if you have a box of baking soda handy, you can get a head start on putting it out.  


Tampons & Sanitary Napkins

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Feminine hygiene products like pantyliners, tampons and napkins are sanitary; hence they’re great first aid supplies that can be used for a number of reasons:

  • Tampons can be used to plug nosebleeds or bullet wounds.

  • Sanitary napkins can be used as a wound dressing or to pack a bleeding wound.

  • Pantyliners are handy as a makeshift bandage for wounds, cuts, or bites

  • You may also use tampons as handy ear plugs during flights, after swimming, and more.

Essential Superfoods You Should Include in Your Diet

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SUPER+FOOD. While this term wasn’t really coined for us to think there’s a single food that can make us 100% fit and healthy, disease-free, or in other words invincible, it is comforting to know that there are still those that are “super”. Meaning, they’re generously packed with all the right nutrients we need to support our health and fitness.

Now if you do want your diet to be filled with these super or amazing foods that’ll bring great benefits to your health and well-being, then read up and we’ll tell you about our top picks for superfoods that can not only be incorporated into your daily diet but can also be easily found in your kitchen:


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Broccoli

Broccoli is considered the most nutrient-dense of all veggie superfoods. In fact, research shows that broccoli could be considered as the King of Cancer Prevention. It contains the most powerful antioxidants; it boosts the immune system, supports cardiovascular and bone health, and even fights birth defects.


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Eggs

Despite fears relating egg consumption to high cholesterol, research shows that eating eggs regularly (1-2 eggs/day) will not increase your risk of heart disease or diabetes. Eggs actually increase the good cholesterol in our bodies. They’re rich in high-quality protein, antioxidants, lutein, B vitamins, choline, and more.


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Berries

Whether you enjoy them in your breakfast, dessert, salad, or smoothie, common berries like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries are all packed with amazing nutrients, while still being so tasty! They’re strong antioxidants; they’re anti-inflammatory; and they’re effective in reducing heart-related, digestive, and immune system disorders.


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Nuts & Seeds

Nuts like peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts and seeds like chia and flax seeds are simply amazing when it comes to vegetarian protein, heart-healthy fats, and fiber. They also have plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, protecting you against oxidative stress. And while most of them may be high in calories, there are still nuts that are able to aid in weight loss.


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Beet Root

Historically, beetroot was primarily used in the medical field to treat fevers, skin ailments, constipation, and more. But as it is a good source of folate, iron, magnesium, nitrates, and antioxidants, beetroot can also help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance, and even prevent dementia.


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Mushrooms

Mushrooms are neither fruits nor vegetables. But even though they do not contain plant nutrients, they still contain a great deal of micronutrients, making them worthy of the superfood title. Mushrooms are good sources of B vitamins, potassium, iron, selenium, and good-quality fiber. And the best part is, even if they’re a rich and tasty addition to regular meals, they essentially have no fat, no cholesterol, and are low in carbohydrates.

Make-ahead Margaritas for an Easy Breezy Cinco de Mayo

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When May is about to enter, we get all giddy because one of our most favorite celebrations is about to start: it’s Cinco de Mayo, and y’all know what that means! Tequila shots and overflowing margaritas!

But if you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo party at your place, that doesn’t mean only your guests get all the fun. Our solution? Make-ahead frozen margaritas! The process for making almost every flavor you have in mind is just about the same. Blend, put it in a freezer-safe container or pitcher, pop it in your freezer the day before, and that’s it! You’re now prepared for another epic May 5th celebration with your friends and loved ones.

Here are some of our favorite frozen margarita recipes you can try and make in batches so you won’t ever have to worry about being ‘the bartender’ the whole celebration:

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Classic Lime Margarita

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 1/2 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups tequila

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade

  • 1/2 cup triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)

  • 1 whole lime, cut into 6 wedges

Mix the water, tequila, limeade, and orange liqueur in a freezer-proof container with a lid; stir. Cover and store in the freezer until it reaches a slush-like consistency, about 24 hours. Serve in glasses garnished with lime wedges.


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The Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 6 fluid ounces tequila

  • 2 fluid ounces triple sec

  • 8 ounces frozen sliced strawberries in syrup (or you can make your own simple syrup)

  • 4 fluid ounces frozen limeade concentrate

Fill a blender with ice and crush. Pour in the tequila and triple sec. Add the strawberries and limeade. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into your freezer-safe jars and pop inside your fridge the day before your party. Serve in margarita glasses with the rims dipped in powdered sugar.


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Playful Apple Margarita

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup of ice

  • 1 ounce tequila

  • 1 ounce apple liqueur

  • 1 ounce apple juice

  • 1/2 ounce sour mix

  • Garnish: green apple wedge

  • Garnish: cinnamon sugar (for rim)

Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the drink into mason jars with lids. Freeze overnight. Poke with a fork before serving to create a slush-like consistency. Garnish with a green apple wedge. Serve and enjoy!


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Hawaiian Margarita

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 ½  ounces tequila

  • ½  ounce triple sec

  • ¼  cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

  • ¼  cup pineapple (fresh or canned)

  • 2 dash sour mix

  • Garnish: strawberry slice

  • Garnish: pineapple wedge

Gather the ingredients. Pour the ingredients into a blender.

Blend until smooth. Pour the contents into a freeze-safe jar or pitcher. Freeze until a slush-like consistency is achieved. Come the party, garnish with a strawberry and pineapple wedge before serving. Enjoy!

Honestly Good Brunch Recipes to Share With Your Closest Friends

Your Easter feast may be over, but the beautiful springtime is still here! And the best way to soak up a lovely weekend in spring is with a table filled with honestly good food and good friends. But there’s no need to stress just to impress, because we’ve got you covered!

Our solution? Since we’re celebrating National Honesty Day, go and host an honest-to-goodness brunch soiree for your closest friends--because honestly, who doesn’t love devouring on sweet and savoury breakfast dishes for lunch? Not just for the fact that you need not wake up very early in the morning to prep, your friends will absolutely love starting their weekend with a buffet-ish spread of hearty meals.


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Bacon Sriracha Avocado Deviled Eggs

Whether you still have that Easter hangover or you just simply love deviled eggs, this recipe will definitely satisfy! With avocados as a healthy addition, plus a spicy twist, you and your guests will love devouring this protein-pack dish as one of your starters.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 12 Hard Boiled Eggs

  • 6 slices Bacon, chopped

  • 1 Avocado, diced

  • ¼ cup Sriracha

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice

  • Salt to taste

HOW TO MAKE:

Hard boil eggs, then peel and slice in half removing the yolks and placing them in a bowl. Add to the yolks the avocado, sriracha, mayo, and lime juice. Use a stick blender to mix all of the ingredients together until they are smooth. Add salt to taste.

Place yolk mixture in a piping bag and pipe into the egg white halves. Garnish with bacon.


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Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole

If they say at breakfast you have to eat like a king, and at lunch you have to eat like a prince, what do you need to do for brunch? While we can’t go any further to explain the nutritional details of this theory, we do know one thing: you still need to fill yourself up at brunch because it’s technically still counts as the most important meal of your day. This casserole has definitely all the good things about breakfast you can ever think of!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 5 Bagels, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 8 oz. Bacon, cooked and diced

  • 2 c. Gruyere Cheese, shredded

  • 8 oz. Cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 8 large eggs

  • 2 c. Heavy Cream

  • ½ tsp Salt

  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

  • Everything Bagel Seasoning Mix

  • Chives for garnish

HOW TO MAKE:

Grease a 13x9 inch casserole dish. Add half of the bagel cubes to the casserole dish. Sprinkle with half of the bacon. Then half of Gruyere cheese and half of the cream cheese as well.

Repeat with another layer of bagel cubes, bacon, Gruyere and cream cheese.

In a bowl combine eggs, heavy cream, and pepper. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour the egg mixture over the bagels making sure to cover all of them. Sprinkle generously with the Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend.

Tightly over the casserole dish and place in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

When ready to bake, cover the casserole with aluminum foil and place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes. Then remove foil and continue to bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with chives and enjoy!


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Quickie Cinnamon Buns with Buttermilk

Tickle the fancy of your good friends who just can’t get enough of their sweet tooth cravings with this ultimate cinnamon bun recipe! Because honestly, no savory brunch meal is ever complete without dessert (and even lots of it). So roll up those sleeves, and gather up your baking ingredients, and try making these.

WHAT YOU NEED:

FOR THE CINNAMON BUNS

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife) plus more for dusting work surface

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1-1/4 cups low fat buttermilk

FOR THE GLAZE

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cream cheese

  • 2 tablespoons low fat buttermilk

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

HOW TO MAKE:

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with aluminum foil and brush with one tablespoon butter.

Combine the brown sugar, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, cinnamon, cloves and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add one tablespoon melted butter and stir with a fork or fingers until mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons of the melted butter and buttermilk to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid is absorbed (the dough will be sticky and look shaggy), about 30 seconds. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead, lightly dusting more flour as necessary, until just smooth and no longer shaggy, about 30 seconds.

Lightly dust the surface again. Pat the dough into a small rectangle, then roll into a 12-inch x 9-inch rectangle, dusting more flour sparingly if necessary so the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle the dough evenly with the brown sugar filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Using your hand, press the filling firmly into the dough. Starting at the long side, roll the dough, pressing lightly, to form a tight log. (If the dough sticks to the surface, use a sharp knife or dough scraper to release it.) Pinch seam to seal. Roll the log seam-side down and, using a serrated knife, cut it evenly into 9 pieces. Turn the pieces over on their flat sides, and slightly flatten each piece with your hand to seal the open edges and keep the filling in place. Place the rolls in prepared pan and brush with remaining tablespoon of butter. Bake until the edges are golden brown, 23-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and buttermilk until thick and smooth (the mixture will look like cottage cheese at first). Add the confectioners' sugar and whisk until smooth glaze forms.

When the buns are done, use the foil overhang to lift them out of the baking pan and onto a wire rack. Let cool for 5 minutes, then carefully separate the buns, using a knife if necessary. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the buns. Serve warm out of the oven, or store in an airtight container and reheat


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Raspberry Champagne Fizz

Besides having a juice or coffee station at your brunch gathering, there’s no better way to put more of a party feel to your get-together with some bubble cocktails or mocktails (in case you do prefer to have your alcohol at night). This berry sparkly recipe is not just perfect for the ‘gram, but they’re honestly perfect to start the rest of your springtime day.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Fresh raspberries

  • Quartered blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries

  • 1 ounce (or 2 tablespoons) chilled red raspberry syrup - can also use strawberry or pomegranate syrup

  • 3 ounces (or 6 tablespoons) chilled champagne, sparkling rose, sparkling white wine, or sparkling pear-apple juice

  • Ice

HOW TO MAKE:

Place raspberries in a champagne flute. Pour fruit syrup into flute. Slowly add champagne. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.


Kid-Friendly Recipes You Can Make in the Microwave

If you’re planning to join the National ‘Bring Your Kids to Work Day’ this coming April 25, then you busy moms or dads need to make all the necessary preparations. Once you’ve confirmed with your company (if they allow such activity) and once you’re sure your child is eager to go, take some time to plan out the day ahead of time: what to show your kids, what productive things they do while you do your work, and of course, what they’re going to eat for the whole 8-hour stretch.

Whipping up tasty and healthy meals that you can bring in the office for your kiddos need not be difficult nor complicated; besides it is still a regular work day. The daily hustle and bustle and unexpected workload is still inevitable. Hence, we’re here to help you out!

Here are some recipes you can totally make in flash, whether the night before or in the morning before you leave home--all thanks to your trusty microwave oven and our ever-reliable baking ramekins:

Creamy Microwave Mac ‘n Cheese

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup low-fat milk

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

  • breadcrumbs (optional)

In a medium saucepan, boil water. Add macaroni and cook 8 minutes; drain. In a glass or microwave safe dish, melt butter for 30 seconds. Blend in flour and salt. Stir in milk until smooth.

Microwave 2 minutes, stirring with a fork after 1 minute, until thickened. Stir in cheese until completely melted. Pour well drained macaroni into cheese sauce, mixing well. Microwave at medium-high heat for 3 minutes. If desired, sprinkle top with bread crumbs before serving.


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Easy Ramekin Pizza

  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/16 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon marinara sauce

  • 1 generous tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 5 mini pepperoni

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs (basil or oregano)

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a microwavable bowl, dish, or mug. Add in the milk and oil with mix together. There might be some lump but that’s okay. Spoon on the marinara sauce and spread it around the surface of the batter. Sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni and dried herbs. Microwave for 1 minute 10-20 seconds, or until it rises up and the cheese topping are bubbling (timing is based on my 1200W microwave so your timing might vary)


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Quick Cup Quiche

  • 1 egg

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1/4 of a bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.)

  • 2 teaspoons cream cheese

  • 1/2 slice prosciutto or ham

  • Fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives

  • Dijon mustard

Beat egg and milk together with a fork in a coffee cup, adding salt and pepper to taste. Tear bread into dime-size pieces; stir in. Add cream cheese; stir in. Tear or cut prosciutto into small pieces; add to mixture. Sprinkle with thyme. Bake in ramekin dishes or directly in a microwave-safe mug.

Microwave on high until done, about 1 minute 10 seconds. Garnish with mustard and fresh thyme or chives.


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Choco-Peanut Cake in a Cup

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • pinch of salt

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

  • Mini marshmallows & nuts (optional)

In a large mug, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). Add the milk, vegetable oil and peanut butter. Whisk until smooth. Fold in marshmallows and nuts if desired.

If you’re not confident about using your coffee mugs for cooking the microwave, transfer mixture into baking ramekins instead. Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds. (Note: This recipe will rise a lot and then deflate).

HOMEBREWING CRAFT BEER: Is It Really Possible to Do This at Home?

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Whether you’re a sucker for DIY projects, a science geek at heart, or simply a beer lover, you’ll certainly enjoy making your own beer in the comfort of your home. It’s fun, it’s therapeutic, it’s most definitely a new challenge or hobby you can take on amid your busy lifestyle.

Now if you already love the idea of always having a cold one ready because you’re the one making tasty beer at home, but afraid or anxious on how you’re going to start, don’t brush off the idea just yet as we’re here to help you decide whether homebrewing is really for you.

Here are the commonly asked questions about homebrewing craft beer and some other important things you need to know:


Is it totally safe?

Whether you’re pertaining to health and safety hazards, YES, homebrewing is totally safe. While of course we won’t recommend that you make this an activity with your little kids, a good homebrew recipe should be designed to help you avoid exploding bottles as much as possible. Just make sure you follow safe and sanitary methods, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

The beer you’re going to make at home will only be 100% safe if, again, you practice sanitation. Keep in mind the alcohol will prevent anything nasty or unhealthy from taking up residence in the beer. If you unfortunately get a funky batch, and you really think it smells and tastes unusual, then don’t risk it--simply throw out that batch.


Do I need a big space to homebrew?

That actually depends on how much you’re planning to brew every batch. But since you can actually brew as little as a 1 gallon batch of beer, then a regular sized-kitchen and space for storage (like your pantry or a corner in your basement) is already enough. The brewing and bottling equipment won’t really take up too much space as many may think.

Will I really save money if I brew my own beer?

This depends on various factors (think economics of scale)--like how fancy you want your new equipment to be, whether you’re brewing an all-grain or extract, or if you want fancier beer flavors and styles. But as a simple answer: yes, it will save you money. But, don’t expect to get really big savings especially if you’re jus brewing 1 to 5 gallon batches.


What essential equipment do I need to buy and how much will it cost me?

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Don’t get overwhelmed just yet; because even if the list may seem longer than you think, buying all of it won’t really cost you a fortune. And since, homebrewing has really become a thing nowadays, you won’t really have a hard time searching for these:

  • 4+ gallon pot. ($23-30) (The bigger the better - like an aluminum lobster pot)

  • 6 gallon plastic bucket with a spigot for sanitizing and bottling. ($13)

  • 6 gallon fermentation bucket. (comes with a lid with a hole drilled for an airlock) ($12)

  • Airlock and stopper. ($3)

  • 3 or 4 small nylon bags for adding hops to the boil. ($12)

  • Racking cane to syphon beer out of the fermentor or kettle. ($10)

  • Food grade sanitizer, either iodine based or acid based. ($10)

  • Hydrometer and Hydrometer Jar. ($10)

  • Waterproof thermometer with a range that includes 130*F-190*F. ($6)

  • Bottling wand ($4)

  • 5 feet of 3/8 inch beverage line for transferring beer and filling bottles.

  • Bottles ($0-$40)


Is this even legal?

Yes, homebrewing is officially legal in all 50 states. The exact laws vary from state to state, but most states allow you to brew up to 100 gallons of beer per adult (or 200 gallons per household) every year. And that’s already a lot! However, what you cannot do is sell it for profit. If you’re planning on doing that though, you should check with your state’s commercial requirements.

If you love beer as much as we do, then why don’t you go ahead and try it? Just think about it--you’ll make your beer according to your taste preferences; you get to enjoy a cold one whenever you feel like it; you can share with your buddies or give it as gifts. If you’re now enticed to start making your own, you may check this out.

And before we forget, if you want to save up on the disposable bottles, our Glass Giarra Bottles with Airtight Caps are exactly what you need--they’re durable, reliable, and reusable!