If you have time next Saturday, Feb 21st, stop by Leeward Community College and check out The Great Malunggay Festival and Parade! Food food food! Games and entertainment! I can't wait to check it out!
I’m going to start from the beginning and walk you through my evening. I had a Tupperware dinner meeting so to kill time I went to get a nice long pedicure before dinner since I had some time to burn. I had a few hours to burn. I was in a dress that hugs every curve and really cute shoes I got at Kohls. I was feeling purty! After our dinner meeting, I ran upstairs to the movie theater to meet my family. They already bought my ticket and told me the theater was more than half full. I got there just in time. My son ran out to hand my ticket over.
We hurried into the theater so we could take our seats. The previews had begun but the lights were still on. Mom saved me a seat on the end and we were seated near the bottom half of the theater. She moved her purse and I plopped my butt down on the chair and my ass was nearly touching the floor with my knees high up near my chest. The fricken chair was busted. I’m in HEELS, a tight dress, clutching my mini diamond district purse, and BURST OUT LAUGHING. I’m half yelling to my mom, “OH MY GOD! you guys gave me the BROKEN CHAIR! what the hell is wrong with this thing. I may as well as sit on the cement! “ We all burst out laughing in the already noisy theater. My mom insisted on changing seats with me. Finally, my son went to get popcorn (free with a coupon, of course!) so I took his seat next to my sister. I still could not stop laughing. None of us could.
That’s when my son noticed my dress. It was a criss cross top and being well endowed, my cleavage was being obscene and distracting. Even to ME! So, I had to macgyver my dress since I didn’t have a safety pin. I was using a gold coffee bag clip. It blended into the dress so unless you were really looking there, you probably wouldn’t see it. However, my son did. So, if you want to see that funny video he took, look for us on Vine. That whole scene was uploaded there. Thanks kid. Now..on to the movie.
I’m sure EL James knew that turning this book into a movie could be lethal. Every person who has read it has their interpretation and ideas of what the movie should “look like”. Christian Grey looks different to every person who reads the book. Well, I saw the movie last night and regardless of all the very bad reviews out there, I actually enjoyed the movie.
The people they chose to portray Ana and Christian were close enough for me. Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, what?!) did such an amazing job of bringing Ana to life. After leaving the theater I wondered how her parents must have felt with all that nudity. Well, knowing who her parents are now, perhaps it wasn’t as hard to explain to Dad about her next gig? It’s a job. LOL
Back to the movie, I promise NO SPOILERS. First, obviously the book is MUCH better and deeper than the movie. It was a much softer version of the actual book but still conveyed the story very well. Once you get over the imagery of the main characters and put the one you had in your mind aside, the movie was very enjoyable. Reading the words on a page, you are left to create the sound of the dialogue up in your mind as you read a two dimensional story. I didn’t realize how funny the interactions between them was until I saw it being acted out.
For those who read the book, it was really hard to get through some of the scenes without remembering the thoughts running through Ana’s mind. I found myself searching for the words from the book. The electricity she felt through her entire body. Her quivering thighs from a simple kiss or touch of his fingertips. You can’t “show” that kind of stuff on film which is why I love the book so much. As a reader, you ARE Ana. You’re in her head. Not a spectator.
I thought Ana and Christian had great chemistry on screen and they were fantastic together. Dakota Johnson was amazing as Ana. The Ana that was in my head was gone within the first few minutes and she became her. Jamie Dornan as Christian was just so-so. I had a hard time getting over that one. It took me longer to let go of “my” version of Mr. Grey as the movie progressed but by the end, just like the book, I was so into the movie that I forgot what I pictured him to look like and he became Mr. Grey. Regardless, Mr. Grey was still smoking hot!
I will not spoil the film for my blog readers. I will say this, go see it. Open your mind and get rid of what you think the movie should be and allow yourself to be immersed in the version in front of you. Then go home and read the book(s) again. The devil is in the details. The one detail I thoroughly enjoyed was the way Christian wore his JEANS in the red room. ugh...Go back and read the book again! LOL You’re going to want to. Enjoy!
P.S. the soundtrack is AMAZING and I’ve already purchased it on itunes. haha!
The theaters will be full so I highly recommend you get your tickets online and get them early. This was promoted to be released on Valentines Day. As you can see, it "came" early.
After meeting someone who has participated in BDSM activities, it gave me a different outlook on the Fifty Shades excitement and made me realize something. When the movie first released, in fact, even when the book became a best seller, I found many reviews completely bashing EL James’ work.
After speaking to those who actually lived the life or participated in the real thing, I saw how they could detest the book and movie so much. This reminded me of how many of us out there do NOT participate in BDSM and will never have a full understanding of what it is or how its practiced other than what is put out in the main stream. For most of us, it will always be a “fantasy”. Which explains WHY her book was so hot. She may not have been the first author of erotica books. But hers hit the right nerve (or the right connection) and “exploded” on the scene.
All of the stifled women of the world and those who would NEVER think of being tied to a bed and tortured with sex acts could live vicariously through this book. In reality, BDSM is nothing like the way its portrayed in the book or movie. NOTHING. I, of course, am not speaking from experience. I am speaking on behalf of those who have shared their experiences with me. It enlightened me and I felt it should be shared. No matter what your woman tells you, there’s an inkling inside of her that wants to be tied up and submit all power to you. Just THAT alone, is erotic and sensual and requires complete and 100% of trust.
Why do I love Fifty Shades so much? For one, I don’t care about the premise of the story or if the depiction of BDSM is real or not. For me, it’s not reality, it’s a story. We watch movies to escape ourselves and let our minds stop “thinking” for 2 hours and just be absorbed in what our eyes are seeing. That’s what Fifty Shades is for me. I can read it and watch it and just take it all in. Even if it is just fiction.
This is one of my favorite tagalog movies. Not just cause I love Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion, but the scenery of Santorini, Greece is amazing. It was this movie that made me want to go see Europe. :)
Get a head start on the mid month sale for February! Cute stuff in time for you Easter Fans! Don't forget to check the last page for the 3 piece stacking canister set on sale.
Being this was my very first time getting a passport for my kids, I wanted to share my experience to help others who will need to do the same. We opted to go to the Ewa Post Office on Renton Road because they allow walk ins with no appointment necessary.
If you choose to go to this location, note that they are only open from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. So get there before they open to get in line. The best day to go is a Tuesday from what I was told. If you are in line and NOT at the window by 1:30 pm, you will be asked to return as they cannot process your application before closing at 2 pm.
This location does NOT have a copy machine so please have all your copies made prior to arrival. There is a credit union next door that will make copies for you for a fee.
Have the following documents ready:
* Application form. You can do them online and print it out: https://pptform.state.gov/FraudAbuseNotice.aspx
*ORIGINAL birth certificate(s). Make copies for yourself. They will be taking the original and mailing it back to you.
*ORIGINAL ID’S or Passports for Identification (Parent and child 16 and over)
*A copy of your ID front and back for each application. If you’re applying for a child 16 and under, both parents must be present. For more details on applying for minors, click here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/first-time.html
*You will need a passport picture to attach to the application. You can get one made at Longs, Walmart (this is where we went $7.XX for 2 photos), Walgreens, and Costco to name a few places.
The application will tell you where to place the photo and staple. I had mine stapled onto the form before arrival to help make the process faster.
The cost for each passport was $110 (non expedited) and the post office charges a fee of $25 per application for processing.
You can pay for the post office fee via credit card but will need to pay for the actual passport fee by check or money order. You can view more payment terms here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/fees.html
For more information on getting a new or renewing a passport, visit them online at:
To find the nearest passport acceptance facility near you, go here:
I hope this blog helps makes the process easier and less intimidating. Please note that most post offices require an appointment be made. Be sure to read the fine print when looking for an acceptance facility.
If you have difficulty putting the battery into the remote and shutting the cover, please refer to this post on my facebook page with photos to help guide you on tweaking the metal piece inside to allow the battery to fit better so the cover can be locked on.
For those that cannot access the page, I am reposting below.
ATTENTION SELFIE STICK CUSTOMERS!!!
If you find that the battery does not fit well or the remote isn't working correctly, please see the pics below. There is a small metal pin that may be protruding far out in the battery compartment. If you push that small pin IN just a tad, it helps the battery fit in the spot better and once in place, the light should come on. You can then connect your phone to the remote via bluetooth.
The name of the connection is AB SHUTTER 3 or something similar.
Let me know if you are still having problems. thank you!
I finally got my Tupperware Stack Cooker and couldn't wait to use it. I've done chicken breast easily in here. Now, I wanted to try roasting a whole chicken. I bought a 3.5 lb young chicken and buttered it inside and out. Then seasoned it with salt and pepper inside and out.
It fit perfectly in the stack cooker (deeper bowl of the 2) and I popped it in the microwave. My microwave is a 1250 watt. Max wattage recommended by Tupperware is 900. So I lowered the power to 70%.
After 30 minutes, the bird was perfectly cooked. It was not dry and tasted wonderful! This sized chicken fed my family of four with leftovers. We stripped the remaining meat, tossed it in our Power Chef with some mayo, onions, and pepper and voila! We had chicken salad for tomorrows lunch. Slap that between two slices of bread. Put that into our tupperware sandwich keepers and we were ready to roll for the next day.
We also had frozen creamy Peach fruit bars for dessert. My god where have I been all these years without Tupperware?
I will post the recipes for each dish below. Enjoy!!
Microwave BBQ chicken bites
2 Chicken Breasts (approx 1.5 lbs)
BBQ sauce to taste (use as much or as little as you want)
Seasonings, salt, pepper if you wish.
Place thawed chicken breasts in the stack cooker. Coat with barbecue sauce. Use as much as you need. You don't need to put salt and pepper but if you want to, you can. Always add salt and pepper later to prevent overseasoning.
Cook chicken in microwave (900 watt recommended. Adjust power as necessary) at 6 minutes per pound. We cooked ours for 9 minutes.
When it is done cooking, let the chicken rest for a few minutes as it continues the cooking process in its "steam bath". Be careful when opening the lid, contents will be piping hot.
Remove chicken and cut into pieces. Put the pieces back into the stack cooker, replace the cover, and shake it up to coat the meat with the "gravy" in the pot.
Serve and enjoy!
You can cook as much as the stack cooker can hold. Just remember the key is 6 minutes per pound.
Roasted Whole Chicken
One 3.5 - 4 lb chicken, thawed
Butter to coat the chicken
Salt and Pepper to taste
Remove the giblets from the chicken. Rinse and dry the bird. Coat the inside and outside with butter. Add salt and pepper to your desire.
Place the dressed chicken into the stack cooker and place the lid.
Cook in the microwave (900 watt recommended. Adjust power as necessary) at 6 minutes per pound.
I cooked mine for 30 minutes at 70% power because my microwave is 1250 watts.
When done, be careful when opening the lid. Carve, serve, and enjoy!
Frozen Creamy Fruit Bars
1-1/2 to 2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups frozen fruit of your choice (we used peaches)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar
Load all the ingredients into the Power Chef or Chef Quick Pro System.
I recommend putting all the fresh fruits in first and then pouring 1-1/4 cups of heavy cream first with all ingredients and mix. Add cream as needed to help loosen the the frozen dessert.
Crank the handle or pull the string as much as you want until you get the desired chunkiness of the fruit.
You can eat it as is (soft serve texture) or put it in a freezer mate (pictured above) and freeze completely for a yummy treat later.
I got my SECOND Tupperware microwave pressure cooker and boy am I loving life!
Tonight I made pot roast in ONE HOUR in the microwave. I could not believe my results. I'll be making this for my Tupperware Demo Party this Saturday at 5 pm. If you're in the area stop by and see how well this gadget works with your own eyes and taste buds.
Here's the low down on what I did.
3 lbs of pot roast
2 celery stalks, cut in large chunks
1-2 cups of baby carrots
1 onion, cut in large chunks
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
I cut the pot roast in large cubes and laid it down at the bottom of the pressure cooker. I seasoned the meat with salt and pepper and covered with water up to the max fill line that's embossed on the inside of the pot.
Make sure all of the meat is covered in water. Anything exposed above the water line will dry out.
I put the cover on, locked it down, and put it in the microwave for 30 minutes. (My microwave is 1000 watts for those who are wondering. Per Tupperwares instructions, it says max 900 watts but I don't have any problems with using it in mine.)
After the first 30 minute round (you don't want to go longer than that per Tupperware directions embossed in the lid), I allowed the pressure to release slowly on its own. This took about 10 minutes or so.
I checked the meat and it was quite tender at this point. I removed some of the excess water to make room for the veggies. I added all the veggies on top starting with the diced potatoes and dumping the rest of it in the pot.
I put this back in the microwave for another 15 minutes. I allowed it to depressurize and then opened the cover. It came out PERFECT! The meat could've used another 15 minutes but the veggies were not overdone and flavorful!
I added a little bit more salt and pepper to taste and added back the liquid I removed earlier.
The meat was tender and not dry. The veggies were done just right and the seasoning turned out great. Simple salt and pepper.
This pot made more than enough for my family of four and I still had enough to pack for lunch for me, my husband, my mom, and myself!
Next time, I'll cook the meat for 45 minutes and then add the veggies in for the last 15 minutes for a more softer meat. This wasn't bad at all but I'm sure another 15 minutes would make the meat melt in your mouth.
You could even add cabbage to this recipe if space allows. I'll try that next time.
If you want this pressure cooker, I did sign up with Tupperware specifically for this pot and their other cooking gadgets. I love this thing and look forward to seeing your recipes!
You can visit my Tupperware page at www.mytupperware.com/mariaolipas
On a side note, I just received my onion and potato keeper and absolutely love it. It's stackable so it gives me more room in my kitchen and I no longer have to wonder where I'm going to store these items.
I'm a few days late on this but here we go!!
Nomades is having a trunk sale!! Get these hot items for dirt cheap before they run out. Every item in the sale is $10 each! Some are as low as $5!
Go to my online party, click on MISCELLANEOUS at the top and then TRUNK SALE on the left hand side to see the goods! Most of the spacers fit on pandora bracelets. Please contact me for me for more info.
You can order directly online or through me.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Free Coupon 101: Kapolei
Address: 1001 Kamokila Blvd Suite 133. Please use the map below to find suite 133.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 7
Start time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Actual Class time is approximately 1 hour long and I remain after class to answer questions. We will go over basic terminology, etiquette, organization, and efficient methods of redemption to maximize your savings.
I will be offering a discounted rate to the Sunday paper (delivered)
Hosted by the Ewa Beach CBDO. Please register at Event Brite
It is very difficult to find the office without this. There is no signage to the office and the numbering system of the building is not in sequential order. So, I've included a map below. Please use it to guide you to the office.
I haven't blogged in weeks because I've been so busy. Not so much with the holidays as Iglesia Ni Cristo members we don't celebrate Christmas. I've been busy with my businesses. Sales, getting my orders in, and keeping up with the New Year things that are fast approaching. In the midst of it all both sides of my family suffered deaths.
My husband and I were in two separate parts of the world handling funeral duties at the same time. My toddler was with my Mom in Hawaii while my middle daughter and I handled the loss of my grandfather (my dads dad). Romel was in the Philippines tackling the loss of his Uncle (his moms brother) while his parents, older brother, and niece was stuck in Japan awaiting a MAC flight to get to the PI. That caused them to miss the funeral and left Romel to handle representation of his family. No one likes funerals and for him, this was the first funeral of a close loved one he's had to attend and talk about getting railroaded. He had to speak on behalf of his mom which released a slew of emotions.
I have not had any time to really coupon, find deals, or even share any finds online with my Instagram followers or on facebook. Instead, I've been sharing my trip events to help keep my family and friends updated. With Romel being in the PI, internet is very limited and the best way for us to reach each other is via facebook posts. It's not the most discreet but is the most efficient.
As the year comes to close here in Hawaii, I want to thank every single one of you who keep up with me on my website, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and wherever else you find me online.
This last trip to California for Grampa's funeral was very emotional for me. Not just because we lost him, but because after 22 years, I finally made it a point to visit my Dad's memorial out in Perris. My dad was a risk taker and loved challenges. On his bucket list, to jump out of a plane and skydive. He's mentioned this to me many times while I was growing up and I always thought he was crazy. His desire led to his tragic demise.
You can google Perris Skydiving Accident and find all the details if you wish. That accident took the lives of 16 people on board. There were survivors. One of which now runs the Perris Skydiving Facility today.
Finally visiting the Perris Memorial knowing this is the TRUE final resting place of my Dads remains was very overwhelming. Every year, I visit his grave at Forest Lawn and cry as the wound in my heart reopens everytime I go there. This time, walking onto the grassy field surrounded by trees and plaques, my heart felt like it was being torn from my chest.
I had to put aside the morbid thoughts of what was left of my Dad's physical being and remember his smile, his laugh, and his love. In the windy cold air, I sobbed as I walked into the small park and looked for his tree. It was surreal being there versus just seeing the pictures of each plaque and memorial. I wished I had brought a kukui nut lei to put on his tree.
I spent a few minutes just standing there. I looked out towards the runway wondering what the entire morning must have looked like to those who were there that fateful day. This crash was one of the biggest in skydiving history. It was this crash that changed the rules in skydiving today. Seat Belts are now mandatory for those going up in the air. If you google and research the accident, you can read more about it. No one knew who he was in the skydiving community. He was just a guy who wanted to jump out of a plane and check off an item on his bucket list. He was on a plane with very seasoned jumpers. His death along with my cousin Tina's (another very tragic one and she was only 24), is what motivates me to live with the Carpe Diem mind set. YOLO is not just a term in my vocabulary, its reality for me. You Only Live Once. If you want to do something, just do it! :)
Happy New Year!
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Just gather your friends together and allow me to share the great Thirty One items while we enjoy each others company! Contact me today to secure a date!
We are now selling Selfie Sticks to help us raise funds for the Educational Tours trip to Europe next summer.
Each set (remote and stick/monopod) is $20. Buy 2 for $35.
Colors are limited and listed below. Stick extends to 45" in total with the phone holder attached. Folds down to 11" that can fit in a purse easily. The phone holder pivots so you can adjust the angles your phone can shoot and has rubberized and foam pieces to help grip the phone in place. The tensioner easily springs up and down for a snug fit without damaging your phone.
Why get a selfie stick? It's very useful when traveling. No need to worry about asking someone to take the picture and possibly running off with your phone. You can use the remote to take group family pictures without having to set a timer and running to your spot!
When in a large group setting (Disneyland for example) and you want a better view of the stage or parade, put your phone on the stick, extend it and shoot video with an unobstructed view.
I can ship anywhere in the US (all 50 States) and shipping charges will apply. I will only bill for actual shipping which will be flat rate USPS starting at $5.70.
Thank you for supporting the Team Olipas fundraiser!
Colors available as of 12/17/14
I joined Thirty One only because I wanted the slew of bags for $99. I never intended on becoming a full fledged consultant and selling bags, sharing them, or even having bag parties. But when I saw the opportunities they offered and the ability to earn so many free things, I couldn't help but give it a shot.
In my first few months, I earned so many free bags I couldn't believe it. As a consultant, you go to the quarterly meetings and get a free amenity just for RSVP'ing and attending. I don't know any other company that does that! Soon, I was in love with the bags and their ability to help make me a more efficient person that I was no longer a "designer" bag person. I was into organization and high efficiency.
I continue to remain with Thirty One because I love the relationships I've made and the free stuff. :)
The new spring enrollment kit is being released tomorrow and if green is your thing, you're going to love the kit. At the same time, Thirty One is offering an expander kit to NEW CONSULTANTS or existing Directors only. This means, you as a new consultant will have the ability to get products worth $220 for $59 (plus tax and shipping). Boo hoo for me!
If you're interested in learning more about the Thirty One opportunity, email me today! I'd love to show you how Thirty One has changed my life.
Free Coupon 101 class in Kapolei. Wed Dec 3 at 6:30 PM. Please register at Event Brite to reserve your seat. Class time is about one hour. All details can be found at the link below. Discounted rate on the Star advertiser will be offered at the end of the class. See you there!
I've been using my Tupperware Microwave Pressure cooker at least 3 times a week since I got it and my family LOVES it. We can have kalua pig at any time without stress. I had a microwave magic hour last Sunday at my house to showcase how I use my different Tupperware gadgets. No, I am not a consultant. I just wanted to share what I do because it's so awesome that everyone needs to see how it works.
When most people hear "Tupperware" they think of containers and storage. They don't realize that it has expanded beyond plastic cups, tumblers, and bowls. Thankfully, these ladies brought their HUSBANDS with them to the "Tupperware" party. And they were SO thrilled to see how easy it was to make meals in a jiffy that tasted AMAZING. Soon, they were begging for this pressure cooker that is currently UNAVAILABLE for purchase. The word on the street is that it may be released in December or January but we won't know until then.
I showed them how fast and easy it was to make salsa/guacamole in the Power Chef system. You pull the string like a lawnmower and it spins the blade in the bowl. After about 40 pulls of the string, we had guacamole! Everyone oohed and aaahed and went home with a catalog. I hadA so much fun showing them how to make kalua pig in one hour in the microwave, oyster sauce chicken breast in 9 minutes and guacamole in 5.
I made dinner tonight in 45 minutes. I cooked the pork first to tenderize it. After putting the meat in the cooker, I added salt, pepper, and water into the to the max fill line. I cooked it for 30 mins. After depressurizing for about 10 minutes, I added the onion, celery, carrots, potatoes. At this point, the meat was already SUPER tender. I probably could've cooked it for 15 minutes and the meat would've been perfect!
After loading in the veggies, I cooked it for another 15 minutes and here is my end result. Dinner is served!
Starting November 28th, Nomades will be offering buy one get one specials every day until December 9th. Get your loved one a charm to add to their beautiful story. Shop online at nomadescollection.com/mariaolipas
OK Olipas INC friends and family. I am working my way to earn my incentive kits to help me promote the upcoming Spring 2015 collection.
With our tightened budget and fundraising hustle, I need to earn these kits in order to keep my thirty one business running like a champ! I am currently promoting the December specials so I can get these orders in the first week of the month.
I am currently taking pre-orders for the month of December. See the flyers below for the December specials.
For all orders received from now until December 10, I will be offering you FREE SHIPPING!!!! If you need your items in time for Christmas, all orders must be entered by December 10th. Don't delay!
For those of you in Hawaii, you know the shipping cost for Thirty One is 18% of the value of your order. This could be a HUGE savings if you're shopping Thirty one for the holidays. Take advantage of this deal and help me earn my consultant rewards. :)
Please contact me ASAP to get your presale orders to me. Thank you for your continued support!
I am a huge fan of Jim Carrey and his crazy humor. I remember waiting for In Living Color to come on at night so I wouldn't miss a second of each show, including the Fly Girls. For those of you who loved In Living Color from the the first season will understand why I love DnD and it's sequel, 20 years later.
Jim was my favorite person on ILC. Next to Jamie Foxx and Tommy Davidson. I never missed a show. In fact, I use to tape it on my VCR so i could watch it over and over again. Of all the characters portrayed on the show, Jim's were always my faves. Vera De Milo, Fire Marshall Bill, Purnell, Karate Instructor, and gay activist guy always had me laughing so hard, I'd choke.
Watching DnD2 brought me back to those days. Jim's mannerisms, facial expressions, body movement, and voice just reminded me of those funny skits from the 90's.
If you loved the original DnD movie, you'll enjoy this sequel. I sure did.
Saturday, November 15th from 9 am to 2 pm.
Location: Radford High School. 4361 Salt Lake Blvd
Team Olipas will be at Radford High School with our fundraiser items. Please come and support us! The fundraiser is to help with the cost of our mother daughter trip to Europe in June next year with her Lit club for school. RJ, my son, will be selling his homemade andagi to help pay for culinary school at Leeward Community College.
We will have Fresh hot andagi for $5/dozen. Cinnamon Sugar andagi for $6/dozen
Spam Musubi for $1 each
Ju Mui Ice Pops in Strawberry, Vanilla, Green River, and Lychee for $2 each
Samurai Snack packs for $6 each
UPDATE: December 2014, I am now a Tupperware consultant. My love for this one product made me want to take the plunge. It's THAT fantastic. :)
Say WHAT?! Yep. Can you believe it? A microwave pressure cooker? My grandma used to cook meals in her pressure cooker and I never went near the kitchen when she did. I always thought the pot would just explode and I'd die from shrapnel wounds and hot pot roast burns. So, I never bought a pressure cooker for my own home.
When I got married, we invested in an expensive cookware set (which we still have and use daily) that included a pressure cooker. Did I use it? Once. And it was horrible. I was so afraid of using it that the meat didn't cook well and I ended up with a mess of cookware to clean up afterward. Let's not forget how friggen HEAVY pressure cookers are! It's no wonder home makers back in the day were so fit! Cooking and cleaning pots and pans that weighed 20 pounds each is quite a workout! LOL!
When I learned about this newest contraption from Tupperware, I had to see it. I attended a Tupperware meeting. I was not in the mindset of joining the team. I just wanted to learn more. Well, at this meeting, one of the Directors, Diane Okubo, who has been with Tupperware for 30+ years, made Kalua Pig. When she said she makes about 2.5 to 3 lbs of Kalua Pig in ONE HOUR I did not believe a darn word she said.
Before the meeting started, she started cooking. By the time the meeting was halfway through, the entire room smelled like a giant imu and I was STARVING! Seeing is believing! When she popped open the cover and shredded the meat with a PLASTIC FORK I was sold. The meat was tender, juicy, moist, and flavorful.
I've made Kalua Pig in an imu and in the crockpot. Both take at least 7 hours depending on how many pounds you're cooking. This was done in one hour. So, I hosted a Tupperware party and with the help of my cousin Johanna Harbottle (new Tupperware Consultant), I managed to earn this "magical pot" (Thank you Paka Music for the new name) for only $39!!!
I can tell you that I have been using this pot daily for making meals for my family and everyone LOVES IT! The pot is big enough to hold up to 4 lbs of meat (properly cut so you can fit it all in the pot). I have made pork chops with apples (turned applesauce), pork sparerib stew, and pork adobo in here and each time we're flabbergasted at how tender the food comes out and in only 30 minutes. We did make our own Kalua Pig in the pot and my family was floored. No one believed me until I made it and the house was silent for a good 15 minutes after the pot was opened. Because everyone was so busy shoveling hot kalua pig and rice in their mouths! LOL!
This pot comes with 5 pieces. The base, lid, gasket, locking top piece, and the red gauge (turkey popping looking gadget). All these pieces can be removed for easy cleaning (PLUS!). Just be careful not to lose them. When washing the lid, you can remove the red turkey popper thing to clean the pressure release valve thoroughly. One thing I really like about this pot is even after cooking for 30 minutes, the handles are COOL to the touch. You do not need pot holders to remove it from the microwave. You want to carry it from the pot handles, not the lid.
To lock and unlock, you just pop that light purple "lever" off and on.
The pot itself is a nice heavy weight plastic but not so heavy as to make it difficult to wash. Cleaning is a breeze. Soap, water, mild scrubbing, and you're done. Always remove the rubber gasket, clean well, and air dry completely. I don't have a dishwasher so I cannot confirm if this entire product is dishwasher safe. If you're a consultant and know the answer, feel free to comment below.
Here are some of my tips on cooking with the magical pot:
- Make sure the meat is completely covered in liquid and don't go past the max fill line embossed on the inside of the pot.
- If meat is not covered in liquid, it will cook to a dry crisp. Honestly, not THAT bad if its pork. It's like having a bonus piece of chicaron in your meal.
- Always put your meat in first. Then top with the veggies.
-Don't overseason. You can always add more after the food is done. You can't "take it back" once its in there. :)
-NEVER cook for more than 30 minutes at a time. After 30 minutes, allow the pot to depressurize completely. Just let it sit in the microwave until the hissing stops or the red valve goes all the way down. Then if needed, cook again for not more than 30 more minutes.
Kalua Pig recipe
2.5 lbs of Pork Shoulder Butt
approx 1/4 cup Hawaiian Salt
2 Tablespoons of Liquid Smoke
Note: I didn't measure the ingredients, so this is a guesstimate on what I used. Please season to your liking.
Cut pork butt in pieces that fit well into the bottom of the pot.
Salt the meat on all sides.
Place meat at the bottom of the pot
Add water and liquid smoke to your liking. Put enough liquid to cover the meat completely without going past the max fill line.
Do not oversalt. You can always add salt later. Use whatever flavor liquid smoke you like. We used hickory.
Twist the cover on and the affix the locking latch. Place pot in the microwave and cook on regular power for 30 minutes. Allow the pot to depressurize for about 10-15 minutes. Check the red gauge to make sure it is all the way down and the hissing stops. Cook one more time for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to go down again and it's kaukau time!
Here are pictures below of other things I made in the magical pot. We had a lot of pork in our freezer so that explains the pork fest we've had last week. I will post the recipes at the very bottom of this blog. Enjoy!
2 lbs of pork butt
4 fresh garlic cloves
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of Aloha Shoyu
1/2 cup of white sugar
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste. Don't oversalt.
Cut the pork in chunks and place at the bottom of the pot
Mix the wet and dry ingredients (less the water) and pour over the meat.
Add the garlic, onion, and bay leaves.
Add water to cover the meat completely, not to exceed the max fill line.
Twist on the cover and affix the locking latch and put in the microwave. Cook at regular power for 30 minutes. Allow the pot to cool and depressurize. Open and check the softness of the pork. If you want it softer, cook it again for another 15 minutes.
Pork Sparerib Stew
3 lbs of pork spareribs (cut into 3" sized pieces)
chopped fresh garlic (done in the Tupperware Chop n Prep Chef)
2 carrots chopped in big chunks
3 potatoes chopped in big chunks
2 celery stalks chopped in big chunks
Salt and Pepper to taste
Water or your choice of liquid (beef/chicken broth)
Place the meat at the bottom of the pot.
Add all the veggies and sprinkle with seasoning.
Add water to cover the meat not to exceed the max fill line.
Cover and latch shut. Cook for 30 minutes in the microwave at regular power. Allow to depressurize and check the meat tenderness. If you want it softer, cook again for another 15 minutes.
Southwestern Pork and Apples
2 lbs of pork chops cut up into large chunks
3 cloves of fresh garlic
2 apples of your choice (I used Braeburn. It was what we had.)
1 Tablespoon of Pampered Chef southwestern seasoning mix
If you don't have that mix, you can just use plain salt and pepper. Or get creative and use what you have.
Water or your choice of liquid (broth)
Place the meat at the bottom of the pot.
Sprinkle the southwestern seasoning mix all over the meat.
Place the onions, garlic, and apples on top.
Add liquid to cover the meat not to exceed the max fill line.
Cover and latch shut. Cook for 30 minutes in the microwave at regular power. Allow to depressurize and check the meat tenderness. If you want it softer, cook again for another 15 minutes.
I earned this $189 Modular Mates Super Set for FREE by hosting a Tupperware Party. This came with 10 large containers. I buy a lot of pasta. It has a long shelf life and I get it for free using coupons. I used my large oval container to hold all my spaghetti. Tupperware makes a container specific to spaghetti that includes a small insert that allows you to pull out your noodles measured by 1 or 2 servings. As you can see, if I were to use that, I’d need multitudes of those containers.
Instead, I loaded them into the tall oval container and used one empty box as a stopper. It is a tad bit tricky to remove the noodles for cooking. But it’s a minor inconvenience that I’m willing to sacrifice. By storing my pasta in these modular mates, it has recovered a lot of space in my pantry. I am now able to stack my containers and fit more products on my shelves now.
I used the other modular mates to hold the rest of my pasta and separated them by shape. I’ve got elbow and twisted elbows in one. I mixed mine because we’re not picky. If you want to keep them separated, just use one of the empty boxes as a separator. We store penne in another.
Pre-tupperware, we had to move around a crapload of boxes to get to the item we wanted near the back of the shelf. Now, we just need to move a few stacked containers and we can easily access what we need.
I saved the shorter rectangles for my popcorn. It fit each package perfectly and I could stack my popcorn seasoning packs right on top like a glove! No more funky shaped boxes in my pantry!
Since we’re on the topic of pasta, I also got the pasta maker for free. $29 value. I LOVE this thing. No more having to watch two hot burners when making dinner. The pasta maker has pre-measured lines INSIDE the container to help make measuring a breeze. You load your pasta in up to the desired line (servings). Then add water up to the wavy line on the inside of the container.
I have a 1000 watt microwave. For 3 servings of pasta, I cook it for about 10 minutes in the microwave and let it sit for a minute or two. The noodles will continue to cook in the hot water. NOTE!!! Leave the COVER OFF in the microwave or it will boil over.
Although the lip to grab the container is somewhat cool, use pot holders to remove the pasta maker. The water is extremely hot and one little tipsy turvy and you’ve got piping hot water sloshing all over your kitchen as you awkwardly try to jet your way to the sink. This is where you need the cover. Place the cover on the pasta maker. Hold down and tip to drain. There are holes on one side of the maker to allow you to drain your pasta well. Shake the excess water and you’re ready to go! The pasta maker can cook up to 5 servings of pasta at a time.
Did I mention how much I love Tupperware?
I was given the wonderful opportunity to give their leather leash product a try and boy was I amazed. Not only was it of high quality, they take feedback seriously. I was provided this red leather leash for small animals and was impressed. Everything from the packaging to the leather care instructions were well thought out. The leash even comes with a carrying/storage bag.
After communicating with Lavien regarding my suggestions on how to improve their product, they sent me a larger leash and seat belt safety leash to give away on my site. So, I am!
Giveaway starts to today on Instagram. Repost, tag @olipas_inc, and #olipasinc_lavien, to enter to win.
It is open to all 50 states and ends at midnight, November 30th Hawaii time. So get on your instagram and start sharing! Good luck!
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Meet Angel. The woman behind Botanas Fajardo on Oahu.
I first met Angel online through Nomades. We were one of three consultants on the island. It wasn't until about a year later that I finally got to meet her in person. It was at a Craft Fair at Radford High School. I saw someone walk by with her nachos and I had to go find the vendor.
It was Angel! She originally was going to do Nomades and ended up doing her home made recipes instead. I was glad. Her nachos were heavenly!
The tortillas are made fresh on the island specifically for chips and every batch is fried prior to order delivery. The queso and salsa are all home made from scratch. No fillers. Nothing store bought. She even grows some of her own ingredients in her backyard. Her menu has since expanded to include spice shots for those who want more heat in their salsa. She now makes enchilada sauces too. Be sure to visit her website on facebook to see what else she's cooking up.
Next Saturday, November 8th. Botanas Fajardo has teamed up with I Love Tacos and will be at the Kaskade concert at Turtle Bay selling her Queso Blanco Nachos. Be sure to find them!
For more information on Botanas Fajardo, visit them online at www.facebook.com/botanasfajardo and on yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/botanas-fajardo-honolulu
I'm hoping Botanas Fajardo grows into a full blown brick and mortar restaurant on the island. I'd love to experience more of the Fajardo cooking!
Photos courtesy of Botanas Fajardo
I want to reach a greater audience with this information so hopefully you share this with others. I have yet to meet a fellow consultant or Thirty One Bag lover who knew this was what this "key chain" was used for. Thirty One REALLY needs to include this in their description of this product. It's not just a key fob. There's a reason why it's called a "hang it up".
You attach your keys to this product and you can carry them as a wristlet for hands free needs. You can even use the lobster claw to attach your keys to a purse handle, strap, or your belt loop for easy finding. The main reason I use this keychain on my keys is to hold up bags on my shopping carts. See the picture below.
This is a lifesaver for moms shop with kids/babies. Putting your child in the seat of the cart takes up precious real estate in your wagon. For commissary shoppers, most of us don't shop weekly. We usually shop for a month (or more) at a time. We're there to stock up and a lot of times two wagons are needed especially for larger families.
Most grocery stores have the produce and fresh items in the beginning of your trip. These end up at the bottom of your wagon which makes them susceptible to crushing as you fill your cart. By using the hang it up key fob to attach your deluxe or large utility tote to the shopping handle, you can put your fresh fruits and veggies in the bag rather the wagon. This ensures they will not get crushed and you have more room in your cart for more products.
You don't have to use thirty one bags to attach to your wagon. You can use any bag you have but the thirty one deluxe utility tote is the largest there is which will maximize your efficiency while shopping.
You can use this key fob to hang anything up. I've personally used this to hang my bag on a chain link fence when watching softball games and on a stroller. No need for a mommy hook. This key fob can hold quite a bit of bag straps. When I'm using my cross body wallets, I loop the key fob around the strap to hold my keys to remain hands free. When I know I'm going grocery shopping and I have help with me, I bring extra fobs so we can hang a utility tote from each cart.
These hang it up key fobs are only $5 each and come in a variety of colors and designs. Contact me to place an order. Or if you have questions about Thirty One products.
For fellow consultants, this makes a great give away gift to hostesses and your customers!
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