One Pot Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta & Vacation

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I am back from vacation. Wow! I never realized that five weeks is actually a long time to be away from home! I had a very relaxing and restful vacation. We did a whole lot of nothing! There was sleeping in, late breakfasts, naps, ice cream every day, lots of pop drinking and so many other things! Who wouldn’t want  nature and a river about  a five-minute walk from home? It was marvelous. We primarily stayed in the town where my parents live and went away for a weekend in the “big” city to do some sight-seeing. I am so grateful to my Dad for allowing us to stay with him. We all enjoyed many, many hours sitting on the porch talking or just being. We ate all sorts of food and snacks. I actually ate the best burgers ever there. I am going to try to re-create them. I am looking forward to going back soon! To check out some of my vacation pictures look for me on instagram at micasayourcasa. Or look for me on Facebook at Mi Casa is Your Casa.

Here are just a few of my vacation pictures.

This makes me want to cry! What natural beauty!

This was our backyard…a five minute walk to the river.

This was at the Plaza de Armas in the City of Durango, Durango, Mexico. Our weekend trip there was full of food and sightseeing. There was no time to rest!

Here I am at a night time cemetery tour…

This is the best hamburger in the world…It may not be the prettiest but it will make you dance for more!

I will probably be adding more pictures to instagram so go ahead and check them out.

Today was my first day at my new school as secretary. I am so excited and am ready to tackle it all! The next few weeks will be an adventure and I am ready for it!

I have a recipe for you today! This is so cheesy it is almost sinful!

One Pot Andouille Sausage Skillet Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 ounces elbows pasta
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and sausage, and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken brown, tomatoes, milk and pasta; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 12-14 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

I had never had Andouille Sausage and it was mighty tasty!

I have to say that food in Mexico is so much simpler…I think I might have lost a pound or two and am sure I will be gaining it back if I start eating foods like this delicious one pot meal!

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

 

 

Recipe Source Damn Delicious

 

 

 

 

 

Mint Sugar

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Last summer I posted about how I like to dry the mint growing in my backyard to use throughout the year for cold or hot tea. This mint sugar is awesome for sweetening your mint tea or any other drink you want a hint of mint in.

You are going to be using fresh mint for this.

This is go good and fresh tasting! You can even sprinkle it over fruit!

Mint Sugar

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup sugar
Directions
n a food processor (I used my blender), add mint leaves and sugar. Pulse until mint is finely ground and mixture is well combined.
- Makes about 1 cup
- Store in an airtight container for 1-2 days
Besos,
Flor
Recipe source Love Grows Wild

Vinegar Based Coleslaw

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How’s it going? Anything exciting going on? Have you gotten to go on vacation? My vacation has come to an end and I should be on my way home about now. I had not been to Mexico in about eight years. How lucky am I to have gone back? Super lucky! Some of the best vacations I have ever had have been with my Dad in Mexico. When he said he wanted as many of us to go as possible it seemed that I was the only one going. I treasure the memories I have spent with my Dad, just sitting on the porch drinking coffee and eating some pan dulce. I love watching the kids trying to help my dad do yard work or something and they just end up playing around and getting my Dad angry…sorry, Dad! I love to shop.  When I go to any tiendita just to check it out my Dad just waits for us in the plaza. He hates to shop. The memory of my my Dad taking us to the rancho and telling us which house belonged to who in the past…priceless! It’s also about my children. I am so glad that they know where we come from. Letting them play in the dirt…amazing moments. Letting them go swimming and fishing in the river. Checking out the old cemeteries…educational. Just being together in the place where my parents, their parents, and so on grew up. My Dad, my children and I have been stuck at the hip many times on vacation to Mexico and I am grateful for every single minute. Thanks, Dad and kids for the memories!

Let’s talk about coleslaw? Are you a fan? To tell you the truth I am not a fan of creamy coleslaws. I love vinegar based coleslaw. I don’t make coleslaw that often so when I found this recipe I made it just for myself.

When I made the coleslaw I happened to make some pulled pork sandwiches too. So why not just pile it on the sandwich? Delicious and tangy. I love tangy!

 

Vinegar Based Coleslaw

Ingredients

  • 1/2 thinly sliced head of green cabbage
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 whole shredded carrots
  • 3 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of celery seed
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey and olive oil and set aside. In a separate bowl mix together cabbages, carrots, green onions and celery seed. Next, pour a small amount of the dressing on the cabbage mixture and mix together until combined and until desired amount of dressing is achieved. Season with salt and pepper and chill before serving.

This would be great at a BBQ!

Besos,

Flor

Teriyaki Meatballs

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There are so many types of meatballs to make that is is truly amazing. It seems that every country or ethnicity has some type of meatball. And I don’t have any problem making and eating as many of them as I can!

These meatballs were delicious. Julieta really loved them! They are so pretty swimming in their sauce.

Unfortunately there were no leftovers when I made these so next time I will definitely double the recipe.

Sorry about the sloppiness of this picture! The sauce was all over the place!

These meatballs were lick your finger good!

Teriyaki Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

 

For the Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on baking sheet; set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic powder, honey and 1 cup water; bring to a simmer. Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and white pepper. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 40 meatballs.
Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.
Serve meatballs immediately with teriyaki sauce, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

Make these tender delicious meatballs. You can have them as a meal or even as an appetizer on cute little toothpicks. You won’t regret it!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source Damn Delicious

 

 

Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette

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My whole life I have had an aversion to eating savory foods with sweet additions such as eating pork with applesauce-which i still have never tried. I also couldn’t get why people would eat salads with fruits/berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.

Just a few weeks ago I tried my first salad with fresh berries and a raspberry vinaigrette. I was amazed at the flavors. Of course I had to run out and get the ingredients for a salad and a raspberry vinaigrette. This was the result.

This is a  beautiful, creamy, pink, sweet yet savory dressing that is currently my favorite. The salad with the dressing is absolutely delicious an beautiful too.

For the salad I just tossed some spinach on the plate and topped with fresh raspberries, some toasted, sliced almonds, some feta cheesed and then dressed with the vinaigrette. This is a total winner!

Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions

  • Purée raspberries with vinegar and honey in a food processor ,blender or in a medium bowl using a hand blender until smooth. While puréeing, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Blend until combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

This was adventurous for me and I am so glad I tried it!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe from http://www.walmartlivebetter.ca/

 

 

 

 

Baby Girl Onesie Tag

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Babies, babies, babies! We can’t get over how cute they are. We love girly baby things. A few week ago I made a baby boy tag and today I have a baby girl onesie tag for you.

I loooove the way this turned out! It’s kind of shabby chic, vintage looking and so girly! I neglected to mention that for these tags. I die cut not only the scrapbook paper but also recycled white cardboard that comes from packages of scrapbook papers. I just adhere both die cuts to make the tag nice and sturdy.

Enjoy your day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up, PTI, misc. embellishments

Dirty Rice

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Dirty Rice…another rice dish. It’s fabulous. The only Dirty Rice I have ever eaten has been from Popeye’s Chicken and I love that rice! When I found out that chicken gizzards and livers were used to make this rice I was kind of turned off but I figured I would try making it without all that extra chicken stuff even though that’s the stuff that makes the rice look “dirty”.

This was really, really good. If you add a bit of hot sauce over it it’s even better!

Dirty Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups hot chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1-2 tblsn olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or a few dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice

Directions

Heat olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy casserole. Sauté the sausage until  no longer pink. Lower heat; add vegetables and seasonings and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add rice,salt, pepper and broth; bring rapidly to a boil, stir once, cover, and lower heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender and cooked
Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper to taste if necessary.

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

Adapted from Southernfood.about.com