Recycled Jewelry Boxes

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I am back here after passing, YES, passing my hearing screening tech test and practicum! The last two months have been extremely difficult due to studying for my vision and hearing screening tests. I was so stressed and worried about passing these tests that I feel like I kind of hid at home just studying. But I am free now! I’ve also been dealing just with everyday life which isn’t always easy.

So by now you know I like to recycle whatever I can. A couple of years ago I hosted a jewelry party. When I received my jewelry I saved all the little boxes that it came in. They were too cute to throw out (this sounds like an excuse)! I figured I could use those boxes somewhere down the line. And I have…

The boxes were already pretty, but they had the name of the jewelry company right smack in the middle of the lid. All I did was die cut a bow in a matching color and adhered it where the name of the company was. On another box I just hot glued a flower embellishment. It can’t be any easier.

I stashed a little gift in the box and gave it to my Secret Valentine (I was her Secret Cupid) at work. We had so much fun doing Secret Cupid. You can call me cheap, frugal, earth saver…I will totally own all of those!

Happy Monday!

Besos,

Flor

 

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. We went out for Valentines breakfast and spent the rest of the day at home just resting and hanging out. The older I get the less I want to go out when it’s cold so I was so ok with staying home all day!

Today is Presidents Day and I don’t have to go to work. It’s going to be a day of studying…I hope!

Years ago when Julissa was a little girl, maybe about 6 years old, something terrible happened. We were eating mozzarella sticks and she started choking! She started pointing at her throat and had a terrifying look on her face. I literally put my hand down her throat and pulled out the cheese. So scary! She hasn’t eaten mozzarella sticks since then.

I saw a recipe for homemade mozzarella sticks and figured I would make them. It’s a good thing Julissa wasn’t home!

Before frying they kind of look like frozen fish sticks.

They taste waaayyy better than frozen fish sticks!

It was fun making these cheese sticks. Just knowing they go from more of a solid to nice and melty…YUM! Who doesn’t love fried cheese (well, except for Julissa!).

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients

  • 16 oz block whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 extra-large eggs

Directions

Cut the block of cheese into 1/2 inch sticks.  I had about 12.  Place the eggs in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Place the bread crumbs in a second bowl, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Take each cheese stick and dunk it into the egg, letting the excess drip off.

Then coat in the breadcrumbs, shake off the excess, and place on a plate.  Repeat with the remaining cheese sticks.  Once those are all done, take each cheese stick through the egg and breadcrumbs again for a second coating.  Place the mozzarella sticks in an airtight container and freeze for two hours.

Heat up a fryer. I don’t go to any certain temperature, I just make sure it’s super hot and fry for about 30 seconds until golden brown.  Serve with marinara or your favorite  sauce.

These we sooo good. Julieta and I polished them off! We didn’t want to leave any evidence for Julissa.

Happy Monday!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Fifteen Spatulas

Valentine’s Tag

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How is everyone? I passed my vision screening exam last month! I was so happy to finish studying…just to start studying for the hearing screening exam! I’ve been working hard and dealing with home stuff. I’ve also been kind of feeling the winter blues! I can’t wait for spring! I have had my fill of snow for the winter. I can’t wait to open the windows and let a nice warm breeze come in…

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love Valentine’s day. This year things don’t seem so festive with studying and dealing with personal issues but I am sure things will get better so that I can enjoy Valentine’s day.

We are doing Secret Cupid at school. I absolutely love doing Secret Cupid. I love getting little gifts each day. It’s surprising how one little gift can make your day.

I made this tag to attach to my recipients bigger last day gift.

This tag was really easy to make and turned out so cute.

Do you have Valentine’s plans? We try not to spend too much on ourselves when there are other more important expenses, but I still try to do a little something for my husband!

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Wilton’s, misc supplies

Simple Coconut Chicken Curry

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Happy Monday!

Happy Martin Luther King Day…peace to everyone!

I have been super busy studying. I feel like I am so old that I can’t remember anything anymore…but I am still studying. I have not really been cooking so that I can make time to study. I just started crafting again over the weekend. I hadn’t crafted in a while so I had to get back into it. I feel like my life is at a standstill. Like all I should do is study and I am a nervous wreck!

Let’s talk about something everyone likes! FOOD!

I enjoy trying all sorts of food. There’s just soooo much out there to try. I have had Pakistani food and I think it’s delicious. Indian food? I have never tried it. Japanese food? Not really either. A couple of weeks ago I made this delicious Simple Coconut Chicken Curry. Julissa’s boyfriend asked me if it was Indian curry or Japanese curry. I could not answer that question! I believe it might depend on the type of curry used? I just kept on cooking! I am quite sure that the curry made by other ethnicities is more complicated and tastes a hundred times better but I made it anyways and it was pretty good.

I served the curry over rice and naan. I probably didn’t need to eat both but I did…

Simple Coconut Chicken Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 (about 1 pound) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 can coconut milk (I used regular, but lite works great)
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water

Directions

In a medium size pan over medium-high heat add peanut peanut oil. Toss the chicken with the curry powder and saute until cooked, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan add more oil if needed and saute the garlic and ginger. After a few minutes, add the coconut milk and let simmer for 5-8 minutes .Add the curry paste to the pan and stir it until it combines with the coconut milk. Slide back in the chicken and any juices. Bring to a slight boil and add the cornstarch. Boil for about a minute, then reduce heat and let cool slightly (about another 2 to three minutes). Sauce will thicken as the mixture cools. Watch it closely, you do not want it to get to thick!

Serve over white or brown rice.

I thought this was delicious! I used a very mild curry even though I probably would prefer a spicy curry.

Enjoy the day!

Besos,

Flor

Adapted from Half Baked Harvest

One Pot Sausage, Tomato and Pesto Pasta & Hair

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Brrrrr! It’s cold here! I am home due to school closings today because of the cold. I figured I would spend the day studying and catching up on some organizing. I studied until I got a headache. I am baking a bit then will go and organize. There will be more studying this evening too!

I don’t usually share product opinions here on my blog but I absolutely have to share this one because I love it so! I received a sample of Carol’s Daughter Styling Creme in my Ipsy  monthly subscription before I went on vacation this past June. I took it with me figuring it was small and a great time to try something new. OMG! I haven’t stopped using it!

I have very fine hair and have always used gel to keep my hair up in a ponytail. That gel left my hair hard, too shiny looking and flaky when I brushed it out. This styling creme leaves my hair still soft and natural looking yet keeps my hair in place.And no flakes! It’s a bit pricey for me (about $13.00 for 3 oz.) but so worth it! I have since thrown out all the hair gels I had! I just had to share some information on this awesome product! Just FYI I did not receive any compensation (or free product) for this post. This is solely my opinion.

Let’s talk sustenance! Yesterday I wanted to cook something quick and easy! This recipe was just the thing!

This was done in no time. It gave me extra time to do some organizing and even watch TV and take a nap! Imagine that! It was delicious! There was enough leftover for today though it was a bit drier. It still tasted delicious!

One Pot Sausage, tomato and Pesto Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1-1½ lbs sausage, casing removed (I used turkey Italian sausage)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 5 cups dry rotini pasta (or other short pasta-I used penne)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, drained slightly
  • 2 tsp basil pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In a large pot, crumble sausage and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Add garlic and salt and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add pasta, broth, milk, tomatoes, and pesto and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10-12 minutes until pasta is cooked and liquid has reduced and thickened. Stir in cheese.
  3. If there’s still quite a bit of liquid in the pasta, let sit for 4-5 minutes and it will continue to thicken. If your liquid has reduced before your pasta has cooked, add in a small amount of liquid and continue cooking.

Easy Peasy! This was delicious and I think would make a nice filling meal for a group if you double or triple the recipe.

If you are somewhere cold-stay warm. If you are somewhere warm-enjoy that awesome weather!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source The Recipe Rebel

 

 

 

Vintage Love-Punch Bowl

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It’s me! I feel like I’ve been missing in action for a while! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year! We spent New Year’s Eve at my cousin’s house. I absolutely love my cousin and her family and we had a lot of fun! We did karaoke and I feel like I want to do it all the time now!

I took all my Christmas decorations down before new year and put my regular stuff back out. About two years ago I bought what I would call milk glass punch bowl. I was so excited when I saw the price on it. Ten dollars!!! I couldn’t believe it! I grabbed it right away. It came with eight cups.

I am just gaga over this punch bowl! I have used it several times and looks beautiful no matter what you put in it. Even a trifle would be beautiful in it.

I don’t really know if this is vintage, antique, or a reproduction. It’s so beautiful (and I’ve never seen one like it) I think it doesn’t matter. This punch bowl beats all those glass punch bowls from the eighties! The tablecloth under the bowl is also vintage. I love that table cloth too!

I am back at work today and am going to have a hard week. Over winter break I was sleeping between 3-4 hours more than I normally do!How am I going to take a nap? At work? I am also studying to become hearing and vision screening certified and that requires studying! UGH! I can’t remember what I did yesterday and then I have to learn all this new stuff. I feel like a high schooler again. I won’t be done with everything until towards the end of February so I better take some Ginko Biloba or something to help my memory! It’s going to be a busy two months!

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

 

 

 

 

New Year, 2015

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Hola!

Feliz Año Nuevo, Happy New Year !

Do you have any resolutions? I have not made one single resolution. I figure I will just roll with the year and see what happens! Pretty much like every other year! I hope that you all have a wonderful New Year and that it brings you love, happiness and good health!

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Besos,

Flor