Valentine’s Post It Pad

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Hola!

Are you in the mood for love? If you’re not you should get into it–Valentines Day is almost here! I believe I am a hopeless romantic at heart. But I’m also cynical about love. When I hear that someone is getting married first I think—suckers! Then I’m like awww how romantic!

Love is love. It’s beyond anything material, sometimes it’s beyond our reach, sometimes it’s the most beautiful thing ever and other times it’s the worst thing every! We’ll never understand it…

But materialistic or not getting gifts on Valentines Day is awesome!

I made this adorable post it holder for my swap group.  The embossing of the sentiment gave it a little elegance.

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Isn’t it lovely? I used the embellishments that I made a while back with vintage sheet music.

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The inside cover has a paper that’s a bit more modern.This comes together very quickly so you still have time to make some.  This is the perfect little gift for anyone who you:

  1. Love
  2. Like
  3. is addicted to paper

and many other reasons which I’ll let you come up with!

Happy Wednesday!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’Up!, vintage sheet music, misc. supplies

 

Vanilla Rice Pudding

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Hey!

Who loves rice pudding?? I do! I do! I can eat it warm or cold. It’s so easy to make and easy to make in large quantities. It’s similar to Arroz con Leche but the consisitency is definitely thicker.

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I made this to share with my friends at work and everyone enjoyed it. I really enjoy feeding people. I am a total food pusher.

Vanilla Rice Pudding

Ingredients (makes about 2 cups)

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sushi or Arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  •  pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Place the milk, 3/4 cup cream, sugar, rice, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 to 40 minutes, until thickened. 
  3. Test the rice to ensure it’s done. You want a firm bite, but no crunchy center. 
  4. Remove the pudding from the heat, and stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cream and the  remaining 1/2 vanilla along with a pinch of salt.
  5. Serve warm; or refrigerate, well covered, and serve chilled. Sprinkle with a touch of ground cinnamon, if desired.

I totally love the consistency of this pudding.

Besos,

Flor

Source King Arthur Flour

Hearty Turkey Soup

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Happy Monday!

I hope everyone has gotten their week off to a good start! The weather here has been amazing the last two days! It’s mad me go out without socks! Yes, I am a rebel-no socks in winter! But they say there is a storm coming our way so that no sock business is all done with. It was nice while it lasted.

Who out there makes soup with their left over Thanksgiving turkey? I have been making this soup for about the last 18 years on Thanksgiving weekend. It is sooooo good! I could eat it all by myself!

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It’s  the perfect soup to fill and warm your tummy on a cold day!

Hearty Turkey Soup

Ingredients (serves 6)

  •  2 (13 3/4 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked turkey pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 Tblspn. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tspn. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tspn. rosemary, crumbled
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 can (16 oz) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 oz) sliced carrots, undrained
  • 1 can (17 oz) early garden sweet peas, undrained
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional but I totally recommend using it!)

Directions

Sprinkle 3 tblspn. chicken broth over turkey pieces;set aside. Saute garlic and onion in butter in large pot. Blend in flour, seasoned salt, rosemary and black pepper; add remaining broth. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens. Add turkey, tomatoes, carrots and peas. Reduce heat and simmer for 2o minutes. Add wine if desired. Boil 1 minute. Serve and enjoy.

I had some fresh rosemary so I threw that in the pot instead of crumbled rosemary. This soup is especially delicious served with a crusty bread. You can also use chicken in place of turkey and it’s just as delicious.

Have a great week and eat soup!

Besos,

Flor

 

 

Puerto Rican Style Beans-Revisited

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Hola!

Happy New Year! How’s it going so far ? My New Years Eve was great! I spent it with a friend from work and her awesome family and friends. I hadn’t stayed out until 2 am in many, many years! I’m back at work and have been exhausted! I’m back trying to walk in my regular shoes after foot surgery. My foot is still hurting a bit. The doctor said it would take 6-8 months to totally heal! I am so ready to wear some cute shoes! Winter just isn’t meant for all the cute shoes I want to wear!

Today I’m revisiting a post from March, 2012. The original picture was just so ugly that I wanted to post a much prettier picture of this delicious meal. I make these beans about once a month and I love them.

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Puerto Rican Style Beans

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 cubanelle (banana) pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 15.5 oz can pink beans
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced into 1/4 pieces
  • 1 packet sazón
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch oregano
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

In a mini food processor, chop onions, garlic, pepper and cilantro-or use your trusty knife. Add oil to a medium saucepan and saute the chopped ingredients about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans and add to the saucepan along with sofrito with 3/4 cup of water. Add tomato sauce, potato, sazón, bay leaf, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer on low for about 15 minutes.

This is such a simple and fast recipe for all the busy people!

Besos,

Flor

Source Skinnytaste

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tag 2015

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Hola!

So I believe I’ve been making myself suffer more than I have to. I am doing as little as possible right now so that my foot  heals really well. People might think I’m trying to milk it and I’m being lazy but I’m not (my family won’t allow they’re pretty spoiled.)…I’m just trying to literally get back on my feet. I  am used to doing everything at home from working all day,  cleaning, cooking and dealing with the everyday stuff. So it’s hard just lying around being bored. Thanksgiving Day I was on my feet all day. I could barely walk for the next two days. The pain in my feet was excruciating-it needs to go! So I’m a little crabby-big deal. I’ll get over it and my family will too. I have to do something for myself once in a while.

Anyway…about two weeks ago I made my Christmas tags for this year. The funny thing is that I have only been able to use it on one gift! Since I am not going up and down the stairs my daughter has helped me wrap a few gifts and she missed putting the tag on. What am I going to do–nothing.

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It’s the easiest tag to make and you can use paper scraps and recycle some pop tabs. Easy and cute.

OK…I’m going back to the couch now to watch like my 50th movie in a week! I sometimes post more on my  Instagram or here on Facebook so check them out.

Besos,

Flor

 

Supplies:  misc. pop tabs, Stampn’Up!, misc. paper

 

Curried Chicken Salad

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Hola, Friends!

It’s been extremely busy for me the last few months. I actually even just had foot surgery on one foot for a heel spur and plantar fascitis three days ago. I am pretty bored as I try to take it easy and stay off my feet. I hope this works so that I can be pain-free!

I think I have mentioned before that my husband loves the Costco roasted chicken. I had been getting pretty tired of seeing it on the kitchen table when I would come home from work, but it really is a blessing sometimes-especially during the busy holiday season.It’s nice to have some cooked chicken on hand sometimes to make a quick meal.

About three years ago I was introduced to Curried Chicken Salad at a work event. OMG–I was in love! I had to find a good recipe for it and I did!

 

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This picture isn’t that pretty but when you have it on your plate the color is just amazing!

Curried Chicken Salad

  • 3 pounds cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 to 1 cup currants (optional) (I didn’t add currants)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped peanuts or almonds (optional)(I used almonds)
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2-1/2 to 3 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
  • Dash turmeric
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked chicken, red onion, celery, and most of the currants and nuts, reserving some for for garnish.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, curry powder, turmeric and salt and pepper, combining until smooth.

Pour the mayonnaise mixture atop the chicken mixture and blend, working gently until chicken is fully coated. Refrigerate until use.

Spoon curried chicken onto greens or atop toasted rolls. Garnish with reserved currants and peanuts or almonds. Feeds 6 to 8.

I had my chicken salad on the skinny rounds and of course had to add some chopped jalapeños to it!

Have a fabulous Friday!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Whole Foods Curried Chicken Salad

 

 

Decorated Steno Pads

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Hola!

I hope everyone is doing great! I’ve been kind of missing in action on my blog. Do I have an excuse? Kind of but not really…just life in general! Since my mom was sick back in November of last year I just kind of felt like I had one thing after another going on.

Quick run down… My mom was sick in November and December of last year so it was crazy busy. Then I studied and passed my vision and hearing tests I needed to be able to do screenings at school. My son graduated from NIU and is currently working. Yay! I went to Florida for 2 weeks this summer and had a great time with my sisters and my two youngest. My baby started high school this August and I went back to work for the new school year. Things just seem a bit off since last November but I’m hoping everything smooths out! I did about 4 canning sessions and have salsa to last me a loooong time! Last week my bestie and I finally made it to Kane County Flea Market…I love that place!  There’s been all sorts of other things in between all that so life in general has just been busy.

Today I have some decorated steno pads to share. I gifted these to my two sister in laws for Mother’s Day this year.

I don’t know any Mom who does not write lists! I am a total list maker both at work and at home. That doesn’t mean that I cross everything off my lists but at least I have good intentions!

I love using cute notepads for everything, especially at work. At the end of the day I like to close my cute notepad and feel a bit accomplished although there are days that I work all day and feel like nothing was accomplished!

Have a great week!

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things! If I don’t post here I am always posting to my Instagram or my Facebook so follow me!

Supplies: Wiltons, Stampin Up!, PTI, misc. items

 

Besos,

Flor