Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween-2nd post of the day

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I just wanted to share the “bird” hat that I wore today as part of my costume. I’ve been wanting to wear it for a few years, but just never have!

I bought this gorgeous vintage hat a few (maybe 2) years ago at Kane County Flea Market and I just love it. I just cut a round piece of felt to fit the top of the hat and hot glued moss, a nest, some cute eggs, a bird and sticks onto it. I pinned the felt piece to the hat so that I wouldn’t ruin it. I wanted to make the hat look whimsical and cute and I think I did it! I need a cute, glittery, whimsical dress for next year to go along with the hat. Any one out there willing to sew a cute dress? My sewing skills aren’t that advanced yet!

Besos,

Flor

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Happy Halloween!

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This is always such a fun day!  I love seeing all the kids dressed up in their costumes. Some of them are cute, others scary and some even funny. I think back at the excitement of my own children with me chasing them down the street reminding them to say “Trick or Treat” and of course “Thank you”. I always made sure that there was someone (my husband!) home to pass out candy. There is nothing more sad for kids than no one answering a door on Halloween! Have a fun and exciting day!

These are the treats I made for daughters class. Everyone gets their own individual s’more to make. Each little bag contains 2 graham crackers, a mini Hershey’s bar and a peep ghost. I stashed a few for myself!

Happy Halloween!

Besos,

Flor

Halloween Gift Bag

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This past Mother’s Day I was able to choose my gift. I chose a sewing machine. What the heck is wrong with me??? I don’t even know how to sew. I’ve seen all sorts of paper projects that have been sewn on. I just had to have it. I finally know how to use the basic stitches so I started sewing. I made these adorable Halloween gift bags with my new-found skills. In the gift bag is a little paper bag with treats in it.

I like this little bag because you can make it for any holiday/event and just decorate it any way you want. I found the original idea at justgivemestamps.typepad.com There are some great vintage looking projects there.

Besos,

Flor

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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Have you ever heard of Pinterest? It’s amazing! It’s like a bulletin board where you can create your own board and “pin” things you like. I don’t remember how I came about it but it’s awesome. You can see other peoples boards and re-pin their items.It’s a great place to keep ideas that you might want to use in the future without having tons of magazines laying around. I only have important stuff on my boards like food, crafts, sweets, shoes…what’s more important than that? Check it out at http://www.pinterest.com
I found a pin on Pinterest for these little sliders and of course I had to try them. Everyone at my house enjoyed them!

Ingredients
24 good white dinner rolls

24 pieces good honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup miracle whip

Poppy seed sauce (you probably could half this…I had plenty extra)
1 T poppyseeds
1 1/2 T yellow mustard
1 stick butter, melted
1 T minced onion
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Directions
In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes. Serve warm.

** sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.

These are great for a crowd when you have a fiesta! Add a salad or soup and you have a complete meal.

 Besos,
Flor
 Adapted from the girlwhoateeverything.com

Crock Pot Caramel Apples

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Halloween is almost here! The kids excitement is contagious! For years I have said that I was going to try making taffy apples, but I never did. This year I did it! It was super easy and they went over really well! It’s not Halloween if you don’t have taffy apples!

Ingredients

  • 2 (14 ounce) packages caramel candies
  • 1/4 cup water
  • apples
  • candies such as mini chocolate chips, mini chocolate candies, sprinkles, etc..(optional)

Directions

  1. Place caramels and water in your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on high, stirring frequently.
  3. Wash and dry apples.
  4. Remove stems from apple and insert stick into stem end.
  5. Turn control on low.
  6. Dip apple into hot caramel and turn to coat entire surface.
  7. Holding apple above pot, scrape off excess accumulation of caramel from bottom apple.
  8. Add sprinkles, mini chocolate candy, etc…(place on apples before caramel hardens)
  9. Place on greased wax paper to cool.
Besos,
Flor


Happy Birthday!

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Happy, Happy Birthday to my sister! The sibling relationship is so strange. You can’t stand each other when you are little. You can’t stand each other when you are teenagers. Then when you are adults miraculously you get along. It takes a lot of fighting, screaming and not getting along to become great friends. I made and mailed this card out for my sister, Mary.

It may not be an expensive or fancy gift, but the wishes that go a long with it are filled with love. Mary, wish you were here so we can spend your b-day together…I would make you the best b-day dinner ever!

Supplies: All Stampin’ Up!

Embellishments: Vintage twine, sheet music and buttons.

Besos,

Flor

Tomato Bisque

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Give me a moment to tell you what happened last week with this delicious Tomato Bisque. I got home from work and found that my husband was asleep. So I went about my business of cooking and all that other home stuff. When dinner was ready I woke him up and told him that he shouldn’t of taken a nap because then he won’t be able to sleep at night. He blamed the nap on the tomato bisque (I had made it the day before)! He said “I had a late lunch of  tomato bisque and it was so good and filling that it put me to sleep”. So if you want to put your husband to sleep I suggest you make this bisque and ditch him…go shopping, to the antique store, craft store….anywhere that you might not want to take him!

All the green tomatoes we had have ripened and I needed to make something with the tomatoes pronto! Instead of using canned tomatoes I used fresh tomatoes that I pureed (seeds and all) with my hand held blender thingy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup onions, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 cup oil (I used corn oil because I have a big vat of it)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 (16 oz) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspo0n black pepper
  • salt to taste
Directions:
In a medium stock pot, saute onions and celery in oil until tender. Stir in the flour and mix until fully incorporated. Puree the tomatoes and add to flour mixture. Stir in the bouillon powder, heavy cream, Italian seasoning and pepper and cook on medium heat. Stir frequently for 10 to 15 minutes. Salt to taste.
This bisque is delicious served with a loaf of bread, sorry I mean a piece of French, Italian or artisan bread. Serve this in a GIGANTIC bowl for your husband and run!
Besos,
Flor