Monthly Archives: November 2011

Arroz con Leche

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Happy Wednesday! Yay! We are halfway through the week! I have to say that I am ADDICTED to Pinterest! I go on there just about everyday. Five minutes turns into twenty, twenty minutes into an hour. I just need to stop. I have sooo many things I want to do and I just can’t stop pinning! Go to the sidebar on the right hand side and click on “Flor’s Pinterest”. Once you are in start following me! If you are not subscribed to Pinterest make sure you request an invitation so you can start pinning and following me!

This next recipe is absolutely delicious! I make it a lot in the fall and winter as a breakfast. It hits the spot and makes you all warm inside.

This is delicioso! I always make it for breakfast, but can be eaten as a dessert too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. rice
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 C. sweetened condensed Milk
  • 2 qts. whole Milk
  • 2″ stick cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla

Directions:

In a medium saucepan place the cinnamon stick, add the milk and bring to a boil. Add the rice, lower the flame and simmer covered 15 minutes. Add the sugar and condensed milk and simmer for three more minutes, then add the vanilla and remove from the heat.

Serve warm in custard dishes. If you like, add some raisins. You can also sprinkle some extra cinnamon on top to make it look purty.

After a while the arroz con leche will thicken. I think that is the best time to serve it as a dessert pudding. If it gets too thick you can add some milk to it to thin it out. Either way it’s the bomb!!!!!!

Besos,

Flor

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Santa’s Suit

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Going back to work after 5 days off was kind of hard! I’m glad I wasn’t as tired at work today as I usually am! I can’t wait until Christmas break!

I am trying to get my Christmas cards done and have been working on them here and there in bits and pieces. Every year I send out a photo card, so it’s quite interesting trying to get just the right picture to work on the size and layout of the card. I really like sending out handmade cards. I just wish that postage wasn’t so high. I read that postage will be going up another cent next year. Next year it will probably be cheaper to just hand deliver my cards! I really enjoy making my Christmas cards and sending them out because I know that everyone appreciates them.

 

HO! HO! HO! ( wait, last year I heard it was prohibited to say this in Australia! How ridiculous!) This card is super easy and perfect for an “assembly line” line. Not too much involved at all. Do you send out hand made cards? If you don’t you should try! I am sure the lucky recipient will be very happy to receive something handmade. Speaking of handmade…this year we are doing a grab bag in my family and kind of joking around I said that all the gifts should be handmade…nobody wanted to do that…I wonder why? I just kind of feel that Christmas has gotten so commercialized. I went shopping over the weekend and I had such a hard time picking out gifts. I kind of felt like what do I get my best friend that I maybe haven’t gotten her in the last thirty years? I’m sure I’ll find something…

Besos,

Flor

Christmas Garland

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Here we are already in the Christmas season! I am so not ready! It just really sneaked up on me this year. I feel like I am so behind. I am pretty much done decorating at home. Each year I find myself wanting to pare down in the amount of things that I put up. Maybe at the end of this year I will really go through all of my Christmas boxes and donate a lot of what I no longer use. I made this simple, but cute vintage looking garland to put in front of my large vintage (0ld) miror that we have in the living room. It was too hard to get a good picture of the entire garland hanging in front of the mirror because I did not want to come out in the picture. This is what I got…

It really looks much better in real life than in this crummy picture…This garland was super easy. You can use regular white coffee filter and die them in left over coffee like I did to give them a vintage look (but it does take the ruffles out) or you can keep the ruffles by using the natural brown coffee filters. Fold each in half, glue your medium sized doily on each. Adhere your letters on each doily. Open each filter and glue your twine or ribbon at the folded crease of each coffee filter. Keep each letter for each word glued end to end and between each word leave a bit of space.

You see my hand in the picture? No matter how I tried to take a good picture you would either see me or my messy kitchen in the reflection. I wanted to spare you any pain and trauma!

The banner says Peace Love Joy. Pretty simple and to the point and inexpensive! There are so many variations to a garland. You can glitter it up, add embellishments, use thick ribbon for the hanging.

Hope you get a chance to try this super easy craft.

Have a great Monday!

Besos,

Flor

Let the Christmas Holiday begin!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I did! I ate, drank and was merry with my family! Ok…so by blog standards I am late in blogging about Christmas. Next year I will start a lot earlier! If you time check out Michelle  (Mish Mash)Wooderson’s blog. I follow her blog and she has some great vintage style. She totally inspires me. Her blog inspired me to make this Holiday Planner. I have made note pads before and they always come out adorable!

This is a great stocking stuffer or a great gift along with other goodies tucked into a decorated bag.

As you can see mine is blank…I will fill it up with my  Christmas Menu and gift list (mostly of what I want). I absolutely love the little mini glittered laundry clip. So if you are a list writer why not do it in style?

 

Besos,

Flor

 

Supplies from:

Stampin’ Up!, Paper Trey Ink, The Girls Paperie, K & Company, vintage buttons

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I think that this time of year kind of makes a lot of us reflect about what is important in our lives. It’s important that we have what we need and that includes a home, food and of course family. In the last few years I have really come to realize that we really only need these basic things to survive. Of course we all want nice cars, beautiful shoes, purses, and other material things but in the end those things aren’t important at all.

I saw this online somewhere and just felt the need to share.

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have recieved, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

Author Unknown 

Happy  Thanksgiving to all of you. May you be surrounded by love, family and of course food. May you be abundantly blessed!
Make sure you get some cuddle time in with those you love too…I know I will!
Besos,
Flor

Yay for Tuesday!!!

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Buenos Dias! I am so glad it’s Tuesday! Yay for Tuesday. I’m so happy because today is like my Friday! I will be off the rest of the week. Sure I’ll be cooking and cleaning, but that’s ok. At least I can do it at my leisure! Yesterday was a pretty regular day. Picked up my daughter at swim team practice then headed out to pick up her new glasses. She was hoping when she went to the eye doctor that he would tell her she didn’t need glasses anymore (doesn’t everyone wish that?). Of course she needed glasses still. She started balling when the Dr. said that, but now that we have her new glasses she seems fine with it. And of course she gets her eye problems from me…at least that’s what her Daddy tells her!

It’s kind of sad that people don’t write letters too much anymore. You know, the kind of letters that are romantic and mushy or just plain nice, the kind that you have to keep in your keepsake box forever. Last year I started making Thanksgiving cards to send to family and good friends. This is the card I sent out this year.

It is a very simple card. The only supplies used were card stock, ink, die cut and vintage book pages.

I want my family and friends  to know that I am grateful for them. I want them to know that my life is better because they are part of it. I want them to put my card in their keepsake box. I can’t show you the message on the inside because it’s all mushy…just kidding!

It takes just a few minutes to write a quick note, but it means a lot to those of us who receive them. So what are you waiting for????Go write a quick beautiful note to someone and let them know you are grateful for them.

Feliz Friday…I mean Happy Tuesday!

 

Besos,

Flor

Thanksgiving Thank You’s

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What a busy weekend! Love it! Saturday I was lucky enough to go with one of our school organizations to decorate a Christmas tree at the zoo. It was so much fun. It was really nice seeing the kids be themselves! I was definitely exhausted afterwards, but it was so worth it! Yesterday we went to see our son be a guest singer at a concert. I am so incredibly proud of him. I always cry when he sings, so I am glad there was kleenex available!

Every Thanksgiving I try to make a small gift for my children’s teachers to let them know how much they truly are appreciated. I found the inspiration for these gifts in an issue of Paper Crafts magazine.

I was soo going to make a food gift, but thought against it because everyone is always trying to not eat so much. I thought candles would make a nice gift so they can be used at everyone’s dinner table.

Here’s a whole bunch of them ready to give. It was a very simple gift to make. Cut vellum to your desired width & length and stamp with your chosen stamps. Wrap vellum and attach with glue dots, wrap raffia around and add your stamped tag. Lastly hot glue an acorn to the front of your wrapped candles.  This is a simple gift but goes out with tons of appreciation for all those teachers that touch my child’s life.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Besos,

Flor