Monthly Archives: February 2012

Home Made Essential Oil Air Fresheners

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Happy Wednesday! It’s been pretty busy at my house so I’ve started posting about every other day until we  my husband gets the basement floor done. He has a portion of the main room done. My daughter and I are helping with the cleaning of walls and that kind of small stuff. I have TONS of craft stuff that I need to box up so that I can move it over to the other side once he needs to do my craft area. I didn’t realize I had so much stuff! OK…I’m lying! I have a lot of stuff. I’ve already filled about 4 boxes with craft supplies I will be putting in a consignment sale in August…I need to learn to let go of unnecessary items. The bad thing is I’m always finding ways to recycle and re-use things!

So, as far as weight goes…I lost 1/2 pound last week. Not bad! I was so worried and was so upset because last week I really ATE! I had pizza, chocolate and just sinful things! I was lucky!

Take these mason jars for example…I used them to hold my home made air freshener!

These air fresheners were easy to make and could you believe I had all the supplies on hand! Shocking, huh???? They worked quite well and are natural. I have had them since about the end of December. They have of course shrunk since then and will probably last another two weeks or so…then I will repurpose my jars again!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce, weight Unsweetened, Unflavored Gelatin (equivalent To 4 Envelopes Of Knox Powdered Gelatin)
  • 2 cups Cold Water, Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt (or A Splash Of Vodka- To Deter Mold Growth)
  • 20 drops To 30 Drops Essential Oil
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  • OPTIONAL:
  • Food Coloring To Tint The Air Fresheners
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  • ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:
  • Disposable Chopsticks Or Skewers To Stir The Hot Gelatin Mixture In The Jars
  • Decorative Heat-proof Jars To Hold The Gelatin Mixture

Directions:

Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the boiling water and whisk until smooth and all the gelatin is dissolved. Add the salt and the second cup of cold water and whisk. Set aside.

Add the desired amount of essential oil and food coloring, if using, to the jar(s). Quickly pour the hot liquid gelatin over the essential oil and food coloring. Stir until evenly colored.

Allow to cool, uncovered on a heat-proof surface. When it reaches room temperature, place wherever you want a lovely scent.

I think I will be making another batch of these since they are natural and better than spraying all that other stuff all over the house. They make adorable gifts too!

Besos,

Flor

Originally from http://www.tastykitchen.com

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Pad Thai Pizza

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I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Guess what? I thought it was going to take a long time to find my craft table but it didn’t! I was out Saturday and had planned to go to two thrift/antique stores. The first one I went to had my table! I was sooooo excited! it is an antique (vintage). I don’t know how old it is but it is gorgeous! It is actually a desk and not a table, so I will still have some storage drawers on each side. My husband will be refinishing and painting it to match my vintage dresser. I can’t wait! I will show before and after pictures whenever it gets done…hopefully by summer!

This recipe I am sharing is amazing. It’s more of an adult pizza than something kids would like. It was different and very welcomed!

 

 

It was sooo good. My husband really liked it! It had a very different taste than regular pizza of course. If you are allergic to nuts make sure you don’t add them.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated thin pizza crust ( I used a prepared Boboli crust)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Thai chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (I used cooked-just boiled chicken)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
Directions
  • Unroll dough into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; flatten dough and build up edges slightly. Bake at 425° for 5-6 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, chili sauce and honey. Place chicken in another small bowl; add half of the peanut butter mixture and toss to coat.
  • Spread remaining peanut butter mixture over crust; top with chicken and cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients. Yield: 6 pieces.

It is a nice pizza to serve as an appetizer too!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe from: Taste of Home

 

Scrapbook Saturday-Homecoming,

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Happy Saturday! So we had some snow on Thursday night. The news kept saying that it was going to be really bad, it was not bad at all here. It was rather pretty I thought. It will be melted by Sunday! Today I will be going to a couple of thrift and antique stores to search for my crafting table. I hope I find one even though I will be losing a bit of storage from my makeshift table.

This double layout scrapbook page was definitely easy…can you see that this is a recurring theme? Easy is always good.

My little girl looks so grown up…I guess that’s because she already is. It’s hard to believe that she is almost 18 and weighs only about 100 pounds. She surely does not take after her mama! She was so excited for Homecoming that she had her Godmother come over and do her hair and makeup!

I love this paper from Stampin’ Up! Unfortunately it’s retired and I am just about out of it! I guess it’s a good thing to not hoard! I have so much paper I should never buy anymore…should not, but still do! Can you say addiction?

Have a great weekend!

Orange Coconut Cake with Orange Frosting

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The week is speeding by! I was off on Monday and was home with my daughter on Tuesday who was sick. That makes for a super short week! I really needed to get back to work!

My husband and I (mostly my husband!) are putting vinyl flooring in our basement! We’ve been trying to get the floor done for a while and we finally decided on one! I can’t wait until he starts and finishes it. That means there will be a lot of organizing and a lot of de cluttering I hope! I am really in need of cleaning my craft area and am in the process of looking for a nice  and pretty sturdy table (that can be painted to match my vintage dresser) to replace my make shift craft table. I will be hitting the thrift stores every week until I find one. I am on a mission and hope to find one before the floor is done.

On a baking note…it is really wonderful to taste summer in the middle of winter. I came across a recipe for this tropical tasting cake on Pinterest (where else?!).

This cake was dense, yet moist. The orange and coconut flavors came through beautifully. Not too strong and not too weak. Just right! To check out the recipe please head over to http://www.rotinrice.com This cake is amazing and great for those that are not let’s say…chocolate lovers.

I wanted to practice packaging my cake so my co workers were my guinea pigs. (Thanks, guys!) This is what I came up with…purty rustic but cute!

I have this beautiful waxed paper from Martha Stewart that I purchased on clearance a few years ago from Valentine’s Day and I have yet to use it all! I also have this sturdy twine that I purchased from Pick Your Plum and it’s so cute! Always check out the clearance sections…you will find some great stuff there!

Besos,

Flor

Wedding Celebration Card

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I hope everyone enjoyed their Monday especially those of you that had the day off! I was super excited when I stepped on the scale! Even though I ate out on Friday then pigged out on Saturday for my brother’s birthday I still managed to lose one half pound! Yes! I just have remind myself that I still have a long way to go and I can’t just go around eating everything I want.How boring is that? But it will be worth it when I buy my new dress…in August…! With Lent starting on Wednesday I will definitely not be pigging out today, Fat Tuesday. I will have to keep on track. I have been a Diet Coke freak for the last 25 years or so. In the last couple of months I have pretty much almost given up on drinking it. All pop and stuff like that is just so bad for us and I am down to maybe one pop a week, tops two. I have been drinking more water and making some flavored water with cucumber, fresh mint and lemon. I’ve also been drinking lots of  iced tea using green peppermint. Even though these are small changes I know I can do it. I am giving up pop completely for lent…sorry my work friends, I might be a little crabby starting Wednesday. Let’s go to something happy!

A wedding card.

A 6 x 6 wedding card because I can hand deliver it. No need for expensive postage fees! I like doing the “quilt” style cards for 6 x6 cards. I’ve recently discovered 6×6 paper pads and am now obsessed with them. How could I have never noticed them before? What kind of card maker am I? These pads are perfect for making cards and all the papers coordinate with each other. I have found several pads at Archivers. Another cool place to find them is http://www.peachycheap.com. It’s a deal a day kind of thing with Peachy Cheap…so sign up. I have gotten some cool stuff there and at http://www.pickyourplum.  Which is also a deal a day web site.

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, Basic Grey, House of 3, Spellbinders

Inspired by: http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com

 

Broiled Tilapia with Tomatoes & Caper Sauce

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Happy Monday! Since I am off work today I guess I will run around and get some errands done. Nothing too exciting! This weekend was pretty good! I apologize for no Scrapbook Saturday! On Friday my husband wanted to go to a buffet restraunt…wow! Were me and my girls disappointed! I was not thrilled with the thought of buffet style but was more disappointed when we ended up at Sweet Tomatoes! don’t get me wrong…it was good, but my girls wanted a full buffet. My husband just ate tons of salad while we kind of just munched on very little! Next time I think he should go alone! After coming home from dinner I stayed up late cooking something to take to my brothers house to celebrate his birthday…hence, no Scrapbook Saturday. We had a great time at my brothers house and I was totally off eating healthy for the day! I over indulged! Yesterday I made up for it by eating healthy!

This Tilapia with Tomatoes & Caper Sauce was wonderful!

Even my girls liked it even though they are not tomato fans. This was a quick meal and of course nutritious. Since I didn’t have any shallots on hand I just used onion.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 (6 oz) tilapia filets
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1/4 cup white wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • salt and fresh pepper

Directions

Brush fish with 1 tbsp olive and season with salt and pepper.

In a medium sauté pan, heat remaining olive oil. Add garlic and shallots and sautéon medium-low about 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add wine and sauté until wine reduces, about 5 minutes. Add capers and sauté an additional minute.

Meanwhile, set broiler to low and place fish about 8 inches from the flame. Broil until fish is cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Place fish on a platter and top with tomato caper sauce.

I am trying to incorporate more seafood into our diets, but it is pretty hard to do with our girls sometimes being picky or when I really just want pasta with the seafood!

 

Besos,

Flor

Recipe from http://www.skinnytaste.com

 

Baked Banana and Blueberry Oatmeal

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Feliz Friday…It’s felt like another super long week but that’s OK because I am off on Monday! Yay! Thank you, Mr. Presidents!

So this weight loss stuff is weighing on my mind lately. Sometimes my girls just don’t want to eat what I cook so they have to fend for themselves. I’ve just always been one to make sure I cooked meals for my family that they liked and now I’m feeling a bit bad. If they don’t want what I cooked they will eat cereal, mac & cheese or something else. They might even just fry an egg. I feel mighty guilty! I just need to forge ahead because I want them to have a happy, healthy mom that will be here for them until they are way older! I want them to know that is really is important to eat healthy and to also feel good about yourself…being a Mom is freakin’ hard!

Anyway on to a delicious breakfast food that can also be eaten as a snack….yummy!

I have several bags of frozen fruit that I need to use…so I used a bag of frozen blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Waste not, want not!

This was absolutely delicious and filling. You can probably double the recipe and have enough for a week for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, (the riper the better) sliced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave)
  • 1 cup uncooked quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup fat free milk (or any milk you desire)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Lightly spray a 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ ceramic baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the ceramic dish.Sprinkle half of the blueberries over the bananas, 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, 1 tbsp of the honey and cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes, until the bananas get soft.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of nuts, baking powder, remaining cinnamon, and salt; stir together.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining honey, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.

Remove the bananas from the oven, then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and blueberries.

Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the mixture as evenly as possible over the oats.  Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the the top.

Bake
 the oatmeal for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the oatmeal has set. Serve warm from the oven.

Don’t wait another day! Make. This. Now.

Besos,

Flor

recipe from http://www.skinnytaste.com