Monthly Archives: July 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

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Is it a happy Monday? I will know by the end of the day…My vacation is over and I am back on schedule! I really need to be on a schedule to be productive. So it’s back to work, back to WW points and back to working out at least three times a week. I am ok with that.

This past weekend was very restful…I did nothing!

The garden is going crazy! It’s already yielded eggplants, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, jalapeño peppers and banana peppers. This bunch of deliciousness is sitting on my counter right now! My job is to do something with it real soon. Maybe some canning and lots of fresh salad fixings! I guess my weekend is booked in the kitchen for next weekend.

This is just a very small portion of the current harvest of vegetables!

During the hot weather we consume a lot of liquid…as we should! This strawberry lemonade concentrate is delicious!

 

The color of this concentrate is just beautiful!

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Ingredients

*2 quarts strawberries, washed & hulled
*2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 20 lemons squeezed)
*2 3/4 cups of sugar
*1 1/2 quarts water
* you will need a large nonreactive pot

 Directions

Wash and hull strawberries, then place them into a food processor (I used a blender). Blend berries until smooth. Place the pureed strawberries, lemon juice, sugar and 1 1/2 quarts of water into a very large nonreactive pot. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture reaches 165′. Make sure you do not boil. Skim off any foam from the top and allow concentrate to cool completely before transferring to canning jars. You may want to strain the concentrate through a strainer before putting into jars. There will be a lot of pulp and seeds.

 Before serving concentrate mix 1 part concentrate with 2 parts water, or go by taste. Concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1 week or place into the freezer for longer storage.

Makes about 3 1/2 quarts.
I put my concentrate in plastic containers and put in the freezer. I should have just out them in the fridge…that’s how fast this delicious drink was consumed!
Besos,
Flor
Inspired by http://www.2littlehooligans.com/

Beautiful Senior & Carroll U

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I woke up today and the weather seems pretty nice! I turned off the air after having it on most of the summer…I hope this lasts for a while!

So yesterday we went to Carroll University for Preview Day. When we arrived there we were starving…so we headed off to one of their dining facilities. The food was very good. I tried a little bit of everything they had so I can check it out and see how it was…

I tried the chicken ravioli, vegetables, and fries…

BBQ chicken…I didn’t do the bun cause I just wanted to taste the chicken. I tasted the pizza too, but by the time I thought about taking a picture I had eaten it all!

I approve of the food at Carroll University! I met the chef and he was extremely nice and proud of his dining facility…he should be! Every staff member we met at Carroll was very nice! When we went to NIU for my son’s orientation I just about cried when we ate the food there. I had tried the BBQ pork sandwich and I couldn’t take it! One of the things that I really want for my kids when they go away is that they eat well and feel at least a bit home. NIU’s dining area  wasn’t too nice, but Carroll’s had nice comfy chairs and the decor and colors were nice. I am glad that Carroll will be a great place for my daughter and I am so glad that my son is no longer in the dorms at NIU! He is in his own apartment so that he can cook some decent meals!

After lunch they had a nice presentation and then a tour of the dorms and campus. It was very informative. The one thing I didn’t like was that I noticed the boys checking out my daughter! They are lucky I didn’t elbow them! My youngest (Julieta) is actually taller than Julissa and some people asked if she was the one going to Carroll!

My daughter had her Senior pics taken at JC Penney and they did a wonderful job! We paid about 75% less than we would have had we gone with the schools chosen photography company. Now a days I think we are all looking to save money where ever we can!

She looked adorable. The poses were very nice and I was so happy with the pictures!  I love the girly elements I added to this page.

Have a great weekend!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: SU!, Misc items

 

 

Fideo Seco con Guajillo y Queso

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How’s it going? How’s the hot weather treating you? I can’t take it anymore!!!!! I am so looking forward to fall now! I am never happy!

So my house is pretty quiet now. My nephews have all gone home and it’s kind of weird here. I love having my nieces and nephews around and when we all get together. I have to get used to the quiet again!

We will be visiting Carroll University this weekend again and my daughter is super excited! She received a lot of gifts to get her dorm room ready at her trunk party.  We shopped for a lot of things too. We will get the opportunity to check out the dorms this visit and  then we can shop for the last few things she needs. Of course with girls the shopping never ends…there is still clothes shopping to do too!

Since I will be getting back on schedule I guess I can resume my crafting! I feel like I haven’t stamped in such a long time and I really miss it. Sad news to report…I just posted about buying my vitrolero last week and it just broke! I was putting it in the sink and it hit the edge and BAM! BIG.HOLE. IN. THE .BOTTOM!!!!! I am so sad! I only used it once. I think next time I am just going to buy a plastic one even though they are not as nice as the glass ones.

This soup (I think it’s considered a soup) is scrumptious! When I was growing up my mom would make it often (especially with a Mexican Beef Stew) but it didn’t have the pepper in it. The pepper totally amplifies the flavor.

I still eat my soup (and rice too!) with tortilla. Carbohydrate with carbohydrate…absolutely delicious! Wash it all down with a delicious Mexican beer…can’t beat that!

Find the inspiration recipe here http://www.gustausted.com/2012/05/fideo-seco-con-guajillo-y-queso-romano.html

Have a great Friday!

Besos,

Flor

Showers of Blessings

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Buenos Días!

I feel like I’ve not payed too much attention to my blog with the things that are going on here at home.

I had my daughter’s trunk party on Sunday. It was very nice. I was a bit sad because some people who RSVP’d didn’t come. So I had a bit of food left and my fridge is packed! I haven’t cooked because of the left overs, so I hope everyone eats them.

I go back to work next week and now I regret having set my clock everyday to get up at 8 am. I wish I had slept in really late every day! Too late now…

I am trying to get some Dr. and Dental appointments this week before I go back to work. It is so unlike me be to be a procrastinator and wait until the last week…is it because I am getting older? I hope not!

My six-week challenge didn’t work out so well…It’s hard when I am on vacation. I will get back on track once I get back on schedule.

During the summer there are always baby showers and bridal showers going on. This card works perfectly for either of them.

Isn’t it adorable? It’s a simple layout and I love the soft yet modern colors. Summer is a very busy season for all different kinds of parties. Having cards like this kind of serve dual purposes and makes it easier! It’s great to have something like this on hand all the time.

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: SU, The Girls Paperie, Doodle Bug, Crate Paper, Papertrey Ink, Misc. rhinestones

Yarn Wreath

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Sorry…I’ve been missing in action. I have been dare I say it? Resting a bit? My daughter and my nephew were gone from last Thursday until Wednesday when we picked them up. That night was scary! It started raining when we were driving back from my brother’s house and I was scared to death! The rain was so bad and there were so many semi’s on the road. I was just glad that we made it home safely. While they were gone I did nothing! I layed on the couch. I started watching Glee from episode one. I still have a lot of catching up to do! It was nice getting a bit of rest. Even when I am resting I am doing small things in the crafting department.

We went to the mall and bought all of my daughter’s school uniforms. That always makes me kind of sad…but it also makes me happy because I need to get back on a schedule so that I can be really productive!

I am throwing a small “trunk party” for my daughter on Sunday so I am going to be pretty busy today getting all the preparations ready and cleaning house.

My reading adventures are long and in between! I finished reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy  by EL James about a month ago and the books were pretty good. I’ve heard it called “mommy porn”! The books were a bit graphic and they are definitely not Shakespeare, but they were a good read. By the third book, it was kind of a give as to what was going to happen all the time!

How many wreaths do you have ? I have a lot of doors in my house so I have a lot of wreaths! Right now I currently have four wreaths up. One on my front door, one on my back door, one on my bedroom door and one on my kitchen/sunroom door. You can never have too many wreaths! I made this wreath to go on my bedroom door.

Sorry about the picture and my big head shadow in the way! These kinds of wreath have been all over the place including Pinterest. I am a little late in making one, but better late than never. Instead of paying about $6 for a foam wreath at the store I went to Home Depot and bought a bag of 4 plumbers foam “noodles” for about $3 to make my wreath. Much more economical! I simply took one long “noodle” and taped it in a circle form and went to town wrapping the yarn around it! I die cut the flowers from felt and hot glued them to the wreath. Super simple!

I am off to do some shopping for the party and get the house ready!

Besos,

Flor

 

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza

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Happy Monday! This weekend was the bomb! I have been busy. Friday night was a Girls Night Out and I had a fabulous time! Saturday I went to the flea market with my bestie and Julissa. I was so excited because I found my vitrolero. A vitrolero is a big glass barrel /container that is widely used in Mexico for aguas frescas. I can’t wait to fill my vitrolero with my own agua fresca!

Isn’t it awesome! It reminds me of a bee hive. After the garage sale I was also very happy to take all of the unsold items to the donation center. I feel lightened up after that.

Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday. She is eighteen now and I cannot believe my girl is so grown up. She has become an intelligent, outgoing, driven great young lady! We had celebrated on Thursday by going out to dinner.Yesterday we just hung out together and went to the mall. My Julieta and my nephew were still out-of-town with my brother and sister-in-law. The house has been pretty quiet!

She is just a tiny adorable package!

A few weeks ago Eddie had to pull the zucchini plants out. For some reason they were just falling off the vine, but he was able to save the flor de calabaza (zucchini flower?) Right away I decided to make quesadillas de flor de calabaza.

I don’t have a recipe for them, but here goes…

Use only the flowers.Open them ,wash gently and dry with a paper towel. I used a great big bunch because they wilt as they cook. Cut the flowers into strips. Finely chop a tomato, about 1/2 onion and about 2 cloves of garlic. Heat up a bit of olive oil in a large saute pan, add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes, add garlic and saute for another 2 minutes. Then add your tomato. Add a little bit of salt to flavor. Lastly add your flowers and mix and saute all gently for about 5-7 minutes.

Have your sliced or shredded cheese ready. Heat up another pan and place your tortilla in it. Place a bit of cheese ( I use Chihuahua cheese) on one side of the tortilla and top with your warm sauteed zucchini flower mixture. Allow to heat up for about 3 minutes and fold your tortilla over the ingredients. Allow to heat up until cheese starts to melt. Turn the quesadilla over and allow a couple of more minutes for the cheese to melt completely. Don’t allow the tortilla to get hard. You don’t want a crunchy quesadilla!

 

This was so good! The flowers have a very gentle, mild taste. My recipe is kind of a bit of this, bit of that recipe! Don’t add too much tomato or onion because you don’t want to overpower the flavor of the flowers.

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

 

I Love the 80’s

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So…I was really sad yesterday! Our garage sale was rained out! My son and I were in such a hurry to bring everything in. We were soaked. Yes, we desperately needed the rain, but why on garage sale day? I had just cleaned the whole house and now my living room, kitchen and sunroom is full of stuff! Tomorrow is anther day and it is supposed to rain too…maybe we will get lucky!

So do you remember the 80’s? I certainly do! I loved those years…the music, the clothes, the hair! Oh and the boys!!!!!!!!!!! I love(d) Madonna, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper and so many artists. Do you remember taking “modeling” pictures in your best friends basement? You don’t? I do! Maybe it was just me and my friends…but that can’t be. We had so much fun doing it! We always joke around that we are going to re-create these pictures at our current age. Now that would be scary and funny!

I think these pictures were taken in 1981 or 1982? Has it been that long? Thirty-One years ago? NO WAY!!!!!

Sorry that the picture is kind of fuzzy. I thought I was hot stuff…well, I thought I was! Was I really able to fit into those skinny jeans too? I remember having to lay on the bed just to get the zipper up…and that was when I was skinny! My favorite colors in my high school years were hot pink and turquoise. Makes me want to sing….Memories.

Have a great weekend and cross your fingers we don’t get any rain today so that I could sell all my stuff!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!