Monthly Archives: September 2012

Recycled/Up-cycled Magnets

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Hey!

Happy Saturday!

I have a horrible habit. Sometimes I just buy stuff on clearance because I might be able to use it. It’s one of the worst habits ever…sometimes it’s just a waste of money. Sometimes. Not all the time. Take these ugly magnets.

When I bought them I didn’t think they were that ugly, but now I think they are. I think I might have paid about .50 cents for the pack. I put them away for about 4 years and just now pulled them out to make them pretty. This is what they look like now…

They look tons better don’t they? I just used a bit of scrap paper, paper flowers, small beads, stamps and decoupage. Easy peasy. My daughter loved them so she is using them on her new magnetic board.

Sometimes buying something on clearance really cheap is worth it down the line.

Happy Weekend!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Martha Stewart, misc. beads, misc, flowers, modge podge

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Up-cycled Picture Frame Magnetic Board

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Hola!

I am so relieved it’s Friday…I don’t know even know why.

I have been pretty slow in the crafty department but I did get a chance to make an adorable magnetic board for my girls room.

It’s a long story…I had this old picture frame that I painted and had put cork board squares over the old backing…it was hideous. I forgot to take a picture of it. When Julissa went off to college I cleaned the room out and decided to up-cycled  frame once again. My Man was nice enough to cut some aluminum sheeting to fit the frame…really …I didn’t force him to!

I had some cute fabric that worked just right in the girls room. I adhered the fabric to the aluminum sheeting before putting it into the frame. I just sprayed the sheeting with adhesive spray and placed the fabric on it while stretching it just a bit to make sure there were no wrinkles. It turned out adorable!

It was super simple to do and adds such a personalized touch to any room. I have come a long way in my crafting even from a couple of years ago! Tomorrow instead of Scrapbook Saturday I will share the cute up-cycled magnets I made for this board….so check back tomorrow!

Happy Friday!

Besos,

Flor

 

 

Pumpkin Blondies

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Hi!

Hope you are having a great week. My week is pretty good. I am still canning…I just want to cry when I see veggies! I canned some candied jalapeños.

In the daughter at college theme…she calls me three times a day. She loves college. I think she calls me so much because I am the one going through withdrawal and feeling lonely because I miss her. She texts me all day long. I am very ok with the calls and the texts. I would rather have too much communication than none at all. It’s working out just fine.

Anything I am baking lately is pumpkin related. These pumpkin blondies were the BOMB!!! They were a big hit at work!

Instead of cutting them into squares I decided to use a round muffin/cookie cutter. A  friend of ours took all the scraps home that were left over after cutting them.If you do that do not throw out the left over pieces. Those can be crumbled up and used in a trifle or over ice cream.

Pumpkin Blondies

Ingredients

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin puree
2 cups dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup pecans; roughly chopped

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides. Grease with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree. If the mixture looks curdled, do not fret.

4. Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.

5. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Besos,

Flor

Recipe from: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com

Paprika Chicken Stroganoff

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Hey!

Hope you had a great weekend! It was a pretty busy weekend just catching up on tons of stuff that needed to be done. My house is all ready for fall.

Yesterday I had my family ove to celebrate my youngest brothers birthday. We had so much fun just talking and laughing! It was nice for all of us to get together since we don’t get to do that as often as we used to.

I have a great chicken recipe for you.

This was sooooooo good!

Paprika Chicken Stroganoff

Ingredients

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs or a combination of both, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon sweet paprika or regular paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
8 ounces white button mushrooms or baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup plain yogurt, creme fraiche, or sour cream
Hot, cooked egg noodles, for serving (about 12 ounces to 1 pound) (I used macaroni)
Fresh, chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

In a medium bowl or shallow pie plate, toss the cubed chicken with the paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour on top of the chicken and toss to coat.

Heat the olive oil in a large 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until rippling and hot. Add the chicken in a single layer and cook until golden brown on each side, tossing occasionally, about 5 minutes. The chicken will finish cooking fully a bit later so it doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through. Scrape the chicken onto a plate and set aside.

Add another teaspoon of oil to the pan, if needed, and stir in the onions and mushrooms. Saute the mixture, stirring occasionally and scraping up the browned bits from the chicken, until the onion is translucent and the onions and mushrooms are browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, until fragrant.

Pour in about 1/4 cup of the chicken broth and deglaze the pan by scraping up any bits from the bottom. Stir in the tomato paste, whisking to combine. Add the rest of the chicken broth and the bay leaf, stirring well.

Add the chicken back into the skillet and simmer the mixture over medium-low to medium heat, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens slightly, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in the yogurt (or creme fraiche or sour cream) and cook for about 2-3 minutes longer. If you would like the sauce to be a bit thicker, make a cornstarch slurry by mixing 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1-2 tablespoons cold water. Add the cornstarch slurry to the simmering mixture in the skillet, whisking quickly to combine. Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes until thickened. Serve over hot noodles and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

This is a great meal for a  nice cool evening.OK…got to go have hair dye on and I might end up with purple hair if I don’t rinse now…I might really like purple hair!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe from http://www.melskitchencafe.com

 

Scrapbook Saturday-Middle Schooler

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Hola!

Another week down and fall is upon us! Happy Fall! This is the most wonderful time of the year!

I am so excited it’s fall. I cleaned my house and my fall decorations are up. It just makes me feel all cozy inside.

I’ve been trying to get caught up on scrapbooking so here goes another page…

My little girl is now a middle schooler. You know I have to document this! She looks so grown up. Never mind that she is taller than me!

This page came together really quickly. My favorite part of it is the little tage in the right hand corner with washi tape and mini pom pom ribbon. What important things do you scrapbook? I would love to know!

Have a great weekend!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Martha Stewart, My Mind’s Eyes, Making Memories, misc. supplies

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Hola!

I just wanted you to know something…I have a kind of obsession with pumpkins. They are so cute, orange and round though some are oddly shaped I still love them all! I love them so much that I just want to jump on them but I really don’t want to hurt myself. So instead I will show my pumpkin love by cooking with them.

Last Sunday I celebrated the upcoming fall season by making pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.

I mixed up the batch of pancake mix but only made half of the batch. I had stored the rest of the mix in the fridge. We made breakfast for dinner during the week and the pancakes were just as good.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 (15 oz) can Libby’s pure pumpkin
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar, combining well.
  2. Add pumpkin, buttermilk, and eggs to dry ingredients and mix gently. {If batter seems stiff, add water until it can be easily spooned onto a griddle.}
  3. Heat griddle to medium heat and grease lightly.
  4. Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter onto griddle and let cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  5. Let other side cook again until lightly browned.
  6. Repeat these steps until all the batter is gone.

I served these with maple syrup and some eggs on the side.

Pumpkins aren’t just for decorating….use them for cooking. The bounty of autumn is wonderful…just don’t hut yourself by jumping on the pumpkins!

Besos,

Flor

 

Recipe from http://highheelsandgrills.blogspot.com

Elegant Halloween Sack

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Hola!

The weather has gotten nice and cool. Just right! I feel fall in the air…I can’t wait! I dragged out all my fall decorations so that I can put them all out this week!

I’ve noticed that a lot of other bloggers are posting all their Halloween stuff…how do you get in the mood so early? I am trying to my Halloween mojo going!

Last week I got together with my swap group. I decided to share a Halloween sack.

This sack is just right for giving treats to your friends. Throw in some home-made cookies, donuts, candy or anything your friend would enjoy.

It’s elegant, yet modern with the cute washi tape and decorated laundry clip. Have you used washi tape? I haven’t used it much at all but the possibilities are endless. You can use it on hand-made cards, decorate notebooks, decorate laundry clips and so many other things.

Enjoy the day!

Besos,

Flor

 

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Papertrey Ink, Martha Stewart, Target, Misc button and paper