Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ornament Clusters

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Hola!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! I am so happy. I just want to stay home and craft this weekend!

I, like probably many of you peruse Pinterest at least once a week…OK…everyday. There are so many ideas out there that I wish I had thought of. I saw a pin that was right up my alley. As I was taking out my Christmas stuff I started cleaning out things I no longer really used. I had a lot of round ornaments that were perfect for these ornament clusters-like the ones on Pinterest!

You only need two supplies, yes only two-ornament and string. Easy and cheap.

Just put the ornaments on a string.

Bring the two string ends together and tight in a SUPER TIGHT knot and there you have an ornament cluster .I cut the string before I took the picture…ooops!

In order to tie these ornament balls on something I guess you might have to do an extra step.

I cut a long piece of sturdy ribbon and put it through the middle of the ornament cluster in order to  hang and tie them on my milk jugs that I have on my front porch.

Don’t they look nice…kind of classy looking ornament clusters! I still working on putting more things out on my porch. I just wanted to share this awesome idea with you before you throw out any ornament balls you feel you might not need…you might want to rethink about throwing them away.

Besos,

Flor

 

Idea from http://starterhometodreamhome.blogspot.com/

 

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Eggnog Muffins

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Hola!

What’s up? What’s the good word? I’ve just got one word this week-tired! Getting back to work after having been off for five days is ROUGH! I have not been productive at all. I am in the middle of doing so many things that I can’t get anything done. The Christmas tree is up but I’m not done decorating it. I am in the process of putting together our family Christmas cards, I have a pile of ironing to do. I am still reading the same book I started in the summer…my reading adventure is pretty slow. I guess everything will get done eventually. I am not going to worry about it too much.

I need to worry about keeping ingredients for some fo my recipes safe! I have the biggest eggnog lover ever in my home. My Julieta seems to think that I buy eggnog just for her. I must have a quick cup of it before she sees it otherwise nobody will get any. She can drink it all by herself. I can understand why she loves it…it’s creamy and sweet. Add a bit of rum to it and it is divine (for adults of course!).

I had to hurry up and make these muffins before the eggnog disappeared.

These were really good-a bit sweet but not too much sweet. They would look great on a buffet for brunch!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dairy eggnog
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • Nutmeg-Streusel Topping (recipe below)
Directions
  1. Grease twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper bake cups; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
  2. In another bowl, combine eggs, eggnog, melted butter, vanilla and rum extract. Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy.) Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds full. Sprinkle streusel topping over muffin batter in cups.
  3. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm. Makes 12 muffins.
Nutmeg Streusel Topping
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Directions
  1. In small bowl, mix flour, sugar and nutmeg using pastry blender. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

I am hoping to make another eggnog recipe or two before the season ends if I can hide it away from my daughter long enough.

Besos,

Flor

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

 

 

Love Grows

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Hola!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Mine was busy but I loved it!

I did all my cleaning and baking on Wednesday. Thursday I cooked all day and hung out with my family in the evening. We had a great time. Friday I took my youngest daughter “Black Friday” shopping to Michael’s and Petco. I am not a black friday shopper but with all the hype my daughter just wanted to go somewhere! They did have excellent deals at Michael’s. When we got home I was on a Judge Mathis kick! I love that courtroom show! I didn’t get much accomplished at home. Saturday we just kind of hung out and then my daughter and I went to the movies to see “Wreck It Ralph”. It was good…my daughter really enjoyed it. My son was here for 3 days and it would have been nice if he’d been here longer! Yesterday we took our daughter back to school. That was really hard because she was home for a whole week and it was so nice having her here. We did get the chance to stop at the outlet mall (I must admit I shopped for myself and nobody else!) and also stopped for lunch before dropping my Julissa off .

Everything is good in my world when my kids are home. It’s just such a safe feeling knowing that we are all in the same house that it just settles my heart!

Hence today’s card…

Our home is just like everybody else’s. We argue, we fight, we forgive, we love…we are not perfect.But I think happiness is being able to get through life and still end up loving each other no matter what. I love the way this card turned out. It seems like it would work well as a baby card or wedding card or even Thanksgiving. I love the color eggplant. It can be an elegant color or what I would call a “homey” color.

Another quick thing…one of the best things besides family on these long weekends is sleeping! I can’t get enough of sleeping in late. I am embarrassed to admit that I slept in  three hours later every day I was off compared to what I sleep on regular work days. Shame on me…I did take a break and didn’t get much accomplished but I did get some much-needed rest…I am off to make my “to do” list for the week!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, PTI, Jolee’s, Walmart, vintage book page, misc. glitter paper

 

Blessed

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyday I am reminded of how blessed I am. I wish those blessings for you and your family. I wish you great family and friends, food to put on your table, good health and so many other things.

I hope all the crafty people out there are blessed with lots of craft supplies to make wonderful things like this fall wreath.

I love, love, love making these felt flowers!

The flowers turned out so full and just pop from the wreath! I love it!

Enjoy your day with family and friends!

Besos,

Flor

 

Leftover Turkey?

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Hola!

So bird day is upon us! I love this time of year. These couple of days will be busy one full of cooking, cleaning and hopefully getting out to a movie at least. No black friday shopping for me. I don’t like getting pushed and shoved by rude people.It’s also almost time to put up Christmas decorations. I am very adamant about not putting anything Christmas up until after Thanks giving. I want to pay homage to that beautiful bird and to take that special time to be thankful for all my blessings even though I do that every day. My husband cracks up at me every time we drive by a house that has Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving. I say something like”What’s wrong with those people? Thanksgiving comes before Christmas they shouldn’t put a turkey in their window”! So I will be dragging out the Christmas bins (hopefully with some help) on Friday after Thanksgiving.

I  look forward to all the meals I can create with leftover turkey. There are sandwiches, soups, shepherds pies, etc..I am able to make all my meals for this long weekend after Thanksgiving with the leftover turkey and broth that I make with the carcass.

These are just two of the delicious meals that I have made with leftover turkey.

 

Dad’s Leftover Turkey Potpie. The chunks of turkey and vegetable are so delicious!

The color of this  Lemony Turkey Rice Soup was amazing and it had such a refreshing taste.

You can find both of these recipes here

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dads-leftover-turkey-pot-pie/detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lemony-turkey-rice-soup/detail.aspx

I hope you have your after Thanksgiving recipes ready to go…that is if you have any leftovers! I’m off to clean house, cook a big one pot meal for the day and of course bake! Enjoy your Day!

Besos,

Flor

 

 

My Turkey

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Hi!

Happy Friday  Tuesday. Today is my Friday since I am off the rest of the week. I have my evening and tomorrow kind of planned out already. I will be baking all my desserts and bread tomorrow and cleaning house of course. I am going to try and get my son to get involved and kind of help me out…wish me luck!

For the last two years I have had to stick my hand in the turkey to take all the “stuff” out…gross! Last year I was almost in tears because my husband wasn’t here to do it. I even called my parents and they were about to come do it for me but I decided to put my big girl panties and do it myself. It was just kind of disgusting! I am doing it again this year…yuck!

I have been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the last 25 years and I have always made it the same way my mom did. Mind you my parents never ate turkey in Mexico so when they arrived here they didn’t even know about turkeys and cooking them. My mom did the best she could with the turkey and now I actually make it the same way as she did.

It’s not very pretty but it tastes darn good! I season some mixed vegetables with some sazón and stuff it in the turkey (after taking the “stuff “out). I rub butter all over the turkey, season it all with some sazón and then cover it with bacon and cook it up. Nothing fancy. It works for us and I don’t usually make a vegetable because the turkey is already stuffed with them.

How do you make your turkey?

 

Besos,

 

Flor

Yummy Artichoke Dip

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Hi!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busier than usual. I went to a craft show Saturday morning with my girls and best friend. It was nice. There was a bit too much “country” stuff for me but other than that it was pretty nice. I had a fantastic dinner Saturday evening with some of my female cousins. Hanging out with the girls is always nice. Sunday was spectacular! Actually it was pretty ordinary but I truly had a wonderful day shopping with my girls and my husband. We had a nice meal out too so I guess I should start eating lots of salad to make up for all the food I ate this weekend! My husband and I also went to see the movie “Lincoln”. It was excellent! You would think you were actually watching a movie made in 1865. Daniel Day Lewis deserves an Academy Award for this excellent movie.

On Thanksgiving day we typically don’t eat until about 6 pm. We pretty much munch throughout the day in anticipation of the big turkey dinner.

This appetizer is perfect for munching on. It’s warm and creamy and oh so dreamy!

Serve this dip with crackers or pieces of French or Italian bread and it’s sure to hold you over until it’s bird time!

Yummy Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 (6.5 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, 1 cup Parmesan, cream cheese and green chile peppers. Scoop the mixture into a pie pan or medium baking pan. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned. Serve warm.

You can also substitute the chopped green chile peppers with fresh jalapeños if you want some extra kick in the dip.

Besos,

Flor

Recipe from http://allrecipes.com/