Monthly Archives: March 2013

Scrapbook Saturday-Christmas in Chicago

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Happy Weekend!

I am kind of sad because vacation is almost over. So now I just need to enjoy the last few days I have left. Yesterday Eddie, Julieta, me and my parents went to Lake Geneva, WI to spend the day. We had never been there and we picked the perfect day. The weather was awesome. We checked out the frozen lake and shops. Lunch consisted of fried shrimp.  Of course I enjoyed a bloody Mary! It was a cute town with some nice shops. My favorite shop was called A Little Funky. They had some great vintage furniture and other wonderful items. Julieta even made a friend there!  It was the perfect day.

When we came home we rested for about 10 minutes then ran off to do groceries. This weekend will be a little catch up then my parents, brothers and their families will hang out for Easter.

I finally scrapbooked some of my Christmas pictures from 2011! My husband and I had gone downtown one day that winter and had a great day shopping, wandering around and having lunch.

This layout came together really quickly. I loved using washi tape on this page. Can you see where it is?

Have a wonderful Easter!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, K & Co, Target

Orange Sour Cream Muffins

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Hey!

It’s Good Friday and the weather is supposed to be pretty nice! It’s been a pretty good week of doing pretty much nothing! Ran a few errands and took a class on crochet. I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet and after the class I think I know why I haven’t! The teacher was awesome and patient with me but I don’t think it’s for me! I could probably make a long, long chain stitch and that’s it! It’s going to be like in the movies when it comes to break ups…”Really, it’s not you-it’s me”. I am a bad crocheter and that’s that!

I also for the first time in my life tried making tamales and it was a success. I made some sweet tamales that were very good. I will share that recipe later. I will be cooking on Easter Sunday like I do every year, but I am undecided as to what to cook. It will probably be a last minute decision. I’ve been kind of lazy to lookup recipes!

These muffins are perfect for this time of year. This is the time when I want to eat something fresh tasting. A delicious salad, fruit salad and that kind of deliciousness. This recipe is just right for now.

These muffins were dense and heavy but so fresh tasting!

Orange Sour Cream Muffins with Zesty Orange Glaze

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

For the Zesty Orange Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together the butter, sour cream, egg, orange juice and orange zest.

Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.

Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray.

Place into oven and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Whisk until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar as needed.

When the muffins are done, cool for 10 minutes and dip the muffin crown into the glaze.

You will not get enough of these muffins so you might need to make a double batch!

I have also started using Instagram. It takes me a while to try new things! Please follow me @micasayourcasa! And please follow me on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mi-Casa-is-Your-Casa/179192132161929

Happy Easter!

Besos,

Flor

 

Recipe Source http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/

 

Baby Shower Fun

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Hola!

Felíz Wednesday! It’s already the middle of the week. These vacation days are flying by! This past weekend was quite busy! Friday and Saturday were quite busy as I ran errands for a baby shower I was throwing for my sister-in-law. In between the errands Julieta and I went and bought ourselves the KitchenAid ice cream attachment. We have been wanting it for a long time and were actually saving our change for it. We love it! Everything at the shower  on Sunday was really nice. I was busy during the shower so unfortunately I didn’t even take pictures of the food. I made Ham and  Cheese Sliders. You can find the recipe here https://micasayourcasa.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/ham-and-cheese-sliders/  I also made a salad, my other sister-in-law made potato salad and my mom made homemade tamales.For dessert I made it simple. I ordered a cake, had fresh fruit salad, a coffee punch, meringue cookies made by Julieta and some store-bought candy in vases. It was a great day full of food, games, chit-chat and all around happiness!

The theme was a garden party theme. I kind of felt like baby themes have been played out for a while. I kind of just pulled everything together for the theme and it worked so well-rounded out with fresh colorful flowers in decorated mason jars.  The cake table was adorable. I made the banners with gorgeous scrapbooking paper, ribbon and some adorable streamers cut to size for each banner pennant. Julieta baked the meringue cookies. She did something I have been afraid to do for a long time! Good for her. The cookies were amazing! I took these pictures before I set everything out because I knew I wouldn’t have time to take pictures.

The fresh flowers rounded out the theme so perfectly! And the parents to be are adorable! I’m not being partial just because he is my brother! Ok…just a little partial…I love them to death and can’t wait for the newest princess to arrive!

I’ve gotten a few appointments out of the way already and made it out to breakfast with my parents yesterday. I’ve even gotten a page or two of scrapbooking done. So far vacation is going quite well!

Since it’s been busy and the weather is kind of dreary I made this delicious Stuffed Pepper Soup yesterday. You can find the recipe herehttps://micasayourcasa.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/stuffed-pepper-soup/

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup

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Hola!

Happy Friday! Yes, Happy Friday for sure since my spring break starts today!

It is going to be a pretty busy weekend here at mi casa. There’s a lot of errands and cleaning to do so that sums up my spring break!

When I was little we didn’t eat too much canned soups but we did have Chicken and Rice from Campbell’s. My grandma also always had that at her house and this soup kind of reminds me of it.

Yes, I realize that it looks pretty different from the Campbell’s soup but there is something that reminds me of it. Of course this is way more delicious! And with cheese? Heaven!

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 ounces plus 16 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded mild cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 3-4 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste

1. Place oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add onion, celery and carrots, stirring and cooking for about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Once veggies are tender, reduce heat to low.

2. In a separate large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until thick and bubbly. Slowly whisk in 32 ounces chicken broth. Increase heat slightly and keep whisking until broth gets thick and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Once thick, reduce heat to low and add cheese, stirring until smooth then add hot sauce. Add cheese sauce to veggies then add cooked chicken and rice. Add remaining 16 ounces of chicken broth and sour cream to soup, stirring to combine.  want to add more  Stir, taste and season with additional salt and pepper according to your liking. If you want a thinner soup just add some more broth or milk.

I am off to run a million errands!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source  http://picky-palate.com/

Delight in Life

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Hey!

I haven’t updated you on my orthotics…so far so good! When I picked them up I was surprised because they are quite thin/small. I was expecting some huge, clonky things! The only issue I’m having is that since it raises my arch a bit my foot falls up out of some of my shoes. So as time goes on I will get rid of those shoes. Hopefully I will be able to start walking for exercise. I am just waiting for it to get a bit warmer.

As I was choosing the card I was going to post I started thinking about just life in general. Some days I definitely need to remind myself that no matter how bad things are going I need to just make the best of it and enjoy the things I have.

I need to remind myself to “delight in life” including all the good, bad, fun, sad, adventurous,boring, funny moments. Life is full of delight and sometimes we don’t realize it.

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Martha Stewart, Papertrey Ink ,Sizzix,

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

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Hola!

Wow! It’s almost spring break! This is going to be a rough week but it will be well worth it because then it’s spring break!

Friday my husband and I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful. It was excellent. It reminded me exactly of The Wizard of Oz. The movies fit perfectly with each other. It’s a must see movie!

On Saturday we went to the Swap-o-Rama Flea Market with my parents. I felt like I was 15 again! We used to go all the time when we were young. I haven’t been to the swap-o-rama since last year and before that it had been about 7 years. I was looking for some Chile Pasado and I found it! I’ll post that whenever I make it. We also found the best Queso Ranchero (Ranchero Cheese)! It was nice sampling all the deliciousness at that particular shop at the flea market. The pepper and cheese were pretty expensive! The pepper was $14.00 a pound! I’m sure it will be delicious! Thanks, for the cheese Dad! My dad and I love a lot of the same things like cheese!

After that we went to have lunch at Carnitas Don Alfredo. They have the best carnitas I have ever tasted! And the handmade tortillas…your mouth waters just looking at them. After a delicious lunch my dad went home, my husband went to run other errands and just the girls went to the mall. All in all it was a nice day. Since I didn’t get anything done Saturday, yesterday I stayed home to get homey things done.

Who doesn’t like cream cheese and cake? The combination just goes well together.

This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert or even just a snack!

Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened (light or regular)   
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

For the cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream (light or regular)

For the streusel topping:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled and cubed

For the glaze:

  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease/flour or spray a 9 x 13 cake pan. Set aside.

Make the filling:  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla on medium-low speed until creamy.  Set aside for the filling.  (If you have 1 bowl and paddle, you will need to put this mixture in a separate bowl, and wash them to use to make the cake batter)

Make the cake batter:  In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-low speed.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add the vanilla extract.  Slowly pour in the flour mixture alternating with the sour cream until it is all combined.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared cake pan with a spatula.  Spread the cream cheese filling evenly on top. Top with remaining cake batter and smooth with a spatula.  Using a butter knife, gently swirl in the batter.

Make the topping:  Add the sugar, flour and chilled butter in a small bowl.  Stir using a fork or pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle the streusel on top of cake batter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a rack.

To make the glaze:  In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and milk until creamy.  Drizzle over cake

It might look like a lot of steps, but this cake comes together pretty quickly!

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source http://justbakedbyme.wordpress.com/

 

Vasconia-A Review

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Hola!

Happy Friday!

How many pots or pans have you ruined because you burned food? I admit that I have ruined maybe one or two. Well, I have found something I love! I was asked to review some products from Vasconia which was the first aluminum and stainless steel factory in Mexico.

When I was young my mom always bought what we called “estropajos”  or stainless steel scrubbers for washing pots and pans. They always worked well. When I got married and had to do dishes I kind of leaned towards the scrubbers made of plastic. What was I thinking? I should have stuck with the stainless steel scrubber!

A couple of weeks ago I burned some food in one of my pots and could not for the life of me get the burnt stuff off the bottom. I soaked it and scrubbed like crazy but I couldn’t get much of the gook off! Vasconia had excellent timing! They asked me to review this product at the perfect time!  Look at my poor pot!

It was a disaster. After I scrubbed it with the Vasconia stainless steel scrubber it looked almost brand new!

It didn’t even take lot of scrubbing. Vasconia, where have you been? I think I am your customer forever!

If you are in the market for new kitchenware make sure you check out their items and their website here http://www.vasconia.com/index.htm

Muchas gracias to Victor  and Carlos for asking me to review their products! More reviews to come in the future!

Besos,

Flor

Any opinion expressed in this review is solely expressed through my experience.