Monthly Archives: July 2013

Enchiladas Vegetarianas/Vegetarian Enchiladas

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Hola!

I am exhausted! I wanted to get back to work and it’s both a blessing and a punishment! It’s nice to be on schedule but I will be paying for  the next two weeks  with a bit of exhaustion and body aches until I get used to being back on that schedule again! I have been very productive at work these last couple of days so I am very happy!

How much red meat do you eat? Once a week? Twice a week or more? How about chicken? We eat a lot less meat than we used to about 5 years ago. Weird! I was always a really big meat-eater but with time I just stopped buying so much of it. We eat much more chicken or ground turkey than we do beef or pork. I even think I can become a vegetarian if I really pushed myself to do it. There are just so many amazing ingredients to cook with. I think it’s about being creative an a bit fearless…so thank you to all those other bloggers who have that creativity!

I grew up at home eating enchiladas made with a filling of just cheese and onions. After getting married  and going out to more and different restaurants I tried enchiladas made with chicken and beef and they really are delicious. I have of course made enchiladas with cheese, chicken, and beef here at home. I never thought about vegetarian enchiladas until I found this recipe that I had to try.

I didn’t even miss the meat when I had these mushroom and spinach filled enchiladas. They were delicious!

You can find the recipe for these awesome enchiladas at Madeline Cocina.

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

 

 

 

 

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Girly Get Well

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Hola!

It’s Monday and it’s my first day back at work after being on vacation for a while. I was ready to get back to work I am just going to miss my kids! Let the productivity begin…

This past weekend was definitely a movie weekend. On Friday I went to see The Heat with Julissa. It was a very funny movie. On Saturday night after getting over a massive all day headache I went to see Wolverine.   It was very good. A little too much “kung-foo” fighting for my taste but all in all it was a good movie. I have never seen X-Men or any related movie so it was nice seeing Hugh Jackman in such wonderful shape!

So I have been learning how to apply makeup watching tutorials and by being harassed by Julissa. I had seen some makeup from BH cosmetics being used in some of the tutorials and figured I’d buy some palettes to practice with…like I don’t have enough! Anyway I received them  and the colors are stunning! The first time I used them they reminded me of the really cheap makeup that I had purchased when I was in high school.  According to Julissa I didn’t like it because I didn’t know how to us it! Whatever! Every day I use it I like it better and better. I guess it’s all about building up the color…I’m learning!

I also ordered a brush set so that I can have the proper tools. I had to write the purpose of each brush on the brushes…I don’t want to forget!

I don’t craft too much over the summer. I think it’s because my crafting area is in the basement and I don’t want to be down there in the summer. I don’t mind in the winter! I also can’t craft during the day. I feel like my “artistic” or “craftiness” hits me in the evenings. Am I the only one like this? My husband says something is wrong with me! But of course I totally disagree with him.  I have a girly get well card for you today that I made in the evening!

I really like the way this turned out. It has a lot of texture to it. I have always wanted to buy the flourish designs made out of rhinestones but they are so expensive! I made my own flourish on this card using Stickles. Love that stuff!  I hope I don’t have to use this card! Stay healthy, friends!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: My Mind’s Eye, Beckett, Stampin’ Up!, PTI, Stickles, Bazzil, muslin fabric

Chipotle Cream Shrimp

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Hey!

Happy Friday! Here we are at another weekend and this is my last weekend before going back to work. I am sad that I won’t be with my girls as much as I have been, but I will be happy to get back on a schedule!

Wednesday was great! My daughters, best friend and I went to Geneva which has the cutest little stores and boutiques. Of course we bought a few things. We ate at our favorite tavern there. I can say that I had the first macaron in my life there…how could I have never had one before? It was raspberry flavored and the best thing I have ever had! The crunchiness on the outside and the softer middle of the cookies were divine! I have found my new favorite treat!

I must admit that we also had gelato at the cutest place. The ambiance was calming and whimsical. We did a lot of walking so we needed sustenance for the ride home! We each ordered a different flavor so we can all “taste test” them. They were all delicious!

I kept my word and bought my daughters school uniforms yesterday. One more thing checked off the school list! Now I just need to clean out all her darn drawers and organize those before school starts…I have time.

Do you like shrimp? I love shrimp any way it is cooked. I know some people who don’t like shrimp and I’m like really…what is not to love about them? Shrimp are so versatile for cooking. This creamy shrimp was da bomb!

I could have eaten this large bowl all by myself with just a spoon…but I made tacos instead.

I garnished the tacos with cilantro and onion.

Chipotle Cream Shrimp

Ingredients

3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1/2 of a 15-ounce can tomatoes in juice (preferably fire-roasted), lightly  drained
2 to 3 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, removed from their canning liquid, seeded if you wish and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2/3 cup Mexican crema, creme fraiche or heavy (whipping) cream
3/4 teaspoon (or more) fresh black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
Salt
1 1/4 pounds medium-to-large shrimp, peeled and (if you like) deveined, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
12 warm corn tortillas

Directions

Roast the unpeeled garlic in an ungreased small skillet over medium heat, turning from time to time, until completely soft and blackened in places, about 15 minutes; cool and peel. In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, tomatoes and chipotle chiles; blend to a smooth puree.  In a medium (10-inch) skillet, heat the oil over medium-high.  Add the puree and stir until reduced to the consistency of tomato paste, 5 minutes or so.  Stir in the cream, pepper and oregano, reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for several minutes for the flavors to come together.  Taste and season with salt, usually 1/2 teaspoon.  Add the shrimp and stir until they are just cooked through (just losing their translucency at the center), about 3 minutes.  Serve immediately with warm tortillas.

This recipe was too easy! I followed the recipe exactly and unfortunately it was too spicy for my family…awwww. It was just right for me! Next time I will cut down on the chipotle pepper.

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source Rick Bayless

Banana Nut Muffins

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We are at that time of year again…getting ready for school! Yesterday we bought school supplies. I love doing that! It’s that addiction of office and school supplies that gets me excited for a new school year. I kept pointing out cute stuff that we don’t even need…something is wrong with me! We were also looking for school uniforms. We found everything but that! I went to Ross that opened nearby and OMG! Forgot about the uniforms the minute I walked in that store. The clothes are amazing! I bought a few summer dresses. Their prices are so reasonable that I couldn’t help it. Now, I need to clean my closet out again before I go back to work next week. It was worth it! Uniform shopping will have to wait until next week I guess…

I don’t know about you but about this time of year I also think about snacks. Snacks are so important during the school year. I like making sure there is something snacky (and maybe semi-healthy) for everyone to eat until I get home and make dinner .Besides fruit I think muffins make excellent snacks. They are not just for breakfast or brunch.

These Banana Nut Muffins are delicious!

Just look at them. You can even see some banana chunk in them. Moist. Filling.Portable. That’s one of the reasons I like muffins. You can put them in a baggie or container and throw them in your bag to go. I put all my muffins in a huge Tupperware bowl and leave them on my counter for snacks. They don’t last long, but that’s ok!

Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly butter 2 muffin tins.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together for a good 3 minutes. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway. Give them a rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.

Bake until a toothpick stuck in the muffins comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Take out those tins and get to baking!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source Food Network-Tyler Florence

Gelatina de Leche/Sweet Milk Gelatin

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Hola!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

On Friday we went to the Fashion, Jewelry and Accessories show. I have been once  before but was not very impressed by it. This time I was a bit more impressed. I bought the cutest summer dresses and a few other items. It was a pretty good time.

I used to be a makeup addict. I overcame my addiction. And now it’s reared its beautiful head again!  Considering I am horrible at applying makeup it makes no sense but it’s the way products are packaged  that just make them so cute! I have learned a trick or two watching some makeup tutorials. The last time I went to the Dollar store I found some Skinny Girl tinted moisturizer that I like quite a bit. It’s perfect for summer when I want lighter coverage. I am glad I bought it. I went to the dollar store again this week to buy some cleaning supplies but of course I got sidetracked! This was my extra special purchase.

I had previously purchased the Sinful Nail Polish (which I really like!) at Target and I was super excited when I found it at the dollar store along with Maybelline blush! The blush reminds me of high school because that’s what I wore back then too.  I am a huge MAC fan but when money is tight I usually will just buy cosmetics that catch my eye  and are a bit less expensive. Julissa and I also made a quick trip to Walgreens and Ulta just to “look”. I bought makeup at both places…I better start really paying attention to those tutorials!

I love buying the layered gelatin in the cute plastic containers that are sold at the majority of Hispanic grocery stores. I always wondered how they made it. I always avoided trying to make it because I figured it was really hard. Now I have the basic Gelatina de Leche recipe and it is awesome!

I served my gelatin with some blueberry jam right on top. Simple and sweet.

Gelatina de Leche

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 stick cinnamon

Directions

Combine cinnamon stick and boiling water in a bowl. Combine both envelopes of gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water in another bowl;stir until gelatin is dissolved. Combined sweetened condensed milk and gelatin mixture. Remove cinnamon stick from the 2 cups of boiling water. Combine boiling water, vanilla and condensed milk mixture. Stir well until combined.

Pour into a 13×9 pan or in molds and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

This is another great summer dessert. It wasn’t difficult at all. What was I afraid of?

Besos,

Flor

Recipe adapted from cooks.com

Summer Picnic Placemat

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My daughter has me addicted to watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. It’s kind of funny because the tutorials I like really don’t apply to me. I could not go to work looking like I should be going to a club…people would think I’m crazy! I am awful at doing makeup but maybe I will learn a little something.

I am still doing some reading and OMG! This last book I read was awesome! I could not put it down!

This book is so well written. The story of Nick and Amy and their marriage which takes turns and twists is amazing. Dead or Alive? Amy or not? You should read it!

When I am looking for simple sewing tutorials I always go to Crafty Gemini. She is amazing! I made these gorgeous Summer Picnic Placemats using her tutorial on YouTube.

Look how well the utensils fit in the pockets.

Roll the placemats up with the utensils and they are ready to be packed in your picnic basket!

Considering I am still a beginner sewer these look pretty darn good..all because of the amazing directions! So go to Crafty Gemini on YouTube and check out how to make these!

Happy Friday!

Besos,

Flor

Paloma Cocktail

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What’s new? The heat here is new and I am not digging it. I am so ok with 70-80 degrees but above that I am not too happy (unless I am on the beach with a drink in hand!). And it is going to be HOT here all week!

Another new thing around here? I actually went to Navy Pier on Monday. I have lived here my whole entire life and this is only the second time I have been to Navy Pier. I never went to the old Navy Pier. Two years ago I went to Navy Pier for a bridal shower but I didn’t walk the entire pier. Monday was awesome! We  took the “L” and this is only the second time I have ever ridden the “L” ever! I am either very lucky or pretty deprived-I don’t know which! Navy Pier was gorgeous! We walked around the pier, rode the ferris wheel and had a great lunch. It was way too hot to be out there but we had a great time. I mean look at the view from the ferris wheel…

Chicago is an awesome city…I just need to enjoy it more.

A couple of weeks ago my friends and I who swap crafty stuff did a “drink recipe” swap. Everyone bought a drink sample and recipe card for each participant. I t was awesome! I shared a recipe for the Paloma Cocktail.

Totally refreshing!

Paloma Cocktail

Ingredients
single cocktail:

  • 2 oz. Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila (or similar)
  • .5 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 oz. grapefruit soda (Toronja, Squirt, etc.)

larger batch:

  • 1.5 c. Piedra Azul Blanco Tequila (or similar)
  • 4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 48 oz. grapefruit soda (Toronja, Squirt, etc.)

for the rim and garnish (optional):

  • coarse salt
  • lime wheel or wedge
Instructions

for a single cocktail:

Stir tequila and lime juice together and pour into a glass over ice. Top off with grapefruit soda.

to make a large batch (6 servings):

Stir tequila and lime juice together. Fill a pitcher with ice and pour the mixture over the top. Top off with grapefruit soda.

Rimming and Garnishing:

If you’d like, place the salt on a small plate. Before filling a glass with ice or pouring in the cocktail, wet the rim and dip it in the salt. Add ice and cocktail to salted glass. Garnish with a wheel or wedge of lime (or grapefruit).
Who says craft swaps are boring? We crafter can be lots of fun!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source girlichef