Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Standard

Happy New Year!

Do you have any resolutions? Any goals? I did not make any this year. I will see what the new year brings and take it on!

imgres

I hope that for all of you the new year brings, love,health, family, friendship, peace and so many more things! Thank you for following me and I hope you continue to follow me in the year to come!

Besos,,

Flor

Advertisements

Coconut Macaroons

Standard

Hola!

I have been very lazy. Lots of sleeping, lots lying around and lots of movie watching. I like those things.

Do you have any New Year Plans? We are not really doing much. We are going out to lunch as a family and then will come home to just hang out.

This holiday I haven’t really done any baking. I usually bake quite a bit but with all the things that went on I just didn’t have the time or the spirit to do it. I was supposed to be in a cookie swap at school but had gotten sick. That left me with like six bags of coconut at home that I could make Coconut Macaroons with. I made one batch  for everyone to enjoy one of the evenings at the Rosary for my grandma. I ended up making a double  batch of coconut macaroons on another day to share some with my neighbors and the rest (at least 3 dozen) were eaten here! That’s a lot of cookies.

Coconut is one of those things that either you like it or you don’t. I like it. If you like coconut then I am sure you will like these delicious, moist, chewy  cookies.

Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

7 3/4 cups (3, 7 oz packages) sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup canned cream of coconut
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg

Directions

Heat oven to 350*F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
Sprinkle 1 cup of the coconut onto the prepared baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes (stir after 3 minutes, then check every minutes or so after) until golden brown.

In a large bowl mix toasted coconut, remaining coconut, flour, and salt.

In a another large bowl mix condensed milk, cream of coconut, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir together vigorously with a whisk.

Pour liquid mixture into the bowl of coconut (mixture) and stir until well combined.

Using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop mixture onto a parchment paper lined or silpat lined baking sheet. Use a moist finger to press down any shreds of coconut that are hanging out (otherwise they will burn before the cookies are fully baked).

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats

 

Loaded Broccoli Cheese Soup

Standard

Hola!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas! This year’s Christmas was just a bit different from other years. After my grandmother’s passing the rosary was prayed for nine evenings at my aunt’s house. The second to last night was on Christmas Eve. We prayed the rosary and then had Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt’s house. I loved being there! After dinner my siblings came back to my house for our gift exchange and of course to eat again later. We would all be so thin if food wasn’t such a large part of everything! Oh well…

My youngest daughter went home with my brother and his family on Christmas Eve so our house has been quite quiet! Christmas Day was just weird! Ever since my kids were little we would all stay home on Christmas Day so that they could play with their new toys and just hang out together. Since they are older now they each do their own thing. I went to the last day of the rosary then Eddie and I went to the movies. That was the weirdest thing ever to me. I guess as kids  and of course we get older things have to change and evolve and they sure have! We saw “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. It was a good movie and also a bit strange!

The weather has been perfect for soup so this recipe will keep you nice and full!

Couldn’t get enough of this soup!

Loaded Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots, diced small
  • 1 cup chopped celery, diced small
  • 3 cups peeled and chopped potatoes, diced small
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4-5 cups broccoli crowns, diced small (about 2 heads of broccoli)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 16 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, carrots, celery, potatoes and onion. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are starting to get tender.
  2. Add the chopped broccoli. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes. The pan is going to be very full of vegetables and it might seem like it isn’t “soupy” enough since the vegetables overpower the broth but I promise it will all work out when you add the cheese mixture.
  3. Melt the butter over medium heat in another pan. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk and cook until the mixture is bubbling and is slightly thickened, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cheddar cheese one handful at a time, adding another handful after the cheese that has been added has melted. Stir in the salt, pepper and dry mustard.
  5. Slowly stir the cheese sauce into the hot broth and vegetables, whisking to combine well. Add additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed. If you want the soup a bit thinner, stir in a little extra broth or milk a bit at a time until you get the consistency you are looking for.

This was so good!

Like I mentioned before…everything revolves around food. My daughter wanted me to try a new Asian restaurant so of course myself, her and my best friend had to go yesterday and it was soooo good!

I am not a big fan of Egg Drop Soup but this was absolutely the best I have ever had! The broth was just super rich! The  Lemongrass Spicy Chicken was so tender and had a very soft lemongrass flavor. The Bubble Tea? Perfection!

Aaaahhhh I love being on vacation…

Besos,

Flor

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

 

Merry Christmas, 2013

Standard

Hola!

Merry Christmas! I woke up this morning to a light beautiful snow! It’s just right for Christmas Eve. It will be a busy evening as we celebrate today.

I wish every single one of you a very Merry Christmas! I hope that you are all surrounded by family and friends on this joyous day wether it be today or tomorrow that you celebrate.

From mi casa to your casa…Merry Christmas!

Besos,

Flor

Christmas Tag, 2013

Standard

Hola!

It’s been a busy last couple of days. I’ve been going to say the Rosary at my aunt’s house for my grandmother a few days and I feel good! It might take some time out of all the things I need to do but it is well worth it!

I finally wrapped the last present last night and I am so glad! For the last two years I have made a set of Christmas tags that I use on some gifts. This years tag is super easy and super cute!

It is a die cut mitten with chevron embossing. I definitely used non traditional colors this year. Have you used Washi tape? If you haven’t run out and get some. It is so versatile!

Today is dessert making day so it will be a bit busy too!

Happy Monday!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, misc. washi tape, Darice, misc. buttons

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Standard

Hola!

Happy Friday! Yes, it is finally winter break! Two weeks to sleep in! Can you tell I am excited?

With everything that has gone on I am totally not ready for Christmas. Hopefully this weekend I will be getting my house in some kind of order, writing up my Christmas Eve dinner menu, finish wrapping gifts and all the other stuff that goes along with Christmas. I haven’t even mailed out Christmas cards yet! Is all your shopping done?

The easiest part of the Christmas Eve menu is dessert. These Sweet Potato Cupcakes are perfect for dessert.

I loved these cupcakes. They are kind of dense but super moist. The sweetened whipped topping was perfect because it didn’t compete with the cake.

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1 cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1    17.2 ounce can  vacuum-packed sweet potatoes (unsweetened), mashed (I did not used canned-I boiled and mashed my own sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  vanilla

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set cups aside.

2.In medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3.In large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high-speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat on high-speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low-speed after each addition until combined. Add sweet potatoes and vanilla, beating until combined. Add flour mixture; beat until combined (batter will be thick).

4.Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on wire rack for 1 minute. Remove from pan and cool completely.

5. Frost with your favorite frosting. I just whipped together some whipping cream and a bit of powdered sugar and sprinkled each cupcake with a little cinnamon.

What is on your Christmas menu?

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source BHG

Thankful for you

Standard

Hola!

I don’t even know how to start this post. I apologize because I haven’t posted in about a week. Last Friday my Grandmother passed away. The several last days have been very emotional and busy. My Abuelita Maria was my Dad’s mom. I have been extremely lucky to have had her. She was 95 years old. As a friend put it…”I was spoiled to have had her so long”. Yes, I was. She was the strongest woman I know. She had a very difficult life in Mexico and her trials and tribulations made her a strong woman. She passed that strength to some of her children and grand children. I am blessed to have had her. I am blessed to have such a large family so that we can support each other and be strong for each other. I will miss my Abuelita very much.

My Grandmother always hated having her picture taken and for the most part I respected that and now I wish I hadn’t because I don’t have many pictures of her. This picture was taken this past March for her 95th birthday. It wasn’t until I saw this picture that I realized how much Julissa looks like her.  I am happy to say that Julissa also has some of my Grandmothers strength.

I am soooo thankful that she was my grandmother and I thought it would be fitting to post this card that I made.

The last part of this year has been hard with the loss of both of my grandmothers and of course our family pet but life must go on. I will carry them in my heart always.

I am sorry for this being such a sad and sappy post but I felt that I still needed to get my emotions out. Thank you!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up! PTI, Darice