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Day of the Dead Wreath 2017

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How is everyone? Is everyone gearing up for Halloween or Day of the Dead? I am so ready! After an awesome summer and plenty of adventure with my best friend I am really ready for fall and it’s adventures.

In the last few years I’ve started celebrating Day of the Dead. I love the history and meaning behind it. I’ve put up my papel picado, my altar and some colorful decorations along with fall and Halloween decorations. It’s a bit hard melding all these seasons/holidays together  but so far it’s worked. This year I decided to make a wreath for Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos.

As per usual I try to use things I already have on hand and this year I chose to use a sombrero that belongs to my oldest son. He wore it when he was just a little tiny guy! I haven’t been able to get rid of it and I’m just so sentimental when it comes to my children. The sombrero was perfect as a base for the wreath.

It turned out gorgeous and will only be used indoors so the sombrero doesn’t get ruined with bad weather.

It was so inexpensive to make. The flowers, skull and all the ribbons and mesh were purchased at Dollar Tree–Thank you! I already had the sequined sticks. How gorgeous is it!!! I love the bright colors!

What fall holidays do you celebrate?

Besos,

Flor

 

 

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Pumpkin Praline Cake

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Happy First Day of Spring! Even though we’ve had a really mild winter I am so ready for spring and summer!

Haven’t posted in quite a while.

Since I last posted in December I have lost 20 pounds! I started Weight Watchers again on January 1st and it’s gone really well. I’ve allowed my self to “cheat” a bit…that’s bad but sometimes you just want to eat what everyone else is eating! I noticed that my feet started feeling so much better after I lost the first 10 pounds. So many positives to losing weight!

I am also slowly removing very toxic cleaning supplies in my home. As I finish a product I replace it with something that doesn’t have as many toxins. A friend of mine shared an awesome website with me that will give you their “grade” for products so that is what I have been using to find cleaning and even personal care products that are less harmful to myself and the environment.

I feel bad that I have not been posting as much as I have before. Even though my kids are grown up I still want to lead a balanced life. No matter what your age having a balanced life is so healthy. I need to keep work, family, other obligations and of course fun and adventure in check with each other.

Even though I am dong Weight Watchers I am still baking! Temptation is rough! I found a recipe for this delicious Pumpkin Praline Cake on Pinterest and had to try it. Being the big pumpkin lover I am I always have pumpkin puree in the freezer.

This cake was magnificent. It was super moist and the frosting was amazing! I had taken some to my parents when I made it and he enjoyed it. When he came to my house a few days later I offered my Dad dinner, coffee, etc which he declined but when I offered him cake he was like YES! He loved it! I think this will be on my to make all the time list.

Pumpkin Praline Cake

Ingredients
For the cake
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup whole milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
4 whole large eggs
½ cup chopped pecans
½ tsp nutmeg
¾ tsp cinnamon
For the icing
2 cans of sweetened condensed milk
4 tbs unsalted butter
1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease two 8” round cake pans with Crisco and then dust with flour or use non stick baking spray (what I prefer). (you could also make this in a rectangle cake pan).
2. Mix together in a medium bowl the cake mix, pumpkin puree, milk, oil, eggs, pecans, nutmeg and cinnamon until all is moistened, scrape the bowl occasionally to make sure that you have mixed all of the mix together. Pour evenly into each cake pan or pour entire contents into the larger rectangular cake pan.
3. Bake for 27 minutes – check and see if the middle of the cake is still loose – if it is, bake in 3 minute intervals until the middle is no longer jiggly and a cake tester or toothpick comes out cleanly. Remove from the oven and allow to rest until cooled.
4. On the stove top on medium heat, mix all of the ingredients for the icing together in a small sauce pan. Heat just until butter is melted.
5. Flip one of the baked cakes over onto a cake plate (upside down) and pour ¼ of the icing onto the cake. Set the other round cake on the top of the first cake (flipped upside down). (If using a rectangular pan – start with poking the holes). Using the handle of a round handled wooden spoon, poke holes into and through the cake and gently pour half of the icing over the top making sure that some of the icing goes down into the holes.
6.Allow the rest of the icing to completely cool and then gently pour it over the top of the rest of the cake.

This is a must bake cake. Serve it with coffee or milk.

If you have followed me for a while you know that my husband is an avid gardener. We’d never been to the Chicago Flower and Garden show so we figured we’d give it a try.

The flowers are so beautiful that they looked fake!

The inspiration for outdoor rooms was fantastic. I mean making furniture with concrete blocks is genius! Eddie is afraid I’m going to put him to work!

Who wouldn’t want a garden party with this decor? Makes me wish I had a huge house with a huge yard but Nah…too much work!

Happy Spring to you from me and my honey from the beautiful Windy City!

And don’t forget to make the delicious cake. Your family will thank you!

Besos,

Flor

 

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Testing! Testing!

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Hola!

Yes, I’m still alive! I’ve been gone for a while..life is just busy, busy!

Let me catch you up a bit!

So I had my foot surgery on my right foot in June and it’s feeling so much better now than it was before.

I had a great vacation with my family this year!

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Who wouldn’t think that sunset is beautiful! That’s actually some of my family. One of my favorite things during vacation was eating the Cuban Sandwich I fell in love with last year.

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I love those sandwiches so much that I would fight for them!

We went to a few new restaraunts this summer too. I’ve done a lot of eating and I am not proud of it but it was soooo good!

 

We went to two weddings and a Quinceañera this summer that were fabulous and fun!

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This is a picture of me and Pitbull…I mean my husband!

After my summer break I went back to work and literally felt like I had the flu or have been dragged by a truck. It takes quite a while to get used to being on a schedule again. But I’m on schedule now and trying to be productive. It’s hard when all I want to do is come home and take a nap after work!

I even did a 5K along with my daughter and my husband. I didn’t run but am happy that I made it walking!

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Fall is here and I am loving the weather and waiting for one of my siblings who has young kids to invite me pumpkin picking! I love pumpkins!

Yesterday I had some appointments and we stopped to have lunch at a Puerto Rican restaurants in Chicago.img_5142

OMG! This mofongo with shrimp in red sauce was amazing. If you like Puerto Rican food go to Ponce in Chicago. It’s a small place but has delicious food and the staff is super friendly! We are definitely going back.

And that’ my story…to be continued!

If you follow me you know I have not been blogging lately but I am usually posting on  Instagram at @micasayourcasa or on Facebook at Mi Casa is Your Casa. Follow me!

Have a Happy Day!

Besos,

Flor

New Year, 2015

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Hola!

Feliz Año Nuevo, Happy New Year !

Do you have any resolutions? I have not made one single resolution. I figure I will just roll with the year and see what happens! Pretty much like every other year! I hope that you all have a wonderful New Year and that it brings you love, happiness and good health!

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Besos,

Flor

A Salvaged Window

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Hope you all had a great weekend! I slept in, decorated, celebrated, cleaned and enjoyed my weekend! I chopped up, boiled and froze our garden pumpkins!

Aren’t they pretty? Well, they were pretty! Now they are waiting to be used in some baked goods or other tasty recipes.

With Fall officially starting tomorrow I wanted to be ready and have my house decorated. I have some salvaged windows that I thought would make great decorations. This window is super cute and really didn’t cost a penny!

What do you think? I did absolutely nothing to this window other than clean the glass. I like the peeled paint. It gives it character. All I did was cut out the letters and leaves on my Cricut using vinyl and adhered them. The bow lost it’s partner somewhere so I figured I would put it to use. I had everything on hand so the cost of this project is pretty much zero!

I added some fall mums and that completed my little vignette.

I love the way this all turned out and I love Fall. It’s totally my favorite!

Have a wonderful day!

Besos,

Flor

Bloody Marys andCreme Brulee

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I am loving this fall weather in Chicago. I am gearing up to decorate my house next weekend!

I had been waiting for this weekend for a couple of weeks now. Why, you ask? Well, I have been waiting for the Bloody Mary Competition to come around! And it was yesterday!

So fun! If you don’t know that the Bloody Mary is my most favorite drink ever you know now! There were about 15 (I think!) restaurants in the competition with their Bloody Marys. It was great tasting all the Bloody Marys and eating the delicious garnishes.

This little sandwich was delicious. The venue was great and it was kind of dark which I must say made the event pretty sexy even though it was the afternoon.

There was people walking around offering Quiche, tortilla rolls and some absolutely delicious cupcakes! This helped to keep everyone sober. After tasting every single Bloody Mary we cast our ballots!

There was even iced coffee after the event which I must add was divine!

And the saying on the cup it is so true!

Since I have brought up “sexy” I might as well talk about Creme Brulee. I don’t know about you but I think that Creme Brulee is one of the sexiest desserts around!  It’s not just the name but the creaminess and exquisite sweetness that makes this a sexy dessert. This was the first time I made Creme Brulee. I was always afraid to make it but I did it! It may not look too sexy here, but once you break through that sugar topping…

Creme Brulee

Ingredients

  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 quarts hot water
  • ½ cup sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream, and vanilla. Stir constantly over medium heat, for about 7-8 minutes until mixture starts to bubble, close to a simmer.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Cover and let set for 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together ½ cup sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually until all is combined.
  5. Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F, just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the center. Bake approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Remove the ramekins from pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
  8. Remove the creme brûlée from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top.
  9. Divide the remaining ½ cup sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy and browned top. The Creme Brûlée needs to sit at least 5 minutes before serving.

This is one of the best desserts ever! Next time I am going to make it sexier by adding some whipped cream on it and possibly wearing something nicer than exercise pants while making it!

Besos,

Flor

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Recycled Container

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Happy Hump Day! It’s been quiet around here and I am so ok with that. It’s been kind of dreary around here so we’ve been sleeping a lot!

My purse is usually a hot mess. Sometimes I just throw things-expensive things in my bag and don’t give it a second thought. Shame on me! When I was cleaning out my purse a few weeks ago I came across my blue tooth and ear buds just thrown in a pocket. As I was cleaning out some craft supplies I also found an empty Stampin’ Up! button container. I thought “What can I do with this container”? How about removing the labels on it as much as possible and decorating it?

After removing the labels as much as possible I just punched out two circles to fit/cover the label area and adhered them. For the sides of the container I just wrapped it in washi tape. Walaaa…a reusable pretty container.

This little container has helped me take good care of my ear buds and blue tooth and has helped me be a bit more organized!

Happy Day!

Besos,

Flor