Category Archives: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Post It Pad

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Hola!

Are you in the mood for love? If you’re not you should get into it–Valentines Day is almost here! I believe I am a hopeless romantic at heart. But I’m also cynical about love. When I hear that someone is getting married first I think—suckers! Then I’m like awww how romantic!

Love is love. It’s beyond anything material, sometimes it’s beyond our reach, sometimes it’s the most beautiful thing ever and other times it’s the worst thing every! We’ll never understand it…

But materialistic or not getting gifts on Valentines Day is awesome!

I made this adorable post it holder for my swap group.  The embossing of the sentiment gave it a little elegance.

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Isn’t it lovely? I used the embellishments that I made a while back with vintage sheet music.

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The inside cover has a paper that’s a bit more modern.This comes together very quickly so you still have time to make some.  This is the perfect little gift for anyone who you:

  1. Love
  2. Like
  3. is addicted to paper

and many other reasons which I’ll let you come up with!

Happy Wednesday!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’Up!, vintage sheet music, misc. supplies

 

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

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Happy Monday!

It is happy for me because I am home…Thank you Presidents!

Valentine’s Day on Friday was so great! I just love it! Here’s a little picture of the things I enjoyed. I had quite a few snacks and I received my Ipsy which was awesome!

Saturday was kind of sad because I had to go back to reality.  There was cleaning and groceries to do…oh, well!

As I look outside m window I see the snow falling and the wind blowing it is not pretty. I lied…it is pretty but I am just tired of the snow! At least I am home and don’t have to go out unless I want to.

Last Friday on my post I shared the picture of a disaster! I have a double oven…small on top, large one on the bottom. My husband said that there is something wrong with the regulator that regulates the temperature. That makes me sad! I have never baked cake in the bottom oven so I guess I need to start figuring out how it’s going to bake. I have only ever cooked my turkey in the bottom oven. The reason we bought this particular stove was because of the two ovens. Well, I guess today will be a practice run. The bottom oven takes longer to heat up and doesn’t cook/bake as fast or as hot as the top oven did. I hope I don’t have a disaster on my hands again!

Everyone likes Spaghetti and Meatballs but how about eating it in a soup version? It was really good!  Everyone liked it so it was a win-win situation!

 

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 oz extra lean (99% lean) ground turkey (or chicken) breast-I used turkey
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, grated (I used a box grater)
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (I used a box grater)
  • ½ medium onion, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 32 oz fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 24 oz jar of marinara sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup uncooked broken wheat spaghetti pieces (1 inch sticks)
  • 1 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Directions

1.    In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, garlic powder, tablespoon of grated Parmesan, breadcrumbs, ¾ teaspoon of the Italian seasoning, egg white and milk. Using your hands (or a spoon), mush all the ingredients together until well combined. Roll meat mixture into 30 separate (3/4” – 1”) mini meatballs.
2.    In a large stock pot bring 2 teaspoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs to the oil and cook them, stirring occasionally until all sides are browned. Remove meatballs to a dish and set aside.
3.    Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil to the pot and continue to heat to medium. Add the carrots, zucchini, onion and garlic and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
4.    Add the meatballs, chicken broth, marinara sauce, red pepper flakes and remaining ½ teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the pot with the vegetables. Stir together and cover. Bring the mixture to a boil, uncover and lower the heat to a simmer. Add the spaghetti pieces and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the pasta and the meatballs are cooked through. Add the Parmesan cheese in the last couple minutes of the simmer and stir in.

With the long list of ingredients it looks like it’s a difficult recipe but it’s not! This recipe is Weight Watcher friendly and weights in at 6 Points Plus at 1 1/2 cup serving.

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Emily Bites

Slow Cooker Chickpea Stew with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, and Pesto

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love Valentine’s Day! I don’t just love it because of all the sweets and flowers but because I love love. I love romance…doesn’t just about every woman out there? It’s really meant for lovers but now it’s also about your children, friends, parents. Anyone can be your Valentine. Such a wonderful day! I also realize that not everyone likes Valentine’s Day so be careful who you talk to about Valentine’s day!

I have to say that I was going to post this delicious Cherry Nut Bread but…

It didn’t work out well at all! Disaster! It was burnt on the outside and raw on the inside….What the heck! Not every recipe turns out perfect!

So instead I have a delicious crock pot meal.

Now this turned out perfect!

Crockpot Chickpeas Stew with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes and Pesto

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. olive oil (or slightly more, depending on your pan)
  • 1 pkg. (19.5 oz.) raw turkey Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground fennel (probably optional, but this adds amazing flavor)
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed well and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) crushed tomatoes (or use all diced or all crushed tomatoes if that’s what you have on hand.)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (I used the basil I made and froze in the summer))
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional, but good)

Directions

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, squeeze the sausage out of the casings (discard casings), and cook the sausage over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned, breaking it apart with a turner as it cooks.    When the sausage is nicely browned, push it to one side of the pan, add onions, and cook until they’re starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes.  Add the minced garlic, ground fennel, and Italian seasoning and cook 1 minute more.  Transfer sausage onion mixture to the slow cooker.
Add Garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and water  to the slow cooker.    Cook for about 4 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low.
When the beans are quite soft and the flavors are well-combined, add the pesto and cook about 20 minutes more.  Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve hot, with Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
This was soooo good. I think the addition of pesto is what made this extra delicious. It’s also healthy so you can’t lose on this meal!
Have a wonderful day filled with love!
Besos,
Flor
Recipe source Kalyn’s Kitchen

 

 

Criss Cross Valentine

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Hey!

 

I hope everyone had a great week. The weekend got here really quick since it was a shortened work week!

I went to Zumba on Wednesday with my new orthotics for my gym shoes. I was so happy! It went pretty well. My feet hurt very little the next morning. I think I might be able to do Zumba at least twice a week if my feet do ok. I love doing Zumba because it’s like dancing and I love to dance but hardly get to go out and do that.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I am such a romantic at heart. This year for the swap group I am in we are going to try and learn different techniques. The last swap was a Valentine’s Day criss cross card. I love this card.

I would have to give this to someone I really love because there was quite a bit of cutting involved.

Have a great weekend!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies:  Stampin’ Up!, Gartner,

 

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

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Hola!

Guess what today is? Yes, It’s Sunday. It is also Popcorn Day. At least according to my calendar it is.

So in honor of popcorn day I decided to make Peppermint Popcorn. It was for two reasons that I chose to make peppermint popcorn.

1. It’s popcorn day.

2. I have lots of candy canes that were left over from Christmas.

This was really delicious!

It’s also really pretty! This would make an awesome gift for Christmas or even Valentine’s day.

How pretty does that look?

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 8 cups air popped popcorn
  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint (candy canes or starlight mints)
  • 3-4 oz. red candy melts

Directions

1. Air pop your popcorn and spread on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

2. Melt white chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments(stirring in between each) until completely melted.

3. Drizzle white chocolate on popcorn using a spoon. Mix chocolate into popcorn quickly by using two spoons or your clean hands. Be careful as chocolate can be hot!

4. While chocolate is still wet sprinkle crushed peppermint over popcorn.

5. Melt red candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments. Spoon the melted candy into a ziploc bag and cut a small corner of the bag. Drizzle over all popcorn.

6. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for about 15 minutes or until set. Break up popcorn and enjoy!

Happy Popcorn Day!

Besos,

Flor

Valentine’s Day Banner

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Hey!

It’s finally Wednesday. Has it been the longest week ever or is it just me?

I was so upset on Monday. My podiatrist office called to cancel and reschedule my appointment. Really??? I had all my cute shoes packed  in my car and I was ready for some foot molding! I just wanted to get it over with…oh, well guess I’ll have to wait until my next appointment!

This post is super quick because I am super exhausted! I felt kind of sick this morning with no energy at all but I pushed myself to go to work and now I am more exhausted! Anyway, here is this super cute banner that I “cased” from a Pinterest pin…

This was so easy to make. I made it while I watched TV. I used new and vintage playing cards strung on pink yarn with scraps of ribbon placed in between the cards. You could make it as long or as short as you want. Couldn’t be any easier!

Happy Wednesday!

Besos,

Flor

Colorful Lovey Dovey

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Hey!

Glad it’s Wednesday? I am. Just want to get the week done! It’s quiet here except for the crazy weather! First cold, then ice storm, then beautiful spring weather and soon it will be super cold again…what a roller coaster!

I have a quick Valentines Day card for you today!

I made this card to share at my monthly swap with my friends.

I didn’t want to use the classic Valentine colors on this card. Thought that maybe bright colors would be cute and it worked! This card isn’t overly embellished  or too romantic. Do you have any Valentine’s Day plans yet?

Have a great day!

Besos,

Flor

Supplies: Stampin’ Up!