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December 11, 2018

Easy Coffee Tres Leches

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If there is something I love, it is making dessert, as many of you already know! Cooking takes a little more effort but there’s something about making a dessert that takes me to my happy place. Now, being pregnant and cooking is another thing, whether making dessert or not, so I’ve come up with a few shortcuts to make the things I love on little time. Great for the holidays, right!?  Today I want to re-create one of my family’s favorites, one that they have been asking for a while, my coffee tres leches. In Cuba, we don’t have tres leches or condensed milk but both have been favorites since coming to the US. Making the actual cake for this recipe is one of the longest processes since it can’t be done on a stand mixer and must be done by hand, but this mama has figured out a way to skip a little of the process and enjoy a delicious cake around loved ones. Maybe this is why I love postres (desserts) so much, it brings our family around the table, eating something sweet paired with a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate. So are you ready for an easy and fast postre?

Here is what you need: 1 can of NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk,  1 can of evaporated milk,  6oz of your favorite coffee, 1 small carton of heavy whipping cream, your choice of cake. *On this I have used regular store bought pound cake, pound cake, or if you have time you can use a homemade cake* All of these ingredients can be found at your local Walmart!

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Directions:

Once you have the actual cake the process is pretty easy. Mix NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA®​ Sweetened Condensed milk, evaporated milk, whipping cream and coffee of your choice. Let this sit for about 20 mins allowing the coffee to give its flavor. While the 3 types of milk sit, poke holes in your cake to allow for max absorption. This is what makes the cake deliciously moist. Pour the milk mix into the cake pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. You can do this while you finish getting ready or melting some NESTLÉ® ABUELITA​® for un chocolatico con leche. (hot cocoa) To top of your cake take out your hand mixer or stand mixer and whip out the whipping cream and spread over your cake. If you want to make it a little fancy add a few chocolate shavings to top your delicious cake. Now to the eating part! Of course, baby girl’s favorite part, if you know what I mean. Sitting with my people, enjoying a delicious Tres Leches cake with coffee or hot cocoa.

This is what the holidays mean to me. Spending time with mi familia, the people that make me smile and make my heart beat a little faster. Now you tell me, what is your favorite dessert or shortcut? Want to try make it for your loved ones? Here is all you need!

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November 16, 2018

Restroom Update with little to No Budget

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnbeatableComfort #CollectiveBias

We have been slowly making process in our new house to make our home. It was updated when we first purchased it a year ago, but still needed a few of our touches! There are a few big projects in our 5-year plan but for now, we are updating room by room, making it our own until we give it a total facelift!

One of the rooms that always tends to get forgotten in the restrooms. We keep very clean, stocked, closed and that’s about it. With the holidays already here I thought I would give our half restroom a little update. Our restroom in on the hallway that separates our kitchen and formal dining right in front of the laundry. Hence the fact why we tend to forget about it!

 

Now, this restroom was slightly updated with a mirror, new tile, and new toilet before we moved in, but my awesome hubby refinished the grout to a dark grey instead of the preexisting white when he did our kitchen. That alone, gave it a whole different look for less than $14 and we still had left over after doing both rooms and a hallway!

 

I added a few finishing touches that gave it an updated look on a dime. I found this rug and similar decorations at Family Dollar when I went to pick up Scott® Comfort Plus™ Toilet Paper.  

I love that

While there are a close to a million kinds of toilet paper, we use Scott® Comfort Plus Toilet Paper for all our restroom in our home because is 5 in 1- soft, strong, thick, absorbent and keeps my drains clog-free. Plus we have a little princess who loves toilet paper and thinks the potty does too, so all very important since she probably uses this restroom 4853850 times a day! It’s 3x stronger for unbeatable comfort and not only that but it’s is better than the competition, and is preferred over Angel Soft.

I spent less than $20 in this room and it’s already a little cozier! We plan to add shelves and get a new vanity but for now, I’m in love and it’s just what this room needed! You can also do yours! Make a trip to your local Family Dollar and don’t forget to stock up on Scott® Comfort Plus™ Toilet Paper.   for 24 CT Big Roll at $7.95.

 

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November 15, 2018

Easy Homemade Mashed Potato

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This is not your typical holiday post because for us mashed potatoes are always a must but with Thanks Giving around the corner, well gosh next week. I wanted to share with everyone this easy mashed potato the whole family can enjoy and help in the progress!

To be honest this is probably the only thing I make for Thanksgiving. We buy our Turkey Dinner but somehow there is never enough mashed potatoes. I make these and my family loves them and devours them instantly! Without further ado, here is the recipe and the cutest little helper on a cold day!

 

 

Ingredients;

10 lbs bag of Potatoes

1 Land’ O Lakes Squeezable Spread bottles

1/2- 1 cup of Milk

Salt, pepper, and cheese to taste

Mashed potatoes are usually pretty easy, wash, rinse and boil but if you want to take make it one step faster, place half the potatoes in a bag and microwave for 6-8 minutes and done!

I decided to boil this set while I was tending my little helper but again it’s when you need it in a rush! Then, I placed all my potatoes in my stand mixer, added Land’ O Lakes Squeezable and milk. Land’ O   Lakes Squeezable Spread is so easy and fast for everyone, that my little helper had a little too much fun with it and asked to do it 5 times, and even added more to her own mashed potatoes.

These beautiful plates are the new Everyday Collection from Lifeway. Love the message

Land’ O Lakes Squeezable Spread it’s very easy to squeeze and it’s a spread made with real butter perfect for pancakes, pasta, and toast! Be sure to get yours at your local Kroger and tell me what you made with it!

 

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October 31, 2018

Why we choose not to celebrate Halloween

 

Hey guys,

Today, being October 31st I wanted to share our reasoning for not celebrating Halloween. I know many will pull out the religious card and it’s true, but every year I get asked why we don’t partake in this “holiday” and today I wanted to take the time to explain as to why.

I came from Cuba almost 20 years ago and we come to find many new traditions and Halloween was one of them. In Cuba, we don’t have Halloween, Thanksgiving and we do Christmas a whole lot different. I will go into details on another post but I have teamed up with a close friend to share our view on Halloween.

As a 9 year in a new country, where candy was so good and different my first Halloween was hard. I saw my friends dressing up, talking about where they were going and kids ring the doorbell a lot, as I stayed inside. It was hard and I didn’t quite understand it so when I asked my mom why we didn’t celebrate it she answered honestly, or in her view.

She said we didn’t celebrate the devil.

I didn’t quite understand it until I was older and our church started showing us why. Is not what my mom said entirely, but it is, as a matter of fact, a day where people with very bad intentions take advantage of. I won’t go into the history of Halloween but I invite all of you on the other side of the screen to read it. Take a few minutes and look at the story of Halloween and how it started but more than anything this post is to answer the many questions.

So let’s gets started…

I have never in my 28 years of life celebrated a Halloween. We use to sit at home watch TV and turn our porch light off. People still rang the doorbell but we ignored it.

I have never gotten dressed.

I have never gone out to trick -or -treating.

My husband and I are both on the same page.

Our daughter, while a minor, will also follow this.

When Bella and baby sissy get older, Lester and I will sit down with them and explain what we were taught and why we choose for our family not to be involved. I won’t lie, at times this year it has been hard since most of the shows Bella watches have episodes of Halloween and it’s hard to teach a 3-year-old about it.

We decided to tell her we don’t like it and we don’t watch it. She is not interested in dressing up or anything related to it as she has never been involved.

I get it, this may not be for many people and to each their own. For us, this is how we do it.

Our church makes it a lot easier since today we have a Jesus Festival. We don’t bash Halloween, our kids don’t get dressed up and we don’t give candy out. It’s a day where we celebrate our life and our God.

We have games, rides, and food for all our kids.

The kids enjoy a beautiful play, bouncy houses and if it doesn’t rain we even have a petting zoo. I wish I would have had this growing up and that’s one of the many reasons I love my church. I want Bella and sissy to enjoy every day because it is a day the Lord created. And when they are older, who knows maybe we will make October 31st a family day and skip school.

Like everything in life, this is our alternative way.

This is not to say you are doing wrong or that I’m doing it wrong, but just like anything in else parenting, we each have our own style and this is ours.

This is how we have chosen to raise our children.

Thank you for reading this and feel free to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

Follow us on Instagram and watch our stories to see a little bit more of our night!

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September 20, 2018

A quick 5 minute lunch

This post is sponsored by Pearls® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey guys,

It’s definitely been a while and I have missed this space so much! Starting next week I will be rolling out more posts and a lot more content, so stay a while!

But today I want to talk about a quick lunch I recently discovered since really we are all on the struggle bus. Not to mention the fact that I’m pregnant and I’m really ON the struggle bus most of the time!

I kid you not, I don’t remember being this tired with Bella. I’m working on a few diet changes because all I really want all day is a bed. But, back to the lunch, cooking has never been my forte but my people have to eat.

Ingredients:

Chicken

Mayo

Dijon Mustard

Salt

Apples

Crackers

Musco Family Pearls

You’ll need a roasted chicken from your favorite store, yes guys I hate cooking, you can also boil chicken breast at home if you are the cooking type! 😉

Shred the chicken. (another tip: put that chicken in the stand mixer for a few second and ta-da. Shredded chicken in secs, literally)

Mix in the mayo, salt and any other seasoning of your choice.

I love my fruit, so I usually add raisins or apples or even cranberries. I gives it an extra sweetness to it. I just love it!

My husband loves olives but Bella is not quite taken by them so I love having my Musco pearls on the side so my hubby can have it all. They come in little cute to go containers and are just delicious!

I’m packing a cup for the hubby for lunch too. Perfect and (easy) snack! Healthy too!

That’s it!

Take your chicken salad and you can eat it on a sandwich or with crackers.

And this quick chicken salad lunch also works as a great dip at your next party!

That’s all for today guys! Hope to see you back soon! More post about the baby bump to come!