My favorite part of the week is here. I looooove having an excuse to craft :) So this week I decided to do something that you guys can work on throughout the week and hopefully have it ready for your 4th of July celebration. It's a very neat idea that will both look adorable and get your whole family some quality time :)
You will need:
Tasty Tuesday is here again! With an original recipe from another team member, our PR & Advertising Specialist: Angie. This week's recipe is super simple, quick and DELICIOUS! Perfect for a warm summer day...I want it NOW...
Ingredients for one serving
loaf of Naan bread
Extra virgin olive oil
thin cut grilled eggplants
1 egg (sunny side up)
3 slices of Genoa salame
1 slice of provolone cheese (or any other kind of cheese)
shaves of parmigiano reggiano
1. Cut your eggplant as thin as you can and grill with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. set aside.
2. Heat the Naan bread on both sides then add your sunny side up egg.
3. Layer up each one of the ingredients (Salame, eggplant slices, and cheese).
4. Top with shaves of parmigiano reggiano, chopped parsley and Kosher salt.
5. Fold, and enjoy! :)
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As a lover of vintage stuff and granny floral patterns, I always visit the home decor sections of my favorite stores, but...lately i find myself falling in love with wall art that i never buy because somewhere in the back of my mind I say... well I could pay for this $29.99 wall art.. or I can make my own. Unfortunately I never use to have the time to actually make stuff. I finally decided that It was time! Time to make some wall art :) I knew that whatever I made has to be affordable (it's gotta be worth my time) and fun to make. So I went to the Dollar Tree <3 and found a super cute floral pattern tissue paper that I knew I wanted to use. Next I went to Michaels, and right when I was about to pay $12.99 for a canvas, I decided I would innovate instead! So I went home and decided to look through my trash :) sometimes I don't mind trashy lol and found some pizza, cereal and cake mix boxes that I thought would work great. So I went ahead and started my masterpiece!
1 Package of your favorite tissue paper (floral or swirly works best) - $1.00
Cereal, cake mix or pizza box - FREE!
Plastic Bags - FREE!
White paint (the cheap acrylic kind) - < $3.00
Elmer's Glue - $1.00
Printer Paper & Ink - Pretty much FREE
So basically the whole thing was under $5.00 and tons of fun!
1. Open up Microsoft Powerpoint and type up your lines using 200 size font.(you can make certain words bigger to add emphasis) I used a beautiful Biblical line, something that gives me strength everyday. "Love never fails" Select a color for your type that goes with the color of your tissue paper and print it out on regular white paper.
2. Stuff your box with some plastic bags. (This will kinda weight it down so it's not super light on your wall) Don't over stuff it though, five bags well spread around should be enough. You can also use newspaper for this.
3. Using Glue, seal your box shut. (Make sure you get it straight!)
4. Paint your box with white paint. Do not use water. You might have to do two or more coats depending on your acrylic paint.
5. Let it Dry completely and in the meantime, cut out your lines and think about how you want to lay them out. Once your box is completely dry, use another paintbrush to paint the front of the box with glue. Then, gently place all the design elements (pieces that you want from your tissue paper) in place and set to dry.
6. Add finishing touches like a whole in the back of the box for easy hanging and white paint here and there to cover up unwanted stuff.
Enjoy your five dollar, handmade, vintage looking, typographic wall art!
This Father's day, my nonna decided to wow us all, yet again with her amazing Flan Caramello. After stuffing my face i decided to steal her recipe and share it with you all. It's very cheap to make and delightfully creamy... yummy!
Ingredients for Flan Mix:
1 Can of Condensed Milk
Whole Milk (use the condensed milk can to measure two cans of whole milk)
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Ingredients for Caramel:
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Water
1. Mix the sugar and the 3 tablespoons of water in a small pan and heat over medium fire. Do not stir. When you see the sugar turning into liquid caramel, quickly pour the caramel into your oven-safe baking pan. Make sure the caramel spreads all throughout the walls of the pan.
2. Mix all the flan mix ingredients in a blender for two minutes.
3. Pour the mix in the already caramelized baking pan.
4. With a fork genntly whisk the mix so that any bubbles dissapear. This is very important so your flan is rich and creamy.
5. In a large baking pan pour 3 cups of water and place your flan's pan inside the large pan with water (baine marie style) and bake at 350`F for 40 minutes.
6. After 40 min, check with a toothpick or knife and if it comes out dry, your flan is done. If not leave it in there for 5 more minutes and check again.
7. When your flan is done, take it out of the one and hot water and let cool. When it cools down. Cover it up with aluminum foil and refrigerate it overnight.
8. To serve, carefully invert on a large plate and enjoy <3
So, every once in a while a take a glance at what's on sale at Forever 21 (one of my all time favorite stores) I was checking it out today and found sooo many cute things for super cheap prices so here is the link to their SALE page. Also, they have FREE SHIPPING on $50.00 + orders. Enjoy :)
Growing up in an Italian & Colombian home, made me sooo appreciative for delicious food! But...since delicious food was always around I kinda got used to it. After being married for a year and a half and having to cook for myself I suddenly became reaaalllyy appreciative of Mom and Nonna's delicious cooking again! I was at their house the other day and found that my Nonna had made fresh Italian bread from scratch... YUMM! So my mom decided to make Fresh Bruschetta. Needless to say, me and my hubby had an amazing dinner and I thought I'd share the recipe with you all. It's super simple and quite delicious!
1. Italian Bread (Home-made is a plus)
2. Fresh Red Tomatoes (your favorite kind)
3. Fresh Basil Leaves (Crushed)
4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Balls
6. Salt & pepper
1. Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
2. Slice The fresh mozzarella into 1/2 inch thick slices.
3. Slice The Bread into 1 1/2 inch thick slices
4. On top of the bread, layer one slice of mozzarella and one slide of tomato and you have your bruschetta!
5. Gently drizzle the olive oil on top of your bruschetta. Top it off with the fresh basil leaves, salt and pepper. (I usually prefer to salt the tomato generously so you can taste it.)
6. Enjoy a delicious, simple and truly authentic Italian meal!