So Emiliano's album was finally 100% finished last night! That book ended up being a total of 54 layouts! It's HUGE! But I definitely love the outcome! So Hubby and I went to go get a gift bag for the album so I can take it to him today. I found this really cute robot bag. When I got home, I knew I had to make him a card (which I was planning to do last night, yet never did). I looked at the bag and decided I want to try to copy the bag so it can be a matching set! I did it and I absolutely loved the outcome! I think it's so stinking adorable! But hey, you be the judge!
Well, I've been emailed, phoned and even private messaged asking for the recipes on both posts that I did on Facebook yesterday and today. One of them was Picadillo! And let me tell you, it's a very delicious dish! So, here we go:
Ingredients: - 2 lbs. of lean ground beef - (for quick dinner) 1 lb. bag of mixed veggies that include Lima beans and green beans - 3 potatoes - 2 tablespoons of ground pepper (or less depending on spicy desire) - 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder (or less depending on spicy desire) - 3 tablespoons of seasoned salt - 2 tablespoons of regular salt - 2 tablespoons of fresh black pepper - 2 cans of "El Pato" Tomato Sauce - 1/4 cup of water
Directions: In a large pot or skillet you put in the ground beef and separate into little pieces with spoon while it cooks on stove top at med/high. Add in 2 tablespoons of ground pepper, 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder, 3 tablespoons of seasoned salt, 3 tablespoons of regular salt, and 2 tablespoons of fresh black pepper. Stir until ground beef is a light brown (approx. 15 to 17 mins). Add in 1 1lb. bag of veggies and 3 potatoes peeled and cubed. Stir for about 5 minutes. Strain out fat juices from the skillet/pot. Add in 2 cans of "El Pato" Tomato Sauce. Stir for about another 5 minutes. Add in 1/4 cup of water at discretion of how thick you want the picadillo. Cover and let simmer for 15 to 18 minutes. Once potatoes are fully cooked, serve with a side of tortillas or bread.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
My husband's aunt (who is a fabulous cook) gave me this recipe but since I was limited in time I ended up altering it a little. It still came out very delicious and I think you will definitely enjoy it with your meals.
- 1 bunch of fresh spinach - 10 large strawberries - 1/4 cup Italian dressing - 1/2 of a small red onion - 1/3 cup of pecans - 1 teaspoon of black pepper
Directions: Slice red onion thinly and mix with 1/8 of Italian dressing. Let sit for 20 mins in refrigerator so the red onions can bake. Wash spinach and chop in 3's. Wash strawberries and slice them thinly, add to red onions. Chop up pecans in tiny pieces and add to red onions and strawberries. Add in the spinach and the black pepper and mix until spinach is fully covered with all the ingredients including remainder of Italian dressing (other 1/8 of cup). Serve cold.
I made the salad as a side for my oven roasted BBQ chicken and my rice! It was absolutely delicious!
And guess what? I also scrapped. But since it's the final layouts for Emiliano's album I don't want to ruin the surprise. I'll be posting them later. Thanks for checking out my blog. And I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my hubby and I do!
Yup! I can! I can see the finish line! I'm excited to say that after spending all day scrapping and doing laundry today... I can definitely see the finish line for Emiliano's Album and getting all the clothes washed~! Hehe! I was able to scrap today and I want to share a few of the layouts I made today! Very happy with the outcome! Emiliano's birthday party will be July 31st and I truely think I'll be able to finish his album by then! Can't wait! After finishing his album, all I have to do is make him a card!
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And I hope this coming week goes by quick and full of scrapping for all of you!
Wow! I had such a blast this weekend. Friday was a little "meh" but Saturday and Sunday was great. It was extremely hot on Saturday and my hubby's family came over and had a refreshing swim and a wonderful dinner here at our house! And Sunday we celebrated my grandmother's birthday and then went to do some extremely good shopping! Macy's was having a 75% off their shoes PLUS 20% off if you had their coupon! Yup! I got me lot's of shoes... well, my parents did! hehehe! And today.. back to work. We didn't want the weekend to end, but that's ok. I got my Serenade Cricut Cartridge today! I was so excited when I saw it in our mailbox. So of course I had to use it! (Plus time is running out for me to finish the album for Emiliano) I was able to make some layouts and a card. Here they are for sharing:
I'm really excited for Friday! I get to go scrapping with two great friends from Scrapbook.com, Sabrina and Michelle! Yay! Can't wait!