Friday, February 1, 2013

Surprise Baby Shower...Choco Flan, Owl Cakes, Chicken Pinwheels and Etc...

Our surprise baby shower for my best friend Monica turned out successful. You should've seen the look on face when she entered the room lol. She said she had no idea. 

Planning was easy since I had help from our other good friends and her boyfriend. We had food, silly baby shower games and booze for the men. Yes, our baby showe had men, and the booze helped loosen them up to play games ^_^.

The food were all Monica friendly. No greasy and fattening food because she pukes it out, so crane asada, tacos and burgers were scratched off the list. 

Here's what we had instead...

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My good friend Lupe to make her famous Chocoflan. Did I tell you she made 8 Chocoflan for my wedding? She's so awesome! She also made mini chocolate mint owl cakes because Mon loves owls. So cute, right?

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I made these super cute and yummy Mexican Chicken Pinwheels using DivasCanCook recipe. So tiny and cute. They were the perfect appetizer. It has cream cheese, shredded chicken, tomatoes and spices. They were all gone in no time.

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I also made Mini Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches with Pan Dulce bread. They were like mini Thanksgiving on a sandwich! Very light and tasty. I was telling everyone how Mon and I used to eat the cheapest turkey meat sandwich with cream cheese and ketchup back in college because we were always broke. Good times!

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Lupe also made Jaiba Salad or crab ceviche salad with imitation crab meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and lemon juice. So simple, light and refreshing. Best eaten with tostadas.

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Our friend, Vincent to brought a veggie platter. I love grocery store veggie platters. They have the best ranch dressing!

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Our friend Erika was in charge of the decorations. She did such a great job! Pink, green and brown balloons, table clothes and the cutest owl ceramic with lollies as centerpieces!

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Priceless!



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My First Homemade Pancakes!

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My first attempt of making homemade whole wheat pancakes was not bad at all! I used the recipe from Food.com if you're interested to know how to make it. I stuffed it with sliced strawberries and bananas to add more flavor. So yummy!!!

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Fresh organic strawberries from the Farmer's market. I couldn't stop munching on these.

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Creamy Beef Stew Recipe

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I made creamy beef stew using what I had in the fridge/pantry. I like this kind of cooking because I like the challenge of coming up with something good with what I already have. It doesn't have the all the traditional ingredients of a beef stew but it still came out pretty damn good. Beefy and hearty and best eaten with steamed white rice. Oh yeah!

Here's the recipe...Again, I don't really measure the ingredients. Sorry!

Ingredients:
- boneless beef chuck cut into chunks
- cubed idaho potatoes
- chopped roma tomatoes
- diced onions
- minced garlic 
- 1 bay leaf
- dried parsley
- dried thyme
- beef broth 
- flour
- Olive Oil

Directions:
-turn on stove on medium heat. add olive oil in a large pan (make sure you use a pan with lid)
-saute onions and tomatoes until translucent
-dredge the beef chunks in flour with salt and pepper, then add beef in the pan until it forms a light brown crust (the flour will help thickens the sauce)
-add garlic and cook for a minute
-add beef broth to the pan 
-add bay leaf, dried thyme and parsley
-turn heat to low, cover and let it simmer for 1 hour
-add cubed potatoes and simmer for 20 minutes (taste the broth if it needs more salt). meat and potatoes should be tender
-add a splash of heavy cream. mix. turn off heat. 
-done! ready to serve with a piece of french bread or steamed white rice.


Enjoy!!!


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