Bread Pudding- Budin de pan


INGREDIENTS://
7 a 8 bread rolls.

1 1/2 liter of milk. (I mixed evaporated milk with regular milk)

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups of sugar (depending how sweet you want it to be)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract, 4 Fl Oz

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

1 tablespoon of lime zest.

Orange zest from one orange (just the orange part, not the white part because it will be too sour).

3/4 cup raisins

1 cup of sugar for the caramel that will go in the pan

(I also used a teaspoon of rum for flavor, but that is completely optional)

STEPS://

Break the bread apart in small pieces and put in a big bowl. Add the milk and let it soak for 10-15 minutes

In another bowl mix in the eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and the lime and orange zest.

Pour the eggs mixture into the bread and milk bown. Add in the rum (if you are using it) and the raisin and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is incorporated and let it rest for another 5 minutes


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In the mean time melt the sugar in a pot until it becomes caramel and pour it in the pan. Preheat your oven at 390 degrees. 

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. And voilà! 

It IS OK!

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a great week so far, I have been debating whether or not to talk about this topic because I feel like everyone has an opinion about this, but I want to talk about the FEELINGS that some Stay at Home Moms experience, I recently read about the “HOUSEWIFE SYNDROME”, to be honest, I’ve never heard that term before but sometimes I do have all the “symptoms”

Apparently this Housewife syndrome is the feeling of some emptiness and some kind of that we are not enough because we are at home all day, every day, it is the feeling of tiredness and not having any motivation to do something, and when you do have that motivation it is the feeling of thinking you don’t have enough time to do anything, not time for doing the dishes, and cleaning, and making breakfast, lunch and dinner, doing laundry etc.

I am sure this happens to millions of moms out there but right now it is happening to me, maybe I have been a SAHM for too long (it will be 2 years this November) or maybe it is the fact that I’m running out to things to do at home. Either way, sometimes I feel like I wish I was back at work, I wish I was the same individual I was before I became “just a mom” and then the other “symptoms” start happening, but please, don’t get me wrong or don’t get confused, I am not depressed, at least I am 99% sure that I am not, but I do wish people in general understood that IT IS OK to feel this way.

IT IS OK to feel tired and to not have everything together, IT IS OK to just want to lay down in the sofa and watch reality tv, IT IS OK to not make dinner every day, IT IS OK to wake up late and let your child have breakfast in bed so you could stay in bed for 10 more minutes, IT IS OK to go out for a drink once a week, IT IS OK to ask your husband or partner for help, IT IS OK to go out and leave your kids at home with their dad, IT IS OK to want to do things alone,  and also, something that is very important to me, IT IS OK TO RUN YOURSELF A NICE BUBBLE BATH FOR JUST YOU!!! and don’t forget the candles and wine.

Please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE , I ADORE MY FAMILY TO DEATH, but I do need to be the same old person I was before I became a mom, being a mom has certainly changed my life, I am now forever responsible for another person and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Hello again! 

Hey guys. I know I have been so lost but I have been going through some tough moments personally but I am back in the game and I’m going to give this blogging thing another chance. So much has been going on with me that it may take days to fully tell all of you everything, but i will summarize it and if anyone has any questions just reach out to me.

Back in March, I found out I had had a miscarriage, the dr said the baby was just 2 or 3 weeks in but it didnt hold so the miscarriage happened. This was a devastating shock to say the least because we have been trying for over 6 months now and since I already gave birth to one child I kept thinking it was going to be the easiest thing to get pregnant and stay pregnant again, but boy was I wrong.

I have never mentioned it here but I have hypothyroidism and because of that it is much harder to get pregnant. A lot of women even suffer from infertility because of it. And even though I have been getting my thyroid checked regularly it is still not fully controlled so all we can do is keep trying and all I can do is continue to take care of myself as much as I can.

At the end of March my husband went to California for work for a week, so my girl and I went to visit my sister in Miami and then my mom in North Carolina. Those trips really helped me getting my spirits back up after the loss we had.

April was a month full of running around in the house, with us giving our families the first Easter dinner in our home. It was a great time filled with love and our families. Also, the Easter bunny was very generous with Kim this year.

I also became a Permanent Resident in this country and that was definitely the greatest news and accomplishment so far this year. It is something that unless you are an immigrant you cant really appreciate. This is the first time that (God willing) I will be going back to Perú, my country of origin after 24 years! I came here with my parents when I was only 11. And for many complicated reasons we stayed and made a life here. It has been tough for our family with everything that is happening now with immigration but all I can say is that I am a proud immigrant who worked hard and paid all her taxes in time and now is a permanent resident who cant wait to become a citizen so I can vote and go on jury duty. 🙂

May came and we also did a lot of running around. We went to visit my husband’s fraternity brother and his family and oh my, do they have the cutest little boy. He is only 3 months and my daughter loved being with him, which is a good sign she might be ready for a sibling. We also went to visit my mom for Mother’s day and even though it was amazing to spend this day with her it was also very sad because her father in law passed away on Saturday morning. He was 84 years old and suffered from Alzheimers and once his whole mind was gone his other organs started failing and that is what caused his dead. My mom was devastated because she loved both her inlaws, they were the sweetest people we have met, and her mother in law passed last year and now her father in law. Its been, like i say a very bittersweet month.

But the rest of the year is here and Im here to not let anything or anyone bring me down. If anyone feels like dragging me down they are being cut from my life because all I want to do is appreciate and enjoy every moment im living with my loved ones. Life is too short for everything else. Soo I will now go grab a glass of wine and have some cheesecake.
Have a great night everyone. Remember. Life is what YOU make of it. Make it worth your memories. Xoxo

Cynthia

Kim’s birthday celebration part 1

Hey guys, I know I’ve disappeared for almost a whole month and I’ve just had so much going in February that I am glad to say I accomplished all I had in mind for the month.

February started off with all of us sick with a bad cold, a cold that probably lasted about 2 weeks! but February 12 came and we were off to Disney! yes, DISNEY WORLD!!!!! We went with my in laws to celebrate my daughter’s Kim/s 3rd birthday and she truly enjoyed it all. We  had a few reservations, kept wondering if we made a mistake by taking her there so soon, but we were wrong and she had the time of her life!

Nothing will ever compare to the moment she met the characters and her face lit up. I’ve never seen a child so happy and in “awe” as she was. We really had a great time and I highly recommend visiting during the month of February it was not as crazy or expensive as it is in the hotter months. My in laws also had an amazing time with us and it was great to see them both going on rides with her.We were there from Sunday to Thursday night and did Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Universal Islands of Adventure the last day. Totally enough time for a 3 y/o and adults to enjoy.

 

We stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation resort and it wasn’t only a BARGAIN but it was a beautiful place for children and adults! we rented a car which worked perfectly because we skipped the lines for the bus and they also have a huge restaurant equipped with everything you might need like toasters, microwaves, milk, juices and all sorts of things.

It really was a magical moment and we really cant wait to go back 🙂

 

Coquito

Hi everyone, today I want to share a very basic but also a very delicious recipe for a winter drink, I know a lot of people think of COQUITO as a Christmas or a Holidays drink but I think of it as an EVERY DAY drink. I’ve made it multiple times through out the season and I hope you all get to try it and enjoy it

1 or 2 cups of white rum ( I like Don Q Cristal)

28 oz Coconut milk (I personally like to use the Goya brand for this)

1 can (14oz) Condensed milk

1 can (12oz) evaporated milk

1 tsp. Vanilla extract (or as desired)

1/8 tbsp. ground nutmeg (if desired)

Mix all the ingredients in a blender on high and refrigerate. Believe me it will taste delicious in any season!

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Butternut squash soup

Hi guys. I am here to share a very delicious and very easy recipe for a butternut sqash soup, you can totally make this with your kids too.

You will need:

• 2 lbs (1 kg) butternut squash

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil because that is my preference)

• 1 onion, chopped

• 2 cups of vegetable stock

• 2 tbsp honey

• salt and pepper to your liking

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise and spoon out the seeds and pith.

Then use a peeler to remove the skin and cut into chunks, place on a baking sheet with salt and pepper then drizzle the oil on top. Roast for 20 minutes and remove from the oven.

Add the onion and stir. Return to the oven and cook for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool a little.

Place the butternut squash and onion in a food processor with half of the stock. Blend into smooth.

Place the paste into a saucepan with the remaining stock and honey. Simmer for about 4-5 minutes on low heat. Let cool a bit. You can serve it with toasted baguette, cheese or parsley. I used scallions, basil and parsley because I love all 3 flavors. Enjoy!!

How to Create your Vision Board

Hello everyone. I want to talk about something that I hold very dear to my heart. I want to talk about Vision Boards, or Dream boards as some call it. I’ve had my first one for over 6 years and then I created 2 more, the more recent one its the one I’ve been working on now. Let’s start with the one from 6 years ago. I had watched an episode of Oprah in which she mentioned wish boards, where people post pictures of things they want. my dear Oprah also mentioned “The Law of Attraction” & “the Secret”. Someone in the panel mentioned how they posted a check with lots of zeroes on their wish board and their dream came true. I thought “NO WAY, THAT CANT BE REAL”. But for some reason at the end of the day I couldn’t stop thinking about the show and the stories. I looked at the book my mom had on the coffee table “The Secret” and I knew, I knew I had to read it or at least check out some chapters.

After reading the book and checking endless posts about “The Law of Attraction” and “The Secret” I decided to go to the store and grab some magazines, the ones that called my attention were: : Brides Magazine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living. Once I had them I went to Michaels and picked up a simple trifold display board, glue and some double sided tape. I got home and got down to business.

When I started looking through the magazines I had no idea what I wanted, I just cut the pictures or words that called out to me. At the end of the day I had finished my  first Vision Board, it was everything I wanted and more, but I have to say I still didn’t believe anything in there could happen but I just kept looking at it and believing that I DESERVED IT ALL.

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Come a year later and I could see things starting to happen.. First I had the ring I posted, I had the baby girl (I posted a picture of a baby magazine and it just happened to be a girl) and then I had the wedding. I had posted pictures of different wedding dresses and even the color scheme we chose for our wedding was in my vision board (something I had never noticed)

After I had married  my husband I decided to do another board, we chose things we both wanted, and words that we both liked. and so far things are happening too, my husband has the job position he wanted, we got the bedroom set we also posted and also the Disney trip we wanted is also coming up next month.

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Now, we are working on another one, we are planning on moving to a bigger place and hoping to buy a car as well and I am trying hard o make this blog a successful one. So I will let you guys know how it goes. For this new board I picked Sunset magazine, Traveler magazine, Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Oprah and In Style Home and Design for the pictures, In the meantime I recommend that all of you get to working on your Vision Board or write down your wishes or your dream and truly BELIEVE! I know something are so hard to believe that could happen but I also believe that if its meant to be then it will be. IMG_1943.JPGIMG_1942.JPG

I wish you all a great time creating your board, put all your faith into everything you do, faith goes a long way…

xoxo,

Cynthia

 

A Prayer sent your way

Hi guys, I know I’ve been gone for 2 weeks, but after the holidays I just wanted to take some time to spend with my family and take some time to organize my house and well all the stuff the comes with the New Year. Everything was going well until last Wednesday when my little girl woke up with no voice due to the worst cold she has gotten since she’s been born. The dr. said she had an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection on top of that. So that is what has been happening this past week, she is still coughing a lot, lots of phlegm that she can’t spit out, lots of fever, lots of tears but also lots of cuddles.
And even though she is sick, my girl still manages to make everyone around her happy.I have to say I felt so helpless watching her cough and watching her unable to breather at times. I kept saying to myself that I had it easy, there are parents out there who have children staying in hospitals and going through much more difficult moments, and for those parents, I pray, I pray they find strength, pray they continue to have faith and to always put themselves in the hands of God. I know it can be hard to believe and easy to give up, but for the sake of your kids, try!
.This is our girl last night, starting to be back to normal….Hopefully..

 

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Something in the making

Hi guys. Sorry if Ive been lost, ive been a little busy with some family things going on and also trying to organize and clean my house from all the holidays mess.. 

I am currently working on a post that Im sure a lot of you will find interesting . I will try to post it tonight or tomorrow and I hope you guys will like it. Have a great night. 

Resolutions! 

Hello guys! Ive been thinking about my “resolutions” for this year and to be honest, I cant say I have any. 

I mean i have GOALS in mind, but resolutions i feel change often and sometimes they just dont happen at all. 
So my goals for this year are: 

To make this a successful blog. Im not saying im the best writer out there, but I definitely try my hardest and i want people to come here to either, laugh, learn, or simply read a word of advice. It’s taken me a year since I left my job to finally make up my mind and decide that I want to give this a try. I want my voice to be heard or in this case, I want my words to be READ.

I also want to become a better baker than I am. Again, im not saying im the best baker but i love doing it. I love baking and cooking and I love to bake for my daughter, my husband, my family and I even love baking for my husband’s associates. 

I want to read more, I used to read 3-4 books a month. Now it takes me a month to finish just one book. I have to get back to that. I love reading, next to spending time with my daughter, reading is my favorite hobby 

I want to keep our apartment organized. It is really hard with a toddler running a around and toys everywhere, but I really want to declutter our space and donate some things we no longer need.

And yes. Id like to lose some weight too. I suffer from hypothyroidism and even though I am not overweight, I’d like to lose maybe 10 lbs. Go back to my pre-baby body and stay healthy, that is my main concern.

So, here they go… we shall see if I can make any of these happen by the end of this year. I hope whoever is reading this and whoever has made resolutions or set themselves some goals can make them happen. NEVER GIVE UP. I know people say that all the time. But always keep in mind how good you will feel once you do something people say you couldn’t do!