Posted on: December 9, 2014
Christmas is almost here… We are decking the halls, getting the Christmas list ready, wrapping presents and mailing out our christmas cards to family and friends. Also the perfect excuse to drink a cup of hot cocoa and cookies in a chilly evening.
I love this time of the year, so festive and filled with love and joy. What is not to love about this Holiday season!
This year I started early decorating my home for Christmas. We had our tree up and the Nativity right after Thanksgiving. This year I went with silver and red for the theme.
I also created a few DIY simple decor ideas specially the Christmas cards collage board to make the perfect display of these special memories this year. All you need is a few items that you may find at Michaels stores, my favorite one stop shop to almost everything. Here is the list:
A cork board, ribbons, pins, thumb tags 2 cardboard letters and hot glue gun.
Here is how to do it. Just hot glue a 1/2 inch ribbon around the inner frame, then a 1 inch ribbon on the outer frame.
Hold a few strings of thin ribbon from the top by using thumb tags and add your christmas pins, and the merry Christmas words, you may also use washi tape to stick them to the board. You will have your own beautiful collage of Christmas cards in one place.
Posted on: August 28, 2014
I have been wanting to create something different for a while, that will scream tropical flavors like mango and coconut and also has a kick. I found these fresh tilapia fillets from Costa Rica, so I wanted to prepare a dish that will taste like a tropical paradise and that will transport you to the beautiful sand beaches of this country. Now, my challenge will be turn it into a fun appetizer. So I created the”fish in a tin” tapas with a spicy mango salsa. I assure you that your guests will be pleased with this dish.
4 pieces of Tilapia fillets from Costa Rica
1/2 mango cut in cubes
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro
1 tbls of sweet pickled jalapeño
1 tbls of capers
1 pickled hot pepper (Trader Joe’s)
1 green onion
Salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder
4 tbls of coconut oil
2 tbls of wheat flower
2 cups of fresh parley
Salt, crushed pepper
2 cloves of garlic
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Use as marinade, dipping or anything you like. It is delicious !
Additional: Crispy quinoa rice
Mix 1 cup of cookies quinoa, 1 cup of white rice and 3 cloves of roasted garlic, and toast them light with olive oil on low heat x 15 minutes, stirring ocationally.
I started by preparing and seasoning the fish. First cut the fish by the middle lengthwise so it makes 8 pieces. Then season with 1/4 tsp of cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Later add the zest of 1 lime and dust each piece with a little of flour to coat them lightly.
For the salsa: cut the pieces of mango into little cubes, then chopped cilantro, green onion, sweet hot pepper and jalapeno. In a bowl mix these ingredients with the capers, season with salt and pepper, chopped cilantro, a drizzle of cocunut oil.
Now is time to pan fry the fish fillets. On a pan heat up 2 tbs of coconut oil and fry the fish for about 3-5 minutes until if cook through and lightly brown.
Now is time to plate! I used this time clean empty sardines tins. I serve one layer of the crispy quinoa rice, then a piece of fish, a drizzle of parley oil and topped with the spicy mango salsa. It is crunchy, tangy, and delicious.
You may arrange them in tray to pass as tapas at a cocktail party. They will be a hit!
Eat, Entertain and Enjoy!
Posted on: August 19, 2014
Bon jour! Have you check out your local market’s event calendar? The Whole Foods in Tarzana is doing an amazing job keeping the community and neighborhood involved in participating in different events during the month. From kids cooking classes, on-sight reiki massages, free yoga class, to food fair, wine tasting and live music.
Posted on: August 18, 2014
Eating healthy and be more conscious of the kind of foods we eat everyday is becoming a must among many families I know. We are looking to more healthy alternatives to our regular favorites and making at home delicious and nutritious food. After being advised by my Doctor to substitute white rice and white breads, to whole grains, organic, healthy products, I started my road to healthy eating habits and more conscious about organic and sustainable foods.It is not easy at first, but you later realized all of the tasty options out there. Trader Joe’s is my favorite market to find all those organic healthy products at reasonable prices. A balance healthy diet is the road to a happy healthy life. For a while I have heard about “Quinoa” and how great is in salad, soups or side dishes.
Posted on: August 13, 2014
One of our latest and popular party packages are our personalized Party-in-a-Box, where a complete set of personalized party items are delivered at your doorsteps. There are dozens of themes to choose from, you may just select the items you need to add that special touch to your parties. Here is a sample of our recent , Thomas the Train Party-in-a-Box, from personalized birthday banner, cake topper to labels to help celebrate a little boy’s 2nd birthday. It was so fun to work with the theme, who doesn’t love trains? We all do and so does our kids.