Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy birthday Mom! with a Blueberry Cupcake recipe!




hi everyone,

I’m always so grateful when October rolls around not because it’s my mom’s birthday, or Halloween. It’s due to her triumphant battle over Cancer.

You see there were times we thought we were going to lose her after several surgeries, chemotherapy,and  radiation. She is here with us celebrating another birthday with us.

Happy Birthday to all the Cancer survivor and please don’t forget to donate to the Cancer Society.



1 1/4 cups cake flour, sifted

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup soymilk unsweetened

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces

3 large whole eggs , at room temperature

1 cup splenda






Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin pan with paper liners. 

  • Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

Whisk together eggs, butter,vanilla, and sugar until fluffy.

Gently  fold flour mixture into the egg mixture a little at a time.

Fold batter onto the muffin tin, add blueberries on top of the batter.

bake for 20 minutes.

Drizzle  a little of melted butter over  the top of the cupcake.



My mom’s favorite Blueberry cupcake!


Have a fabulous week,

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spicy fish Taco with cilantro and avocado dressing


Hi Everyone,
Lately I’ve been having an affair with Tacos, specifically fish tacos to be precise. Several eateries have opened up in the Asian section of Orlando Tako Cheena


Spicy Fish Taco
For this dish you can use a variety of
Fish from Tilapia, Basa, Grouper,
Red Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper.
If you are the adventurous type Bacaloa will be perfect.

2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
4 grouper fillets 1 1/2 lb.; thawed
Juice of 2 limes, divided
1/2 teaspoon adobo seasoning (Spanish seasoned salt)
1 cup red and green peppers dice
1 1/3 cups roma tomatoes dice
4 (10-inch) low carb tortillas
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup red onions dice
1/4 cup mild salsa
1/4 cup olives dice
1/4 cup seeded jalapeno
1/2 teaspoon cumin, and pepper
1/4 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Dice avocado

  • Preheat a pan with olive oil, add the butter
  • Clean fish, wash with water, sprinkle  1/2 of the lemon juice onto the fish, season with salt and pepper, set aside
  • Chop all the vegetables including the cilantro into a bowl add the remaining lemon juice, cumin, pepper, mix well so all the vegetables are coated with the spices
  • In a blender, liquefy mayonnaise, 1/2 of the jalapeno, olive oil, cumin, pepper to create the dressing, set aside

  • Sautee the fish in the preheated pan for 2 minutes on each side, remove from heat to a plate to let cool
  • Once cool dice the fish set aside
  • Clean pan, return to medium heat stack the tortilla to warm
  • Remove the tortilla spoon the vegetables onto the tortilla, add fish
  • Sprinkle the jalapeno mayonnaise on top, add dice avocado, garnish with cilantro

You can also add dice queso blanco if desired for more textures.
This is a perfect meal for small gathering for games served with a light beer or cider beer.
Have a great,

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkin Cupcake with Mascarpone bourbon frosting!

Hi Everyone,
Today is my friend’s Daphne Birthday and my ex-husband. Daphne will be celebrating at Epcot Food and Wine Festival all week long, I made their favorite scrumptious Pumpkin Cupcake for their birthday.
As y’all know I’m not fond of frosting, so I use my favorite cheese (mascarpone) to frost the cupcakes.

Pumpkin cupcake with Mascarpone bourbon frosting!


1 box of Pillsbury Sugar free moist yellow cake
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon Splenda
1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée not the pie filling kind (stay away from those)
6 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. line  muffin tins with paper liners
2. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add the cake mixture and stir until combined
3. Add batter to prepared tins bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested
4. Let cool for 10 minutes before frosting
Mascarpone bourbon frosting
1. In a bowl cream the mascarpone cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add in the bourbon,vanilla extract, and splenda mix until smooth
2. Spread the frosting on the cupcake using a frosting bag or a Ziploc bag, sprinkle cinnamon over the frosting

Happy Birthday my friends :)
Have a great week,

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happy Birthday to me with a savory cupcake!


Hi everyone,
I woke up today one year older, and with more grey hair and aches and pains. As you know a year ago I told you about the back pains I was going through. However what you didn’t know was 2 months ago I was diagnose if the medications didn’t work I might become paraplegic.
I’m happy to tell y’all the inflammation is almost gone and the meds work. I’m happy to be able to cook and celebrate with all of you.

Savory eggs bacon cupcake

Smoke bacon dice
Roma tomatoes dice
Red onions dice
Springs of cilantro
Tbsp. jalapeno, seeded and diced
William Sonoma smoke salt
Madagascar pepper
Muffin tin
Olive oil


Preheat oven to 350F
  • Coat muffin tin with olive oil,
  • Add tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, bacon onto muffin tin
  • Crack an egg into each tin.  Season with pepper
  • Bake on the middle rack in the oven  for 10 minutes


  • Remove from muffin tin
  • Plate, add a tsp. salsa and cilantro on top before serving


Savory muffin/cupcake serve with latte.

Have a great week!
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spicy shrimp en Papillote


Hi Everyone,
My mother is the most creative woman I know from the kitchen to mix media art. I’ve discovered a lot of her techniques are actually becoming very mainstream. Example I grew up with my mom smoking bone marrows, only to discover a celebrity chef Norman is now serving this dish as a delicacy of 4 small bone marrows for $27.00.
One of the ways my mom love to steam shrimp is by using an aluminum foil as a pocket or en papillote. Hold and be hold this technique is called in French Papillote.
I’m sure you are wondering what is en papillote cooking?
It’s a simple technique meaning to cook in a pocket using parchment paper, tightly for baking. In France the chefs always use parchment paper. However my mom always use aluminum foil, when I asked her why she told me it was what she had in the kitchen, and also she can grill it, as opposed to the parchment paper that can only be baked.
Today I continue the tradition in my own kitchen,of using you guessed it :) ALUMINUM foil!

Spicy Shrimp en Papillote


Shrimp, deveined, clean
Roma tomatoes dice
Red onions dice
Celery dice
Jalapeno pepper seeded dice
William Sonoma smoke salt
Madagascar pepper
Ancho Chili powder
Smoke pepper bacon
1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Aluminum foil

Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Mix olive oil with salt, pepper, Ancho chili powder in a bowl
  • Add shrimp,jalapeno, celery,onion, tomatoes,coat all ingredients well with the spiced oil
  • Lay 2 15-inch-square pieces on top of each other, so it will be sturdy on the counter
  • Add coated shrimp onto the center of aluminum foil, add cilantro, bacon, olives on top of the shrimp
  • Pull the sides of the aluminum foil fold together to create a tent pocket, place in the center of the oven for 10 minutes
  • Let cool on a cutting board before opening the pocket


Here’s a video on the techniques of Papillote

Have a great week,

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Strawberry champagne preserves



Hi Everyone,

I made it to the farmers market very late, but it turned out to be my lucky day. There were a few baskets of strawberries left that started to sweat and the vendor marked them down to $1.00 a basket. However being the savvy shopper that I am, I bargained I will take the whole lot for .50 cents a piece.


Now the proud owner of 8 baskets of strawberries, It occurred to me they will be best as preserves. 


Strawberry Champagne Preserves

Strawberries washed and pitted

2 cups of Champagne

1/3 cup of Splenda baking sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mason Jar



Preheat oven to 300F

  • Hull, wash, and slice strawberries, mix in a container with the champagne, let stand at room temperature for 2 hours
  • Cook on medium heat, stir continuously until it baubles and then lower the heat and cook for another 10 minutes, until the juice have reduce to half
  • Add the cinnamon,mix well let sit for 1 minute



Clean mason jars, place into the oven for 2 minutes


  • Remove jars from the oven, pour strawberry champagne onto jar
  • Place jars into the oven and turn off the oven, let cool in the oven for 45 minutes





Voila! Preserves that is diabetic friendly


A few more ideas: this is perfect on crostini with mascarpone, or better yet spread it on brie and bake for 10 minutes.




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blueberry Banana Cupcake/muffin




Hi Everyone,

As we say goodbye to Blueberry season, I want to savor these fresh blueberries one last time before moving on to Pears, Plums and Pumpkins.

As you know I’m not a fan of frosting, however you can create a flavorful maple syrup mascarpone frosting to add more flavour and textures.


Banana Blueberry cupcake


1 box of banana bread

2 eggs

1 pint of Blueberry

1/4 cup extra virgin Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla





  • Separate the eggs and in a clean bowl, beat the eggs, add the oil until well mix
  • Add the vanilla and cinnamon
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 F
  • Add the banana mix a little at a time to avoid lumps,mix well
  • Coat a muffin tin with oil
  • Add the batter
  • Sprinkle the blueberries evenly over the top of the batter
  • Bake at 350F for 25 minutes






Serve with a touch of butter with espresso!






Have a great week!



Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall is here finally!

Hi Everyone,

It’s with a sigh of relief from the scorching 96-98 degrees and 40% humidity we have endured this Summer. I am looking forward to the balmy 75-80 degrees this Fall and enjoy the pool more.

Since my daughter is in college now I no longer have a partner to go to the pumpkin patch with,luckily we have the flea market that carries smaller varieties that I can get and start putting my fall menu together.

Here are a few pics of what I’m going to be basing my menu on.

Have a fabulous week,



Gorgeous peppers, that are perfect for cream cheese stuffing with shrimp.




Red delicious perfect for pickling or pies





Peppers perfect for stuffing with dirty rice, or jambalaya





Perfect for bars, or cookies





Pumpkin bars, cakes, cookies, pies and the list goes on and on :)




Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pinterest recipe tweak: Fruit medley




Peach Cobbler



Hi Everyone,

I’ve been collecting recipes to try and I’ve found some of the recipes  doesn’t come out as stated. However some are so good it bears repeating over and over again.

Such is the case for this recipe Cobbler using soda. The recipe was a bit too dry for me when I first made it, I went to work on redoing it now ‘I have it perfect to my taste :)

Here’s how  I tweak it





2 cans of peaches drained

1tbsp cinnamon and butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 box of cake mix

2 1/2 cups sprite zero or regular

rectangle pan


Mix 1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon with 1/2 tsp. of vanilla with the drained peaches in a bowl.

Spread fruit  mixture to the pan, add butter to the peaches.

Add the cake mix to the top of the fruit, sprinkle the remainder of the cinnamon on top of the cake mix.


the recipe calls for1 can of soda I found it to be too dry. Instead I used 2 1/2 cups of soda it was the perfect amount I needed for a moist cobbler.



Add 2 1/2 cups of sprite on top, you will see foams on top don’t worry. Bake 350 degrees for35 mtes. It should look like this.




When sliced it is very delicious with the added cinnamon, vanilla and butter.




What recipes from pinterest have you tried that has been a success?

Have a good week!



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Scrapbook supplies Sale

Hi Everyone,

I have way too many scrapbook supplies it's time to destash some of my stash. Please email me @ if you are interested in any of the supplies below :) Thanks for helping me out :)

Brand new never use! $139.00+shipping

Email me @
The Making Memories Slice Think Pink Cordless Digital Designer is available for a limited time only. This kit includes a Pink Slice and two design cards! Users will enjoy the fresh and feminine shapes on the new Think Pink Design Card and will go back to the updated Basic Elements card time and time again.

Pink Slice Cordless Design Cutter
Basic Elements design card and Think Pink design card
6" x 6" glass cutting mat, five blades, blade replacement tool, blade adjustment wrench
Repositionable adhesive and foam applicator brush
Basic Elements and Think Pink design guides
Power cord and user manual

Brand new Crafty Secrets stamps $40.00 for the set.

 I will post more as I go thru my stash :)


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

10 things to do before going camping!

Hi Everyone,

As I embark on a 15 states, 30 city tour of the west, here are the top 10 things I wish I had done before getting on the road.

  • Calling each park to see what discounts they take and if they take the national card. Some does take club discounts such as passportAmerica, some don't it never hurt to ask them what club discounts they take?

  • Checking to see if they have electricity, water,or laundry facility, and how much they cost?

  • Showers within the campground, how far they are,and how much?

  • Cooking (can charcoal be used) what is the level of dryness?

  • Entrance fees included for the campground? Some charges a fee like the Grand Canyon $25 to enter and $12 a night for unimproved campground.

  • Bringing a shower tote, some campground showers are located at least 25 miles away or 50 miles roundtrip, now that's too far for a shower. Some does charge $2.00 for a minute shower like the Grand Canyon.

  • Eggs container for camping, putting eggs in the cooler the cardbox became mush.

  • Fly traps, like the blue zappers out west the flies bites worst than mosquitoes.

  • Bee repellent oh my they can swarm around when you are cooking or eating.

  • Firewood seems to be like gold on campgrounds they charge upwards of $7.99-9.99 for a small bundle. At home the same bundle is $3.99


My best tip for you is to select a campground not too far from the bathrooms, trust me it's not fun to trek thru the campground in the middle of the night trying to get into a bathroom that is 600 feet away.

 I suggest an urine container like they use in the hospital, trust me this is better than facing a racoon in the middle of the night.

What are your best tips for camping?

have a fab week,


Saturday, August 4, 2012

{Simple life} Lusk, Wyoming part 2

One of my friends email me this from a blog she has seen and thought this was perfect for my situation.

{ We get one trip people and we can either make the very best of it or we can one day look back and wish we had} By Kimberly Taylor

Today with so much time on my hand as we await  for the car to be fixed did a short historic walk in town, and making the best of the time we have here to get to know the community better.
Everyone is so friendly here, pratically everyone says hello and ask how are you?
I met Ellen who manages the museum, John the convenient store, the priest at St Leo's church, and offcourse Julie and doug from the rawhide motel.

Here's how I see the town thru the lens.