Friday, March 30, 2012

Saying Good-bye

This post is a wrap-up to our lovely week with our guests and sadly we have to say goodbye, as my sister leaves today... its always rough, but we are so thankful she was able to make it out! We had such a splendid time just relaxing, eating a little too much, and enjoying each others company. Here are a few pictures to finish off their stay. (Many pictures courtesy of our lovely guest, Ivette!)

This is one of favorite beaches, Balandra, as it is just paradise! The water is so crystal clear, as well as shallow, you can walk all the way across. You are able to rent kayaks and enjoy the scenery atop of the water, as well as snorkel, swimming right there with the exotic fishies. Or of course, soak up the sun and pull out your favorite read.

Sister Love

We had some delicious homemade pizza and sauce, 3 ways: Loaded Veggie Pizza, Hawaiian, and Barbecue Chicken. They turned out delicious, just a little odd shaped is all...

My favorite was the Veggie Pizza :) On other notes: 1) I almost always cook with a towel over my shoulder--I don't know why, just habit. 2) Can you see our green onions? They are getting so big-- we simply can't keep up! And 3) I love jalapenos! and put them on just about everything I can... 

The Malecon (harbor)
We also did some souvenir shopping downtown, where I proudly parallel parked in a real tight spot (w/ the help of my sister) and had some crepes for breakfast (recipe coming soon), movies, walks along the harbor, and sweet fellowship. My husband and I were so blessed to have them, as well as sad that they have to go, we sure will miss them! 

Tostilocos! They are not so healthy,
but oh so good :)

Hope you have an incredible weekend, be sure to spend some precious time with those you love :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Healthy Ice Cream

This is an easy, but healthy way to get in your ice cream fix for that naughty sweet tooth you have. The main ingredient is simply banana. One might think that when blended frozen it just gets flaky, but it turns into a delicious smooth rich ice cream treat. This recipe here is just the beginning base to the infinite flavors you can dream up, as you can add just about anything to suit your cravings. This banana ice cream trick can also be transformed into a soft serve texture with additional splash of milk* or yogurt.
*use almond milk or soy if vegan

Original Banana Ice Cream Recipe
Banana Ice Cream: serves 1
2 bananas*

Directions: Peel and slice bananas into coins. Freeze for at least 1 hour-- I actually just like to slice and freeze left-over ripe bananas, that way I always have some on hand. Blend bananas in the food processor or blender for a few minutes, however you will need to stop and scrape down the sides a bit and continue until smooth.

*Ripe bananas actually lose some of their banana taste and become a bit sweeter, so if your not fond of the banana flavor, choose a more ripe one. Bananas are actually a great  natural sweetener, so you don't have to add extra sugar unless you want too.

Flavor Ideas:
Berry Blast: 1/2 cup added frozen Berries
Chocolate: 1-2 teaspoons of Cocoa powder (or hot coco mix)
Peanut Butter or Nutella: 1 Tablespoon of nut butter
Vanilla: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coconut Cream: Splash of Coconut milk + Shredded Coconut Flakes
Cake Batter: 1 Tablespoon of dry vanilla cake batter mix + 1 teaspoon sprinkles + splash of milk

Cocoa powder + Chocolate Chips

Additional Add-ins/ Toppings:
Walnuts, Pecans
Brown Sugar
Maple Syrup
Chocolate Syrup
Chocolate Chips
Brownie Chunks
Cookie Dough Bites
Chopped Candy Bar
Graham Crackers
Instant Coffee

You can get really creative here, so feel free to use your imagination and create the most decadent and delicious healthy ice cream flavors, as there is hardly any shame in this simple treat--  feel free to share your favorite creations :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our Adventures thus Far

Here is a peek of what we have been up to the past couple days. And we still have lots more to adventure upon, tomorrow we our headed to one of our favorite beaches

Samie w/ our pet turtles-- Shrek and Fiona

The breath-taking scenery of one of our local beaches. This includes Palapas (umbrellas) and free mini Water-slide Park directly into the ocean-- how cool is that!

Getting some grub at the La Palapa RanchoViejo third tier and enjoying the beautiful view.

And then you can never go wrong with some dessert... but this isn't just any ice cream, it's La Fuente, the BEST homemade ice cream and waffle cones-- it could be dangerous.  

 Plus some delicious eats at the local market with fresh squeezed juices and foods, such as empanadas, which are one of my favorites. Or sopes, tacos, burritos, soups, and more!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter DIY Round-Up

Here is a round-up of all things Easter, as it is quickly approaching. This list contains some cute decorations, fun activities, and delicious eats to celebrate this season of life, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1. Plants in an Eggshell: I saw this and just loved it! How pretty and what a creative idea-- this could be a great centerpiece for your Easter gathering. Click here  or here for the tutorial. These also can symbolize life as new plants sprouting as they rest inside an egg shell.

2. Hot Cross Buns: or aka Good Friday Buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday for breakfast with a cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. There are tons of different variations to make this bread, but here or here are more traditional recipes, and here is a nutella cinnamon-roll take.

Hot Cross Bun Recipe Food Photography 

3. Natural Easter Egg Dye: made from household ingredients to create beautiful Easter eggs, all-natural. Check out  how here and hereEggs on Easter are a direct representation of Jesus' resurrection and new life. The symbolism also represents that as the bird emerges from its shell, so did Jesus from his tomb. This is a fun activity to do with children and teach them about Jesus at the same time. You could also use the colors to tell His story-- this link lists the Christian symbolism of colors. 


4. Brownies in an Egg Shell: Its a little more work, but such a neat idea! This recipe is initially in Spanish, however if scroll down, it is then translated into English. 

Brownie in eggshell 

5. The Tale of Three Trees: This is a great children's book-- "Once upon a mountaintop, three trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. Each of their dreams come true in the most unexpected of ways."

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale 

6. Peep Brownie S'mores: These looked too delicious to pass up... they may be packed with  a ton of 
sugar, but they sound oh so yummy! Recipe here.


7. Neon Dip- Dyed Eggs: These are so fun and such a modern take on decorating an Easter eggs. Also,  this  page shows a lot of versatility in dying an egg-- have fun! 


8. Pretzels:  Pretzels actually have their roots in Easter and their shape is also a representation of praying hands. Eggs and butter were forbidden to eat during Lent and since many pretzel recipes can be made without eggs and butter, it was a popular eat for this time. Often people would hard-boil leftover eggs to store longer and then finally serve nestled in the holes of a pretzel on Easter morning  for children, which then eventually evolved into an Easter Egg Basket.  Pictorial Recipe for homemade pretzels here.

Soft Pretzels 

9. Eggshell Votives: Love this idea for decor from Martha Stewart, details here.


10. Coconut Cream Marshmallow Eggs: this is a fun sweet treat that tastes similar to a mounds bar, which is one of my favorites! Recipe found here


11. No-Dye Easter Eggs:  This is a cute way to decorate some eggs avoiding dye, as well as so many different ways to spice these eggs up. Check-out the variations and how-to here.

Glitter Polka Dot Eggs 

12. Easter Crispy Treats: These crispy treats have bursts of color from sixlets, peeps, and rainbow sprinkles. Recipe found here.


13. Grocery Bag Easter Basket: Have a ton of brown paper bags in your cupboard? Well, here is a great craft to take-on to display some of those beautiful decorated eggs you made. 

DIY grocery bag Easter basket 

Hope you enjoyed this Easter round-up and are able to attempt some of these yourself. But don't forget the true reason we celebrate during this season, to remember Jesus Christ's victory over death  and the sweet Resurrection that gifts us with eternal life!

John 11:25-26 
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."