Tuesday, January 29, 2008

One Week Later...

...and all is well. Last Tuesday, Mr. G went off to boot camp. It has been a very hard week. New Schedules, new rountines all on an emotional rollercoaster. I feel homesick but I am home. I hate this empty feeling. It's only the begnning of 2008 and its been crazy. As if time as stood still.

Friday, January 18, 2008

List#3: Things a love about my kids

The Greatest thing that ever happen to me.

1-They always make my day better.
2- Doing the robot with Becky.
3- Big Al's cheesy smile.
4- Watching Ninja Warrior and trying to talk Japanese during the show.
5- Teaching them someone new
6-Alexander is so tall for his age.
7- Big Bea's vocabulary.
8- Big Al's screams for joy.
9- Going out for pizza and talking about the day.
10-Going on a kiddie rollercoster with Big Bea.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

List#2: Favorite Foods

Here is a list of my all time favorite foods.

10- Cheese. All types.
9- Thanksgiving Turkey.
8- Raisin bagel with cream cheese with a cup of coffee.
7- Papuas. A Salvadorian tortalla with cheese, beans or meat inside.
6- Lemon Chicken
5- Tomatoes
4- Pernil. Season and baked pork shoulder.
3- Pastels during the holidays
2- Pizza from Full Moon on Arthur Ave
1- Rice and Beans. A staple in a Puerto Rican Home.

Yummy yummy

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

List#1: To do

Joining on the list fun with Andrea. Here is today's list. This list is the to do list running in my head.

1- Clean desk (this task is always on my list)
2- Buy more gum for my purse
3- Start another scarf
4- Figure out how to do avoid morning sickness
5- Get coffee now!
6- Paint nails
7- Make Per'zine for swap
8- Catch up with inchies for 100 inchies in 100 days swap.
9- What's for dinner? Chicken or Beef?
10- Bedtime change for kiddies. Alexander -8:00 Rebecka - 8:30 ?? Not sure
Should I start today or Monday?
11- American Idol tonight YES!!
12- Did I say coffee?

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2008 & Flan: Spanish Egg-Custard

After the roller coaster ride of '07 I am ready for solid ground. 2008 already doesn't seem like its going to give me the solid ground I need.
My husband sign up of the Marines a few months ago. He is set to go to boot camp on January 22nd. I am going to hold back my comments about that.

I am still out of work because of an accident. I am suppose to go back next Monday but find out Friday if I can go back or home for another month. I don't mind being home with the baby but its nice to get a full pay check.

So to ring in the new year here are my resolutions for 2008:(most of them are from my list Before I am 30 )

1- Lose weight
2- Knit a pair of socks
3- Drink enough water everyday
4- Take my vitamins
5- 30 minutes of exercise of some sort everyday.
6- Continue
7- Limited time of computer, come up with a schedule and stick to it
8- Try a few new recipes
9- Learn to drive by 04/06/08
10- Reduce stress
In addition, on new years eve I made some Flan. I've always wanted to learn. So I looked it up here. Here is how I did it:

Flan (Spanish Egg custard)

1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
5 whole eggs
½ cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Pre Heat oven to 350º.
Blend all ingredients until completely mixed.

Pour the flan right into the caramelized pan.
Set the pan in a broiling pan.
Cook in a 350º oven for one hour.
At 30 minutes check to see if it's getting too brown on top - if so cover loosely with foil.
Test the flan to see if it's done by inserting a knife in the center.
If the flan is still soft, let it cook longer until a knife inserted again comes out clean.
Remove from the oven carefully and let it sit on the counter until it cools.
Then cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

To serve lay a plate on top of the mold then carefully flip it over and slide the mold off.
Stove Top Caramel -

Melt 1cup sugar in a non-stick pan, over low heat. Keep your eye on it. If it burns you will have to start over. It just needs to melt that's all. Using a non stick pan will cause the caramel to just slip off the pan when pouring - easy to clean later. Immediately pour the caramel into a metal pan and swirl it around to cover the bottom and sides. Your have to be quick because once it starts to cool down you don't stand a chance.

Thank you El Boricua for the recipe.
P.S. I couldn't take a picture of the flipped over flan because a few hungry Puerto Ricans go to it.