Homemade Churros

Per a request from a favorite facebook friend, I would like to share this homemade churro recipe. I actually copied it from a fellow blogger, but unfortunately I can’t find the link to her blog. But here’s my version based on what i can remember since i made these weeks ago.

2013-04-20_22-34-56_506Ingredients

  • Loaf of white bread
  • Rolling pin
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Whip a thick icing using the cream cheese and confectioner sugar.
  2. Using the rolling pin, flatten all the pieces of bread excluding the ends.
  3. Spread the desired amount of cream cheese on the entire pieces of bread.
  4. Roll the bread up like a burrito.
  5. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl evenly.
  6. Dip the rolled churros in the butter and then roll them in the sugar.
  7. Bake on nonstick baking sheet at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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DIY Cheeky Bikini Bottoms

IMG_20130527_225856_068     Okay my Florida people; it’s that time of the year! The sun is out, the weather is warming up, the beaches are getting packed, and social networks are being blown up with pictures of people under the sun in their bikinis! Although I love the cold weather because my hair stays perfect and my makeup actually stays on my face, however I also love lying under the sun, getting tan and cooling off in the salty ocean waves. While browsing Pinterest, as I so often do, I came across another DIY project that I just HAD to do. I know I’m not the only girl who hates those big, baggy, saggy granny panty bikini bottoms that create the ugliest tan lines of mankind, and if you try to buy “cheeky” bikini bottoms, or thongs even if you’re shameless, they’re pretty pricy ($30+). Not to mention the fact that I’m Brazilian and in Rio de Janeiro EVERYBODY walks around in thongs, speedos, even naked! I would never do any of that here in America, so I’ll do the next best thing: cheeky bikini bottoms! So here’s a simple solution: DIY Bikini Ruching. If I would’ve done it right the first time, the whole process would have only taken 15 minutes. But, that wasn’t the case for me. IMG_20130527_212224_529 IMG_20130527_213114_844 IMG_20130527_220454_755 IMG_20130527_223201_300 IMG_20130527_223311_346To start you will need a pair of bikini bottoms of your preference, a needle, thread the same color as the bottoms, a pen and scissors. The first time I attempted this, I only used one thread and it broke instantly. The second time, I used 2 threads and it lasted up until I tried them on and adjusted them, and then SNAP! That broke too…..so the third times a charm! I tediously fit THREE pieces of thread through that itty bitty needle hole (successfully) and start my sewing. Before I add any extra details, let me tell you the step by step process:

Just underneath the tag, make a tiny dot with your pen about ¼ of an inch away from the top seam. Continue drawing little dots straight down the middle a ¼ inch spaced between each dot. This is so you know where to put your needle. You can make the dots thinner or wider apart if you’d like depending on what you want it to look like. (The longer the distance, the bigger the ruch.)

Put your 3 threads (or 1 thick piece of thread if you have any [about 10” in length]) through the needle and tie a knot at the bottom.

Starting from the INSIDE of the bottoms, poke the needle through the top seam so the needle comes out on the outside. Then poke it back through down to the next dot. Do this consecutively until it’s at your desired ruch size. You can test this by pulling the threads to see how much up they will go, then pull the bottoms back to continue if needed. If it’s too much ruched, take out a dot or two. If it’s not enough, continue the process by poking through more dots.

When finished, cut the thread AT THE VERY END BY THE NEEDLE so you have plenty of string to use to tie the end knot. After you cut the thread by the needle grab three threads in each hand and tie 3 good, tight knots to secure the ruch. Cut the excess thread and viola, you have brand new cheeky bikini bottoms! FOR FREE (:

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Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme Remixed

IMG_20130520_191047_713 IMG_20130520_192616_192 IMG_20130520_194415_804 IMG_20130520_194750_361 IMG_20130520_195028_480 IMG_20130520_194406_707 IMG_20130520_201811_002 IMG_20130520_201908_007As tasteful as fast food can be at times, I really REALLY dislike it for several reasons of which I don’t have too much time time to explain. But every now and then I do crave something, fast, fattening and cheap! I’m a huge fan of Mexican food so my first pick is always Taco Bell. They have a delicious menu item called the crunchwrap supreme and it is literally heaven in your mouth-seriously, it’s that good. Well I always prefer to learn how to make my own dishes from scratch so that I know what is actually being put into my food and make sure nothing is dropped on the floor and then put back on my sandwich/taco (I have witnessed this when I worked at Wendy’s, by a manager at that!). Anyways, I found the perfect recipe to make an exact replica of the delicious meal! I even added my own favorable ingredient to make it even more uniquely delicious. Here’s the recipe for you to try:
Ingredients:

  • Large Flour Tortillas burrito style
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • sour cream
  • guacamole (optional)
  • shredded cheese or nacho cheese
  • tortilla chips (you could use use a corn tortilla)
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • corn (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, add the packet of taco seasoning and stir until mixed well. Cook for another minute or so. For those of you who would like to add corn, boil the corn for ten minutes, let cool, cut kernels off cob with knife, separate kernels using a fork and mix with your ground beef.
  2. Microwave the tortillas for a few seconds just to warm them up, it will make the wrapping easier.
  3. Take a tortilla, spread some sour cream in the center.Top with ground beef.
  4. Top with shredded cheese or a few scoops of nacho cheese.
  5. Next add a layer of tortilla chips or at this point you would add a small corn tortilla like a tostada size.
  6. Top with lettuce and tomato and then starting on the bottom, fold up the tortilla toward the center, continue all the way around until it is all folded over, it WON’T cover it completely.
  7. Carefully lift it up and set it fold side down on a non stick pan. Press with a spatula and cook until nice and brown, flip it over and cook the other side. It won’t take long at all.
  8. Serve with extra sour cream and guac if you rock! ;D

Related Articles: http://fullbelliesmakehappykids.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/homemade-crunchwrap-supreme/

Beautiful Sunset Toenail Art

IMG_20130518_165858_585These are by far my favorite themed toes that I’ve ever painted. It’s like the more I do it, the better I get! They turned out so cute I hope they last a long time. I posted a gradient/ombré tutorial in my last post. I used that process to create the sunset look using the same warm colors, but not neon. I also used my black nail art polish to draw the palm trees and birds. This was a very easy design to draw, just a little time consuming because of the gradient process. I had to paint all my toes white first and then sponge them each at least 4 times. Now I have the perfect toes to show off at the beach this summer! ❤

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Gradient/Ombré Nails Tutorial

IMG_20130517_194711Ever since last week when I learned how to do ombré nails, I became obsessed. The way the colors just blend together look totally awesome. It’s extremely different, exotic even. I love it! This week, I blended a series of warm colors: bright pink orange & yellow. I took pictures showing the steps I took to blend the colors.

First I painted my nails completely white so that the colors would show up real bright. Then I used a sticky note (you can use any piece of paper) to paint the colors on. Next, I used a makeup sponge to dab into the nail polish on the paper onto my white nails. I had to repeat this process several (about 4 or 5) times to fill it in completely and the blend properly. Lastly I painted a clear glittery coat on them to make them sparkle and to fill in the “spongy dots” on my nails, giving them a flat, shiny, glittery look. I also alternated the colors, doing the opposite for every other nail as you can see. It was fairly easy and a little time consuming, but very worth the outcome because they look AMAZING and ready for summer! (:

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Bright Summer Toenails

I’m WAYYYYYYY too excited about summer, even more than usual. It could be because I just bought the hottest bikini EVER to wear to the beach, or it could be because I have a new little companion to bring with me, my daughter Natalia. (:
Anyways, I decided that bright neon colors were appropriate for the “summer” theme. I usually don’t like toe nail designs that every toenail is a different color, but I have grown to love this! I even added a few rhinestones to dazzle them up. ❤

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Gradient Rainbow Accent Nails

Here is yet another one of my late posts. Sorry for being so behind with my blogging schedule. Things are a lot different with a baby in the picture. (:
I usually get my nail art inspiration from online photos and samples. However this design came 100% out of MY imagination and I think they turned out quite amazing, especially this being my very first time attempting gradient nail art. I used neon rainbow colors for the accent nails, three on each. I made the effect by painting a strip of each color next to each other on a sticky note, then used a makeup sponge to dab onto the paper and then onto my nail. I had to repeat this process about 4 times to get the color to show up real good. I also painted the nails white FIRST so that the color would show at its brightest. The rest of the nails I painted black to match the zebra print stripes color that I used my nail art polish to draw. Here’s the final project:

IMG_20130428_152412_837 IMG_20130428_152513_641I will post a tutorial later on. But if you can’t wait for it, simply go online to Youtube.com and search “gradient nails how to”. Millions of tutorial videos will pop up for you to watch and learn for yourself. (: