December 31, 2011

Glitter & Sparkles

Do you have plans to ring in 2012? 
Here in the Orozco house we spend the night making gingerbread houses, playing video games and I get to watch the kids stay up as long as they possibly can, which is pretty funny. They get deliriously tired but will themselves to stay up until midnight, by 11 they are usually zoned out on the couch. ha!
For some reason this year I have been mesmerized by all the glittery goodness people are posting on their blogs in preparation for parties tonight. Swoon.
Here is a collection of sparkly things that have caught my eye the past few days:

Who wouldn't love a a pair of sparkle Toms or glittery Hello Kitty? Exactly!
I am welcoming 2012 with whatever it brings....it's going to be a great year!
What are your plans? Does it involve anything shiny? I must hear ALL about it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HELLO 2012.
april
xoxo

December 30, 2011

Sweet Saturday V.20

Holy cow has another week really gone by? I'm still in a post-Christmas coma trying to catch up on sleep and clean up all the mess. How was your holidays? Any new crafts or recipes? I have a few projects planned for next week, and I can't wait to post them!  Have a great weekend friends!

Here are a few features from last week:

German Eggnog Recipe

West Elm Scalloped Trees

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Homemade BBQ Rub Recipe

If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the button link.
Congrats!
HERE IS THE 411:
*Please link up your post, not your blog address
*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread
* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!

Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo







December 28, 2011

Hashbrown/Sausage/Egg/Cheese Breakfast Casserole :: Recipe

Do you have any foodie traditions for the holidays? Every Christmas morning I make the same breakfast casserole. It has the best of every good breakfast meal wrapped up into one easy dish. It only takes a few minutes to make and feeds a small crowd of people. I had my in-laws over, my mom and our family of four, and it fed us all. We also eat homemade Cinnamon rolls, but that's a whole other blog post, not sure if my mom is gonna let me give that recipe out. Ha! 
You get crunchy hash browns, sausage bits and eggs with cheese. If you could swoon over food I would! 

Here is my version on Christmas morning. Yum.

Here the version I have made for the past 6 years.
You will need:
* Half a package {the big bag} of frozen hash browns
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 cup butter
* 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
* 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
* 1 packed already cooked sausage links, cut into thirds {or you can use ham if you prefer, or veggies if you are a vegetarian}
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup whipping cream
* Salt and pepper to taste
{feeds around 6}

1. Press frozen hash browns in the bottom of your greased casserole dish, sprinkle on garlic salt and cook at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or golden brown on the edges of your dish.
2. While your hash browns are cooking melt your butter and mix in whipping cream and eggs.
2. Then take your hash browns out of the oven and layer your sausage bits, then cheese.
4. Pour your egg mixture EVENLY over your casserole, put back into the oven for another 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown
5. ENJOY!

I used this recipe to relieve the stress of Christmas morning. With one dish I can enjoy my morning while the casserole cooks, and I only have one pan to clean up. Simple.
Happy Cooking!
april
xoxo


What I Wore // Vintage Love

My Christmas Eve outfit was a last minute decision. I hadn't bought anything new and had a good idea of what I was going to wear, and it wasn't this outfit. When I thumbed through my closet I found a vintage wool skirt I had bought months ago from the thrift store but never wore. It looked festival and Christmas like, problem solved.
I wore a sweater that tied at the waist to avoid wearing a belt, I wanted to be comfy. 
Nice Target flats that I got on clearance....sweet.
Vintage gold locket and I was all put together.

Outfit run-down:
* Skirt- vintage
*Sweater- thrifted from my sister {forever 21}
* Flats- Target
* Top- thrifted from my sister in law

I can't wait to see other {what I wore} posts, I'm assuming they will be Christmas outfits like mine. Swoon!
april
xoxo
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December 27, 2011

Recipe >> Jalepeno Corn Casserole

I really can't say enough about this recipe. It's some what simple, requires few ingredients and is loved by everyone who tries it. I have made it 3 times from Thanksgiving until Christmas! I keep thinking my family will get tired of it, but they always want me to make it again. The amount of jalapenos can be adjusted to your own taste, so if you don't like spicy food just add less than the recipe says, or maybe even add green chilies, which aren't as spicy. I have taken this recipe to parties where we were having a turkey dinner and tamales and mole for Christmas. It kind goes with everything.
You will need:
*2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
*1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
*1 (32) ounce bag frozen corn, cooked and drained well
*1 cup milk
*4 tablespoons all purpose flour
*1 tablespoon canned chopped jalapeno peppers
6-8 servings
1. using electric mixer, mix cream cheese and butter very well.
2. Gradually mix in milk
3. mix in flour and jalapenos
4. gently stir in corn
5. pour into greased casserole dish and cook at 350 for one hour until top is golden brown..
6. ENJOY!

The pictures show me doubling the recipe for Christmas because there were a lot of people, and even then there weren't any leftovers, its that good.
YUM!
How was your holiday meals? Any "must make again" recipes?
april
xoxo



December 26, 2011

Aftermath and Reflection

I woke up this morning to a messy house, dirty dishes and loads of boxes and wrapping paper everywhere. I also woke up with an intense feeling of satisfaction and contentment.
I laughed with family and friends.
Ate like it's nobodies business. We had molé, tamales, beans and rice.
We sat around the fire and listened to my brother in law play the guitar {Dylan's personal favorite}.
I received gifts I know I don't deserve, and the kids had a ball playing with their new toys.

Today I feel the aftermath, but in a good way. I feel so blessed and lucky. My heart is full and all is good.
I hope you find yourself feeling the same way. Give your loved ones an extra hug today, because today is GOOD!
Have an extra cup of coffee and enjoy yourself friends....
april
xoxo

December 24, 2011

Sweet Saturday V.19

Merry Christmas Eve!
Wishing your family a holiday full of happy memories and blessed moments!

Here are a few features from last week:
Snowflake garland tutorial
By: Nifty Thrifty Things

Chocolate Truffles

Flower headband tutorial

Yarn ornaments
If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the left hand column!
Congrats!
HERE IS THE 411:
*Please link up your post, not your blog address
*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread
* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!

Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo


December 23, 2011

Vintage Suitcase Picnic >> Swoon

This is the good stuff.
The reason I love vacation. Sleeping in and staying up late.
Donuts for breakfast and sugar cookies for dessert.
We met friends for a picnic, and although it was windy the kids had so much fun. That's the good stuff, no expectations, just kids running around.
Do you have a small vintage suitcase? I recommend using it as a picnic basket. 
It was so cute seeing Kaleb tote around a vintage suitcase from the car to the park, swoon.
Simple juice, fruit snacks and cheese sandwiches, with Miracle Whip of course.
This boy ran around like a crazy kid. Running, jumping and sliding down every slide. I would be dangerous with that much energy, I might actually get all my projects done. Ha!

Have you hit the park yet? What is your favorite part of having the kids home for winter vacation?
I also love snuggles and kisses...FYI.
april
xoxo



December 22, 2011

Ice Cream Cone Trees :: Tutorial

I have to admit we are going a little bonkers, well, I am going bonkers with last minute shopping, cleaning and kids at home on vacation, so this edible craft came in super handy. Doesn't it look like a winter wonderland? Everyone loved this activity, which is tough considering the fact that I have a 10 year and 4 year old. Tough crowd. 
 You will need:
* Sugar ice cream cones
* Vanilla candy coating bark
* Coconut flakes {for snow}
* Sprinkles for trees
* Mini melt-aways
* Foil or wax paper

1. Melt vanilla candy coating in the microwave until smooth. I separated the melted candy into different bowls for my boys so they wouldn't fight....this helped. I let them drizzle, pour or spread the candy however they wanted. 
2. Then let the candy coating harden a few minutes, if you want the melt aways to stay put you have to let it harden a bit, or else they will fall off the cone. Sprinkles are another story, they can put on immediately, which was the best bet for my 4 year old.
3. Let candy harden and make your winter wonderland with a tray covered in foil and coconut flakes.


 We love all things Narnia around here so the boys thought it needed an Aslan. I let them play with the trees and use their imagination. 
What are you doing today? Any fun activities with the kiddos?
Happy Day!
april
xoxo

December 20, 2011

Christmas Who?

Ummm, I'm not even ready, at all.
I have been doing all things un-holiday like. Procrastinating the inevitable. I'm not done shopping, I haven't made my peppermint bark and I am 2 days behind on the advent calendar. If it wasn't for the kids I don't think it would get done at all. What's wrong with me? Here are a few instagrams to prove my denial. 
Ate some Chinese food.

I have been reading like a maniac. I finished the hunger games trilogy in like 3 weeks.

Target soda and popcorn, but still the Christmas list remains.

Orville Redenbacher you naughty guy!

See? Any suggestions? I have a feeling the next few days are gonna be rough. 
Sigh.
Any other procrastinators out there?
april
xoxo



December 19, 2011

>> I Want To Meet You!

I had an idea. One of my News Year's Resolutions is to "meet" new bloggers, so I thought it would be fun to open up my sponsorship sidebar to others who wanted to swap with me for the month of January.  If you have a blog that is relatively the same size as mine and are interested just shoot me an email.
You can find out more info on stats and sizes HERE
I can't wait to meet YOU!
EEK!
What are your New Year's Resolutions? Do you even make any? I usually don't but I thought this was a good one. I also want to get healthy and start yoga, I just never make the time. Grrr, but that's a whole other blog post people. Ha!
Happy Swapping!
april
xoxo

*linking up with Heather today, because friends are lovely!

December 18, 2011

Recipe :: Sweet Cereal Mix

This is a great holiday party mix, perfect for wrapping up as a gift or putting out in a bowl for guests. This is a family recipe that gets made every year. I can remember my grandmother making it for me when I came home from the hospital when I had Kaleb. This is definitely my comfort food. 
You will need:
* 3 cups rice chex cereal
* 2 cups small pretzel twists
* 1 cup m&m's
* 1 block vanilla candy coating
* 2 cups peanuts
* 3 cups cheerios
* wax paper

1. Mix dry ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Melt vanilla candy block in the microwave until smooth, usually takes around 2 minutes.
3. Pour melted candy over cereal mix in your bowl and mix until all the cereal is covered with vanilla candy.
4. Then pour your mix onto wax paper and let harden.
5. Break into smaller bits and ENJOY!

Only a week until Christmas, can you believe it? Yikes!
april
xoxo

December 16, 2011

Sweet Saturday V.18

Are you ready for another week of sweet links? I have been working on recipes and crafts this past week but guess what? Today was my kids' last day of school before vacation! EEk! I think you are gonna see a few kids crafts pop up just so I don't loose my mind. HA!

Here are a few features from last week:

Heart Felt Ornaments
By: Remade Simple

Owl Ornaments
By: Life Jewelry Box

Dryer Sheet Christmas Tree
By: Petites Passions

Chocolate dipped candy canes
If you were featured feel free to grab a button from the left hand column!
Congrats!
HERE IS THE 411:
*Please link up your post, not your blog address
*It would be great if you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread
* Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!

Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo