Oct 31, 2012

Happy Howl-Woof-Ween

Last year was Riley's first time dressing up
for Halloween or better yet Howl-Woof-Ween :)
And this year he also dressed up!
Too bad I can't take him Trick-or-Treating
those sidewalks out there are not that dog friendly in my opinion.
So we stay home.. I dress him up and take pictures,
pictures and more pictures.

If dogs could talk, I wonder what he would say??

This year we dressed him up as Frankenweenie!

Last year he was a Caterpillar!


Thanks for visiting :)

Oct 29, 2012

Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

I know this is by all means not a new recipe 
but I decided to share it anyway :)

My husband, Marc, likes to make this dish 
and it always comes out delicious.
We like to use dried red chili peppers
to add a little spice.. we like to say that the 
chili peppers are the stars of this dish!

Let's get straight to the point.. the recipe!

Chicken Stir-Fry

 Ingredients for 4 servings:
Chicken Stir-Fry
3 large chicken breasts or (4 small breasts)

1 bag of stir-fry mix 
(you can use fresh veggies or any stir-fry mix of your choice)

1 tablespoon of crushed red chili peppers

3 tablespoons of soy sauce
(sometimes we also use oyster sauce instead)

A pinch of black pepper

Olive oil or your choice of cooking oil

For the white rice you will need:
2 cups of white rice (or any rice of your choice)
Something to cook it in
I used a rice cooker :))

 Red Chili Peppers (Arbol Chili Pods)

Step 1: 
  • In a measuring cup or small bowl add soy sauce 
  • Crush the red pepper and add 1 tablespoon to the soy sauce, mix well

Step 2:
  • Cut chicken in squares (I cut mine in small squares)
  • Add a pinch of black pepper to the chicken

Step 3:
  • Heat your medium to large pan and add olive oil or the cooking oil of your choice

Step 4:
  • After the olive oil has heated up add 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce mix and 
 let it saute for about 1 minute
  • Then add the chicken and in medium heat let it brown for a few minutes
  • Let the chicken cook (covered) for about 15 minutes in low heat
  • Once the chicken is almost cooked add the remaining 1 tablespoon 
of the soy sauce mix and the stir-fry mix. Let it cook until all vegetables 
are soft and chicken is fully cooked.

Step 5:
You are all done cooking
Serve and Enjoy!!

Thanks for Visiting
Enjoy :))

Oct 28, 2012

Pumpkin Carving

Today we decide to carve our pumpkin.
Now I had never carved a pumpkin before, I know what?
But I finally decided this year I would carve one.

My husband and Riley, who by the way already started wearing 
his Halloween costume (Frankenweenie), joined the carving fest :)

We had no idea how to even begin carving so like the beginners
we decided to draw the pumpkin face with a black marker.

Marc took care of the messy work, taking all those 
seeds and gooey mess out and left it looking nice and clean.

And then the fun began.. 
the actual carving with fancy cute little tools!

For being pumpkin carving beginners 
I have to say we did an awesome job and
our pumpkin even looked scary!!

Here are a couple of pictures from our carving adventure..

Happy Sunday
Thanks for Visiting :))

Oct 26, 2012

Love is in the Air

I consider myself a romantic at heart.
I cherish the small things that make one 
fall in love over and over again.

What can win my heart over?
Definitely the small things; a simple hug and I love you.
Doing the unexpected always melts my heart.

Photography specially photography that can capture love is my favorite.
I love looking at couples and how they express their love; it's just magical :)

Here are some of my inspirations to continue being a romantic kind of girl!  

Jose Villa: He has some of the best photography work I 
have ever seen, definitely an inspiration :)

I hope Love inspires you today and always
Thanks for visiting :)

Oct 22, 2012

The Beauty of the Southwest

The beauty of the Southwest.
I can say that now that I'm older 
I appreciate the desert; the Southwestern desert.

I grew up in Southern California 
(the desert southern part of CA) 
all my life and never appreciated what we had surrounding us.
Now that I'm older and have moved to Arizona
I have learned to appreciate and love the desert
except for the hot summers, I don't know if I will 
ever get used to the extreme heat.

Now let's talk about the real beauty.
Phoenix is situated in the Sonoran Desert
and everywhere you look you will see native flora.
My favorite are the Saguaros they don't look like much
but they really are amazing.

Now that the weather is perfect for outdoor activities
my husband, Riley and I decided to go and explore
our outdoors.

We found this piece of heaven, Papago Park, it feels 
like you are walking out in the middle of 
nowhere but really you are right in the middle of a bustling city. 

Here are a couple of pictures from our trip 
to Papago Park in Phoenix, AZ 

Happy Monday and thanks or visiting :)