Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hearty Beef Stew

I have a list of comfort foods that bring me back to when I was a little girl. And this beef stew is one of them. My mom made a variation of this and she always served it with a side of white rice. 

The fun part about recipes is that you can make it your own! I had a crockpot that we received for a wedding gift that I recently started using and I figured this would be a great recipe to try in there!

This recipe turned out delicious and the beef was so tender and the veggies were delicious as well. Warning, however, this is a labor of love and it will take about 8 hours to make it on the low setting. Perfect recipe for a cold winter day!

Buen provecho!

 Ingredients:

1 celery heart chopped
4 whole carrots chopped
4 medium red potatoes chopped
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1 lb beef cut into cubes (my grocer had these pre-cut for me)
1/2 white onion chopped 
1/2 cup beer (for tenderizing)
salt & tellicherry pepper to taste
2 cups beef stock
1/4 cup unbleached flour
2 dry bay leaves


To make:

Place beef into the crockpot, season with salt and pepper, minced garlic and cover with flour. Then place chopped veggies, potatoes and bay leaves on top. Pour beef stock and beer. Set the crockpot on low (for about 8 hours) and you're all set. This recipe is absolutely yum and it's one of the stews that tastes even better as a leftover :) (Make sure to mix it  a couple of times as it cooks). 

** Helpful tip**: The crockpot heat settings may vary. Check the manual to see the temp of the Low setting on your crockpot- you don't want to overcook the meat! Check the stew throughout and once you can shred the beef- it is done.



Friday, March 28, 2014

chocolate indulgence: charlotte

I am not a huge baker but I just love sweets! This recipe was very simple and the result is this ultra indulgent chocolate amazingness! The neat part is that it has no flour! It is very rich and worth every single calorie :) I hope you try it! 



Ingredients:

9 oz good quality dark chocolate ( I used Girardeli)
2/3 cup strong black coffee
2 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter and more for the mold
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
cocoa powder to dust ( I used Hershey's unsweetened)

For the chantilly cream:

1 2/3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Brush a 1-quart mold or Pyrex bowl with melted butter. Line the bottom with the parchment paper ( make sure it is the oven-safe kind) and butter the paper. Chill. Preheat the oven to 350. Pulse the chocolate in a food processor. Put into heavy saucepan, add the coffee, and heat, stirring until smooth. Add the butter and suga, and melt. Bring almost to a boil, stirring well. 

2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the eggs, one by one. Whisk well after each addition. The eggs will cook and thicken in the heat of the mixture. Strain into the prepared oven safe bowl with parchment paper.

 Bake the Charlotte

3. Bake for 70 minutes, until a thick crust forms on top. Watching so it doesn't burn. 

Let the charlotte cool in the refrigerator for 24 hrs.

Turn out the Charlotte

4. Run a thin blade knife between the charlotte and the mold, to loosen it.

5. Hold a Serving Plate over the mold, invert, then lift the mold. Peel off the paper. Chill the charlotte, tightly wrap, until ready to serve.

Make the chantilly cream 

6. Pour the cream into a chilled bowl and whip soft peaks. Add the sugar and vanillla, and whip stiff peaks. Serve the charlotte dust with cocoa and with as much cream as you'd like!

Enjoy! Buen Provecho!




Monday, March 24, 2014

color of the year!

One of my favorite parts of blogging is being able to connect with other mom bloggers. One of those wonderful bloggers is Cosette from "I loving Victoria!" She has a great blog that includes mommy wellness, baby style and a few other fun topics! We teamed up to bring three different ways to style the color of the year: Radiant Orchid.  I love this color, it is a true purple. I paired my pants with a black and white top and a statement necklace. However, these pants are the true center of attention! Adding a pair of pumps really dressed up the whole look, I love how chic a loose top and straight-legged trousers can be. And how perfect is this lipstick? It's Rebel by MAC and I love the deep berry tint that matches perfectly with my pants ;)

Hop over to I Loving Victoria to check out how Cosette styled both herself and her beautiful daughter! Here's a preview! 








Max Mara Black and White Top | Similar Tops | Radiant Orchid Pants | Black Pumps | Carlos Santana |
Necklace | Lizzibeth

Monday, March 17, 2014

monochromatic

I love a great monochromatic look! And I am currently on a cobalt blue kick. I paired my blazer with a cobalt blue blouse and my navy sloans from Banana Republic. And you won't belive where I found this gorgeous necklace?! Target for $16, I am in love and it just screams spring to me even though it is still freezing out!.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Abrazos,
Keila





Navy sloans | Banana Republic | Cobalt Blue blazer old New York and Company | Similar | Cobalt blue blouse Marshalls | Flower Necklace Target in store

Saturday, March 15, 2014

OOTD

I had so much fun putting this outfit of the day (ootd) together that I had to put it on the blog! I realized that a lot of my blog reader's do not have Instagram, and that is where I post most of my daily looks. I am going to try to start posting more of my ootd's on here to give you all ideas for outfits during the week! I thrifted this new top from an IG shop called @MadcityCloset and I am so glad I did! I also rolled my pants a bit to show off the booties a bit better. All together I think it's a fun and casual look for any day of the week :)

I hope you are enjoying this weather!

Abrazos,
Keila



Chambray top  Mad City Closet | similar | Coral jeans Marshalls | Similar | Booties Macys | Similar

Betty Brinn Children's Museum

We've been visiting the Betty Brinn Children's museum often. At first, I wasn't sure if they would have any fun areas for little one's under the age of one but they do! Gabriel loves this place. He usually walks around like he is the boss of everything! And it is so sweet to see him interact with the other children there. There is plenty to do for him and at this point the hardest part is stopping him from putting the toys in his mouth! If you are in the area and have a baby under one, I hope you check out the museum. We get a good hour and a half of play ( that's like 8 in baby time!)

I hope you are enjoying your weekend with the one's you love!

Abrazos,
Keila








Friday, March 14, 2014

printed pants

We have been so busy these past few days, talking about residency applications and interviews for honey bun. I still cannot believe that is all happening this year! It's exciting but at the same time nerve-wrecking regarding the unknown. We'd appreciate any postive vibes, thoughts and prayers! In the meantime I keep finding great deals at Marshalls! I got these Jones New York printed paisley pants for $7. I just love how fun a pair of printed pants can be. Not to mention that they are everywhere! And no you aren't seeing things, I have a pair of wedges on (haha!) Something about the melting snow inspired me to wear them. Especially because this is exactly how I will wear these pants in the warmer months. I linked up some equally fun printed pants for you.

Abrazos,
Keila





Printed Paisley pants via Marshalls | Similar | White Oxford top The Limited | Similar | Wedges via Shoedazzle

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Dark Denim

I honestly believe that every girl should own a well-fitted pair of dark denim! They are truly an essential piece to own. You can dress them up or down and they always appear so put-together. I paired my dark denim with this emerald green blouse from Banana Republic (I'm a bit obsessed with this color) it is such a gorgeous tone for spring. I also love how a mix of gold, pearls and heels dressed up the look entirely. I was also able to graduate to a smaller bag, instead of my ginormous baby bag! If you don't have a pair of dark denim, I highly encourage you to add a pair in your wardrobe you will be so glad you did! 

Abrazos, 
Keila









Dark Denim Skinnies JCrew via Mad City Closet | Emerald Green Blouse | Banana Republic | Snakeskin Pumps |Similar | Purse Old via Shoedazzle



Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Zucchini tian

This dish is perfect for a brunch, it's full of great fresh ingredients and is completely vegetarian. I cheated, however, and added chopped pancetta :D It was delicious, and such a beautifully colorful dish. Honey bun loved it and so did Gabriel! This is the type of dish where you can add different types of veggies, and maybe even bacon.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Abrazos,
Keila

Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for dish
2 1/4 lb zucchini, in 1/4 in slices
salt and pepper (if you add pancetta use less- it is already salty)
1/3 cup long grain rice
2 onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
leaves from 5-7 flat-leaf parsley sprigs, finely chopped
2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated 1/2 cup
3 eggs

Prepare the Zucchini

1. Heat one-third of the oil in a large frying pan. Add the zucchini, salt, and pepper, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes until tender and evenly browned. Spread over a large tray to cool.

Prepare the remaining ingredients

2. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil, add the rice, and bring back to a boil. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until just tender, stirring once or twice. Drain the rice in a colander, rinse with cold water to remove some starch, and drain again thoroughly. Let the rice cool for 8-10 minutes, then stir with a fork to separate with the grains.

3. Heat half the remaining oil in the frying pan, add the onions and garlic, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes, until soft but not browned. After I browned it I removed it from the pan and placed the pancetta in the pan until it was lightly browned. 

4. Preheat the oven to 350 F Brush a 2 quart baking dish with oil. Coarsely chop the cooled zucchini.

5. In a large bowl combine the zucchini, onion mixture, parsley, rice, and Parmesan (pancetta if you want). Stir to mix, then taste for seasoning. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat to mix. Stir them into the vegetable mixture with the wooden spoon. 

6. Spread the mixture in the baking dish, and sprinkle with the remaining oil. Bake the tian in the heated oven for 10-15minutes, until set. Increase the oven temperature too 400 F, and bake for 10-15 minutes longer, until brown. Serve hot, or at room temperature, from the baking dish.

Enjoy! Buen provecho!









Monday, March 03, 2014

the midi

The midi skirt is having a major moment right now, and I am absolutely in love with this skirt length! It is so elegant, refined, and sophisticated. I had a mental image of the type of midi I wanted, because I had this gorgeous mustard yellow satin top I wanted to wear. I knew that I also wanted to play with textures, and envisioned it with a flowy jersey knit. So I went to the fabric store and bought some material, and voila I made this piece.But no worries I linked up some other fabulous jersey knits midi's for you! If you haven't played with this length yet, I think you'll love how fabulous it can be!

Abrazos,
Keila











Satin Mustard yellow top | Joe Fresh | Similar | Jersey knit handmade | Similar | Patent Leather pumps old | Similar | Lip color | Lovelorn MAC