My 2016 Favorite Things Gifts Guide!

Another year, another list of of my favesssss, so less writing and more showing!!!!

This is the year for Kylie Cosmetics, she did a great job creating her line, the formula her cosmetics have is really worth the money you will pay. Well done Kylie!

I do not know any man that would not appreciate this gift!!!

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I love to have different types of wines at home and why not dressing them up!!. These can be found also at the Dollar Tree for $1!!!

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From one Harry Potter fan I have to say that this book is one of J.K. Rowling best books and the movie is by far one of her best!

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I’m in love with this!!, how gorgeeee and practical!. This can be found at Crate and Barrel.

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Another caddy, lol. I think this is such a great way in presenting beer or drinks and the fact that it has a opener makes it better!

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I love anything Kate Spade; her housewares collection are just so elegant and beautiful.

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I need one of this for my hubby!. This device can help you locate keys and phones!

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Of course I had to add Star Wars, another year for them with their new movie Rogue One. Anything from Star Wars will make an amazing gift to a true fan.

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Can you guess what these are?… all these lovely bottles have men boxers inside!!, how creative and great!. I found them at Target.

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Of course I will put on my list my darling Nate Berkus. These plates need to be at my house!!.

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Arthur George has a super cool selection of socks!, I just love how creative they are and the fact that they have baby socks too!.

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Table top games for those who will actually use them are also great gifts.

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I have one these purses with phone chargers integrated!. I gave my sister one, I gave my son’s teacher one, should I say more!!, Love theseeeeee, well done Adrienne Vittadini.

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I am a dog/cat lover at heart!!!, how cute are these!!!!!

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My husband and I love to play games and I really think that these are fantastic for people that enjoy playing games with friends and family.

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Don’t you just love seeing all the things that are made of cooper!!!. I love my Moscow mule cups!.

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Give me cookbooks!, these four are filled with delicious and easy to make.

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These are simply just wonderful gifts for children. Brain Quest makes them think, learn and you feel good that among their presents you included an educational one and not an electronic one!

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Coffee table books please!!!. These type of books are great conversation starters and look super elegant on you coffee table.

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Anything from the Ellen Degeneres collection makes a great gift. Her design vision is beyond wonderful and the fact that she is adding words like as kindness and love is a constant reminder of how we humans should act in this world.

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And…..my personal choice for books this year are these: King Paulo Coelho ‘s The Spy and Queen Oprah’s Food, Health and Happiness.

I hope you liked my list and from the bottom of my heart I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Years with you loved ones. Enjoy you family, hug them, tell them you love them every day!.

Xoxo,

Narmy

 

 

 

 

 

Beachy Sun Room Ideas in the Winter! ­čśÄ­čĽÂ­čî×

Hey my Casa lovers you may already know I come from the beautiful Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic and summer beach decor is abundant! and I wanted to just give you a few ideas on how you can decorate your home like this even if you live in places that are not as sunny like my country or as a beautiful Florida beachy sun room. For example, Florida residents can take advantage of this decor and get away with decorating around this time o like this and do not forget that a beachy look has to have blue!.This decor never goes out style and you can surely have summer pieces you can love and by the way…it’s never fun to give up the beach!. My sun room inspiration came from a website I fell in love with; and it’s from Douglas Elliman, a very prestiguos real estate company and I have to say that they have among the most beautifully decorated sun rooms I’ve seen and every single visit to this site is a delight click here so you can see it for yourself.

So what I did was create a home style board in order to show some of the decor ideas using pieces that will look amazing in a sun room.

1. If there’s one piece that you should splurge on is a  sofa and I must say you have to try it in order to know if is comfy. You should always go for a traditional and neutral sofa. I always tell this to people…take your time getting a good one!!. The beauty of this is that getting a neutral sofa gives you the flexibility to add color and decorate around it without worrying that it won’t look great.

2. I love the beach and I will always do and having a painting that reminds me of the ocean, it’s pure magic. A beautiful painting can make a huge difference in a room, it kind of transports to the painting.

3. & 11. Lamps, lamps, lamps, do I need to say it again?, lol. There’s no other accessory that compliments a space more than a good quality lamp. Never stick to one style, mix and match traditional and modern pieces just like these two lamps.

4. Everyone needs elements of metal in their  homes!. It’s classic, it’s elegant and it takes your sun room and any space to the next level of exquisite decor.

5. Getting a good area rug is a must for a any sun room. It’s kind of that missing piece of the puzzle that you want to complete. You can chose an outdoor or an indoor rug and either, it will look beyond amazing in any space.

6. Mirrors make spaces look bigger and it’s s also perfect for a sun room whether is small space or not because of how much light it will reflect with the sun coming in.

7. A comfortable accent chair especially like this one is a keeper; it looks like you brought it from your balcony or patio but you know what?, it’s fine! because it looks good!!!.

8. This ottoman/coffee table can be used inside the home or outside and I have to say it makes the place more cozy, more cohesive because you should always try to bring a bit of the outside inside and this piece does it.

9.  Pillows are a great way to elevate a sofa or chair to the chic and comfy level we all love. Always remember to mix and match pillows by having pattern ones and solid colors as well as the ones with writings on them like the one I’m showing here.

10. Finally, let’s talk curtains. Make sure your curtains are interesting and made with a a delicate good fabric. I mostly prefer pattern ones because they give the windows a juju (is that even a word?), a thing, a luxurious delicious touch every sun room or space lacks and always remember to hang the rod a few inches above the window frame, it makes the space looks taller.

Below there’s another style board for you to kind of see another way of using other combinations for a great and sophisticated look.

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I hope you enjoyed my ideas on styling a cozy, comfy beachy sun room. Love you all and I’ll see you in the next post!.

Xoxo,

Narmy

How to Make Homemade Frozen Pizzas!

Hellooooo my Casa loverssss. It feels great to share this recipe with you as usual. My boys loveeee pizza and years ago I was the one buying the frozen kind but it just did not feel right, I knew they were not getting the best so I decided to make it myself and this way I was certain of what was in it and most of all, what I felt seeing my boys’ faces when I make something from scratch for them. This is a great recipe and the best part is that you can make your own pizzas, add  ingredients you love and freeze them for the whole family or gatherings and make it a “take out” night.

Ingredients

1 packet of yeast (in the photo I show rapid yeast but I used a regular packet)

1 1/3 cup of warm water, about 110 degrees, not more

3 1/2 cup of all purpose flour

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (you must use extra virgin)

2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

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Preparation

The very first thing you have to do is mix the yeast with the warm water, this is done to activate the yeast. Leave it alone for about 10 minutes. You will know is done because it gets a bit foamy.

On your stand mixer, mix the flour, salt, sugar and extra virgin olive oil on medium speed. Combine all these ingredients for about a minute or so. Make sure you use the fitted attachment to do this.  Add the foamy yeast mixture and reduce the speed to low until is combined. Then, go back to medium speed and let it do its magic for about 7 minutes.

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After, cut the mixture into 2 balls and take 2 bowls and lightly grease them with extra virgin olive oil. Cover them with plastic wrap and place them in a warm place in your kitchen. I always use the microwave and leave them alone for about 1 1/2 hours. No peeking!!. As you already know, the dough will rise.

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When time’s up, take a bit of flour on a clean surface and start rolling!. 2 balls of dough will make 4 personal pizzas.

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Once your dough has the shape and thickness of your choice then you have two options, either bake them like this for about 6 minutes on a 400 degree oven or add the toppings to the uncooked dough and freeze them for a later bake. If you chose to bake them, the place them in a pre-heated pizza stone or if you do not have one, then place them on a pre-heated upside down cookie sheet (like I’m showing below). This will for sure guarantee you a good crust.

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What I like to do is bake them half way for about 5 minutes and let them cool, then add pizza sauce and the toppings of my choice and simply freeze them. I do this because since the cheese, toppings and sauce do not take long to cook, once the cheese is melted in about 5 minutes, for me the pizza is ready to eat.

This is what they look like when they are half baked.

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I also make a veggie mix on the stove and cook red & green peppers, red onions, mushroom, pitted black olives. And if I want to make it meats lover (above photo), I add pepperoni, ham and sweet Italian sausage. I add the sausage first (no oil required) and I cook them until veggies are soft and meats are done and top the pizza with them. Let the prepared pizzas cool down completely before placing in the freezer. The photo below shows a half way baked pizza, as you can see, the crust has changed its color.

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This is how they look already zipped up and already stored in the freezer. Do not worry if the pizza’s shape is not perfect, this is the beauty of making homemade food..all things are allowed!.

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When you are ready to make them, take them out of the freezer, if you pre-baked the crust, then all you need is about 6 minutes on a 400 degree oven.If you did not pre-baked the crust ,then you will need 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and super duper bubbly.

Make these with your kids and other members of your family, pop some music and have fun and remember that imperfections are the perfect outcome! lol.

Thank you guys so much for stopping by, I’ll see you in the next post!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 2015 Favorite Things Gifts Guide!

Another year is leaving us my Casa lovers and this means Christmas shopping time!. I wanted to share with you my 2015 favorite things list.. just in case you are not done with your shopping, this can help. I hope my list can help you figure out some last minute gifts or your actual list. Love you all, thanks for stopping by.

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This is the year of Stars Wars so why not give a present about the most famous movie of the last few years.

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I saw these at TJ Maxx and it’s just beautiful, elegant and it will make a fantastic gift.

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This is an edible gift. Panettone is an Italian bread that is just yumm. Perfection in a box.

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Let’s talk winter!, this fluffy socks and shoes are a great gift for any loved one of yours that lives in a winter state. Also any foot massage kit is always a good idea!.

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I loveeee throws, I can’t get enough of them. This is another winter gift.

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Coffee lovers that own a Keurig machine will be thrilled to get refills. Marshall’s has tons of these and of course, at a great price.

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Another edible gift. If you don’t have time to actually make a gift like this, don’t worry, many stores carry these. Tip: If you decide to give a cookie mix, add a cookie sheet along with mini ice cream scoop for easy pouring. If the mix is a muffin one, add a muffin baking tin. Put them inside a cute basket that you can find at Michael’s and trust me, it will make the recipient very happy!.

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Bar utensils are always a hit. Tip: give these items along with a set of two Martini glasses and a few drinks recipes.

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Oh yes, I could not leave my darling Nate Berkus out!. These amazing bowls are so exquisite and they will be a wonderful gift.

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You can never go wrong when giving a scarf.

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I love mugs!!! they always make a great last minute present!

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A robe makes the most comfortable gift ever!!!

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Get one or more of these but put them in a cute box!

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Jewelry holders come in handy at all the times for us ladies!.

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Monogrammed coasters will be a good gift for guys and ladies that have a home bar!

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These are sooo cuteeeee. Men will make good use of it by storing their toiletries when traveling.

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Food lovers like me will appreciate any of these. Tip: give these in a super cute basket. You can do different kinds of baskets depending on what your loved likes.

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I saw these at Marshall’s and I thought it was great!. Tea that comes in these cute tubes!!, how cool for a tea lover.

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Don’t forget that gift cards are a big help when you don’t know what to give!

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Pajamas!!!, in my opinion make a super duper present!

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Backpacks are a super needed present for men!. These are from TJ Maxx and are very sturdy, spacious, good quality and great for traveling as well as to hold a laptop.

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How adorable and vintage looking are these!!!! I want them all!!

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Of course books are on my list!!!. I read a lot and anything from author Mitch Albom is always welcome in my book heart!

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Saved the best for last!. I love Ellen Degeneres, I think she has the most amazing heart and when I saw this book I had to have it! Written by her and she shares her love for design and antiques and boy! does she have exquisite taste!

Casa lovers, thanks for the love and support. Have a lovely, happy christmas with your loved ones!!!

 

 

How to Freeze & Make Homemade Breakfast Burritos!

Hey there my lovely Casa lovers!!!. I’m bringing you a post to help with our busy lives!!!.

I’m certain that when it comes to the kitchen, prepping in advance is key to saving time this way you can use the spare time by being with your loved ones and not in the kitchen. Sunday is my kitchen busiest day because I make tons of food ahead of time for the week.

In this post I want to share with you how to make a breakfast burrito from scratch. Breakfast was always the one meal I really did not have time to cook for myself and I would simply buy something and that was it. But a while ago I found that I was wasting money and eating stuff that were not really good for me. I hope you guys make this recipe and again, I hope it makes your hectic life a bit easier.


Ingredients

3 to 4 tortillas, mid size to make a small burrito

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (use Pepper Jack and Swiss if you want, do it yourself, don’t buy the pre-shredded kind!)

3 fully cooked sausage links diced (not shown below)

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

1/2 cup of diced onions

1/2 cup of a bell pepper diced, (color of your choice, you can even use them all in this recipe if you want)

Salt and pepper to taste

Tip: adding a bit of jalape├▒o gives this dish a great kick.

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Preparation

Add a bit of the butter in a preheated pan without letting the butter dissolve completely, add the sausage links. Cook them on medium heat for about 2 minutes or so and then add the peppers and the onions. Season this mixture with a bit of salt and pepper. Once the sausage changes color either you can take it out and cook the egg alone or like I did, just add the egg to the mixture. If you decide to do the egg alone, make sure you wipe the pan and then add butter and then the eggs.

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Assembling the burritos

First put the tortilla, then the mixture and last the cheese

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Then proceed to roll the burrito into the tortilla

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Fold the sides into the middle

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Last step and is the most important one!.┬áWAIT until the burritos are COMPLETELY cooled before putting them in the freezer. You never want to put food in the freezer that is not cool. If you do, once the food starts to freeze, the sweat from the food will turn into ice crystals and you really don’t want that.

Defrost: Put in the refrigerator the burrito you are taking on the go the night before. Cut in in half and give it 50 seconds or less in the microwave and there is your homemade breakfast!

I hope you enjoyed this post, love you all!!

XoXo, Narmy

My In-Flight Traveling Essentials

Hey there my Casa lovers!. I have been traveling since I was 11 years old, so I know about a thing or two about how to travel light and stress free. I wanted to share with you my in-flight must haves, because it’s a ritual for me whether I travel.

Airplanes can be very dry and taking care of yourself during a flight is important, especially caring for your face; I never wear makeup on the plane and always try to keep myself as hydrated as possible. Below are my must haves that I keep on my designated plane purse/bag that I take on every flight, this way they are in place and ready when I travel.

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1. Travel pillow: I can not travel without one!. When I used to travel alone, I made sure I secured a window seat, but not because of the actual window but to be able to sleep comfortable using my lovely pillow and have some type of support during my sleep.

2. Medication: I’ve suffered from migraines for over 25 years and I always have Motrin or any migraine pill that I may need and of course when I travel I must have it, you never know. It’s always best that you have your medication with you, never put it in your checked bag.

3. Wipes: I love using these YES to Carrots face wipes when I travel, along with regular wipes. I am one to actually wipe the seat table because I don’t know if you know, but planes are not sanitized as often as one would want.

4.Snacks: I can not travel without extra snacks, although some airlines give you some, I like to bring my own. I do the same for my kids. I usually have peanuts or walnuts and the kids faves.

5. Fluffy socks: I have being traveling with fuzzy socks for many years. I use flats shoes or slip ons on planes but once I get inside the plane, I wear these to keep my feet cozy, warm and away from the the airplane’s dry air.

6. Hand Sanitizer: never leave home without it and ALWAYS have it for traveling.

7. Lip Balm: like I mentioned above, I never put makeup while on an airplane and of course no lipstick either. I only wear on planes the SUGAR Lip Treatment and┬áI love it!!!, it keeps my lips sooo moist, it kind of gives them like a spa treatment without the actual spa!. I get my makeup done once I’m out of the aircraft.

8. Hand cream: I’m so picky when it comes to hand cream. This Bliss hand cream is the one I use only for airplanes; I feel it gets the job done and keeps my hand super silky while onboard.

9. Gum/Listerine Strips: I always have these and gum on the plane. The gum is the key for the horrible ear pressure one feels on planes. I also bring my toothbrush and toothpaste as well.

10. Face Mist: I learned about this when I was about 20 years old; I was traveling to Florida and this French lady was seating next to me and I saw her spray mist on her face a few times so I asked her about it and she told that Evian Mineral Water is amazing for those dry airplane moments and I got to tell you, since then I always have one for traveling. I spray my face a few times and it feels fantastic.

11. Good moisturizer: I only use┬áCLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief while on the plane. It’s simply phenomenal and along with the Evian Face Mist it keeps me moisturized the entire flight.

12. Water: you must keep yourself hydrated along the flight for sure.

Other items I bring: a cardigan or wear a long sleeve blouse in case I get cold on board, a book or magazines, earphones, sunglasses (to block any light when I sleep). I also always tie my hair in a messy bun because hair also gets dry on planes. I usually put a good shine product on it to keep it hydrated.

As you can see, it’s very minimal stuff, they fit perfectly in a shoulder bag or purse. Give yourself some love when traveling.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you on the next one!

How to Make your All Natural Adobo (Saz├│n Goya or Ranchero)

Abodo is a famous powder made with spices and other goodness and is very common just like sofrito, in Latin cuisine. I use them both but I was always concerned about added hidden ingredients such as MSG. So this is why I decided a while ago to make my own. It took so many tries but I’m telling you this is the real deal without the strong preservatives and MSG.
Ingredients
2 tablespoons of salt
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon of ground oregano
1 teaspoon of turmeric (curcuma in Spanish)
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Preparation
Mix all the spices and use as you would the abodo and that’s pretty much it. Make more as you please by doubling the measurements. You can season any meat with this adobo.
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