Trick or Treat?

Trade Treats To The Treat Trader Phantom

Trade Treats To The Treat Trader Phantom

We all love Halloween, right? We love to get the kiddos dressed up because they look so darned cute! They love picking out their costumes months ahead of time. I mean come on, how many Frozen Princesses are we going to have this year? And how about Those adorable Box Trolls? Lets not exclude ourselves adults, I can already see Austin’s Own 6th Street crowded with Orange Is The New Black Prisoners.

No matter what age we are, we love to get our costumes on! What we are not into so much, is the candy. I mean, I do like my Skittles and chocolate a little, but I don’t need a bucket full. I just want to show off my costume and my cute nephews or cousins costume. The kids don’t even consume that much candy. The just want to show you all the hard work and thought they put into their get up.

So, I am going to let you in on a little alternative.

The Treat Trader Phantom

The Treat Trader Phantom comes to collect your ‘treats’ that you have collected for him on Halloween Night. The Phantom only wants candy or ‘junk food’, so if you received stickers, pencils, toothbrushes or any good treats ~ well, those just are not accepted. The Phantom will weigh the acceptable treats and leave you books, a toy you have been wanting or maybe a small monetary trade.

While you have been going to the shops looking for costumes, or going on regular errand runs in the shops~ during those times your child or children has possibly seen a few items that they have desired and possibly asked for? Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a few extra dollars? Perhaps, after Halloween night, they could have a few dollars if they left their treats out for The Treat Trader Phantom? Such a better treat to have something worth lasting than sugar and fats!

And what about you giving treats at your home? Will you be giving candy as treats? I really encourage you to look outside the box. There really are so many more options. Last year I went to Target, Dollar Shops and there were so many great items that were great to give out! Little tubs of play dough even! Little skeletons, pencils, puzzles, crayons, etc. Also, candy is getting pricier! Not to mention, our children are getting too many unhealthy snacks. Let’s make Halloween fun again & not just about eating candy.

I hope I get to see you out there in your costumes, look for me, I am always the bride!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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What Horror Movie Scares You Most?

Princess Mousey at Evil Dead The Musical

Princess Mousey at Evil Dead The Musical

Hello Sunshine! It’s football season, can you tell? All the grocery stores before the Dallas Cowboy football or The Texas Longhorn Games are very busy, but during the game it is the best time to go! I will watch the games, I like football. My husband is funny, he will record the games and catch up so that he does not have to see advertisements. The bad thing about this, he has to avoid sports media or any sports talk. On my birthday last Sunday, my brother text me the results of The Dallas Cowboy/Seattle Seahawks game and we had not caught up yet~ oh no~ it was over, I knew who won. He lives in Seattle and it was a rivalry. I thought he was just sending me more birthday wishes or pics of my nephews. Oh well, no big deal, I didn’t tell The Hubby.

Evil Dead The Musical Hubby Costume

Evil Dead The Musical Hubby Costume

Anyway, recently we saw Evil Dead The Musical & it was GREAT! I highly recommend it if they are touring in your city. My husband had me see the movie, Evil Dead, early on when we were dating as he does with all scary movies! One of our first dates was a haunted house. So above you can see I dressed up for the event, because it is a serious cult and fun! They have an instagram account where you can see the fans in costumes. My husband did not dress up as much as I did, I have his costume here also. On my birthday, we chose to see Annabelle, the recent horror movie that is out now in theaters. I must have screamed 100 times! My throat was super sore after. It got me to thinking: What is the scariest movie I have seen?

Then I wanted to ask y’all to vote, ‘What Horror Movie Scares You The Most?’ I put the most I could think of here, but if there is another, I did leave a blank for other, so please let me know….

I hope I do not bring back any fright mares to you! Ok, so

 

Please Vote! 

Annabelle Horror Movie

Annabelle Horror Movie

Well, if you do see Horror Movies or if you keep away from Horror Movies entirely~ enjoy this Halloween season on TV or in the theaters. I know the movies are everywhere. I will keep to The Nightmare Before Christmas. That is one of my favorites & it is a stream movie on Netflix. Or go and see The Book of Life movie that is out in theaters. It’s a nice family movie about The Day of The Dead, not scary & I have seen it twice already. It’s so beautiful!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Goat Cheese & Roasted Cherry Ice Cream with La Lechera Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Roasted Cherries

Pics of Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Pics of Goat Cheese Ice Cream

Hello Sunshine! I’m so excited for Halloween, how about you? We don’t have any little ones, but I have nephews & they always come up with unique and cool costumes. We don’t have any nieces, but I wish we had a little Princess dressing up. I have not seen the movie Frozen, but I hear that costume is popular. Well, all the best getting your costumes ready!

So, I am a bit of a ‘Foodie’ if you like that term. If you look at my Instagram, I do post quite a bit of my food pics and I even have the hashtag, ‘78737foodie‘ for the food we eat at home. Not all of it is considered ‘foodie,’ but it is what we eat that may be out of the norm. I was extremely excited when La Lechera asked if I would like to post a recipe on my blog using their sweetened condensed milk. Yes, this is a sponsored post, but it is something that I did not mind using and I did request the Fat Free version.

I have a weakness for ice cream! I do not need a gallon serving, just a little at a time, but I remember years ago having a goat cheese ice cream & it was so delicious! I wanted to try making my own without whole milk and without an ice cream maker. I am cooking the mixture, but it is not too difficult so do not get discouraged. The cherries really add the perfect amount of fruitiness, like enjoying a cheese plate in an ice cream. It’s the perfect blend! Give it a try.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups La Lechera Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 T & 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Fresh Goat Cheese, If you can get this from your Local Farmers Market, the better!
  • 2 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely crushed sea salt
  • 1 1/4 C. Heavy Cream
  • 2/3 C Sugar
  • 1/4 C Light Corn Syrup
  • Seal Tight Freezer Container
  • Roasted Cherries Recipe Below make ahead of the ice cream

1st Directions:

In a small bowl, mix the 2 Tablespoons of La Lechera Fat Free Condensed Milk & the cornstarch until smooth. Once the mixture is smooth, add in the goat cheese slowly, cream cheese & salt. Make sure it is all mixed and should be thick. After you have mixed this, fill a bowl with lots of ice & water. Make sure the bowl is larger than the container you are placing your ice cream in to freeze after it is cooked.

2nd Directions:

Mix the remainder of La Lechera Fat Free Condensed Milk, heavy cream, corn syrup and sugar in a 4 qt. saucepan and bring to a roaring boil over medium to high heat. Only boil for 4 minutes, no longer and stir constantly as to not burn. Remove from heat, and gradually start whisking in the thick cheese mixture by the spoonfuls. Once it is completely mixed in, place back onto heat and stir with a rubber spatula until thickened. This will be fast, about a minute!

3rd Direction:

Pour your cooked ice cream mixture into a freezer container & place the filled freezer container into the ice bath you prepared earlier. Make sure you add more ice as the ice melts from the heat of the cooked mixture. Keep the contained mixture in the ice bath for about 30 minutes & the container is cool to the touch.

4th Direction:

Once the mixture is cool and you start to feel it freeze up, you can begin layering it with the roasted cherries! I like to store my ice cream in any container with a seal tight lid. Begin with a layer of your thickened ice cream mixture, then a layer of the roasted cherries and keep alternating. Place the mixture in the coldest part of your freezer and let it freeze for at least 8 hours. I like to make this in the morning for after dinner dessert. The longer it stays, the longer it gets super creamy!

While I made it in the morning, I enjoyed my French press coffee with the La Lechera Dulce de Leche Coffee Creamer. It’s so delicious! I usually don’t use creamer because of the extra calories, but 1 Tablespoon is only 35 calories so I indulge now.

Roasted Cherries

16 oz (1 bag) Frozen Cherries

2/3 Cup Sugar

2 teaspoons Cornstarch

Pre-heat oven (I use toaster oven) to 400*

Combine the ingredients in a baking pan, toss the ingredients. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until you see the mixture bubble. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes to make sure the ingredients blend together. Let the mixture cool & place in the refrigerator until needed for the recipe.

I do hope you make this ice cream, I know you will enjoy it! If you like Goat Cheese, you will really love it, if you don’t know if you like goat cheese, give it a try, you may love it. Yes, there are lots of directions, but it doesn’t take long and it really is worth it. Ice Cream square

Thanks for visiting & lots of love,

Lisa

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Let’s Fight Flu Season!

Flu Shot

Flu Shot

Hello Sunshine! It’s Friday, any plans? It’s also Columbus Day Weekend. Some of you may have Monday off of work to celebrate. Nice to have a day off. Officially Columbus Day is October 12th & my birthday is October 12th. So have a little indulgence for me!

Well, along with these two celebrations come Flu Season. Bummer! (I just recently saw The Big Lebowski). I wanted to share with you that I have received my flu shot. I know some are against getting vaccinations and of course I do not want to go against your wishes. For those that are ok with it, I wanted to let you know that the flu shot is available now and you may want to look into getting yours soon.

Soaps & Counter Sprays available around the home.

Soaps & Counter Sprays available around the home.

Another way we like to keep the Flu and other germs away as much as we can is to keep our hands & house clean. I keep soaps and counter sprays at every sink in our home. I keep them in the bathrooms & in the laundry room. I make sure I keep counter sprays in the laundry room and I use the kitchen counter spray throughout the day with paper towels that can be thrown away. When it comes to cooking, raw meats and veggies can bring any kinds of germs. Make sure you wash your veggies with veggie spray or at least soak them in warm water with baking soda to remove any dirt, insects or pesticides off of them, especially if you do not buy organic.

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

If you have young kiddos that are coming home from school, pre-school, daycare or just anywhere that they may have been with other kids or grown ups, it’s always good to have them change into after school clothes and wash up. When they are washing their hands in warm water, always have them sing the ‘Happy Birthday Song’ TWICE so that you know they have gotten a good cleaning. I used to love singing the song and putting my name in it! Also, make sure they don’t just wash the soap off immediately! When I was a teenager and I would babysit, I would see that a lot! I always love teaching kids with the foaming soaps because its cool the way it foams and has the fragrance so quickly! Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day always has the best fragrances and it is such a great product.

I know there is so much going around with Ebola and the best we can do is keep clean and avoid letting our own germs spread. Keep these tips in mind to help you from spreading germs:

  • If we sneeze or cough, do so in our sleeve & keep tissues.
  • Wash our hands after using the bathroom, handling money, handling food, contact with animals, someone ill, changing diapers, handling garbage, before eating, touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Use hand sanitizers when sinks are not available
  • Keep children’s toys clean and disinfected.

Oh friends, The one year that I did not get the flu shot~ you guessed it~ I got the flu! I was miserable. My husband travels sometimes and it happened to be a week that he was traveling, I put my big girl panties on, pulled myself together and drove myself to my Primary Care to get the care I needed. Thankfully I was able to sleep all day and all week until he returned. Luckily, I was not out & did not spread the yuck because I would not wish the flu on anyone. Well, stay healthy out there.

Also, some of you may know that I have epilepsy and with those of us that have epilepsy or any other illnesses it is important to really take care of ourselves. I really enjoyed my friends post on taking extra care. Check out her post Here. I know you will find it informative.

As always, lots of love to you,

Lisa

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No Tricks, Just Treat Others!

Treat Others

Treat Others

Hello Sunshine! Ok, be honest… How many Pumpkin Spice Latte’s have you had so far this season? I know! I’m finding pumpkin flavored everything everywhere! I love it! I haven’t found anything unusually ‘Pumpkin’ flavored. I do love it when my husband & I shop and he points out pumpkin items to me. He’s so silly! Let me know if you find something silly or unusual.

Ok, if you follow my Instagram or Twitter, you probably have seen that I like to treat anyone that treats me. Now, I would definitely take all of my caregivers to lunch if my budget could afford, but I have to do a gesture that is more in my pocket book.Especially with my abundance of caregivers!

What You Need To Treat

What You Need To Treat

So, I give these cute little buckets of sweets to those kind caregivers! If you would like to Treat others, you don’t need much, and you can get this at your supermarket when you are getting your groceries like I did. You can dress these up, but sometimes I have not been so prepared and I have picked up prior to my appointments & just put it together in the car on the way.

Put Your Treats Together

Put Your Treats Together

I just place the tissue in, I mix up the candy, sometimes I write a card & that’s it! Looks Super Cute! Different seasons call for different fun packaging. I also like to put non-candy snacks, like granola bars, individually wrapped mixed nuts, Gold Fish Brand Snacks, pretzels, non-chocolate candy, etc. In our Texas Summers ~ Popsicles are one of my favorites to give! I even give little packs of stationery from my card shop. I just happened to get all chocolate candy this time!

I was recently released from my Orthopedic Surgeon(YIPPEE) so I wanted to return to their office and give them a bucket and let them know about the post that I had written about my ankle, remember: So I Broke My Ankle, Big Deal .

I like to drop these off at my post office, my doctor’s office, my local coffee shop that I frequent & more. I love my native Austin & it is a growing city, but I want to keep it the small city that I grew up in. Any way that I can keep it where we know each others names and we help each other & have the ‘Small Town’ feel I grew up in, I want it.  Well, it’s just nice to treat those that treat us, even with a little something. I am not trying to guilt anyone, just letting you know a little way I pay it forward & keep us smiling at each other instead of ignoring each other as we go about our days.

I hope I see you today & give you a smile as always,

 

Lots of love

Lisa

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Satur-Date Movie: Gone Girl

Satur-Date Movie Gone Girl

Satur-Date Movie Gone Girl

Hello Sunshine! Wow, we had a great weekend here in Austin. It was Austin City Limits Music Festival Weekend, so it was great to have all the visitors in for the outdoor live music under the beautiful blue sky with the cool breeze. Now, we have plenty of days like this here, but it’s nice when we have visitors with outdoor events so we give such a warm welcome. I hope you had beautiful weather where you are also.

Well, The hubby and I had not had a movie date in a while & we pre-purchased our tickets to see the movie, Gone Girl. I had the book on my Goodreads list, but I have so many books on my list that I would probably get to it this time next year. I had Instagram‘d that we were going to see the movie & I admitted that I had not read the book and a few of my friends & followers had mentioned that the book was so good, that I really should have read the book. Ugh! I should have, I know, but I didn’t. I made the decision to load it in my iBooks immediately and do a speed read. So far, so good, I was on chapter 6. I was flying by. Easy read. Then I took a break. Read a few more posts on my Instagram, ‘oh, I hear it’s really loyal to the book’. I started thinking, ‘Should I really complete this book?’ Then what will be the point of watching the movie? I stopped reading the book!

On with the movie:

Wow, A ‘Must See.’ Oh & you do not need to read the book before you see the movie. Now, Gone Girl is definitely for a mature audience, so don’t think you can bring anyone under age and it’s just a scene or two. It’s more than a scene or two. I always like to go into a movie knowing little to nothing. I don’t read reviews. I do watch CBS Sunday Morning, so I do watch David Edelstein’s reviews. My husband on the other hand must read reviews. The bad part of that is, he will tell me about the movie review and tell me what is going to happen in the movie. He did that in this movie also. This movie has so many twists and turns and is just a thriller that you may walk out of there with the ‘what just happened?’ Yes, we were breaking this one down for hours after! If you like a thriller, physiological thriller, suspense thriller, or a ‘Halloween Scary Thriller Reality Movie’ this is the one!

If you are in Austin, I recommend seeing the movie in one of our favorites, Violet Crown Cinema. The top left pic above is from the balcony at the Violet Crown. They have a parking garage and the cinema will validate your ticket. The balcony has the coziest chairs that you can grab a drink prior to your show while you wait for seating and soak up the Austin sun. The cinema has a lite bite menu, but I honestly recommend you get the popcorn and Brussels Sprouts. The popcorn is free refills and I believe they have the best tasting popcorn. I don’t know why, but it is the best. The Brussels Sprouts are almost as good as my own recipe, Top Secret Brussels Sprouts. I order them every time I see a movie at the cinema. Each theater seat has a table top, but you have to take your dish & drinks in, there are no servers. They also serve coffee & specialty coffee. I was enjoying a Double Dirty Chai, as you can see in the pic on the bottom right. We have been going to The Violet Crown since it opened and the staff is always friendly, our food is always fresh and delicious and drinks are always perfect. Recently the bar was short staff for the first time and the gentleman was the friendliest and fastest. I am under the assumption that VCC treats their staff fantastic because the staff treat VCC & their guests fantastic!

I love spending money locally in my Native Austin!

There were a few trailers for upcoming movies, but I will be looking out for The Theory Of Everything Movie. That looks like it might be a good one. Probably a movie I will ask my friend, Holly to see with me but thats all right! Not every movie needs to be a Satur-date. The Hubby saw a trailer, Birdman that interests him. It does look good. Perhaps that will be an upcoming Sadur-date.

Thanks for stopping by & lots of love,

Lisa

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Let’s Honor Our Hispanic Ancestors

With My Voter Registration Card. It Is A Law In Texas We Need A Photo ID Also To Vote

With My Voter Registration Card. It Is A Law In Texas We Need A Photo ID Also To Vote

Did you know the #1 reason Latinos don’t register to vote is because no one asks? I am a Latina. I am a registered to vote and I exercise my right to vote in every election! Growing up my grandmother would tell me of days when Latinos & African Americans did not have the rights to vote and she was always so happy to know that I was an active voter. I can remember times when I would go over my grandparents home and we would watch debates or election results. We would spend mornings having coffee talking about politics and what we thought about The State of the Union Address the night before. Sometimes we can take for granted our rights and what our ancestors have gone through to give us our rights. I am so grateful for all of those talks with my grandmother so that I never forget.

My Serrano Grandma

My Serrano Grandma

I would like to give you a friendly challenge and ask you to ask 3 Latinos this weekend if they are Registered To Vote. If you are in Texas, like me, Monday October 6th is the Deadline to register to vote & have your 3 Latino’s that you have asked to be able to vote in this November Election.

I have added a link on my blog to the right to direct you to Latinos2014.com and there you can register to vote! See, I make it so super easy for you!

Let’s make our Hispanic Ancestors proud! Exercise our rights that they have fought for.

Si se puede!

As always my dear friends,

Lots of love,

Lisa

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I also wanted to post the website National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2014 again in this post as I did in my previous post talking about Ofrendas. I always encourage learning more about Hispanic Culture.

In addition, I wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon PBS showing documentaries on their website PBS.org for Hispanic Heritage month.

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