Monthly Archives: February 2016

Photo Clothesline Cubicle Decor

I recently changed jobs in my company & along with the new responsibilities (& way less stress!) came a new cubicle.

I’ve always been a big proponent of personalizing my workspace & having lots of pictures around me, but with this new space I wanted it to be a little nicer than my previous one. So instead of just taping some photos to the wall in a collage or something, I was inspired by the ‘photo clothesline’ trend on Pinterest.

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This was so easy to do! All I used was twine, mini clothespins, & thumbtacks.

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I tied the twine around two thumbtacks securely & then pushed them into my cubicle wall. If you can’t do that, then I’m sure a nail or something would work just as well.

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The pictures & clothespins are going to weigh down the twine, so you don’t really want to leave slack when you’re pinning up the twine, but you don’t want to make it too taught. Play around with the placement & see what looks best to you.

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I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. It makes my workspace feel more homey & makes coming to work all the more bearable enjoyable!

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Flowers from my hubby help, too ❤


Is your workspace decorated?

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White Margarita

It’s National Margarita Day!

Last year we celebrated with strawberry margaritas. This year I wanted to share this delicious recipe with you.

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My husband found the original recipe here, & changed it just a little bit. One of the commenters nicknamed it the White Margarita, so that’s what we call it. Made with silver tequila & lemon-lime soda (Sprite), it’s a cool white color in the end.

Sprite gives it a bubbly sweetness that makes it a little different that the traditional ‘rita.

 My husband loves salt with his margaritas, I prefer them without 🙂

Salt or no salt, this margarita is deliciously refreshing. You can taste the tequila just enough to know you’re drinking the real deal, but not enough to give you flashbacks of your college days.

Feel free to adjust the amount of soda or lime juice as needed. My husband likes his strong & I like mine sweet, but the below recipe is just right for both of us.

Enjoy National Margarita Day responsibly!

White Margarita

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda such as Sprite
  • salt for rimming glasses (optional)
  • lime wedge, for serving
  • ice 
  1. Rim 2 glasses with salt (if desired), & fill with ice.
  2. Pour the tequila, lime juice, triple sec, & soda into a shaker filled with ice. Be sure to hold your hand over over the top of the shaker so that it doesn’t pop off from the carbonation.
  3. Pour into prepared glasses, serve with a lime wedge, & enjoy!
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Guava Brie Burger

There’s this restaurant in the hipster neighborhood of Wynwood (Miami) called Kush that serves an amazingly delicious burger. The burger is so…well, let me just copy the menu description for you:

Burger served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere, stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon, LoKal sauce and then pressed on a flat top grill.

Are you drooling yet? You should be!

I was inspired by this burger to make my own – albeit less decadent – burger.

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(This is really less of a recipe & more of a burger topping suggestion!)

We had some Bubba burgers left over from a family barbecue, brie cheese left over from another recipe, & guava paste because I’m Cuban & it’s a staple in my house. Bingo.

If this combination sounds weird to you, just know that guava & cheese is a CLASSIC in the Hispanic community.

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I cut up the brie & guava paste to melt over the pre-cooked patty.

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To complete this beautiful burger I turned to another classic Hispanic pairing – mayoketchu. As the name suggests, it’s equal parts mayonnaise & ketchup. It’s also surprisingly tasty to someone who hates ketchup (me).

Put it all together on a bun & you have an wonderfully Hispanic Hamburger.

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I’m not the greatest at taking pictures of sandwiches/burger, but that still looks pretty great to me!

Guava Brie Burger

  • Cooked hamburger patty
  • Guava paste
  • Brie
  • Mayoketchu (equal parts mayonnaise & ketchup)
  • Bun
  1. Place hamburger in a pan with sliced guava paste & brie on top. Cover with lid & heat until cheese is melted.Place on bun with mayoketchu.
  2. Eat & enjoy!
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today is fat tuesday

My lovely friend Caroline, who constantly points me to Jesus, wonderfully describes my attitude about Lent. She’s taking on prayer, I’m taking on reading (& giving up a few dumb things).

I do wish protestants treated Easter as ‘special’ as we treat Christmas. Without Easter, there is no Christmas.

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Sometimes I don’t think about Lent until the day before but fortunately this year I was not taken off guard.  I have been reminded of Lent through friends and articles and even my own body really wanting warmer weather and the good change of spring making everything green and alive.

Lent is not Roman Catholic.  Lent is Christian.  It’s not our role to criticize what a tradition has become but rather to exemplify what it ought to be.  Lent is important.  We are reminded of Christmas coming for weeks on end so when it finally arrives and you get to that candlelight service, your heart is ready to contemplate the divinity becoming a small baby.  Messiah performances focus us on the great tradition of inviting Jesus to join the winter festival.  Easter gets forgotten.  I see Peeps marshmallows in the store but as much as I love Peeps, they…

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Game Day Cookie Truffles

Tomorrow is Super Bowl 50!

We are going to a party at a friend’s house & of course we can’t show up empty handed!

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Last year I made these football cupcakes, so I wanted to do something a little different.

Oreo cookie truffles have been all over my newsfeed recently. These are not oreo truffles – but they’re pretty close & SUPER tasty!

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I had a box of chocolate graham crackers, so I decided to use it. The rest is pretty standard for any cookie truffle. Butterfinger is not a main flavor in the finished truffle, but every couple bites you get a nice peanut buttery crunch!

Using the food processor I pulsed the crackers and butterfingers until finely crumbled & poured into my mixer bowl. Then I added room temperature softened cream cheese & vanilla frosting. Using the paddle attachment, I stirred the ingredients until it was the consistency of a stiff dough.

My husband & I then shaped the ‘dough’ into little footballs on parchment paper & let them chill in the fridge. I love parchment paper so much, it’s so useful!

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I melted the chocolate chips & coated the little footballs. If you’re using a microwave, like I did, don’t melt all the chocolate at once & remember to stir often. I coated all the truffles & then put them in the fridge for a few minutes. Once the chocolate was set, I piped on the laces.

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Tada!

These are very rich & delicious! I can’t wait to share with friends tomorrow.

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Go sports!

Game Day Cookie Truffles

Makes about 4 dozen truffles

  • 1 box chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened & at room temperature
  • 2 Butterfinger candies
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, plus more for piping
  • 12oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Use a food processor to finely crumble graham crackers & butterfinger candies (may take several batches depending on food processor capacity). Transfer to mixer bowl.
  2. Add room temperature cream cheese & vanilla frosting. Using paddle attachment, mix on low speed until consistency is like that of a stiff dough. Spoon about a tablespoon worth of dough at at time onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper & shape into footballs. Chill in refrigerator at least 10 minutes.
  3. Melt chocolate chips & coat football truffles. Allow to set in refrigerator before piping laces with vanilla frosting.
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