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Summer is Over… September 18, 2013

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It has been a great Summer, filled with wonderful memories. Now, it’s over. That means outdoor parties (other than tailgating) are over. 😦

But I have a solution for passing time inbetween fall holidays: a tea party.

They are simple, fun, and delicious. I hosted a tea party for five recently and we had a great time. We had some tea and a chance to chit chat and catch up. We also played a quick mystery game. It was great seeing friends and enjoying mini sandwhiches.
Here are the pics from the party stuff.





We had cucumber sandwiches, mini blt’s, pumpkin spice cookies, tea cookies, pear jam, thin mints, lemonade cookies, and dark chocolate ganache to spread on the tea cookies. It was yummy and easy.

Thanks for reading!


Coquito December 19, 2012

Filed under: Drinks,Food,Holiday,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 9:21 PM
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Coquito or Puerto Rican egg nog as my husband calls it is a delicious and simple Christmas treat. It is seasonal and a Puerto Rican thing. Most people I have spoken to who aren’t from Puerto Rico or have never visited during Christmas usually have no idea what it is. But trust me, you will definitely want to try it. Once you do, it will become a new tradition.


What You Will Need:


  • 2 Cream of Coconut cans
  • 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Can of Evaporated Milk
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Rum (Optional)

What To Do:

  1. Pour evaporated milk and cream of coconut in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds.
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch or two of nutmeg. Blend for 4 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup of Rum and blend for 1-2 minutes. (Optional)
  4. Taste and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste IF NEEDED.
  5. Pour into container with lid or cap and refrigerate. Usually cold in 1-2 hours.
  6. OR  pour into a glass of ice and enjoy immediately.

For my Coquito I usually put it in empty liquor bottles. I save them throughout the year and I ask friends to save them (when they can) so I can bottle my Coquito and share it. Coquito is best served cold and well shaken with finger foods.

As you can see, I reused a medium sized bottle of Jack.  Personally, I like to leave the old liquor labels on the bottle but you can remove the labels and decorate as you wish.


Another idea is to gift wrap it. I like to use really shiny paper when I wrap it up. Then all you need is a label or ribbon to let the person receiving it know whether or not the Coquito has rum.


Thank you for reading!

Happy Holidays!


The Party! August 16, 2012

Filed under: Birthday,Cake,Candy,Drinks,Food,Music,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 8:07 AM
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Hello All!
The party itself was fun. We had food, music, Kinect and good friends. It was a very goofy party with plenty going on.

We used blue, red, green and yellow streamers. We also had a triangle flag banner with the same colors and balloons. The food, especially the cupcakes were an added perk that made decorating simpler. As far as the tables througout the party, I covered them with white linen tablecloths. I definetely kept it simple. I guess, you can think of it as a throwback.


I know it is hard to see in this picture but all the hallways were decorated with these “drum stripe” patterns. The ceiling had a mix of single color and dual color streamers zig-zagging back and forth. There were also a lot of twisted streamers accenting different areas.


They look kind of like this. Sorry about the pictures. I was exhausted after a long day of baking and getting things started (like maranating the chicken and pork for the party). This area had better lighting during the party but not so much for the decorating part the night before. Hence, the photos are a tad dark.

Anyway, the balloons were blown up the day of using some good old lung power. The linens were placed on the tables just before guests arrived along with the cupcakes and other snacks.


Everyone had plenty to do during the party. For the kids we had pin the tail (a classic), Frog Hunt (a game I put together myself), chalk drawing on the driveway, bubble blowing in the yard and fishing for prizes.

NOTE:For the fishing game we used a water table my son received as an early birthday gift and filled it with fake fish they could catch with mini fishing poles. Anyone who caught a fish got a big prize like card games and slinkies. Everyone got cookies for participating.

Pin the tail on the donkey is self explanatory and requires no work to put together. All you need to do is tape it where you want it and voila.


For Frog Hunt you need a sandbox, a pail and shovel and some toy frogs. I used some simple plastic jumping frogs. They are the kind you push down with one finger to make them jump.

The game is called Frog Hunt because you don’t tell the kids where you hid the frogs right away. What you do tell them is that they have have to go around to each activity and ask about the frogs. They need to ask if you have seen them or if your activity involves frogs. Seems a little hard but it helps get kids to talk and interact. The person helping with each activity replies that completing the activities will get you a clue.

What I told each person was that they needed to spell S-A-N-D by giving each group a clue. I also told them the kids had to go through the activities as a group the first time around to get the clues in order. Placing them in groups helped tremendously. That way each group gets the clue at the same time and no one gets “lost.”

By the end of the four activities they will know that they need to find sand. We don’t have a sandbox in our yard so I got a small plastic kids pool and filled it with sand. Then I buried the frogs. When it was time to look for the sandbox and frogs, I gave each one a plastic pail and shovel. Then I let them loose in my backyard. They dug up some frogs and other treasures.

NOTE: To keep the location of the frogs secret we held all the activities in the front yard and indoors the first time. Afterward we shifted everything to the backyard.

Once the kids got tired we had them come in for lunch and dessert. We also turned on the Kinect and let them play while we pulled out the snacks and extra drinks (juice boxes and water bottles). Once all that was done we let them play whatever they liked and handed out more prizes.

The favors were S’mores, the pail and shovels, whatever they dug up, the prizes they won and a trip to the candy and toy table.


Here are some of the things that went to the candy and toy table. As you can see there are some jars of candy and little toys. We also had popcorn. As soon as they got their stuff we sent them inside to sing happy birthday and eat some cupcakes. Afterward they got to check out their swag.

Overall, I think everyone enjoyed themselves. This was the kids part of the party so it definitely focused ony son and his friends. Later that night we had a more adult oriented party. The kids who were still around with their parents played on the Kinect or watched a movie in my son’s room. Most of the adults ate, drank and danced. It was lots of fun and we got some great pictures with our nice camera.
After reading about all the craziness I hope you are inspired to throw your own Summer party. Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

Thanks for reading!


Coconut Daiquiris February 10, 2012

Filed under: Candy,Drinks,Food,Holiday,recipe,Updates — Yaya @ 12:28 PM
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It’s been a while since my last update so here goes a quick one. Over the last few months I have been busy working on several writing projects. I’m trying to write a novel and taking my time to do it. I tried NaNoWriMo and that was a big flop. It was worth trying. I just wish this past November had been a slightly slower one.

Anyway, onto the recipe.

Coconut Daiquiri

What you will need:

1 1/2 – 2 Tbs. of Coco Lopez Coconut Cream
1/2 Tbs. of Lemon Juice
1 1/2 Tbs. of Bacardi Rum (Clear or Spiced Works)
1 Cup of Ice

1. Mix together in Blender.
2. Enjoy!

Enjoy with some chocolates or meringues for a nice Valentine’s Day treat to enjoy with friends and family over 21. It is also a great treat for a night in.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy the recipes. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or contacting me via twitter.

Have a great weekend and a fantastic Valentine’s Day!