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Red and Easy Spaghetti

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Holaaaaaa, I’m back with a recipe for the easiest red spaghetti 🙂

Today I would like to share with you guys this recipe that I remember my mom making for me all the time,for lunch mostly, but I would have it as dinner as well watching t.v. at night, and for me when I was little this was the best spaghetti ever!!! (Even now that I’m older I still love to sneak at night to watch t.v. with a big bowl of this haha).

Now my 3-year-old nephew loves it just as I did, and always asks my mom or his mommy to make him more 🙂

So of course I had to share this recipe with you guys! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

1 pkg dry spaghetti uncooked

Tomato puree (I used 3 little packages of 210 grams each)

1 Garlic clove

Pepper

Butter

1 teaspoon of Oregano

1 teaspoon of chicken soup powder

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Preparation:

First cook spaghetti as directed on the package.

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Beat tomato sauce, butter, garlic, pepper, chicken soup powder and oregano, in a medium saucepan with whisk until well blended while spaghetti is cooking.

Cook over medium heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Drain the spaghetti, place in a serving platter and add the tomato sauce all over and your done!!!

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Yummy!!!! 😀

Source: My Mom.

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Dealing with Panic Attacks & Anxiety.

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Hello everyone!

Today I’m not sharing any recipes but instead a very personal stuff that I’ve wanting to share with you since January but been a little bit afraid. It’s kind of scary to just put myself out there and tell you what I’ve been through and opening up, but I feel it will turn the negative into positive stuff, I just want to let it out of my system and maybe help you guys understand if you have anyone going through this issues or even if your going through this.

So let’s talk about this… I think I’ve always been a really nervous person, I remember the first days of school I would not have breakfast and would feel like throwing up, the way I’d express my anxiety or my nervousness if that’s a word haha, would be that way, not wanting to eat or feeling like throwing up.

When I was in kindergarten I’d throw up literally the first weeks of school, I just couldn’t control myself, and when I turned 6-7 years old when I began to go to elementary school I controlled wanting to throw up which mas an awesome thing, I would just felt like not having breakfast and it would last me only 2 or 3 days.

A while ago when I was 15 I graduated from the school I was for almost 10 years and transferred to another school for “High school” (we have a different education system here in Mexico) and let’s just say I wasn’t well received in that school, in other words they would bully me.

It was a hard period in my life and the throwing up began to appear again, not wanting to eat, and just feeling really insecure and helpless, 2 or 3 months later I came home crying to my parents and told them what was going on, that I felt horrible going to school and that my classmates bullied me, my parents took me out of that school and I lost a year but that’s a different story.. Since then I started having panic attacks every now and then in places too crowded, in church, at the supermarkets, even at my friends party’s.

Let’s clear things up a little bit and define what a panic attack is:

Generally, a panic attack happens as a result of extremely heightened anxiety. Any of us have the potential of experiencing a panic attack. However, for those who do not suffer from any anxiety disorder, a panic attack is only likely to happen if triggered by an anxiety-provoking event. 

A panic attack can come on very suddenly and have no obvious triggers. Although a panic attack episode may appear at random, they come from our evolutionary response to danger. Having a panic attack is said to be one of the most intensely frightening, upsetting and uncomfortable experiences in a person’s life. The American Psychological Association says the symptoms of a panic attack generally last for about 30 minutes, although the attack itself may only be 15 seconds long. Some panic attack can last for much longer, even hours. 

Panic attacks are associated with agoraphobia – fear of open spaces, as well as the fear of being unable to escape from a dangerous situation. People who have experienced a panic attack often say afterwards that they felt trapped.”

It’s such a horrible/uncomfortable situation to be in, I just hated the fact that I would fear going outside my house because I didn’t want to have a panic attack, feeling like nobody understood me and my friends would come to visit me only at my house because of this, in a way it was kind of positive, cause I realised who were my true friends you know the ones that were by my side even when I didn’t feel the best, even if they didn’t understand what I was going through they would be there for me always.

Thankfully now im back on track with school and my classmates are awesome people, this year im graduating and going to college so that’s exciting, but it’s been a long journey trying to not have panic attacks, this january I went to see a psychiatrist who gave me some pills for my “wanting to throw up” issues and explain me what was going on, He told me I trained my stomach to feel sick when nervous and I would always swallow things because I didn’t want people to notice what was happening with me, and that explained a lot of things for me, he recommended me to do some relaxing exercises and listen to relaxing music as well, I adopted the reading hobbie as one of my relaxing methods and I’ve felt that’s worked for me really well, now I go outside with my friends: to the movie theater, to their houses, to the park, I just go out more and I love it, being able to not have panic attacks and really enjoy what I’m doing makes me feel so good words can’t explain it.

So I felt I wanted to share these things that have been happening with me, and maybe that’s why I’ve left the blog for a while without posting anything.

Now I feel like I want to start blogging again and make this as often as I can, I loved sharing recipes, but I have found that I love to talk about things as well that’s why I’ll start writing stuff that happens to me, for a way to let it out and express myself, isn’t that what blogging is for? expressing ourselves without being judged.

Expect to see me here more often and as always thank you for reading my blog, it truly makes me happy 🙂

I want to leave some helpful links below so you guys can inform yourself better with anxiety and panic attacks!

I’ll write you guys soon 🙂

– Maggie.

Sources: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/8872.php

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/panic-attacks/basics/definition/con-20020825

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/anxiety/

Machaca Burritos

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Hello guys!
I can’t believe it’s already October.. talk about how time flies.
I turned 19 this past september. Which it’s kind of surreal, when someone asks me how old I am I always rethink my answer
I always want to say that i’m 17 I think i’m stuck in that age, but oh well haha.
Today I want to introduce to you this amazing “Burritos de Machaca” dish, okay, so I know you might be wondering:
¿What’s machaca?
Machaca is a dish prepared originally most commonly from dried, spiced beef or pork, then rehydrated and pounded to make it tender. The reconstituted meat would then be used to prepare any number of dishes.”

I remember when I was little and we used to go on roadtrips my Mom would prepare this Burritos which had machaca and potatoes and they were so good. Until this day I still love them and find them comforting.
Where I live they sell this meat everywhere but I know that in some parts of Mexico you can’t find it, I have some family that don’t live here and when they come they always take some with them. It’s one of those dishes you grow up with.
I didn’t know if I should blog about this cause I know some of you may not find this exact meat but If you can’t find anything like this where you live you can use regular meat. Burritos are amazing and easy to make, I just love them 🙂
So here is the recipe:
Ingredients:
Flour tortillas
1/4 kilo machaca (meat)
2 large potatoes (cutted in cubes)
1/4 of an Onion
1 Tomato
1 Serrano chile (this depends how spicy you’d like it)
250 grams of tomatoe puree (or a little bit more)
Pepper

Preparation:
Cut the potatoes in little cubes and fry them with a little bit of pepper, add the onion,tomato, serrano chile and half of the tomato puree, then add the machaca and add the other half of the tomato puree so it’s juicy.
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Grab a tortilla and add a little bit of the mixture and fold them like this:

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Then in a “Comal” place the burritos and let the tortilla toast a little bit on each side and then serve 🙂

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Note: As you can see we didn’t use any additional salt cause this type of meat it’s salty enough.

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This is how the Machaca meat looks:

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I know it looks so weird but I can assure you it is delicious! 🙂

I also wanted to let you guys know i’m on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maggiecooks so if you guys haven’t followed me you I’d love if you did I really enjoy interacting with you 🙂
I hope you guys have a wonderful week!

– Maggie.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

What are you guys planning to do this Cinco de mayo weekend?

I am planning to make lots of mexican food, even thought I am mexican our food just never gets old, I have posted some great mexican recipes on this blog and thought i’ll post some of them right now so you can make for this awesome holiday 🙂

Entomatadas

Arroz con Leche

Guacamole

Pastel Azteca

Chicken Enchiladas

Nopales

I hope you guys have a great cinco de mayo fiesta! 🙂
I’ll see you guys on Monday with a new recipe.
Maggie.

New Header and Buttons

Hello everyone!
I’ve just uploaded a new header and some buttons for pinterest and twitter!

Do you guys like it?
I’ve been into designing for a while now, but now that im co-working with my sister’s friend I’m just loving everything about designs and decided it was time to give my blog a new look 🙂

Have you guys made a pinterest account? I thought i’ll never made one and well I now have one hahaha, and im obsessed with it!

If you guys need an invite please dont hesitate to ask! 🙂 and if you already have one follow me, i’ll follow back!

Other than that hope you guys are doing great!
a new recipe will be up soon,

Maggie.

Cupcakes

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great valentine’s day! 🙂

Today I want to share with you what i’ve been up to.
I went to a cupcake class on january to learn how to make cupcakes, fill them, and I learned a new buttercream recipe!

Then I decided to sell cupcakes for valentine’s day, it was a chaos but I made it and I loved it.

Yesterday I went to another cupcake class, but this time we learned how to make “cupcake pull apart cake”, here in Mexico it’s really common for kid’s parties to have this types of cakes to match with the theme of your parties, I decided to make a “Hello Kitty Pull apart cake” haha my little nephew sunk his finger in it. we learned another buttercream frosting recipe, and I can’t wait to share all of this with you guys! 🙂

I’m going to be practicing this new cake and i’ll be making a tutorial really soon.

Would you guys be interested to know how to make this type of cakes?

I think its a fun idea for kid’s to each take their own slice of “cake” and cupcakes are always fun 🙂

I’ve also been loving “pinterest” I wanted to resist the temptation of making one, but I think I might have to surrender! It’s amazing! 🙂

Hope you guys have a great weekend!
Maggie.

Bought puff pastry

Hello Guys.
So today is Friday! YAY finally I have lots of things to bake this weekend, I’m going to bake my first homemade pinneaple upside down cake. And if it turns out good i’ll def post it on the blog!

For now I just wanted to share my experience with bought puff pastry, I bought mine in costco and I thought it was actually  cheaper than I expected.

I made:
Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry.
Annie’s Apple Pie Cookies (Instead of making the pie dough I used puff pastry and they turned out great!)
And last but not least I made little “empanadas” with it, I filled them with dulce de leche,strawberry and pinneaple jam. They turned out soooo good! I took pictures of the process and im going to share them with you.

Grab a sheet of puff pastry and sprinkle some flour.

Cut the puff pastry in squares.

Grab a piece and Brush the border with some egg wash.

Place some Jam, in this case I used strawberry Jam

Place the second piece on top of the filled pastry.

press with a fork, brush the top with egg wash if you want and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake them 350 °F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Sprinkle some Icing sugar on top and enjoy!! 🙂

I do want to make my own puff pastry someday but for now I think bought puff pastry is awesome!

What do you think of puff pastry? Have you tried it? 🙂

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone and Merry christmas to all of you!!!

Hope you guys are having great times with your loved ones!
Today im not posting a recipe but im letting you guys know what has happened since I last updated this blog.

For christmas I got my very first KitchenAid Mixer! SO EXCITING!!

If you’ve been following my blog I have wished for it since before I started blogging and im so excited I finally have it in my kitchen!
Can’t wait to start making bread,cookies,cakes,etc.

I also wanted to share some pictures of how our table looked in christmas day.


We had: Turkey,Sopa Fria,Mashed potatoes and a classic dish from here that is called “Picadillo” with some bread and cranberry slices.
we ate too much of everything and it was all really good!
I love this holidays not just because of the food or the presents, but the time we spent with our loved ones, share stories,memories but most importantly just being together! 🙂

I also can’t believe that it’s almost 2012 I remember I started this year 2011 thinking about starting a blog and found it so intimidating but now here I am looking forward to posting more recipes and just enjoying everyone’s recipes and stories too. I am grateful of having this blog because it has been a great journey which I’ve learned so many things and I’ve shown to my family that I find cooking and baking not only a hobby but that I truly love this!! 🙂

Can’t wait for New years eve! I’m going to be in charge of the deserts so hopefully everything will turn out good! I’ll keep you guys posted! 🙂

I have great recipes coming this new year!

Thank you guys for reading this blog! 🙂

See you Next year!
Maggie. 

Happy Independence Day

Yesterday at night it was a Fiesta here in mexico because of our independence.
There were fireworks, mexican food, candies and of course cake!

I made this cake at the last-minute! So it was great that I could pull it off!
It isn’t as hard as you think but it really requires some time!
Today we are still having a fiesta since not everyone works or goes to school!

we get to relax and celebrate a great weekend!
I’m hosting a giveaway that ends tonight for some mexican souvenirs!
But since I can’t send you guys all the food that we get to have, i found some recipes that are mexican and you can try them over the weekend for your friends or family!

Pan Dulce – Chef Dennis
Chicken flautas in roasted tomatillo – The Gallery Gourmet
Hibiscus Lime Popsicles – Family Style Food
Mexican Pork Pibil – Cook Sister

I found this website that has a great variety of mexican food too!
What’s Cooking Mexico

I have a Guacamole , Chicken enchiladas , Nopales recipe if you want to check it out too!

Hope this helps or gives you ideas to make a mexican weekend! 🙂
Have fun! And see you on Monday with a new recipe! 😀
Maggie.

Source for the cake: Amanda’s Site I am Baker Thank you Amanda for the tutorial! 🙂

Guest Post

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying what’s left of summer, I know I am enjoying time with my cousins, they are traveling back to their hometown on sunday, so we are really having a great time while they are here.
That’s why I haven’t posted any recipes, but I promise that you’ll see some great new recipes.

But for now I have to tell you that I had a secret for a while now …

I am Guest Posting this friday on Chef Dennis Blog! I am so so so so excited!
I’ll be posting a family recipe for “Frijoles Rancheros” or Ranchero Beans! 

So on friday head over to Chef Dennis blog so you can see my blog post and I really hope you all guys like it 🙂

Here is a Picture for what you’re going to see on friday.

Hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂
Maggie.

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