My Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Thanksgiving is Thursday and the thing I love best about Thanksgiving (aside from spending time with family) is all the yummy food.  One of my favorite pies to make is my sweet potato pie. Every year I make this pie and everyone loves it. I tell you they can’t get enough of it.  I wanted to share this recipe with you (my friends) to enjoy for dessert on this special holiday. If you love sweet potato pie as much as my family does (believe me they request it every year)  then this one will definitely become a family favorite in your home as well.  This is a traditional sweet potato recipe with a little twist. This is what you will need:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup condensed milk

The recipe calls for uncooked pie crust and I use the Pillsbury pie crust, but you can make your own or buy the frozen ones as well. I like the convenience of these pie crust because less time in the kitchen equals more time spent with family. The directions are easy to follow as well.

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour in the oven on a baking sheet. When done, let cool. Scrape the pulp out of the skin, transfer to a large bowl, and mash. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Add evaporated and condensed milk and stir mixture into sweet potatoes. Beat together with mixer until smooth and pour into an unbaked pie shell.

Butter, sugar, and brown sugar mixture.

Eggs, spices, evaporated and condensed milk mixed in together.

Sweet potato added to mix and placed in pie crusts. This recipe will make 2 pies.

Bake on bottom rack of oven for 1 hour or until center of pie is firm. Serve warm. Add whipped cream topping if desired and enjoy.

I hope you try making my sweet potato pie recipe this year and that you enjoy it so much it becomes a family staple at every Thanksgiving.  If you do make it please let me know how it came out?  Did you like it or not?  I would love to hear from you!  Well friends thank you for stopping by the blog today and from my home to yours “Happy Thanksgiving”.

xoxo,

Maritza

 

 

My Latest Christmas Haul

It’s the most wonderful time of the year “Christmas time that is” it is my favorite time of year and I’m so excited to share my latest Christmas haul with you my friends. I haven’t really began decorating for Christmas yet because I still have out my fall decor and don’t usually decorate until after Thanksgiving Day. While others have gotten an early start on decorating I did go out in search of Christmas decor. Here is what I found:

So let me begin with my HomeGoods finds. It’s getting really hard to find any Rae Dunn lately and finding Christmas Rae Dunn, well that is just close to impossible here. So when I saw these mug sets I practically ran over anyone in my way to get to them first. And as my excitement was at an all time high can you find what is wrong?? Yes, stupid me didn’t notice that the Mr. and Mrs. Clause mugs are two Mrs. and no Mr. UGHHH!!!  I was so furious with myself when I got home and noticed it. Hopefully I can find another set and return this one. Anyway don’t you love the santa gnomes??  I love gnomes I have them all over my yard and when I saw these (not to sound like the insurance commercial) I had to have them.

On to my next (craze) I mean find are the vintage trucks.  I am absolutely in love with anything vintage truck, no joke ask my family they think I’m nuts. It started last year and this year a full blown addiction. I got the these (above) truck tea towels, mug and Magenta oval at Marshall’s. Now the truck (below) is from Old Time Pottery and it’s my favorite. The truck is ceramic and lights up! How adorable is that and it was only $14.99.

I also went to Target of course to hit up their dollar spot, but decided to look at the Christmas section and found these trucks and campers. I totally fell in love, but I didn’t give into temptation. Yes, I know it was very, very hard, but I didn’t buy them. For now anyway….

On to the dollar spot where i found lots of goodies.  I got the ceramic houses and christmas tree, snowballs, plaid runner, tree cut-out, Christmas Tree sign, some string and decorative tapes, snowballs and buckets. Funny story with the buckets see I only wanted one, but they were so jammed together  I couldn’t separate them and neither could the cashier so I ended buying them both. No worries I am sure I will find good use for it.  Also, I have some crafting ideas I will be doing with some of these items so stay tuned for that.

I saw on Instagram that Walmart had many flocked Christmas items and so I headed there next.  I went to Walmart specifically looking for there small flocked tree with the burlap base for $12, but they didn’t have it in the store so I ordered it online. While there I picked up this gorgeous 24″ flocked wreath for only $9.97.  It’s a steal for that price so I recommend getting yourself one.

I also picked up a burlap bow for $7.98 a candy cane bow for $1.98 also this 4 Ft. garland for $7.98. I have seen similar garland for over $12 dollars in other stores so this one was another steal.  Go get yourself some of those as well before they’re all gone.

My last stop was Kirkland’s. Now I love Kirkland’s but unless you have a coupon they can be pricey, so I went with my 30% off coupon and got myself this elf pillow, and hat.  The elf legs are from Michael’s and I also used a coupon for those as well.  When my daughter was 2 years old we got her an Elf on the Shelf and she loves anything elves. I began to decorate with elves after Gumdrop our elf became part of the family. Now we have 2 elves and a reindeer that come back every year.

So there you go that was my latest Christmas haul from shopping most of my favorite stores and a few others.  What do you think?  What is your favorite holiday decor item this year?  Share with me your thoughts in the comments below. I will be back with an update on how I style and decorate my home for Christmas with these lovely items and much more, so stay tuned. In the meantime thank you for always visiting me her on my little blog.  I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart.

xoxo,

Maritza

Weekend at the Fancy Flea Market

It was a sunny, cool day at the Fancy Flea Market and my sister and I had a great time.  This was my second time at the Fancy Flea, and the vintage finds and the farmhouse finds did not disappoint. In my last post [here] I mentioned that I had a wish list of items that I had my heart set on finding.  Good news!  I found all of them but one.  At the top of that wish list was a hutch for my Rae Dunn collection.  I am very happy to share that I found the “perfect one”, but I couldn’t bring it home with me because it didn’t fit in my car. As for now it sits in my sister’s garage waiting for me.  Whenever I get it home, I will share It in a later post along with all the other things I bought. Well as for now, let me share just a few of the amazing finds from that day.

One of the booths I visited was the Vintage Living Market Place and it had the most beautiful items. There were vintage and farmhouse products that just blew me away!  Just look at those mantels.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Friends, I really want a mantel for my bedroom, but that was not on my list for this trip; so maybe next year.  Or maybe I could I make one myself? Hmmm.

The mantels were not the only thing that caught my eye, Christmas was in the air and they had so many other spectacular things that I could easily spend to much time and money on. I’m telling you, I was there all day and I couldn’t get enough. Tons of white furniture and wood work that looks like high quality workmanship. Look at that rustic wood bench with the metal daybed back. The wood and metal are such a great combination.  They work well together and look great.

I love old doors and I would love to have them in my home, but I just don’t have the space. Maybe someday in the future when I move into my dream home. You never know!

 

 

Lastly, I saw these rustic wood coffee tables with the wheels on the bottom.  They are made of pallet wood (my favorite) and I like the different color variations. These tables are a work of art and look beautiful in any farmhouse style home.

It was a wonderful, amazing, and fun filled day at the Fancy Flea Market and I’m so glad I went again. All the great vendors and breathtaking items made it very hard not to want to keep going back, and I can’t wait until next year to go back again. Well friends thank you so much for supporting me here on this little blog where I am able to share these great experiences with you. Don’t forget to keep coming back to see my hutch all decked out in my dining-room along with some other surprises I have in the works.

xoxo,

Maritza

I’m Headed Back to “The Fancy Flea”

Hi friends, I’m so excited to share that I am headed back to “The Fancy Flea!” Back in May [here] I visited the Fancy Flea Market for my first time ever and I loved it. This is a traveling flea market that goes to different cities/towns and it has various vendors that set up their gorgeous items for sale.  Items range from vintage to farmhouse, and I love it all.

Here are some of the pictures I took from my visit last May.  I did not share these pics in my previous blog post, but I thought I would give you a peek of all the fabulous items available at the Fancy Flea.

There were so many beautiful items that it was very hard for me not to go broke. I could have stayed there all day because the inspiration and treasures were too much to pass up.  I’m really excited about this weekend and all of the new amazing finds I will bring home with me. (Well, that’s if my husband lets me back in the house after my shopping spree)  I have my eye out for certain things (a wish list) of items.  If I find anything else I love, then “I don’t know how they ended up in the trunk”.

I can’t wait to share all my great finds from The Fancy Flea with you all next week. Be sure to come back and visit me on the blog. Have a great weekend!

xoxo,

Maritza

Hutch Refresh

Don’t you love it when old junk gets a new life. Well that’s exactly what happened to this hutch that someone had thrown out as junk. You know what they say “one mans junk is my sisters treasure” (brahaha). My sister found this hutch and as any junk lovin’ person knows that we have a vision of what it can become.  So of course she took it home and gave it some love.

My sis painted the hutch with white paint she had left over form another project, but distressed it a little to give it farmhouse character and charm. Then she used black chalkpaint to paint the back of the hutch.

What a difference in the before and after don’t you agree? Add the finishing touches like your favorite Halloween decor and of course some Rae Dunn.

I love how her restoration project or hutch refresh of this hutch turned out. With a little love you can bring any old junk back to life. Nice job sis you have outdone yourself again!

Well friends I hope you enjoyed this short, but sweet post on a hutch refresh. And remember to always look and things (or what others consider junk) with a vision of what it could be and make it beautiful again. Hope you have a great Halloween tonight trick or treating with your kids or handing out candy. See ya next time and thanks you for stopping by this little blog of mine.

xoxo,

Maritza

 

Fall Harvest

The leaves are changing.  There is color all around.  A crisp cool breeze is in the air and the smells and sights of autumn are everywhere. Nah… how would I know?  Here in Florida it’s still hot, rainy and humid. Welcome to fall in Florida! It’s on my bucket list to one day be able to see the actual changing of the leaves.  Those beautiful changes that make the trees seem like layers of golden caramel gentling swaying with the breeze. A girl can dream! In the meantime I live vicariously thru Hallmark Channels Fall Harvest Movies. I love autumn because it’s the gateway to the holiday season, and who doesn’t like the holidays?  Besides the family drama, the holidays are a time for family and loved ones to gather together to celebrate.

I love the Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest movies.  I’ve been watching them for so many years.  Just give me a nice soft throw, a warm drink (preferably in a Rae Dunn Mug) and I can stay on my comfy sofa and watch these movies all night long. The new movie line-up is great and I have to say my favorite movie so far is “All of My Heart Inn Love”.  It’s a sequel to last years movie and I hope there is another one next year because it was really a sweet movie.

The thing I love most about the Hallmark Channels Harvest Movies is that right after they are done comes the best part, yes, I’m taking about  “Countdown to Christmas.”  I am a Christmas fanatic! Christmas is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and my favorite time of year. I can’t wait for the smell of pine trees to fill the air in my home. The beautiful decorations, the shopping, the baking, the wrapping of gifts, and so on. I even look forward to the elves coming back to visit during the holiday season. You know those elves that watch our kids and report back to Santa every night. Christmas is what I look forward to all year long and I always watch the Hallmark Holiday Movies with my daughter (it’s sort of a tradition).  We drink hot cocoa, snuggle on the coach and watch the movies together every year. It’s great mother/daughter time and I love every minute of it. There’s nothing like Countdown to Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.

 

You can find the programming schedule for all the Fall Harvest and Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel website at http://www.hallmarkchannel.com  Do you also love the Hallmark Channel Movies? Which is your favorite? Make sure to catch them on Saturday nights and Happy Viewing friends!

xoxo,

Maritza

 

How to Kick-Ass!!

You know when you have those days that you say to yourself “there has to be more to life” and you try to figure out what’s wrong with yours?  I’ve been feeling like that lately about my day job and all I can think of is how to make things better.  I know we may all have different reasons for feeling low (in the dumps) and sometimes we just get stuck in a rut, but I hope (in my case) that is not the case.  I want to believe that the career choice I’ve made, and that I have worked so hard at, was for a reason; but it gets harder and harder to keep believing that.

I began searching for answers, what could I do to make me feel better and see things in a positive light and get me out of this funk I’ve been in?  I had gone to the book store with my daughter to get her a book she needed for school and as I walked in the book store this book caught my attention. The book is “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life”  and as I read the summary I was sold. I had to get this book that seemed to be calling to me.  I felt that it would help me gain to clarity on how to change the things I’m not happy with and to live the Kick-Ass life I deserve.

This book has 52 short chapters of insightful advice to change the things in your life you don’t like and live a kick-ass life instead. The author Andrea Owen gives it to you straight (no hold barred) in a serious, yet humorous way. She is witty and real, no tip toeing around the issues and mistakes we make that deny us the life we are meant to live. I began reading this book a day I stayed home from work because I was sick and I couldn’t put it down. Well needless to say I finished it in a couple of days. There were so many chapters I loved and related to all too well. Here are just a few of my favorites.

We all have that inner voice that we tend to ignore and not listen to, but how many times do we do the opposite of what our instincts (or inner voice) says to us to then end up regretting it later  (I know I have).  I know now that the voice is trying to steer us in the right direction if we only stop long enough to listen we could avoid so many disappointments and mistakes in our life.

We all have a passion. That one thing that we love to do (that doesn’t feel like work) and we actually enjoy doing, it’s what makes us happy.  That passion for me is crafting, whether its making wood signs or creating home decor, it makes me happy.  That is what I would love to do full time.

Hahaha! I love this chapter because how often do we find ourselves on diets (it seems like always for me).  I can’t think of any woman or man that hasn’t dieted in their lifetime.  This chapter is all about making positive changes so that we don’t have to use that 4 letter word DIET again.

We are all unique in our own special way. Could you imagine living in a world were everyone was the same…BORING!  I read once that normal is a setting on a washing machine.  How true that is!  I don’t want to be normal, I know I am unique. My husband can attest to that.

Going back to your passion. As I stated before, my passion is creating things not only for myself, but for others as well.  My dream is to be able to leave my day job and make signs and other items as a full time business. I plan on starting my own etsy shop to be able to sell said items, but I also have the same fears that everyone faces when wanting to start their own business venture. I have to work past my fears and get started because life will pass me by and I don’t want regrets.

Reality is that misery loves company, and if you are around people that are always complaining and miserable, guess what you will be to.  Ditch the drama and find yourself people that will raise you up and not bring you down. This one is tough because I’m sarcastic by nature and optimism is often hard for me. I’m not saying that I’m always negative the opposite is true. I’m the first one to say that everything that happens to us happens for a reason, and that there are lessons to be learned from our experiences. But people that are blind to the deceptions of others, well those people can really get on my nerves (I just want to literally slap some sense into them). What I’m trying to say is find friends that have the same things in common as you, but most importantly, that value you for your uniqueness.

This book was a real eye opener for me because it allowed me to realize that life is what you make of it.  I know I have changes to make not only in my life, but also in myself. I guess I am a work in progress and it is up to me to make myself happy. I can’t blame others for the way I feel, I have to change the way I deal with what life throws at me. So if you are working on making changes to yourself or on creating a better life for whatever reasons, I recommend you pick up this book and give it a read. It will help you start feeling better about yourself and the things you can accomplish. They are “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life.”


 

My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Fall to me means pumpkin everything and today I’m sharing my favorite pumpkin bread. I can smell the wonderful aroma of pumpkin bread filling my home as I write this post. Yes I’m baking some right now, so lets get to the good stuff. I had mentioned in a previous post how much I love pumpkin bread and while I could make it from scratch I say, but why if a boxed one is just as good.

I always make this Libby’s Pumpkin Bread mix and it really taste good (no lie). This boxed mix brings real pumpkin puree which makes the bread so moist and yummy and most of all easy to make. I do make some alterations to the recipe, such as using milk instead of water and adding some cinnamon and nutmeg (for extra spiciness), but other than that I follow the recipe.  I like that the kit brings enough to make 2 bread loaves. What I do is I make one loaf and save the extra mix for another time. Just refrigerate the pumpkin puree and icing to use later.

 

You can eat the pumpkin bread with the icing or without, it is good either way. We like it with the icing on and a cup of milk or coffee. It makes for a great breakfast or snack. Have you tried this bread mix? If not you should, especially if your a pumpkin bread lover (like we are) it’s a definite favorite in our home.

 Well friends thanks for visiting me here on the blog as I share my favorite pumpkin bread with you.. Do you have a fall favorite? I would love for you to share any favorite recipes with me. Maybe I can make some and feature them here on the blog.

xoxo,

Maritza

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas! Here I am at Kirkland’s and they have their Christmas decor up for you to “ooh” and “aah” over. Well that’s what I did when I saw it. I went to Kirkland’s looking for Halloween (clearance) decor and left with Christmas decor instead. How could I not with all this beautiful stuff. Just look how cute that bicycle is, I want it all!

If you love the buffalo check decor like some of my friends do (yes Steph that’s you) Kirkland’s has so much fun buffalo check items from pillows, ornaments, signs, and those cute pom-poms.

Now as for me I’m a vintage truck junkie.  I kid you not I am obsessed with those cute vintage trucks and when I see (anything with a red truck) I want it. So of course (using my 30% off coupon) I had to grab that vintage truck mat you see there for my front door. Oh and that pillow well I have my eye on that as well, but waiting on another coupon to get it.

Christmas Farmhouse signs are also available and just look how adorable they are. I don’t know which one I love more the farmhouse or shiplap sign. These decisions are way too hard! I’d take them both if I could.

So if your looking for farmhouse, vintage, buffalo check, and or any other Christmas decor you need to go check out Kirkland’s. The variety is amazing and of course gorgeous as well. It’s beginning to look like Christmas so grab a coupon because you are not going to see these amazing items sticking around much longer. Happy shopping!!

xoxo,

Maritza

It’s Pumpkin Spice Season

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season everyone! I love fall because I look forward to everything that is pumpkin spice all year long. I love pumpkin spice coffee, all different type of treats, but most of all I love pumpkin bread. So in celebration of the season of pumpkins today’s post is brought to you by pumpkin spice and everything nice.

I’m not a big coffee drinker (truth is I only drink coffee in the morning), but boy do I need that cup of coffee in the morning to function. It’s like that saying “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” it’s so true.  I love my new pumpkin spice coffee mug from the etsy store The Macadamia Shop. I had been searching for a cute camper style mug and they had exactly what I wanted. Isn’t it a cute mug?

Now lets talk Pumpkin Spice treats. I went to Target and they had an amazing variety of pumpkin flavored treats and they were really hard to resist. They have pretzels, popcorn, trail mix, Starbucks Latte, pancake mix, streusel mix, monkey bread mix, bread mix, and cakes in a jar; all in pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavors.

My favorite of all those treats are the Pumpkin Spice snack bites. These little bites are just scrumptious, they have pumpkin seeds and white chocolate and they are a definite must try.

Can you tell that I really love pumpkin!  Now if your not a pumpkin lover, I know not everyone likes pumpkin (I know that’s hard to believe) I did find some apple treats for you apple lovers.

Well friends thanks for coming on this pumpkin spice run with me. I can’t believe how much pumpkin spice stuff there is out there and I’m sure there are lots more that I didn’t include in this post. Enjoy pumpkin spice season, because before you know it Christmas will be here and all those delicious flavors will be gone.

xoxo,

Maritza