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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Travel... Someday

Do you travel?  Is there a place you would love to go to someday?

S├ębastien and I haven't traveled all that much, but we have been to the Dominican Republic (we were married there) and we went to Cuba last year.

A place we have been wanting to visit is Greece.  
We have friends that have been many times and they love it. 

Who wouldn't love to visit a place like Kefalonia in Greece?














Photo source: kefalonia.co.uk

Look at the beach and the water.. everything looks so perfect!














Photo source: kefalonia.co.uk

I can picture S├ębastien and I relaxing on that beach.  
Enjoying the wonderful sea breeze with a wonderful drink in hand... Oh that's the life!
Can you picture yourself there too?

Kefalonia, I will meet you someday in person... I PROMISE!!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting!!!

It was my mother's birthday last week and she asked for an orange cake.  I must specify that she asked for a orange cake made of orange cake mix.  I use to make one for her years ago when I was still living at with them.

When she asked for an the orange cake mix, I was like.. really?  Are you sure?  And yes she meant it!  I went to 4 different grocery stores and guess what... no Orange Cake mix.

Since I couldn't find the mix, I decided that if she really wanted an Orange Cake, I would make one... a REAL one.  I found a very good recipe at Dulce Dough.

And the result:


It was an absolutely YUMMY cake!!!  I wanted to keep one piece to take a photo... however Gabrielle decided to eat the last piece with Emanuelle.  Yes that's right they ate the piece I had kept for the photo.... so sad!

Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
by Jill (www.dulcedough.com)

Ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
          For Frosting:
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour two 9" round pans, or spray with baking spray. 
2. In a large bowl combine cake cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. 
3. Mix in butter, buttermilk, eggs, orange zest, vanilla, and orange extract. 
4. Beat with mixer on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. 
5. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. 
6. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cooling racks, then allow to cool completely before frosting. 
7. To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese, orange juice, orange zest, and orange extract. 
8. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy.

Details:
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 9" two-layer cake


It's a fabulous cake.. like REALLY fabulous!  What I would do for another piece.... 

ENJOY!!
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

From Dream To Reality - Linky Party #18

{From Dream to Reality Top 5}
from linky party #17











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Lets start this week's From Dream To Reality!

Rules:
- You must have the ''From Dream To Reality'' button somewhere on your site.
- I would LOVE IT if you followed The DIY Dreamer:
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- I ask that whatever you post is made by you.
- You must link directly to the specific post.
- Do NOT link posts that are linked to your linky party or your shop. 
This is not cool!
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Blog Hop - Let's Have Fun #3!

Welcome to Tuesday's Blog Hop - Let's Have Fun #3!!

Your Host:

This Week's Co-Hosts:
Lolly Jane

For those of you who do not know what Bloglovin' is...
You use Bloglovin' to follow your favorite blogs.
You get notified when your favorite blogs have written something new.  
Go and sign up to Bloglovin' so that you can join in this Bloglovin' Hop.

RULES:

1- Follow your hosts.  
They are the first 5 in the linky and they will follow you back.

2- Link up your Bloglovin' link (not your blog).
Please note that links that are not directed to Bloglovin' will be deleted.

3- Check out the other blogs on the list and follow some.

4- Grab the button below and place it somewhere on your blog.
This will help increase the success of the Blog Hop.
You can even Facebook or Tweet about it.
 
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HAVE FUN with the Blog Hop!


Friday, May 25, 2012

May Sponsors Group Giveaway!!!


 My Wonderful Amazing May Sponsors are offering you a giveaway!!!

7 PRIZES = 7 WINNERS!!!
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And.. what do you think of the prizes??
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Here's how you can enter:
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Meet & Tweet Twitter Hop!

One of my favorite things about blogging is the community. Especially Twitter.
It's a fun way to make some new blogging friends and keep in touch.

Here's how this Meet & Tweet works...

HOST

This week's co-hosts are:
Courtney from Baxtron Life
Jess from Jess Is More
Kendall from Songbirds and Buttons
Helen from Eat.Enjoy.Live.
Christine from The DIY Dreamer
Jennifer from Mommy Huh 

The Rules
1. Mandatory you follow your hosts
{They are the first 8 in the linky.}

2. Follow at least 5 new people via Twitter
{Or more! Introduce yourself... Its a great way to make new friends!}

3. Tweet about the Meet & Tweet!
You can use "Meet new friends & gain new followers! Join the Meet & Tweet at @_laurahernandez aka Our Reflection blog. I did! http://our-reflection.blogspot.com/"

4. Spread the word!
The more the merrier! Grab a button and add it to
your blog, Tweet or Facebook about the link up.
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One lucky link up person will WIN a FREE
solo guest post on Our Reflection blog!
Drum roll please....
Last weeks Meet & Tweet winner is Amanda from Royal Daughter Designs.
Congratulations!

Please link up your Twitter account, not your blog.

Want to be a future co-host?
Only requirement is your become an Our Reflection sponsor.
Email Laura at momsgonnasnap@gmail.com.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From Dream To Reality - Linky Party #17

{From Dream to Reality Top 5}
from linky party #16












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Lets start this week's From Dream To Reality!

Rules:
- You must have the ''From Dream To Reality'' button somewhere on your site.
- I would LOVE IT if you followed The DIY Dreamer:
Facebook ~ Bloglovin' ~ Twitter ~ Linky Followers ~ HelloCotton
- I ask that whatever you post is made by you.
- You must link directly to the specific post.
- Do NOT link posts that are linked to your linky party or your shop. This is not cool!
*** PLEASE send love to at least the first two posts before you ***

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Lemon Shrimp and Asparagus!!!

I absolutely LOVE Shrimp, Asparagus and lemons.... 
and all of them together make a FABULOUS recipe!

Angel Hair with Lemon Shrimp and Asparagus

Ingredients:
1/2 box (16 ounces) - Capelli d'Angelo pasta
1 pound - Asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tbsp - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pound - Medium Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup - Red Pepper, chopped
1 cup - 35% Thick Cooking Cream
1/2 tsp - Salt
2 tbsp - Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
2 tsp - Lemon Zest
1/4 cup - Parmagioano Cheese, freshly grated

Steps:
1- Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil.  Add asparagus; boil for 1 minute.  Drain; rinse under cold water and set aside.
2- Bring a large pot of water to a boil
3- Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add asparagus , shrimp and red pepper; cook 5 to 7 minutes or until shrimp is cooked and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
4- Reduce heat to medium low.  Stir in cooking cream and salt.  Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
5- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot.
6- Add shrimp mixture to hot pasta; toss.  Add lemon juice and lemon zest; toss.  
7- Transfer to serving platter; sprinkle with cheese and serve.
*I got this recipe from Barilla a few years ago, but I altered it a little to my liking.

ENJOY!!


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Saturday, May 19, 2012

May Sponsors - What I LOVE!!!

Here are Products, Creations and Posts
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They are pretty AMAZING aren't they?!  
Do you have a favorite?
Stay tuned next week, for the Sponsors Group Giveaway!

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