Ayote en Miel | Honeyed Squash – Vegan Friendly| Holiday Kitchen Series

Ayote en Miel | Honeyed Squash – Vegan Friendly| Holiday Kitchen Series

Favorite holiday recipes – homemade adventures with Shorty!

Welcome to the second episode of my Holiday Kitchen Series!

If you joined me last week, you saw all the fun that came with making Rompope! I got a little bit left but I’m determined to make some more for Christmas morning! Make sure to check out my blog for that recipe – you can keep it safe for the kids of the house but you can also add on some adult fun for your Christmas brunch.

Today we are going to be making “Ayote en Miel” Which translates to Honeyed Squash or Pumpkin. Which is a traditional sweet dish I grew up eating during Christmas – You can essentially make it with any type of squash, I was going to try acorn but went with butternut squash instead. It turned out really yummy but I want to try it out with acorn squash next. Don’t let the name “miel’ deceive you because this recipe is absolutely vegan Friendly – so you don’t have an excuse to not try it and then tell me all about it!

Let’s get right to it!

INGREDIENTS

• 1 Acorn or Butternut squash

• 2.5 Cubed Piloncillos or

2 1/4 Cups of Brown Sugar

• 1 Teaspoon of whole peppercorns

• 1 Teaspoon of Whole Cloves

• 2 Cinnamon Sticks

• 2 1/2 Cups of Water

First thing first! Clean up and prepare the squash. Taking out all of the seeds and cutting it into medium size pieces.

In a saucepan, place squash with the skin facing down. Add on grated or cubed “Piloncillo” or brown sugar, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, water and to the fire we go!

Make sure most of the squash is covered with water but not too much. This way it cooks and simmers evenly while the piloncillo melts and thickens together with the spices. Getting the aroma of cinnamon and cloves all over your home, such a double treat! Cook on medium heat for two hours, stirring every 45 minutes and Listo!

Enjoy warm or cold,

for breakfast or dessert💛

I love this recipe because is so simple yet delicious. You can get creative and try this with pumpkin or even throw in cut up oranges for a more citrusy touch.

Let me know if you try this recipe and stay tuned for more holiday fun on my next Holiday kitchen series!

Cheers!

Making Rompope | Holiday Kitchen Series

Making Rompope | Holiday Kitchen Series

Holiday Kitchen Series – Home inspired Holiday Foods

Growing up in my sweet Honduras Christmas was always the most expected time of the year. The time where we got to wear that new outfit our parents worked so hard to buy us, or that new pair of shoes you knew had to last you until the end of the next year – All those little memories that truly remind me that the Holidays are so much more than presents and a luxury life. Navidad really reminds me of home, of humble unconditional love that translates to all of the delicious holiday goodness I will be sharing with you in the next few weeks. Food is the absolute core of my culture and of our definition of the word CELEBRATION. I mean, we have tamales to lasts us until January, and the desserts have no ending, we know how to party.

It truly excites me to be able to go back to those times, and really relive those wonderful childhood memories through cooking some of my favorite foods. It also honors me to get to share them with you as you head on into this HOLIDAY KITCHEN SERIES adventure with me.

Rompope is a holiday drink made out of milk, eggs, and a kick of rum – hence why the name. Now, that sounds like my type of holiday drink and Im sure yours too!

You can make it with Rum, Vodka or even fireball. I prefer Spiced Sailor Jerry’s Rum because that’s how I grew up drinking it and I want to keep it traditional for this blog (plus is my wife’s favorite Rum). But you can pick your favorite and give it a try – the sky is the limit during Christmas!

I remember when we visited my grandma during the holidays and she would have multiple glass bottles already filled with fresh homemade rompope, as well as a table full of pastries that took over the room. As a kid, I would only get to have a sip or two if I was lucky because of the alcohol content – So I essentially grew up suffering the fact I couldn’t have a whole glass of it to myself.

But my moment is here, and I’m determined to rock Christmas with some traditional holiday goodies with the universe as my witness!

So let’s get right to it,

Ingredients

1 liter of milk

1 1/2 cups to sugar

8 Egg yolks

1 Cinnamon Stick ( I forgot to buy it so I used 1 Tbsp of cinnamon powder but get the sticks if possible)

2 tsps of ground nutmeg

1 tbsp of Vanilla Extract

1/4 liter of Rum

*Extra toppings: Dried Raisins or Chopped dates

Instructions

Bring the milk, cinnamon and sugar to a boil under medium high heat. Stir until the sugar and cinnamon have really incorporate well with the milk – Continue stirring for 5 – 10 minutes and bring to a boil. Set the pot away from the fire and allow the mixture to cool down. Beat the egg yolks until they look light yellow and smooth. Now bring the milk back to the stove at a medium heat. Add egg yolks, vanilla extract, nutmeg (raisins or chopped dates), and bring to a boil. Stir continually to make sure the eggs fully blend in with our milk creating that smooth and creamy texture that makes rompope so delicious.

There you have it! LISTO!

You can treat yourself right to it or wait for it to cool down so you can add the fun, I mean rum!
Pour in a mason jar, cover with a lid, and save in the fridge!

So easy to make and so Delicious!
This would make the perfect thing to bring to your holiday parties. Get some Mason jars, a few gift tags from the dollar store, and Rum shooters – You got yourself a treat!

Let me know if you try this recipe, also stay tuned for more holiday treats next week💛

Cheers✨

Secret Santa Amazon Gift Guide | For her

Secret Santa Amazon Gift Guide | For her

A Guide to affordable holiday presents for her when shopping on Amazon this holiday.

How many of you are doing secret Santa with their friends and family members this year?! I know we have a few on the books, and sometimes it gets really hard to come up with simple yet meaningful gift ideas for your friends and loved ones. So Im sharing a list of super affordable, cute, and stylish gift ideas you can get your girlfriends during this holidays.

Soft Microfiber Rose Throw Blanket, Fuzzy Socks and Movies

We all know winter nights can be cold and relentless. So cozy up with this Super soft and light weight rose pink throw blanket that’s perfect for the cold winter nights. Comes in two different colors (grey and rose pink). Pairs wonderfully with fuzzy socks, OR even better, make the perfect gift by adding a DVD of the greatest showman. Making your holiday cozier enough to dance the cold nights away with warmth and a lovely film.

Pom Pom Beanie Winter Hat, Anti Slip Gloves and Infinity Scarf

Warm, adorable, and stylish double layered beanie winter hat. Made with soft fleece to keep you extra warm, and a fuzzy pom pom detail on top this hat is a winter “must”. The beanie comes in so many diffent colors as well as in pairs, so choose your favorite and save!

I would pair this lovely beanie with the anti slip texting gloves or the matching cable knit infinity scarf, it’s really hard to pick just one. They too come in many different colors, and the leather details really bring out the style and coziness of winter.

Bali Harvest Round Woven Ata Rattan Bag

Handmade Rattan bags made in Bali with genuine leather and natural rattan handcrafted by local artisans. These bags are unique and never duplicated the same, Rattan bags are hand woven and then smoked over a coconut husk to attain their natural golden color.

Each bag comes with a unique and colorful batik linen pattern in the interior that brings this bag to life with so much care and style.

Fossil Multi-Beaded Rose Gold Bracelet and Pacifica Cruelty Free Make up Pallet

I love accessories that help you put together outfits with elegance, simplicity and just enough sparkle. This rose gold bracelet does just that and is the perfect little present for the accessory lover out there.

When it comes to make up, you want not only pretty and affordable, but good quality products.
Pacifica Beauty features three sets of vegan and cruelty free eye shadow pallets (Beachy punk, Crystal Matrix and Pink nudes). I’m featuring the Pink nudes pallet today because it has all the lovely shimmery shades you want to wear this Christmas but also some really nice pigmented warm tones.

Sustainable and Eco Friendly Gifts, Plus a little More

Bamboo make up brushes, this is such a cute set of brushes. It makes swapping from never ending plastic to more Eco friendly options so much easier. It comes with 13 pieces of vegan and cruelty free brushes. A great option for the environmentally conscious friend who loves make up and beauty.

For your tea or coffee lover, you can find this 17oz adorable bamboo tumbler with tea infuser and strainer. Made with 100% natural bamboo, keeps your drinks hot for up to 12 hours. Crawl up on your couch and enjoy a warm cup of tea by the fire while reading a book.

Another thing you can’t miss out on! Himalayan salt lamps or Essential Oil diffusers. Perfect for a friend who loves all things peaceful. This essential oil diffuser comes in three different shapes of cactuses. Super adorable cactus shaped oil diffusers, open up your space with green and floral scents for extra relaxation.

Himalayan Salt Lamps are known for their healing and incredibly calming properties, helping you relax and release tension in moments of stress. Perfect for your meditation room, sacred space or office.

Do any of those gift ideas sound good to you?! Visit my amazon wish list to see the products listed on this blog. Click on the gift guide at the top to reference to my wish list directly to THIS and more gift ideas!

Cheers and happy holidays!

My Make Up Favorites of the Season | Cruelty Free Edition

My Make Up Favorites of the Season | Cruelty Free Edition

Buenos Días!

Let’s talk about make up favorites of the season!
Today I bring to you a little “make up haul” with some of my favorite beauty products of all times and some of the season.

My favorite part about this entire selection is that all of this products are cruelty free!

Make up truly is art work in the canvas of our body. Finding products that are not only really good quality, but also made with extra care and attention in the back end really pumps me up when I’m purchasing, and I don’t think twice when investing on it. It has taken me a few years of trying and failing with different make up brands, tones, and shades before finding the ones that work for me.

(Know, I’m in no way paid for advertisement by any of this companies. This is my honest review and thought💛)

• • Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition | Unicorn Blood:

Do I need to say more about this one?! Go check out my last two posts!
First of all, it smells like delicious orange creamsicle and second of all, it wears like a MF goddess on my face! Is incredibly pigmented and the perfect color for the holidays! I’m obsessed and in a mission to buy more JF make up.

• • Jacky & Lauren’s 3Piece Make Up Brush Set:

I got this ones for my birthday this year, so they are fairly new. But so far I can tell they’re super soft, have a pretty smooth application and are also super affordable.

• • Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer and Brown Definer (Medium brown):

I love this two! This concealer will last you forever! Is FULL coverage, so do remember, less is more. My eyebrows come to life with this brow pencil. I have always had light and almost non existent eyebrows (thanks to everyone who didn’t tell me that I didn’t need to pay for eyebrow waxing back in 2010 😒) but anyways, this shade really allows me to get some shape and filling in those bare spots. For eyebrow brushes, I’m and have always been hooked up with their angled flat brush #7B and that’s pretty much all I need.

• • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper:

Let’s talk eyeliner now! as you already know, eyeliner is something I’m rarely missing. I found it, it frames my big ol’ brown eyes just well, so I love it and it gives me comfort . Kat Von D has been my partner in crime on this endless discovery that has been to finally, finally pull out the perfect winged eyeliner or close to perfect! This cutie will last you ALL day and it goes on as smoothly as smooth can go. Hands down the best liner and the pigmentation is flawless.

• • Smashbox Superfan Fanned-Out Mascara:

This is my mascara of choice lately! I switch mascaras around more than anything but I’m loving the look this one is giving me. I don’t wear fake eyelashes simply because I don’t know how to put them on 🙄 but my eyelashes are fairly sized so, this brush really accentuates the length of my eyelashes. Extra dark, full and voluminous but not crumbly or overly wet. Good purchase!

• • Tarte Sweet Escape Collectors Set:

Oh my! have you noticed some color on me lately?! This is it! I honestly hadn’t invested much on make up in the last year until this babycake came across my sight! I love it! is such the perfect gift! The quality and wear of the eyeshadows and the bronzer! I’m living for it! The bronzer has a warm gold to it, doubles as amazing countering too! I don’t use the eyeliner or mascara as much but they work really well as well. This is just a fun no-fail purchase

If you want to check out more about some of this items, go head and click on the flatlay image at the beginning of this blog to visit my Amazon list for pricing and more 😉

Are any of those your favorites as well? Let me know!

Sustainable Kitchen | Conscious Living

Sustainable Kitchen | Conscious Living

Nothing says self- therapy more than cleaning your kitchen! At least not for me 🙂

There is a sense of accomplishment when I do, because I get to go over all the reasons why I know we are in the right path towards a simpler and more conscious way of living. As I try, without any judgment or pressure, take our home to a more sustainable and less wasteful state. Let’s share a few of the little things that make my life so much better by simply knowing their fairness, standards, impact and purpose.

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Reusable napkins and towels – say bye, bye to so much paper, and then the plastic that comes with it too! I made some of my reusable napkins by investing on a $20 sewing machine from amazon that honestly, every millennial should invest because is a necessity! Plus some extra fabric from shirts and pillow cases I didn’t need and some scissors for measurement. Cut and sew around the edges – have fun! is for your own household use. The other set, I bought at a salvation army store at about $1.50 – $2.50 a set which only needed a wash and bam! recycle and reuse baby!

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Organic coconut shell bowls and stainless steel food containers are just my absolute favorite for storing food. Staying away from plastic food storage containers is a must – we mindlessly spend our money in all of this “cute” attention calling containers that at the end are made of with endless amounts of plastic that will never, ever go away.

Re-purposing those pasta sauce and jam glass jars are my favorite thing to do lately – I almost do it out of habit. Let it sit on soap and hot water overnight, wash away the label and there you have yourself a drinking glass or storage container. I have a variety of sizes collected throughout the months, perfect for bulk food at the grocery store! See! Less plastic right there!

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When you choose handmade ceramic plates and bowls, re purposed coconut shells, organic bamboo straws, reusable food wraps and other non- plastic serving items you are really making a twist into the structure of the world and the environment. Recycling and seeing the incredible potential that “repurposing” has in the sustainable living and how it can connect you to the real people and the real products.

Be conscious of where you shop and support small business when possible – there is where the real impact is happening, and we need to continue to boost that momentum to continue to create a growing conscious living community.

 

 

 

More sustainability, Less Waste – KITCHEN Essentials | Conscious Living

More sustainability, Less Waste – KITCHEN Essentials | Conscious Living

Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps 🍉
Great replacement for the never ending saran wrap in our kitchens! Non toxic, Eco friendly, Waste free and Sustainable ✨

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www.etsy.com/shop/shortyslilboutique
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Let’s talk LESS WASTE In the kitchen 👩‍🍳
I’ve been on a mission lately to make our home as zero waste as possible. Switching things little by little, no pressuring but allowing and creating a habit towards a more sustainable living. I mean, the average person already manages to produce more than 4 pounds of trash a day 😱 seriously! Let’s hold up for a second, that’s more than 30 pounds a week – per person. So, any little changes we can make now will make a HUGE difference in the long run.
So here’s a few things that can help you too!

 

• Replace your paper towels and napkins with reusable ones. Simple and made out of any spare cloth or cotton fabric you probably already own ♻️ •Buying compostable trash bags when possible and having an indoors compostable bin for your egg shells, coffee grinds and food scraps, puts you a step ahead, specially if you live in a small space. Some companies sell really nice over-the-counter type of compostable bins that seem to do the job. I don’t own one yet, but it definitely is in my Christmas list 😉

•Invest in Dr.bronners ALL purpose Castile soap. It replaces from your chemical loaded dish washing soap to your body wash, shampoo and even laundry detergent! I prefer the unscented kind to keep it clean and simple 👌 and is kinder to your skin.
What do you do to reduce waste in your kitchen?!

Bernie Lil Bat Sanders

Bernie Lil Bat Sanders

  • Bernie “lil bat” Sanders Edition 🦇

Hello you! I’m Bernie lil bat Sanders & I’m about to tell you some radical things about me 😉

I’m a two years old French bulldog from Iowa.

I live with my two badass moms🌈

I also live with my auntie cat Zoey – I don’t mess with her. She is the princess of the house and mommies get mad at me when I scare her.

I love peanut butter & bacon 🥓

Dog park days are happy days because it also means POOL time and I love the water💦

I have a little anxiety so, I nibble on your hand nonstop, but only because I love you, but also because I can’t help it. But also because I love you so much 😍

I take CBD Oil & lots of hugs to help me cope💛

I hate the rain but thunders got nothing on me – mommy calls me little tazmanian devil on my best days 🌪️

Don’t touch my feet. Ever. Just don’t. ☠️

I love to cuddle in between my mom’s when we watch movies, though my butt has to lay comfortably on someone’s chest so I can feel safe – inconveniences!

I prefer my bath time with snacks.

I love blankets, but I also hate them, but I love them, but I tear them apart like I’m mad at the world.. but I love blankets💛

I live life at my fullest & my mission is to give you lots, and lots, and lots of kisses and nibbles paired up with sweet unconditional love.

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