Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ripe Plantain Casserole

Yesterday was the Independence of the Dominican Republic and I decided to go back to my roots. I remember when my mom would make this so I decided to give it a try and have the hubs taste it, he loved it! It’s a good way to celebrate the Independence.

6 ripe Plantains
Grated cheese
¼ cup of butter
For the filling
1 lb. of ground beef
Olive Oil
Tomato Paste and Sauce
White onion
Green Peppers
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Butter a 1-inch tall baking pan.
2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Boil plantains, I prefer to not peel them, add 1 teaspoon of salt.
4. Boil until really tender. When done add the butter and mash them. Set aside.
5. In a small bowl, mix meat, pepper, onion, salt, pepper and garlic.
6. In a sauce pan heat the Olive oil.
7. Cook the meat until golden brown. Add the tomato sauce and paste.
8. When meat is cooked throughout let all the liquids evaporate, set aside.

To assemble
1. Put half of the plantain mixture in the baking pan. 
 2. Cover with cheese.
3. Cover the cheese with the meat.
4. Cover with the rest of the plantain mixture and cheese.
5. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

~ B

Friday, February 24, 2012

Home Sweet Home!

After a month and a half of waiting, we finally got a house!! Yay to us J
 We painted walls and started the unpacking.

TV Room- It needs some TLC - those white walls are getting to me.
Sitting Room  
Dining Room 
My office & the dogs J
Little by little it’s starting to look like a home. I love it
Have a great weekend !!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

25 Things you don’t know about me

While goggling around I came across this idea.
Some people know me but they don’t REALLY know me, so here it goes…

1) Love coffee
2) Some people think am funny
3) Hate the cold weather
4) Pisses me off when I get cut off halfway thru a sentence
5) Afraid of heights
6) Love to sleep
7) Can’t be in a quite house
8) Obsessed with my ipad
9) Love a bargain
10) Cry when frustrated
11) Can’t follow when people spell words out
12) NOT a morning person
13) Love arts & crafts
14) Computers intrigue me
15) Not a sweets person
16) Eating is my middle name and I eat my side dishes before my main meal
17) Love loud Spanish music when I clean, especially some Marc Anthony
18) Sucker for romantic comedies
19) Fell of a treadmill while working out at the gym
20) Love making lists, it’s the only way I can get organized
21) Love to cook but hate picking up after
22) Can’t stand folding clothes
23) Born on an island and live in Hawaii and I still don’t know how to swim
24) Fountain coke from McDonald’s is my only remedy to a hangover
25) I’ve met Albert Pujols and I was soo excited I could even talk :/

Can you come up with 25 random things about yourself? I dare you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Let's get it Started!

And the adventure begins. Thanks to awesome people and I have decided to start my blog, it’s about damn time! Let’s see how this goes.

So after living in Hawaii for the past 8 years we got orders to the East Coast. Not my idea of great orders, but can’t do much about it. Gotta enjoy the moment!
We decided to do a cross country trip from Cali to Miami, and to be honest I was a bit, actually A LOT hesitant to do it. I haven’t been in a car with the hubs for that long! Was afraid that we weren’t going to make it out alive; but as you could tell, we did :) 

My favorite pic
@ the Grand Canyon

And while in Miami, well that’s a whole different story. We ate, drank and had a blast! Love being home and spending time with family & friends. Spent the holidays at home and started the year in a new place that will be filled with memories and adventures as Hawaii did.
To all Happy New Year!! 

~ B