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LAST MINUTE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT FOR TEACHERS

This year for Valentine's Day I wanted to give Sophia's Tiny Toy teachers something different other than the regular box of chocolates. So I did what everyone does and browsed on Pinterest for some ideas. I came across a plant one and thought it would be a good idea to do something similar. I've been obsessed with succulents so I gathered up the kids and we went to the Swap Meet in search of some. So glad we did, these little guys can range from $3-$6 here in San Diego. Of course I didn't want to spend that much money since I had to make three of these, but by shopping at the swap meet I was able to score 8 of these little guys for .50 a piece!! My daughter ended up getting a few too so in total I spent $5 on succulents. The heart shaped trays were purchased at Target and I got those for $3 a piece. So in total I spent less than $15 on gifts for three teachers! 

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mexican enchiladas| vegetarian style

If you ask me what my favorite food in the world is I would answer enchiladas. But  not just any enchiladas, i'm talking about my mom's homemade enchiladas.  A recipe that was passed down to her from my grandma, which I absolutely love and makes me feel so nostalgic every time I eat them. Growing up my mom would make these a lot so of course they became one of my favorite dishes she made. Just recently I asked her to please
 spoil me and make my favorite, except that this time she would need to make them vegetarian style. 
Three months ago I made the commitment to transition from a bacon eating carnivore to vegetarian and have been going strong ever since. So I asked her to please skip the meat and she kindly substituted  with potatoes instead. It turned out amazingly delicious. 
So of course I had to share my favorite recipe with you!
What you'll need
8 tortillas 
1 cup vegetable oil + 3 tablespoons
2-3 squash
2 potatoes  (if you prefer meat use 1 lb of ground beef)
2 tomatoes
 2 carrots
1 onion
1/2 cup raisins
for the chile sauce
3 guajillo chile pepper (dried)
3 pasilla chile pepper (dried)
1 tsp ginger
 1 tsp cumin
1 cinnamon stick
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp cloves
3 tbsp flour
2 small pieces of mexican hot chocolate
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
salt & pepper to taste
for toppping
lettuce
radish 
dry mexican cheese 
Directions
1. In a small pot add gujillo and pasilla chiles covered with water, bring to a boil and simmer 15-20 min until tender.
2. Finely dice squash,potatoes,tomatoes,carrots and onion and saute in 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil until tender add any seasoning you'd like (set aside)
3. For the chile sauce you must "burn" flour (heat flour on skillet with aluminum foil until light brown) add chiles to blender with a bit of water that they were boiled in, add ginger, cumin, cloves, garlic mexican chocolate, flour and sugar. Blend all together, if it's too thick add more water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat in skillet until warm and set aside.
4. Add 1 cup of vegetable oil to clean skillet and warm up tortillas.
5. After tortillas are ok to handle carefully cover in chile sauce, fill enchilada up with filling and roll. Add toppings and serve.
the  serving with 8 tortillas is for 2 people, but you will have lots of mix and sauce left over so you can make a lot more

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EASY BREAKFAST TOAST

Mornings are pretty busy around here. I have to get the kids dressed and ready for school drop offs, make breakfast for them and get myself ready too. I always "plan" on waking up early and taking our time to do everything but it almost never happens. It's always a rush to get everything done. Especially when my kids are as slow as molasses. That's when days like today happen, I didn't get a chance to eat breakfast until lunch time. I had to whip up something fast and nutritious so I made myself toast with a fried egg, sauteed arugula and some goat cheese spread. It was fast and delicious. Perfect for those fast paced mornings. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
bread
spreadable cheese (i used goat cheese)
arugula
egg
Fry your egg, saute arugula, toast bread, and add toppings. I mean we all know how to make toast right? 
Now make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy! 
This horrible egg is a result of the kids interrupting my cooking session! I swear I know how to fry an egg! haha



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