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I have been wondering for a while now, if it was possible to make cuban “pastelitos” at home as good as the ones in the bakeries I’ve been to in Miami…

If you’ve ever been to one of those bakeries, you know what I’m talking about.
There’s really nothing like it anywhere else.  I’ve tried them in many other cities,
but they’re just not the same… sigh…

I thought I’d try making some just for fun.  I had locked myself out of my house a couple weeks ago and the neighbors took me in, so I wanted to say thank you.  I was cooking a meal for them and thought these pastelitos would be the perfect dessert.

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I’m so glad I did!  It was so much easier than I thought and they turned out pretty close to the famous Miami version.

You’ve got to try it!

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First thing you have to do is allow the Puff Pastry dough to thaw completely (but make sure it’s still cold).

Then make the simple syrup that will go on top by just boiling 1/2 cup of water with
1/2 cup of sugar then simmer for about 5-7 minutes.  Cool completely.

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I bought some Guava paste (not the jelly or jam) and sliced it into about 1/4 inch slices.
I did the same with an 8 oz block of softened cream cheese.

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After the Puff Pastry thaws, cut each section into four equal parts.
(I had rolled a little bit where the folds were so that they wouldn’t come apart while cooking.)

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Then brush the edges with egg wash,

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And lay a slice of guava and a slice of cream cheese like so…

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Fold dough over so that you form a triangle, using your fingers to “seal” the edges.

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Lay the triangles on a baking sheet and cut a slit on top with a sharp knife,
being careful not to cut all the way through to the bottom layer.

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Brush the tops with the beaten egg… be gentle, you want the dough to rise in those beautiful layers.

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Repeat with the other Puff Pastry section included in the package.

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Bake in a 400* oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Don’t go too far away.  Keep a close eye on these, especially towards the end of the baking time… they can burn very quickly.

Once they are golden, take them out and after cooling for about 3 minutes, brush some of that simple syrup glaze over them.

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They are delicious when they’re warm!

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See how easy that was?!!

I can’t wait to try making some more with different fillings that are traditional in cuban bakeries.  🙂

Enjoy!

Daisy

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Recipe for Cuban Pastelitos de Guayaba (Guava Pastries

1 package of frozen Puff Pastry
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 bar Guava Paste
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 egg, beaten

1. Thaw dough according to package directions.

2. Make simple syrup by combining 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 cup of sugar in a small saucepan.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Bring to a boil.  Lower temperature and allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Place one of the puff pastry sections on a floured surface and roll gently where the folds were so that the dough doesn’t break when you’re shaping it later.
Cut into four equal sections.

4.  Brush edges with beaten egg.  Place a slice of guava and a slice of cream cheese in the center of each square.  Fold over, matching corners in order to form a triangle, pinching edges with your fingers to seal them so that the filling won’t spill out.
Cut a slit on top, being careful not to go all the way to the bottom.
Brush with beaten egg.

5.  Place in a preheated 400* oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Keep your eyes on these so that they won’t burn towards the end of the baking time.
Cool for about 3 minutes, then brush each one gently with the simple syrup.

Enjoy them while they’re warm!

 

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Salsa Verde

I got to spend last week at a Youth Camp with a bunch of friends from our days (years) in Texas.  It was wonderful to be with them again, and I was reminded how much I missed them.

Every night after all our work was done, one of the ladies would cook and make some “real food” (as opposed to camp food)…

Everything was great, but the homemade salsa was the best!  I realized it had been a long time since I had made any, and decided I better make some as soon as I got back home.

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Today I went to the local Farmers Market and bought a bunch of fresh ingredients to make several kinds of salsa.  The first one I made was Salsa Verde.

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To make salsa verde, (literally means “green sauce”), you need tomatillos, which come wrapped in a soft almost fabric-like covering.

Remove these husks from the tomatillos…

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After removing the husks, wash the tomatillos thoroughly (I actually use a sponge with soap & water).  Some have dirt and other residue, and you want to be sure and get all that off.

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Rinse well and drain.

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I like to dry mine with a clean kitchen towel before I roast them.

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There’s several ways to make salsa verde.  You can either roast the ingredients or boil them.  I like to roast them because I think it adds more flavor.

Place about 2 lbs of tomatillos on a roasting pan.  I use a 12 inch pizza pan and put it in my toaster oven.  I find that it does the job quickly and easily.

Add about half a medium onion, two cloves of garlic with skin on, and 1-3 Serrano peppers.  How many peppers you add depend on how hot you like the salsa.  I added two but found they were too hot, so next time I only added one and it was perfect.

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Put under the broiler for about 10-12 minutes, until everything looks charred and a bit mushy.

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Place all the roasted veggies in the blender, along with about 1/4 cup of cilantro (more if you really love cilantro, less if you don’t care too much for it).  Add 1/2 tsp of salt, and a pinch of sugar.

Blend until desired consistency.  Some like it more chunky, but I like it well-mixed for a smooth consistency.

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It makes a great topping for grilled fish, tacos, fish tacos,
enchiladas, breakfast tacos, just about any dish.

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Give it a try,

I know you’ll love it!

Happy Cooking!

Daisy

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Recipe for Salsa Verde

1-2 lbs tomatillos, husks removed,
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic (skin on)
1-2 serrano peppers
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of sugar

Place first four ingredients in a roasting pan and broil for 10-12 minutes, until tomatillos are charred.

Place roasted veggies in blender.  Add cilantro, salt, and sugar.  Blend until desired consistency.

Serve along your favorite tacos or main dish.

Enjoy!

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Last week I knew I was going to see some long-time friends that I hadn’t seen in many years. I wanted to bring them something special that they would really appreciate. So, I asked my daughter if she would make some of her hand-lettering art pieces for me to give to them.

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She used watercolor background on some,
and a little touch of gold shimmer on each of them…

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I asked my friends beforehand what their favorite Scripture was
and also what color they liked…

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She did such a beautiful job on each one, didn’t she?!
I found a special frame for each one and that made them even more beautiful.

If you could’ve seen their faces when they unwrapped them!  One of my friends, who recently lost every thing she owned in the Texas floods, had tears in her eyes.  She couldn’t speak for a few minutes, and just held the frame close against her.

My daughter wasn’t sure if her hand lettering pieces were good enough… I assured her they were. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can visit her on Instagram, at @analuisadesigns

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

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Free Sewing Class!

I wanted to let you know, for those of you that have asked,
my class on Skillshare is free until June 30th!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

If you’d like to check it out, click here and it’ll take you right to it!
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It’s a quick class, only 17 minutes long, but you can only watch it for free until June 30th.

Project & Giveaway!

I’m also doing a giveaway along with the class.
For those who make the project (just a quick & easy pillow case) and post
a photo of it, you can win 2 yards of fabric!

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I hope you’ll check it out!  I’d love to have you visit
and let me know how you like it!

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Happy sewing!

Daisy

Skillshare Class

Guess what guys?!!  I have my first class on Skillshare!

Learn to Sew In 3 Easy Seams!

You can watch the intro video by just clicking here:

Intro Video

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Here are some of the titles in the class…

Tools & SuppliesSewing Machine TipsHow to Choose Fabric for this ProjectPreparing the FabricProject & Giveaway!

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Why Skillshare?  Well, I love to teach, and I love to sew… Skillshare offered an easy way for me to do both at the same time, so it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!  If you love crafts of all kinds – quilting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, cooking, baking, watercolor, painting, drawing, graphic design, anything you can think of… there’s a class for it on Skillshare!  I’ve been taking classes just for fun when I’m sitting for hours at airports, or traveling in the car for half a day.  It’s relaxing for me to do something fun like that.  So, I thought I could give teaching a class a try, and see how it goes.

I also like how every class on Skillshare is set up with short videos that are usually 2-5 minutes long, so if you don’t have a lot of time, you can just watch a segment or two at a time.  Also, entire classes are short, so that anyone can take them.  My class is less than 30 minutes long all together.
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I hope you’ll give it a try!  If you’d like to find out how you can take this class or watch another video in my class, just click here:

Skillshare Class

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Oh yes, I almost forgot!  I’m also doing a giveaway as part of the class –
Three winners will each receive two yards of fabric!!
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It was fun to work on this class, and I can’t wait to do the next one!

Stay tuned!

Happy Sewing,

Daisy

 

Periwinkle Quilt

I’ve been working, on & off, on these little blocks…

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I didn’t want to use just plain white for the background, which is what I’ve done so many times…

I wanted something more fun and out of the usual for me…

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I love this shade of blue… makes me smile as I sew…

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I used the template for mini periwinkle and the papers for wacky web pattern, both from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

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I used the Arbor Blossom charm pack. So much fun to work with these bright and cheery fabrics!

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I’m still not sure what I’m going to make with these blocks…

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What do you think? Quilt? Placemats?

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I thought of maybe making a picnic table quilt?

Should I use the red thread or the blue thread for the hand-quilting??

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I’ll appreciate your input!

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Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

A New Computer

I GOT A NEW COMPUTER!!!!!!

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I spilled tea all over my brand new computer two years ago, and have since been without one…

But my husband surprised me yesterday with a new computer for my birthday!  And it’s not just any little old computer… he got me a beautiful, desk top Mac.
I know!!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I STILL can’t believe it!
It’s so much fun to work with!

I don’t know how I’ll be able to get anything done around the house in the next several days & weeks!  haha

I’ll finally be able to keep up with the blogging world (including my own little blog), and I’m excited about publishing the Skillshare class I’ve been working on, as well as other things I’ve been looking forward to for a while but had to put on hold until I had a computer.

Anyways… I know this is not an exciting post with a new project or recipe… but I was so excited I just had to share.

Have a wonderful week!

Daisy