These are the days....

my little girl up to this point has been Miss Independent.  She's not one to cuddle too much or hang with Mommy or Daddy. She's a strong little woman....and very good at lounging in her own chair instead of sitting next to Mommy...

yet the last week and a half or so we have been hit with 

teething (about five new teeth including pre-molars)




the ever loathed stomach virus!

My poor little one has become quite clingy.  She is always by my side, and if she isn't by my side, then she is laying in my arms or resting on my shoulder, which she used to hate doing. I must admit she is a real trooper, being hit with so much she still sleeps through the night, 

As much as I hate the fact that she's sick, I love that it gives me the opportunity to cuddle with her, lay with her, and that she constantly runs up to me for "Up! Up!" 

And I get to pick her up while she just lays her warm little head in the crook of my neck and her little hands grip my sides and my neck for dear life....

When she was born, there was an issue where she may have swallowed (and she did) some meconium, so the moment she came into our lives my hopes for her to be laid into my arms were dashed.

Way after they checked her and cleaned her up...Still so happy to have her.
For the 1st 30 minutes of her life she went right to the cradle scale to be attended to and I laid on the other side of the room...happy because she was here, happy that she was crying (and breathing) and she was being taken care of as she needed to, but incredibly sad because I didn't I didn't get to hold her, and I barely caught a glimpse of her as doctors, nurses and family members crowded around to get a better look.....

  its the days like these that I will remember....AND CHERISH.

not because of how sick or miserable she was necessarily, but because I know that she isn't a baby anymore, she's a toddler, and the days where I get to cradle and soothe this little tiny person in my arms are disappearing fast.

and it will feel sooner than later when she's too old for hugs, and kisses and laying with Mommy.

I will remember these days as the moments where Little Leilani feels better only in Mommy's arms...where I can look at her little face and just relish the fleeting moments.  To enjoy the feeling of holding this little person ever so dependent on me, my love and my warmth. 

My little "Boo"...just a couple of months ago.
She is the reason why I don't mind the sleepless nights, the crafts and projects that I have yet to accomplish, the blogging I have been absent from, and  the pile of schoolwork that I leave to the 11th hour....
Her love, and loving her makes me happier than anything else.....everything I do, is for her :)

I love being a MOM!! ♥♥♥

Back to the Basics...Fresh Blog Design

Ok so its not a....


per say, BUT I felt like my blog was really hard to read with all those elements crashing into each other! I have to take the time out to make my own background/template and nice header that really identifies with what I am doing here.

So I took off the buns of this greasy hamburger and left you with the MEAT...yes the blog and any other important information for you guys....

I should have something in the next month or so by way of making this little bloggy more snazzy...but until then I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!!

Designers and DIY'rs please write to me I am in need of your advice!

Thanks guys :)

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE 09/26/2011: I now have a legit design by the lovely WonderForest!! :)

Let's Make Puerto Rican Food: Tembleque Tutorial


Coconutty goodness!

So after a yummy Dinner....

Desert should come rather easy!

(OK so I spelled it both ways and I FORGOT how to spell it! lol Ever obsess look at a word too long and it starts to look completely foreign? LOL well thats what happened here!)

It's time to gather the ingredients!

Ingredients needed (recipe borrowed from

  • 7 ounces cream of coconut (approx 1/2 can)
  • 2 1/2 cups milk ( I replaced this with coconut milk, and in the future it would be wise to do half and half)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (This may be too much, so I adjusted it for less cornstarch so it would be more TREMBLY)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

GROUND cinnamon and Shredded Coconut to top!
Mix all the ingredients in a medium to large saucepan except for toppings and stir VERY WELL.

This is what it should look like after mixing well, ignore the slotted spoon, a whisk works best!

Turn on stove to medium to high heat and NEVER. STOP. STIRRING.

It will start to thicken, it will also bubble but if you are stirring constantly you may never notice.
Continue for ONLY another ONE minute!

This is where you want it, nice and goopy! :) 

Fill your cups!

Sprinkle your favorite topping!

Let it cool a bit, then wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate overnight!

Or save a nice warm one for yourself, and sleep like a baby!

 let me know how your versions turn out or if you have any recommendations to the recipes! I would love to try them out!
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