Cooking with YouTube – Pupusas

Hubby was having a rough week and I had leftover shredded BBQ beef so I figured I’d surprise him with a tasty meal that had yummy childhood memories attached to it. I’ve done this before when a friend’s mom showed me years ago but they didn’t turn out very flavorful when I tried to cook them on my own. Fast forward a few years, loving motivation and a few YouTube videos and voila flavorful hubby approved pupusas!

I didn’t take step by step pictures because well I forgot… But here they are 🙂 Yes, my photography skills need work but I’ll improve.

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Top left: what it looks like before I flip it to finish cooking plus one in the back that has been flipped

Top right/ Bottom left: finished product

Bottom right: finishing the last one that came out just perfect

Ingredients:

  • homemade shredded BBQ beef
    • funny story it was supposed to be pulled pork but I grabbed the wrong meat because I was rushing to get out of Costco. I didn’t realize my error until it was time to put it in the crockpot
  • mozzarella cheese
  • outside/ shell: Maseca Instant Corn Masa Flour, chicken broth (water can be used but mine taste better using broth) & cayenne
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Plants

I’ve never been one to garden. The best I’ve ever done was growing a bamboo which literally only required me to add or refresh the water every now and then. However once we bought our home I knew I wanted to try growing things.

I started off simple with established plants which were aloe and snake plants. My mom gave me the aloe which eventually grew large enough to split into 3 pots plus I found an offshoot (name?) at the root which is shown in a small pot on the counter in front of the big group of plants/pots. I bought 2 snake plants from Home Depot which I was super excited about because of how they grow. What I didn’t know was these particular leaves would never get any bigger because the leaves were damaged. This meant I would have to wait for new leaves until I could get the height I was hoping to achieve but I’m glad I didn’t give up because now they are in one pot and doing great! Sorry no picture but I’ll post it to my Instagram if I remember.

I moved on to other succulents because I was told they were hardy like aloe. Womp womp womp… They died because I left them outside in direct sun. Second attempt also not shown was succulents. I brought them indoors and put them in the window thinking they’d be fine but wrong again! The glass acted as a magnifier for the sun and the leaves burned. Thankfully I turned to YouTube and was able to save these; group of 3 pots in same green base.

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After the succulents stayed alive, I tried my hand at seeds. Wheatgrass (not shown) was my seed of choice because I was blending at the time and heard good things about adding it to smoothies. At first things went great! It grew exactly as stated on the package and was super fun to cut. I am allergic to fresh cut grass so this was as close as I could get to mowing a lawn without severe and potentially deadly consequences. That was short lived thanks to some kind of rodent getting into our house. I have no idea what type of rodent it was but boy did it love my wheatgrass. It destroyed all of my hard work but I was able to get rid of it by using the grass. The rodent is no more…

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My newfound seed love lead to basil and mint seed kits from Home Depot. I started with the mint which never actually grew because it was too crowded; I didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to dump all the seeds into the jar at once… The basil managed to survive because I split the seeds between the jar and baby food jars which I only did so my son could have his own plants.  YAY sharing because if I didn’t I’m sure the basil would’ve had the same outcome as the mint. The basil is hard to see but it is still in the same jar; right side in front of the avocado seeds. Eventually I switched back to established plants: mint, peppers (6 types) and whatever purple-ish leafy plant that is. These are all shown. The mint I bought and the basil I grew are in the orange pot; I have more of each but that is the best pic. The best image of the pepper plants are the very last bottom pictures below.

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Now for the most exciting seeds! Avocado 🙂 I started them from avocados we used as a side dish. I cleaned, added 3 toothpicks per seed then put them in clear glasses and left in the window. I watched YouTube videos after I started them and learned I was supposed to peel them. I did afterwards and they turned out fine. There is a close up of both in the glasses plus a follow up of putting them in dirt; pictures above in the large round black containers. Well that is it. A long lengthy rundown of all the plants I had and have. Any follow ups will be pictures only or maybe just random posts on Instagram  @jtm2015.wordpress

House Update – Temporary Doors

We’ve been in the house for a few months now and I understand why other people kept telling us our house would always be a work in progress. We haven’t officially completed any room but we’ve done a bunch of stuff halfway. The big problem is the unexpected. We fix one thing then another goes haywire. For example, we finally bought a washer and dryer, installed it and have been enjoying it then our heater went out. This whole house has been a bunch of wins and losses.

One recent win was finding a solution to our door problem. We’d been debating whether or not we’d buy doors for 3 rooms and wait on the rest or if we’d replace all the doors in the house at once so they could all match. We came up with an affordable quirky solution.

We received 3 sets of window panels from family that sat in a bag in the corner for longer than I’d like to admit. After putting it on the back burner for a while, I bought curtain rods and decided which curtains would go where. Then hubby came up with a great idea. Sure he was kind of joking (I hope) but it was a good idea. He said to hang a bead curtain up as a temporary door. Of course I wasn’t going to do that because it didn’t fit in with the rest of our house but it got me thinking. I could use the extra panels as doors. They’d be fun, effective (blackout curtains) and cute. Later on the same day we went to my favorite store and bought the spring loaded rods pictured below. I love them!! They were the right price and perfect length for our hallway. It’s not the fanciest thing in the world but it is a great temporary solution that instantly made our house feel a little more put together.

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