When? Now, because when was the last time you had a break … a real bonafide break?
Why? Your mind, body and soul need it.
How? Stepping away for a moment.
We all get stuck in a rut, or inundated with work, deadlines, timelines, matrix, kids lunch… but when do you take a moment for you.
I decided to step away make a yummy treat that I would enjoy creating for my family.
I put on Mark Anthony station on my Amazon Music app that I have on Roku and got started.
I usually make a homemade Recaito every week for the house as a base for some dishes I prepare, like this yummy one. Bolitas de Mofongo without frying. If you need a break and want to jump into something yummy here is a recipe for you.
Bolitas de Mofongo – first the ingredients.
4 Plantains (little past green)
Recaito (Recipe) 1 tablespoon
Pork Grinds/Chicharron (your favorite, plain) or without.
Farmers Ribs or boneless pork (small package)
Corn flour 2 tablespoons
Salt 1 teaspoon
Milk 2% – 1/4 cup.
Water 1/3 cup with salt 1 teaspoon.
Flour 1 cup.
Water 3 cups
1 chicken Bullion
Bolitas de Mofongo – Steps.
Grate the plantains – and place the water 1/3 cup with salt 1 teaspoon. *UPDATE* Squeeze and drain thoroughly.
Add milk, eggs, recaito, corn flour (add more cornflour for a consistency that works for you. Mix thoroughly.
Roll into a ball shape incorporating the pork grinds into the middle and dip into flour so it is completely dusted, place to side. If you are very technical it should be no more than two ounces.
Chop up pork meat into small cubes.
Now, in a pot (Imusa prefered) add olive oil and the cubed pork. until browned and then remove but leave the flavor and bits there.
Add 1 chicken Bouillon and 3 cups of water. Let it boil, this is essential it needs to boil.
Once boiling add the balls into the pot. When cooked they should float. Lid off.
Now add back in the pork and let it simmer at a less temp.
Once incorporated evenly cover and place off heat to settle.
This is delicious with Arroz blanco (white rice) and Avocados.
Let me know what you think? While eating this check out my latest podcast “Take a break!”
Cumin powder or fresh seeds, no more than 1 teaspoon
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Oregano, 1 tablespoon if dry – 1 bunch if fresh.
Sweet Chili Peppers (You can leave this out).
Lemon, 1 squeezed. (You can leave this out).
Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon.
Tools: Pilon and Bullet or Food Processor.
Pilon the garlic, oregano if dry, cumin, salt and olive oil – this will help the oils in these ingredients essence blossom.
Wash culantro, cilantro, oregano (if fresh) thoroughly (you never know what is living in there) keep stems and pick off any decay or wilting leaves. rough chop add to bullet with rough chop of onion, and bayleaf. You can decide now to add chilies and lemon or not in this step.
Now blend until fine.
Add in your pilon ingredients and hand whisk.
Place in Jar and close, keep refrigerated.
You will only need about 1 or 2 tablespoons of this per recipe and can last about 10-14 days if refrigerated well.
You can also freeze into an ice cube tray and then placed in ziplock back. This can last you 1 month to 2 months depending on usage.
I love white rice but made a certain way. If you know me – you know I prefer it cooked in a Imusa pot.
Something about it is very special and delicious. Here is a recipe you can do I make many sort of rices they have the same method but the ingredients changes. Try it and let me know what you think.
Rice (ANY BRAND) I prefer Carolina, long grain.
Oil (Olive or Coconut) depending on dish.
Depending on dish you may not always wash rice but for my Arroz Blanco, 1 cup of rice in water and soak. 2 minutes, then hand wash and drain.
In my favorite midsize Imusa pot, I place about 1 tablespoon of oil and let it get warm (this is where if i wa adding other ingredients I would do so)
Add Rice and mix so that all the grains are covered.
Then I add 2 1/2 cups of water. Here is the trick for any amount of rice you add always add that amount times 2.5 cups of water.
Then I add salt and taste. It must have a specific taste of salt. Not to much just enough. I do it by eye, however everyone has a different preference. I suggest you taste the water to confirm.
I cover and let boil on high.
In less than 5 minutes, I stir Rice and then place temperature at half the amount of heat and place lid on angle.
Once I see little circle or bubbles in the middle, I do one last stir, cover and remove from heat. This sits for 10 minutes uncovered. WHen I remove lid the rice is even and perfect. I do an extra mix and recover to maintain warmth.
Ready to eat plain or with your favorite dish. Yummy.
Aromatherapy has been proven to help people through the senses of smell. I believe some of the calming scents have helped me with stress and anxiety. We see this in products for children that are listed with having lavender and for sleepytime and for mornings we see fragrances that have citrus to bring burst of energy.
I have always loved certain styles of essential oils and scents like candles, and lotions. I consider myself an Apothecary for certain bedtime bath routines from having children. Enjoying baths, bubbles and the calming effects I started created bath bombs. My children have always had sensitive skin, slight eczema and or easily irritated because of this now that I make bath bombs, they test them, give me their full report and I create it.
From doing this I have gotten request so I posted them on my shop and now on Etsy. Just recently I was given shelf space at the Valley Pharmacy & Surgical store in my town. This has brought me an overwhelming sense of joy and fulfillment to have someone believe in my family and our product.
Body, mind, sprit…
The scent of a woman, the musk of a man the part of our nose that delivers a message to our brain is life changing on this journey of fannytasticlife!
According to Harvard Gazette, Colleen Walsh says that “smells are handled by the olfactory bulb, the structure in the front of the brain that sends information to the other areas of the body’s central command for further processing. Odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions related to emotion and memory.
Scents that catch a woman’s attention in various studies range from vanilla, peppermint, sandalwood, pastries, coffee, lavender and cinnamon. Where as the scents that catch a mans attention are quite different and more complex for example most men spoke of a natural scent they liked from their partner or lily, rose oil, vanilla, vetiver, oranges, musk, black licorice, fruity notes, donuts, peppermint, lavender and pumpkin pie and jasmine.
The range for men tend to be tied to a memory while the range for women tend to be tied to a want. Either way I decided to create bath bombs that fulfilled the need of both and matter of fact all.
Affectionately known as FanBombz they carry whimsy of a scent that wont over power and create a headache and will soothe to and calm or energize. My research surrounded popular scents at first but I also discovered interesting factors about safety and awareness. All my bath bombs are handmade with ingredients that once in the bath tub dilutes and causes no harm.
The base of all my bath bombs start with baking soda, a starch (depending on the order can be milk, coal, corn) then I add my fragrance and oil mixture. This can be multiple combinations of essential oil, or just one. An oil for combining like Jojoba, olive, coconut, aloe, almond and mineral oil.
For different fun colors I will include a food coloring based on the product. Sometimes I add a texture like honey, almonds, oatmeal and sugar sprinkles, sugar and salt depending on the product. I use witch hazel as an astringent for the oil. Some ask for alcohol, and that I use only in a small amount but I try to not to include. Sometimes I add herbs and spices like turmeric or marjoram and others creating an Ayurvedic recipe that my sons doctor once told me to do for his skin. Water will take the bubbles out of the product so I try to keep the water amount little to none. I always list all my ingredients on my packing and advertising.
Sensuality is one of the request I get or questions regarding will this make me feel a certain way. Jasmine is an aphrodisiac and so is clary sage, lavender, sandalwood, ylang, ylan because they tend to be relaxers and stimulant in scent. Although some of my bombs like BottomLover, Fannylicous have some of these notes the sensuality comes from the person. I won’t guarantee that they will make you feel a certain way but you will enjoy the experience.
Spa time, is one of my favorite times. Pedicure, manicure, threading, massage … sign me up. Having a good bath is also on that list. Some of my FanBombz like Full Circle tend to have the eucalyptus need of a spa and Peacock for the lavender.
If you are looking for CBD oil, honestly the closest thing I have is Dr. Scholls Hemp Seed Epsom salt in the Cheech FanBombz, which is relaxing.
Affordability is also another question I get asked alot about. The retail at the pharmacy is all shelf priced. Anything Custom will start at more of a premium price because it is created for the person. I often offer on Etsy free shipping over $35.00 and usually I promote a monthly coupon for a percentage off a certain price.
Fun time is also a time for the kids. Some of the handcrafted unique bath bombs have a water toy for an additional level for the kids. I offer dinosaurs, princess rings, army men, unicorns, duckies just simple fun.
All the bath products are weighed and inventory is priced accordingly. I offer multiple sizes from the regular 2.1 ounce size mooncakes that can go from 4 to 8 ounces. I also offer a small version that is 1.2 ounces and if you are looking for value this is sold in a trio and would be the best value per dollar.
Most bathbombs after they cure have a shelf life of 6 months. After this period they tend to crumble. Usually you can break them down in a jar and use them as a scrub. I wouldn’t suggest mixing various scents because that can get funky. Also, if it has a strange smell, don’t use it. Like any product it should have a clean crisp package scent.
I always get told that people wish they had a bath but they live in an place that only has a shower. Well, because I have a shower a developed a shower salt called Indulgence Saltz. Same amazing scent with out the buzz of the fizz and frills. I sell these in a single pack or triple pack. These are great because you get the scent stimulation whether it is calm energy or relaxing vapor in the shower.
I suggest these products have oils in them and you should take precaution when getting out of the tub or shower and rinse off. You will notice how silky your skin feels. A quick rinse, will wash the residue from the bath and maintain all your softness. This is because the baking soda used in the mixture creates the softening effect with the epson salt. For those of you who use the Indulgence Saltz you will notice how sweet your feet feel.
My Shop is tied to my website and I also sync it with Etsy. Etsy will get all the products first, inclduing bath bombs, shower salts, soaps, scrubs. This retail gets carried over to my Fannytasticshop also. My retail at the Pharmacy in my town will be updated weekly.
The distribution and creation of my products are based on supply, demand and seasonal picks. If you see all of a sudden an items that is not seasonal and is uniques that is because when I receive a custom order usually a client will want two to four of the bombs, however ever for every batch I make it produces 12-18 bombs, and this is what gets carried over to retail.
I am so happy to share this information and I hope I answered many of your questions that I received from my BONUS podcast this week. Please reach out as I am so happy and in love with our retail of FanBombz and thank you for joining me on this journey of Fannytasticlife.
I want to take this moment to thank my husband who has been my biggest support and continued cheer in my corner, he is very modest and humble and would not want any shine but MUHA!
Running around doing everything I can to make my family happy and feed them yummy things.
I picked up the weekly grocery’s and I decided to make some items that will bring delight to my children’s bellies.
On the menu is Shredded Chicken Potato Tacos 🌮 with Salsa🌶🧄🧅🍅, Chicken Panko Bites , and Dessert Squares (three different types: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). Here are the recipes I spoke about on the podcast 🎙listed below. Please if you do try out these recipes, let me know how it turned out. 🥰
Ingredients: Romano Tomato (x4), Poblano Pepper (x1), Garlic (x3 cloves), Red Onion (x1), Oregano (dried 2 tbls), and Salt (1 tsp)
First, in a small pot, fill with 2 cups of water.
Clean pepper by cutting off bottom and removing seeds.
Place pepper and tomato in pot and boil.
When boiled, set side to cool off. Save liquid.
When cool, pour half of liquid in blender with vegetables add raw, onion garlic oregano and teaspoon of salt (or to taste).
Place in container refrigerate and save for later. You will want this cold and refreshing.
Mixture for Tacos
Ingredients: Red Potatoes (x4), Chicken Breast (x2), Knorr Cube Chicken Bouillon (x1 cube), the liquid from the remainder of the liquid from the boil of the salsa, salt (1tsp). Pre-shredded cheese (Asadero or your favorite) and Oaxaca ( to crumble) Yellow small corn tortilla, Shredded Cabbage (1/2 cup), Oil (to fry in pan).
Have a metal grid ready to place tacos for oil to drain.
Boil Potatoes in a separate pot with skin.
Boil chicken in the water from salsa with Knorr Cube Chicken Bouillon. Do not add any other water.
Once both are boiled, check that potatoes are fork tender and chicken is cooked.
Drain liquid from potatoes, then blend potatoes and add salt.
Shred the chicken and add to bowl with potatoes. Add Asadero cheese or your favorite shredded cheese.
Cover with plastic and place in refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and fy.
Get large pan and add oil, test the oil to make sure it is hot.
Get Taco fill with a little of the cold chicken potato cheese mixture. Pinch closed with tongs and lay in pan on side to fry. Flip on other side for even golden deliciousness.
Plate, add cabbage, salsa, and crumble a little of the cheese.
Trust me you will have made a new friend!
Ingredients: Chicken Breast (x4), Panko Bread Crumbs (1 cup), Flour (2 cups), Eggs (2 eggs), Teaspoon of the following spices and herbs: Dried Parsley, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt and Pepper. Old bay seasoning (1 Tablespoon) and Milk (1 cup).
Cut Chicken into tender sized pieces. In a ziplock bag (or baggie of your preference) and chicken to bag with milk, spices and herbs, and Old Bay. Close bag and store overnight in fridge.
You will need three bowls.
Mix half of the flour with Panko in a bowl.
The other part of flour in other bowl.
Mix eggs in third bowl.
Dip the each chicken piece into flour. Place on side. (Pro tip: clean up as you go.)
Once all is covered in flour.
Heat oil in pan (same pan like tacos… use the same oil if it is in the same moment of cooking).
Once oil is hot, place floured chicken into eggs and then place in panko flour, then right into pan. Do this is small batches.
Once chicken floats and turns golden, take out. They should be cooked all the way through.
Check first batch and make adjustments.
Adjust heat of oil and/or level of oil.
Complete all chicken in small batches.
Have a metal grid ready to place chicken for oil to drain.
You can serve with the same salsa it is amazing!!!!
Ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Vanilla, Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, Oil, Eggs, Butter Unsalted, Salt, Peanut butter, Nesquik Strawberry Powder, baking powder and Powdered sugar. Have these ingredients ready.
Icing: Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar and milk (2 tablespoons) and vanilla teaspoon to create a base. Divide base by three batches:
First batch leave as is for Vanilla Squares;
In second batch, add 1 tsp of Strawberry Nesquick; and,
In third batch add 1 tsp of peanut butter. Place all in to refrigerator for later.
Batter: we are creating two types of squares Chocolate and Blondie. We are doing the Blondie twice as only the icing changes here.
The squares will all be for 9×9 pan. I would spray the pan before placing batter or grease pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Blondie Batter: 2 Large Eggs, 2 tsp Vanilla, 1 Cup of unsalted melted butter, 2 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt.
Mix eggs and Vanilla in bowl, in seperate bowl mix sugar and melted butter, combine in to egg and vanilla mixture.
Add all dry ingredients in seperate bowl mix together and then incorporate into wet mixture.
Place in pan, bake for 30 minutes. Edges should be golden.
This should make 9 squares and you will repeat this for our trio dessert squares.
Chocolate Brownie: 2 Large Eggs, 1 tsp Vanilla, 1/2 cup of unsalted melted butter, 1 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup of Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa.
Mix eggs and Vanilla in bowl, in seperate bowl mix sugar and melted butter, combine in to egg and vanilla mixture. Add all dry ingredients in seperate bowl mix together and then incorporate into wet mixture. Place in pan, bake for 30 minutes. Edges should be golden. This should make 9 squares.
After all is baked you will have 27 squares. One set chocolate and two set blondie. Take icing out of refrigerator and vigorously whip and then drizzle the following:
Peanut butter on chocolate,
Strawberry on blondie
Vanilla on blondie.
These will go fast, which is what happened with my boys.
Buen provecho to all of you and you know we enjoyed these delights this week on this journey on Fannytasticlife.