Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday dinner!!

The other day I invited mi mama y mis abuelos over for a nice Sunday dinner that I would cooked.  I made a Chicken Parmesan with a creamy pasta alfredo and steamed veggies....and Yes it was delish!!

Now I know we all feel guilty about eating to much pasta and Fettucini Alfredo is known for not being the most "healthy" when it comes to choice of food.  But I really wanted to eat just that, what I did was I went online and found a healthier version of the recipe


this is a Creamy Cauliflower Spaghetti Alfredo version that I think everyone should try. 

And after for desert my mom brought fresh cut fruit :) muy sabroso!!

found this in an old email-school paper from 2009

What I Want/ What I Deserve/What I Expect
When I was 18
         When I was 18, I wasn’t sure what it took to make a successful marriage. Too be honest, I never really thought about it, I was 18!! What did I care?  I just wanted to date around and have fun.  My only thoughts on that topic were; he needs to be tall, dark, handsome, athletic, and a great kisser.  In the summer of 2004, I was on a road trip with my dad.  We were somewhere in New Mexico, between the middle of know where and what felt like the end of the world.  I was board, and with nothing on the radio, and me not able to keep my mouth shut for very long in total silence, it was only a matter of time before I’d say something.  Out of nowhere, I asked my dad to teach me something, anything.   My dad knew I had started dating, so of course he brought up some very important things I needed to look for when it came time for marriage.
          Thinking to myself, “You just had to open your mouth Valerie!?”  But my dad knows how to make any topic interesting.  He told me the number one thing the guy needs is, to be nice.  Thinking to myself, “I already knew that!”  But my dad had to clarify with me that that was very important because that was how his first marriage, with my mother, ended (my mom was at fault).  He got my nod of approval, and I asked him to continue.  He even told me the importance that any guy who wanted to marry me needed to be clean and worthy.  Or in other words, cannot have any problems with pornography.  I was like, “Okay, dumb question, Why is that so-o important? Why does the church talk about that so much?”  What I thought would be a conversation that would end at the next gas station stop, lasted till we stopped for the night.
          The next day I thought a lot about our conversation and realized that my so called list of qualities I wanted in a future spouse had changed drastically.  Around that time of my life I was probably one of the most shallow girls you could ever meet.  What I’m trying to say is; I was mean, cocky, demanding, selfish, and vain, yet I got asked out all the time.  So I knew it wasn’t my charming personality that kept these guys around.   I didn’t feel the need to change my ways.  I had the whole mindset of, “If you don’t ask me out, it’s only a matter of time before your friends do!”
          At that time of my life I didn’t even want to get married; let alone have children.  I stopped caring about church and would go out dancing almost every night of the week, literally.  What most people don’t know is while I was living my selfish lifestyle, I started getting really depressed.  I didn’t know why, maybe because I was finding out that the ladder I was climbing was leaning against the wrong wall.  Over the next few months my health was getting worse, I tried to hide it but there is only so much one can do.  The pain was too much to handle, and no one believed I was sick. I knew I was going to die, and I would pray to get better.  I started feeling horrible for how I’d been living my life.  So I changed everything, just like that,  I made plans to give up my "lifestyle", turn in my high heels and 40 different shades of lip-gloss for some shoes that didn’t have a heel "AKA flats" oh my!, and pastel colored tops.  That’s right! I was making plans to serve a mission.  I talked with my family and they loved the idea, yet it was hard to believe that I was actually planning that;  I even got my grandpa to pay for my mission.
         I thought that if I did a 180* and turned my life around, God would forgive me.   I didn’t get very far when it came to sending my paper in.  In fact, I never did.  I was missing one important thing…I couldn’t pass the physical.  That ended up being the reason I never served a mission.  I was distraught, and heartbroken.  So I went to Plan B—go back to school.  It didn’t take long before I found out about Eastern Arizona College.  Got accepted, and picked out a full schedule of classes.  Once again my problem didn’t go away, I was still sick.  About a week later I got my MRI results and they were anything but good news.  
          I had a brain tumor!! To make a long story short,  I lost all my hair, stopped getting offers for dates, lost my friends, my memory, I was paralyzed and couldn’t walk, & the guy I was dating at that time wanted nothing to do with me, or so I thought?  Life was anything but what it used to be.  But, at the same time I learned a lot of things being stuck in that hospital room for a month.  In a way that whole experience will later help me in life, I’ve learned a lot about patience and how it is very important for me to marry someone with it.  I’ve decided I really want children, and lots of them.  I want a guy who knows that looks aren’t everything; and at the same I must admit I’ve learned that as well.  I want a husband who loves adventure as much as I do.   I want to see more of the world, and I need someone who can keep up with me.  I love to cook and know I can contribute that to a marriage and at the same time I wouldn’t mind if my future husband knows how to cook, so I can have a break every now and then.
          Since I wasn’t able to serve a mission at the time I wanted to I would really want a guy who would be open to serving one in the late future.   With that in mind I need someone who will want to study the scriptures with me and me a great father to our future family.  My only hope is that I can be a great mother and raise some great children.  I’m glad I had all those trials in my life; they turned me into the girl I am and hope to continue to be in this life.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Our 1st christmas...!!

December 1st I took a pregnacy test!! but it came up negative :(  I took two more tests within the next two weeks.  All three tests came up negative. :(
It was about two weeks before the fall 2011 semester came to an end, I received a call from my dad, inviting Mauricio and I to spend Christmas in Texas.  Excited about the offer, I called my husband and asked if he was up to spend part of the Christmas break in Dallas, Texas. 

Two weeks later we were on a flight to Dallas.  This was Mauricio's first time visiting the Moon family.  After getting off the airplane my dad was there to pick us up.  The first night we were in town we went to my favorite salsa club, Glorias, http://www.gloriasrestaurants.com/index.php.  While we were out dancing I started feeling weak/dizzy/extra hungry. But I ignored it, drank my virgin mango margarita, and keep on dancing until 2 a.m.

A few days later we went and took a tour of The Dallas Cowboys stadium.  Thinking about food the whole time I was miserable, I always felt extra tired and weak.  It was weird, I would always talk about how much I wanted to move back to Dallas and live there, yet when I finally had the opportunity to go, I couldn't stop thinking about going back to Utah.
The last morning my dad took us to Smoothie Factory http://www.smoothiefactory.com/. I ordered a smoothie, after only two sips, I turned thinking I was going to throw up all over the floor.  fortunately, I didn't.  Yet, I couldn't eat anything that morning and so my dad took us to the airport. 

It was a 2 1/2 hour flight back to Utah, and I thought I was going to die! I was so-o hungry.  On the drive home we stop by the store to pick up a maternity test.  When we got back to our apartment that was the 1st thing I did!

I'm pregnant.....!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What's for dinner tonight?? Chicken enchiladas con salsa verde!!

Chicken Enchiladas con Salsa Verde!!

Buy a rotisserie chicken or bring to a boil several chicken pieces of tenders/breasts/legs/etc.
You'll need about 4 cups of chicken
Don't forget to salt the water!!
Green Sauce:
  • Preheat oven to 375*
  • place on baking sheet.
  • half an onion, yellow or white.
  • 2 chilies, stemmed  (I recommend jalapeno or serrano chilis)
  • 2 cloves garlic (with skin).
  • put in oven for about 4-5 minutes.  We want it fire roasted!!
  • fill stock pot about halfway full of water, bring to simmer.
  • get about 8-10 tomatillos remove husks (waxy paper covering) and add to the simmering water for about 5 minutes, we want it a little soft yet firm.
  • finish adding all ingredients to blender
  • don't forget to remove garlic skin!!

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock/broth.
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, Yes peanuts!!
  • add about 2 teaspoons of salt or salt to taste
  • blend for about 45 seconds.
makes about 3 cups Green Sauce
Now the enchiladas!!
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus 2 teaspoons more for dressing the salad
  • 12 corn tortillas, toasted, stacked, and wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to steam
  • 4 cups shredded chicken (from a 3-pound poached chicken)
  • 7 ounces queso fresco, crumbled, or shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 to 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce, washed and pat dry with paper towel.
  • 6 radishes, trimmed and sliced
  • 4 roma tomatoes sliced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a saucepan to medium high and add a tablespoon of oil. Carefully pour in the green sauce and cook, stirring constantly to thicken up, about 3 minutes.  I like to put corn tortillas on the stove top burner or on a pan and let it get a little dark around the sides, takes about a minute or two for both sides.  You want them golden and a little hard. Place under towel to steam. 
  2.  One by one dip the tortillas in the sauce, place in an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking dish, fill with some chicken, and roll up. Fit each enchilada snugly next to the other in the baking dish. Pour the remaining green sauce over the enchiladas. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the enchiladas are heated through.
  3.  Meanwhile, toss the lettuce, radishes and tomatoes with the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil, the vinegar, and salt and pepper. Layer the salad on top of the hot enchiladas and serve immediately.

enjoy!! :)

Beef Empanadas recipe, so yummmmy :)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-filled green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Several dashes hot sauce
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 Cream Cheese Pastry Dough*


  1. To make the filling, heat a large skillet over medium heat, and then swirl in the olive oil. Add the onion and bell peppers. Saute until the onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the beef. Cook, stirring constantly to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cumin and cook for another minute.
  2. Stir in the olives, raisins, honey, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Cook until the meat is golden brown, the liquid has evaporated, and the flavors have blended, about 4 more minutes. Cool the mixture completely in the fridge. Stir in the egg whites.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter or line a baking sheet.
  4. To form the empanadas, work with half of a disk of dough at a time, rolling out on a floured surface. Using an overturned bowl (about 5 inches across), cut out circles about 3 or 4 at a time from each piece of dough. Gather all dough scraps together, reroll once, and cut. Place 1/4 cup filling on one side of a dough circle. Wet the edges of the dough with water. Fold the dough over to form a half circle. Pinch the edges of the dough together. Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat the process until all the filling is used. The empanadas can be frozen at this point.
  5. Place the empanadas on the prepared baking sheet and chill for a few minutes. Prick each pie on top twice with a fork. When ready to bake, beat the egg yolks with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg wash over each empanada. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. The empanadas can be cooled and frozen to reheat in a microwave.

enjoy :)

helpful hint*
To save on time I buy the Pre made Pillsbury Pie Crust and make the empanadas into one big pie!!

Or for the people that like to go the extra mile here is a pie dough recipe I recommend...

Cream Cheese Pastry Dough*


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons, plus more for rolling out the dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt


  1. Process the butter, cream cheese, and cream in a food processor, electric mixer, or by hand to thoroughly combine.
  2. Add the flour and salt. Process just until combined and the dough holds together in a ball. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Divide into 2 pieces. Flatten into disks and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling out. If the dough is chilled overnight, take it out 15 minutes before rolling out.
  3. Rub flour all over a rolling pin. Working with one dough disk at a time, place the disk on a clean, well-floured surface. Applying some pressure with the rolling pin, roll gently from the center of the dough to the top and bottom edges. Rotate the disk and roll to the top and bottom edges again. Reflour the work surface and rolling pin, turn the dough over, and continue to roll the dough from the center out to the edges. Turn over and roll again, rotating the disk to ensure even rolling until the dough is about 12 inches in diameter, thin but not transparent.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

To Sum It Up!!

Once upon a time in the year 2002, in a foreign land far far away, there lived a prince who was getting ready to celebrate his 16th birthday.  He was very excited about his party and invited all of his friends in the kingdom.   During the party there was a girl that he did not know...  But when he wanted to approach and meet her, she was gone, and didn't leave a shoe or any other clues behind!!   Saddened, by the fact that he never meet her...he continued on with his life in the kingdom of Bolivia searching for a girl he had never meet.

Over two-thousand miles away in Dallas, Texas, lived that girl, Valerie.  She was shy and always kept a low profile in public.  She and her family took a vacation to Europe for the 2006 World Cup.  A few years  after returning she was able to move to the land of Utah where she could be closer to her mother.

After three years had passed in Bolivia the prince and his family decided to return to the land of his birth, Utah.  Soon after the prince received his mission call to serve in the Brussels Belgium/Netherlands mission.
A few months before Valerie's big move to Utah.  She was on her sister's profile on facebook when she stumbled upon a picture of a prince named Mauricio.  Not knowing she had already met him before, she added him as a friend.

After just two months of dating the prince proposed to Valerie in front of the Salt Lake City, Utah temple.  They were married two months later on January 28th 2011, in the Draper temple.

-to be continued-