Santa’s Ho Ho

Here is my version of this delicious Christmas cocktail for those who were inquiring!  I was inspired by this recipe I came across on Pinterest but substituted and added a few other ingredients.  Its actually NOTHING like the original recipe but the name stuck and well….. here is my Little HoHo! Enjoy!

2 cups  Fresh Cranberries ( I didn’t measure them but rather eyeballed)

3 TBS Sugar

1/2 Cup Brandy

2 Cups Cranberry Juice (Cold)

1 bottle Prosecco (Cold)

Sugar for rimming glass (optional)

sliced Limes for Garnish


  1. In a large pitcher combine cranberries, sugar and brandy then mix roughly with wooden soon. (slightly crushing a few of the berries)
  2. Add juice, mix well then slowly (to keep fizzy) add Prosecco.
  3. Garnish with sliced limes, sugar your glass rims, (pour over ice) & Enjoy!

Note: I specify cold juice and cold prosecco simply because I personally do not like a watered down drink.  Add ice to glasses if you prefer.



La Mesa Turquesa (The Turquoise Table)


I have joined the movement!!  The Turquoise Table movement that is.  Summer is here and what better than to gather around a table on a lazy summer evening with family, friends, neighbors an the FRONT of your house?

After seeing this air on the NBC Today show, I just knew that I had to follow.  Kristen Schell Author of The Turquoise Table, has inspired me to slap some paint on a table and gather my family at the front of our house and do whatever.  Chat, eat, play or just sit together in silence.  I too want to be #frontyardpeople.  Grab your own copy of her book and begin your neighborhood movement.


Harina De Maize (Cream of Corn)


Harina De MaizeA quick delicious breakfast to satisfy just about anyone.  This dish was a Saturday morning staple at my house when I was growing up.  I’m not going to lie, it wasnt my favorite but now that I am all grown up I realize that its not that I didn’t like it, I was just a kid wishing she could have what most kids in my neighborhood were having on a Saturday morning; a bagel with cream cheese, an egg sandwich or pancakes and sausage.  Today this is a treat.  Reserving time at my mothers table for this sweet cream on a Saturday morning is not an easy task.   To get this recipe exactly as she makes it, I had her make it in my presence so that I could actually measure the ingredients since she eyeballs EVERYTHING!  When I was around 12 years old, I remember asking for measuring cups, a cupcake tin and a whisk for Christmas simply because we had never owned any of those kitchen tools.   And still today, I can say that most Puerto Rican kitchens are yet to own these tools.

Take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and whip up a pot of this to enjoy with your family.  Let me know what you think.

Harina De Maize

2.5 Cups Milk

1.5 Cups Water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup + 2 TBS fine corn meal

2/3 cup granulated sugar

  1.  Combine milk, water, cinnamon, salt and corn meal in medium pot.
  2. Bring to stove and cook on medium heat, continuously stirring until  thickened.
  3. Stir in the sugar, cover, lower heat and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes. or until your desired consistency.
  4. Enjoy



It has been 266 days since my last blog.  So I ask myself, how badly do I really want my blog to flourish?  Apparently not too bad.  We all know that things need time and dedication for a positive outcome.  Whether it be a recipe, a health goal, raising a child or in this case, a prospering blog.  Yes my life has been crazy busy with momming, wifing, cooking, cleaning , organizing, knitting, traveling and all the while running a small business.  Time is rarely a leftover in my life so having time to chat about it into the internet abyss seems very impractical.

I am hoping today can be the start of a new routine which will include sharing my thoughts, foods, tips and tricks right here on rainydaywaffles.  Stay tuned while I go conjure up some thoughts for the rest of the week.

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls
This weekend we ENDURED our first real snow storm for 2016. It was cold and blustery and so perfect to curl up with some coffee and maybe something sweet. Thankfully, I had planned ahead of time and prepared some cinnamon rolls the night before and left them to rise in the fridge over night. I’m was hoping the amazing smell will rouse my boys and get them out of bed to prepare for some serious shoveling ( it DIDN’T happen).
Cinnamon rolls have been on my “most wanted” baking list but have always been reluctant about kneading the dough. But now I am the proud owner of a Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer WITH a dough hook!!!!! Yeayyy!! My friend Ann assured me that life would never be the same. She also pointed me in the right direction for a great Cinnamon Roll recipe. The recipe can be found right here on Epicurious and I can also sadly inform you that each one of these gooey rolls carry 405 Calories!!  But who’s counting anyway???
Try them out for yourself and let me Know what you think!
assembling the rolls

Be sure to pinch the dough tightly as you roll so filling doesn’t spill out when cutting.

cinnamon rolls after slicing

I had one itty bitty roll left that wouldn’t fit in the pan so baked it in a ramekin and turned out fine. I’m thinking next time I’ll bake them in cupcake pan for easier serving.



It saddens me that although I am head first into my cooking and crafting on a daily basis, I have no time for blogging.  I am hoping that this short post will rekindle the relationship I have with my blog.  I haven’t shared ANY of my culinary or crafty inventions and I am so excited to start.  So please be patient and follow me as discover new recipes and projects.

The Crave to Bake

blueberry almond crumb squares

Most of you who know me know that since my weight loss journey, I haven’t been baking much. Well according to my kids, nothing good anyway.  But today I just had the sudden urge to do so and decided to take the blueberries (that should have gone into my Greek yogurt for breakfast), and turn it into something much more satisfying.  The plan was to take it out of my oven, place it on the counter and walk away.  It DIDN’T quiet work out that way and since that plan failed me, I figured out that one square of this heavenly smelling poof of sugary goodness cost me 309 of my daily calories.  oh but It was worth every bite!!

My INTENTION here was to make or replicate the rhubarb SQUARES we lavish ourselves with at BRIERMERE FARMS when we drive out to Riverhead, using blueberries instead of rhubarb.  I wanted a thin bar with more topping than a cake, but that also DIDN’T happen. On my next one I plan to use a larger pan to spread the batter a bit thinner and get more squares, making the calorie per serving much less! I’ll keep you posted on that!  For now, try these.  You’ll love them!


Blueberry Almond Squares

2 Cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 Tbs salted butter, softened

3/4 Cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

3/4 Cups buttermilk

2 cups fresh blueberries

Crumb Topping

1/2  Cup light brown sugar

1/2 Cup flour

1/2 Cup butter, cold & cut into large cubes/chunks

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 Cup slivered almonds

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 10″ square cake pan.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl begin making the crumb topping by adding all of the ingredients to the bowl and cutting with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse corn meal, but chunky. Refrigerate until ready to use on the cake.
  3. Begin the cake batter by combining all dry ingredients in one bowl.   In another bring the sugar and butter to a cream then add egg, vanilla and almond extract.
  4. Alternating the flour mixture and buttermilk, begin adding it to the butter mixture until well combined but not over mixed.  Now add the blueberries and fold in gently.
  5. Carefully transfer the mixture to the prepared cake pan and using the back of a large wet spoon, spread evenly.  The mixture will be stiff like a dough and not like runny like traditional cake batter.  Spread the crumb topping evenly on top and bake for about 45-50 minutes.
  6. Cool down and cut into 12 squares.  Enjoy!