Beef Empanadilla (Empanada) Recipe | Hip ‘n Creative

I love making beef empanadillas/empanadas for my family and I thought it would be awesome to share this recipe with you as well. I have been making these for years and love it!  I hope you do too.  Below I have the list of ingredients you will need to make a batch for yourself.  I also included the video for you as well!

INGREDIENTS: (Serving 20 Empanadillas)

1 lb of Ground Beef (or Chicken, Pork)
1 packet of Sazon
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1.5 tsp of Adobo
1 8oz. Can of Salsa
1 tbsp of Sofrito
1 tbsp of Recado
1 medium Potato cubed
Oil enough for frying
2 packages of Empanada Disc (found in the hispanic section of your supermarket) *make sure to defrost your discs prior to cooking.

DIRECTIONS:
On a separate pot boil a medium potato until fork tender, drain and set aside. On a medium pan cook your beef on medium heat until brown then drain. Add all the ingredients together.

Next take your meat and potato filling and fill the center of the discs. Pinch the ends to secure the discs and prevent them from opening with a fork. Fry in pan for about 3 minutes (each side) on medium heat or until golden brown.

Serve alone or with your favorite rice recipe!  If you make this recipe please make sure to share it with me on instagram by tagging me @hipncreative!

xo,
Awilda

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Home Decor with Silk Flowers | hip ‘n creative

Disclosure: This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are genuinely my own.

I love decorating my home, I love to find beautiful items that I can incorporate into my decor that compliment my taste and budget.  This can be quite a challenge when it comes to flowers.  It’s fun to use real flowers and plants but I struggle with keeping them a live. If you follow me on instagram you’ll see that I have a beautiful hibiscus plant.  I am very happy that my plant lives but I struggle with maintaining it.  It’s a lot of work!

So when I was contacted by Commercial Silk Int’l., I thought the timing was perfect.  Ever since I worked on my patio decor I have been on a kick to bring the outdoors in with plants and flowers and like I said they don’t last long but silk plants do.    There are many benefits to having silk plants and flowers, one is that you can decorate your home with them all year long!  Another is that there is no need to water them, which is great!  And  you can move them around and create a whole new look and for me that’s a win!

I received my package of artificial boxwood plants in the mail and was very happy with the quality of the plants.  Not only were they packaged nicely, the plants themselves are beautiful.  My oldest daughter thought they were real and actually touched it to see if they were!  Ha fooled her!  These beauties are perfect, they come in these silver pots with a no scratch base so your surfaces will be safe and the boxwood have a frosted look that gives a softness to them.

Check out more information about Commercial Silk Int’l here.  You can also visit out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, Pinterest YouTube and Google+.

Until next time guys, I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll see you on the next post!

XO,
Awilda

How to Add Custom Vent Covers to Sliding Doors | Repurposing an old Door

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share with you our recent re-purposing project.  When we first bought our house, 3 years ago (can you believe it?) we wanted to make some changes to our living room.  One of the changes was to update and add lighting since there was non previously (See my awesome hubby adding lighting in picture below).  We also sanded the floors and shined them all up real purdy like too. We removed wall paper and painted the walls, which looks awesome by the way ;).

How to add vent covers to old doors | hipncreative.wordpress.com

I had this idea to change the look of our old doors by removing the old slats and adding some awesome metal vent covers to the doors to give them a modern look.  So after discussing it with the hubs, we figured out a way to do just that.

So here is our step by step tutorial on how to add vent covers to sliding doors:

Materials you will need:

  • Metal Vent Covers (I found mine at Home Depot)
  • Wood filler
  • Window trim
  • small square wooden dowels
  • paint of your choosing (to paint wood doors) *optional
  • Spray paint (to paint vent cover) *optional

What you will need on hand:

  • Jigsaw
  • flat surface to work with
  • time and patience (lots and lots)
  • nail gun and finishing nails (Home Depot)
  • lots and lots of patience!

First thing we did was remove the sliding doors from the doorway and very carefully cut the slats out leaving the door frame intact.  Next my husband filled the holes where the slats were with wood filler.

While the wood filler was drying, he measured, cut and spray painted the metal vent covers (we used Rustoleum white paint).  After letting the wood filler completely dry (it took about 30 minutes), he carefully sanded all the doors until they were smooth.

Next he framed the front of the door with window trim, this will help the metal vent covers stay in place so it won’t pop out.  Next using a nail gun, we nailed the vent covers to the door.  We also added a small wooden dowels to the back of the doors.  This helped to hide the nails as well as provided extra back support for the metal vent covers not to slip out when opening and closing the doors.

Once we were happy with how the doors looks and works, we primed and painted the door.  We wanted to keep the doors white so priming and painting was pretty easy.  Once the paint dried, we replaced the doors back in it’s frame and done.  I have to admit this project was not an easy project and if your not that skills with air pressured machinery, this project is not for you.  It’s time consuming and you need a lot of patience as well as some carpentry knowledge.

I thank God my hubby is very talented and we were able to get this sucker done.  I really couldn’t have done this without his help.  Until next time my friends!

**UPDATE: A year later and our door is perfect!  Even though it was A LOT of work, it was so worth it!  My husband and I are still  in love with this project and are proud we DIYed this makeover, our first of many projects!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

 

UPCYCLE REPURPOSE POPCORN TIN | hip ‘n creative

What’s up guys!  Today I wanted to share a super simple and super cute Up-cycle project using popcorn tins.  I had this tin since the holidays and finally got around to making it into a really cute container.  Below is the video showing you exactly what I did to makeover the popcorn tin.

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Thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you on the next post!

xo,
Awilda

VANITY CLEANING & ORGANIZATION | hip ‘n creative

I have a vanity I love, and even though I am not big on make up I do like to wear it on occasion or when I feel like stepping up my wardrobe game.  Today I wanted to share with you my recent vanity cleaning and organization.  It is so nice to have everything I need in a neat and organized space.  The best part of is that I freed up some much needed space and my vanity desk top is clean and clear!

I hope you enjoyed vanity organization and cleaning ideas and inspiration. For more organization, DIYs & home decor ideas, like this video! Follow me on youtube! It would truly mean so much to have my blog friends join me!  I hope you like the video and I inspired you to organize your space!  Make sure to share your favorite organized space with me on instagram by tagging me@hipncreative. Until next time friends!

xo,
Awilda