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Congenital Heart Walk 2014 - Please donate!

Dear Family and Friends:
As many of you know, on March 12th, 2009, My little Bella was only a few days old and was having her first heart surgery. By the grace of God, our little one has been doing so well despite these minor set backs. We are so fortunate and blessed to have her in our lives! To recognize this important time in our lives, we are starting Team De La Rosa to benefit the Congenital Heart Walk. I would like to ask for your support by either joining the team or sending in your tax-deductible donation today!

Here are just some of the facts: Nearly two million children and adults are living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States. Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born with a CHD, making it the country� #1 birth defect. At least 10% of all congenital heart defects are first found in adulthood. Thanks to increases in survival rates, the number of adults living with a CHD rises by 5% a year and adults with CHDs are living longer, fuller lives than ever before. Your support will continue our progress.

The Congenital Heart Walk is an exciting joint effort between the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the Children� Heart Foundation (CHF)! This effort will raise funds to help both organizations continue their missions to address the needs of both the newly diagnosed and long-term survivors of congenital heart defects, in a truly inspirational day of sharing, caring and fun.

As you have read, fighting congenital heart defects for our family is personal. Please support our efforts by joining the team or making a donation today!

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Congenital Heart Walk

Thank you all in advance and I appreciate your support over the past 5 years!

Taking a Time Out and a Recipe

Sometimes you just need to take a time out. There have been things on my mind lately that have been taking over my life and I couldn't find the right words to type. I had a post that I have been staring at for two weeks now and it just never felt right to hit publish. It was about struggling and not being in the right frame of mind and I will leave it at that. I have prayed for patience, understanding and to not feel so resentful. While I don't feel 100% sometimes you just need to push through the block to get out of the rut.

I started a new THING on Monday. We'll call it a thing even though it's a diet. It's the Fast Metabolism Diet. I've had a couple of friends try the 28 day plan and have had some great results. The thing I like about this diet is I don't limit how much I eat and it's all real foods. One of the things I can't have is caffeine, which has taken a toll on me the past two days. I love my morning coffee but I really need this THING to work. I've been a dieter now for 10 years and I still continue to beat my all time max weight record. I'm hoping this will be the lifestyle change of my life, like the last 10 were supposed to be. I've lost 6 pounds in four days! So far so good.

The past couple months, every weekend has been jam packed that I haven't had an opportunity to just sit. I need some relaxation and some rest.That is exactly how I plan on spending the rest of my long weekend. Maybe even a trip to the Zoo!

So as I'm sitting her craving a buttery cheesy something, as this THING doesn't allow dairy, I revert back to one of my older recipes that I am so wishing I could sink my teeth into right now.

Croque Monsieur

This is so delicious. I got this recipe for Ina Garten! She is one of my favorite chefs. I changed the recipe a bit to fit what I had in my kitchen. I also changed the sauce, I felt it wasn't thickening enough.
This is a great brunch recipe and so easy to make!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 12 ounces mozzarella, grated (5 1/2 cups)
  • 16 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • 8 ounces baked Virginia ham, sandwich sliced at your deli.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan and add the flour all at once, stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. 
Slowly pour the hot milk into the butter–flour mixture and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is thickened. 
Remove the heat  and add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, 1 cup of the Mozzarella and set aside.
Toast the bread, bake on a baking sheet 5 minutes. Turn each slice and bake for another 2 minutes, until toasted.
Lightly brush half the toasted breads with mustard, add two slices of ham to each, and sprinkle with half the remaining Mozzarella. 
Top with another piece of toasted bread. Slather the tops with the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the remaining Mozzarella, and bake the sandwiches for 5 minutes. 
Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Serve hot.
 Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Posted on May 22, 2014 .

She Talks To Angels

Her guardian angel that is....

Do you ever reach out and talk to your angel? Do you believe you have one?

I often find comfort in talking with and journaling to my angel. Wouldn't you want to communicate with something that watches over you or your children? Last summer we were in the process of buying a home and my guardian angel received plenty of letters. Letters of hope and asking favors.  I truly believe they were listening because miracles were made.

I often wonder if they are lonely and eager for us to reach out. I want to hug them and sit down on a sunny afternoon and have coffee with them. I want to thank them for keeping an eye out for my little girls. I want to buy them a gift on during the holidays, like we do our teachers and childcare givers.

Each night I lay my daughters down for bed and I ask "who should we pray to tonight:" Bella usually responds with "Jesus!" Last night she replied with our guardian angels. It touched my heart as she was thoughtfully thanking and sending her prayers to them that evening.

 My daughter painted this picture with watercolors, she's not a fan of crayons. Originally it was suppose to be a flower, but when I look closer it reminded me of an ANGEL. Do you see it?

Our Guardian Angel Prayer 
Angel of God
My guardian dear
To Whom His love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.

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