Sofrito Recipe: A Delicious Staple in All Puerto Rican Households

I can say that all of the most delicious recipes in our vast repertoire include sofrito. When I was growing up, my Grandma used to make her own and that delicious aroma is nothing short of heavenly.

But, what exactly is Sofrito, you may ask?

Wikipedia defines sofrito as “a sauce used as a base in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin American cooking. Preparations may vary, but it typically consists of aromatic ingredients cut into small pieces and sauteed or braised in cooking oil.”

Wiki goes further, explaining the basics of what sofrito means and/or refers to in different countries and cultures. For example, Wiki says that “in Puerto Rican cuisine, sofrito is mostly used when cooking rice dishes, sauces, and soups.”


Peanut Clusters Recipe: Very Easy to Make Treat or Dessert

(Makes 100+ peanut clusters)


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The dark days are upon us. Since I stopped using coupons and shopping frequently, our snack/dessert stash has suffered greatly. I can already see the signs in all of my family members: the sadness, the accusing stares, the desperation.

Okay, maybe all that is more than a tad dramatic ha ha, but I do know that they are dying to ask me “When are we starting to stockpile snacks again?” They won’t ask. But they are wondering.

Truth is, that isn’t happening any time soon. I am far too busy nowadays and to be honest, it is sort of peaceful and liberating to not go to the stores unless I absolutely have to. Which I avoid like the plague. Grocery shopping has never been exciting for me. Maybe that is the main reason I took to couponing with a vengeance: it made grocery shopping more fun and challenging.


Ten Reasons I am Rocking Motherhood Challenge


Geeze, I am not even sure where to start. It seemed easy enough to write this. Truth is, it is incredibly hard to come up with 10 reasons why I am rocking motherhood… even though those 10 reasons (and more) are staring me in the face.

Many thanks to Alicia Knust of Adventures With My Littles for tagging me on her post. The challenge consists of creating my own post with my own 10 reasons. I, in turn, tag Shayli Cottman of Beautiful Lifestyle 582, Suzana Vucajnk of Total Plan , Laura Driskell of Little Bit of Learning, Ashlea Myrthil of Mommy Wife Lifestyle and Lauren Lillie of The Lillie Bag to come up with their own reasons. The inspiration behind this challenge is to open up our own eyes to all those everyday things that tend to get swept under the rug but that when summed up, gives us a glimpse of our own worth and contribution as mothers.


Challenge Accepted!


The sticky truth about blogging: what most won’t say and why it might still be worth your time

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If you’re anything like me, you have a deep, meaningful relationship with Pinterest. I mean, I check Pinterest more than I do Google, most of the time. I have found their search engine to be incredibly powerful and inspiring!

Of course, when I started searching for work from home ideas, my go-to place was Pinterest. I did tons of research on the different options I found and took my sweet time narrowing it down to what I felt I could do best and to what I would totally love. The result was: blogging!

The amount of information about how to start to blog, where and which tools to use and all the other good stuff about blogging was overwhelming. And unfortunately, a lot of it was insanely repetitive. However, there are a few things that most articles/blog posts skimmed thru. Or sadly, some were very misleading. Of those things is what this post is about.


Welcome home to Exceptionally-Ordinary!


Hey there, I am very happy to welcome you to our quest to find and embrace the unique in our every day moments.

I am Jessica (but everyone calls me Jess), creator and blogger of I have created this blog with the idea of sharing many tips to help my readers learn to embrace their every day life AND create exceptional moments they love.

To me, the name exceptionally-ordinary invokes the idea that we are all incredible beings and that no life or lifestyle is dull or common. If you are thinking that I lead a life full of traveling or glamour, then you are wrong 🙂


Pick a book and enjoy!


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I’ve been playing with an idea for a few weeks now and I’m finally ready to share 🙂 Every month, on the last day (yes, I realize I’m actually posting this a couple days later, but I’ll get all caught up, promise!), I’ll share with you the list of books I read that month. I will also include a brief summary, along with a link to Amazon. That way, if a book sparks your curiosity, you can just click the link and purchase!

Sounds good? OK, let’s do this!


How to Build a Strong Landlord/Tenant Relationship

The task of finding a place to rent could be more than a little daunting. There are so many things to consider! From location, to price point to finding a place that fulfills your and your family’s needs, it can get complicated pretty quickly.


When you (finally!) find that ideal place, it is imperative to make sure that all things proceed smoothly. And I’m not referring to the not so cool part of moving in (yikes!). I’m referring to forging and maintaining the best possible relationship with your new landlord. Keep in mind, the better your relationship is, the better chances for a long-lasting, painless and uncomplicated your time at that particular place will be.


Here are some tips to make your rental agreement work:


How to Keep Your Grocery Budget Under Control by Following These Simple Tips


I am not sure about you, but I cringe every time I go grocery shopping. It seems like I spend so much on just a few things! I shopped using coupons for so long, that to resort back to “normal people” shopping has been a challenge.

It could be because I haven’t paid full price for anything in a long time. Or maybe prices are going up like crazy. Unfortunately, we cannot control what the market does. We can, however, control how we make use of our resources.

Taking control of our hard-earned money is key. It doesn’t really matter if our grocery budget is $1000 or $200 per month. We must make proper use of our money, or it’ll just evaporate.



Last Minute Budget Friendly Costume

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Nothing like having to come up with a last minute budget friendly costume. This past Monday, Little E came home from school with this small piece of paper:

(Please, excuse the crappy photo quality; I used my cellphone to take it)

Last minute budget friendly costume

To say that I went on panic mode is an understatement. I mean, I am all for celebrating cool stuff at school and for having special days where kids get to do something different. It certainly helps to take a little detour from the every day routine, right?



Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

It can be incredibly hard for busy Moms to find time to complete their everyday tasks and chores, let alone for following their dreams or passions. For years, I put my own plans on hold because I was always too busy helping and supporting my family members and their endeavors.

That is, until one day I realized that the best way to motivate my kids, family, friends and maybe even strangers, was to just make it happen! And so I decided to follow my dream and start to blog.