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Mi Blog Hispano: Que Pronto Voló el Año


Que Pronto Voló el Año¡Que pronto voló el año! Creo que cada vez que pasa un año el tiempo se va más rápido. Estuve meditando en las cosas que pasaron el año pasado, y confieso que el año 2016 me trato muy bien. Creo que una de las cosas más hermosas que me paso fue que me case con un hombre maravilloso – con el que siempre soné – como suelen decir en los cuentos de hadas. Mujeres, amigas mías, ¡los hombres buenos y maravillosos si existen!

Aparte de casarme, la familia aumento con una hija más quien es muy linda y cariñosa. También agregamos un perrito el cual parece ser él bebe de la casa. Una meta que tenía desde hace años por fin la logre que fue obtener mi maestría de la universidad. En fin, podría seguir y seguir con todo lo que el 2016 me trajo, pero es tiempo de enfocarnos en el 2017.

Vamos a enfocarnos en nuestras metas y nuevos propósitos para el año nuevo. Todavía hay tiempo de planear y hacer nuestras metas. Empiece un nuevo pasatiempo, lea un libro, dibuje, aprenda a tocar un instrumento, propóngase a visitar a esas personas o seres queridos que no ha visto en mucho tiempo, acérquese más a Dios, organícese más, en fin, hay una infinidad de cosas que puede proponerse hacer. Vamos a tener más compasión, expresar nuestro amor más, olvidar rencores, y crear nuevas relaciones. Hay personas que quizás están pasando por momentos difíciles. Si conoce a alguien así, ¿porque no extenderles una mano y consolarlos? Es más importante dar que recibir. Podemos dar de muchas maneras, y ayudando a otros con palabras de consolación es una manera de dar. Son nuevos comienzos, reafirmaciones y promesas para un futuro mejor.

Espero que este ano entrante pueda lograr sus metas, obtener aquello que tanto ha deseado, y tener más compasión en este mundo donde es tan necesario.

Les deseo un muy feliz y próspero año nuevo, lleno de bendiciones, a todos.



Healthy Living: Staying Healthy


Staying HealthySo far this year, I’ve had strep throat twice and a wicked cold in between.

That’s not a great way to kick off the winter holidays.

Sometimes, you can’t help catching a virus, but there are everyday ways you can help keep yourself healthy and better your odds of not getting sick.

First of all, if you ARE sick, limit your exposure to healthy people. Don’t go to work. I repeat, do not go to work. Chances are that you can stay home until you’re not contagious. Don’t cough your way through the grocery store, the library, your kids’ school, church or any place else where large groups of people congregate.

Now that we’ve made that point, wash your hands frequently and often. Wash them in the warmest water you can stand with soap, and dry them with a paper towel or air blower. Avoid touching common areas that might breed germs, and know that it’s perfectly acceptable to decline a handshake at a business meeting when the other person has just sneezed or coughed into their hand.

Use hand sanitizer. Carry it with you.

If you’ve been sick or someone you know has been sick, use disinfectant wipes or sprays on areas they’ve touched. Keep them handy.

Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning properly and helps to ward off colds and viruses.

Get plenty of sleep. Exhaustion leaves you susceptible to illness.

Eat foods dense with nutrients and vitamins like brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Avoid alcohol or sugary foods and drinks.

Now, back to the first point. Stay home if you are sick, and don’t spread germs!



Product Talk: Lawry’s Garlic Salt


Lawry’s Garlic SaltI had to clean out my spice cabinet recently.

Let me be more specific: I had to clean out my spice cabinet AND my pantry because the two had spilled over into each other. I like a nice, neat spice cabinet (preferably with bottles arranged alphabetically).

In addition, you’re supposed to purge dried spices after no more than a year, and some of mine have been with me since the birth of my first child, 15 years ago (I’m looking at you, coriander seeds).

While I like spices in their pure form, there are a few that can do double duty without sacrificing flavor. Garlic salt is one of them.

More specifically, Lawry’s Garlic Salt. It didn’t need to be cleaned out because I go through it almost as quickly as its brother, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, or its distant cousin, Worcestershire Powder (by David Wade).

Lawry’s Garlic Salt is my secret ingredient for garlic bread. Yes, it’s garlic and salt, but it’s also infused with parsley. Give a few quick shakes over a Brookshire’s baguette sliced and slathered with butter, and you’re ready to pop it in the oven.

It’s also my go-to seasoning for beef, chicken and pork.

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Dine In: Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup


Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper SoupI want it to be cold.

I want it to be cold and crisp. I want to make a fire in my chiminea and enjoy a bowl of hot, steaming soup on the back porch next Friday night.

Instead, as I write this, it’s well over 70 degrees with 98 percent humidity, and it’s winter! It’s WINTER, Mother Nature, did you not get the memo?

Anyone who lives in the South knows that those cold, crisp evenings are not to be taken for granted. I feel like they’re few and far between most years, this year included.

Luckily, you don’t need cold weather to enjoy a hearty bowl of soup. As I scanned back over the blogs from the past few weeks, I noted that I’ve submitted several soup recipes. I guess I’ve been wishing for a cold night for a while, then resorting to making due with turning the air conditioner down a few degrees and making the soup anyway.

Maybe next Friday night will actually be colder.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Ingredients:
1 lb extra-lean ground beef
1 cup onions, diced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions
2 cups green peppers, chopped
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
3 cups beef stock
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup white rice, cooked

Directions:
Brown beef and onions in a heavy skillet. Drain fat; transfer to crockery of a slow cooker. Add tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours.

Serves 5

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 368, Calories from Fat: 58, Fat: 7 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 81 mg, Sodium: 1148 mg, Potassium: 868 mg, Carbohydrates: 42 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 8 g, Protein: 34 g.

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Family Matters: Toddler Proofing


Toddler ProofingWeebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.

Babies do though, especially toddlers

There’s no need to put a crash test helmet on your toddler who is learning to walk, but there might be good sense in toddler-proofing the rest of the house.

Fireplaces, specifically their hearths, could use a good, padded edging and corner protection.

Corners of sharp dining tables and end tables could also use protection from baby’s teetering step. Foam padding, or just a heavy quilt and some duct tape, can help protect baby’s eyes and head from sharp corners.

Use duct tape or non-skid pads to secure rugs or throw rugs to the floor.

Secure things they can pull down on top of them, like tablecloths with candlesticks on top, towels with pots or runners with decorative dishes.



Family Matters: Repetition


Repetition Babies of this age like repetition.

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

“Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

You get the idea.

Repetition helps baby learn. It also helps them feel secure in their routine and gives them confidence to predict what comes next.

With that familiarity, baby has the confidence to learn and branch out.

He thinks, ‘I know what’s coming next, so I’ll venture to learn the next line.’

Repetition improves baby’s learning skills.



Family Matters: Dance with Baby


Dance with BabyWhen baby is about 6 months old, there are so many fun things you can do with him!

For instance, you can dance.

From birth to 6 months, baby has worked on strengthening neck and back muscles. So, when he’s six months old, you can dance!

All you need is music. Then, you can hold baby close to your chest and torso, and gently move him around the room. Baby will love the feel of being close to you and moving gently in time to the music.

Developmentally, baby is learning proprioceptive movement or, in other words, the feel of how his body moves through space.

He’s learning rhythm or the feel of how he moves in accordance to the music playing.

He’s also bonding with you from the close contact, laughing and enjoying the activity.



Shop the Sale: Apple Cinnamon Pork Roast


Apple Cinnamon Pork RoastOne of my friends told me her goal for the new year was to eat more pork. She avoids red meat and said she was burned out on chicken and fish.

Pork is a lovely meat that goes well with so many flavors.

A mild pork roast can be dressed up for a fancy meal, made sweet or savory for a family supper, or turned into a veritable masterpiece with the right cooking techniques.

I love to make these in the slow cooker. Just plop it in and forget about it!

In this recipe, the apples and the onions work together to create a sweet and spicy flavor, and the juices help keep your pork roast moist.

Apple Cinnamon Pork Roast

Ingredients:
1 (3 lb) boneless pork roast
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
1 white onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Score thin slits into the top of the pork roast. Insert apple slices and onion slices.

Place roast in the crockery of the slow cooker. Pour apple juice and apple cider over roast. Add extra apples and onions to the crock. Sprinkle roast with cinnamon, salt and pepper.

Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 6 hours, opening lid only once to baste with juices.

Serve sliced or shredded.

Serves 6 to 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 317, Calories from Fat: 62, Fat: 7 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 142 mg, Sodium: 113 mg, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 7 g, Protein: 51 g.

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Healthy Living: Tomato Potato Soup


Tomato Potato SoupI know you read that title and did a double take.

I did too when I asked my boyfriend what he wanted for dinner, and he said, “Something healthy, like a tomato potato soup.”

Now, I ask him what he wants for dinner EVERY time I plan menus, and his answer 99 percent of the time is “steak.” The other 1 percent is “whatever you want.”

I love cooking for him. Cooking for him might be my love language, but he rarely tells me what he wants. Plus, he’s super picky.

So, when he does tell me something he wants, I do my best to make it happen. Thus, Tomato Potato Soup.

As strange as it sounds, it turned out amazing, even though I was totally winging it.

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and vitamins C and A. You can sneak carrots into this soup because they are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B-8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese, not to mention onions for vitamin C and chromium. Then, there’s the garlic, which cures just about anything this time of year, and the potatoes, which provide tons of potassium and fiber.

Tomato Potato Soup

Ingredients:
3 baking potatoes, peeled and diced (divided)
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
2 Tbs garlic, minced
2 Tbs dried oregano
2 Tbs dried basil
2 Tbs dried parsley
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and black pepper, to taste
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
2 (14.5 oz) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 Tbs butter
1 (32 oz) box beef stock

Directions:
Microwave potatoes until fork-tender; set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy stockpot until fragrant and shimmering. Add onions; sauté until soft and opaque. Add garlic; cook for 1 more minute. Add 1/3 of potatoes, and continue to cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in oregano, basil, parsley, red pepper, salt and pepper.

Stir in 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes to deglaze the pan. Add in remaining diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to high heat, stirring frequently.

In another large pan, melt butter until bubbly. Stir in potatoes; cook over medium-high heat until potatoes are tender but not browned. Set aside.

When tomato mixture comes to a boil, turn to low. Continue to simmer for 1 hour or until mixture reduces. Puree in a food processor. Depending on volume of tomato mixture, stream in as much beef stock as the bowl of the food processor can contain; pulse until well-blended. Return to pot. Add rest of beef stock and reserved potatoes. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat, and simmer until ready to serve.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 180, Calories from Fat: 48, Fat: 5 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 8 mg, Sodium: 1139 mg, Potassium: 1028 mg, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 6 g.

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Product Talk: Mann’s Family Favorites – Sugar Snap Peas


Mann’s Family Favorites – Sugar Snap PeasI went into Brookshire’s yesterday on the hunt for a vegetable we don’t usually eat.

In my family, that could be almost anything, thanks to two very picky eaters. I feel like we corner the market on green beans, salad greens, cucumbers and tomatoes, but the rest of our vegetable diet falls woefully short (I practically live off of spinach and Brussels sprouts when I eat alone or only cook for myself.)

So when I went in search of something different, but something that the men in my life would eat, I happened upon Mann’s Family Favorites when I had nearly given up and was in the refrigerated section with the bagged salads.

Packaged in an eight-ounce bag, these stringless sugar snap peas were fresh and crisp and would have been great as a snack right out of the bag (I made a note to buy more for school lunches).

At just 35 calories a cup, they are high in potassium, vitamin A, Vitamin C and iron.

They’d be delicious in salads, stir frys or on party platters.

I sautéed them in a tiny bit of olive oil with minced garlic. The garlic was the perfect sweet compliment to the peas.



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