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Mi Blog Hispano: 5 Ideas Para Alegrar La Fiesta Navideña


¡Cómo pasa el tiempo!  Ya queda solo un par de semanas para el gran día de Navidad.  Me encanta este tiempo festivo porque se empieza a sentir una armonía diferente.  Sales a la calle y se respira un aire navideño.  El olor a pinos, a fuego lento, a menta, canela, y manzanas llenan nuestros hogares.  Las tiendas están vestidas de colores rojos y verdes, se ven pinos decorados por doquier, se escuchan canciones navideñas en todas partes, y andamos buscando regalos para nuestros seres queridos.  Casi todos andamos sumergidos en esta época de alegría, paz, amor, y esperanza sin importar que creencias o religión tengamos.  Que hermoso tiempo para estar unidos entre familia y amistades.

Claro que esta época también puede ser un reto para nosotros si es que estamos preparando nuestro hogar para la gran fiesta navideña.  Usualmente, mi familia y yo festejamos en mi casa.  Hoy, comparto con ustedes algunas de nuestras tradiciones.  Cada año estas ideas me han ayudado a mantener el ambiente lleno de alegría.  ¡Me encanta ver a todos mis invitados felices y divirtiéndose!

5 ideas para alegrar y disfrutar su fiesta navideña:

  1. Cuelgue el muérdago de Navidad (mistletoe) – Cada año cuelgo dos muérdagos de Navidad en mi casa. Uno a la entrada, y el otro al pasar de la sala a la cocina.  Aunque esta tradición no es mexicana, es tan divertida y a mis invitados les encanta.  Viene de un viejo mito de Europa que dice que si dos personas pasan por debajo de una rama de muérdago de Navidad, tienen que besarse.  Así que al entrar los invitados, tienen que darse un beso, sin importar quien sea.  A mis hijas les encanta pasar por debajo de ella porque saben que las abrazare y las llenare de besos.  Al entrar los abuelitos, también tienen que darse su beso.  ¡Nos divierte tanto esta plantita hermosa de la Navidad porque llena el ambiente de amor y felicidad!
  1. Escoja un lema de vestidura divertido para la fiesta – Cada Navidad escogemos un lema de vestidura.  Por ejemplo, una Navidad todos nos vestimos en pijamas navideñas.  En otra Navidad, nos vestimos con memelucos.  ¡Que diversión fue esta!  Otra navidad tuvimos un concurso para ver quien usaba el suéter de navidad más feo.  De tanto que disfrute ver la creatividad que cada quien puso en hacerse el suéter más feo, todos se me hicieron bonitos.  ¡Nos reímos tanto!  Esta idea de un lema de vestidura siempre ha sido un éxito.  ¡Se lo recomiendo!
  1. Saquen la guitarra y a cantar música navideña – Claro que es necesario tocar música navideña mientras llegan sus invitados. Yo pongo música en mi tele o en mi teléfono con bocinas, pero también es buenísimo que la música sea en vivo.  En nuestra fiesta navideña, nunca falta la guitarra.  Al acabar de cenar, hacemos tiempo para escuchar a mi padre y a mi sobrina cantar y tocar la guitarra.  Se siente tan bonito disfrutar de esta música.  Así que si tiene un músico en su familia, dígale que se traiga el instrumento.
  1. Tenga una mesa para entretener a los niños – Los niños son tan importantes en nuestras familias latinas. Queremos que ellos se sientan importantes, y siempre los tomamos muy en cuenta.  Así que vamos a continuar eso preparándoles una mesa especial donde pueden ser creativos.  Forre la mesa con papel grueso (butcher paper).  Puede usar los rollos grandes de papel blanco o color café.  Ponga vasos llenos de colores y marcadores.  Déjelos que se sienten a colorear y pintar en el mantel de papel.  Ellos se van a entretener tanto decorando este mantel.  Al final de la fiesta tendrá una gran pieza de arte para enseñar a los invitados.  En esta misma mesa puede poner rompecabezas o hacer alguna artesanía con ellos.
  1. Haga el juego de los regalos del elefante blanco – Este juego es aparte de los regalos que se dan entre familia. Antes de la fiesta dígale a sus invitados que cada quien traiga un regalo de $1 a $5, o usted puede escoger el precio.  Estos regalitos no llevan nombre.  Se ponen los regalos en una mesa.  Escriba números en papelitos para que cada persona saque uno sin ver.  Quien tenga el número 1 va primero y escoge un regalo de la mesa.  Lo tiene que abrir en ese momento y mostrarlo a todos.  La persona con el numero 2 hace lo mismo, pero esta persona tiene que elegir quedarse con su regalo o intercambiarlo con el regalo que le toco al número 1.  Continúe abriendo los regalos, pasando en orden numérica.  Cada persona tiene la opción de quedarse con el regalo que le toco o intercambiarlo con uno que le ha tocado a otra persona.  El juego sigue hasta regresar con la persona del número 1, quien hace el intercambio final y podrá escoger entre todos los regalos.  ¡Este juego es divertidísimo!  Mi familia y yo lo hemos jugado y nos mantiene súper entretenidos porque estos regalitos pueden ser muy chistosos.

Espero que estas ideas le ayuden a entretener a sus invitados en su fiesta navideña, y que disfruten de lo máximo con su familia y amigos.

¡Les deseo una muy feliz Navidad!



Shop the Sale: Smoked, Glazed Spiral Christmas Ham


Smoked, Glazed Spiral Christmas HamAre you making ham for Christmas this year?

I wasn’t going to until I found this recipe that explains how to smoke a spiral-sliced ham to glazed, grilled goodness.

Hormel and Brookshire’s spiral-sliced hams are precooked, but that lends them to being perfectly smoked before serving them on Christmas Day!

This year, I have guests coming for Christmas, so it won’t be just the four of us, which is a great excuse to get a big ham. I never really need an excuse to grill or use the smoker, but Christmas and company are an added benefit. Plus, Paul’s smoker recently came to visit my back porch, and it hasn’t left yet. So, I’m going to take as much advantage of it as I can before he decides he wants it back at his house. If you needed further convincing, using the grill or smoker for your ham frees up your oven for things like cherry pies, bouche de noel or Christmas cookies!

Smoked, Glazed Spiral Christmas Ham

Ingredients:
1/2 cup apricot jam (or grape jelly)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ancho chile powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp sage
1/16 tsp ground cloves
1 (8 lb) spiral-sliced ham

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, except the ham.

Place the ham in a heavy-duty aluminum pan, and slightly separate the slices. Brush between each slice with the glaze, and coat the outside of the ham generously.

Cover the pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Preheat the smoker or grill with a side for indirect grilling.

Place the pan over indirect heat. Cooking time is about 12 to 13 minutes per pound to an internal temperature of 140° F to 150° F.

Baste ham with the glaze about every 20 minutes during the cooking process.

Remove the ham from the smoker when it reaches 140° F; let stand, covered, until it reaches 150° F.

Serves 12 to 14

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 676, Calories from Fat: 326, Fat: 36 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, (13 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 148 mg, Sodium: 3336 mg, Potassium: 35 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 31 g, Protein: 53 g.

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Healthy Living: Slow Cooker, Roasted Rainbow Vegetables


Slow Cooker, Roasted Rainbow VegetablesOne of my favorite flavors of fall and winter is roasted vegetables. When I read you could cook them in the slow cooker, I became over the moon ecstatic: all the flavors I love with the convenience of the slow cooker.

Roasted veggies are a great way to help build your immune system during cold and flu season. They impart so many of the valuable vitamins and nutrients we need to stay healthy. You can use almost any combination of vegetables in this roasted version, and you can serve it as a colorful side dish, a vegetarian main course with couscous or quinoa, or just eat them as is.

Slow Cooker, Roasted Rainbow Vegetables

Ingredients:
2 bell peppers (any color), cut into large chunks
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 small zucchini, cut into thick slices
2 yellow squash, cut into thick slices
1/2 cup garlic cloves, peeled
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Directions:
Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Toss vegetables with olive oil and seasonings; place in the slow cooker. Cook 3 hours on high, or 4 – 5 hours on low.

Serves 4 (as a side dish)

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 151, Calories from Fat: 41, Fat: 4 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 622 mg, Potassium: 910 mg, Carbohydrates: 25 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 9 g, Protein: 5 g.

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Product Talk: Brookshire’s Cake Mix Pancakes


Brookshire’s Cake Mix PancakesWhen you are me, the likelihood of having a Pinterest win is just as likely as a Pinterest fail, as was the case on recent weekend mornings. My sons love pancakes. Pancakes (sometimes waffles) are their most-requested weekend breakfast, hands down.

We’ve made chocolate chip pancakes, blueberry, strawberry and pumpkin. Then, feeling confident, I tried cinnamon swirl pancakes because I saw them on Pinterest, and they looked so easy. The pancakes were delicious, but they were an epic fail in execution. My cinnamon sugar didn’t set correctly, and it certainly didn’t swirl beautifully into my batter. However, they still tasted great, and, most importantly, the boys loved them.

When I saw another clever pancake hack on Pinterest, I thought it looked easier than swirling cinnamon sugar into our pancakes. Turns out, it was! Who knew using a Brookshire’s cake mix for something other than cake would yield such delicious results?

Using a Brookshire’s Devil’s Food Cake Mix, we made the boys’ favorite pancakes to date. My mom teased me that it was really cake in the shape of pancakes, but call it what you will; they were delicious (they’d make a good dessert, too). We used Devil’s Food (boys’ choice), but these would also be delicious with yellow cake or spice cake).

Cake Mix Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 box Brookshire’s Devil’s Food Cake Mix (or your choice of flavor)
1 cup milk
1 egg

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together until a thick batter forms. This will be thicker than regular pancake batter, but you still want it to be pourable. Heat a griddle sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to medium heat. Drop 4 heaping tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle. It will spread, so give yourself plenty of space. Cook on first side until spatula easily slides under cake (the chocolate will burn easily, so watch it closely). Flip and continue to cook through. Remove and serve immediately with butter, syrup or powdered sugar.

Makes 12 pancakes

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 101, Calories from Fat: 23, Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 15 mg, Sodium: 212 mg, Potassium: 17 mg, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Protein: 2 g.

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Dine In: Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies


Double Chocolate Snowball CookiesSnowballs were my FAVORITE Christmas cookie as a child. I didn’t know then that they are also known by the name “Mexican Wedding Cookie,” nor the tradition behind them. I only knew that my mom made them at Christmas and that I loved them.

When I was growing up, it felt like we made all our Christmas cookies at one time. While we had scads of choices (“Snowballs,” decorated sugar, peanut butter Hershey’s Kiss, etc.), it almost felt like cookie overload (if there’s such a thing). All the cookies were concentrated into one weekend and consumed over a one-week period.

I like to spread the love a little. Plus, let’s be honest. I don’t have time to make four different kinds of cookies at one time. If I make one different type of cookie each week through the month of December, we have a variety of goodies all season long!

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
additional powdered sugar, for rolling (about 1 to 1 1/2 cups)

Directions:
Make dough ahead of time, and freeze for about 2 hours until well-chilled for best results.
Preheat oven to 375° F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Beat butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla together with an electric mixer until butter is light yellow and the mixture is light and fluffy. Slowly stir in flour and salt. Do not overmix.
Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.

Place in freezer for 2 hours.

Roll dough into approximately 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 7 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from oven and cool for 5 to 10 minutes. While still warm, roll in a small bowl of 1 cup powdered sugar, and roll each cookie in the sugar until coated. Place on a rack to cool.

Makes: 4 dozen

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 79, Calories from Fat: 45, Fat: 5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 51 mg, Potassium: 14 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 3 g, Protein: 1 g.

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Family Matters: Tantrums


TantrumsI was in a store this morning watching a toddler have an epic meltdown. I think it was probably spawned over Dad’s refusal to buy princess fruit snacks, which were laying on the floor of the aisle not far from where the toddler was screaming as if she were being burned by acid rain.

Dad began yelling almost as loud as the toddler. You might think that would have startled her into quiet, but it only served to create a huge racket – and a big scene.

Children this age are exerting their will, testing limits and seeing how far they can push the authority figures in their life. Stooping to their level isn’t always the best solution. After all, you can control your temper; your 2-year-old is still learning.

At this age, children don’t always have the language skills to convey their thoughts and feelings, so hurt, anger, confusion, discomfort, sadness, exhaustion or many other feelings may manifest in screams, tears, throwing things, hitting things and general misbehavior.

First rule of tantrums: Don’t give in. If you buy the princess fruit snacks because she started screaming, she will learn to scream next time she wants something, but you’ve told her “no.”

Secondly, yelling back doesn’t do much good, although it may feel right at the time. Talking calmly or walking away (if the child is in a safe place) might be more effective.

Verbalizing their feelings for them is a good way to start quelling the tantrum. Say, “Oh Aria, are you angry right now?” or “I know you’re tired, but this is not how we behave when we’re sleepy.”

Remove them from the situation. Not always a good solution because who wants to leave a cart full of groceries abandoned in the aisle? However, walking them into a restroom or around a corner might distract them enough to calm down.

Point out when other children are throwing a tantrum. Ask your child what they think about the situation.

Finally, remember: they will outgrow this phase!



Family Matters: Oral Care


Oral CareBy this time, your baby has teeth! Those pearly whites allow baby to chew some foods and are well on their way to serving them as they grow up.

It’s never too early to start caring for baby’s teeth.

As soon as they are born, wipe gums with a soft, clean cloth after baby eats. When baby is 7 to 12 months old, you can replace this with a soft toothbrush or finger brush. Clean baby’s teeth and gums after every feeding.

Do not add sweeteners to baby’s milk or formula. At this age, if they get juice, dilute it 3:1. Do not send baby to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of anything other than water, as it tends to pool in their mouths and sugars can break down teeth.

At this point, check with your pediatrician to see if baby is getting enough fluoride in their diet. After 12 months, you can introduce a child’s toothpaste with fluoride, but it’s probably not necessary before the one-year mark.



Family Matters: Soft Spot for Baby


Soft Spot for BabyWhen your baby is born, he will have “soft spots” on his head. These are actually openings in the skull where it hasn’t fully closed yet.

The first, larger one, is just above the forehead toward the top of baby’s head. The second is more toward the back of the skull.

You might even notice the spot pulsing in time with baby’s heartbeat.

These soft spots are totally normal, designed to help the skull be a bit more flexible as it’s moving through the birth canal. The tissue underneath the opening is protected by a thick membrane, but you still want to treat it with caution. No poking the soft spot, curious older brothers or sisters!

Between two and four months old, the back spot will close, but the top one won’t completely close until about 19 months old, allowing for the tremendous growth that takes place in baby’s first few years.

These spots, called the fontanels, might bulge a bit when baby cries hard or vomits, but they should pop right back into place. If they don’t or stay bulging, this is a sign for concern. If the soft spot is sunken, this is a sign of dehydration.



Shop the Sale: Chili and Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Chops


Chili and Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Chops“Let’s have pork chops for dinner” was the battle cry from my son during a recent meal-planning weekend.

“But we just had pork chops Wednesday night,” I replied.

“That’s okay; you can never have too many pork chops,” he said.

Ok, well then, we’ll have pork chops.

He’s right in a way, as pork is such a versatile meat. We’d had them smothered the previous week, so I was looking to do something a little different that time. I grill them frequently, but I was still searching for something different.

This rub, a mix of savory chili powder and cocoa, is usually found in sweet dishes and lends the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. The addition of some brown sugar doesn’t make it overly sweet, but instead it caramelizes on the chop during the cooking process.

The boys loved these, and I thought they’d be delicious with a pinch of cayenne added, too.

Chili and Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Chops

Ingredients:
2 boneless pork chops
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 Tbs olive oil
pinch of sea salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Combine chili powder, cocoa and brown sugar until well-blended. Divide mixture into two; rub half on each side of both pork chops. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add pork chops and cook for 5 minutes on the first side, covered. Flip chops and cook a few more minutes until cooked through and caramelized.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 246, Calories from Fat: 105, Fat: 12 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 83 mg, Sodium: 92 mg, Potassium: 559 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 30 g.

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Healthy Living: Super Soup


Super Vegetable SoupNothing is more comforting than soup.

It’s what I want after a migraine; when I have the sniffles; when it’s cold, rainy, dreary or snowy; and when I want a filling, healthy meal that won’t cost me the bank as far as fat and calories go.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of soups that are high in fat and calories (think anything cream-based), but this is the exact opposite. I joke that this soup burns calories when you eat it. In fact, I was first introduced to this soup through Weight Watchers, and I have used the same basic recipe, with a few tweaks, ever since!

Super Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:
4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock (or homemade, skimmed of all fat)
1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 green zucchini, diced
3 Tbs garlic, minced
1 Tbs dried oregano
1 Tbs dried basil

Directions:
Spray a large stockpot with nonstick cooking spray.

Sauté vegetables until tender. Add stock, tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes or until flavors have blended.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 61, Calories from Fat: 0, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 100 mg, Potassium: 435 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 3 g.

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