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I made Tamales this Holiday Season....

 I made home made tamales from the heart. I often cook special meals without measuring and just feeling my way through taste. This makes me a terrible cooking teacher. In this post I will try to share my way of making tamales. My parents were indigenous and their way of cooking is through love and taste. No measuring is involved in indigenous kitchens, just love.  Masa for making Tamales  I buy my masa from the local Mexican Market. I use about 20 lbs to make enough tamales for my family and to give away. I make about 100 of them with this amount of masa. This means the masa is spread lighty on a corn husk that has been soaking in water.  The sauce is made with dried chiles found at any local store. They are boiled and then blended to make the sauce. California and Japoneses Chiles are the ones I use. Use one medium bag of  California Chiles and a handful of Japoneses Chiles. Japoneses chiles make it spicy. California chiles are mild. I add a small white onion, two

Happy Belated Merry Christmas

Happy Belated Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone is having a great time. As for me I took time out to spend with my family. (This means that I did not call, write, post or share very much through my Social Media outlets.) This Christmas I held on to hope that things would be great. I put fear aside and faith on top of my list. I focused on family and those around me. I have to say that I had a great Christmas. My brothers who rarely visit stopped by. My Christmas tree was put up just in time for the holidays. My kids received an abundance of love and gifts. The grandparents showered us with gifts and encouraging words. Things worked out just the way they were supposed to be. There was no family drama (relatives) just love understanding and kindness.   I feel extremely lucky to have family and friends with such kind hearts and a great holiday spirit. I know Christmas has past, but I hope the spirit continues on inside of your heart. Stay positive, love and encourage others and don’t

Wordless Wednesday - Pinata


Words for Thought... Happy Saturday!

  Happy Saturday! Stay positive and go forward.     “The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them.” ~Tony Robbins “I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” ~ Tony Robbins

OC Family Page 10

I still remember the first time I found OC Family Magazine. I felt as though I had found great wealth. You see being a stay-at-home meant I had a very limited budget. (Stay-at-home moms make their money work for them. Every dollar matters and is well planned for spending.) The first time I met OC Family, I was inside a Subway with a baby and a toddler. I was getting lunch for my son and I, wondering what I could do for fun, beside the park again?  The answer was waiting for me inside the OC Family Magazine. Coupons! Coupons to the Irvine Park Regional Train ride. Coupons to Jamba Juice. They were buy one get one free. It was like money found! They even had a family calendar of things to do around town!!!!! Field Trips on a calendar! I am proud to say I took a few more magazines with me and stuck them inside my neighbors mailboxes. I could not believe the magazine was free with coupons and field trip ideas. FREE!!! Of course I told others. Those coupons are valuable and the calendar i

Field Trips for 2013 - Looking ahead....

I wish I could take my family on field trips everyday. While that seems very romantic and fun, it is not a reality. So planning ahead makes sense for my family. Which made me think about sharing some of the places that I have visited in the past and loved it. In particular order: Environmental Center - Newport Beach Family Programs There are several opportunities each month for families to enjoy nature programs at the ENC. Full moon hikes and Star Parties give families the chance to explore the Center after dark. Little Naturalists programs feature stories and hands-on fun for 2 - 5 year olds and their parents. Family hikes feature hands-on activities; crafts for children aged 5 and up and their families. For a current list of events, check out our Events page, or call the office at 949-645-8489 to be added to our Public Programs mailing list. Sherman Library & Gardens - Corona Del Mar Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat. T