She Rocks Awards in Anaheim During 2015 NAMM Show

There will be a lot of star power in Anaheim on Friday, January 23 for the 2015 She Rocks Awards, taking place, during the 2015 Winter NAMM show.   Industry professionals, music icons, artists, fans, and media will gather together to celebrate, recognize and honor women in music. The 2015 She Rocks Awards promise to be the most dynamic She Rocks Awards ceremony yet.  A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance

With an impressive artist lineup and co-hosting duties being shared between WiMN Founder Laura B. Whitmore and platinum-selling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi.  The She Rocks Awards will be kicked off by Americana band SHEL, and throughout the evening will feature an all-star house band led by acclaimed guitarist Gretchen Menn, and include Zepparella members Angeline Saris on bass, Clementine on drums, and guest keyboardist Jenna Paone.

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Honorees include:

  • Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat*
  • Grammy Award-nominated saxophone player and singer-songwriter Mindi Abair*
  • Iconic, platinum-selling all-female pop band The Bangles*
  • Avedis Zildjian CEO Craigie Zildjian
  • Beacock Music Co-Owner Gayle Beacock
  • Vice President for Online Learning and Continuing Education/ CEO for Berklee’s award-winning online continuing education program, Berklee Online, Debbie Cavalier
  • Vice President of Brand Marketing for C.F. Martin & Co, Amani Duncan
  • Editor of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, Katie Kailus
  • Vice President of iconic Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore

*Also performing

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Purchase tickets and find out more about the She Rocks Awards at www.sherocksawards.com.

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Red Chile Chicken Pozole Recipe | Pozole De Pollo Con Chile Rojo

Pozole is a traditional Mexican dish made with hominy, meat, chile sauce and garnish.  The soup has a historical background as well.  During the Aztec periods, maize was very sacred and only eaten as part of a community ritual.  The dish was also mentioned in historical Spaniards books.  The recipe has changes significantly, especially the meat used, but hominy remains the main ingredient of the dish.  

Today pozole is served in all restaurants in Mexico with pork as the staple meat.  In the US the soup is only served during the Christmas, New Years, Three Kings Day and weekends.   It is a time consuming recipe, but certainly worth the time.  Most traditional recipes make the recipe with pork or beef.  However, I prefer to make my recipe with chicken as a healthier alternative.  The soup is also served with cabbage, red radishes, oregano, onions and lime.

We recently celebrated several milestones in our family: An engagement, Three Masters completions, Attendance to a UC, Attendance to USC, Attendance to Graduate school and most of all the blessing of being surrounded by family to celebrate it all.   It was a great and memorable celebration to look back at the previous year and look forward to the opportunities the new year has to offer.

The next time you want to celebrate a major milestone in your life consider making Red Chicken Pozole.

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Red Chicken Pozole Recipe

Ingredients

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Pozole Ingredients
12 pieces of chicken legs & thighs
1/2 onion
3 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons salt
105 oz can of Hominy

Garnish Ingredients
6 limes
2 bunches of cilantro
3 bunches of red radishes
1 chopped red onion
1/4 thinly sliced cabbage
2 tsp oregano

 

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Preparation

1. Place Chicken in large pot. Add garlic cloves, onion, salt and 18 cups of water.
2. Bring water to a boil for about 30 minutes or until chicken is tender.  Keep chicken fat in the pot to add flavor.
3. Add red chile sauce to pot and bring to a boil.
4. Add hominy and bring to a boil.
5. Serve pozole in a bowl with tortillas and your preferred garnish.  Serve with love.

 

Buen Provecho!

Eva-TFL

 

 

 

 

Authentic Mexican Red Chile Sauce Recipe

Red Chile sauce is a time consuming recipe, but once you master the recipe you can use it  just about anything you want to add red chile sauce to. I use red chile sauce to make enchiladas, chile con carne, tamales, Pozole, menudo and chilaquiles.  After you learn to make an Authentic Mexican Red Chile Sauce you will never buy the red sauce in the can again. The best part about this recipe is the freshness, savory flavor and homemade touch.

Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 bag dried ancho chiles (10-12 chile pods)
1/2 bag guajillo chiles (10-12 chile pods
1 garlic clove
1 cup water

Preparation:

1. Rinse and remove seed & veins from chiles. Keep seeds & veins for extra spicy salsa.

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2. Add chiles to hot water

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3. Bring to boil for 20min until they change color. Let cool slightly.

4. Purée chiles in blender with water.

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5. Use colander to separate pulp from the skin. Depending on size of colander you may need to do this a couple times.

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Buen Provecho!

Eva-TFL

Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce

We look forward to cooking tamales every year in our home. It’s a family tradition to gather around the table with all the prepared ingredients and assemble tamales.  Everyone in our family participates in the tamale assembly, also known as a Tamalada.   Whether you are relative or neighbor just stopping by, you become a part of our family when we make tamales in our home.  It’s a way for us to check in with each other, talk about family memories during the year, act silly and make new memories. Our most popular family tamales are the Mexican Chicken-Pasilla Tamales, but our favorite dessert tamales are the sweet tamales made with crushed pineapples and sugar.  The sweet pineapple tamales also known as “Tamales de dulce” are also my husband’s favorite! You have to get your tamales as soon as they are done when we cook them.  Otherwise, they will be all gone. Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce   Sweet Pineapple Tamales Recipe  Ingredients:

  • 2 package corn husks
  • 5 lbs of prepared masa
  • 3 cans of crushed pineapples with pineapple juice
  • 2 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups white sugar

Method: Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce

  1. Remove debris from corn husks and soak in hot water for 1 hour.
  2. Mix 2 cans crushed pineapples, 1 1/2 can pineapple juice, 1 cup sugar, prepared masa by hand.  Make sure to taste the dough periodically as you mix the dough by hand.  You may need to add additional sugar to taste, as the sugar will lose some of the sweetness during steaming.
  3. To assemble tamales: Drain cornhusks, remove any red corn silk, and stack. Lay 1 cornhusk flat, smooth side up. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of masa mixture on the bottom half of the cornhusk and smooth with the back of a large soup spoon. Add 3-5 raisins in the middle.
  4. Locate the long side with a 2 inch space with no masa. Fold that over, slightly overlapping the other side so the edges of the dough meet. Wrap the extra husk around the back. Then fold the broad end over the top and then the longer narrow end over the broad end.
  5. Create strips of husk by cutting or tearing 1/4 inch lengths off of some of the smaller or unusable husks. Use these to tie across the middle of the tamales to hold the flaps down.
  6. Set tamales upright in a steamer. You can buy large steamers made just for this purpose. You may have something else you can use to create the same effect. The key is to have a small amount of boiling water on the bottom of the pot and a colander or mesh of some sort to keep the tamales away from the water.
  7. Let Simmer for about 60-90 minutes.
Serve warm & with love.
Buen Provecho!
Eva-TFL

#CyberMonday Deals by Women Owned Small Businesses

Happy #CyberMonday ! Don’t forget to support online businesses today! Here are a few suggestions of places to shop if you are looking for ways to support online businesses:

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Small Business Recommendations


1. Chef Alejandra Seasonings – Chef Alejandra business was inspired by her desire to find natural, certified organic non-GMO spices and seasonings. Here seasoning are also certified paleo.  My favorite seasoning are the Ginger love curry and Cocoa-mon because they give vegetables, rice and meats an amazing flavor.  

I recommend the full combo pack, but if you want to get started try the Ginger love curry and check her blog for a delicious Cauliflower recipe. Use: CYBERMONDAY for 15% off and FREE shipping

Website: www.alejandraschrader.com/store/

2. Full Circle Fibers – Angela sells amazing hand-made items for yourself or as a gift. She is a very talented young lady. Santa told me I’m getting a scarf from her.  Use coupon code: GIVETHANKS to get 20% off a purchase of $10 or more. This coupon can be use on in-stock items and on custom-made items. It expires 12/7/2014.
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/fullcirclefibers


3. California Tea and Coffee Brewery – The owners are tea experts and have an online store and have been in the tea business for over a decade.   They really are the world’s best tea connoisseurs.  May I recommend the Milk Oolong or Jasmine green tea.
Website: www.caltcb.com


4. Tina Steinberg Designs – Tina’s personlized jewelry is unique.  There are never 2 pieces that are alike.  When you buy a piece from her it will leave you with a lasting impression and story to share with friends. May I recommend the Love Touch design for a memorable gift for mom or dad.
Website: www.tinasteinberg.com/


5. Ilaments Jewelry – Illaments Jewelry is designed by a very talented Latina designer.  Her jewelry are statement pieces. Check it out and thank me later.   Cyber Monday/Week Discount code: xmas14 and save 20% off.
Website: www.ilaments.net


6. Crafty Chica Shop – Latina artist, novelist, speaker, instructor, product designer has a beautiful shop.
Website: craftychica.com/shop

 

Happy Shopping!

Eva-TFL

Nescafé With Coffee-mate 2-in-1 Together Is Better #NescaféCoffeemate #Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Nescafe. However, all opinions are my own.

As a busy mom, wife and working professional, the Fall is one of my busiest time of year.  I’ve been looking for different ways to enjoy my morning coffee with a busy schedule and was recently introduced to the new 2-in-1 Nescafe with Coffee-mate.    The coffees are very creamy and full of flavor and can be made in less than 5 minutes. To make a delicious hot cup of French Vanilla latte, you simply add 2 tablespoons of Nescafe Coffee-mate 2-in-1 into a coffee mug with hot water and viola, instantly create a delicious homemade hot coffee.  It’s also very tasty over ice as an afternoon refreshment or in the evening with dessert.

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I’ve been enjoying my daily hot coffee in the morning for about 2 weeks as I get ready in the morning while listening to music, on my way to work and in between meetings.  I absolutely love that it is so easy to make and comes in so many great flavors. Nescafe currently comes in original coffee flavor, hazelnut and my favorite, french vanilla.

I finally decided to make my husband and daughter a cup this week and they also love it.  I feel like a Barista in my own home.  Nescafe with Cofee-mate is better together!

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate the new 2-in-1 Nescafe with Coffee-mate will be giving away a two week supply to one of my lucky readers. Follow the giveaway to win:

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Tech Accessories For Women | Top 5 iPhone 6 Accessories

The thin iPhone 6 has become one of the most popular Apple devices to date.   It’s Retina HD display, faster speed, large memory capacity and bigger screen make it a multi-tasking electronic device for all ages, especially women.   Whenever I buy a smartphone I immediately look for accessories that will give my device longevity.   I don’t look for accessories that are too flashy and prefer accessories with simple designs that are fashionable, durable and functional.   Most of all I want my devices to be fun to use and to make my experience with my new device better. 

Here are my favorite iPhone 6 accessories to make your iPhone 6 more powerful and efficient:

 

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The ANKER Portable Battery size and sleekness make it one of my favorite  companions.  The first ANKER charger I received was a gift during a travel trip to Florida.  The device lasted all day and charged all of my devices.  I won’t leave my home without it and will drive back home if I forget it.   I have ordered several of these chargers as gifts for my family and an extra charger to carry during travel.  I  often get asked where I purchase my battery when I share it.  So make sure to pay it forward if you buy the device and share the good news. 

The sleek glossy chargers has Dual USB ports and works well with your iPhone 6.   The extra USB port is great to power 2 devices at once or  to share one with a friend.   The fast charging battery will charge your  iPhone 6 at least 6 times.   This is a must have durable accessory for busy tech enthusiasts.  Read the full article at eBay: Top 5 iPhone 6 Accessories.

 

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Upgrading Your Smartphone

If your looking for an opportunity to flip your smartphone to upgrade to an iPhone 6 consider using eBayForTheWin.  eBay offers the best rates for your old phones and is so sure your phone will sell, if it doesn’t sell, you will receive a $100 eBay coupon for phones listed on eBay between September 1 and October 24.* [restrictions apply].

 

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Dulce de Leche Cream Custard Recipe

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Coffee-mate.  However, all opinions are my own.

One of my favorite recipes to make during the Fall  is Dulce de Leche Cream Custard.  I serve it as a light dessert  after a meal, as an afternoon with tea or as a delicacy with warm milk in the evening.     It brings welcoming  aromas of a bakery into our home and reminds me of  my mothers baking.  It is also the perfect multi-purpose recipe that can be used to make pastries.   It’s one of my go to recipes because the possibilities with Dulce de Leche Cream Custard are endless.

Coffee-mate recently introduced new flavors that capture the natural flavors of Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Abuelita and are a wonderful way to make traditional recipes with ease.   In addition to using it to add delicious flavors to my coffee, I also use it to make my favorite Holiday recipes.

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I used Coffee-mate’s Dulce de Leche creamer to make Cream Custard and it is amazing!   I have developed several recipes, but this by far is one of my favorites.   It’s is my favorite ingredient for mult-purpose recipes. To make sure I have enough for the entire family I made 3 batches of Dulce de Leche Cream Custard and stored a batch in a container for future use during the week.

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Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup Nestle La Lechera Dulce de Leche Coffee-mate
1 cup milk
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/4 cup cornstarch (maizena)
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions *

1. In saucepan stir in Coffee-mate La Lechera Dulce de Leche Creamer, milk and egg whites. Bring to boil over medium heat.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and egg. Stir remaining sugar and cornstarch; then stir the mix into egg until smooth. When milk comes to boil, pour it into bowl while mixing. Return mixture to the saucepan and slowly boil, stir constantly to prevent so curdle or scorch on the bottom.

3. Remove from heat and pour into container(s). Refrigerate until chilled before using.

*To make the perfect custard you need to stir continuously.

Giveaway

To celebrate the special occassion, Cofee-mate has offerred to give one of my readers 2 coffee-mate full value vouchers, $25 VISA, Coffee-mate Coasters, Coffee sleeve and a beautiful custom-made mug from Crafty Chica!

The Giveaway prize is valued at $60.  You have the opportunity to win by participating in the giveaway below:

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Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

The Latina Think Big Summit was founded by Angelica Perez, PhD to showcases the innovative ideas and talents of Latinas, in a series of short talks. These talks bring successful leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and influencers together in an environment that encourages connection and education.

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The conversations surrounding change may begin at the Latina Think Big Innovation Summit but they do not end here. Join us in the movement.   Read the rest at Linkedin – Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

Wearable Tech | Top 5 Wearable Tech Gadgets

I really love Wearable Technology gadgets.   They are innovative tools that are getting smarter, smaller and connect to your smartphone.   I recently started connecting my Smartphone to wearable tech gadgets to improve my outdoor experience and started using the Fitbit to increase my fitness goals.  Whether you are staying fit, hiking or walking, wearable technology will enable you to stay connected and have quick access to your tech tools. 

These are my top 5 Wearable Devices for a FUNtastic outdoor experience:

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FitBit Flex

The FitBit Flex is a wristband that connects to your smartphone  and captures your daily steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes and sleep.  It also lets you set health and fitness goals.The best features is the wireless data sync ups to smartphone.
Read the rest at eBay.
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Upgrading Your Smartphone

If your looking for an opportunity to flip your smartphone to upgrade to an iPhone 6 consider using eBayForTheWin.  eBay offers the best rates for your old phones and is so sure your phone will sell, if it doesn’t sell, you will receive a $100 eBay coupon for phones listed on eBay between September 1 and October 24.* [restrictions apply].

 

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