Dulce de Leche Cream Custard Recipe and Giveaway #LiveLifeLatin

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

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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

Latina Innovation Presented By Ella Institute

Join us for a dynamic conversation on how Latinas are innovating in this country at work, in business, technology and in our communities!  Meet some amazing Latina innovators, and learn how to leverage technology and social media to advance your innovation!

As a women in Technology field I believe it’s important for us to share our experience so that future generation can be inspired to succeed in Technology fields.

The focus of the Twitter Party is LATINA INNOVATION.

During this live Twitter conversation, we want to hear how Latinas are innovating in every field and sector, and how social media and technology are helping women advance their entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

We want to hear from YOU.  How do YOU innovate?  Together, let’s redefine the face of innovation in this country!  During the event, we’ll discuss how we innovate, why we innovate and what is in store for our future!  JOIN US!

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DATE: JUNE 26, 2014

TIME: 6-7PM PT / 9-10PM ET

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Join us for a dynamic Twitter chat on:

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Calling ALL:

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Latino Social Media Day

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Latinos nationwide will join forces to celebrate Latino Social Media Day.   Latino Social Media Day is being hosted by the Hispanic Public Relations Association and recognizes the growing influence of Latinos online.  As an active Social Media power user, I’m really excited to support Latino Social Media Day and celebrate nuestro dia!

According to Pew Hispanic Center research, 80% of adult Hispanics use Social Media today.   The number of Hispanic Social Media users is also growing daily.  Latinos use Social Media to share content and shop online.  However, Latino Social Media is more than just about selling to the Hispanic consumer.  Latino Social Media is also  being leveraged to connect Hispanics, build loyal followings and create digital communities.  Latino Social Media also empowers digital communities to join forces and create change in Politics, Education, Health and Immigration Reform.

To celebrate Latino Social Media Day, the Hispanic Public Relations organization will host a Google+ hangout to discuss the growing influence of Latino Digital Communities.  You can also follow the conversation online via the #LatinoSMday hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.

Make sure to put on your best outfit and share a #LatinoSMday selfie and join in the celebration.

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Cooking With Chef Alejandra Schrader’s Seasoning Blends and Curried Cauliflower Recipe

I recently attended Chef Alejandra Schraders’s Seasoning Blends launch.  It was a gathering of fellow chefs and friends who support and enjoy Alejandra’s healthy cooking.  We tastes several meats, vegetables and small plates made with love and her delicious seasoning blends.  I really enjoyed the savory flavors of the Curried potatos, Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken and curried Cauliflower Alejandra made with her natural seasoning blends.  The Seasoning Blends contain non GMO organic spices and are made with high quality ingredients  in Los Angeles, California.  Alejandra was inspired to create the spices by her love of global cuisine, bold flavors and healthy cooking.

If you are looking for a healthy nonGMO alternative to generic spices you purchase in the stores consider buying Chef Alejandra’s Seasonings and enjoy the natural flavors of global cuisine with every dish.

To celebrate the special occasion, Chef Alejandra also shared her secret Curried Cauliflower recipe with me to share with my readers. Make sure to visit the store and Cook Global Eat At Home for more delicious recipes, including the Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken.  I’m looking forward to making healthy cuisine with Alejandra’s Seasoning Blends!

 

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Un abrazo with Chef Alejandra!

 

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We loved Chef Alejandra's Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken

 

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Thank you Chef Alejandra for a Superb meal!

 

Chef Alejandra’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ medium brown onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp Alejandra’s Gingerlove Curry
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Black pepper

 

Preparation

 

Preheat oven at 425° F

Cut cauliflowers into florets. On a large, rimmed baking sheet plate cauliflower, onions, raisins, Gingerlove Curry, coconut oil. Toss to coat evenly; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

 

Roast, tossing occasionally, for about 30 minutes until cauliflower is tender but still firm and edges are a bit crispy (you may leave for additional time to achieve desired level of doneness.)

 

Chef Alejandra’s Healthy Tip:

  • Get your cauliflower ON! This hearty vegetable is delicious and I’ve also learned that it provides a great deal of nutrition–from omega-3s and vitamin B to antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese. Oh, and It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and for helping with heart disease and cancer.
  • Spicy does not mean hot. Spices will help enhance the flavor of your food and will also provide plenty of good stuff like disease-fighting antioxidants. Spices can make cauliflower a rock star, infusing this mild dish with flavors that you will love!

 

 

¡Buen Provecho!

MOLAA | Frida Kahlo Her Photos

I recently attended a preview of Frida Kahlo personal photos.  You can view the Frida Kahlo exhibit with over 200 of Frida’s personal photo collection through June 8, 2014 at the Museum of Latin American Art.

"My painting carries with it the message of pain.” - Frida Kahlo

"My painting carries with it the message of pain.” - Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness wouldn't be an escape from “reality"

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” ― Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - I remember the first time I was sick. I had gone to play with a boy, Luis Léon, and on the patio he threw a wooden log at my foot, and this was the pretext they used at home when my leg began to grow thin

I remember the first time I was sick. I had gone to play with a boy, Luis Léon, and on the patio he threw a wooden log at my foot, and this was the pretext they used at home when my leg began to grow thin

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” ― Frida Kahlo

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” - Frida Kahlo

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” - Frida Kahlo

" I was fascinated by Papa’s studio. I would help him wash, crop and press photos and afterwards sell them, when we were poor. " - Frida Kahlo

She is gone now but her legacy will live on forever….

L4LL’s Dia Blog Hop with Author Rene Saldana

I am participating in the Latinas 4 Latino Literature  Día Blog Hop (L4LL’s Dia Blog Hop).   Established in the United States by poet and author Pat Mora, Día is a celebration of books and children. The month long program celebrates Latino Children literacy by pairing a different author or illustrator with a different blogger each day.  The 2nd annual blog hop has 24 authors/illustrators paired with 24 Latina bloggers.

I’m honored to be paired with Professor René Saldaña, Jr.  today.  His children and young adult books inspire us to pursue our dreams through passion, dedication and hardwork.  I can relate to many of the books he has written, especially, The Jumping Tree.  The book is a coming of age novel about the experiences Rene faces to become a young adult while living between Mexico and Texas.

I was raised in a bicultural home by a Latina mother who instilled the importance of  hardwork.  We celebrated the arts, literature and culture with our familia across the border.

Consider carving out some time in your day to follow the month long celebration at Latinas4LatinoLit.org Dia Blog Hop after reading today’s inspiring reflection.

REFLECTIONS by René Saldaña
FOR Latinas For Latino Literature

This morning in Lubbock, Texas, it rained. It’s such a big deal here when it does rain because it doesn’t happen often. A local news station even runs a sort of a pool, wherein viewers predict when we’ll get our first rain and they’ll win goodies in the form of paraphernalia from the TV station. I’ve yet to participate myself, but I’m happy somebody won because it means it’s rained.

We are several years into a drought in West Texas, which makes sense because we’re basically a desert out here. It’s bone dry, I tell you, and the local meteorologist occasionally will put up on the screen how much it would have to rain daily for us to catch up to normal levels. Though I get it that we’re so far behind, I’ve seen these numbers before, and I still can’t quite wrap my brain around how dire our situation.

So, this morning, there were puddles on the ground. And though I tell my own kids not to walk through them because they’ll ruin their shoes, they still do it, and inside, I smile. I smile because I know how fun it is to stomp on a puddle, making a big or small splash depending on the size of the puddles. I used to do it myself as a kid, against my mother’s wishes. Incidentally, she gave me the exact same reason why I shouldn’t plow through a puddle: I’ll ruin my shoes. And yet, today, inwardly, I smile when my own kids “ruin” their shoes that way. Because secretly, I wish I had the guts to do it still. But I’m an adult, and so I don’t.

What I do, though, is to look down into the puddles as I’m stepping over them, and I see my own reflection in them and that makes me happy. In the middle of this drought, puddles are so infrequent that I take any and every chance to see myself reflected in them. My reflection is precious in this format because it is as uncommon as the rain. You know what? I admit it: I’m so egotistical because I can’t get enough of myself in these puddles. I have to wonder: is it the reflection of myself that is attractive, the puddle, or both? I think it’s both.

Recently, Walter Dean Myers wrote in the New York Times (03/15/14) that there is a similar dearth within the publishing industry of books by writers of color about kids of color: books in which young readers might see themselves represented accurately and fairly: books in which young readers of color are “struck by the recognition of themselves in the story, a validation of their existence as human beings, an acknowledgement of their value by someone who understands who they are.” I’ve been arguing the same on behalf of young Latino/a readers for years now. So has Matt de la Peña in Arizona of late, where the powers that be have seen fit to do away with Mexican American studies, in essence rubbing out of existence Americans of Mexican descent by outlawing the culture’s literature. (For more on the subject of the futile attempt at the unmaking of a people, follow Tony Diaz, founder of Librotraficante, on The Huffington Post.)

When such titles appear on the scene, imagine the response on the part of young Latino/a readers at seeing their own reflections in the characters therein: they are validated, they see for themselves how they are very much a part of the American-Dream tapestry.

They will experience the same joy I do at first stomping a foot into a puddle, making a splash of indescribable proportions; second skipping over the puddles to see a flash of myself flying; and last, seeing myself clearly reflected back at me, not as stranger, not as other, not as illegal, but very much at home in my own skin, in my own story, in my own books.

Tonight, there is a hint of more rain in the air. A sort of coolness in the breeze. I’m waiting for the first sign of rain: the pitter-patter of drops on the skylight as I’m typing this. The prognostication for tomorrow says no rain, though. It’ll be dry, dusty, and windy, says the weatherman. But man, having seen myself in those puddles earlier in the day I’m comforted because for a brief moment today I saw myself in countless puddles and the next rain can’t be far off. So like our kids must who wait on the next book about them, I, too, will wait for the next storm. At first, I’ll wait patiently. And then anxiously. And then I’ll be out of my mind waiting. Mad like that because I’ve caught that clear reflection of myself in the puddles now, and I know how right that is, and how wrong the drought.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

René Saldaña, Jr., is an associate professor in the Language, Diversity, and Language Studies in the College of Education at Texas Tech University.

He is also the author of various titles for children and young adults, including The Jumping Tree, Finding Our Way: Stories, A Good Long Way, the Mickey Rangel bilingual detective/mystery series, among others.


In May, his first picture book will be published; it is a bilingual counting book that follows a boy on the day of his birthday fiesta. It is titled Dale, dale, dale: una fiesta de números/Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers (Piñata Books).

He, his wife Tina, and their children Lukas, Mikah, Kalyn, and Jakob have adopted a puppy that they named Chito, after René’s pet dog from childhood.

San Diego Japanese Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

I love Japanese Art & Culture and spend several weekends throughout the year visiting Art Exhibits and Gardens.   We spent an afternoon at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden this month celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

The Cherry Blossoms are beautiful and in full bloom!     There are about 150 Cherry Blossom Trees in the 9 acre expansion of the San Diego Japanese Garden.


Several volunteers and performers from around the community dressed in traditional clothing to showcase the arts, music, street food of Japanese culture.   We started our day off with a traditional Japanese tea and a tour of the grounds.  One of the artists created a beautiful cherry blossom bookmark for me.  She shared that the Cherry Blossom is a traditional flower which symbolize transience of life.   The color of the flowers also represent simplicity and purity.   I will cherish my custom made bookmark featuring cherry blossoms in a vase.

 

There were several youth throughout the park enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossom and celebrating Japanese culture.  We also met up with other friends who also love Japanese culture and met two sweet girls with purple hair.

 

The Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom thru mid April.  It is definitely a trip to enjoy with a date or as a family.   If you plan on visitining, make sure to arrive early to give you enough time to enjoy the grounds as well and wear a hat to protect you from the sun.   I look forward to visiting the Cherry Blossoms soon!  In the meantime, enjoy these Cherry Blossoms.

 

 

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Saddleback Bags How to Knock Off a Bag Misses The Mark

I read an article by Red Head Writing, How To Gracefully Deal With Haters.  Apparently, the owner of Saddleback bags has a lot of companies ripping off his bags. His response is a snarky video to show people how to rip off his bags. Making fun of Mexicans and depicting Mexicans in poor working conditions.

 

Initially, I thought it was kind of a smart way to respond. I took a look at the bags and admired the quality and even considered buying my husband and myself a bag.   However, after watching the video I was really offended by how he treated his employees and his statements that make fun of Domestic Violence at 11:20.  The photo above is the expression on his face when he is making the following remark:

“Knocking off this bag will be easier than beating your wife and kids, especially if you have a large family.”

I was born in Mexico and lived there for 10 years and still maintain my dual citizenship. I still have many family members who live and work in Mexico.  The video is very clever.  However, it misses the mark with these statements.   I am also concerned that Erika Napoletano a strategist & columist is backing this video as it makes fun of domestic violence & Mexicans. This video is not a graceful depiction of how to deal with haters.  It is the complete opposite.   If you are a social media strategist, please don’t ever encourage your clients to make a similar video.

I’m also concerned with what Dave Munson said as well.  Especially since he lived in Mexico!   The video could have been done without the statements at 11:20 and without depicting Mexicans in poor working conditions.

I went to Ericka’s Facebook page and Saddleback’s You Tube page to address my concern with no response from Saddleback.  Erika told me to take a look at the comments from others because according to viewers, I missed the mark.   Then she followed up her statement advising that maybe the brand isn’t for me.   She is correct, A brand that makes fun of domestic violence and takes jabs at Mexican culture is not for me.  In fact, it’s not for anyone.

Today, I’m writing a quick post to bring attention to this video and ask my fellow Latina and Latino Bloggers, Influencers and readers to take a look at the video and give me your honest opinion.

 


Additional Posts Referencing This Issue*

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FastCompany posted on Jan 15.

Saddleback How To Knock Off a Bag video Mexican Stereotypes

Tweets - Dated Jan 21

Question: Is this video offensive?  Are you also offended by the statements at 11:20?

Lo Que La Vida Me Robo Character Introduction and Giveaway

Disclosure:  This post was created in partnership with the Stiletto Blogger Network and Univision. However, all opinions expressed herein are my own. 

As I mentioned earlier this week, Univision recently announced their new telenovela,  ”Lo Que La Vida Me Robo”.  The Mexican telenovela will  capture your attention by telling the  story of  love, laughter, betrayal and wealth in the small town of aguazul.  The Mexican telenovela is also full of interesting characters that will keep you entertained.

I’m looking forward to the new novela and plan to use the Univision UVideos app to stay connected with the telenovela and host of characters.  Tune in to Lo Que La Vida Me Robo weekenights at 9pm on Univision. I recommend you check out the app or videos as well and download the app to get insider information on your favorite character too.

Can’t wait? You can find a  plethora of juicy clips to keep you busy on their dedicated novelas video page.  

Lo Que La Vida Me Robo unfolds in Aguazul, a picturesque village where Montserrat Mendoza, a socialite lives.   The telenovela scenes are surrounded my breathtaking architecture, design and views.

My favorite character is Nadia Medina Arguelles, a smart and distinguished socialite.  Nadia starts her married life full of hopes and expectations, but soon realizes she is trapped in a cold marriage.   Nadia desires to find love and seeks refuge in the arms of Victor Hernandez. Her close friend, Montserrat is willing to make any sacrifice for her family and is eventually manipulated by her mother, Graciela Giacinti, to marry a rich man.

The characters are involved in a classic love triangle and experience love, friendship, passion, contempt and resentment between them, because of secrets, betrayal and hatred caused by the greed and avarice of those around them.    Make sure to watch “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo” telenovela to find out Montserrat’s and Nadia’s fate.  The telenovela will have you on the edge of your seat every evening!

To celebrate the Telenovela, Univision is offering one of my readers a $50 American Express Card!  You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:

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