Last Minute Christmas Shopping Ideas and Best Buy #GiftsThatDo Twitter Party

For the past couple days I have been sharing my Holiday Gift Guide for Christmas and Three Kings Day.  If you still haven’t completed your shopping and you need last minute gift ideas to pick up, I’d like to invite you to take a look at my pinterest board as well for suggestions.

After Christmas, the Holidays are not over yet! I have many fond memories as a child celebrating Three Kings Day with traditional church service and the story of the Three Kings following the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus.   My mother would always wrap a small gift and place it under the tree to surprise us on January 6th.

As an adult, this holiday has a sentimental meaning to me because it reminds me about my childhood in Mexico and the traditions that we pass on from generation to generation.

Please join me on December 27, 2012 to discuss Three Kings Day traditions and gift ideas for your loved ones.  We’ll also be giving away Best Buy Gift cards!

Party Details:

What: Best Buy #GiftsThatDo Twitter Party

When: Thursday, December 27th, from 4-5PM PST/7-8 PM EST
Where: Twitter
Hashtag: #GiftsThatDo

 

Who to Follow:

Hosts: @Eva_Smith

Brand: @BestBuy

 

Prizes:

Winners will be selected at random, for a total of four (4) winners:

  • (4) $25 Best Buy Gift Cards

Rules:

 

RSVP:

To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP:

 

Disclosure: I have partnered with Best Buy in their Holiday “Gifts that Do” efforts. All opinions are my own.

Traditional Recipes | Fried Catfish & Fried Walleye Recipe

One of my families favorite recipes during the holidays is fried fish!  We’re a multicultural family and we like to mix up our tamales, pozole and champurado with a little bit of southern fried cooking during the holidays.  I’ve been watching my husband make fried fish for years and have mastered the recipe.   I knew the first time he cooked Southern food we would make a great couple because our cooking styles complemented each other.

 

I recently discovered that the vegetable oil my family uses for cooking is soybean oil.  My family has been using the brand of oil for a long time because it healthy.  Soybean oil is one of the most versatile ingredients you can use in the kitchen – helping you create all your favorite traditional meals without compromising taste. It also better-for-you and offers other health benefits.  It is also about a tenth of the cost of some competing oils. Soybean oil contains 0g trans fats per serving and is high in omega-3s which have been proven to reduce blood pressure and can help prevent heart disease. It is also a great source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant which prevents cell damage that can lead to  serious diseases like cancer and heart disease.

On a cozy Sunday afternoon or a least twice during the holidays you can find our family cooking our favorite southern cuisine.   We enjoy making fried fish and over the years have incorporated catfish, fried willeye and fried salmon into our recipe.  Whether we make it day or night, its a treat the whole family enjoys.

Fried Willeye Fish  & Fried Catfish Recipe

This fried fish recipe is delicious! Your friends are going to visit your home often after making this recipe!

Ingredients
  • 6 catfish fillets cut into 2 pieces or nuggets
  • 6 walleye fillets cut into 2 pieces or nuggets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups yellow corn meal
  • 1 quart soybean oil

In a bowl add the eggs,  pepper, salt, baking powder and thoroughly mix.  Dissolve cornstarch in a small amount of cold water and add it to the solution. Again, blend all of the ingredients together then add a handful of nuggets at a time to the batter and coat them well.In a separate bowl, with a lid,  mix all-purpose flour and yellow corn meal together. Add the fish nuggets, close the lid, and shake shake shake until they are well coated on all sides.

Heat soybean oil to 365°F. and fry the fish for about 7 minutes or until they float to the top.  Fry a couple nuggets at a time. I like my fish golden brown so I add another 2-3 minutes.

 

Buen Provecho!

 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with  United Soybean Board. However, all opinions expressed are my own.


My 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Experience

I was recently invited to attend the Los Angeles Internationa Auto Show – Nissan NEXT Event to preview the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.   The all new Pathfinder is a mid-sized SUV and features a redesigned chassis, dual moonroof, a slightly larger model, increased fuel efficiency and is also equipped with a lot of technology features for the entire family.

As a mom one of the first things I look at in a car is safety.  The Nissan 2013 is equipped with several safetly features including built in GPS to immediately detect your location, antilock disc brakes and six front-seat & full-length airbags.  The  2013 Pathfinder also has a hands free built in phone system, a 360-degree AroundView Monitor camera system, a backup camera and parking sensors.  There are also child safety rear door locks for the passenger doors.

The second thing I look at is the appearance and features. Is it easy on the eyes?  Does it have an iPhone connection?  Can I listen to my favorite music? Will my family be entertained? These are the type of questions I have when checking a car.  The Nissan 2013 Pathfinder is a classy and sexy mid sized crossover SUV.  When I stepped into the vehicle is feels like a luxury car.   Immediately upon entering the car I had to check to ensure there is a USB connection for my iPhone.  I found it and was very pleased because it also had a roomy center-console to store my purse, CDs, DVDs and personal items.

 

If you are an adventurous family like mine, the vehicle also features 2WD, 4WD or Auto mode options and 5,000 pound towing capacity to tow your boat, trailer or camper on a hitch.  The beauty of this car is that it seats 7 people comfortably for a large family such as mine.  The seats in the rear also fold down for added cargo room.

 

The interior of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder includes seats for 7 members of the family.  There is a lot of legroom for all the passengers and a roomy in the cargo area to carry groceries or sporting equipment.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder we previewed includes a Tri-Zone Entertainment System which is controlled with a touch screen display on the dash and Onstar FMV (For My Vehicle) feature for navigation services. The driver and front seat passenger can enjoy satellite radio while the remaining passengers watch movies on dual 7-inch DVD monitors.  One of the best features of the entertainment system are the wireless headsets and rear auxiliary audio and video input jacks for family members that want to plug in their video games or electronic equipment.

The Nissan Pathfinder has evolved from a rugged mid-sized SUV into a luxury crossover.   This vehicle is a great option for techie families in need of a  mid-sized SUV.    For an overall experience of the vehicle, please visit:  http://www.nissanusa.com/suvs/pathfinder, follow Nissan on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/NissanEspanol and visit your local Nissan dealer to test drive the vehicle for yourself.

 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Nissan. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 

 

Question:  What are the features you look at first when test driving a vehicle?  What is the most important feature overall when purchasing a  vehicle?  

 

Commit to Be a Big Brothers Big Sisters #LatinoBigs Mentor this New Year!

Every year I start off the holidays by making goals for the New Year.  I make a  list of nonprofits I want to support and volunteer with inorder to give back to the community.   Volunteering at the local nonprofits has always made a difference in my families life.  Many would consider  volunteering a burden, but in reality, for our family volunteering is a rewarding experience.  Do you agree?

 

I often think about the many people that have touch my life through their volunteer efforts and it has encouraged me to give back!  Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs mentoring program is similar to the programs I was a part of as a youth.   There is currently a need for Latino Bigs because they share a common culture with Latino Littles who are in need of a little attention from a caring mentor.

 

I identify with the kids and the program because similar to the youth I lived in a high risk area for youths and thankfully to the role model and mentors I had in my life I was able to avoid most of the risks.

Whether you’re a school teacher, working full-time, part-time or a student, Latino Bigs needs you to become a Big Campeones!  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child.  Everyone has the ability to make a big impact in a child’s life.

For the New Year consider engaging and supporting our Latino community as a ‘Big’ volunteer.  Commit to Be a Big Brothers Big Sisters #LatinoBigs Mentor this New Year!

 

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Have you considered giving the gift of volunteerism as a New Year resolution?  How can we help Latino youth at risk?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

So Thankful To Be A Mentor! #LatinoBigs

As a young child I surrounded myself by positive people.  People that were good listeners, good friends and above all people that had my back.   I always had mentors in my life that cared,  supported me and guided me.  Mentors that knew my strength, abilities and provided a boost of self-esteem.  I also had neighborhood comadres that would set me straight if they suspected I was making wrong decisions because they wanted me to be a successful and an independent woman.

As I became an adult I felt it was very important for me to provide the same type of support and guidance to others.  I shared life lessons to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, escorted youth to field trips and talk with youth about future goals.  I know that the reason I was able to transition into a role of a mentor is  because my parents were good role models to me and my siblings and taught us by example by serving our community.

I’m so thankful to serve as a community leader.   I have been fortunate to serve many roles as a mentor. Whether it was to provide a listening ear in time of need, guidance to a friend,  counseling, support at an appointment or volunteering at a local event during the holidays it’s been a very rewarding opportunity for me. I have always had a heart to serve youth and women in need in my community.  My calling is to mentor women.  Whether they are young women or peers I know that supporting women has it many rewards because I know I’m making a difference in someone’s life.  It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life.

Tomorrow’s leaders need mentors from all walks of life. That is why I’m so thankful for programs such as Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Latino Bigs.   Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs volunteers have multiple backgrounds. Some are bus drivers, waitresses, business owners, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, nurses and construction workers. They are also college students and retirees.  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child. YOU have what it takes to be a great role model.

Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy such as reading books, cooking together or providing guidance and inspiration.

As you count your blessing during the holiday season consider how you can help youth in your neighborhood that need a role model, guidance or just a listening ear.   Consider making a difference in the life of tomorrow’s leaders by volunteering.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Do you have a mentor you are Thankful for?   Has the experienced encouraged you to mentor others?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Flan Recipe

With the Holiday’s upon us we need to start stocking up on delicious recipes and places to visit that make us feel happy and positive. The Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno recently launched a new web series that focuses on incorporating positivity into your daily life. The “El Vaso Medio Lleno” Webshow includes ten webisodes that will air from November 5th through January 6th.

The first webisode “El Mejor Flan del Mundo” was filmed at popular Los Angeles bakery, Porto’s Bakery & Café, and includes an interview with one of the owner’s daughters Beatriz Portos. Beatriz share her family’s recipe for one of their most popular deserts – flan!

I’m so excited to share this recipe.  Recipes made with milk can help to make you feel positive and happy.  Make sure to follow the webisodes by subscribing to “El Vaso Medio Lleno” Youtube channel.

Follow The Master of the Glass Half Full on Facebook and Twitter.   Visit the “Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno” website at: http://www.elmaestrodelvasomediolleno.com.

Question:  Have you ever visted the famous Porto’s Bakery & Café in Los Angeles?  What is your favorite flan recipe?

 

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

#CorazonesBlindados on Mundo Fox Episodes Recap

I’ve been watching Corazones Blindados on Mundo Fox.  The police drama airs daily from 8pm-9pm PST/CT.  While on duty, Officers Raúl Ávila and Diana Ochoa become partners. At the beginning their relationship is off to a rocky start, but with time, these colleagues fall in love. It’s the beginning of a unique love story, a modern take on police partners that revolves around workplace romance, strong, single working women, passionate policemen packed with drama and action.

 

Officer Raul figures out a way to save her and they are back on patrol again.   During the first episode an inmate escapes while being transported to another facility. Officer Raul later learns that the inmate that escapes is the person who caused his father’s death.  Within the first couple episodes Diana is kidnapped and Officer Raul figures out a way to save her.  The current episodes finds Officers Raúl Ávila and Diana Ochoa fighting crime in the dangerous streets full of drug cartels, addicts and criminals.  Officer Raul and Diana enter an area of homeless drug addicts and criminals unarmed to save a young woman’s life.   The woman is brought to safety and Diana accompanies the woman in the ambulance to support her.

There is one criminal with a close relationship to Raul which keeps escaping capture.  Tune in Monday-Friday at 8/9 PM ET/PT for conclusion.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Hispanicize digital and Mundo Fox. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Corazones Blindados Cast Play Roles That Depict Characters In Real Life Situations

MundoFox police drama series Corazones Blindados began on Monday, October 22.    The series is based on real life scenarios faced by the National Police Force of Colombia.   In the show’s first week, we saw what’s in store for us for the rest of the season.   This show airs Monday-Friday at 8/9 PM ET/PT.     One of the reasons I like the show is the cast.   The actors play roles that depict their characters in real life situations, give viewers a glimpse into the perils faced by Colombian police by sharing the heart aches, triumphs and challenges faced on the daily basis.

The character Lieutenant Raul Avila  is played by actor Andres Sandoval who has always dreamed of being a motorcyclist.  His life takes a major turn after he loses his father.   During the first series you can see an attraction between Raul and his partner Diana begin to develop.

 

Colombian actress Majida Issa does an outstanding job of portraying  Assistant Superintendent Diana Ochoa.   Her character is a tough as nails policewoman who plays a police supervisor, a role which is normally cast for males in main stream police dramas.  Her character is a single mother who is very well liked and respected in her community of police officers.   She doesn’t let her personal life interfere with her job and seems to have a good grasp on separating her personal life from professional life until she meets her subordinate Lieutenant Raul Avila.

The chemistry between the two characters, the fact that the show depicts a relationship between a female Assistant Superintendent and male Lieutenant and suspense will definitely keep viewers interested in the storyline.  I am enjoying following the series.

Mundo Fox has graciously made the first episode available to my readers, grab your popcorn and tune in for Mundo Fox first episode of Corazon Blindados.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Hispanicize digital and Mundo Fox. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Milk Truck comes to California! #Positivismo

When I was little the milk man actually would come to our home and deliver milk.  We lived in a small community near the border. There was also a dairy farm in the area and they would deliver milk door to door.  Times have really changed over the years. However,  we received wonderful news a couple of weeks ago that the milk truck was headed to one of our fellow Positivity Ambassadors neighborhood to share the benefits of milk with her community.

As many of you have been following along a glass of milk before bedtime makes for a good night’s sleep.  In an effort to help remind parents to give their children milk before bedtime, the California Milk Processor Board’s Milk Truck visited  fellow Positivity Ambassador Presley’s Pantry last week. More than 50 of Presley Pantry’s family, friends and neighbors joined the festivities as the Milk Truck made its way through her East Los Angeles neighborhood. Everyone had a blast as sang along to the “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” song, while they enjoyed flavored milk.

The idea of the milk truck was developed around the popular tradition of drinking a glass of milk before bedtime. As the milk truck made its way through the  neighborhood, it played the “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” song in an effort to remind parents to send their kids to bed early with a bedtime story and a glass of milk.   The video reminded me a lot of my childhood.  This type of “bedtime ritual” can help parents make sure that their children sleep better while creating special, loving moments between parent and child. capture.

 

It was wonderful memory for the parents and especially for the kids!   Here’s is a glimpse of what all the families experienced.  Sing a long everyone!

 

If you have children, please visit www.otroscuentos.com to download a collection of bedtime stories to read with your children when you give them milk tonight.

Follow The Master of the Glass Half Full on Facebook and Twitter.   Visit the “Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno” website at: http://www.elmaestrodelvasomediolleno.com.

This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Vamos! Feria de Los Moles – The Largest Food Festival in the USA!

I’m really excited to be attending the Feria de Los Moles at La Placita Olvera in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 7, 2012.  The feast will be filled with flavor and several restaurants from the area.  I’m looking forward to sampling the flavors of the Moles and meeting Doña Kaelita grandmother of the Feria de Los Moles founder Pedro Ramos, whose Mole recipe served him as an inspiration to create this wonderful event.  I hope you’ll find to join this historic event during Hispanic Heritage month.

This year’s Feria de Los Moles Puebla vs. Oaxaca introduces Ms. Mole a wonderful opportunity offered to a young girl from Southern California to represent the food tradition by sporting a dress decorated with the ingredients of the mole dish.

 

 

Event Details

Feria de Los Moles

Location: La Placita Olvera Street, Los Angeles, CA

Date:  Sunday, October 7, 2012

Time:  10am-7am

 

 5th Annual Feria de Los Moles participating restaurants and vendors 2012:

Delicias Poblanas (Puebla)

Elenitas Moles (Puebla)

Goyos Nieves ( Ice Cream) (Puebla)

JJJ Burritos (Oaxaca)

Juan’s Restaurant

Juquila Restaurant (Oaxaca)

Mole De San Miguel Xaltepec (Puebla)

Mole Doña Kaelita (Puebla)

Mole Doña Socorro (Puebla)

Mole Santa María Nenetzinla (Puebla)

Sabores De Oaxaca (Oaxaca)

Saby’s Café (Oaxaca)

Tacos Manzano (Oaxaca)

Tatiana’s Catering (Oaxaca)

 

 

 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I just love to share good eats and good food in SoCal.

 

Buen Provecho!

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