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Thursday, July 30, 2015

String Cheese and Veggie Boats


This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Saputo Cheese USA Inc. All opinions, ideas and stories are 100% my own. 

Playing with food over here is something that we do often. For example when we make creations like these ones I'm showing you today.

Kids love string cheese as a regular and on-the-go snack plus it's high in calcium and a good source of protein. And since creating and using our imagination doesn't cost a thing, it's perfect to make fun snacks like these.

I had my plan of making several summer creations like flip flops, pool floats and other things with the  Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese but when I made them they didn't look very good. So the three of us just sat and let the creativity flow with the ingredients available and the result were these cute boats!


Everyone made their own little boat creation, for example Adri wanted to add cargo to his and Maya designed the one with two sticks. These little cheese and veggie boats are a cool activity for kids and/or can also be made by an adult as a snack/appetizer served at a party, they are super cute and healthy!

Here is the recipe that is not complicated at all, if  you make it, show me!


Ingredients:
  • Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese Original 
  • Red, orange and yellow bell peppers cut into small sticks
  • Celery cut into sticks 2 to 3 inches long
  • Blueberries
  • Small wooden picks
Preparation
  1. Cross cut some of the string cheese in small pieces and peel some others to make small sticks.
  2. To make the celery "boats" stand straight make a full length cut on the bottom so that the bottom is straight instead of curvy.
  3. Poke blueberries, string cheese and bell peppers through the wooden picks in any order you like.
  4. Attach one end of the pick to the celery boat, add some cheese cargo if desired!
TIP: Let the kids have fun creating their own boats! 




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Barquitos de queso y vegetales


Este post es parte de una colaboración patrocinada por Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Todas las opiniones, ideas e historias son 100% mías.

Aquí jugar con la comida es algo que si hacemos bastante. Por ejemplo cuando hacemos creaciones como la que les traigo hoy. 

A los niños les encantan los quesitos estos como parte de la merienda normal o de la que pueden agarrar y llevar, y además que sabemos que tiene bastante calcio y es una buena fuente de proteína. Y como inventar y crear no cuesta nada están perfectos para hacer snacks divertidos como estos barquitos.

Yo tenía mi plan de hacer varias creaciones de verano, que si cholitas, salvavidas y demás con los quesitos pero cuando las llevé a cabo no funcionaron, no se veían muy bien. Entonces nos sentamos los tres simplemente a dejar que la creatividad fluyera con los ingredientes disponibles y resultaron estos barquitos lindos! 


Cada quien hizo el suyo como quiso, por ejemplo Adri quería ponerle cargamento a los suyos y Maya ideó el que tiene dos palillos. Estos barquitos con queso de palito (como les digo yo) es una actividad chévere para los niños o también es un aperitivo/merienda que se puede servir en una fiesta, ¡se ven super lindos y son saludables!

Aquí les dejo la receta que no es nada complicada, si los hacen me enseñan!




Ingredientes:
  • Queso Frigo® Heads® String Cheese original
  • Pimentones rojos, naranjas y amarillos cortados en palitos delgaditos
  • Apio cortado en palitos de 2-3 pulgadas de largo
  • Arándanos
  • Palillos de madera pequeños
Preparación
  1. Corta transversalmente algunos de los palitos de queso en trozos pequeños y pela otros de manera tal que queden palitos mas delgados y cortos.
  2. Para hacer que los "barcos" de apio se mantengan erguidos haz un corte longitudinal en la parte de abajo de manera que la parte inferior del apio quede derecha en vez de curva; así se sostendrá muy bien.
  3. Pincha arándanos, quesito y pimentones con los palillos en el orden que quieras.
  4. Conecta un extremo del palillo al barco apio, añade un poco de carga de queso al barquito si lo deseas!
TIP: Deja que los niños se diviertan creando sus propios barquitos!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Selfies for your Soul



Selfies are so good for your soul and you can take a quick selfie made with your phone to an elegant self portrait like this one. I took it in the car really quick, I just erased the background and turned to black and white and it makes a big difference!

My advice today: Take lots of selfies, you'll learn to love yourself more! 

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Los Selfies son tan buenos para el alma y a veces un selfie rápido que te guste lo puedes convertir en un autorretrato elegante como este. Me tomé esta foto en el carro rapidito, como me gustó le borré el fondo y convertí la foto en blanco y negro, que diferencia!

My consejo de hoy: Tómense muchos selfies, se aprenderán a querer aún más a sí mismos!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Make Your Own Thai Iced Tea



As much as I love coffee I love Thai iced tea, I don't drink it so often though. I feel that they are very similar, especially if you like iced lattes like me. Not many people like the Thai tea flavor cause it's very different and strong, but give it a try if you've never tried it!

I used to drink it only in Thai restaurants but then I had a Thai friend at work that brought the tea homemade to parties and well it made me realize that it's a thing you can make at home, duhh! Everything can be made at home right?

While living in LA, I would get Thai iced tea either at a Thai restaurant or at donut shops. The thing is, they are a little too sweet for my taste so the hope of being able to make it myself was also a great way to control the sweetness in it plus here in San Diego there's not many donut shops so I almost never drink it anymore.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Let's go Camping!


Camping hasn't been one of my favorite things, I like the outdoors but camping meant too much work and too much outdoors. But do you remember in January when we visited our friend Jason with his tent-trailer that fascinated us and we set a goal to go camping in the summer? Everything changes when you have kids and want to see them enjoy it all.

So we finally went as I told you in this post and it was an amazing experience. I know, I might tell this story as if it were something out of this world, but for us that have never gone camping as a family, it was! We invited other families to come along. Our friend Jason lent us his tent-trailer in which we slept and he used his tent, he set it all up for us and everything!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Photographer


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Brother and Sister Love


Friday, July 10, 2015

Easy and Practical Camping Meals for the 4th of July

This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Smart & Final. All opinions, ideas and stories are 100% my own. 

This year for the the 4th of July weekend we went camping. We had planned it for a long time and it was actually our first time camping ever. We went with a group of friends; about 9 adults and 4 kids, a good balance I think.

To prepare the meals for the whole trip each family took turns being in charge, that way we could all share and eat together.

For my meal I decided to make Rice with Chicken (Arroz con Pollo). I made it at home and took it so I only had to reheat it over there.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

A Great Model... Sometimes!


Yes, just sometimes he surprises me and picks a spot and poses without me even asking! -- Si, solo a veces me sorprende, busca el lugar perfecto ¡y posa sin que yo se lo pida!

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