Friday, August 7, 2015

Interactive wheat flour dough


So we moved from our small apartment to a house. Since we love our neighborhood, we decided to stay here and ended up moving only 1 block away. Even Though the move was short, it was very hard on us. My husband and I moved everything without help. I have not idea what we were thinking!

The house is very nice, one of the painted ladies on Abell. We call it the blue house since its exterior is painted blue. To be honest, it is very nice to have more space to play.

Speaking of playing, recently, I was looking for educational activities to do with D. My main resource for this is Pinterest, there, I found many recipes for making dough at home.To be honest, they are very interesting and fun, but the other true is that I don’t have much time to make any of the recipes. So, I started thinking and playing with various types of flours. Each dough turn out to be interesting for D and me since they have different textures, colors and smells. My favorite is wheat flour and water. Here is the recipe, enjoy!


Ingredients
wheat flour
food coloring
water

Procedure
Combine all ingredients until a dough is form. This may be the consistency and color of your preference. This time, I made it more solid because I wanted D to experiment with colors. We had used the same recipe to experiment with materials that dissolve in water.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Algo


One of my most beloved Colombian traditions is called algo. It literally translates to something, but in our culture, it refers to the small meal we have between three and five in the afternoon. Algo consist of a cup of chocolate or coffee with a arepa with quesito (cornmeal patties with cheese) , pandebono (cheesy bread), pan de queso ( another cheesy bread) or buñuelos (fried cheesy balls). 

My favorite algo from all times are the ones my aunt Piedad made. Her algos consist of very hot and foamy chocolate and arepas with cheese. Her algos are sublime, believe me.

This painting is called algo. It shows a cup of coffee in the traditional cup from the National Confederation of Coffee growers and a pandebono; two important symbols of Colombian culture. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Peanut butter, chocolate chips and oats whole wheat cookies


This past weekend, we went to our traditional Sunday walk from our house to Hampden. We had brunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Baltimore, Rocket to Venus.

On the way to Hampden, D just hang out in his stroller and felt a sleep. Once he woke up, He ran around the restaurant and just keep walking all the way from Hampden up to 3 blocks from our home in Abell. That was more than 1 mile! he even hiked a small mountain! 

I was speechless and very tired ...


Today's recipe is a whole wheat cookies with oats, peanut butter and chocolate. Personally, I really liked them. My husband tough that they were ok; I am not sure what he didn't like maybe they were too sweet. I hope you like them!

Ingredients
½ cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon coconut essence
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup instant oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup dark chocolate chips 

Procedure
large bowl, mix the sugar and coconut oil. Then add the eggs, coconut essence and peanut butter. Stir well.In a medium sized bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder and baking soda. Continue adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients mixing very well until a soft dough is form. If the dough is too dry you can add some milk. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix well.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking sheet, start shaping the cookies by forming a ball and flatten it. Arrange the cookies in the baking sheet and bake for around 10 minutes depending on your oven.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Things you can do with cardboard boxes

If you have cardboard  boxes laying around and young children to entertain, I have the perfect solution to entertain your kids and use all those boxes.

Cardboard boxes are perfect for creating a lot of essay toys; all you have to do is use your imagination, something to shape the boxes, and decorations. They can be as simple or elaborate as you want.

You can also utilize this moment as a learning experience by telling your child what you're doing, "Look baby, I'm painting the wheels" for example. another way is to include him or her in the decoration process, for example, pasting stickers or painting the house. The important thing is to make it a shared experience and have fun.


These is a list of what I have done with 
cardboard boxes:

A house




A train




Abell, our neighborhood




A barn




A cellphone




Monday, May 18, 2015

Cream of mixed vegetables soup


Since my baby started eating solids, I have being in a quest for easy, nutritious and family friendly recipes, a more difficult task than what I imagined. Thankful, there are always people who can help. In this case , my aunt Amparo helped me discovered cream of vegetable soups. Let me tell you, my aunt makes the best cream of vegetable soups ever with any vegetable!! So I tried them, and my family loved them; win win and win!

Today's recipe was made ​​with a mix of frozen vegetables that contained broccoli, corn, carrots and green beans. I used frozen vegetables because we are not in harvest season yet, but you can use fresh or frozen vegetables. Enjoy!


Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup onion cut into medium size pieces
3 potatoes cut into medium size pieces
2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables (I use a mixture of: broccoli, corn, carrots and green lima beans)
1 cup broccoli
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
salt and cumin to taste

Procedure
In a medium size pot, melt a tablespoon of butter and saute the onions for 5 min.Then add the potatoes, frozen vegetables, and broccoli, stir and add the chicken broth and water. Continue adding a little bit of salt and cumin, and cook until potatoes soften (about 30 min depending on the stove). After the potatoes soften, let the soup cool. Finally, blend the soup until a creamy consistency, adjust seasoning and heat up the soup.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rocket ship



I am very excited to share with you this painting created for my nephew M. who is 2 months old and is all love.


Life is full of wonderful moments and one of those miraculous moments is having a child. It is a very important step in our lives , and there is no one who can explain to you what it is or how it is.

Little M. welcome… I know you will fly...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Butternut squash and chicken soup


Oh god, I haven’t written in a very long time. I actually went to Florida in an attempt to escape Baltimore’s winter. I was able to exchange the cold winter by sunny skies for a month. When I got back to Maryland, the weather was nicer, and now we are in full spring. We are finally enjoying a perfect temperature and beautiful nature. I must say, spring is my favorite season; I love everything from the rain to the cherry blossoms to the tulips. It is just lovely.

Today’s recipe is more of a fall recipe rather than a spring one. I want to share it with you even if it is out of season for two reasons. First, it is really good, and second, I probably forget that I have it if I wait until the fall. Yep, totally true. Enjoy!


 Ingredients
1 tablespoon coconut oil
¼ white onion diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of cumin
2-3 pieces of chicken cut into medium pieces
½ large butternut squash peeled and diced
1 large sweet potatoes peeled and diced
1 large white potatoes peeled and diced
2 cups of water (or more depending on the thickness you want)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen sweet corn

Procedure
In a medium sized pot, heat the coconut oil. Saute the onion for about 5 minutes, add garlic, stir, and add chicken, turmeric, nutmeg and cumin. Mix well for a few seconds. Continue adding the potatoes, butternut squash, water, salt and pepper. simmer for 40 min or so. Finally add the sweet corn and continue cooking for 20 minutes. The soup is ready when the potatoes and squash are tender.