Posted in chicken, dinner, event, Facebook, family, fish, food, Latino, Lesli, salad, school, tropical, Twitter, wedding, wife, tagged chicken, dinner, event, Facebook, family, fish, food, Latino, Lesli, salad, school, tropical, Twitter, wedding, wife on December 5, 2011 |
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You may have seen my update on Facebook or Twitter:
It’s not Christmas but Arthur gave me something sparkly.
After Thanksgiving dinner, while the rest of the family lounged over dessert, Arthur suggested we move to the living room. He gave me a beautiful engagement ring, which made me lose my breath and giggle like a little girl. I ran to the dining room and flashed the ring. The adults refused to believe it until Arthur proposed loud enough for them to hear. We all hugged, some of us got emotional. We all floated away from the table happy and excited. I later learned, Arthur had Lesli approve the ring before presenting it to me.
The next morning it started to hit me. I AM GETTING MARRIED! I have to plan a wedding. Correction, we have to plan a wedding. I have to juggle my work schedule while finishing this semester, then Spring 2012, at least, before becoming Arthur’s wife (or as Latinos say, la señora de Arturo). Add in Arthur’s work schedule and we have a lot to coordinate while planning for the joyous event.
There are so many things to be planned, purchased, paid for, positioned. Every time I turn around it seems another item is added to the list.
So far we have decided a few things:
- Ceremony location – the place where we met.
- Colors – ocean and sand (shush, it’s better than blush and bashful in Steel Magnolias).
- Theme – tropical, beach, relaxed.
- Wedding date – early summer, after school ends for me and the children we want in the procession.
Invitations and printed items are still to be decided. Call me a digital bride, I fail to understand the need for tissue over the invitation. I also wonder about response cards. So many people call, text or email with questions. Enclosing these extras with the invitation seems a bit unnecessary unless the menu has choices like beef, chicken or fish. Which leads me to:
The reception menu is still to be decided. So far we know we want to share our favorite foods. We both enjoy sushi, barbecue, pasta, rice, seafood, pastries, cakes, you name it. This also leads to another sticky point:
We will not serve liquor during our reception, except perhaps for the toast.
As I mentioned above, so many things I never considered are now becoming important. What seems most important right this minute is to practice the following phrase, maybe use it two times a day during the planning and decision time:
I need to check with Arthur on that.
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Posted in giveaway, random, recipe, tropical, week, winner, tagged giveaway, random, recipe, tropical, week, winner on June 23, 2011 |
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By now you must be ready to find out about the winners of the McDonald’s Balance and Taste Giveaway, since the entry period ended last week on June 17.
Before announcing the winners, I want to explain the procedure. First I did a cut-and-paste of eligible comments
then I did a number drawing using random.org using 1 through 15, in case someone entered more than once (which was allowed and even encouraged). So here is the screen shot of the numbers drawn, which means the winners are .. tappity tap tap tap – hey it’s a drum roll …
Ivelisse (comment 1), Dana (15), Bicultural Mama (10), Tammy (6) and Annamaria (3).
Now I will be sending e-mail notifications to each winner, and explaining what happens next.
Very soon all our winners will be able to use their Arch Cards, for some really cold icy drinks and crisp refreshing salads! If it were me, with $25 of McDonald’s food, I’d get a McCafe mango pineapple smoothie, Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken, um maybe a Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken – they’re only here for a limited time. My preferences aside, whatever you want from McDonald’s, you can buy it using the Arch Card. Add to that, the tote bag fully loaded with tropical scented candles, recipe cards .. it’s a pretty good deal.
Stay tuned for future giveaways or contests! If you have any preferences or ideas, please send me a comment using the contact form and I will try to make them a reality.
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Posted in church, fruit, recipe, Sabroso Saturday, tropical, week, tagged church, fruit, recipe, Sabroso Saturday, tropical, week on March 25, 2011 |
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Last week was Puerto Rico Day at my church, a part of our International Sunday spring program. I made these pastries filled with guava and pineapple jelly – fruit flavors that make me think of tropical breezes. The shells were made using cinnamon-roll dough (a tube of 8 rolls). Open the tube, separate the strips, work out some anger, mush them up, roll them out. Leave the icing aside – the fruit filling is sweet enough!
Each of the shells got about 1 spoonful of filling. No matter what we did, they popped open while baking. Nobody complained. We made a batch at home and drank milk with them. The filling was a non-recipe adventure. See for yourself.
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
2 bricks guava paste (check ethnic section)
Cut each brick of guava paste into about 8 chunks. In clean glass jar, melt guava paste in microwave – 2 chunks at a time, one minute at a time. Stir before adding more paste. Jar will be HOT! Wait 5 minutes after the last bits of guava paste are melted, then stir in half of the drained pineapple bits. Mix thoroughly.
I still have some jelly in the refrigerator – it could be a good topping for cinnamon-raisin bagels or cinnamon swirl bread.
This post is part of MsLatina’s Sabroso Saturday blog hop. Check in at her site for recipes from other bloggers across the country, and from all corners of the internet. Get your napkins ready, all these recipes are going to make you drool!
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