Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Go Team!

I have a new resolution. Yup, it's not even January 1, 2010 yet and I am starting on a new journey, my resolution. I want to scratch off another experience off my life list. It may seem simple yet it's one of those intimidating goals that you just need to jump right in and take that first step. I am hoping its like the grill, once I learned how to turn that on it was a cinch.

I want to walk/jog a 1/2 marathon. Maybe one day I will have the courage to do a marathon but I need to start somewhere right?

So my first event starts this weekend. But this one runs a little bit deeper. It's a 4 mile walk for the Rady's Children Hospital here in San Diego. It's in honor of our friend Triton who recently was diagnosed with Leukemia. He's 3. His mom is part of the Hot Mama's, who is part of my family of women. In his honor I have gathered other people to join me help raise money and acknowledgment of this great fundraiser helping the children in our community. Please visit our Team (Hot Mama's for Triton) page at

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cooking Hot Mama Style

I love cooking for other people. I love knowing that I am filling their bellies (or Gullivers as my husband calls them) and souls. I love knowing I am feeding them healthy, nutritious and delicious food (yes, I am good cook...and I am damn proud of my culinary chops!).

I have the most amazing Mom's group. I am so proud to belong to a group of women with such integrity, love, creativity and willingness to be supportive of each other. One of the "Hot Mamas" (the name is total Velveeta and it's origin is unknown...but it's cute and it stuck) came up with the brilliant idea of bringing dinner to a Mom with a newborn. 9 out of 12 of us got pregnant with our second child within 6 months of each other. The Dads have a DNO (Dad's Night Out) every so often and I think this was a drinking game involving $$$, cards and daring. So we each volunteered to sign up to bring 3 to 4 Moms and their families dinner soon after giving birth. So, today was my turn to bring one of the lovely women of the group dinner. Bringing a mom dinner, knowing I am giving them strength for night time feedings and having an extra hour to play with their kids and not having to worry about putting a healthy meal together or cleaning the kitchen makes my heart smile.

This is what I made them, a tasty salad with fresh veggies and DRUMSTICKS from the BBQ. My husband taught me how to grill and the secret was turning on the grill. Intimidating at first, now a cinch!

Tonight I made one of favorite salads. A recipe my mom created. There are a few variations, this one has a combination of potatoes, green beans, beets, heart of palm, and corn. Sometimes we add hard boiled eggs, garbanzo beans, and/or olives. Drizzle some olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. It's such a colorful, healthy and delicious dish.

I know raw chicken is not that appealing but I want to show how much spices I add to my drumsticks. You can really add whatever spices you like, I added paprika, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and lemon pepper. Grill for 15 minutes turn over and grill for another 15 minutes.

Bon appetit & thank - you to all my Hot Mama's!

PS My Husband helped me with some this posting so if his attempts at humor fall short...I will not tell him b/c he helps me edit!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stuck in a rut

I feel so out of whack, so disorganized. I can never seem to get caught up with all the housework, laundry, stack of papers to be filed, sleep, and supermarket shopping. I can barely squeeze in a good HBO series, let alone pick up a mag or a good book. When will this craziness stop? Will it ever? At least while I have kids living in my house, I say probably not.

I love and hate the daily chaos. So my new mantra is lighten up, laugh a little more, and don't take everything so seriously. We'll see how this works for me....especially living the daily adventures with my (exactly in a month) 3 year old.

I also am trying to focus my energy on more positive and important people and activities. I am pumped to start signing up for walking/running fundraisers and maybe even a half marathon. I am trying to pump myself up to sign up for my first half marathon. Maybe it could be a birthday present to myself, as crazy as that sounds I love the challenge.

Off to catch up on those zzz's

Friday, September 18, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm still here, just super busy ~ I'll be back!

P.S. Happy New Year to all my homies in the tribe!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ciao Summer

As we approach the Jewish New Year, I know summer is coming to an end. It's the beginning of a new school year and a fresh start. New routines, new teachers, new hopes and a clean house. It's always been a tradition of ours to clean the house for this new beginning. I spent most of the day cleaning and organizing the house. Between nursing Tobs, my 4.5 month old and entertaining Va, my almost 3 year old, I reflected on what this new year would bring me and my family.

I intend to slow down, maybe even stop time for some of the precious moments we will experience this year. A 3 year old that everyday is learning and exploring her limits, vocabulary and emotions. It's still a miracle watching such a little human with such a big burst of energy. Tobs is already 4.5 months, wasn't it yesterday I was in the hospital giving birth to that 9lb. 1oz. chunk of love? She will go from smiling and cooing, to eating and crawling. Soon to be standing in her crib to walking from one side of the room to the other. For my husband, I will continue to praise and applaud his hard work out in the field and at home. I will continue to admire his courage and energy. And for myself, I am anxiously awaiting to find my new but ever changing voice. My voice in this blog, my voice in raising two girls with patience, open-mindness, non-judgements, and loads of fun and laughs. I hope to teach them their own strength for they are on their own beginnings of paving their way in life from the lessons learned at home and from the people closest to them.

I remember these times growing up. There was always a certain smell and feel to the week before the holidays. Something special was in the air. My mom planning what she was going to cook and gathering all the ingredients. She first would start by cooking from scratch, gefilte fish. Not a favorite of mine but a smell that brings me back to the days of knowing something special was about to happen with whomever we would celebrate and break challah with. I remember getting a special outfit around this time every year. And I remember the nights sitting around the table with the candles burning and the sweet smell of honey for a renewed good year. I remember the delicous food we would eat but it was the special people that we immersed ourselves with that helped create these lasting memories.

My mom continues to do her yearly ritual of cooking for the family. I look forward to this year and the years to come to learn something new from her so that I can create these special memories for my children this year and forever.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flavor Country

I'm here to share the tales of my daily life of me and my pueblo (village). My pueblo is the substance of my being, my children's love of life and family, the strength of my husband and the appreciation of where my family has come from and where it is going. I believe we are rich in culture, history, family and love.

My parents had to flee their family and home country of Uruguay during the dictatorship in the mid 1970's. They did it for the love of their children, their future and seeking the depths of freedom. They left their parents, their language, their friends, their food for me and my brothers. Since birth I was raised in a home filled with tradition and appreciation of the good things in life, not the small stuff we tend to worry about. Those small problems come and go but when looking back on life we want to remember the good, the laughs, the smiles and the people we love.

Whoever said "It takes a village to raise a child" must have been a mother with many amazing helpers. In my case it is my mother and father, my brothers, my sister-in-laws, my aunt, my cousin, and my dear girlfriends. I'm not sure how I would make it some days without.

Welcome to my personal pueblo. I will share funny stories, delicious family recipes and love to fill us all a lifetime ~ with a splash of a stay - at - home mom that needs some relief.