L’s birthday party 

L’s birthday party 

So we had L’s birthday party & there was a cornucopia of good foods. I neglected to take a picture of the arroz con pollo, however I had 2 relatives say they tip their hat to me. My husband’s grandfather & aunt said the carrot cake was the best they ever had, and my husband borrowed my appetizers for a post on his fitness app. 

The main table 

The dessert table 

Smash cake

Regular cake

Tea sanwhiches for the toddlers present

Ccucumber cream cheese & tomato appetizers

L and her bffs

L and her cousin

L & her smash cake

All in all it was very successful. I’m not the best at frosting cakes, but I think the flavor made up for it! 

Green Cookies

Green Cookies

So for L’s birthday we are going with a Peter Rabbit theme. This morning I wanted cookies & since my husband said, “oh you’re baking for the party?” I said yes and added green food coloring.

They are just your basic Betty Crocker drop cookie, but now that I’ve made them green and said they are for her party they need a special name.

Suggestions?

Spinach Bake

Spinach Bake

Some call it a quiche, some call it a pudding, I’m calling this my Spinach bake.

First get a round cake pan. 

Warm the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. 13 oz can of spinach
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 shake of nutmeg
  5. 1 shake of pepper
  6. 1 pinch of salt
  7. 3oz of your favorite cheese. 
  8. Optional: 2 slices of your favorite bread.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Bake 25 min.(200 calories more or less). 

Enjoy!

Abba is his name

Abba is his name

Out of the blue last week, on Purim, my daughter started calling her dad “Abba.” I’m not sure where this came from. Maybe the storytime we go to? I’m not Jewish. I am Cuban-Colombian and though my husband is an Italian-Russian Jew He hasn’t practiced Judiasm since he was 15 when his father became Catholic, and his mother went atheist… Anyway, back to my daughter. All last week she called my husband Abba. It was so adorable! 
This week she has been pointing at the pictures of her father around the house and saying “Abba.” 

I was concerned that since I am not Jewish, she would be made fun of for callimg her father by a Hebrew name, since Judaism is passed through the maternal line, but my friend’s mom who is Jewish says its still a part of her identity, and other kids call their fathers Abba so its cool of L does too. 

Birthday on a budget

Birthday on a budget

The average American spends $250 per child’s birthday party. So far I’ve spent $30. 

My daughter is having a Peter Rabbit themed birthday party as I mentioned earlier. Today i did a practice cake, and it came out pretty delicous, though I may add crushed pineapples in the real version. 

I bought bunny ears for the kids, and little carrots as favors. Since Beatrix Potter was all about water colors & pastels I got pink & blue cuttery, napkins & tablecloth. 

I can’t wait to update with how it went!

Disney in Daily Life

Disney in Daily Life

I struggle with Disney.  In 2006 I took a women’s literature class in college and ever since then I really struggle with marketing shallow love to 4-8 yr old young girls. I decorated my daughter’s room Ivy & Lamb’s version of the Princess and the Frog because I’ve always loved the story, especially the art work in the version featured on Reading Rainbow when I was a kid.  But I struggled with the idea of bringing princesses into the nursery. The Disney story is wonderful and beautiful and diverse, but I can’t help but think back to that class I had as a young adult.  What are the lessons Disney is teaching my little girl? While I like that the women are independent and headstrong at times, I hate their love matches. One thing that sticks out to me is that the recent princesses, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Belle, they fall for men who are thieves, abusers, liars, sloths and why would I want that for my child? Why would I want to subliminally teach her that that behavior is ok, or that love will change a man.  That’s dangerous! 

The other issue I have with Disney is one of a personal/spiritual nature.  While I’m all for hard work and prayer, I don’t like to see the glorification of specifically cultic magic.  I was excited for Elena of Avalor because I’m hispanic.  I watched a total of four episode before I decided it didn’t fit with our family values. I love that they combined Mexican, Peruvian and Chilean cultures specifically to create Avalor, however I did not like the use of spirit animals/guides.  My husband was Jewish as a child and he always had a problem with Hercules (and now Moana) because it glorified false gods (not the One True God of the Judeo-Christian faiths), and Mulan because it highlighted ancestor worship. As for Elena, I just can’t get into the show because she summons the spirit fox to get help from the spirit world. Nope, I can’t go there. What do you think? I’ve heard people defend Disney for showcasing different cultures, but they don’t even get these cultures right (case in point Pocahontas). My daughter can learn about these in more authentic ways, I live in a very multicultural area where every month brings us a new cultural festival.

I think the only princesses I haven’t called out are Snow White (boring), and Cinderella (boring). Frozen isn’t a bad story, especially since it calls attention to the bad love matches I criticized earlier, although it does have the weird rock magic…And Brave is a redeeming story about mothers and daughters, although the sprites are vague and annoying plot devices. I actually don’t have a problem with The Little Mermaid other than it completely rewrites the traditional ending, but my husband points out that the girl runs away at 16 to be with a man she’s never really talked to because, hormones

What do you think? Do you need Disney? Is it “just entertainment” or do kids pick up lessons from these kind of movies?

God loves your smile 

God loves your smile 

Sometimes when nursing, my daughter will fall asleep with the best satisfied look on her face. It makes me happy. How much more happy is God when he sees us enjoying the good things He has given us? 
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17 ESV