Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Mexican Cooking, Mexican Holiday food

Christmas Desserts-Mexican/Chicano Style

My friend, Evelyn Holingue, invited me to share my traditional Christmas dessert recipes. She's written about Buche de Noel, a gorgeous French chocolate yule cake with chocolate whipped topping on her blog. Think of this as a virtual cookie exchange from different cultural backgrounds. The weather outside is cold/rainy and alternately cold/sunny. And when I… Continue reading Christmas Desserts-Mexican/Chicano Style

Books, Calaveras, Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Latino Literature, Mexican History, Mexican Holiday food, Mexican traditions

What’s up with Mexican Culture and Death?

Yes, it's that time again...not Halloween, but Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1 and 2nd. I used to hear that celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (DLM)was morbid. But with some understanding of the cultural concept of Dia, it has become quite trendy--a real party. We did not celebrate DLM in my… Continue reading What’s up with Mexican Culture and Death?

Family, Family time, Inspiration, Latino Family Traditions, poetry, Poetry Month

Poetry On Wednesday-Nostalgia

  Warmer weather has me thinking of summer. Summer, when I was a kid. A long time ago. We were poor in funds, rich in family, and too young to know or care that some kids went away to summer camp. We camped too, by the river or at Salton Sea (my least favorite place),… Continue reading Poetry On Wednesday-Nostalgia

Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Mexican traditions, Parenting

The Importance of Cultural Traditions

This past Sunday my family and I attended a celebration that stirred memories of our young adult lives and childhood. We attended a "Bautismo" or baptism. It is one of the seven religious sacraments of the Catholic Church where an infant is initiated into the spiritual community of the Church. It has been many moons since… Continue reading The Importance of Cultural Traditions