Mexican Holiday food

Tamales, Sugar Cane, and Nuns

 Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Frida Kahlo. Champagne Confetti Co. on pinterest.com/champagnecon/ I've been busy with tamale making for the past three days. We added an extra day for the vegan tamales. Tamale making (or tamalada) is something my family prepares for… Continue reading Tamales, Sugar Cane, and Nuns

Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Parenting

How Tamales Make My World A Better Place

Every December, I write about making tamales, and this year is no different.  Our mother has made tamales for over seventy years, longer than her children have been alive. And her mother made tamales before she was born. And her mother, back to the days of maize and metates. Something is wrong with my universe… Continue reading How Tamales Make My World A Better Place

Family, Inspiration, Latino culture, Strong Women, Wisdom, Writing

Top 5 Posts of 2015 – An Authentic Cultural Experience

  Are you excited for what's ahead in 2016? I am. The year 2015 had its up's and downs. I think of the 'downs' as learning opportunities and the 'up's' as blessings. WordPress and Grammarly sent me year-end reports which reminded me of my writing during the past year. Their graphic reports were very cool with stats… Continue reading Top 5 Posts of 2015 – An Authentic Cultural Experience

Family, Travel

My Town at Christmas

My hometown is at sea level. We don't get snow. Ever. Okay, I heard we had some back in 1962, but someone might have mistaken it for bits of hail. For us, Oxnardians, the winter season arrives when Christmas Tree Lane in the Historic District opens, where palm trees lit in sparking white lights tower… Continue reading My Town at Christmas