T H A N K S G I V I N G

I know! I know! it’s almost Christmas and I am barely getting my Thanksgiving post up. But, one of my favorite sayings is going to be my motto for the night.

BETTER LATE THEN NEVER. lol

So this Thanksgiving I reached out and told all primos that I wanted to make it a bit special , a little fancier and just create some amazing memories and traditions. I have a huge Mexican family so it’s not easy for me to figure out how to feed so many of us let alone table settings, invites, decor, etc. But, if you know me you know I am very frugal and very resourceful so somehow it all works out.

I ended up emailing everyone this year to contribute whatever they can to allow my brother and myself to cook up a pretty delicious feast. Along with the usual fixings we had the usual mexican add ons from tamales, pozole, chili rellenos, and the tasty mexican version of hot chocolate called champurado. Food has always been the easy part. This year I wanted the atmosphere to match the taste.

The weather was a brutal 90 degrees during the day so it made for a perfect outdoor dinner setting. I sadly couldn’t fit everyone outside so I did have a kids table and an aunt and uncle table indoors. For decor I kept it very rustic. I saved all my Health-Ade Kombucha bottles to add a very simple but memorable statement. All the greenery was foraged by my mother-in-law and other family members. I WILL NEVER SHOP FOR GREENERY. It’s everywhere, and thankfully my sister-in-law is the queen of green so I have been able to learn a few pointers for her. So here is my a recap of my wonderful, beautiful, amazing Thanksgiving with my crazy family.

 

The outdoor seating couldnt have been more perfect for all of us!

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I set a small appetizer table aside with just enough to tie you over but , I mean its THANKSGIVING! No one should be full off appetizers. IMG_0072thanksgiving2017

I mixed and matched all the plates I could find so we didn’t have to use plastic ones. It add a nicer touch but the clean up is a handful.

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Hopefully my neighbors doesn’t miss his ornamental grasses, that clearly needed to be trimmed and added the perfect touch.

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The food was pretty much endless. IMG_0046thanksgiving2017IMG_0013thanksgiving2017IMG_0061thanksgiving2017IMG_0015thanksgiving2017thankgsgving2017thanksgiving2017

Set up a chalk board outside so everyone could write a little something. I am pretty sure this will be our new tradition. I still walk outside to read what everyone wrote. IMG_0043thanksgiving2017IMG_0086thanksgiving2017

When I said I had a big family, I ment it. IMG_0055thanksgiving2017IMG_0102thanksgiving2017

 

Hope you enjoyed my THANKSGIVING recap, now to get ready for Christmas!

xo,

T

 

K A L E C H I P S

Todays Farmers Market treasures included a fresh crisp bundle of kale that I needed to eat as quickly as possible. My mind instantly went to KALE CHIPS. So that is exactly what I did. I have messed with different versions of kale chips but this has been my favorite.  Since so many of you reached out and asked HOW? so here you go.

I add lemon because i love lemon but this might wilt the kale a bit beware.

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mark your calendars

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

Best,

T

HELLOFRESH

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Best, T

W A T E R B A B Y

Perfect day spent playing, laughing and splashing! We played outside all day, went to Costco, rushed home to eat dinner and randomly decided to bathe Luella in the sink. The lighting was so perfectly golden I had to steal Davids phone to capture her perfection.  She brings such joy into every life she touches, I hope you feel that here looking at her teeny little teeth.

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Best,

T

 

G R E E N J U I C E

Just like every other LA health nut I too jumped on board the “juicing” trend.  At first glance the green gunk looks unappealing and far from thirst quenching. I tried a few pre-bottled juices and non of them did the trick. But, then though to  myself … I just haven’t had the right one! Eventually I came across the “Greens 3” from Pressed Juice and I was surprisingly shocked by the refreshing sweet taste and kick of lemon.  On the down side I didn’t like paying an arm and a leg for a weeks worth of juice so my frugal brain figured there’s a better way. Lucky enough for me Pressed Juice keeps the ingredients on the front of the bottle. So with a little tweaking I came up my own version of green juice that you can tweak again and again and it will still be delicious. I mean so delicious my 1-year-old can’t get enough!

Here’s all you’ll need.

High Quality Juicer

Large Pitcher

  • 1 HEAD OF KALE
  • 2-3 LEMON
  • 1.5-2 INCHES OF GINGER
  • 1 HEAD OF LETTUCE
  • 4-5 GREEN APPLES (variety)
  • 1-2 STALKS OF CELERY
  • 3-4 CUCUMBER
  • 1-2 BUNCHES OF PARSLEY
  • 1 BUNCH OF SPINACH

 

My veggie and fruit count always varies due to the amount of juice I want to make that day, what’s on sale and the flavor I’m craving (if its more tart or sweet and bitter). I usually start with a base that consist of celery and cucumber since they are mainly water, then I gradually add the rest. In no particular order I just kind of mix and toss. I just leaving out the ginger and lemon. I do this because half way thru I clean out the pulp and set it aside to reuse it. I either toss it in the garden or add it to any cake, pancake or muffin batter. But, you won’t want to mix in any of the ginger or lemon pulp, it doesn’t taste so great.

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I found this juicer on amazon and on sale. I don’t think its anything special all I know is it gets the job done. I’ve had it for about a year and I think it has another one to go before it dies on me. IMG_6611

I like to juice ahead because clean up can be a pain and time-consuming. I found these great mason jars at Target that are perfect for juice-on-the-go.

 

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Hope you enjoy juicing!

Best, T

F I S H T A C O S

My family’s request ALL summer long was for these dang fish tacos! The first night I made them I thought to myself that I just got lucky because they came out so delicious! Then the second batch was surprisingly just as good, and I have to admit I think I perfected them the third time around.  Since they are too easy and delicious not to share here you go.

  • 4-5 filet of white fish (halibut,dover sole)
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2-3 lime
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 cucumber
  • cilantro
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • Sriracha
  • 1/2 flour
  • small flour tortillas

 

 

In a large skillet add oil of your choice and set it on high. I always like to burn the outside of my fish, I love the texture. This is also why i coat my fish in flour and seasonings.

Toss some spices and any go to seasonings you have in you pantry into the flour and mix.  Toss in the fish and coat completely. Add the fish to the hot oil and cook about 5-6 min each side depending on the fish. Set fish aside on paper towel while we make my favorite Sriracha Slaw!

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Shred cabbage, add mayo, lime and Sriracha and toss. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Chop and garnish with tomato, cucumber and cilantro.

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Hope you enjoy,

T