Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rainy Monday







Rainy Monday. Damian took the day off. When I woke up the entire living room was clean. We went for breakfast at a near-by, cute little diner. I had scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes and tons of coffee. Damian had a Mexican omelet and re-fried beans. We shared a side of chilaquiles. Maxi had scrambled eggs, I gave him some of my pancakes + bacon but he wasn't that hungry... surprisingly. After breakfast we headed to the park where we hung out and ran around for a bit until Maximiliano started to get sleepy. Damian did laundry and after we both went grocery shopping. More Mondays like these please.

XOXO, Lidia





Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mexican Pasta Salad


This is the pasta salad that was served at every get together I attended as a child. Birthday parties, Christmas, New years, Bbqs and so on and so forth. I could never get enough of it, it's meant to be a side but I usually tend to eat bowls of it without a care in the world. I made it yesterday, we had some family over and we served it with home-made tamales and re-fried beans. It was out of this world!

This salad is very adaptable and you can play around with different ingredients. To this batch, I added shredded carrots, pickled jalapeños, onion, corn and ham. Other ingredients I have added in the past are peas and boiled cubed potatoes. I didn't measure anything and it is really not necessary at all, you add everything to your liking and taste as you go. That being said I will put estimated measurements down below. This would be great served with basically anything or if you're like me, all on it's own!

Mexican Pasta Salad

Ingredients

- 1 lb. cooked elbow pasta
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 1/4 cup of chopped pickled jalapeños + 1/4 cup  of the pickled jalapeño juice
- 2 small carrots, shredded
- 2 cups of corn
- 8-10 deli sliced turkey or ham, diced
- about 1-2 cups of mayo
- garlic salt to taste

1. Place your already diced onion in a big salad bowl and pour the pickled jalapeño juice on top. Set aside while you prep the rest of your ingredients. This helps the onion pickle a bit and gets rid of that strong, raw onion taste.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well, season to taste. Enjoy!

XOXO, Lidia

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ice Cream Date + Sunday Zoo Trip


















Life Lately. I've been reading quite a few books, taking walks to the park with Maximiliano, cooking, forever being thankful for the beautiful weather, drinking lots of coffee and over-thinking a bit. I wish I could add listening to lots of music to that list but ever since my iPod broke a few months back, I just haven't.  Another thing I would love to start doing again is going on runs, I'm going to wait until next month when it starts getting dark a bit later.

It had been almost a month since we took a zoo trip, so we went on Sunday. I finally got kettle corn, every time we'd go, I'd say "I'll get some next time!". It was a really nice day and the bears were finally out! They were so cute, playing with each other and putting on a show for everyone. After that we walked to the park that's next to the zoo and sat and ate a sandwich while listening to the Sunday performers. It was the perfect ending to our Sunday. It all felt so good. I have another trip to the zoo planned for this weekend since Maxi kept on asking for the eagles that we did not see (one of his favorite).

XOXO, Lidia

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Saturday | 01/10/15


















We woke up, walked to the park, stopped to grab some food on the way, ate and then soaked up the beautiful weather + scenery. I loved that we were basically the only ones at the park and Maximiliano had the playground all to himself.

I was really feeling thankful. Thankful that we get to enjoy this warm beautiful weather on a winter morning. Thankful of all the beauty surrounding us. I really missed these Saturday mornings at the park. This is the park where I spent plenty of weekends as a child. The park that hosted many of my birthday parties, my sisters birthday parties, cousins, friends and my sons first and second birthday. Easters and fourth of July's too. Other times, just hanging out with friends. I made lots of memories here but my favorite so far are the ones that I am now making with my little family. XOXO Lidia

Friday, January 9, 2015

Best Burgers, Like Ever


Yes, I'm going to share with you the recipe to the best burgers you'll make. Super simple, super fast like all the recipes that I like sharing here. I made these for dinner a few nights ago in like a blink of an eye. You can also make these for a weekend bbq and wow your family and friends.

I usually like my burgers with lettuce, tomato and onion. If I'm feeling fancy (which most of the time I am) I will add avocado, caramelized onion and mushrooms. Here I only added pepper jack cheese and caramelized onion because I totally wasn't aware that I was out of veggies. Also a tip for you from me, instead of buying burger buns buy fancy rolls like the ones pictured. They not only taste better but they hold up way better. On the side I like a good crunchy pickle and sweet potato fries + spicy ketchup (not pictured because this was taken the day after and I had no left overs of that).

I hope you will give these a try, you will thank me for it! XOXO Lidia

Best Burgers

- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 pound of ground turkey
- 1/2 a red onion, diced
- about a tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- just under 1/4 a cup of worcestershire sauce

Get all Ingredients in a large bowl and incorporate well with your hands. Form in to 8 patties.
Cook on a griddle or on the grill until well done. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Ta-Da! That's it. Easy right? Now go make these for dinner.

* To make the spicy ketchup just mix ketchup with chili garlic sauce or sriracha. It's delicious.