Thursday, September 8, 2016
It's been a looooong time since I have blogged. We moved houses, Damian got a new job and Maxi started school so we have been busy busy busy and readjusting to all the new changes that have been going on! My dear pen pal asked for this horchata latte recipe that I posted about on Instagram and I promised her I would post it here. So here it is. A day late but I'm sure she already knew I was going to be fashionably late just like with the letters we send each other. This one's for you Kim, Enjoy!
Iced Horchata Latte
1/4 cup brown rice
1/2 cup coffee beans
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/2 cinnamon stick, crushed
Using coffee grinder (or as I do, baby bullet that I used twice to make baby food) coarsely grind rice and transfer to an airtight container. Coarsely grind coffee beans and place in same container as rice. Add almonds, cinnamon stick and 4 cups water. Cover and let soak in refrigerator overnight.
To make the simple syrup, that you will use to sweeten your horchata lattes, bring sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, swirling to dissolve sugar. Transfer simple syrup to a heatproof container, cover and chill.
After your horchata latte concoction has been soaking overnight, transfer to a blender and blend until very smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a container, pressing on solids to extract all that goodness. Grab a cup with lots of ice, pour some horchata latte over it, sweeten with your simple syrup, add a straw and mix it all up. You just saved yourself a trip to the coffee shop (and some money). I like to double this recipe and have iced coffee on hand for that very much needed afternoon-pick-me-up. Don't forget to double simple syrup when doubling latte!
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Maximiliano: A well deserved scoop of ice cream, you were such a good boy through my meeting this day. On our way there I asked you to please sit quietly while I talked to the lady and that's exactly what you did, I love you.
Maximiliano: My little explorer. Always picking up sticks.
Maximiliano: You argued with the other (older) kids there for at least 30 minutes about this statue.
You: "It's a snake."
Kid: "It's a crocodile."
You: "It's a snake."
Kid; "Nope, it's a crocodile."
You: "It's a snake!"
Kid; "I've never seen a snake with legs before!"
You: "I've never seen a crocodile with such huuuuge legs before! Let's call it a dinosaur."
And so on and so forth.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
In the month of April we visited the nature center in Chula Vista also known as the living coast discovery center. The living coast discovery center is a small nonprofit zoo and aquarium. I first heard of it a couple of years ago at the annual Chicano park day celebration and forgot about it until I heard the name come up recently and immediately googled it since Maxi loves animals and had been asking lots about sea turtles.
I was surprised I hadn't ever heard much about this little place but when we arrived at the location it kind of made sense because of the fact that it's so hidden and in a not so frequented area. You even have to take a little bus into the place, after parking your car, which kind of adds to the experience if you ask me haha,
As soon as we arrived we saw the sea turtles swimming in their area and we loved watching them chill (ever since watching nemo, I just always think of them as hippies and picture them talking in that cool Australian surfer slang). We then moved indoors where we were able to see eels (maxi thought they were scary), sea horses and stars, beautiful jelly fish dancing elegantly, a variety of reptiles including a chameleon which was on Maximiliano's top list of animals he wanted to see.
As we headed outside they had a cool crafting table where they charged like 50 cents a project, everything looked so cool that I almost sat down and crafted myself but of course my active toddler would never sit for more than a minute, especially when he knows he's surrounded by animals he could be admiring. We headed past the table into the outside aquarium where they had sharks and sting rays you could pet and a larger tank with a variety of sharks and other creatures. Maximiliano is really afraid of sharks and he wasn't really into it, it's funny because he will say "I'm a big boy, big boys are afraid of sharks". They also had a bird watching area which we enjoyed.
On top of all the animals that they have, what I absolutely love about the living coast discovery center are the walking trails. They lead you to the shore of San Diego Bay where you can actually see the railroad tracks that where used to bring kelp to the gunpowder factory that used to exist there. They also encourage you to make a day of it by packing your lunch and enjoying it there, which we will definitely be doing next time we visit!
The admission tickets are $14 per adult, $9 per childern (4-17) & students (with ID).
They also have a great family membership (2 adults and up to 5 children) for $75.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
I turned 29 the 19th of last month. 29. One year away from the big 30 and I still feel 18 sometimes... I like to think I'm just young at heart... Damian always spoils me rotten. He's too good.
He took the day off to have a family beach day, got me this amazing pecan praline cake, a really silly birthday card that made me lol, he also filled it with some scratchers (my guilty pleasure) and told me that unfortunately my big birthday present was going to be late buttt he had gotten me the rabbit mirror (pictured here) I had been wanting. I was the happiest birthday girl in the land.
We headed to sprouts to pick up some sandwiches, snacks and water before stopping by for an iced coconut latte (the best) from better buzzed.
We literally spent the whole day in paradise, lounging around in different areas of the beach. It was the most perfect day, the sun was out, the temperatures were high and it was just complete bliss.
We all agreed this was one of the best days we've had together, all we need to be happy is some sand and salty water. We took lots of walks, and climbed rocks, looked for seashells all day, admired the seals, took turns scaring away the birds (guarding our food), splashed around in the water. Maxi made some friends and they ran around, climbed rocks, fed squirrels and just had a blast together, he was so upset when the little sisters had to go home, it broke my heart.
I mean come on, can it get any better than this? This world doesn't stop amazing me.
My little beach babe casually posing with the seal. I want to print the picture below and frame it.
We watched the sunset and then stopped by in n out for some dinner before heading home to have some cake with my sisters. It was the most perfect day. 29 could have not started off better, I'm really grateful for my life, my little family, my mom, my sisters. Grateful for another year of life that I get to share with my little creation. So excited for new adventures to come.