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Tacos de Adobada - Spicy Pork Tacos

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If there is one thing we miss about the food in California it would be the tacos. The hubs and I both love tacos from tacos el gordo and of course any authentic Tijuana style taco shop/cart especially the adobada tacos.  I mean, it's something about the flavors of the spicy pork that make our mouths just water!

This Hispanic Heritage Month celebration just wouldn't be complete if we didn't get a bite of some delicious adobada tacos... or so the hubs said! I agreed and so we scouted the internet and tried several spice and chile combinations until we settled on one that was fairly close! We adapted the recipe to our liking and here is what we came up with adapted by a recipe found on yahoo ask



Ingredients
- 1 and 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
- 2 lbs of boneless pork chops
- 3 dried Ancho Chiles -cleaned, boiled and deveined*
- 6 dried Guajillo Chiles- cleaned, boiled and deveined*
- 2 cloves
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon minced onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano

- vegetable oil
- 2 onions- 1 for taco topping and other to use on rod while cooking
-a bunch of cilantro
-Limes

*In at least 6 cups of water boil your chiles or 20 minutes. Remove chiles from water and let them cool.Once cool, clean chiles by removing stem and seeds. 

Tools:
A Convection oven with rotisserie option would be best because traditionally carne adobada in taco shops and carts is cooked in a vertical rotisserie! Horizontal works great too!

 
Directions:

1- Blend chiles, vinegar, chicken stock and all dry ingredients except bay leaves. Blend until all is liquid.
2- Pile pork into a resealable dish and pour marinate over a colander to retain any pulp. If you have a lot of pork layer it in to your dish alternating pork and marinate. Place the bay leaves in with with pork and the remainder of the liquid.
3- Seal and marinate overnight or for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator.



4- Cut an onion in half and use one half for the bottom of the Rotisserie rod and begin to pile meat from dish removed from refrigeration. Top it off with the remaining half of onion.

Rotisserie convention oven cooking 



5- Set your Convention oven to Rotisserie and cook at 350F degrees for approximately 2.5 hours. Temperatures may vary so keep a close eye. Once your meat gets a crisp you can remove from heat.




6- Cut the meat off your rod and place meat strips straight into a pan with a little oil I'd say a tablespoon at a time. We used vegetable oil and just enough to coat the bottom of our pan. This will allow the pork to get crisp just like with a taquero plus helps with reheating keeping the cooked meat crunch and flavorful. Cook for about 5 minutes just enough to get the crunch but be careful not to dry out your meat.

TIP: Store your meat in an airtight container for later use during the week. Consider it a make a head meal. Reheating is super easy!



7- Chop the meat to smaller strips or cubes and serve on a warm corn tortilla. Top with cilantro, onion, some lime juice!

Listos! Don't forget the salsa if you love a great spicy taco!

What are your favorite kind of tacos?

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5 things I learned from the Barbie Project with Little Lady #BarbieProject

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The Barbie Project has allowed me to sit back and watch my daughter at play but also create such a great conversation between mother and daughter.

I didn't know going into the Barbie Project would be a learning experience for myself as a mother and really teach me more about my little lady. As a parent you want to believe you know your child very well but thru Barbie I really saw my daughter grow, learn and dream.


I learned 5 important things from the Barbie project with Little Lady

1- Kids mimic parents more than we know- Words, routines, habits, and even mannerism. My daughter's playtime with Barbie were routines we go thru daily with meal times and bath times. Hearing her speak like me was eye opening and really reminded me that a little growing lady is learning oh so much from me.

2-My daughter dreams big- My daughter always talks about the things she wants to do but her dreams are so BIG. She has dreams I know she can accomplish but more so than career and adventure she dreams of a life of exploration and she is driven by the memories we create now. She remembers the feelings from being on plane, eating certain dishes and playing with friends in far away places.

3-Barbie isn't a doll she's a friend- Little Lady considers Raquelle and Nikki friends When we traveled she wanted Raquelle to experience what she did. She wanted to include her in all our activities. When we went swimming and learned to float Nikki was Little Lady's safety net She worried about her as any kid would about the things they love.

4-Being considerate and loving doesn't stop with people- Along the same lines of Barbie being a friend the way little lady treated others thru play was always considerate and so loving. She wanted everyone to be included and everyone to be a part of play. Brother even played with her a few times though he played rough she always wanted him to continue to play with her just a little nicer.

5-Dolls don't have to be the same color to identify- This was probably the biggest reality check for me as a parent. I always encouraged and purchased dolls my daughter could identify with and while that is ok it's important to have a diverse group of dolls. My daughter didn't care if the Barbie's had long straight hair or curly dark hair she loved them all the same. She was more worried about their clothes than the skin color of the doll. She identified with the nurse barbie because one week she wanted to be a nurse even tho the nurse didn't look like her.

I learned more than I thought I would and I loved our time with Barbie while playing together and most of all when I sat back and watched/listened to her play. The Barbie Project has been one of the best experiences for my daughter and I.


My Secret to Controlling Tooth Sensitivity with Crest

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. 


When it came to drinking ice cold water, eating ice cream sundaes, and sometimes cold fruit, my tooth caused me crazy pain. I suffer from tooth sensitivity. It's pretty common in my family but everyone just deals with living with it. I refuse to continue to live that way.

How thankful was I when I heard Crest Sensi-stop strips exist! It sounds petty but when you have to rethink ordering an ice cream sundae to enjoy with your family it kinda is a HUGE deal!

Trying Crest-Sensi Strips


I tried Crest Sensi Stop Strips for almost 2 weeks now and I am so happy with the results.
I should mention that one box has 6 strips with one tooth sensitivity relief strips. That means if you only have one sensitive tooth you have 6 months of treatments! Pretty cool right?

The treatment is said to protect for up to 1 month and show immediate relief. I know for a fact the relief came quick I was pretty surprised I was even able to do this at home!

Using Crest Sensi-Stop Strips


The strips come covered with a long plastic. Once you remove the small strip from the plastic it is to be positioned over the outer gum of the sensitive tooth for a good 10 minutes.

While the strip was a bit tricky to position on my tooth on the right back side of my mouth, I felt it stayed in place as soon as I placed it on my gum. The gel on the strip was sticky and reminded me of other gels used at the dentist though the taste was minimal.



I went on to do my house chores and you couldn't even tell I had the strip in.  See the photo above still smiling with the strip in place!

I removed  the strip after the 10 minutes. The strip gel left a bit of residue but It's to be expected. I thought of it as a real treatment. Aside from not rinsing after the directions stated to not consume anything for at least 30 minutes. I went to bed and brushed in the am with no issues. It was that easy!

The results have been amazing. I am very happy with the treatment and even happier I didn't have to go into the dentist to get it done.

I'd highly recommend these Crest Sensi-Stop Strips to anyone suffering from tooth sensitivity.

Find Crest Sensi- Stop strips at Walmart They come in 6 and 12 count packs at an affordable price!





Proud to be Me #barbieproject

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a participant in the #Barbie Project.


It's been 6 months of play i've observed with little lady and Barbie. Through it all we've learned a lot, lived everyday moments and dreamt so big that even I was believing the stories my daughter shared.

I created a poster to look back on all the moments we've had these past couple of months and I surprised her with it.



She was ecstatic to see herself at play with Barbie and she remembered every moment.  I raise my daughter to be proud of where she comes from and who she is but Barbie taught us both that being proud of who we are is just as important.

Proud to be me Poster


The Barbie Project allowed us to share special moments with each other and I learned so much about my little lady. From learning to float with Barbie, discussing our heritage, making mini donuts for Barbie and getting ready with Barbie with everyday activities really showed us how learning, living, and dreaming is part of what makes us Proud of who we are!





Little Lady grew up so much over this time and I am happy I was able to capture it all for our Barbie Project.  I know playtime with Barbie will forever be treasured with my big girl!


Learn more about the Barbie Project and join the conversation #BarbieProject too!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage- DIY Banderita Magnets *video tutorial*

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. 

We are half way thru National Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate the kids and I did a super fun and easy craft- Banderita Magnets. Banderita means little flag and these tiny magnets will be sure to be a hit with your kiddos! My kids love getting hands on with glitter and all things crafty so this was a perfect time to sit and enjoy them while discussing a little more about our Mexican Heritage. 


You too can create this with your kids at an affordable price! What I love about Walmart's craft department is that there are a variety of craft products at such a great price. I was happy to find everything I needed for this Hispanic Heritage craft for less than $15 and all at the same store!

For this craft your will need:
Glitter- in colors of the flag you will make
-jumbo craft sticks
-adhesive magnet strips
-mod podge
-scissors
-sponge brush


Watch our tutorial to make these cute Banderita Magnets:



If not follow these easy steps:


1-Cut jumbo sticks in half and adhere together using the adhesive magnet strips you will need to cut the strips in half 2-3 halves should be sufficient.
2-Using mod podge and sponge brush brush on one side of the flag and do so one color at a time.
3-Sprinkle glitter and tap off.
4-Continue with the next side according to the flag of your choice.
5-Once done, set aside to dry and continue to make the symbol or characters for your flag. (i.e. the Mexican flag has a eagle on a cactus eating a serpent) Have your kids draw the symbol on a shield like shape piece of a jumbo craft stick. Once done adhere to the flag where appropriate.
6- All done!

How do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage with your kids?



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