Caramel Flan: The Perfect Choice For A Holiday Dessert

Caramel Flan: The Perfect Choice For A Holiday Dessert

I can't remember my life without flan. It was the dessert that my mother often made at home. The caramel aroma always transports me to the peaceful and happy days of my childhood. And I can't remember a Christmas or a birthday celebration without having flan on the menu. Although we would have different options for desserts, a creamy caramel flan was always on the table. Flan is as old as...Read More
Celebrate National Pork Month With Tacos Al Pastor

Celebrate National Pork Month With Tacos Al Pastor

This post is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All opinions and content are my own. Did you know that is National Pork Month?  "Porktober" is designated to acknowledge America's pig farming and to bring awareness of the importance of their hard work. I am lucky to live in an area that supports farming and where consumers have the option to buy their fresh products at the...Read More
The Flavors and Traditions of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador

The Flavors and Traditions of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador

Disclosure: This Guaguas de Pan recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OfrendasConNestle #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias We are officially in my favorite season of the year! The gradual change of the color of the leaves is a process that fills my soul with reverence for life. Because Ecuador lies directly on the Equator, we don't experience fall season (darn you Equator line!). However, Day...Read More
Loving Lion Books: Customizable Children’s Books Featuring Families of Color

Loving Lion Books: Customizable Children’s Books Featuring Families of Color

"Why is mamá brown? Why is daddy yellow? Why baby is yellow?" my three-year-old asked me one day during bath time.  p Her question took me off guard. It never occurred to me that race was something that a little girl who was still learning how to talk would be curious about. I don't remember exactly what I told her but I do remember how excited I felt to know that...Read More
How To Pack a Smile In Your Kid’s Lunch

How To Pack a Smile In Your Kid’s Lunch

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldfishLunchSmiles #CollectiveBias My kids’ favorite part of back-to-school season is to go shopping for their school supplies at Walmart. I think it’s fun how they get over the moon about the options of colors and textures for crayons, glue, etc. Their enthusiasm for going back to school is contagious and makes me happy....Read More
Creamy Veggie Enchiladas

Creamy Veggie Enchiladas

Disclosure: This Creamy Veggie Enchiladas has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HorizonHappiness #CollectiveBias On my last visit to Ecuador, I spent a good deal of time with my abuela. I have missed my grandma so much. I wanted to be with her as much as possible. She loves cooking so we hung out in the kitchen a lot. As a mom...Read More
Arroz con Leche and Helping Kids Stay Connected With Culture

Arroz con Leche and Helping Kids Stay Connected With Culture

This recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NestleEnMiLista #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias My family spent this summer in Ecuador. It was glorious!  A few days after being back, a co-worker asked me what is the hardest thing when I have to leave my home country. "Is it your family? Is it your friends? Is it the food?," she asked me with interest. "Well..."...Read More
The Beauty of the Andean Music

The Beauty of the Andean Music

I learned about Daria's work when I wrote this post about music around the world. Her cd album named Cancioncitas De Los Andes / Little Songs Of The Andes caught my attention the most. Not only because it features the traditional music of the area where I am from, but also it reminds me of my mother.   RELATED POST: Quechua Words That Are Widely Used In English As most of the Ecuadorian people, my...Read More
Super Easy Hawaiian Haystack

Super Easy Hawaiian Haystack

This Hawaiian Haystack recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CampbellsShortcutMeals  #CollectiveBias Last Friday we arrived home after spending amazing weeks in Ecuador. The weekend was much needed to catch up with sleep, grocery shopping at Walmart and conquer a big stack of mail. As I was putting the last suitcase away, I felt we were officially in school season. I...Read More
Discovering The World’s Best Popcorn

Discovering The World’s Best Popcorn

This post sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All opinions are mine alone. #homegrownfare17   Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week!  In many schools in the country, it's a popular tradition to send some creative presents to the teachers every day during the week. As a mother of three kids, I have several amazing teachers to recognize the lasting contributions they make to my children's lives. This year, the...Read More
Everything You Need to Know About Easter in Latin America

Everything You Need to Know About Easter in Latin America

Easter in Latin America is a major holiday since it's the region with the most Catholics in the world. Although I am not a Catholic, I learned to appreciate the beauty and solemnity for the Holy Week festivities (Semana Santa) in Ecuador. It seemed to me like the whole country would shut down to renew their connection with their Catholic faith. The festivities of Easter or Holy Week (Semana Santa)...Read More
Peruvian Fish Ceviche With Avocado Salsa

Peruvian Fish Ceviche With Avocado Salsa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #40DaysOfFlavor #CollectiveBias     One of the perks of growing up in Ecuador was the proximity to the different cuisines of South America. Whenever I had the chance to travel to our neighbor countries, I always wanted to try a traditional dish that included seafood. As a culture enthusiast, I enjoyed finding the similarities...Read More
Enjoy 3 Latin American Superfoods With This Vegetarian Recipe

Enjoy 3 Latin American Superfoods With This Vegetarian Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #40DiasMorningStar #CollectiveBias Whenever I think about Lent, I remember my abuela and her observance of this holiday. During this time of the year, she would make delicious recipes using only ingredients for vegetarian dishes. Quinoa, cassava, and avocados were often the ingredients of my grandma's tasty dishes. They are known as superfoods for...Read More
We All Grow Summit: Basking In The Energy of Sisterhood

We All Grow Summit: Basking In The Energy of Sisterhood

Last week I experienced the We All Grow Summit for the first time, an annual conference in California for Latina digital influencers. After attending We All Grow Familia last October, l thought I had a nice idea of what to expect at the annual summit. Boy, was I wrong! It was 1000 times better than I ever imagined it! The theme for this year's conference was "The Energy of Sisterhood" and I can't stress how...Read More
Fanesca: Ecuadorian Soup for Lent

Fanesca: Ecuadorian Soup for Lent

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CocinoConKnorr #CollectiveBias In Ecuador, we have a traditional dish called Fanesca that is only eaten during Lent and Easter. It represents the religious beliefs and a little of the history of my home country. While I didn't grow up celebrating Lent, this highly elaborated dish helped me to appreciate its relevance in my Ecuadorian heritage. I am impressed with...Read More