Favourite Local Red

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After sharing my secret love for red wine last week, I decided to make a post about it! I’ve been asking for recommendations to my followers and friends, and I’ve been trying different brands and flavours, but I have to be honest with you.. SANDHILL YOU ARE THE BEST lol!

I love love their Merlot! The sweet taste, the aroma, the colour. Everything about this wine makes me happy! Can’t wait for the kids to grow to join their happy hour! lol! pds: for those living in the Okanagan, they will have a Holiday sale on November 25!! ) for more about them, here is their website: http://www.sandhillwines.ca/

Another local brand that I tried is called ” Open “Last Friday I had such a long day, and the only thing I wanted was pizza and wine lol! I had both, plus my friend Adriana who came to make me some company, and both us tried this delicious wine as well from the Okanagan. Their Merlot has a little bit of spicy, but still feels smooth in your mouth.

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and last but not least, Black Sage! From summerland BC! This is more berrylicious and soft.

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Photo credit: Tripadvisor

What are your favourite local brands for red wine?

Athenas

Breakfast with Santa!

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I love this time of the year and all the events happening around the city! This year we will be attending the Breakfast with Santa with the White rock fire fighters, as all the proceeds go to local charities! If you happened to live around the South Surrey/ White rock area let’s support this local event!

Happy Tuesday all!

Athenas

Pepper rellenos

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Good morning all! You must notice that my logo’s has changed, I’m playing with different styles in my free time to make this site prettier. As you can imagine, having 2 under 3 don’t leave much time for this project but I’m doing my best to make it work.

Today I want to share with you my Families recipe for “Pepper rellenos”. You can make chile rellenos instead, but because I give it to Mia, I decided to go with peppers. If you want to buy the regular chile relleno one, my advice is to put them in water with sugar to take out the spice if you are going to give it to your childrens.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients:

*6 Green peppers

*1 1/2 cans of media crema ( Mexican sour cream, do not use other brand because the taste is going to be completely different. You can find this in any Latin store, if you live in the Vancouver area, “Los guerreros” would have it for sure. and sometimes you can even see it at walmart )

*Any tomato sauce, I always use the 4 cheese one that I use to cook pasta

*Mozarella or cheddar cheese to fill

Instructions:

Put your peppers in a pan until brown in all the sides, once done let them cold. Make a small hold in your peppers, take all the seeds out, and fill them with cheese.

Add some avocado oil to a pan, add your peppers fill with the cheese and add the rest of the ingredients along with salt.

Let them boil for around 10 min and check that the cheese is melted and that’s it! Enjoy!

Happy long weekend all!

Athenas

It’s all about the wine..

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It’s all about the wine this days! ( Mother of 2 under 3 lol! ) been honest, I wasn’t a wine drinker. This happened a couple months ago, that I found that one glass of wine in the afternoon makes a huge different in my day lol! I do not know anything about wines, I do not have a favourite wine, the only thing I know it’s that I like fruty, sweet ones.

For some reason, in winter I feel like drinking Red wine instead of the Rose, so I’m in search for the best brands, and flavours out there! The ones that I usually have are “Naked” or “Sandhill” those are my local’s to go!

I still can’t believe Christmas it’s around the corner, so much to plan, so much to celebrate! I picture myself pouring a glass of wine, listening frank sinatra while cooking a delicious healthy dinner!

What are your favourite brands out there?

Happy Monday all!

 

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

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Photo credit: eatgood4life.com

It’s time to enjoy Fall/winter recipes! and this one from eatgood4life it’s perfect for this warm days! I love it because it’s vegetarian and has lots of cheese LOL!  I did modified it a little, so I’m going to share mine, but you can always go to their website for more-less ingredients.

You can probably make it vegan if you have a vegan mozzarella that you love!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan salt
  • 2 cups fresh organic spinach
  • 12 oz skim mozzarella cheese, I used 16oz
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 green onions, chopped
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Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F. ( I did it at 350F because I bought my dish from dollar store lol! but it worth perfectly fine ).
In a 9×13 baking rectangular dish place the quinoa and green onions. On the meantime, place the broccoli in a large bowl and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, with a wire whisk, mix the vegetable stock, pesto and salt. Heat mixture until boil.

Add the vegetable stock to the quinoa followed by the spinach, parmesan and 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Take the quinoa casserole out of the oven and mix in the broccoli. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the quinoa and broccoli and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. If you like you can add more parmesan cheese over the top as well.

I place my casserole under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the top but this is just optional. Serve while still warm.

What are your favorite websites for recipes?

Xoxo

Athenas

 

Happy Anniversary

anivesario1The way I meet Francisco it’s the weirdest one lol! I meet him on Twitter.

No.. I wasn’t looking to date on twitter, what happened was, I was in process to obtain my permanent resident status and I was ready to immigrate to Canada, so I was looking for someone to help me get a roommate in the Vancouver area, and I have no idea how I found Francisco, but he used to work for the AI of Vancouver so I thought maybe this guy know a student that needs a roommate, so he was helping me to connect with this girl from Mexico city, and I was texting with him all the time.

I felt in love with Francisco all over text messages and skype dates lol! and when I finally moved to Vancouver, he came to pick me and one of my best friend to the airport and that’s where all began.

It’s been 7 years since we see each other at the airport, and in this 7 years we have live in 7 homes ( yeep, we used to moved once or twice a year lol ) and we made 2 beautiful kids.

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In this 7 years I have learned a lot about what love and marriage is. Lots of things change when you have kids, lots! anyways, here is the list of some of the things that I learned during this time:

1- Matching Bra and Underwear is so 2010 lol! At the beginning it’s all about getting pretty, do your hair, look as good as possible for him… but after you have kids, granny panties and boob out with the pump is the new sexy lol!

2- Having “us” time is so important: one of the things that I miss more is being able to go for dates. We used to save money for traveling, go to the movies often, have drinks in a bar, it was Friday and we were excited about the weekend! We used to hit the mountains and do all of these hikes, that at the beginning I hate but I learn to love them, and now is less and less often. We tried as much as possible when our parents comes to go out as much as possible so we don’t lose that “us” time.

3- Bad times, Good times, all are important: I’m grateful for the bad times because that made us know more, respect us more, and know how to grow and learn as a couple. And the good times because are the ones that stay in my memory forever!

4- Love/Hate relationship is real: Somedays I see Francisco and I love him! I think he is the handsome guy in the world.. and somedays I’m talking shit about him in my mind lol!! why did he leave this open? why he didn’t take the garbage out? LOL!

5- Age sometimes matter: He is 10 years older than me, and I haven’t learn to listen to him lol! Sometimes he would say athenas do this.. and I say no.. and then a couple of years later i’m like.. I should’ve listen to Francisco!!!

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We still learning and growing, and this parent thing is challenging our relationship more and more! and I’m so excited to keep learning with him, keep walking hand and hand.

Happy Thursday all!!

Athenas

Life at home

matias1Morning all! I recently delete my wordpress app from my cellphone, to force me to write on my computer, so everything looks more clean lol! I haven’t write in a while, because I’ve been enjoying my life at home and enjoying every single minute with my two peanuts. Knowing that my mat leave is going to finish in 5 months, I’m starting to get a little bit sad.. well not a little bit.. a LOT. I remember when I had to leave Mia at the daycare how awful I felt at the beginning.. later on everything was fine because I found this amazing daycare but I have to be honest.. the guilt was still there. One of the reason of me being on board for a second child too soon was that I wanted to spent more time with my daughter at home. I really like daycares, but for me, I like them part time only, and if could financially, I will stay at home with my kids to raise them and be there for them. Now that I have Matias everything is getting more difficult, I do not want to miss any milestones! My number one job is to be a mom! There are 3 people that helped me to understand that.. one was Margareth, the director of Mia’s ex-daycare. She told me “Athenas, enjoy every second, feel bleesed that you can stay with your daughter and be there for her, as soon as she starts kindergarden, everything is going to change, there are yours temporary”. the second person was my friend Adriana when she told me that she didn’t really know what her mother was as a professional, that she only remember and care how good mother she was with her. And the third one was Shonda Rhimes lol! when she remind me on that episode of grey’s anatomy where the kid had an accident and she only wanted her babysitter to be with her instead of the mom. Do I want that? NO. I feel that career is your personal grow.. but people do really care? I mean.. I know what some of my friends does but do I really care? no! I do care how good friends they are, and the impact that they have in my life. Some people say that quality is better than quantity and I agree on that! So anyways, all of these thoughts are in my mind constantly, and I have no idea where life is going to take me, and what sacrifices I’ll have to do, but on the meantime, I want to give lots of quality with the time I have left with the them and I want to share with you some of the games to learn that they used on Mia’s preeschool. She goes to Montessori but being honest I remember lots of these games being at my regular school and I think they are awesome ways to teach your kids while they have some fun so here they are:

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At montessori, they do not teach the ABC, instead they teach them to make the sound of each letter, they like to play the ” I spy” game. For example.. “I spy something that starts with the sound mmm.. so the kid has to find something with the sound mm like mommy. ( Perfect game for stroller walks )

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The 1, 2, 3 games!

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These are more cool games to play, do they can learn the colours, the quantity, the structure. If your kids loves to accommodate stuff, they would love this one!

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Mia is soo into the continents and Canada lately. I’ve been reading some Canada books, and I recently got some from Mexico. She is learning the continents at school and the name of some flowers as well. ( I should go to school as well as I only know roses lol ).

Anyways, what are your favourite games to do with your kids at home?

Sheperd’s Pie Recipe

sheperdsMorning! I know I’m late for the party, but this was a totally last minute! I made this pie for thanksgiving and seriously.. it is one of my best recipes! Well.. It is not my recipe lol! one of my coo workers share it with us last year and I decided to give it a try. I wanted to make it vegan or vegetarian but my mother in law bough ground beef that it was seating on my freezer for days, so I didn’t want to waste any food. Anyways, USA thanksgiving is coming and I know I have some followers there, and also it is a great side dish for Christmas so here you go:

*6 large baked potatoes

*2 tbps of butter

*1 big onion, chopped

*1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

*1 tbps of avocado oil ( or any oil to cook the beef, but I like how it taste with the avocado)

*2 Pounds lean ground beef

*2 tbps of all purpose flour

*Some worcestershire

*1 Pack of brown gravy

*2 1/2 of mixed veggies ( I used carrots, green peace and corn )

*Salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm about 15 min. Drain and mash. Mix butter, onion and half of the cheese with the potatoes. Add salt and pepper, set aside.

Bring a large pot with water to boil the veggies. set aside.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Add the Worcestershire, the brown gravy already made ( prepare the gravy as the instructions) and bring to a boil.

Spread the ground beef in an even layer of the bottom of the casserole dish. Next add the veggies and on the top the mash potatoes mix. Sprinkle the remaining cheese.

Baked for around 20 minutes or until golden.

Enjoy!

What is your favourite thanksgiving recipe?

Happy Thanksgiving!

familyMorning! It’s thanksgiving here in Canada, and I woke up early to prepare some Shepherd’s pie ( recipe here https://ilove604.ca/2016/10/08/thanksgiving-menu/ ) I wanted to make something vegetarian and fancy but we had ground beef in the freezer that I didn’t want to waste so I decided to give it a try! I also want to try to make it to church, as I think that’s the most important thing lol! I was raised Catholic, and I guess I’m mostly Catholic even tho not 100%, but whenever I go to Catholic church I feel like home so, I believe that’s were I belong, anyways, a couple weekends ago I decided that I wanted to start this tradition of going every Sunday to the Ihope close to my home and then to the church. I love Family traditions and apart of going every summer to the drive in cinema in Langley, we do not have one, so now that our family is complete, I want to star some new traditions, something that makes us closer and that our grandchildrens if we have some day, can do with us.. I know.. I know.. Mia it’s not even 3 and I’m talking about grand childrens lol! Sometimes I think too far in the future but I try to enjoy our present as well! This thanksgiving I’mm grateful for being healthy, have a healthy family, have food in the table, roof where to cover and amazing friends that makes my life even better. I’m grateful for all the people that came to my life temporary and taught me a lesson. I hope you guys have an amazing dinner and if someone found an amazing recipe to share please send it to me! Happy thanksgiving all!

Isn’t too much too much?

Is it? It seems that now with social media, there is tons of people telling us what to eat, what to buy, how to do this how to do that, it’s just a never ending thing. I’m part of those people.. but we are all different, we like different things and that’s how everything becomes confusing! I have like 100 nutritionist following on Instagram, Twitter, each of them pointing me to different directions.. and don’t let me start with the fashionistas or my horoscope! Am I the only one following trends and signs? Isn’t too much information too much? And then I read those stories.. this happened to this person.. this happened to other.. and I start freggin out! Omg, does my baby has the right colour? Does my baby breathe ok? Am I over feeding my baby? Man! Sometimes having a social media break feels good! Maybe we should have like those meatless Mondays.. a social media-less Tuesdays.. I think that is going to be the future! Probably someone would come up with this trendy topic soon when one day a week we all start living life without looking at the others lol! I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. Do you know how this ideas came to my mind? I was talking with my mother in law, and she told me she was at the airport, and while she was waiting for her flight she noticed that the guy seating in front of her was breathing different and started to look very white, he went to the washroom and suddenly someone called security because he got a heart attack.. and then I thought.. if I was my mother in law, probably I would be seating with eyes on my phone for the entire time, and probably I wouldn’t notice what was happening to this guy seating in front of me.. sad but true. So is this going too much? What about you? Would you notice? Happy Saturday!