Would you like to buy a cupcake?

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Words that would haunt me for many years. I can still hear the kids at school teasing me. When I was a kid, Mom would make cupcakes by the dozens and send my sister and I off to sell them in the apartments where we lived. She even made us go to the businesses located in front of us. We hated it. However we did get a free pizza out of it. Our classmates lived in the same apartments and would always make jokes at school.

Voicing our opinions to Mom did not change her mind. Often we would return home from school to find Mom frosting cupcakes. “Can I go back to school?” So off we went door to door asking “Would you like to buy a cupcake?”

We were kids and new nothing about bills that needed to be paid. This is how Mom paid the bills. Every quarter counted for something. At least our math skills were being sharpened. I remember the neighbors teaching us different ways to count the change.

Years later my sister and I were walking down S. Congress Avenue in Austin, TX and what did we see? A small silver 50′s style trailer with a huge cupcake on the roof. Hey Cupcake! sells delicious oversized cupcakes. We could have kicked ourselves in the booski. But seriously, if you ever visit Austin be sure to try the carrot cake. Amazing!

Now it is my turn. I am saving every peso I can to give my son a memorable 5th birthday party. I had every intention to sale these german chocolate cupcakes, but the thought of going out door to door, or in this case gate to gate, made me shy and nervous. So I just offered them to my friends.

Maybe I am scarred for life!

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Mama Lala

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Call her by her real name and you are most likely a bill collector and her response will be “I’m sorry she is not in right now. May I take a message?” Call her Lala and you have probably known her for a long while, are good friends or family.

Lala knows many people and many people know her. You know of the abusive relationship she came out of for the sake of her three small children. She was not a believer in staying in a dysfunctional family unit for the kid’s sake.

Was she perfect? No. She was young and made mistakes in which she eventually learned from. She strived to do the right things and found happiness for herself and her children.

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Were her children perfect? No! Well maybe the young boy. He never got in trouble, like the young girls. When she thought raising these three were just about done, she took in three more small ones to raise as her own. From that moment on she has been known as Mama Lala.

She has witnessed all six of them learn from their own painful mistakes and grow into adults with their own families. All of her sacrifices are truly appreciated by those who call her Mom.
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I know it hasn’t been easy and this is why I love you so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for enduring this life with me. Feliz dia de las Madres!

My song for you.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2ygvrPiSgfU

Creamy Oatmeal

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Oatmeal was another go to for Mom. Recently Mom told me she loved oatmeal. I was a little confused. Once, I remember Mom making us oatmeal for breakfast. She served all of us and not herself. I recall her saying, “I don’t like oatmeal.” It makes me wonder if she just said that because there was just enough for us, and not for her.

How many times did Mom go hungry for our sakes? I love you Mom.

Papas used to eat a lot of oatmeal before he turned one. Then he went on strike from all food! Everything I do, I do it with papas in mind. So if he didn’t like something I gave up on it. No more nice mommy! Hello my name is Tami and I have spoiled the kid rotten. Seriously parents, don’t repeat my mistakes. If your child doesn’t eat I promise it will not hurt them to go hungry until the next meal. Esposo and I would worry then rush out to buy him all the things he would eat…french fries and pizza. I am a horrible person! We are now struggling to get him to try foods that are healthy and nutritious. It’s a battle that will be won!
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Yesterday I made oatmeal before heading out to worship. Papas used to eat a lot of it before his strike. He took one look at it and said ” No thank you.” I insisted and his voice raised, “NO THANK YOU!” Thanks for being polite kid, but you will not move until this oatmeal is finished. 1/0 Mommy!

I added apples yesterday and I told Papas I would try bananas today. I use the quick cook oats and let them cook for just a little longer than the 5 minutes. I like oatmeal creamy and milky.

Creamy Oatmeal

1 1/2 cups water
2 apples, chopped
1/2 cup quick cook oats
Brown sugar, to taste
Raisins, optional
12 oz can evaporated milk

Bring water to a boil a long with the apples. Add oats, raisins and desired amount of brown sugar. Let the oats get soft and add the milk. Let simmer on low until the oats are a little more softer. Add more sugar if desired. You can substitute with any other fruit you like.

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That cabbage got creamed

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Okay the title is a little corny. I am my mother’s daughter. Love you!

Where there is a sample stand, you can bet I will be all over it. You can also bet that I will get suckered into buying whatever it is they are selling. “Well this money is for the kid’s pull-ups. Oh okay, I’ll take two. An extra load of laundry won’t hurt.”

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HEB had several samples in the store this week. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, it’s Taco Revolution! Fajitas marinated in two different sauces. Melt in your mouth grilled beef skirt. SLURP! Yakult…I’m not that much of a sucker. Sorry yakult. I’ll pass. Has anyone ever tried that concoction? Taste like those confetti birthday cakes. Bleh! There was also a lady making shredded pork tacos. She topped it with a creamy shredded cabbage mixture. “I’ll have seconds on the cabbage please.” Yum!

1/4 of a medium sized cabbage, shredded
16 ounce container of sour cream
1/2 a jar of That Green Sauce (caution: this sauce bites back)
1 cup of shredded Habanero Jack cheese
Goya Sazonador Total, to taste

Toss everything together in a bowl until the cabbage is coated well with the sour cream. Use in place of lettuce on your tacos, burritos or tostadas. I served it along side sausage and peppers.

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Sausage and Peppers

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Growing up, I can recall all the dishes mom made for us. They were few, but we never complained. She lived on an extremely tight budget as a single mother with three kids. She kept things very simple. If we did not like what she made we didn’t eat. Mom never babied us.

Why am I such a softie when it comes to my papas? My kid is the pickiest eater alive. It is a struggle to introduce new foods.

Last night I made an oldie but a goodie. Sausage was my absolute favorite when I was a kid. I looked forward to it at Grandma’s cook-outs. One thing I did not like was bbq sauce. I thought it to be disgusting. What I didn’t like about it was the thickness and heavy flavor. However, when mom put it together with sausage, I loved it! The sauce would thin out making it good enough to me to eat it. I wonder where papas gets his pickiness from?

Allow me to introduce one of those happy meals we had with a glass of kool-aid.

Sausage and Peppers

2 tbsps olive oil
2 – 14oz packages of sausage, sliced.
Your favorite brand will do. Mom always bought the cheapest.
2 large bell peppers, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
Goya sazonador total, to taste
1/4 cup of your favorite bbq sauce
. If you can get a hold of Stubbs spicy or even Rudy’s, those are good. HEB brand has a Carolina sauce that is amazing!

Heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, peppers and seasoning. Brown mixture, lower heat to medium-low, cook covered until onions began to soften, about 10 minutes. Add bbq sauce, cover and cook another 5-10 minutes. Serve over white rice or along side mashed potatoes.

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Lasagna

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1 year and 4 months have come and gone since my last post.  That is way too long.  I miss blogging.  I miss all my followers.  I miss cooking.  Yes cooking.  Since I started working I have had little to no time for my favorite hobby.  During my spring break vacation I did do some cooking for my family, but it was rushed, so we really can not say it was cooking.  More like throwing something together.

I have a four day weekend and I was able to cook!  Lasagna is what I wanted and lasagna is what I got.  There has been a lot of “movement” going on in the streets of this country.  However, I really wanted lasagna and ventured out to gather the missing ingredients. What I needed most was a casserole dish to assemble the lasagna.  I went all over the cartel infested streets only to come back empty handed.  Why is it so hard to find anything in this town?  I wound up borrowing one from my neighbor.  Thank God she had one.  At this point I was so tired but still determined.

I cannot take credit for this scrumptious recipe.  This is Emeril Lagasse’s 1-2-3 lasagna and it is fantastic.  The sauce can be used for spaghetti as well.

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I am sorry for that dinner

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I tried a new recipe for enchilada sauce and it did not go over too well.  This woman swore up and down that the secret ingredient (cocoa) made this dish.  Not so much….and now I feel sick.

I will take a crack at another recipe once I get the taste of chili powder out my mouth.

Hope you all enjoyed your dinner.

Good and happy eating!

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