Starlight Bloggers Award!!!

starlightI’m so glad to have been nominated for this award by two bloggers whose blogs I love to read!  Bumbi’s Mom and LifeAsAGayMom…these ladies are so great about writing raw, honest, emotional and real posts about the joys and struggles of being mom…and I am grateful for the friendships we have formed…so thanks for the nod and thanks for being you!

The rules are:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 3 questions given to you.
  • Please pass the award on to 6 or more other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated by you.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog (please never alter the logo and never change the rules).
  • This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.
  • Nominate your 6 favorite bloggers and pass on the award!

The following blogs I love for a ton of reasons, but the best way to find out way, is to check them out yourself!  You’ll see! (All of the “About Me sections have been linked)

My Perfect Breakdown
          My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows
Mama et Maman
Counting Chickens
AdoptiveBlackMom
          Impossibly Royal

The 3 questions I was asked (2 sets of 3, so really 6!) are:

  • If you could do one thing over this week, what would it be?
  • Why did you decide to start a blog?
  • Who or what inspires your creativity?
  • What is the funniest memory you have? If not in all time, something more recent
  • What’s your favorite recipe? Don’t be stingy and leave parts out!
  • What is something that will always make you smile?

This week, I would redo absolutely nothing.  It’s been a pretty horrible week actually.  The only thing I would do is fast forward it until tomorrow so that my sisters wedding day can be here and we can have a nice time with extended family and celebrate my sister and her new husbands commitment to each other.  And also, I’m officiating so I’m hella excited.  Technically, tomorrow is the last day of the week, so even though it hasn’t happened yet, I would redo that!

I decided to start blogging to chronicle the things that were going on in my life in regards to my wife being pregnant with out twin boys and how I was feeling as the non-belly mama while things were progressing, but really it has turned into a blog about my life.  About the everyday crap that happens. About being a foster mom on the journey to adoption.  About raising 3 kids in apartment in New Rochelle.  About dealing with life as the Universe dishes it out.  I started blogging, mainly, to tell my story, and be able to read back on it later.

If we’re talking about inspiring my creativity in regards to writing, well that’s easy!  The world around me does.  But when we are talking about creativity, like art and music, it also comes from a variety of places, but lots of times, it comes from somewhere really deep.  Somewhere that the old demons lay around an linger in. That’s when I write my best music, my most melodic spoken word, my brightest and most vibrant pieces of art.  Those demons, who try and rear their ugly heads every once in a while, those are the ones that encourage me to remember how far I’ve come and how expressing them through some form of art is so helpful and therapeutic.

I have a crapload of funny memories.  I’m a pretty funny chick, and I can usually make people laugh pretty easily.  But if I had to chose a funny moment (funny now! Ridiculously embarrassing then!) from my own life, it would have to be the time that I was in Sophomore year of high school, in the middle of a very silent class room, during a Regents exam.  The room was seriously silent!  So silent that my teacher dropped a push pin and you ACTUALLY heard it hit the floor.  My stomach wasn’t doing so hot, as it was 9am, and I had had to rush out of the house that morning for fear of being late and not being allowed to take the exam, with one of those travel bowls of cereal and milk.  During the exam, my stomach kept rumbling, and even though I doubt anyone heard it, it was making me absolutely nuts.  I wanted to excuse myself to the bathroom, but you can’t during Regents’.  So I figured, if I lean a little to the left, and then a little to the right I can get “the Spread” (c’mon! y’all know the spread!) and that way, when I did actually fart, it wouldn’t be loud, it would just ease it’s way on out like a little pfffffff.  Well, yeah…that totally didn’t happen!  I sounded like a trucker after 3 bowls of chilli!  It sounded more like Prrrraaappppp! I was mortified, but my classmates thought it was hilarious!  This is one I’ll tell my kids, that I’m sure they will think is just. The. Best!

My favorite recipe is one that has been passed down in my family from who knows how many great grandmother.  I learned from my mom, she learned from her mom, and she learned from her mom.  It’s for making Empanadas.  I don’t know the exact measurements, because I’ve always been told, that love in your food can’t be measured. So excuse the vagueness of this recipe . It has a few steps for prep that need to happen well before you start cooking.  The first is to go to your local grocery store, and check the freezer aisle.  If you have a GOYA section, you will find “Discos”.  empanadasYou can make these yourself, but it’s much easier to but them.  Next you will have to make Sofrito.  You can buy it too, but believe me, it’s not as good!  And you can use it to cook a lot of your other foods and give everything a nice little boost.   To make Sofrito you will need:

  • A green pepper
  • a red pepper
  • a bushel of cilantro
  • a whole garlic (peeled)
  • a large Spanish onion

You will cut all of these ingredient up, put them in a blender or a food processor and chop them up, until the consistency is something like a salsa.  You don’t want to liquify it.  It need a little substance.  Once that’s done, you can start making Empanadas.

  • Brown 1 pound of ground beef.  Make sure it’s finely chopped. Once cooked, drain it.
  • Put the meat back in the pan, and add 1/4 cup of water and one spoon of tomato paste.
  • Add a package or two of Sazon and sprinkle some Adobo to taste (I usually salt it a little bit more than it should be, because once you put it in the Disco, it evens out the taste)
  • Add 2 heaping regular spoonfuls (like the ones you eat with) of sofrito (this is also to taste…sometimes I find that I need a little more if the garlic isn’t particularity strong enough)
  • Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes on medium heat so that it absorbs all of the flavor.
  • Once it’s done, set it to the side to cool a bit (about 10-15 minnutes)
  • Get a fork!
  • Open the pack of Discos.
  • Put a few spoonfuls of meat in the middle of the Disco.
  • Fold the disco in half, and with the fork, make impressions around the edge to seal the meat inside.
  • When you are about half way through the pack of Discos, put oil in a different pan and let it start to heat up.  It needs to be REALLY HOT so that the empanadas don’t stick to the pan.empanadas-raw
  • Once they are all closed (make sure they are properly sealed!  If the meat is still too hot, it will make the Discos extra doughy and harder to work with, so make sure it has significantly cooled down), you can put them in the hot oil.  They cook pretty quickly (about 3-5 minutes).  You want to watch for nice little bubbles crisping on the surface!  Be careful when you eat them!  They are very very hot!empanadas doneThe ground beef can be substituded.  We sometimes use cut up shrimp, shredded chicken (we boil it until cooked all the way and then shred it and cook it following the above instructions), we use guava and cheese (doesn’t need any cookin, just guave paste in the International food aisle and Queso Blanco) and also, pizza sauce, mozzarella, and peperoni!

And finally, something that always makes me smile?!  These guys…kids macho neneThe 3 questions for all you lovely folks…

  1. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?
  2. What is a secret talent that you have?
  3. When you grow up, what do you wanna be?

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8 thoughts on “Starlight Bloggers Award!!!

  1. Aw, thanks so much for thinking of me 🙂 I’m all warm and fuzzy x
    That recipe looks amazeballs (not a word I break out regularly). We definitely don’t have a Disco’s section here in Thailand :-(. I might try and substitute a roti dough and see how I get on. Love empanadas! Haven’t had any since I was in Peru…gosh must be 6 years ago. I have to get on it!

  2. Love the recipe. I will have to try that asap – or talk my partner into doing it, since I am not too swift in the kitchen. I totally relate to what inspires you. I think sometimes going through the tougher times in life have been a blessing for me creatively too. I totally adore your blog and I think it is natural that writing about all aspects of your life becomes part of the journey. Being a mom is not just about being around the kids. You don’t stop being a mom when you have to go to work or go deal with grown-up stuff like losing people, traveling, or attending bachelorette parties. I told my partner when I started blogging that it is like reality tv for readers. Glad to have found your blog and I always look forward to reading everything you write. And I am still thinking positive thoughts for you and yours.

  3. You are probably one of the funniest people that I know. It’s truly a gift, and a blessing to those around you. I would LOVE to watch you perform spoken word. I bet it would be amazing! Those empanadas look yummy! And those babes of yours…. All three of them… So adorable! Thank you for the nomination my friend! I am honoured 🙂

  4. I need the recipe for this discos too!! They look amazing! I love reading these award posts, I’m so glad you participated and nominated me! And those kids, they are just soo cute! I guess it’s time to get thinking and writing. Thank you!

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