Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wonderful time with family and friends

I hope everyone had a wonderful week celebrating with family and friends. We had a great time!!!

I've never spent so much time in the kitchen like I did last week. When it comes to the kitchen, I've never had a good reputation, lol. Whenever my family comes, they even bring their own pots to cook, lol. I just don't like to complicate my life too much. I prefer simple dishes. Latin food is too much work and is not the healthiest one either. I do make excellent rice, lol

Anyway, this was the first time my friend and her family were coming to visit. They came from Maryland. I wanted to make them a nice meal to welcome them. I spent the whole day in the kitchen preparing everything. Very simple meal: black beans, rice, chicken breast, salad and (3)ricotta cheesecake for dessert. My friend couldn't believe it! She knew about my reputation so she was very impressed. She said I'm not allowed to say anymore that I don't know how to cook. Dinner was delicious!!! So, the rest of the week, I was in the kitchen cooking with her :)

My dad came with them too. I think we all had a great time together. All we did was eat, drink and listen to music the whole week. It was nice!!! We were so involved in spending time together that we forgot to take family pictures on Christmas Eve.

At least we took a picture of our meal. I only made the rice, :) That turkey, I had it in the freezer since Thanksgiving. I won that turkey at a supermarket. I didn't know how to make it. My friend didn't know how to make it either so she called her mom in DR and she gave her all the instruction over the phone. My mom tried telling me over the phone also, but I was just laughing :)

Here we have turkey, potato salad (we call it Russian salad-I don't know why), baby ribs, steak and rice with green pigeon peas. It was mostly meat. We don't really eat meat, but that's all our guests eat. It's a Latin American thing. A meal without meat, it's not a meal :) They didn't eat the turkey. We still have turkey in the fridge.

Here we are with our friend Laura that came to have dinner with us.

Here are our friends: Rosy, Susanita, Fernando y Mafer (short for Maria Fernanda)

Here I am with my dad. Now you can see where I get the looks, lol. Well, I actually look more like my mom.

Here is Gaby enjoying some time with Abuelo (grandpa).

Santa came!!!! and he brought a lot of things!!! This year we were reusing/re-gifting. I had a bunch of books, DVDs and a Leap Pad that were used but looked like brand new. We wrapped them all for the girls. They loved them!!!

Gaby didn't get the telescope that he wanted. Santa had ordered it online and didn't find out until two days before that it was out of stock and it was not going to be available until Feb. Santa left some $$$ so he can start saving for it. He also got two books. Grandpa got him an electronic speaking dictionary. Plus, he received three Barnes $ Nobles gift cards. Of course he was happy.

Gaby asked Santa for a bed for Speedy. So, here is Speedy enjoying his new gift. He is chewing the little pillow, lol. He also got a bone.

Mokis was not behind. Gaby asked Santa for some treats for him and he got it.

Ok, I think you guys are probably bored by now. My next post will be about some projects that I'm working on.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Where should I start? It's been almost a month!!!!

I can't believe it's been that long since I last posted here. I really need to try harder to update my blog.

Ok, so right after Thanksgiving, I was working day and night on my Bow Business. I had the Christmas On Main Street show last Monday and it was a great experience!! I really enjoyed it! I met a lot of wonderful people and I made some $$ too. I truly believe that some doors will open for me based on that show. I met a very, very nice lady that offered to take my catalog and samples to a gift store in SC. I met with her on Wednesday to give them to her. I hope she brings me really great news next week. She also mentioned that she has a friend here that owns a dance store and that she does consignment. She might be interested in my ballerina clippies.

I got a lot of positive feedback and that made me all excited. Now, I'm looking forward to do another small show right before Valentine's Day. I need to look into that ASAP as I don't have that much time to get ready.

Oh, I also made a cute outfit (tutu and zumba onesie) for one of our zumba instructors. She loved it!!!! Here is a picture.

I love the way it came out. Working with tulle was a little tedious, lol I need to practice a little bit more though. I can't wait to see the baby wearing her tutu. She is our future zumba diva, :-P

On another note, this year, for the first time in the many years we've been together, we decided to get a real Christmas tree. We were so excited when we got. No so much right now. The poor tree is not doing well. it's really dry and we've been watering it everyday. Here is a picture we took a couple of weeks ago.
We are expecting my dad and some family friends for Christmas. They were supposed to arrive tomorrow but because of the snow storm in the North East everything in closed and they might not be able to make it here until Monday. That gives me another day to get the house ready, lol

Ok, I think that would be all for now. I have to get back to cleaning.

Happy Holidays!!! I hope you all have a fantastic one!!!!