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As much as I love moving from state to state, city to city, I hate the actual moving process. Mainly the packing part. This latest adventure is taking me to … drumroll, please … Marion, Iowa.
Anticlimactic, isn’t it?
You probably thought I was going somewhere awesome like New York, or Los Angeles. Instead, it’s someplace you have probably never heard of. That’s what makes this exciting for me; at least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
Our move in date is April 1st and I’m still gathering the packing supplies. I have less than 20 days to get the apartment packed up while still being able to live comfortably while we wait.
This means I spend most of my days sitting on the floor surrounded by unsurpassable mounds of knick-knacks, whatchamacallits, and whosawhatsis. Sorting through what goes and what stays. Forcibly reminding myself to label each box so when the toilet paper runs out we know where to get more.
With my time being devoted to packing and cleaning I don’t have a ton of time to do much else. That includes cooking. See, the way I figure it since it’s just the two of us we can survive the next few weeks on sandwiches and takeout. This way we don’t have to worry about a ton of dishes or wasting time in the kitchen.
In order to keep it at least somewhat healthy, I did pick up some whole grain bread from Walmart. Brownberry® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread to be exact 🙂
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I have a Pinterest board dedicated to sandwiches that is being put to good use!
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Growing up in a split multi-cultural family can be confusing. You grow up and have to decide on your own whether to continue one sides traditions and spite the other or to create new traditions. Eventually I got to the age where I could decide where and how I wanted to spend holidays. I tried to be fair and spend a little time with everyone – taking in the traditions that were passed down from generation to generation. Once I grew up and had a family of my own it was my turn to decide which traditions were kept and which were forgotten. To help make the decisions I took time to remember the passion behind the holidays.
The excitement and the devotion from the Latino side of my family was always intense – whether it was Christmas or Cinco de Mayo. Every holiday was a reason to celebrate. Except one. There was one holiday observance that didn’t have a huge party or loud music. There was that one holiday that my Wela showed more devotion and passion for, above the others, and it was Easter. She threw her annual fiesta de Carnaval and we danced and ate and laughed. But when Miercoles de Ceniza came I saw my family at their most humblest as the ash cross was marked on forehead after forehead.
For my Wela, Lent was always about more than just giving up meat for 40 days. She challenged all of us to let go of the things that bound us. Every year she would ask me, “Mija, what has the most hold over you; what do you crave the most?” Each year she challenged me to let go of those things for 40 days. I can’t tell ya how many times I cried because I chose to give up chocolate, haha.
This year I remember Wela and have been missing her more and more. With the stress and emotional overload I’ve had through the past year I grabbed on to her memory and her tradition of Lent to pull me through. I remember her words and her challenges and how something as trivial as giving up chocolate for 40 days made me more humble. More appreciative. Only this year it isn’t chocolate. This year it is men, well one man in particular – the thing that has the most hold over me. The thing I crave the most; which just so happens to be the thing that is causing the most stress! I think Wela would be proud and I continue to pull strength from her memory.
To keep her close to me this year I have made some of her classic comfort foods. I can’t get them quite spot on, but they are usually close seconds. My favorite and the closest to Wela’s recipe is the Jalapeno-Cheddar Cornbread I’ve been munching on for days now. This is seriously comfort food at its best and it’s so easy to whip up. I try to always have the ingredients on hand and you can find them at your local Latin market or food store. She’d glare at me for telling you this, but Wela always kept canned peppers in her pantry. That was her way of making sure they were always on hand for last-minute guests and midnight cravings. La Morena is the first brand I reach for!
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 10-inch cast-iron fry pan.
Combine the drained corn, dry ingredients, jalapenos, and cheese in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
Blend together the egg, buttermilk, and butter in another bowl. Pour the mixture into the well in the other bowl with the corn mixture. Fold gentily until everything is blended and lump-free.
Pour the mixture into the prepared skillet and set the timer for 20 minutes.Once the timer goes off insert a toothpick in the center of the cornbread to check for doneness. Continue baking at 5 minute intervals until the toothpick comes out clean.
Let the cornbread sit for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
if part of your New Year’s Resolution was to eat healthier (and even if it wasn’t) I have a company you’re going to love. They are Ozery Bakery and the breads they sent for editorial consideration are so good you won’t know they’re good for you.
I have always been a bread lover; I could live on it and looking at my hips you’d think I have. Up until recently I didn’t have a high awareness for the breads I was eating. Turns out what I was eating wasn’t exactly good for me. Since the new year I have been sticking with breads that are made with whole wheat and grains and avoiding the over processed stuff. I wont say it has been easy because my first instinct is to grab anything that looks good.
Can you relate?
I’m trying to replace that instinct with reading labels and only buying the foods that don’t have the junk I’m trying to avoid.
Ozery Bakery was started 15 years ago by Al Ozery and his two sons, Alon and Guy. The family’s belief that balancing nutrition and taste is of the utmost importance has brought us (the consumer) healthier alternatives for delicious breads.
Ozery Bakery offers four primary products in a few scrumdiddlyumptious varieties:
OneBun (4 varieties)
Soft Ciabatta Thins (2 varieties)
Morning Rounds (4 varieties)
Snacking Rounds (3 varieties)
Each of the breads is made using whole foods that haven’t been exposed to chemicals or processing; there are no artificial preservatives. While they do not offer gluten free breads, they are all dairy and meat free. They are also kosher.
My experience with Ozery Bakery has been phenomenal. I got to try each of their Morning Rounds and Snacking Rounds varieties with my friends. Everyone raved about them with the only negative comment being that the Muesili was slightly dry. Schmear some light cream cheese on it and it is to-die-for good. Each variety I tried was amazing but my favorite was the Apples & Cinnamon Snacking Rounds. They are the perfect size for healthy snacking and they are wonderfully filling so I am not over indulging. Don’t get me wrong – I want to keep eating them because they are so good, but I don’t feel the need to.
The Morning Rounds from Ozery Bakery would make a great healthy Valentine’s Day breakfast! Cut off some edges to create a heart and fill with some low fat cream cheese or healthy peanut butter and serve with coffee, tea, or even mimosa’s! Try mixing some fresh fruits in for a brighter flavor. Yummy!
You can find Ozery Bakery products in stores (H.E.B., Costco, Whole Foods etc…) as well as shop at their online bakery. The preferred preserving method is to freeze them, but I can’t guarantee there will be any left over! They are really that good. Be sure to also connect with Ozery Bakery on their social media channels:
I’m so excited to give one of you (US & CA residents) a chance to win the same gift pack I received. It has each variety of Snack Rounds and Morning Rounds from Ozery Bakery. Just use the form below to enter and good luck!
Meatloaf is one of those dishes you either like or you don’t. I’ve never been that crazy for meatloaf; it’s just too plain and boring for me. Crescent wrapped meatloaf now is a different story. I love the combination of bread and meat – it’s almost like a hamburger only better.
I just use refrigerated crescent rolls to make my crescent wrapped meatloaf. It’s quicker and less mess than making it from scratch. These may not be the prettiest things I’ve ever made but they sure are tasting mighty good!