Monday, July 25, 2016

Hurricane's Introduction

PC: Theresa Stone, Classroom Teacher
Hurricane began school and presented about himself.
The items in his bag were:
- Summer Reading Poster saying, "I listened to or read 2,000 pages."
- Cars from the movie
- Junior Ranger badges
- Lego guys to share his LOVE of Legos
- a Star Wars Lego guy to tell how much he likes Star Wars!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valentine's Day

We took a bunch of pictures and got this one.
Love these boys and their Daddy!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Rosca de Reyes

On Three Kings Day, a family supper celebrates the day 
similar to Christmas Day supper.
Part of the tradition is to have Rosca de Reyes (Kings' Ring). 
Since we were celebrating for the first time, I wanted to make a Rosca.

The Rosca has baked inside it a small plastic doll which hidden.
The doll represents when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt 
when King Herod came through and killed all the infants and toddlers.
Whoever get the doll in their slice is king for the day.
I admit I didn't bake a plastic doll or a bean into our Rosca because I forgot.

Maybe next year I'll remember.

I found a recipe that I had all the ingredients for and made it. I had to read quite a few recipes since I didn't have the candied oranges and limes, dates, quinces, or baby. The bread was super yummy and was requested for breakfast. Notes to the recipe below: I soaked the cranberries in grape juice and used milk instead of eggnog for the glaze.

Recipe Source: Yvette Marque-Sharpnack from Muy Bueno Cookbook 

 
Rosca de Reyes with Cranberry-Almond Filling Eggnog Glaze 
Yield: 12 servings
 
Ingredients:
For the Bread:
1 packet (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water (about 110° F)
3/4 cup warm milk (about 110° F)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided


For the Cranberry-Almond Filling:
3/4 cup organic dried cranberries, soaked in 1/2 cup brandy
8 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
1 teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


For the Eggnog Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash freshly grated nutmeg
4 to 6 teaspoons eggnog


Garnish:
Maraschino cherries
 

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water and let it foam up for a minute or two. Blend in the milk, sugar, butter, salt, eggs and lime peel. Stir in two cups of the flour, a little at a time. Beat for 2 minutes. Add remaining flour until you have soft, workable dough. Note: Your dough will be sticky.

Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth, about 5 to 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl large enough to accommodate dough when doubled in size. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).

Meanwhile, prepare the Cranberry-Almond Filling. Drain the dried fruit of its liqueur. In a small bowl, combine the drained fruit with remaining filling ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.

When dough has risen and doubled in size, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured board, kneading just enough to release any air bubbles. Roll out the dough into a 9- by 30-inch rectangle. Crumble the filling over the dough to within 1 inch of the edges. Starting along a long side, tightly roll up the dough, pinching edge against loaf to seal.

With a sharp knife, cut roll in half lengthwise, carefully turn cut sides up, and loosely twist ropes around each other, keeping cut sides up.

Carefully transfer the bread to a greased and floured baking sheet or pizza stone and shape into a wreath, pinching ends together to seal. Let it rise, uncovered, in a warm place until puffy, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Place the cherries (cut in half) on top of the wreath to decorate.

Bake wreath until lightly browned, about 20 to 25 minutes, covering the wreath loosely with foil after the first 15 minutes, as it will brown quickly.

While wreath is baking, prepare eggnog glaze.

Combine sugar, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir in enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistency.
When wreath is done, transfer to a cooling rack with wide spatulas or a pizza peel. Cool for a few minutes then drizzle the glaze and grate a little bit of fresh nutmeg over the icing.
adapted from TheKitchn

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Día de los Reyes Magos

The 3 Kings come for Christmas to our house.
Sweetheart served an LDS mission in Spain, and I served in Panamá.
Part of the countries' traditions are the 3 Reyes Magos (the 3 Wise Men.)
We decided that the 3 Kings would come to our home instead of Santa.
For the first time we celebrated on Three Kings' Day.

On January 6 is the Day of Epiphany.
The 3 Kings came to bring gifts to the Christ Child 
after Mary and Joseph left the stable.
In Mexico and Spain, children put out their shoes the night before 
in hopes that the 3 Kings will come.  

The 3 Kings showed up and brought small treats to the children in the house.
Hurricane was very eager to wake up in the morning to see if the Kings had come.

In preparation, the boys wrote a note and prepared treats 
for the Kings and their animals.

The left note reads:
Thank you Three Kings.
There is cake and choclate milk in the frige.
Have some Joe-Joe's
and the water for your camels.

The right note reads:
1. Travel
2. Open door
3. Fill shoes
4. Repeat
5. Eat
6. Go

I are grateful for the example of the 3 Kings.
In my belief, they studied, pondered, and knew that a Savior would be born. 
They took action to follow the impressions they had to go on a journey to find him.
To travel as they did, they had money, intelligence, and most likely influence.
They didn't turn away when they saw where Jesus was living and gave freely of their gifts.
 
The Kings' example shows me their willingness 
to put their talents, things, and time to bless the Christ Child regardless of the sacrifice.
I can follow their example and use my talents, things, and time to do the same.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Bowling

They boys remembered and reminded us  that we needed to go.
Biggest accomplishment is that EVERYONE got a STRIKE!
The other event highlights were that there was no crying, vomiting, or pooping.

Another amazing part is that we've recorded our tradition for the 7 previous years!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

We spent the evening with friends until a New York Midnight
and returned home for our own party.

 The boys were given 3 sparklers.
The first one was to think of something sad or disappointing for 2015.
As they waved their sticks around, they shouted to the wind.

The second sparkler was for a triumph for the year.
What they mentioned were current happiness.
They lived in the immediate moment.

Lastly we asked them to think of things they hoped for 2016.
They said sweet things like accomplish a goal they have together
and to have our family matched through adoption.

We are looking forward to 2016 with all of its hoped for blessings!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Day

Christmas is special because of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The boys had concerns that the 3 Kings wouldn't find their way here.
 
They fell asleep at 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve after having gone to bed at 8 pm.
We had some sweet conversations about how they are blessed to have what they have.
They needed to have hope that good things were to come.

They were waiting for the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. 
Their hope was high and contagious.

The 3 Kings did find them and remembered them.
We were grateful for family who called to share our day together.

Both boys were given the promise of camping trips.
The adventure continues throughout the year.