All posts filed under: Christmas

Christmas with an ex boyfriend?

Happy Holidays Mi Gente! Holidays are meant to be spent with the people you love, right? Well, this year is a lil different for me I’m not celebrating this year. But for those of you who are celebrating happy holidays to you! Holidays with a twist! How do you decide whether to keep an ex — or merely someone you dated — in your life after the spark has gone out? Very good question. Sometimes you don’t get much of a choice. When I broke things off, I cut off all communication. If you have kids together, you might be co-parenting or at least communicating especially around the holidays. As for me, I don’t have kids so I don’t have those problems.   Whether or not the breakup was your call, cutting a person out of your life—someone with whom you’ve shared secrets, dreams for the future, a bed, or even a home—is really, really tough. And there’s no formula for breaking up with someone. But even after the hard part is over, it’s never …

Pumpkin Arroz con Leche

  15 min Total 30 min Ingredients 12 Servings 4 12 Ingredients 3 1/2 cups whole milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground 2 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 cup Arborio rice 7.5 ozs pumpkin puree 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup packed brown sugar Orange zest for garnish Pepitas for garnish 1 In a heavy saucepan, combine milk, salt, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon over medium heat. Bring to a slow simmer. 2 Add rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer, stirring occasionally until rice is tender; approximately 20 minutes. 3 Uncover and fold in pumpkin puree, sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Cook for 5 more minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let cool. 4 To serve, garnish with orange zest and pepitas.  

Puerto Rican Coquito Cheesecake

  Prep 15 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 17 Servings 8 17 Ingredients For the coquito: 12 oz coconut milk 8.5 oz coconut cream 12 oz evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cinnamon sticks 1 cup white rum (optional) For the cheesecake: 1 1/2 cups Graham crackers, ground 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup condensed milk 1 cup coquito drink 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground clove 1/2 cup sugar For the coquito: In a blender, process all ingredients. You can make an alcohol-free version without rum. 2 For the cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350°F. 3 Combine ground Graham crackers with softened butter. Pour into a spring-loaded 7-inch mold and press firmly into the bottom to create the crust. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. 4 In a blender, combine cream cheese, flour, condensed milk, coquito drink, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. 5 Pour into the mold and bake for 45 …

Giving Tuesday 2017

What’s #GivingTuesday? Unlike the two big shopping days, #GivingTuesday is a day for charity. Rather than thinking about saving money on the best gifts possible, we think about giving money to the best cause possible. Rather than feeling the stress and chaos of the holidays, we feel the peace and joy that comes from contributing to a good cause. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Black Friday. Cyber Monday…all great things in the realm of getting your holiday shopping completed. But you keep hearing about …

Feliz Nochebuena From Me To You

(Play Me And Happy Reading…..It Just Goes Together)  Hola y bienvenido BBS Family! It’s finally almost here December 24th 2016 is: 0 years 0 months 1 day 11 hours 44 minutes 14 seconds And counting….. (The kiddos in our family look foward to this very moment) I wanted to wish all my readers a Very Feliz Navidad y Buenas Fiestas! For those of you who aren’t sure what I just said, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! So, I’m sure some of you are wondering what Nochebuena and Navidad mean. They are Spanish words referring to the night of Christmas Eve and celebrated on December 24 every year. Holiday season is here, and Christians from Puerto Rico to Peru will be ringing in Nochebuena, the most important Christmas celebrations for members of Spanish-influenced cultures. Alternatively known as Noche Buena, La Cena de Nochebuena or Navidad, Nochebuena means “Good Night” in Spanish and refers to Christmas Eve, the biggest Christmas fete for most Latinos. Some families have adopted a more American take on the family meal in …

How To Survive Christmas

“Ahhh… Christmas!” *Slouches into the arm chair with a cup of tea and a tin of Roses* – this is what we dream about when it comes to Christmas, but in reality we tend to spend 99% of our time doing the opposite. Running around doing the shopping, stressing over our budgets and most of the time forgetting half of the things we actually need to do! But I guess that’s just part of Christmas! Hang out with the fam they’re your nearest and dearest but when you have to spend the whole of Christmas day with them, your family can start to get a little irritating after a while. If it’s not your Abuela telling you about how things were ‘back in her day’ then it’s someone moaning that their presents aren’t what they wanted.Either way, it can be hard to hold your tongue when it comes to the big day. It can be difficult for us all striving to create a memorable Christmas year after year especially when $$$ is in the back of …

Winter White

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white! (Wearing: The White Company & Asos) Seasons Greetings, ya’ll! Yea, I know I’m a bit Texan… But, who out there hasn’t wished for a white Christmas? Or if you’re like me and you live somewhere with four seasons, you’re likely already bracing yourself for winter. Crisp temperatures, early sunsets, and an overall chill quickly take hold once these months arrive, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to reflect this gloominess. In fact, what better time to infuse your outfits with a poppy print or, in today’s case, winter white than when you need it most?   (Above: Circle 1- Papaya & Asos/ Circle 2- Mixed Blanket Scarves & Sweaters; Old Navy_Banana Republic_Lily & Chloe/Circle 3- White House Black Market_LuckyJeans_Valentino) Some of ya’ll maybe having a white Christmas while others of us are wishing for it. Whatever the case maybe, you can always make a statement in winter white. Who else …

A Very Merry Borikén Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa not a creature was stirring, not even a Coquí. The children were tucked in their beds fast asleep in hopes Papa Noel soon would be there. Christmas in Puerto Rico starts early on, for some it starts right after Thanksgiving, which is the Advent or the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.  There are many celebrations that make “Navidad en Puerto Rico” such a special time, the most famous traditions?: The “parrandas”or “asaltos navideños” especially on Christmas Eve and “Los Tres Reyes.” The Epiphany is the main celebration. On January 6 “Los Reyes” or The Three Wise Men arrive to bring offerings to baby Jesus. Christmas day, meaning “Nochebuena” is another celebration but not as important as The Three Kings. Here’s a few ways we celebrate: Attend a Misa de Aguinaldo From December 15-24, churches conduct misas de aguinaldo, masses held at dawn featuring the singing of aguinaldos, which are Puerto Rican versions of Christmas Carols. Catch a Parranda A parranda is the local translation of …

Christmas 🎄Spice Rum 🍰Cake

Prep Time: 30 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Cook Time: 1 Hours Servings: 12 Servings Ingredients FOR THE CAKE: 1 box (about 18 Oz.) Yellow Cake Mix 1 package (3.5 Oz.) INSTANT Vanilla Pudding Mix 4 whole Eggs 1/2 cup Cold Water 1/2 cup Canola Oil 1/2 cup Rum (dark Or Light Is Fine)(Bacardi) 1 cup Chopped Pecans Brown Sugar (optional) _____ GLAZE 1-1/2 stick Butter 1/4 cup Water 1-1/2 cup Sugar 3/4 cups Rum (Bacardi) Instructions Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. If desired, sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar over the nuts. Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter into pan over nuts. Smooth out ’til the top is even. Bake for 1 hour, or a little less if the pan is black. Do not overbake! Glaze: While cake has ten minutes to go, make the glaze. Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off flame and pour in rum. …