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A different Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

We usually have a private fiesta at my home during Cinco de Mayo or going to a Hispanic restaurant!  This year, I decided to make our Cinco de Mayo more meaningful, since my son has been every day, resisting to speak Spanish and Portuguese.

I told him we will be celebrating in a different way:

I am a member of my church’s Hispanic Ministry and I offered my time to volunteer for their Cinco de Mayo party which will be this Friday and offered my son’s time on the day of, to attend and help with anything needed!

We are also now speeding our search to support a child in a country who needs comfort and love! He will be writing, sending small items and learning about that child’s struggles, life and culture, which I think, will give him a different perspective on gratitude and compassion!

We will also cook a Hispanic meal together on Sunday and make homemade pinatas!

If celebrating Cinco de Mayo is not a part of your culture or the place where you live, embrace something new this year and follow some of my suggestions to have fun with the children:

  • Click here for the how to do a mini piñata
  • Read stories and explain how it is celebrated by families in other countries and know that NO, it is not the independence of Mexico, let’s get the facts!
  • Make a fun make your own taco meal, where they will fill their taco with fun items, set up on a buffet setting!
  • Music is a great way to have children learn culture, grab La Bamba and other famous hits and dance around the house! Dance away! My son and I love that!
  • There are many cartoons with Cinco de Mayo theme, youtube is a great place for that!

taco buffet

Would love to hear your suggestions! Let us know if you try some of our suggestions!

 

 

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Cinco de Mayo

Well, after 5 parents asked me if there was an easier, EASIER being the key word to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Common reasons are, I don’t cook, can you imagine Spanish food?? I am not crafty…..I am not good at singing, I don’t speak Spanish, the list goes on and on….so I decided to address each of the reasons given to me for not celebrating Cinco de Mayo and put together an easier guide to celebrate cinco de mayo!

I don’t cook! Well, a couple options:

 

Everybody that knows me, know that I am a strong advocate against fast food but we will make an exception by visiting local fast food restaurants for breakfast! My favorites: MacDonald’s Burrito

Taco Bell’s Burritos

A Fruit Salad for a nice light lunch and dinner, well, dinner, there are so many options, basically any American restaurant in the US has steak/chicken fajitas or quesadillas and flan for dessert or maybe you should try that small authentic restaurant you have been looking for! Maybe mommy and daddy can also top with a margarita! Arriba!

Not crafty??? Google local libraries and children’s museums, they are all offering special activities this Saturday.

Singing for you means bathroom time?? Well, Youtube has some great options, I blast it out with my wireless speakers on my iPad:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwTvRUQhp0Q

This one has a funny dance with it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3EmfX6WEpQ&feature=related

Cartoon time is in Spanish on Saturday! Yes, they love to watch tv, so let them!!!

Cute videos for younger ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y5N2hXOKL4

 

 

Don’t speak Spanish?? No need, use some words during your family day like:

Gracias – thank you      De nada – you are welcome     let’s eat – vamos a comer  let’s sing – vamos a cantar  hi – hola bye – hasta luego

Surprise them with a new Spanish Mom!

I hope my post inspired you to try one or all suggestions, if you do, PLEASE, PLEASE, come and share??

Bilingual Buddies Team

 

Put an Olé on your Cinco de Mayo party and day!

Cinco de Mayo this year is on Saturday and it kept me thinking, I have no working excuse and we need to make it bigger than any other years!

We usually have a Mexican Dinner with tacos to be made by each one of us, using a variety of 20+ ingredients. This year, I am planning a whole day of fun, so we will be having Huevos Rancheros

Breakfast Burrito                                                                        

This breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, cheese and sausage will melt in your mouth and is perfectly portable for on the go lifestyles.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz chorizo sausage, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 oz. of your favorite Mexican cheese, shredded or crumbled
  • 1 large burrito-sized tortilla

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.In a small pan, cook the chorizo over medium heat until cooked through. Drain excess fat.Place the tortilla on a cookie sheet covered with a very damp, clean dish towel. Let the tortilla cook for about 3 minutes.Whisk together the eggs and sour cream.  It’s okay if it’s slightly lumpy.  Pour the eggs into the pan over the chorizo and cook over medium heat and stir while cooking to scramble the eggs.

Take the tortilla out of the oven and place eggs down the center and then top with shredded cheese.  Fold up the burrito and let it sit for about one minute to let the burrito mold itself closed

Huevos Chorizo Scramble                                                                   

This delicious concoction of Mexican flavors is sure to wake up your taste buds!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled, chorizo
  • 2 tablespoons canned, diced green chiles
  • 1/4 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 green onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil or lard
  • 2 avocado slices (optional)
  • a dollop of sour cream (optional)

Preparation:

Warm oil or lard over medium heat in a small pan. Pour egg into pan, constantly stirring to scramble.  When eggs are almost done, fold in chorizo, chiles, cilantro and onion.  Remove from heat.  Sprinkle cheese over the top. Let it sit in the warm pan for 2 minutes to melt cheese and warm ingredients.  Garnish with avocado slices and sour cream.

 

for breakfast! I know you are going to say too many eggs! We love eggs at my house, so it will be a desayuno con huevos! Would love to see your pics! Please send me if you try! [email protected]

Then, we will be working on crafts:

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Here’s what you’ll need…

• 2 Paper plates • Glue or stapler • Dried beans,  unpopped popcorn or rocks • Paint and brush

How to make it:1.

Paint your paper plates any color and design you choose – eating side down.

2.  Once the paint is dry fill one paper plate with dried beans,  rocks or anything you have around the house that will make noise.  Glue the paper plates together, and you’re done! And let’s shake it! We usually make three and form our own band! My husband plays the guitar and we sing La Bamba, using a sombrero hat! My son loves dancing, so we dance using this and other Spanish songs! So much fun, after all, it’s fiesta!

Lunch Time, we usually eat something light, like an ensalada de fruta, fruit salad with table cream, only found in Hispanic and Portuguese stores.

Dinner time is always special, my son loves tacos, I buy low fat tortillas and warm them up on a skillet and wrap them in a paper towel to keep them warm. I also chop onions, tomato, three color peppers, hot peppers, hard boiled eggs, avocado, olives and cranberries and places them in small individual containers, I also place three or four types of cheese like American, fetta, gouda shredded and cream cheese and sour cream off course! Cooked ground beef with cumin, onions salt and pepper on olive oil, small sauteed pieces of chorizo (sweet, I don’t like spicy).

Flan for dessert!                                                               

 

Ingredients

  •                     1 cup white sugar
  •                     3 eggs
  •                     1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  •                     1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  •                     1 tablespoon vanilla extract

            Directions

  1.                     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2.                     In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in color.  Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom and sides.  Set aside.
  3.                     In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth.  Pour egg mixture into baking dish.  Cover with aluminum foil.
  4.                     Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes.  Let cool completely.
  5.                     To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.

Happy Fiesta!!