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Go Goya!

Congrats on donating 20,000 pounds of food to San Antonio’s Catholic Charities this week! That’s a lot of frijoles! Well, actually, I’m sure they donated more than just beans. Regardless, we thought it was something worth saying ¡Ajua! to in acknowledgement.

According to reports, the food was donated the Our Lady of Guadalupe Community Center and Food Pantry on Tuesday, December 23rd. Catholic Charities supports food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the San Antonio region. In fact, the faith based organization claims to serve more than 143,00 people each year.

Goya, in case you’re not familiar, manufactures more than 2,200 food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Central and South America. Frijoles, of course, are among their bestsellers!

Go Goya

For Navidad: Good Friends & Good Food

This year, more than ever, was really quite a good year. I don’t mean that in the traditional sense per se. We did have our ups and downs, and there were moments where we both kind of felt more than a little disappointed. What I mean is that in terms of the relationships with the people in our lives this was an especially good year.

Our friendships especially blossomed this year. Over the past couple of years we’ve been getting to know a couple of groups of friends together, and I think over the past 12 months those friendships have become even more important to us. We’ve gotten to know everyone a little bit better, and we have allowed everyone to get to know us, the way we really are. We’ve laughed together; we’ve worked together; we’ve vented together over long dinners, breakfast and lunches; we’ve made plans together; and despite some hesitation on the part of some (LOL), we’ve even played games together. I’m serious. Like charades with a full on white board, markers and lots of yelling.

We really have made some great memories together. So when our friend Frida suggested a potluck get together to close out the year together, we were all for it. A couple of days later Pollo Tropical sent us an email and asked us if we were interested in working with them. Things just kind of worked out that way. This past weekend we all came together for our Christmas/end of year get together and enjoyed lots of delicious treats from Pollo Tropical. Everyone raved about how good all of the delicious food was. And they sent so much of it that there was enough for everyone to take home leftovers.

The Caribbean-inspired fast-casual concept restaurant had told us they were catering for 15 people, but as one of our friends put it, “we weren’t sure if it was catering for 15 or catering for 15 Latinos,” jajaja! It turns out it was the latter and then some. I’m telling you there was a lot of food!

The other great thing that came out of our collaboration too is that we get to giveaway two of these catering packages to two lucky winners on the blog. We are really excited about that!

GIVEAWAY- HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

What comes in the catering package for 15 are the following menu items:

– Grilled chicken
– Rice and beans
– Salad rolls 
– Pollo Tropical sauces
– Some dessert options

For your chance to win, just leave a comment here on the blog before 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, December 26, 2014. We’ll choose a winner and let you know if you have won one of the two catering packages before the New Year.

In case you’re wondering if Pollo Tropical has a location near you, here are their locations in Texas:

Houston area:
21441 Tomball Parkway in Tomball
11400 Broadway Street in Pearland
6522 Westheimer Road (opened today – Dec. 19)

DFW area:
5290 Belt Line Road in Addison
11440 N. Dallas Tollway and 9055 John Hickman Parkway in Frisco
2220 South Loop 288 in Denton
2601 North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth
102 S. Central Expressway in Allen (opening Jan. 16, 2014)

San Antonio:
838  E. Bitters Road
6819 N. Loop 1604 W.

Now here’s to friendship! Enjoy our photos from our little end of year gathering.

We’re very lucky to have all of these great people in our lives.

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Walgreens, Washateria, Hair in Your Soup = Date Night!

Kind of sort of. We did go to Walgreens, to the washateria, and one of us did find a hair in our soup, but it wasn’t really a date and it wasn’t at night. As they say, we made this video just for fun. Thanks for watching!

#LetsGetCrafty on Instagram

You may or may not know, Instagram is one of my favorite social media networks. Of all of the different platforms out there for us to express ourselves, IG is just more visually appealing. For me, it’s been the place where I share what I’m making, buying, admiring, or whatever. It’s just a lot of fun.

And for this time of the year, I was inspired to share some of the holiday crafts I’ll be working on throughout the month of December. My goal is to make very simple DIY crafts as close to everyday as possible. If you’re interested, you should follow along on my profile. It would be cool to see some of your crafts too if you’re so inspired.

Tag me @la_anjel if you want to share what you’ve made. And just for kicks, here are a couple of the crafts I’ve shared so far. See you on IG!

#DIY #crafting #craft #20daysofcrafting #LetsGetCrafty #howto #holidaycrafts

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Weekend Fotos: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… everywhere you look! And this year for the first time in a long time I’m actually getting into the spirit of the season. For the better part of the most recent years I had either been too busy, too tired, or too Chritmased-out to actually enjoy the holiday, and every December 25th came and went without really feeling like a major occasion. Este año, though, all the happy faces, the festive lights and colors, have proved to win me over.

¿Qué les puedo decir? I’m a sucker for wide-eyed children and the magic of Navidad. 

In fact, this weekend we spent some time with familia doing a lot of Christmas-type stuff. I’m especially feeling all fuzzy inside about the Santa and Mrs. Claus picture below. The little town square where we had the foto taken was all picturesque with the charm of small town America and hanging lights across antique-lloking buildings. It was pretty cool!

This Sunday was also my mother’s birthday. Having my siblings, nieces and nephews, all under one roof celebrating the occasion just made me even more excited for Christmas Eve! Now if I can just figure out how to get the Christmas shopping done without running into crowds, that would be a Christmas miracle :-)

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¡Ukela!

¡Ukela chistosa!

¡Ukela! ¿No que no?

¡Ukela!

Believe it or not, each one of these expressions carries its own weight when it comes to defining the word ukela. Yes, you’re right, if you’re thinking it sounds a lot like the word ukulele. At least it’s spelled very similarly. But ukela is more a PG-version of saying words like chingao, or even ¡cheet!

The latter, of course, is one of my absolute favorites.

Never mind that along the road to improving my own Spanish I learned cheet is one of those words many would refer to as an anglicism. If you’re not familiar, a word or phrase borrowed from English into a foreign language. Think words like troca, parqueadero and washateria. All words that are a hybrid between English and Spanish.

I think those words are my favorite because they come to be naturally. They’re not imposed on us as part of our accepted vernacular. Instead, they become a part of popular vernacular because we exercise their usage more often than maybe we should. They’re organic, if you will.

And, well, for me, I’ve always found them more fun.

So in summary, but not really… ukela is that word you use when things just aren’t going your way. When you want to say so much more, but remember “less is more.” When you’re just about to get mad and then decide to just laugh instead.

¡Ukela! ¡No te digo! 

¡Ukela!

This picture is pretty gratuitous, I’ll admit… but it very well might make you say ¡ukela!

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