Coming Together

I've told you guys about how food brings my family together.  Whether it's the turkey debacle where I almost quit cooking or giving you the recipe for papi's pernil, a lot of our rituals are based in food. This week, I've managed to add to my daily rituals to bring me together with the frog princess.  What, you ask, are we doing? We have been sick together.

For the record, she's pretty healthy (let's not talk about the five alarm insanity that I experience at the first sign of a fever).  And I can't remember the last time that I had a sore throat. But here we are.

Last week, she had a fever due to teething.  And so our days have continued in the same way this week. We get up, she asks me for chocolate milk, I pretend this is the most absurd request ever in the history of life and then we wiggle Following that, the frog princess has been asking me for one thing (and she actually asks me for some throughout the day): juice.  I give it to her in her princess cup.  It's been orange juice, of course, as I try to get her to take in some extra vitamin C.

In my house, there's only one type of orange juice:  Tropicana.  I'm a no-pulp girl and so that's what I buy. I figure if I want pulp, I'll eat an orange, thankyouverymuch.  I like it on the rocks and after this week, I was reminded of just how much I enjoy drinking it.

I've always loved Tropicana. I remember living in NYC and stopping by a deli on my way to school every morning, grabbing a bagel and picking up the baby carton of Tropicana which I would drink on the way to school.  Every time I drink it now, I fondly think back of that ritual that I created without even knowing.

Not only did I always drink it on the way to school but, for some reason I am reminded of being cared for with a big cup of OJ when I was sick and mami was around to care for me.  Sometimes I think, keep the chicken soup, my memories are

In these last couple of days, we have run through a carafe of the best OJ in the world!  One of the things that makes me smile when I pour the OJ is that it's local.  Tropicana Pure Premium is 100% Pure Florida Orange Juice. Who knows, maybe they're using some of my very own oranges from the backyard (not likely though, as the Dominicans like to come over and raid my trees. This year, however, my dad has given me authority to deny entry and release the hounds on anyone trying to pick any of our fruit).

A little known fact is that Tropicana uses groves in 22 different Florida counties, primarily in central and southern Florida.  This means I am going to go out one of these days and see if I can find one so that I can take a picture like this:

Except I totally want to be in that pic! Haven't figured out how but, it'll come to me.  And so, even though I'm not happy that we are both under the weather, I'm happy that we got a chance to hang out in each other's arms, with one of the most comforting drinks on the planet. Orange juice. And one of my most trusted brands from my childhood: Tropicana.

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Snack Attack: The Party Edition

I recently told you about the Wii Parties I like to have. Now, when people head on over, I always feel obligated to have something for them to snack on.  I used to be all gung ho party hostess.  But alas, then came the frog princess and now, you'll be lucky if I throw an old apple at you followed quickly by a Gogurt.  Who has time to get all fancy shmancy like I used to? Recently, while perusing the frozen food isle I ran across some yumminess.  It was in the form of, what else? Cheese!  Have you had the Farm Rich mozzarella sticks? I'm going to be honest here, the last thing I was thinking about was what I'd be serving at a party although long after the bag was gone, I mused about how they would've been a good idea, you know? Had there been any left.

When I went back to the store I found that they have little quesadillas too! Who would've thunk it? I'll remember this for my next party.  In the meantime, I love throwing these in the oven the second the frog princess lies down for her nap. Why? Because that's my lunchtime, that's why.  And I have to hurry up and do it so that I don't mess around and miss an entire meal. I can pop these in the oven and in minutes, I can have something warm (also the reason why I wait until she's asleep. I'm tired of eating cold food!).

But I digress.  Where was I? Ah yes! Parties.  My favorite thing to do is appetizers.  Who doesn't love them? Personally I feel that I can eat enjoy more if I'm grazing and trying out different foods (yet another reason these treats are fabu!).

If you were ever to come by for a party, you'll probably find: salsa, queso, guacamole (though I probably will keep this in the fridge and eat it by myself), my world famous (and so easy I don't even want to give out the recipe so that people think I slaved over it) salmon dip and recently I've found a new appreciation for buffalo chicken dip.

I love spicy foods so I make everything either medium or hot. Thank the Lord that the frog princess has taken to spicy foods as well. Though that could be a result of me eating tons of Five Guys burgers with jalapeños on them when I was pregnant.  Start them early, is what I say!

Next on my list from Farm Rich though are these Queso Cheese Bites which I have not yet tried but find myself fantasizing over.  Oh and as if queso bites weren't enough, Farm Rich is having an awesome contest! Head on over to their FB page and like them to find out more and enter their Pesos 4 Quesos contest where you have a chance to win a $3,500 “Fiesta Grande” from Farm Rich! Think of what kind of party you can throw with all that moola!

All I ask is that if you win, you share the wealth. I'll take 15% as a referral fee.  What do you say? No? Well, I'll take some Queso Bites then!

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