Have a Great Holiday Weekend!

Let’s not forget what this holiday’s about and remember all those who’ve served our nation. Thank you for your service.

Here’s hoping that everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, and great grilling. Here’s a terrific guacamole recipe to have with those hot dogs and hamburgers.

guacamoleTomatillo Guacamole – it’s absolutely more-ish!

3 avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed
3 tomatillos, husked and chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
3 roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 blistered jalapeño chilies, seeded and minced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice salt and pepper to taste
Mist the jalapenos with olive oil and set them under a broiler on high to char and blister them
In a medium bowl, mix avocados, tomatillos, red onion, roma tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Cover, and refrigerate at least 45 minutes before serving.



Merry Christmas To All!

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Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love everything about it. I get to buy presents for the people I love. No one can nag me about spoiling everyone outrageously. And people are smiling and grinning and simply being nice.

I’ve neglected my blog and am late in getting contest wins to everyone, but I swear all will be merry and nice before the day is out. My three sons are home, my mom comes in on Saturday, and my middle son has his golden birthday on Monday (that’s like when you turn 13 and you were born on the thirteenth).

This year (*blush*—every year), I’m wallowing in family and joy and happiness. My wish for all of you, my friends, colleagues, and readers is the very same. I hope every single one of you is surrounded by all your loved ones.

Here’s my favorite Christmas Video – hope you enjoy!


Merry Christmas Everyone!



Home Sweet Home!

When you’re an immigrant, home is a nebulous fellow. Having just spent the last five days in Trinidad, it felt like I’d gone home. But, now we’re back in Florida, and this, too, feels like home. So, do I have two or one? As I’ve grown older (the wiser part’s yet to kick in), it’s become clear to me – home is wherever your family is, and family has been redefined to include simply everyone I love. So, yes I went home, and yes, I came back home. It was a fabulous holiday. I loved seeing all the cousins arguing and playing games and ribbing each other mercilessly. It was amazing to have all my brothers and their wives and children and my mom and Jean in one place. Every meal was an absolute joy and I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in ages. Here’s a few pics:

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The Depleted Buffet Table!

The Depleted Buffet Table!

I hope your Christmas was incredible!




Happy Holidays!

TurkeyMost of the North Americans I’ve met don’t realize that Thanksgiving is a holiday peculiar to the continent. While Germany, Bavaria, and Japan have similarly named holidays, to my knowledge no other countries in the world besides Canada and the United States celebrate Thanksgiving in such an elaborate manner.

While Thanksgiving is ‘the’ national holiday in the U.S.A., it isn’t so in Canada. Don’t get me wrong—it’s observed and is a day off, but not with the grand pomp and fervor of the American celebration.

I find the differences between the two nations peculiar because both are offshoots of Britain, both are ‘melting pots’ in terms of population, and both are immigrant-based nations. Yet—and any Canadian readers you can all correct me on this if I’m wrong—in Canada, Thanksgiving yields to Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid-ul-Fitr, Divali, and a whole host of other cultural holidays, in importance.

Over the years I have come to relish Thanksgiving because of the very fact that it’s commemorated by every single American no matter what their origins.

This year is my second without having all my sons present. Last year the young ‘un was in Madrid, and this year the wayward one (middle son) will be in California. He keeps trying to appease my sorrow and worry by reiterating constantly the fact that Google does whosoever’s left on campus proud with incredible feasts and fun-filled activities.


It won’t be the same, but I’m ever so grateful for Skype. We’re going to set up our biggest screen in the dining room and involve the wayward one even if he isn’t so inclined. His gramma insists on it (read his mom).

This will be my last blog before the big occasion, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone who’s celebrating Thanksgiving a joyous, happy, family-filled holiday!

Be safe!



P.S. I’m on Cover Reveals on Saturday, November 30 – so those who aren’t braving Thanksgiving shopping please drop by – there will be contests galore and prizes!!! Heres the link: http://coverreveals.blogspot.com/