Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Latin Spice and Western Gusto

Apron Senorita is a mix of Latin and Western influence.  Being raised along the south Texas border gave me the opportunity to blend two beautiful cultures.  Agriculture and ranching are common ways of life for generations.  Much of area is made-up of vast farm lands where crops grow year round.  I'm very blessed to have been raised in a "Tex-Mex" culture of senoritas and cowboys.  It is a romantic story of heroism and passion.  I'm most at comfortable wearing blue jeans and western shirts.  I love western diva sandals, boots, and  cowgirl bling jewelry.  My home is decorated in Spanish Western style with Texas stars and Spanish serape blankets.  There is a lot of southwest influences with turquoise and corals.  It is truly a gorgeous multi-culture life with Latin spice and western gusto.  Ole'

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Hopeful Harvest

I'm hopeful for a happy harvest.  It is my favorite season of the year.  Every one must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn and to smell the delicious autumn in the air.  The crisp and vibrant mornings welcome a day of spice and nutmeg in the air.   Pumpkins are rip in the fields and sweet corn is ready for harvest.  Gold and scarlet leaves dance in the wind as kids look forward to their tricks or treats.  When my kids were young we would decorate the house and front porch with pumpkins, hay bales, and scarecrows.  Now my son is in college and my daughter is 11th grade, times are different.  I miss those days when we had candy bowls and Halloween costumes.  I'm still going to decorate my house and fill the air with pumpkin scented candles.  Life is too precious to watch the seasons go by without notice.  I pray for a happy harvest of the heart.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor of Love

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  It is a holiday that honors those who work so hard, which I call a "Labor of Love".  It is truly a labor of love for a mom to home-school her children.  It is a labor of love for mom to work outside the house when she really wants to be home raising her kids.  It is a labor of love for a dad to drive long hours to work for a job that is demanding and exhausting.  It is a labor of love for a single mom to work 2 jobs to support her family.  It is a labor of love for a parent to give their full dedication to ensuring their family  has a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear.  Labor Day weekend celebrates everyone who is a contributing member of society.  Labor  Day is your day to be proud and celebrate!

May you be find time to relax and spend time with family.  The last big holiday of summer is one of the nicest because the weather if finally starting to cool down, except in Texas (lol).  Pull out your hammocks, comfortable lounge chairs, lawn blankets and lots of pillows.  Head to the coast, a lake side park, local sports field, or your fabulous backyard.  Say goodbye to summer with the season's bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables grilled to perfection. That means sun-kissed tomatoes, sweet corn and juicy berries, as well as other warm-weather favorites like lobster, steaks, ribs and anything else you can throw on the grill.  Enjoy time with friends playing  flag football, softball or volleyball. Many cities will have parades and community festivities, so join in the fun. Be safe, have fun, and relax!

Grilled Burger with Swiss Cheese
Sauteed Mushrooms, Carmaleized Onios, Bacon, Tomatoes, Chives, Herb Chili Mayonnaise
    Roasted Potato and Green Bean Salad
    Balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and Feta cheese

Grilled Corn with Lime
Spread mix of mayo and sour-cream, Parmesan cheese, and chili powder.

Grilled Peaches with Honey
Topping mix of honey, Dijon mustard, and horseradish, and serve warm