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Monday, October 9, 2017

Easy Slow Cooker Roast Pork

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Fall is here, school is back in and the holidays are around the corner. With all this madness, it's time to make use of easy dinner options. My family and I are so busy with work and after-school activities that's it's hard to find time to cook but I find the time. Honestly, my slow cooker is my best friend, especially when it comes to cooking pork. Pork dishes are very common in Hispanic homes, especially when I was growing up. I know many different ways of making a delicious lechon asado (roast pork) but the easiest will always be in my slow cooker.

This pork is delicious and even more delicious when served with a refreshing Coca-Cola, specifically a 12oz bottle of Coke de Mexico. The pairings are endless. Taste the feeling.

Easy Slow Cooker Roast Pork
Serves 6

1 4lb Pork tenderloin
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 12-oz can of beef broth

Add onions to slow cooker.

This was the 4 lb pork tenderloin I used for this recipe. It comes in two pieces. I usually cook both pieces at the same time, use one for one meal and then the other for left overs the next day for lunches.

Place pork tenderloin on top of the onions and season with garlic powder, salt, pepper and ground cumin.

Then pour beef broth around the pork loin. Don't pour too much on top of the pork loin because you don't want all the seasoning to come off. 

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. 

I promise you that this will be the most tender pork loin you have ever made. Once it has finished cooking, shred the pork loin with two forks and allow it to sit in the slow cooker another 15 minutes.

My kid's favorite dish with this roast pork are roast pork and black bean tacos. This is the easiest recipe ever. All you need are warmed tortillas, our favorite are Guerrero tortillas, warmed up can of beans and the shredded pork. 

Like I mentioned before, the pairings are endless. I serve this roast pork in classic Cuban fashion, with white rice and black beans. I use it in BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and in empanadas. So many delicious ways to enjoy it but always make sure to pair your dish with an ice-cold refreshing Coca-Cola!!

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Tips for Swim Moms

Kraft-Heinz sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own.

This post is for all my fellow swim moms. Those of us that spend hours sitting on bleachers, monitoring seconds, traveling all over for competitions, buying swimsuits, and adjusting goggles. Being a swim mom is incredible (but exhausting), and raising a competitive swimmer is hard work. Honestly though, even with all the effort and time, there is nothing like watching your swimmer compete! Nothing!

I’ve learned many things along my swim mom journey and I want to share some with you. I have been fortunate to make some kind swim mom friends that have helped me learn so much along the way.
Tips for Swim Moms
  1. Always carry spare goggles. Nothing is worse than being in a competition and not having spare goggles. Your swimmer relies heavily on their goggles so if possible, when shopping, purchase 3-4 pairs of the goggles they like.
  2. Learn to live on the go! I leave my house at 7am and return at 8:45pm. I have become an expert at living on the go. My kids have swim practice from 6pm-8pm Monday through Friday and the pool is far from home. I make sure to carry snacks and meals with me in a cooler when I leave home in the morning so we are prepared throughout the day. Some items we always have handy are Capri Sun Sport drinks and Planters P3 Protein Snacks.

Even though they are in the pool, I have to keep them hydrated and nutrition is key. I don’t let my kids snack on chips and junk food, especially during competitions. They need protein and electrolytes to keep them going. Luckily, the P3 protein packs have 13g of protein, and the Capri Sun Sport pouches have 25% fewer calories than leading sport drinks, so I can be confident that I’m giving my kids what they need to refuel. You can find Capri Sun Sport at Walmart in the juice aisle, and the Planters P3 packs in the nut and seed aisle.

3. Create a savings account. If you already have a savings account, that’s great but get one started for swim expenses. Competition season is intense. Sometimes, we have 2 to 3 competitions in one month and they aren’t always close by. Save money for hotel stays, meals, meet fees, and equipment.
4. Boredom busters. As a swim mom, you will spend hours at the pool. This is the perfect time to catch up on your reading, exercise, blog, talk to friends, etc… Those hours at the pool are my “me” time!
5. Savor the moments. You are your child’s biggest fan. They are working incredibly hard in that pool and deserve to be cheered on. Savor this time with your children because once it’s gone, it’s gone! Cheer them on, cheer on their teammates, and show them what it means to be a good sport!

Swimming is a lifestyle, and as a lifestyle, you will need to adjust. We have learned over time to love the smell of chlorine and the emotional journey that competitive swimming has put us on. I have high hopes for my kids (hello, college swim teams) and this has given them a chance to dream big!!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Back to School "Extras" Teacher Basket

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It’s almost time for back to school here in South Florida and I have been slowly getting ready. I have always looked forward to back to school. My favorite part has and always will be shopping for school supplies. I actually shop for school supplies all year long, especially clearance sections. This is an easy way for me to help out my child’s classroom. As a PTA mom, I have insider access to all the classrooms at the school and the one thing I have noticed is that teachers are constantly short on supplies. The school district doesn’t provide much and sometimes students just need a little extra. Every year, I purchase the items required on the supply list but I always take in an “Extras” basket on the first day.

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This basket is something I work on year-round. Like I mentioned before, I am always checking out sale and clearance sections for items that I know my teachers need and usually have to purchase on their own. Items like: extra supplies, envelopes, classroom decorations, file folders and paper, always need paper! I gather all sorts of items and then put them all together in a basket. It’s super easy!

I like to add a printable to the front of my basket, just for fun. Here is one I whipped up in less than 10 minutes and just added it to the front of my basket!

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To print: Just right-click the image above, save to your computer and then send to print. It’s about a 4 x 6 size image!
This year, I will be gifting my items in a cubby because I know my child’s teacher has these cubbies in her room. If not, I always gift my items in a plastic storage container. The teachers in our school use these for filing and storage and I know it’s something they can use. After I print and cut out my printable, I attach it to the front of the basket with double-sided tape.


Then I just add the items in by weight and size, usually the heavy stuff like copy paper on the bottom. One thing my basket will always have in it are anti-bacterial products like Wet Ones® Hand Wipes. Wet Ones® Hand Wipes clean up messy hands and kill 99.99% of germs and we all know how important this is for children in classrooms. These wipes clean better than sanitizers and are hypoallergenic.

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One of the main questions I get as a PTA mom is “How can I help in my child’s classroom?” and honestly, the easiest way to help is to make sure your child’s teacher has what they need. Teaching is a difficult job and lacking supplies can make it even harder. Taking the time to put together a basket of items that they didn’t ask for but that you know they use is a great way to help!

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