Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic heritage month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15th,  and it focuses on our history and how Hispanics have helped shape the United states. Former president Gerald ford proclaimed September 10th-16th being national Hispanic heritage week in 1974. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402 to become a month long celebration. You are part of a very powerful, inspiring, and fastest growing minority group in the country.
Today, according to the CDC, the Hispanic population is roughly 54 million in the U.S. (CDC). Part of this population includes proud and successful Hispanic Americans with different cultural backgrounds.  In 2012, Mexicans made up 64% of the total U.S. population, followed by Puerto Ricans (9.4%), Salvadorans (3.8 %), Cubans (3.7%), Dominicans (3.1%), and Guatemalans (2.3%). Other Hispanic or Latino groups made up 13.7% of the total Hispanic population.
There are various ways to celebrate your culture during this month. From eating delicious food to celebrating your favorite cultural tradition, you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month any way you like!
Food is a popular choice, especially when you have the opportunity to try different dishes from other cultures. Try a Peruvian style ceviche, which is usually seafood based, in a citrus salsa.Tasty appetizers like Cuban croquettes are lightly breaded and filled with common ingredients such as creamy cheese and ham. Simpler recipes can be a Mexican style quesadilla — a yummy, melty, cheesy treat that you can personalize to your taste. Have fun preparing meals like these con tu familia.
You do not have to throw a huge party to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month; nada malo en escuchar música to celebrate your heritage. Have a party or even d


ance contest while you enjoy some merengue, salsa, or bachata. Rockalingua is a dvd of Spanish music videos you can enjoy.
Enjoy the great outdoors while playing games inspired by your culture. Embrace each other with a game of el corazon de la piña. Donquijote.org suggests the worldwide popular and traditional Spanish game of rayuela, also known as “hop scotch”.
There are so many reasons to remember and appreciate your history.  Be even more creative this month, you can find craft ideas or even host a play with your amigos that captures  famous Hispanics or a historic event.

5 Things Every Teen Should Have in Their Bag

latina student with backpackBy Yulissa Zambrano

Now I know what you’re thinking, “But I already carry all these textbooks and folders! I can’t make room for more things!” Luckily, all of these items are small, so the struggle of squeezing in more things in your backpack or bag won’t be too bad (unless you’re really loaded on those textbooks!).

1. Mint gum
A regular school day lasts around 7 hours, and most students only brush their teeth before school. Your breath during or after the day can feel or smell yucky, so why not bring mint gum to freshen up your breath? You will thank yourself for chewing mint gum regularly when you talk to that crush of yours! (An alternative for gum is mints- still gives you fresh breath without getting in trouble with your teachers!).

2. Bandages
Almost everybody’s had some sort of slight injury a bandage could help cover, such as those tiny yet painful paper cuts or a scrape on your knee from P.E. class. Whatever the case may be, bandages are always super useful to have with you. Not only will they be helpful in your small cuts and scrapes, but your friends will probably be happy to know you can help them out in a situation like that by providing a bandage.

3. Tissues
If you’re anything like me, you feel pretty embarrassed and annoying getting up a few times during class to grab a tissue. This can especially be awkward during flu season. Drug stores always have to-go sized tissues in stock, so maybe buy a few to clean up your mocos!

4. Hand sanitizer
Again, getting up out of your seat during class to just pump a dab of hand sanitizer in your hand can be a little weird when you can just have your own tiny bottle right in your bag. A lot of hand sanitizers now come in various scents and come with those hooks to hang from your zipper, and even though it’s just hand sanitizer, it’s cute and it is important in order to avoid getting sick.

5. Extra pair of earphones
I cannot stress how many times this could’ve saved my life during high school. Sitting in class or in the bus without listening to my own music was a major buzzkill. I can almost guarantee that there will be at least one day you will forget your earphones. Seriously, save yourself from that misery and keep an extra pair of earphones in your bag.

Maybe none of these things will help you ace your tests, but taking care of yourself is a 24/7 priority. School can get you busy but these five things can help you learn how to accomplish doing awesome in school and taking care of yourself!

Inspired by Twitter

It is easy to get bogged down on Twitter by the negativity that flies around sometimes. Maybe you check twitter first thing and the morning and you see the latest twitter battle between celebrities. Who wants to start their day that way?


Twitter connects us with people all over the world. More than a third of young adults under the age of 30 are using the social media site, according to data collected by the Pew Research Center. The percentage of Latinos on twitter has seen more growth than any other group in the past two years. Some of us have done some amazing things and Twitter is a great way to share our accomplishments. Check out some of these amazing Latina women and the great things they are doing. What’s a better way to start your day than with a dose of inspiration?

Maria Teresa Kumar – @mariateresa1

Maria Teresa Kumar is no stranger to Twitter. As the president of Voto Latino, she uses social media and texting campaigns to empower young Latinos to go out and take charge of their government. Her own personal Twitter is just as motivating. She often tweets about issues passing through Congress that we should all be aware. She is great at picking out some inspirational quotes as well.

Ana Roca Castro – @anarc

Ana is an education tech developer and the CEO of PreK12Plaza, an education resource helping students in underserved areas receive a quality bilingual education. Her twitter account shows her passion for education rights and bringing more women into the science and technology fields. She is also a founder of LATISM or Latinos in Social Media, an online movement to bring together Latinos on social media platforms in order to open a discourse for social change. Visit her Twitter and join the conversation.

Cristina Saralegui – @cristinaopina

Cristina is often called the Latina Oprah. She is a Cuban-born talk show host and journalist. She has interviewed countless celebrities and even some political figures. She shows just how far a Latina woman can get with some determination. Always the journalist, she often shares inspiring stories over on her Twitter account.

Maribel Marmol – @food4thoughtnyc

Maribel is a health blogger from New York City. She tweets about food, healthy living, and ways we can stay positive in life. Find out how to cheer up and avoid stress in the first place. Not only is her Twitter feed uplifting, but she is also a great example of ways we can all use our social media accounts to send a positive message to the world.  Check out her account to pick up some ideas on how you can follow her lead and tell the world about your passion.

America Ferrera – @americaferrera

America is young, talented, and a very vocal activist for Latino issues. She has supported over a dozen charities including Peace First, Stand UP to Cancer, and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. In addition, she has spoken at rallies for immigration reform and rights. She finds time for all of this while working as an actress!  Keep up with the excitement on her Twitter page.

If you still need more inspiring women in your life, check out the #Latism hashtag. You can find Latinos sharing their opinions and discussing ways to solve social and economic problems. LATISM holds weekly twitter parties every Thursday with a different topic each week. Young voices are always welcome and can offer a fresh perspective. So go ahead and tell the world what you think! Twitter can be inspiring and you can be one of the many Latinas that makes it that way.

Nurture Creativity With Writing

How do you know when they are being struck by an urge to create through writing? How does one funnel that creative urge into something productive and beautiful? And what’s the point of taking the time to write, anyways?

The preteen and teenage years are ripe with creative urges, as girls are unfolding new ideas and truths about the world and find themselves eager to express their emotions about it all.  Creative writing, whether it be through journaling, storytelling or poetry helps to produce psychological and emotional well-being. Psych Central, an award-winning website run by mental health professionals, states that writing frees the brain “to create, intuit, and feel. It also “removes mental blocks” so that one may “better understand [herself] and the world around [her].” As a result, one can clarify thoughts and feelings that previously confused her. One will better know herself and be able to identify beneficial and toxic elements in her own mind and in her environment.

But sometimes taking the time to write, or knowing how to begin, is easier said than done. To get the most out of creative writing it is important to know when one is being inspired to create. Have you ever imagined a scene or dialogue or an event that never actually happened but came vividly alive in your mind? Had thoughts about something or someone that got you really excited, really sad, or really angry? Experienced something that you long to hold on to but don’t know how? These instances are more than just random weirdness; they are the creative impulse – your mind and soul telling you they want to create things, to make the random beauty of your mind into a reality that other people can read if you choose to share with them. Instead of letting those feelings and imaginative scenarios slip away make them into a reality. Write them down.Hispanic girl writing

There is no one way to write. You decide how you want to go about creating the written word. Some days you may feel the urge to write in the form of a diary or journal. Or perhaps you prefer to write random bits of poetry. Maybe you love to tell stories when you write. You can write poetry one day and journal the next, or dedicate yourself solely to one type of writing.  Nonetheless you may experience times when you want to express yourself creatively but you lack inspiration and are unable to write the way you want to. In times like these there are tricks to get the creative juices flowing. Making collages from pictures and phrases cut out from magazines often awakens the artistic urge. Reading poetry and highlighting words and imagery that inspire you has a similar effect. As well, neuroscience research shows that exercise or any type of vigorous physical activity boosts creativity. Keep a pen and paper nearby while exercising so that you can jot down any interesting ideas before you forget them.

Don’t believe you need to be a star writer or creative genius to begin writing down your thoughts and experiences. Writing is a form of medicine for the soul because of its ability to open up the individual to new ways of understanding herself and the world around her. Even if no one ever sees your writing you benefit from the psychological well-being that writing promotes. Give in to your creative urge!

At-Home Workouts for Busy Chicas

Being a student can definitely make it hard to fit in time for a workout. However, it is definitely something that will benefit you in the long run to have the energy to do your best at school and work. When you are stressed out because of an upcoming exam or maybe just a bad day, you can relieve stress in a healthy way that also makes you feel great.Having an active and healthy lifestyle can not only boost energy and improve your mood, but it can be a fun way to maintain healthy. There are lots of ways to stay active without having to leave your home. Here are a couple of personal favorites.

1. Jumping Lunge

a) Get in a lunge position with one foot in front and one foot behind with your hips dropped into a squat. (Keep your chest upright throughout complete movement.)

b) Begin with normal lunge, with front leg at an angle in the squat position and back leg behind you.

c) Squat body up into a jump.

d) Replace your feet in the air, moving back leg in front, and front leg in back.

e) Go straight into lunge with opposite legs.

f) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do this four times.

2. Curtsy Lunge

a) Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips.

b) Take a large step back with your left leg, crossing it behind your right.

c) Bend your knees and lower your hips until your right thigh is practically corresponding to the floor.

d) Keep your chest upright and your hips and shoulders as straight as possible.

e) Return to start.

f) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do this four times. (Feel free to add weight once you master the form.)

3. Jumping Squat


a) Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms hanging at your sides.

b) Squat down until your knees are bent. (As if you are sitting on a chair)

c) Immediately sway your arms over your head and jump up as high as you can

d) When landing, gently bend your knees and fall back down into the squat position.

e) Repeat 10 reps per set, do four sets. (Swaying your arms will give you momentum so you can catch more air!)

4. One-Leg Squat (with back leg elevated)

-This exercise requires a bench or chair(around one or two feet high).

a) Place your working foot a couple feet away from the chair and place the balance keeping foot flat on the chair.

b) The frontward knee should be inline with the toe of the working foot as you drop down into a squat.

c) Repeat on other leg. Perform 10 reps on one side, and then the other. This counts as one set. Do four sets. (Brace your core a all times.)

5. Skateboard Abs

-This exercise requires a skateboard.

a) Getting into a push-up position, carefully place the skateboard at the tips of your feet and place your hands up in front of you on the floor, shoulder’s width apart.

b) Pull in the skateboard using your core muscles.

c) Pull out the skateboard using core muscles.

d) Repeat 10 reps per set, do four sets.

Zumba Your Heart Out

DSC_0259Dancing Salsa may have been considered exercise before, but now it’s one of the most popular exercising techniques around. The Zumba craze began in the 1990s and was started by a Colombian dancer. Imagine how many other salsa dancers were upset when they found out they could have gotten so many people across the globe to take place in a fitness routine revolved around doing what you love.

Zumba is now officially trademarked by Zumba Fitness, LLC., and it is basically a dance routine that is done to Latin music, mostly, as well as other genres of music. Although Zumba can be learned by almost anyone, Zumba.com has a series of programs and workout videos that can be purchased in order to help people participate in the exercise program in the correct and healthy manner. When on the website, there’s even a link to find out how to become a Zumba teacher if you’d like to teach at a gym in your area or just with friends.

Although Zumba can be done alone, the more the merrier! If someone wants to make their own dance routine, she could always choose a song, look up some salsa moves, and make them work with the beat. That’s exactly what Julia Sloan, 20, did for her women’s retreat. She chose a song she liked, Dance Again by Jennifer Lopez, looked up some Zumba videos on Youtube, and just made her own routine to the song and taught it to a group of women. “It was great and I had so much fun,” she said after the retreat.

Even celebrity Latinas love doing Zumba because it’s so healthy and fun to do. Jennifer Lopez (Puerto Rican), Eva Longoria (Mexican), Shakira (Colombian), and Eva LaRue (Puerto Rican) are only some of the many Latina celebrities who include Zumba in their daily workout routines.

According to Zumba.com, “we take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.”

If boredom strikes and there’s nothing to do in your town (or if there is), Zumba  your heart out. “I’ve always wanted to try Zumba,” said Alejandra Luna, 16. “But I never wanted to do it alone. I never thought of looking up videos on Youtube and just doing it with my friends.”

What isn’t to love? Great music and loads of fun dancing in a room with your friends! That’s gotta be one of the best workouts that’s ever existed. Curious about how to get into a class in your area? Hit up the Zumba website. It is extremely user friendly and contains plenty of information about classes, teachers, programs, and so on.

As the website says, “Zumba is for everybody, and every body!”

Accessorizing Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts

Credit: Collegefashion.net

Credit: Collegefashion.net

Fashion is power, and accessories can help to achieve your ultimate look. Ever wonder what type of accessories would compliment your overall look? Well, there are many concepts that you have to know when choosing the best type of accessory.  But once you know exactly what to look for, accessorizing eventually becomes simple! Here are some steps into finding your accessorizing forte.

Selecting the Right Outfit

What you wear will help determine what accessories to use. If you are wearing an outfit with heavy layers, then most of your accessories won’t be seen. That is why you need to look for areas where accessories will compliment the outfit. For example, if you are wearing too many layers of clothing, you can probably accessorize your ears and your hair.

Coordinate Colors

An important detail to look out for is color schemes — not every accessory will fit with your outfit choice. An accessory might be to dull in color or might be too bright. The best thing to do is to balance out the color. If your outfit is mainly red with a few splashes of yellow, then you can add a few yellow accessories so it can compliment the red. If you were to chose a red accessory, that would be a little too much since you are already mainly wearing red. Accessories are made to give your outfit that little bit of spice, so it is best to use accessories that compliment your main look.

Daily Activity
It’s always a good idea to plan out your accessories with your schedule. If you are cooking, then wearing a lot of rings or bracelets may not be a good idea. Once you know your plans, you’ll automatically be able to narrow down what accessories you can and can’t use.  Wearing appropriate jewelry will make you feel more comfortable. If you want to cook with bracelets because you are used to it and are more comfortable wearing them, then go for it! It’s all about your comfort level — choose comfort over beauty, chicas!

Decluter Your Body

Accessories come in all different sizes and colors, but it doesn’t mean that you have to wear your entire jewelry box.  If you are planing on wearing a couple of small accessories, then maybe 4 pieces of jewelry should be enough. If you are wearing something big and flashy, then remember that just one is usually enough. Some chicas like to combine different sizes of jewelry, which is fine, but listen to yourself. A girl usually knows when it is too much because they’ll see AND feel it.


These are basic Do’s and Don’ts, but don’t let it stop you from experimenting with your style. There are so many accessories in this world, so most likely you’ll find the perfect accessories for you.  Accessorizing is also supposed to be fun so don’t try to take it too seriously — have fun!

Spring Braids

Whether you are studying for a big test or working on your soccer skills, your thick hair always seems to be getting in your face. Do these scenarios sound familiar, chicas? Instead of slicking your hair back in a head ache inducing ponytail, try out some of these braided hairstyles just in time for spring. They are all heat free, quick and abuelita approved.

For all of these looks you will only need bobby pins, hair elastics and an optional styling product to hold your hairstyle all day.

Hanging Low

  1. Start by sectioning off a section of hair from the front of your head. If you have bangs, you can leave them out for this look.
  2. Tie the rest of your hair in a side ponytail.
  3. Begin braiding the sectioned piece of hair towards the back of your head.
  4. Bobby pin the braid behind your head.
  5. Twist your side ponytail into a bun and hold with hair elastic.
  6. Spray your hairstyle with finishing spray to hold the look throughout the day (ex. hairspray or spray gel).


Best of Both Worlds


  1. Start at the top of your head and begin French braiding your hair.
  2. Stop braiding when you get to the back part of your head.
  3. Combine the rest of your hair with the braid and tie it into a ponytail with a hair elastic.
  4. Spray your style for an extra hold.


La Princesa

  1. Section off a piece of hair from one side of your head and begin braiding it towards the back of your head.
  2. Secure the braid with a bobby pin.
  3. Repeat step one on the opposite side of your head.
  4. Secure the second braid by crisscrossing the bobby pins behind your head.
  5. Tuck in any extra hair under the braids.
  6. Spray your style for an extra hold.


If you’re feeling some extra springtime inspiration, add clip-on flowers or hair bows for a unique touch. Who said convenience can’t be cute? Now get to braiding, chicas!

Career Prep: Fashion Designer

182577_265003626978181_716790972_nBeing a fashionista means more than only knowing how to sew. If a girl is truly passionate about wanting to become a fashion designer, then she must understand the different skills that are needed in order to succeed in the fashion industry. A fashion designer is usually in charge of everything when it comes to their clothing collection. This is why there are so many schools throughout the U.S. dedicated to offering different programs for Fashion Design! If you want to be the very best, then it’s always best to plan ahead!

What Fashion Designers Need To Know

A successful fashion designer knows the in-and-outs of the business world.  A designer is also responsible for finding opportunities that will be willing to sell some of their creations. That is why being knowledgeable in many business concepts, such as Marketing and Accounting, will be of great help if you decide to become a designer. Since your creations are original, you will mainly be working solo unless you try to collaborate with another designer. That is why knowing all these concepts are necessary because you will have to depend on yourself.

High School Preparation
It’s never too early to start preparing for a career in fashion! First, take an art class. Art classes are a good way to let your creativity flow. Plus, something that a designer must be good at is drawing! Taking a couple of business classes is also a plus, because it will help you become more familiar with how to a business works. When you are ready to take the next step, college, start looking up different programs or schools that offer a degree or classes in fashion. Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, Pratt, and others are some schools you can look into. Check your local university to see what they offer — who knows, you might be interested in working in another area of the fashion industry!

Internship Preparation
It is no secret that the fashion world is competitive. That is why experience is always key to making your application stand out. If you aren’t doing anything time consuming over the summer, consider looking for an internship! There are paid and unpaid internships available, but the networking and experience is priceless! If you want to see what it’s like to actually work in fashion, then an internship is a good way to go. Don’t think that you have to fly to NYC to get the best internship. You can go to a local fabric or design shop and ask about any opportunities they may have. There are people out there that would love to help you with your dreams, so never be afraid to ask! Internships in college and high school will help you the experience you need to get your foot in the door. You may not be super famous right out of college, but the more experience you have, the higher your chances are of finding the perfect opportunity to succeed in the fashion industry. Remember chicas, networking is a HUGE factor for succeeding in the fashion industry!

It may sound like a lot of work, but finding your dream job comes with hard work. Planning ahead will make things simpler in the future.  Start planing chica!

DIY: Holiday Recipes

Holiday season is just around the corner! It  is the  best time to pamper family and friends with the ultimate holiday desserts, YUM! Check out these recipes that are guaranteed to make you and your family’s sweet tooth happy. These recipes require you to use the stove or oven, so ask an adult for help on making one of these delicious treats.

Rainbow Cake for Santa

This Oreo inspired recipe wrks best with the help from another person. Plus, it makes it more fun!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 15 Oreo cookies
  • 2 bars of cream cheese
  • 90 grams of no salt butter
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup of table cream
  • 1 cup of condensed milk
  • 2 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 3 plastic bags with a seal
  • Santa mold (preferably plastic)
  • Red food colorantRainbow pie 1

After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.       Take the white center of the cookie and put the cookies into one of the plastic bags. You don’t need the white center part of the cookie for this recipe, so you can eat it or set it aside.

2.       Crush the cookies until there are no more chunks of it. That’s right, it’s just dust!
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3.       Put the cookie dust into a bowl and mix it with butter. Using your hands to mix both ingredients makes the whole process easier!
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4.       Move this mix to the bottom of the mold and push until it is flat.

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5.       Place the mold with the mix into the refrigerator until it is cold and hard.

6.       Mix water with the 2 packages of gelatin and place it into a microwave for 80 seconds.

7.     Next, while the mold is in the refrigerator, get a bowl and mix cream cheese, condensed milk, cream, vanilla extract and the juice of the lemon.
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8.       Wait for the water with gelatin to cool, and, once it’s ready, pour it into the mix.

9.       Keep mixing until there are no more lumps.

10.   Separate the mix into the 4 bags, add food coloring to two and leave the other natural.
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11.   Take the mold out of the refrigerator and cut a corner of the bag so the mix can be poured into the mold.

12.   Do layers, mixing one layer of red and one layer of natural mix, until you have 4 layers.

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13.   Put the mold with the mix into the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours. Then, take the mix out of the mold after the 3 hours are up!
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For this recipe you will need:

  •  200 grams of dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. of butter
  • ¼ cup of whip cream
  • 1/3 cup of hazelnut cream
  • 2 cups of white chocolateRainbow pie 16

 After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.      Place a container inside a large pan with water. Then, under a simmering heat, melt the dark chocolate and add the butter, whip cream, and hazelnut cream.

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2.       Once everything is melted, mix it and put it into the refrigerator for 2 hours.

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3.       After the 2 hours, get the mix out of the refrigerator. Use a Parisian spoon to make little balls and put them over sealed paper.

4.       If they’re not hard enough, place them into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

5.       While you wait, start melting the white chocolate in the microwave.

6.      With help of a toothpick, immerse the truffle into the melted white chocolate.

7.       Then, add decorations of chocolate.

8.       Put them into the freezer for a few minutes, enjoy!

Cookie Christmas tree

 For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 recipients
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¼ tbsp. of salt
  • ½ tbsp. of baking powder
  • 1 bar of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. of milk
  • ½ tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 cling wrap
  • Star molds (different sizes)
  • A rolling pin
  • Skewer sticks
  • Vanilla icingcookies 1

After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.       In recipient #1 mix flour, salt and baking powder.
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2.       In recipient #2 mix melted butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and an egg.
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3.       Mix recipient #1 and #2 together.

4.       Wrap the mix to the cling wrap and put into the refrigerator for 2 hours.

5.       Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

6.       Put flour in a flat surface and spread the mix with a rolling pin.

7.      Take the star cookie cutter and press gently onto the cookie mix. Don’t forget to use molds of different sizes because this will shape the Christmas tree!

8.       Then, spread a thin layer of butter onto a cookie tray. Place the cookies you just cut out onto the tray and insert tray into the oven.

9.       Bake them until they’re lightly toasted, take them out, and let them cool off for 10 minutes.

10.   After they have cooled down, you are going to stack the cookies into the shape of a Christmas tree. Put them one over the other, from the biggest to the smallest one, on a plate. Put a stick into the center of the top cookie and connect with the rest of the cookies.

11.   Add vanilla icing to decorate the cookies and enjoy!


Holiday Punch

Looking for a quick recipe that doesn’t involve an oven? Holiday punch can be just as festive.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 4 guavas
  • 3 pears
  • 3 apples
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • ½ cup Roselle dried flower
  • 1 cup of tamarind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ½ lt. of water
  • 250 grams of sugar or piloncillo

 After you have gathered the ingredients, follow these easy steps:

1.       Cut the fruit in small pieces.

2.       Place a cinnamon stick inside a pot of water. Turn on the stove and let the water boil.

3.       Once the water starts to boil, add tamarind, fruits, Roselle dried flower, and sugar or piloncillo.

4.      Keep an eye on the pot and occasionally stir while it heats up. It will be ready when the fruit changes color.

5.       When the fruit changes color, turn off the heat and let it cool.

6.       When it stops boiling, add raisins, mix the contents, and serve.

The holidays provide the perfect opportunities to test out new or old recipes. With the help of an adult, making these recipes can be a breeze!

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