Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with Nestlé

Where is November going? It seems like just yesterday I was celebrating Dia de los Muertos with Nestlé. I spent the morning getting my face painted, learning about the traditions behind the celebration and sampling some fun recipes that Nestlé has come up with using the traditional Abuelita chocolate.  I'm just glad the weather has finally started cooling down as we get ready to bring in the holidays, which means I have more reason to enjoy my Abuelita chocolate and pan dulce more often.

I make chocolate dipped pretzels a few times a year for holidays and birthday parties and I'm ashamed to say I had never thought of using Abuelita chocolate before. I sampled these at the event and they were delicious, definitely something new to try. 

Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican cultural celebration that I've known about my whole life, but never really celebrated. I don't know why my family never celebrated, but over the past few years it has become more well known. Now that my girls are getting older and can understand the tradition a bit more, I think we will build our own altar next year. 

These cookies are another recipe that I tasted during the Nestlé Abuelita event. The cookies were made using NESCAFÉ® Café de Olla (my new favorite coffee). I buy the traditional NESCAFÉ® coffee all the time, and I thought the orange top and label was decaf, so I stayed away. Now, I know the orange top is NESCAFÉ® Café de Olla. The cinnamon flavor is perfect for these cold mornings and the cookie was a perfect mix of cake, chocolate and cinnamon. 

TIP: A fun way to decorate your own sugar skull cookies for Dia de los Muertos is with Nestle candies. We used all types of Sweet Tarts, Spree's, and Nerds to make these. 

With the holidays fast approaching, make sure to keep some traditional Abuelita chocolate on hand, I remember always having some in the cupboards when I was growing up. Abuelita has always been around for those cold nights when a nice cup of rich hot chocolate is just what you need. I love that I get to share the yummy tradition of Abuelita con pan dulce with my daughters, something that has been passed on throughout the past generations. That's the way to keep culture alive, passing on and maintaining the traditions. 

You can find more delicious recipes just in time for the holidays over at El Mejor Nido. Enjoy!

Celebrating my Hispanic Heritage con Mi Abuela #NuestroSabor #shop

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It's September, you know what that means? It's Hispanic Heritage Month! When I think about my heritage, mi abuela comes to mind.  Mi abuela never liked being called "abuela" she said it made her feel old. But, that's what she is, my grandma, mi abuelita. I have a lot of memories with my grandma from when I was growing up and I am so fortunate that I still have her around to visit, even though she doesn't speak English and I don't speak Spanish. Though we always seem to understand each other. On our recent visit I took her two of her favorite things: Coffee and dessert. Yup, that's a Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
I learned a lot from my grandma in the kitchen, I am so thankful that she shared all of her best recipes with me and my mom. One thing my grandma doesn't do, is bake. Ever since I started baking cookies and sweets as a kid my grandma would always ask for her own stash of galletas.

This week I brought along two surprises for my visit with my grandma. I bought Nestle's Dulce de Leche Cheescake kit from Walmart and baked it with my little monsters the night before our visit. 
Besides the kit, you need butter, cream cheese and eggs and the box instructions are very easy to follow. You start with making the crust and everything else is really just mixing all of the ingredients together and then baking for about 30 minutes and refrigerating for 4 hours. I refrigerated over night before visiting my grandma. 
I also took our favorite Nescafe Clasico Coffee because I'm just like my my grandma, we LOVE our Nescafe coffee. Actually, the first time I tried coffee was with my grandma in Mexico. We were visiting my great grandpa (buelito) and we weren't allowed to drink the water, so the only thing we had to drink in the morning was Tampico orange juice and coffee, since it was made with boiled water. I was 11 years old when I shared my first cup of coffee with my grandma.
Mmm. What goes better with a slice of sweet Dulce de Leche Cheesecake than a nice hot cup of Nescafe Coffee?
Isn't my grandma cute? I have to admit, she kinda scared me when I was a kid. She was bigger than me and spoke another language and I always thought she was yelling. But, she never yelled at me. She has always loved me and made me feel special, she still calls me la reina.   
I am glad I got to spend some time with my grandma and hear all of her gossip while sharing some dessert. How do you celebrate your Hispanic heritage? What is your favorite recipe handed down from your abuela or abuelo? 

Let's Make Lunch Fun for Back To School! #MyGoodLife

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I thought I had an extra day before the Back to School madness, but I was wrong. My girls start school TOMORROW! I am so glad I called to ask because, we would've been a day late. With my oldest daughter going into all day kindergarten, I am very excited to start packing lunches for her. I knew I wanted to do something fun and different and hopefully make the transition into kindergarten nice and easy. It's all about balance in our lunches, I love for my girls to drink in the goodness with NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE® and to add a little surprise I thought it would be nice to serve up smiles with a snack size BUTTERFINGER® or NESTLE® CRUNCH®! This is #MyGoodLife!

So here are some of my fun lunch ideas! First of all, I wanted to write my daughter a note. She can't read much yet, so the notes are simple but special. I thought what a better way to surprise her than to wrap the note around her 

NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE®

 box. (This way, I know she'll see it for sure!)

I also wanted to add variety. Not just a sandwich and chips. I took a cookie cutter to a slice of cheese and made fun shapes for her to look at before she eats them. Of course, a serving of fruit is a must! Luckily my daughter isn't very picky when it comes to lunches which means I have room to experiment! Stay tuned for more ideas in another post. 

I think it's a great idea to add a little treat like a snack size BUTTERFINGER® or NESTLE® CRUNCH®! I know when my girls are at home, I always give them a little sugary snack to help give them a little energy boost. This works for us, hopefully, it'll help with her teacher. 

These snack containers are AMAZING! The possibilities are endless! 

How fun is this right? Although, I may have set myself up for trouble, because I know if one day I forget a note, I will never hear the end of it.

Of course, I found all of these ingredients at my local

Walmart

with great deals. 

Tell me: What kinds of fun stuff do you do to make the first day of school special?