Happy New Year!

The holidays are FINALLY over and I’m glad.  Now I’m anxiously awaiting for life to return to normal tomorrow so I can look forward to the year ahead.

It was a hard six weeks.

The thing about being married and having your own home is that you get to create your own traditions and have an opportunity to do things exactly the way you want them.  And I’m not going to lie, I felt ready. I was ready.

  • I was ready to celebrate Thanksgiving without a Christmas tree.
  • I was ready to eat at a reasonable hour.
  • I was ready to eat things I actually enjoy.

But most importantly, I was ready to be the lady of the house. To be the one calling the shots.  I was ready to take over the holidays without offending my mother.

Still, it was a lot of work.  And it probably wouldn’t have been as stressful had I taken baby steps to morphing into Martha Stewart, but I didn’t want to miss out on getting started.   I spent my entire life watching, and learning and this was my final exam.

And I can proudly say that I feel like I passed.

 This is what my holidays looked like:

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Thanksgiving was awesome!

Sarah, my bff, was my sous chef and together we cooked up a storm for days!  The menu we made was to die for and although we had intended to have some latkes to observe Hannukah, that didn’t work out so well.

Anyway, you can find the menu here.

And I need to send a shout out to Ree, The Pioneer Woman, for her amazing brine recipe.  It was a success.

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Like most Latinos, I observe Christmas Eve instead of Christmas. Since we are a bicultural family, we celebrated both.

Our Christmas dinner was far simpler than Thanksgiving dinner, and almost entirely vegetarian except for the prosciutto that found its way to the antipasti tray.  On Christmas morning I made my world famous pancakes. YUM!

You can find my menu here.

I also need to thank Chef Pandita for her bundt cake recipe and for all the help caramelizing onions…I had no idea that was such a tedious task!

ImageIt really was an amazing experience to be able to have the holidays my way for once. Still, I think that this year I’m going to try REALLY hard to be a little less obsessive about the holiday season once it comes around because that sure kills a little bit of the fun…

Happy new year everyone.

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Give Miami Day

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Today is the day!

After weeks of emails from every nonprofit we support (and many we’d never heard of), the day is finally here!

Give Miami Day.

What is Give Miami Day you ask? Excellent question!

Give Miami Day is a unique, 24-hour online giving event that allows individuals in our community an opportunity to build a greater Miami by making a charitable gift to a local nonprofit. All gifts will be processed through GiveMiamiDay.org.

The Miami Foundation and its partners have committed an initial monetary pool as incentive dollars to match a percentage of contributions received during Give Miami Day.

- See more here

So what are you waiting for? I can’t think of a better day to get your philanthropy on!

xoxo

annush

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Follow your heart not your dreams…

When I was a kid, my dream was to own the first Starbucks on the moon.  It was very simple and straight forward, and like most of my dreams, it was impossible.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that my dreams exist solely for my amusement and I think that what makes dreams awesome is how unattainable they are.

Actually, the more unattainable the better.

When I hear people say “make your dreams come true,” I find it a little silly and disheartening because dreams should be a private space in our heads. This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in goals.  Actually,  I think everyone should work to achieve their aspirations and build the life want. I know I try to do that everyday…

But in dreams the world is different.  It’s like going down Alice’s rabbit hole.  Unless your dreams are bound and limited by reality (and if this is the case, that’s an unfortunate dream and you better get to work) a dream should put a smile on your face, bring joy to your heart, and give you wings to pursue what is in fact possible to achieve  :)

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Let’s hang out!

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Life is hard.
Relationships are hard.
Distance is hard.

Yesterday I spent the entire day flying across the country to spend some time with Hugh. I had barely seen him in the past month and so I’m in San Diego now.

I’d never been to San Diego before and all I can say is that it looks like El Paso, TX but with water. Quite an upgrade if you ask me!

I look forward to exploring it with Hugh and to going home with great stories to tell :)

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We have the right to know what’s in our food…

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Happy mother’s day!

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I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!

<3

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Make adoption your only option…

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WELCOME HOME SOPHIE!!! 

**Sophie was a stray dog adopted from Miami-Dade Animal Services.  I would love to thank Urgent Dogs of Miami for pointing us in her direction.  She has already changed our lives <3

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