Y volvimos a la escuela…

It’s almost Back-to-School time yet again.  I’m not in school anymore, but I can certainly agree with my students, the summer went by too quickly!

As you savor these last few weeks of vacation, don’t forget to give a thought or two to the upcoming school year!  Do you think you might need a tutor?? Don’t wait until the middle of the semester when you’re too bogged down…

Book some Spanish, E.S.L. or Mandarin sessions today!

¡Chau-chau!

Until next time!

The food I can't live without…

Peanut Butter Scare

I don't know if I have five foods I couldn't live without, but I can think of two. Peanut Butter and Apples. Yes, I know what it probably wouldn't be on the top of everyone's list, but if you think about it I think that these two foods make pretty good sense.

First, peanut butter is a great source of protein–that's why it was created more or less. Second, apples are a great source of fiber. Third, both of these are very yummy and particularly awesome together.

When I was studying in Argentina, finding peanut butter was a hard thing to do. Most Argentinians think that peanut butter is disgusting and would never think of eating it. The woman I lived with, (she was amazing) trekked all through downtown Cordoba to find peanut butter for me (this was after my Mom sent me one of those giant jars of JIF that you use primarily for baking).

When Rosita did find peanut butter, she brought some home and then said to me…"What do you do with it?" I think that my mouth almost hit the floor and I said something like, "What can't you do with it? Then I explained that with peanut butter the possibilities were endless…"PB & J, PB and toast, PB and chocolate, PB and apples, PB and celery, PB and bananas…." I felt like Bubba from Forrest Gump listing all the things you could do with shrimp.

After my long explanation Rosita started to soak it all in and even began to partake of the peanut-buttery-goodness. It was nice to share a little bit of my foodie culture with someone who made amazing food. And, I learned that it was very hard for me to live without my PB!

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Sí, yo cocino….

ImageOk, I’ll admit it…cooking is not my favorite thing to do.  And unfortunately, I can think of a number of things I’d like to do in its place (sorry, but it’s true).  BUT, that doesn’t mean that I can’t cook (I’m not the best, but I can do it…my mama and grandma taught me well!).

But my method is as follows:

1) Pick a recipe (or dinner menu for the week)
2) Scour the cabinets and pantry for what I already have
3) Make out my list the night before
4) Go to the grocery store the next day (sticking strictly to my list and moving as fast as humanly possible without running into anything or anyone….while simultaneously humming the theme song to “Speed Racer” in my head)
5) Come home and put everything away (except for what I need immediately)
6) Prep everything (Become the Slice and Dice MASTER!)
7) Throw it all together (without trying to burn anything….I’m usually pretty good at this)

So, it was in this manner that I made last night’s dinner…Black Bean and Corn Salad with Wild Caught Salmon Burgers. (YUM!  And ok, the burgers came out just a little cripsy…but it was nothing Bragg’s Liquid Aminos couldn’t fix!)

So after that beyond exciting story about my cooking routine, here are some palabras de español so at least you can say you learned something useful!

concinar- to cook
comer- to eat
frijoles negros- black beans
maíz- corn
aguacate- avocado
pimienta- pepper (like a red pepper)
sal- salt
ajo- garlic
aciete de oliva- olive oil
jugo de lima- lime juice
salmón- salmon

La receta de anoche (last night’s recipe, enjoy!)

la lengua y los bebes

    Did you know?

An infant (at 3 months) can distinguish and identify inflections in multiple languages.
By 6 months, the “multilingual” ability is lost and the infant focuses on the sounds and inflections of the primary language.
Also at 6 months, an infant’s voice box drops and that’s when he begins babbling and experimenting with sounds.
He also begins using consonants and responding to certain phrases.
Too bad we don’t retain that multilingual capability!

For more interesting tidbits check out: The Science of Babies

la familia

I’ve recently come back to Atlanta from a quick trip up north to visit my family and attend a wedding. The wedding went off without a hitch and my cousin made a beautiful bride! It was also nice to see the family–all the little ones really aren’t so little anymore, goodness they grow fast! Since my family is quite large (but I love it that way), I felt like I was running around saying “hello” and “goodbye” in the same sentence! But, it was so worth it and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to go. And of course, seeing and spending time with my dad was the best!

Since I’ve been blabbing about my family I thought that would be a good idea to share some Spanish vocab about family….so here goes..
la familia- family
la madre-mother
el padre-father
el/la abuelo/a- grandfather/grandmother
el/la hermano/a- brother/sister
el/la tío/a- uncle/aunt
el/la hijo/hija- son/daughter
el/la sobrino/a- nephew/niece
el/la nieto/a- grandson/granddaughter
el/la primo/a- cousin