Our November box made it's debut and we are delighted to help you celebrate fall, all the sabores, and giving thanks. Growing up Thanksgiving was not your typical American holiday. Unlike many households my dad was the big chef for Thanksgiving. He would prepare the turkey the day before and wake up at some point in the middle of the night to start cooking. Our turkey had stuffing, except it was puerco (pork). My dad is 81 years old, and to this day he is the chef on Thanksgiving. I am so blessed to have my papi still around.
Our feast typically consisted of stuffed turkey, potato and egg salad, congri (black beans and rice), tostones (fried green plaintains) or maduros (fried sweet plaintains) usually both, a green salad, and sometimes (depending on whether my mom wanted to make them or not), empanadas de carne (beef empanadas). For dessert it was either a Carvel ice cream cake or natilla and buñuelos.
Every family Thanksgiving tradition is so different and special, I wanted to recreate a couple of "recipe" activities that you could create with your child and familia. Starting with the:
So as you can see, my 2 year old family recipe of Love includes, Paw Patrol, Elena, Saichubaichu (her security stuffed bunny), Mommy & Daddy (though she kind of just wanted Daddy), & Hope (her furry mutt sister). After we made the list we proceeded to draw what that meant for her. She drew a picture of her familia and I wrote down who was who so we could remember and laugh about it in the future.
Family recipes should be passed down. They bond us to our family and it's history and our culture. I wanted to document my mami's famous empanadas recipe since I'm not such a big fan of my papi's pork stuffed bird! Now I'm not a huge fan of fried food, but on special occasions, sure why not! Unfortunately, my mami lives far and we won't be seeing each other until Black Friday. But she promised me that we would recreate the recipe so I can learn hands on. I have a feeling I may have to write everything down all over again!
After we finished the activities I punched holes in the paper so I can add them to our Family Memory Book.
The next step will be to actually make the empanadas, take pictures of them and the process, and add them to our Mi Familia Memory Book using some of the additional kraft pages it comes with. My husband is Bulgarian and I want to do the same activity with one of his mom's treasured recipes.
In all, without any actual cooking both activities took about 30 minutes. The goal is to make it EASY for us to document our stories, our traditions, and our history and get our kids involved so they can grow up to be proud of their heritage. Yes, you can get as creative as you want with the books and be the Pinterest envy of the world (please share with us!) or if you're strapped for time you can still create something very meaningful to look back on years from now.
Just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your familia time, connect with them, create new memories, and carry on those traditions.
* Pictured Dasy (my sister), Papi, Mami, Percy (my husband) and me (before child).
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