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Making every moment count 
May 26, 2014 4:57 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2014 5:23 pm
  Forgive me my I've never written a blog before..

 It occurs to me that I'd been feeling a little resentful of the lack of time my family gets to spend together.  In 2008 my husband took a night job.  I work days so it was quite an adjustment to have so little time to be together.   Although there are a few times that it could be looked at as a Blessing, like not getting on each others nerves, not having to cook every night, having the bed to myself, it was also a lonely time.  Or so I thought.  I had not realized yet that it would get worse.  Back then my two youngest kids were 13 and 15.  As time passed, I became accustumed to the freedom and used to think and say that I wanted to have my 3 kids learn to fend for themselves instead of calling me at work to ask what is for dinner.
  Well, that was then and this is now.  Now it is 2014, my youngest is turning 19.  Although they all live at home they are so busy living their own lives that I miss our times together.  Between work, school and a significant other they are hardly ever around.  Which brings me to the recent realization I came to.  That I need to treasure the little moments and enjoy them as they are there.  It brings me great joy to know that cooking for them is no longer the work or burden I once though it was but another way to connect, to put a stamp this moment in our lives and the memories that we are making... to enjoy and be thankful for. 
   Last Saturday, my oldest daughter, husband (the only 2 who were home at the time) and I went out to eat at a Mexican Restaurant and both of them didn't like the food and kept saying how much better the things I make are.  They love the things I make for them and always compliment my cooking.     Maybe it is God's way to prepare me for an empty nest.  I'm so grateful for the precious moments we have together and take pleasure in making my cooking experience and culinary interest something that is meaningful and pleasing to them.   

   I hope you take the time to make every moment count for you too!  God Bless!
May 27, 2014 4:21 am
The time does surely fly by at a much greater speed than we realize. Thank you for this reminder to cherish the moments with loved ones. I am spending a few days at the beach with one sister, her son, her MIL, our mother and we are having a blast.
May 27, 2014 5:48 am
Food and our preparation of things we know our family like, is very definitely a way of showing our love. I'm a great grandma with a wide span in ages of grandchildren still, and each one goes through their phase of coming to Nana's to bake. My 11 year old GD comes every couple of weeks and even when she's not here I'm baking. Slow week-end for me so yesterday made and chilled dough for sugar cookies and made up a batch of bears, dinosaurs, tulips, bones, palm trees, all decorated with the colored sprinkles, as she would do. Brought a bag next door for their little GD who visits, and will take a bag today to my great grandson who is 2 1/2, along with some chocolate chip scones to my 20 year old GS. It's my way of staying connected to them, and letting them know I love them.
May 27, 2014 4:09 pm
Thank you all for your comments. I look forward to sharing recipes and spending a little time here with others. I left out of this blog the other part of our lives, which include most free time that my husband has is spent with his mom. Although he brings her over to our house. I love her dearly and she suffers from Alzheimers. But I know that they time she spends with us and that my hubby spends with her are important. One day she will be gone and I have to know that all of us will treasure the time spent with her even if it takes away even more of my time together with my hubby. Thank you all!
May 28, 2014 9:39 am
Hi Nandabear! I think that is wonderful you have your MIL over. Family time is vey special to me, too!
Jun. 1, 2014 5:23 pm
Hello Nandabear! Beautiful blog, I got chills reading it. I caught myself thinking earlier how I'm so happy my youngest will be starting school this year (yes, we have some time to go.) I haven't been alone during the day since I became a mom in 2006. But I know good and well later on, I'll be looking back at this time wondering where it all went. Thanks for the wonderful perspective through your eyes. Hope to see more by you!
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About Me
I was born in Brazil and came to the U.S. to go to school here when I was 16. I got married at the young age of 17 and needless to say cooking was not my forte. Even through the years I didn't have a deep interest in it but that all changed about 7 years ago when I started looking for recipes online and came across allrecipes! I work full time and finding the time and disposition can be hard but thanks to this site I'm able to treat my family to a world of exciting dishes!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy baking. I like to make cookies and bake cakes, bread, pie, etc.. I bake or roast often, except in the summer and I grill. Chicken is one of my favorite ingredients because it is so versatile and so many different cuisines can be done with it. I also love to make things for special occasions and I am known for going overboard and making too much!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Grilling in the summer. Sundays are stake night at our house. Brazilian white rice is a constant side dish for most of our meals. Christmas Eve dinner is another tradition for us Including Turkey , Ham, Asparagus Casserole, pecan pie, Cherry pie,Mashed potatoes, Cranberry Jello Salad, and I always make "Arroz de Festa" (Confetti Rice), for this special occasion.
My cooking triumphs
A triumph would be any time my family and friends complement my cooking and also any time I'm asked for a recipe.
My cooking tragedies
I Once decided to make Butternut Squash Bisque for my sister-in-law who was sick, and take it to her as a surprise. Well, it smelled and tasted wonderful and towards the very end I was suppose to add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and I was in a hurry and did not taste the cream first and it had spoiled. I found out after adding it to the pot of Bisque. I was so upset that it could not be salvaged since I had mixed it in.
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