Category: Food

Cooking with Kids DIY Spice Seasonings

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There’s one thing that I really enjoy doing with my son, and it’s cooking!  We recently made a batch of spice seasonings to gift.  Nothing like homemade spices instead of the store bought ones.  You also save a ton of money, too!
We gathered our materials measuring cups, spoons, mason jars and the seasonings.  Then we got started!  Just an FYI it will get very messy!   I also had raffia to decorate and labels for each jar.  We made taco, ranch, Italian, chili and adobo seasonings.

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Categories: Cooking with Kids, Food

Coquito for Kids Recipe and Free Printable (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

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It’s Christmas, and I am full-Christmas spirit! I planned a Latin flair Christmas party for the kids (post coming soon)!  For the drinks besides  fruit punch, and strawberry lemonade I served coquito for kids.

Coquito is like a Puerto Rican Eggnog and of course, it has liquor in it. It is a creamy coconut-based drink that has rum in it.   But for the kids I’ll be making it “sin” which means “without” the liquor!
Coquito is a very popular drink during Christmas time in Puerto Rico. It takes me back to my isla bonita during the most festive time of the year.
To make this kid-friendly version of coquito I used the following ingredients:

1 packet of pure creamed coconut 7 oz.  (this has no sugar)

1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
2 cans of coconut milk
1/2 cup of sugar*
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Cinnamon sticks
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour in a glass jar.   *Since the creamed coconut has no sugar you can actually adjust the sweetness of your coquito. You can use the 1/2 cup or less if you’d like.

Chill, shake and serve.

Will you be making your own coquito for kids?

I have a free printable for you. It’s actually a jpeg file, that you can print in whatever size you may need. I would suggest to save and upload to a Microsoft Word doc, and adjust the size of the image for your label.

Or you can right click on the image below, and save as. 

¡Buen provecho and Feliz Navidad!

Discovering Ecuador with Kids: Espumillas Ecuadorian Street Food

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Every country has it’s own traditional sweet treat, and Ecuador has espumillas!  Espumilla is a guava meringue cream and a very popular Ecuadorian street food.  
Little one had a few friends over, and together we learned about Ecuador’s delicious espumilla. We watched a video in Spanish on how a local lady makes her espumilla for a living.  She does the whole process by hand!!!  Amazing!!

Of course, we used a blender.  

The original recipe calls for pureed guavas, sugar, and egg whites. For our version, we didn’t have fresh guavas. So I improvised and used guava paste.  Since the guava paste is already sweetened I cut back on the sugar used for this recipe.  

The kids really enjoyed making their very own espumilla!  They took turns mixing, and using the blender. LOL 
They loved adding sprinkles on it, and of course there were mixed reviews on how it  tasted.  I think when you put something on a cone you’re thinking “cold” ice cream.  However, espumilla is not ice cream, and it is not cold.  One of the girls loved hers, the others including my son not so much.  I enjoyed it! It’s a yummy sticky treat! 😉 

While some of the kiddos savored the espumillas they learned some fun facts from Ecuador: 
  • Ecuador is named after the equator which runs through the country. 
  • Ecuador is the only country in South America that does not share a border with Brazil. 
  • Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas. 
  • Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar. 
  • Ecuador’s official language but there are also 13 other languages! 
This post is part of Multicultural Kid Blogs monthly Global Learning for Kids series featuring Ecuador.  

Still fascinated by Ecuador?  
Make migajones from Ecuador by Kid World Citizen. If you’re planning to visit Ecuador read Hispanic Mama’s 12 places In Ecuador that you should visit or drool with another of her posts on Ecuadorian candy
Last but not least, read  about Ladydeelg’s train ride in Ecuador: From Quito to Machachi, and her post on 10 Fun Things to do with Kids in Ecuador
For more facts about Ecuador read National Geographic for Kids.
¡Hasta la próxima! 

Kid-Made Strawberry Banana Nutella Cake

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My 8 yr. old loves watching The Food Network Channel. His favorite show is Cake Wars. He was excited with the “Sea World theme” from one of the episodes.  Hence, his request to make a strawberry banana Nutella cake with crushed walnuts that looked like a shark!  Say what?? My head was spinning! Ha! 
Sadly, I had to burst his bubble. The shark part was a no-go, but I could help him bake the cake he asked for. 
I’m not a baker so this had to be easy peasy!  Plus, I wanted this be an easy-to-bake cake for my 8 yr. old.  
I ran to the grocery store, and wouldn’t you know they don’t sell banana cake mixes! Banana bread mix yes, banana cake mix no. {Sigh} So I figured if I can buy banana extract I can make something happen, right? So I Google on my phone easy banana recipe with extract, and bingo! I found an easy cake recipe that my son could surely follow! Original recipe can be found here.  
I grabbed the strawberries, bananas, walnuts, and the rest of the ingredients for the banana mix.  
Once home, my child was thrilled to see all of the ingredients for his cake, and we quickly got to work.  He mixed the cake ingredients, while I sliced the strawberries. I still wasn’t sure how he wanted to make his cake.  As soon as he poured the cake batter into the cake pan, he started licking the bowl. That’s the best part right? Ha!
Then I placed the cake pan in the oven, and put the Nutella jar in a bowl of hot water to soften it. When the cake was cooling,  I suggested we decorate the cake with Nutella, strawberries, and the crushed walnut. He was all for it! 
I cut the cake in two, and helped him place it on a pizza sheet with aluminum foil. He took care of the rest. I must admit this was the tastiest, and yummiest cake ever!!! He was so proud of his creation, and then asked me when would he be able to bake again. 
I am so happy to help my son explore his different interests.  He came up with this flavor combination all by himself. I initially wanted a chocolate cake (mixes are easy to find!) but he insisted on it being banana.  
What are your favorite cake flavors?? I’m thinking of piña colada cake next, but not sure he’ll like it. 😉 
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Easy Guava Cheesecake Recipe

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Nothing screams more to me “Puerto Rico” than taking a bite of this creamy and oh so delicious guava cheesecake! 

Savoring a bite of guava cheesecake reminds me of my days working in a restaurant that sold the famous “cheesecakes de guayaba.” Such fond memories!  I’m trying to get my little one to enjoy the guava cheesecake as much as I do, but he doesn’t really like anything with “cheese” in it, and he’s a die-hard chocolate fan!!!! So what’s a mamá to do?? I make it, and cut  a slice for me; and freeze the rest. This guava cheesecake freezes well. 

Here’s the recipe for you.

  • 2 packs of 8 oz. softened cream cheese (for a lighter version I used Neufchâtel cheese) 
  • 1/2 cup of guava paste 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 ready-made pie crust 
  • 4 tablespoons of guava jam 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cream cheese, guava paste, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Add the eggs, and mix together.  Pour mixture into the ready-made pie crust.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the center of guava cheesecake is firm. Chill for 3 hours or overnight spread guava jam over it, and then serve.

¡Buen provecho!

What is your favorite dessert?

Categories: Food, Puerto Rico Food