Monday, May 11, 2015

Refreshing Watermelon Frost

It's that time of year when the seasons change in California and you know what that means? We could easily have the "4 seasons of the year in one day", it's true. You wake up to 50ºF weather and throughout the day the temperature varies up to mid 70s, you end up dressing in layers because let's be realistic 20º difference is 20º. 

Mother's Day weekend was no exception, on Saturday it was a breezy day. Too cold in the morning for us, so much so that when we arrived in San Francisco around noon we had to put on our jackets and it still felt cooler than we expected. Then on Sunday it was warm and sunny, we went out for the evening in tank tops and crop pants only to return home 2 hours later shivering and begging for warmth. 

While the warmer temperatures on Sunday made us long for a cool and refreshing beverage we just couldn't decide what to drink... That is until my husband remembered we had half a Dulcinea watermelon left from the day before in the refrigerator. I guess you could say we both came up with what we wanted the drink to taste like and when I posted an image on Facebook I honestly didn't think you would be interested, but I was wrong because immediately I began getting requests for the recipe. As promised here's what we used and how we prepared the drink:



INGREDIENTS:

Half of a Dulcinea Seedless Watermelon.
Ice

Optional ingredients:

Tajin Seasonings
Key Limes

PREPARATION:

1.- Chop watermelon into bit size pieces, put in a bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

2.- Take out watermelon and leave at room temperature for at least 45 minutes {this is so it has more natural "juice" in it.

3.- Blend with ice cubes until completely blended as if making a smoothie. Serve and enjoy!

As for the optional ingredients, I felt it needed a little kick in the flavor department mostly because we didn't add any sweeteners. So I squeezed half a key lime and mixed in the juice directly in my glass and topped my drink with some tajin seasonings. It was delicious, refreshing and easy to make! Of course I used a slice of key lime to garnish my glass and next time I plan on adding some tajin seasonings to the rim of my glass.... mmm



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10th Annual Uncorked Wine Festival.


This coming weekend is Mother's Day, this will be my first Mother's Day back home since 2012. I can't wait to spend it with my family and make new memories. Speaking of weekend, what are your plans? Last weekend we took a family bike ride around Los Gatos. It was fabulous, the kids were so excited to have taken our first bike ride together since my bike was still in transit from Costa Rica and finally arrived I joined them and got to enjoy the lovely scenery that the creek has to offer. 



Next Saturday our family will be attending the 10th annual Uncorked Wine Festival, which is from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. hosted at Ghirardelli Square. 

The event will feature over 50 top-tier wineries conducting wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment provided by NoisePop, art and craft venderos, cooking demonstrations by top San Francisco Chefs. 

Uncorked has partnered with local non-profit organization: Save the Bay and will be donating proceeds raised from ticket sales to support their efforts to protect, restore and celebrate the San Francisco Bay. 

Ticket pricing is as follows:

General admission tickets are $60 
VIP admission tickets are $90



Disclosure: Thank you to Uncorked for inviting us to attend their 10th annual Wine Festival in Ghirardelli Square. We will be sharing about the event through our social media platforms, simply follow #uncorkedSF

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Little Pony Tales {review and giveaway}

We'd like to thank our sponsor for sending us an advance copy of My Little Pony Tales DVD set in exchange for this review, all opinions are 100% my own as well as the story shared on this review. 



Growing up I remember all the cartoon shows I enjoyed watching, not only that but these shows also came to life at school. I remember playing Rainbow Brite, She-ra and My Little Pony at the school playground. Everyone would chose a character and pretend they were them. It was fun and a great way to play with my entire class, yes even the boys would join us while they were playing He-Man and G. I. Joe, Star Wars and others. 

The 80's seem pretty distant now that we are a grown up generation and have kids of our own. I enjoy sitting down with my kids and watching tv with them, I like to have talks with them while watching the show if something happens on-screen such as asking what they thought was going on and would they do the same in certain situations. It's a great conversation starter on behavior. 

Yes, the 80s bring back nostalgia to my generation just as any era brings nostalgia to its own generation. For the 80s it must be the bright colors, the new shows involving more kids that were unique take Rainbow Brite for example she had a little star on her face next to her eye and her friends had all different colored hair and attire. 

My Little Pony was a sweet show that shared stories similar to what we were into: sleepovers, sharing scary stories, playing outside, trying to help at home and sometimes feeling left out.  We received an advance copy of My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series. I immediately knew I had to do something special to share a cartoon series I had grown up with, with my kids. 


With testing coming up soon for my 9 year old I wanted to be able to spend an evening cuddled up in the living room watching My Little Pony. I prepared some snacks for us and called my kids to the living room and surprised them with the DVD. Our daughter was so excited she couldn't believe we had their show at home, to watch whenever we want to. We enjoyed watching the first DVD in 2 days and then the other DVD in another 2 evenings, yes the set includes 2 DVD's full of episodes such as the:


DISC 1

Slumber party/ Too sick to notice
Battle of the bands/ And the winner is...
Stand by me/ The tea party
The masquerade/ Out of luck
The play's the thing/ Shop talk
Impractical joker/ The great lemonade stand wars
Blue ribbon blues/ roll around the clock 

DISC 2

Princess problems/ An apple for starlight
Up, up and away/ Sister of the bride
Birds of a feather/ Send in the clown
Happy birthday, sweetheart/ Gribet
Bon bon's diary/ Just for kicks
Ponies in paradise/ Who's responsible

It was great to see episodes I could still remember from my childhood like the Slumber Party one which I vividly remember having one that same week when I saw it as a kid or the Up, Up and Away. We had My Little Pony toys at home and we would sometimes recreate the episodes. Oh the memories!

Best part? You can enter to be the lucky winner of your own My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series DVD copy! I'm going to make this giveaway very easy, all I need you to do is leave me a comment answering the following question:



What is your best memory growing up in the 80's? {make sure you include a valid email address in your response, so that I may contact you if selected} *Rules are below. 



*Sweepstakes rules: This contest is open to residents age 18 or older in the U. S. and Canada. Winner will be selected randomly through random.org, odds of winning depend on number of entries. Contest ends at midnight P.S.T. Monday April 27th. Winner will be announced on this blog post on Tuesday April 28th and has 48 hours to respond and claim prize replying with a valid mailing address. Prize will be automatically mailed by sponsor, prize may take 4 - 12 weeks to be received. Stroller Adventures holds no liability.  This is a public website, information posted in the comments section is visible to the public. Stroller Adventures takes no responsibility for what is posted in the comments by others nor takes responsibility of others actions who view these public comments.*



WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:

This sweepstakes has ended, winner was chosen using random.org. The winner is comment number 2, Romina!