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Empanadas: A Mexican Tradition

An empanada is basically a turnover. They are a classic item in the Hispanic culture and can be sweet or savory. Fillings range from fruit to meat and are a part of the holidays as well as a regular menu item in many Hispanic kitchens. Our granddaughter Ava is fortunate to have both German and Mexican heritage and we spent an afternoon keeping her connected with her 'latina side' by preparing empanadas to leave for Santa. The original recipe came from my Aunt Mercy's kitchen and I adapted it to decrease the fat content. I'm giving you both recipes so you can choose the one that best suites your taste.

Ingredients:

All Purpose flour

cream cheese

butter

cinnamon, sugar mix

your choice of fruit filling

Mercy's Marvelous Empanadas

(makes about 6 dz. mini-empanadas)

4c flour

8 oz. cream cheese

4 sticks butter or margarine

 

Yvonne's Less Fatty Empanadas

(makes about 3 dz mini-empanadas)

2c flour

1/2 c reduced fat cream cheese

1 stick butter

In a bowl, blend room-temperature cream cheese and butter together until well mixed. Next, add flour, about 1/2c  at a time until you've used all the flour. Refrigerate for 2 hours. ( This is imperative with the original recipe. It will be sticky and hard to work with if you don't refrigerate.)

Flour the rolling pin and roll the dough out like a pie crust. The stem of a wine glass made it easy for little hands

to help with the work.

 Spoon the filling ( about 1 t for a 4-5in. circle) in the center then fold over and use a fork to seal edges.( We used pineapple filling.) I recommend  you brush the bottom edge with a little water to help the dough stick and prevent bursting open when heated.

 Place in the oven @  350 ˚for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle

with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a perfect place to get to know each other better or iron out differences. We can share family history, build memories and if we allow ourselves, in the midst of mouth-watering aromas, make ourselves vulnerable to one another, leaving a Fingerprint in each others lives.

Clogs, Fashion and Function

Clogs were a part of the “hippie” expression of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and they are back!  Sighted on the runway of Louis Vuitton and Channel Spring 2010. They are styled with mini-skirts, jeans, shorts and    skinny or wide-legged pants.

This fall, you'll find clogs in multiple fabrics, prints as well as leather.

While they are all considered clogs, they have just as many differences as they do similarities. They range from a stiletto look to low and chunky.

If you're a short-legged woman, lengthen the look of your legs by wearing tights to match your clogs.

You won't have a hard time finding them this fall because they're everywhere and come in a wide price range.

I walked into the Marriot Hotel last week and there was Kelli McAnally, administrator with Round Rock ISD in her Dansko clogs. She told me she has twelve pair and they make her feet happy!!

Dansko Black Desert Snake

The question this season isn't whether you'll wear them or not, but rather which clog will YOU be wearing?

Hairstyle vs. Lifestyle

Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.

Hubert de Givenchy

In the documentary Good Hair, Chris Rock investigates the marvel of African American women and their hair. He attempts to sell African American hair, only to hear vendors tell him it’s not Good Hair. He interviews women who pay $1000+ for hair pieces and sacrifice family necessities to have Good Hair.

In 1993, Dr. Jo Anne Cornwell, Associate Professor at San Diego State University launched Sisterlocks, a trademark company dedicated to empowering women to embrace their cultural roots by rejecting chemicals and processes that negate the natural state of their hair. Sisterlocks is a natural hair management system which allows women with tightly textured hair to take advantage of a wide range of today’s hair styles without having to alter the natural texture of their hair. Rather than processing the hair  to straighten it, Sisterlocks maximizes the natural characteristics of the hair.

Vivianne Pearson, Round Rock, Texas, noticed a co-worker's hair about two years ago. She was impressed with what looked like tiny braids in a uniformed pattern, only to find out they were not braids but Sisterlocks. She recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia where she attended a four-day training to become a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant. Not only is she enjoying a life free from chemicals, but celebrates the money she is saving. I love educating African American women about how to embrace their natural beauty.

Sisterlocks is not about a hairstyle, it's about a lifestyle.

-Sisterlocks

For information about Sisterlocks, contact Vivianne at lockcouture.com or 803-719-2632.