Thursday, 20 August 2015

Routine, routine, routine

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If a few years ago someone told me about routines it seemed incredible to me that people could fall into that, to get up every day and do always the same, without surprises, adventures, nothing... I felt that routine was a way of tying absurdly and terribly boring, now, I can say that I don't think the same at all...

I'm afraid, my friends, that for a while (even before having the kids) I realize that time passes faster than I want to, I spend more time thinking about what I'll do than really doing it, and all of this is because of having a bad routine, or not to have it at all...

I'm gonna tell you a bit, I am a person who tends to get into many things at once, before the kids were born, I had to steal hours to design websites, translate or any other job I could do in my spare time, then came SuperBoy and that was relegated into the background, but then I discovered the world of Microstock photography (you know, you sell photographs at bargain price, but they may be sold so may times that some people earn enough money to live from it... it gives me to buy candies and a bit more XD) and when miniSuperBoy was born, that was a total chaos, and now I'm trying to create a routine that works for me...

In fact, I only can organize one hour and half before going to work in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon, the rest is difficult to include anything different of its actual use, but anyway, I'm stil working on it, by now, I've managed to introduce a while for Pilates after preparing lunch at 7am, what is hardest to me is the cleaning routine I should organize to do every day a bit, and so it could be better maintained and don't have to clean so exhaustively during the weekend....

And you? Do you have a routine for organization?

Monday, 10 August 2015

Miguelitos recipe

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This is a truly simple to make dessert recipe, that's ideal for children snack (they love it!) or to take to a picnic.

The Miguelitos are pastries typical from the village of La Roda (Albacete - Spain) made with just puff pastry, "crème pâtissière" and icing sugar, really simple ingredients that is difficult to find someone who doesn't like them.

Miguelitos - repostería


- 1 puff pastry sheet
- 1/2 kg of "crème pâtissière" (I'm sorry I don't know if it has a better translation)
- icing sugar


We should start preparing the crème pâtissière (this time I found a powdered product that only required to add milk to make it, it was a good discovery :D) and we leave it get cold.

Apart, we lay out the pastry sheet and cut it in squares or rectangles while we preheat the oven at 200ºC.

Miguelitos - hojaldre

We put the pastry in the oven tray over the same paper that wrapped the pastry and bake it for 10-12 minutes, they will get swell quickly and when they start browning we take them off.

We put them to get cold over a rack.

When they get cold (both, the pastry and the cream) we start cutting the pastries like they were sandwiches and fill them with the cream.

Miguelitos - rellenando el hojaldre

And now we only have to dust them with icing sugar and serve (or put them in the fridge if you may resist XD)

Miguelitos terminados

Friday, 7 August 2015

The feared first day of school

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This time last year was really nervous thinking that in a month my little boy was going to start the school, he did not go to the kindergarten (His grandparents taked care of him, the four of them are retired and have a lot of free time), so I thought how he was going to adapt, if he would listen the teacher, how he would react with other children... and how he would interact, because last year SuperBoy did not talk, nothing beyond dad, mom and water (in Spanish is a really simple word)... but that goes for another post... luckily toilet training was surpassed...

Occasionally we talked him about the school, that he would play with other children, that he would be a little bit in the morning and a bit more in the afternoon as with his grandparents, and sometimes he seemed enthused and others he said he did not want to go ...

Finally we get to the feared day, that day when you bring him to the classroom (during the adjustment period, they allowed us to take and pick them the classroom) and see that we are all equal, those who have gone to kindergarten and those who do not, each one reacts in his own way, some run into the classroom to play with the toys leaving their parents, others cling to the legs of their parents and organize the show of the century, and some as SuperBoy stayed with grief face looking from inside the classroom...

The teachers told us that the less we keep the goodbyes it would be better... and I should be agree with them, is better to talk about anything different from school until getting the door, then kiss, and let them. There are days that make it easy, others that it is difficult (once a teacher had to pull out him from me), but although we are thinking all day what he's doing at 10 seconds they are playing so happy forgetting that they did not want go, (and that is true, because one day I wait when he did not see me and he went directly to play with some wheels they have and so happy) and when finally they start adapting to the routine and to get in and out of the school happy, that ... that is priceless ... it may seem to you absurd but you have such a sense of accomplishment that you feel great. :)

And you? How was your adaptation to school?