“THE BOOK OF LIFE” – Jorge’s Grandma’s Mole Recipe

Grandma Anita’s Enchiladas

INGREDIENTS

(For 20 people)
• Vegetable Oil
• 30 Corn Tortillas
• 18 ounces of mulato pepper, deveined and seeded
• 26 ounces of pasilla pepper, deveined and seeded
• 26 ounces of ancho pepper, deveined and seeded
• 2 cups of lard
• 5 medium garlic cloves
• 2 medium onions, sliced
• 4 hard tortillas each broken into four pieces
• 1 fried Mexican bread roll (bolillo)
• ½ cup of raisins
• 1 cup of almonds
• ¾ cup of sesame seeds
• ½ teaspoon of aniseed
• 1 teaspoon of ground cloves or 5 cloves
• 6 cinnamon sticks
• 1 tsp of ground black pepper or 6 full peppers
• 4 bars of ground stone Mexican chocolate
• 1 cup of Roma tomatoes, chopped and peeled
• Chili seeds, to taste
• Sugar and Salt, to taste
• 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth

FOR THE FILLING
• 3-4 ripe sweet plantains
• 1¾ cup of Oaxaca cheese

PREPARATION

Place 1 1/3 cup of lard on a frying pan and heat the lard. Once the lard is hot, coat the peppers in the hot lard. Next, place the peppers in a pot with boiling water and leave them to soften. In the hot lard pan, fry the garlic and onion until they’re crisp, then add the tortilla, bread, raisins, almonds, chili seeds, half of the sesame seeds, aniseed, clove, cinnamon, pepper, chocolate, tomato, and fry it all together. Drain the peppers from the water, add to the frying pan, and fry everything together for a few more seconds. Next, place everything in a blender, add the chicken broth, and blend. Once blended, strain the entire contents of the blender, dispose of solids and keep the remaining mole salsa. In a separate casserole dish made especially for mole, heat the remaining lard (2/3 cup) and add the mole salsa. Heat the mole salsa for around 8 minutes. Add salt, sugar and more chocolate, to taste. If it becomes too dense, add more chicken broth. Simmer for 30 minutes.

FOR THE ENCHILADA FILLING

Place a small amount of oil in a frying pan. Cut the plantains into fourths (down the middle and across). Fry the plantains in the hot oil until they start to brown. Cut the cheese into strips and mash it together with the plantains. The filling is now ready for the enchiladas.

HOW TO DO IT

Place a small amount of oil in a frying pan. Once heated, fry a tortilla until it becomes light gold, but remains soft. Then coat the tortilla in the mole salsa. Place the tortilla on a plate, apply the plantain filling in the middle and roll it up. Repeat as many times as necessary for desired serving size. Once plates are prepared, apply mole salsa on top of the enchiladas. Add slices of onions and golden sesame seeds.

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What To Do? Christians and Halloween, Should You Celebrate it or not? A Christian Moms Perspective

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So being a christian, people assume you live in a “christian” bubble, and don’t participate in the Halloween festivities. Reality is many “Christians” do participate in the Hallows Eve tradition, only they go about it in a more innocent manner.

As a christian mom, I enjoy discussing costume options with my boys, it really gets their creative juices going. But we do have an understanding of what is acceptable in having good clean fun. As for us, this year we will be heading over to have some fun at a local Church for their annual Harvest Festival.

So I’ve been asked a few times today Should Christians celebrate #Halloween? And what is the “origin” of the day?

I looked online for the best example about celebrating the day and here is what I found on CBN.com

So after discovering this, what is a reasonable conclusion?
As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a #light in a world of #darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries.

My suggestion? Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that:

there is a #spiritual world filled with #goodness from #God and #evil from#Satan (Eph. 2:1-10);
life with #Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4);

and those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.

And what is the “origin” of the day?

All Saint’s Day and All Hallow’s Eve
Despite popular belief, All Saint’s Day and All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween’s namesake) and Samhain were simultaneously occurring events for at least several hundred years. Not remarkable given the political importance of this time of year. credit Huffpost

The rituals associated with All Saint’s Day itself really had little impact on the festival celebrations of Halloween beyond giving it its name. After all, harvest time was something everyone shared; pagans and christians alike celebrated the momentous occasion.

To counter the evil influence of Halloween, we need to join together and celebrate the reality of the #heroic efforts of Christian saints over the evil in their day. Many leaders in the past — and present — have fulfilled the mandate of destroying the works of the devil through their sacrificial commitment to Christ and #HisKingdom.

Too, rather than “hide” in the face of evil, we should unabashedly and boldly create an alternative that is positive and uplifting; that celebrates good over evil and the triumph of God over Satan. We need to provide an environment that also makes room for heaps of fun while using the day as a “teachable moment” to celebrate God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.

This is from CBN hope it answers the question

2014 #CHALLENGE:30 DAYS OF BEING THANKFUL

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Lots of you joined me in this challenge last year, and I have to say how amazing the experience was! So this year will go ahead and do the challenge again. I pray that you will join me and invite others for this special and truly fulfilling month long journey.

Here’s how it works
This November 1, I am putting out a challenge to all women and Men who want to bless their family and friends with 30 Days of ways to be Thankful.

“30 Days of Being Thankful” will challenge you daily through out the whole month of November to be thankful for every gift that the Lordhas provided to you as well as teaching your children simple ways to be thankful.”

This is a journey to learning to be thankful for the smallest things and seeing God all around you as we move through each day. I pray that this challenge will stay with you long pass the 30 days.

I wanted to let you know now, so that you can prepare your hearts in seeing if this challenge is right for you.

I hope that you will join me in this challenge as we learn to be thankful for the smallest things that the Lord provides and ways to teach our children the importance of being thankful.

1. First and foremost, get that this is about giving thanks, and if moved to, sharing what you’re thankful for with others. The goal is to consciously engage in (at least) one moment of thankfulness every day this month. That’s it.

2. The thing for which you give thanks can be big or small–it doesn’t matter, because even 30 small gratitudes will add up to something awesome by month’s end. Not sure what to be thankful for?

What you’re thankful for can be anything at all–as long as you’re consciously thankful for it. That’s the key.

3. Truly, being thankful is enough. Sharing it via social media or in some other way is a gift to the world, because there are so very many people (we bet you know a lot of them!) who really struggle with giving thanks for the things that they have, or the people or events in their lives. Modeling being thankful is a way to gift them because as you share what you’re thankful for, you shine a light–a light that tells others that it’s ok for them to be thankful, too. If you chose to share on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter,Google+,pinterest or any other social media platform please use any of the following hashtags #30daysOSparkle, #OSparklechallenge to keep track.

Join the Facebook event here

4. If you decide you want to share what you’re thankful for, you might simply say it aloud, or you might choose to write it on paper, blog about it, share it with those you love over dinner, draw something, or even sing it. As with other 30 Day Projects, there’s simply no wrong way to do this. Just make the way you do it your own–as unique and special as you are!

Please feel free to leave a comment each day for what you are thankful for,or if you are a Blogger and choose to do the challenge post your blog link in a comment so others can follow and support your 30 Days of being thankful.

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He aquí cómo funciona
El 1 de noviembre  estoy poniendo un desafío a todas las mujeres y hombres que quieren bendecir a su familia y amigos con 30 días de maneras de ser agradecido .

” 30 días de ser agradecidos ” pondrá a prueba todos los días a través de todo el mes de noviembre para dar gracias por todos los dones que el Señor ha dado a usted, así como la enseñanza de sus hijos maneras sencillas para estar agradecidos ” .

Este es un viaje para aprender a ser agradecido por las cosas más pequeñas y ver a Dios a su alrededor a medida que avanzamos a través de cada día . Rezo para que este desafío se quedará con usted pasa mucho de los 30 días .

Quería hacerle saber ahora, para que pueda preparar sus corazones en ver si este desafío es el adecuado para usted.

Espero que se unan a mí en este desafío , ya que aprender a ser agradecido por las cosas más pequeñas que el Señor ofrece y las maneras de enseñar a nuestros hijos la importancia de ser agradecidos.

1 . En primer lugar, conseguir que se trata de la acción de gracias , y si se trasladó a , compartiendo lo que está agradecido con los demás. El objetivo es comprometer conscientemente en ( al menos) un momento de agradecimiento todos los días de este mes. Eso es todo.

2 . La cosa por la que le das gracias puede ser grande o pequeña , no importa , porque incluso los 30 pequeños gratitudes se suman a algo impresionante para fin de mes . No estoy seguro que sea agradecido?

Lo que estás agradecido puede ser cualquier cosa , siempre y cuando usted es consciente agradecido por ello . Esa es la clave .

3 . En verdad, el ser agradecido es suficiente. Compartirlo a través de medios sociales o de cualquier otra manera es un regalo para el mundo , porque hay mucha gente ( apuesto a que sabe un montón de ellos! ) Que realmente luchan con la acción de gracias por las cosas que tienen, o los personas o eventos en sus vidas. Modelando el ser agradecido es una forma de regalo , porque al compartir lo que estás agradecido, usted brilla una luz , una luz que le dice a los demás que está bien para ellos estar agradecidos , también. Si decide compartir en Facebook , Instagram , Twitter, Google+ , Pinterest o cualquier otra plataforma de medios sociales por favor, utilice cualquiera de los siguientes hashtags # 30daysOSparkle , # OSparklechallenge para realizar un seguimiento . Únete al evento en Facebook aquí

4 . Si usted decide que quiere compartir lo que estás agradecido , es posible que simplemente decirlo en voz alta , o puede optar por escribir en un papel , blog sobre él comparta con sus seres queridos durante la cena , dibujar algo , o incluso cantar ella. Al igual que con otros proyectos de 30 del día, simplemente no hay manera incorrecta de hacer esto. Simplemente haga de la manera que lo hace su propia tan único y especial como tú !

No dude en dejar un comentario cada día por lo que está agradecido por favor , o si usted es un blogger y decide hacer el reto de publicar su enlace en el blog un comentario para que otros puedan seguir y apoyar los 30 días de ser agradecido .

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5 Ways To Create An Attitude Of Gratitude In Your Kids

5 Ways To Create An Attitude Of Gratitude In Your Kids
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Do you model an Attitude of Gratitude? November, the month of traditions and thankfulness, is the perfect time to start a new daily tradition in your household.  We come together to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family and enjoy a great feast. But Thanksgiving is not the only day you should “count your blessings”. The best way to start modeling a grateful spirit is to start sharing what you are thankful for on a daily basis with your children.This will be a journey of learning to be thankful for the smallest things and seeing God all around you as we move through each day. As a parent its critical to instill an attitude of gratitude in our children, and it begins with you modeling the behavior.

Showing gratitude is a healthy habit, it can lead to happiness, satisfaction, increased self-esteem, hope and empathy. Studies show that kids who practice grateful thinking have a more positive attitude towards family and school. To instill gratitude gives kids a different perspective to take into account. Most kids these days feel “entitled” and don’t get the full scope of the privileges, and opportunities most kids in our country enjoy. Not knowing or caring about where it all comes from. Once they recognize this, it will help them better understand and be more inclined to treat others with respect and less inclined to focus on the wants, while being more appreciative on what they already have.

So how can we create an Attitude of Gratitude in our kids?

Gratitude starts at home, with you and here are 5 ways to help you start growing an attitude of gratitude in your own household:

1.Be a Grateful Parent 

It’s amazing the change in a child’s self esteem when they are shown appreciation from a parent or sibling. Telling them how grateful you are for their smallest action goes a long way. Boost their moral and thank them for getting homework done on time, or for sharing an item with a sibling or friend.

2. Get the family in the habit of serving others together

Community is a very important role in life. And by getting involved in a community service helps unite people from diverse backgrounds to work towards a common goal. By helping out, you and your kids may find hidden talents and change your view on your self worth which will promote self esteem and personal growth. Plus they learn to be active members in the community and positive contributors to society. By serving others, children will gain a different perspective on how they view the world and give them a sence of purpose. Sit down with your kids and discuss the different ways they can volunteer. Some ideas: help make sandwiches for a homeless shelter, pack backpacks for under-resourced children, or help beautify a local school or business.

3. “Please & Thank You”

“Don’t forget to say Please and Thank you” the most common verbiage used by parents in training our little ones. But true appreciation in kids takes time to blossom. Because they are being told, kids may not truly feel the gratitude that we would expect them to feel. Rather than teaching our kids these behaviors, they may be better learned through observing gratitude, generosity and kindness. There are countless opportunities every day for us to model gratitude for our kids- thanking the cashier at the market or the barrista who added an extra shot of expresso. When kids observe your sincerity, they a more inclined to do the same.

4. Have ‘em pitch in when they want something

I do this often with my teen. If your kids have saved birthday money or an allowance, have them pitch in towards those new $100 sneakers. When kids have to use money they have saved up, they tend to learn the value of the dollar very quick.
It also teaches restraint and encourages kids to appreciate what they have, as well as giving them a more realistic perspective on what you and others do for them.

5. Link gratitude to your Higher Power

Most religious traditions emphasize the practice of gratitude through acknowledging blessings and through serving others. Attending regular religious services is one way for kids to gain a sense of gratitude as part of a community. Even those who aren’t part of a formal worship community can offer prayers personally at appropriate times. Spirituality and gratitude go hand in hand. How blessed are we to have running water, food on the table, our health, air-conditioning, clothes and shoes or even a toy. How powerful, just saying that we have even one of these is a blessing in itself. How diferent life would be if we all adopted this kind of attitude. Grab a journal or notebook and have everyone write what they are thankful for, it can be done daily, weekly or monthly however often you choose. And than go back and read past entries together as a reminder of their blessings

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward

Join me for a month long Challenge on November 1st on my blog Outersparkle.com for
30 DAYS OF BEING THANKFUL

This article is published in the November 2014 issue of South Florida Parenting Magazine.

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Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019

MARVEL STUDIOS UNVEILS PHASE 3 OF MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
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This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

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The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.

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The announced films are as follows:

· 5/1/15 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
· 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
· 5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
· 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
· 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
· 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
· 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
· 5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
· 7/6/18 – CAPTAIN MARVEL
· 11/2/18 – INHUMANS
· 5/3/19 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II

Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.

Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.

Earlier this year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY crossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.

For full coverage of today’s event, visit marvel.com.

Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend Swag bag

Power Meet-Up Miami- Kicking off OPRAH’S #TheLifeYouWantMIA Weekend

As a Latina Mom Blogger, this morning I had the opportunity to attend a media and Miami Influencers Power Meet-up breakfast to kick off the opening of Oprah “The Life You Want” Weekend O-Town experience.

TV Host and Chef Carla Hall, Singer Jessi Leon and Celebrity Fashion Stylist Irma Martinez participated in a Power Meet-Up of influential women, hosted by COVERGIRL, Olay, Orgullosa and Publix, at "Oprah's "The Life You Want" Weekend" in Miami, Oct. 24, 2014. In panel discussion format, the women explored the topic of living one's best life, while sharing words of encouragement, empowerment.
TV Host and Chef Carla Hall, Singer Jessi Leon and Celebrity Fashion Stylist Irma Martinez participated in a Power Meet-Up of influential women, hosted by COVERGIRL, Olay, Orgullosa and Publix, at “Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend” in Miami, Oct. 24, 2014. In panel discussion format, the women explored the topic of living one’s best life, while sharing words of encouragement, empowerment.
Jessi Leon, Latin GRAMMY nominee for "Best New Artist"
Jessi Leon, Latin GRAMMY nominee for “Best New Artist”

The morning networking event was held outdoors at Museum Park in Downtown Miami. The weather was Not co-operating as the rain has been falling nonstop since yesterday. But unpredictable South Florida weather did not keep the Miami Influencers from being treated to unique beauty brand makeover by skincare experts from Olay and COVERGIRL.  The Oprah Life You Want Tour aims to empower women with tools to be their best selves, empowering them to discover ones hidden potentials and summon the courage to overcome obstacles to more easily live the life they want.

Irma Martinez, fashion stylist and entrepreneur
Irma Martinez, fashion stylist and entrepreneur

The celebrity panel included Carla Hall, TV host of ABC “The Chew”, Latin Grammy “Best New Artist” nominee Jessi Leon, and South Florida Celebrity fashion stylist Irma Martinez. Each guest discussed what inspired them to make the changes in their lives that has brought them to their success Living the life they want.

Carla Hall, TV host on ABC "The Chew"
Carla Hall, TV host on ABC “The Chew”

@carlahall Carla “life doesn’t happen to you it happens for you” #lifeyouwantMIA #girlscan #OlayxLifeYouWant #orgullosa #Oprah

Twitter— Janet E (@outersparkle) October 24, 2014

So if you plan to go make sure you grab an Umbrella, Poncho and Rain-boots as the O Town interactive event experience is all outdoors for the Miami event. You will receive an “magical” interactive O Tour Wristband that will tap you into extra connection…community…and creativity. It’s also your very own piece of a special experience that will dazzle and delight. You’ll have to see it and be part of it . . . to say more would spoil the surprise! Your O Tour Wristband is included in your Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend ticket package.

I didn’t really have the opportunity to walk throughout all the event tents but a few that you will find are by Publix, Toyota, P&G and Ikea . Hope you have a fantactic time! Here are a few pictures from the morning event.

If you can’t see the Instagram Video above Click Here

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Teaser Trailer Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt 5:16

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