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Simple Creamy Pasta with Peas – Recipe for busy days and quick meal

Homeschooling, going on nature walks, and pretty much life keeps our mornings really busy. Sometimes I am able to get a head start on lunch early in the morig and other times I need a quick 15-20 min lunch meal.

Here is where this simple Creamy Peas Pasta comes in. You probably have the ingredients at home already! and it is also a very frugal and tasty meal. I would say it costs about $5-$8 to make this meal and it yielded leftovers. Winner! 


  • 1 box Ziti pasta 
  • 1 1/12 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cream/milk whichever you have on hand.
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • 3 eggs
  • cheddar cheese 
  • parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions and drain.
  2. Add the frozen peas to pasta as well as seasoning (garlic, oregano)
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 3 eggs and pour over the eggs. Stir the food so the eggs cook. 
  4. Add cheese and stir again. 
  5. Serve and enjoy. I added fresh oregano which made this dish smell herby, natural, fresh.

Hope you like it! What are your go-to quick meal ideas on busy days? Let me know in the comments! 

Adding Doubles Muffin Tray Activity

Kindergarten is a time to learn new mathematical concepts such adding doubles. It is also a time when children age 5 still need plenty of time to play and continue developing fine motor skills to help them hold the pencil and write. 

By now, you have probably seen the many activity ideas available on Pinterest that use muffin trays to learn new concept. You can visit and follow my board here to get more ideas.

My current kindergartener is learning to add doubles. He actually really likes to add numbers! He is not too into worksheets, so using this muffin tray has been a nice alternative to building the skill.  

When I first presented him the bowl with pom poms and tweezers, he said “aha! I am going to bake!” 

I smiled and said we are going to bake and take orders. ” 🙂 The orders were scalloped circle papers we punched out earlier. That was another exercise to be able to further develop the hand muscles. He really likes to punch out paper.  

Anyways, so he placed each circle in the muffin tray and began filling his orders. In other words, he used the tweezers and picked out the amount of pom-poms needed for that order (the sum of tr doubles). 

He had fun. He didn’t have to fill out a worksheet this time but he still got to practice adding doubles. 

Next time, we will make it more challenging. We are going to take cupcake orders for double 5 to get all the way to double 10. 

Have fun adding and baking cupcakes!

Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta

This Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta is out of this world. The sauce is made with fresh ingredients and a bit of Alfredo sauce and parmesan cheese. This recipe is a favorite! I have been making this dish for two years now and everyone gets excited when they see that I have avocado and spinach on thr counter. They know what it means, Spinach Avocado Pasta.

While the noodles boil in the pot, I put the spinach leaves (rinsed) and a whole avocado in the food processor. I add 1/3 cup of Alfredo sauce, some parmesan cheese, and pulse.

When the pasta is cooked, drain the water, saving only 1/4 and pouring that with the sauce. 

Add some fresh cilantro (coriander)…mmmm it smells so good and it is so tasty! 

Hope you give this Creamy Spinach Avocado Pasta a try!


  • pasta of choice or zucchini noodles (zoodles)
  • raw spinach
  • 1 whole avocado
  • alfredo sauce (add according to taste)
  • parmesan cheese
  • cilantro (optional)


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Blend all ingredients to make sauce in food processor.
  3. Serve immediately.
  4. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day! 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe 

A staple recipe at home in Chile was the banana milk that my Mama used to make for me. I can remember countless of times when she was standing in the kitchen holding a fork and a banana on a plate ready to mash it for my milk. Back then, the word “smoothie” was not part of our regular vocabulary but that was basically what she was making. 

Fast forward to present day. I have 4 children and I am very much into making traditional recipes from home and adapting them to suit our family.

Living in the United States, I have literally become a peanut butter fanatic. I mean, seriously, peanut butter is so tasty and I can get additional vitamins and iron into our diet with just a couple of tablespoons. 

For this recipe, I only used 3 ingredients. I usually have these available as they are some of my staple items I keep in regular stock at home. 

Since bananas ripen quickly, I store them in ziplock bags and freeze them to use in smoothies.  My Dad jokingly tells me that I must have a banana tree somewhere. 
Alright, so to make this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie I take out 1 1/2 to 2 frozen bananas. Then I pour a glass of milk and 1 or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. The amount of peanut butter you choose to use is totally up to you. 

The Ninja blender, one of my favorite appliances, is so perfect for blending the frozen bananas. It is such a powerful machine, 1500 watts! 


  • 1 1/2 – 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 glass cup milk
  • 1 -1/2 tbsp peanut butter 
  • save some peanut butter to pour over the top


Blend all ingredients and serve. Enjoy a chilled healthy peanut butter banana smoothie.


Healthy Eating Chilean Salad Ensalada Chilena Recipe 

Today I made my go-to frugal, healthy, and tasty salad. It happens to be one of Chile’s traditional salads served at pretty much every gathering and found at every restaurant.

  • It is so simple, yet full of flavor.
  • Refreshing.
  • Only 3 main ingredients.
  • Healthy.


1 bunch of cilantro or coriander depending on where you live.

2 tomatoes

1 onion

1 tbsp olive oil

salt to taste


1. Chop cilantro. Your kitchen will smell terrific…so fresh!

2. Dice tomatoes in cubes.

3. Slice onion in pluma or feather cut.

4. Season with olive oil and salt to taste. Fold all ingredients.

5. Enjoy! Serve with rice, grilled meat, or your favorite main dish.
Eating healthy is tasty!


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How to Sew Pumpkins the Easy Way – Sewing and a Handicraft Project for Children per Charlotte Mason

How to Sew Pumpkins the easy way a children handicraftactivity

Charlotte Mason’s teaching methodologies resonate with me in more ways than I can count. One of those ways is her idea of teaching children a handicraft from a young age. It enriches them and opens the door for them to become more creative, skilled, and confident.  

*** Some points to acknowledge about handicrafts per Charlotte Mason:

  1. They should make something that will be useful
  2. Be challenging and work through it – perseverance

There are many handicrafts a child can learn, sewing is just one of them. Start them out with learning how to sew on a button or how to thread a needle are basic life skills that will be used at one point or another.  

Some of my favorite products for teaching and practicing sewing (while making a useful product) are Alex’s Sewing Toys. Also this book is fantastic!!! it has 21 projects that children will enjoy making.

Sewing for kids can be the gateway to let them discover a new skill. My kids enjoy hand sewing and have benefitted greatly from learning to sew. There are so many fun things to sew and make for the home or for their rooms. They take such delight in being able to hold something they made with their own hands.


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We keep a basket of sewing supplies easily accessible so that it creates an invitation to create and to sew. It has encouraged us to put together a sewing kit to have available at home. I will post more details on that soon, but for now, feel free to look at this kit readily available. 

Easy Hand Sewing Project – Perfect for Beginners and Young Children


My kids ages 7, 5, and 4 completed the project below. 

The other day, we made fabric pumpkins to go with our Fall Décor. Before we made them, I made an invitation to sew by setting out fabric circles, needles, and thread. When they saw the needles and thread their eyes widened and thy were just full of enthusiasm to learn something new as well as a real opportunity to use a needle. 

Hand Sewing Safety Guidelines


First things first. Talk about SAFETY WITH NEEDLES.

  • Let them know there is a sharp point. Talk about what would happen if you touch that?
  • Keep needles away from the eyes.
  • Use the needle for sewing away from you, not towards you.

Hand them the needle and see how they hold it. It is very possible that their small hands will adjust almost intuitively to hold the needle properly. If so, BINGO!

Hand sewing has many benefits like:

  • coordination

  • develop fine motor skills

  • space awareness

How to teach children to sew:


  1. Pick a small project – Small children attention span is fairly short. Use their enthusiasm to the max by offering a project they can complete in a fairly short amount of time.
  2. Review steps in a 1-2-3 format


Hand Sewing Goals for today’s project:

  1. Sew around the circle
  2. Stuff the circle
  3. Sew it shut
  4. Optional: Glue a button to decorate the top. 

 3. Make it with a purpose – Children are naturally curious and they want to know the purpose of their project, especially when they know they are going to invest time in making it. They want to see the value of what they do. The peoject should answer to the questions: “What is this for?” What are we going to do with it?”
Sewing can be lots of fun and allows for some quick crafting time. Everyone can enjoy sitting at the table to complete a quick new peoject for their home. 

Cuéntame: Have you tried hand sewing with your children? What have you made? 



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Have a great day!

Recommended Bilingual English-Spanish Picture Books

We have read many, many Bilingual Picture Books in our home throughout the years. This is a running list of the ones we have read.  Hope you enjoy. Which have you read?

Cuéntame: What have you read? What would you add to this list?

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  1. Diez Deditos de las Manos y Diez Deditos de los Pies – Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.  Bilingual board book that introduces young children to soothing rhymes in English and Spanish.
  2. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses.  This is such a cute little board book all about giving kisses to baby. Everyone like Mama, Papá, perrito (doggy) takes turns to give the baby a kiss. A very sweet little book, perfect for small hands also.
  3. La Oruga Muy Hambrienta – The Very Hungry Caterrpillar.  This is a must read picture book with toddlers (if their attention span permits) and preschoolers.  Introduces food vocabulary and life cycle of the butterfly in English and Spanish. We did a fun activity with this one in which we made our own little books with the food from the story.
  4. First 100 Words Bilingual. Great, great, great book to have. Baby and toddlers will be picking it up on their own. It is simple and straight to the point: Helping children learn to speak words in the target language.
  5. Bilingual Tales: El patito feo – The Ugly Duckling. This is a classic tale. The story of the ugly duckling who turned into beautiful. This is a very well known little story.
  6. I Love You Through and Through – Te quiero, Yo te quiero. This is one of our favorites at home! A very sweet, tender story about a toddler and his teddy.
  7. Curious George books. There are many, many Curious George books available in bilingual edition. They are all so fun!!!


Take time to read to your children. They will enjoy it and it will help them gain proficiency in the language.

Happy reading time!





How to have Bilingual Story Time at Home

Bilingual Story Time Tips

It was 8 a.m. this morning when we gathered around the table to eat our freshly baked Dutch Pancake that had just come out of the oven. In the background, I could hear one of my boys giggling that we were going to have dessert to start the day, another one passing out napkins, all while the baby was saying “mama, mama,” his favorite word these days (which I love hearing!).

It was raining, the door was open, and soon after saying Grace, I served them a slice of ‘dessert’ (the morning joke) topped with bananas and honey, and a glass of milk. We talked about the weather, rain for the third day in a row, plans for the day, and the usual taste test they do at meal time. They often like to pretend they are in a cooking show as the judges. They are so funny.

When we were close to finishing the meal, I pulled out the picture book planned for this morning’s reading aloud time. This morning we read a bilingual picture book called I Want My Banana! Quiero Mi Plátano! part of the I Can Read Spanish – Story Book Series.

For breakfast we were eating the “dessert” with bananas. One of my children said, “hey! the book is about bananas, just like what we are eating!” It is so cute when they make connections between what they are reading or hearing and what they are actually doing.

The fact that we were eating bananas made the picture book so much more authentic, especially because one of the goals of the book is to teach children to make offers and accept an offer in Spanish.

  • ¿Quieres comer un plátano? Do you want to eat a banana?
  • ¿Quiero comer un plátano. I want to eat a banana.

We were able to extend this short dialogue to offering other fruits and vegetables. It also paved the way to changing the verb and asking

  • “¿Quieres salir?”      Do you want to go out?
  • “¿Quieres dormir?” Do you want to sleep?


There are many aspects of the language that can be learned through a bilingual book. I consider the following points.

Bilingual Read Aloud English and Spanish


How to Use a Bilingual Picture Book

  1. Read all the way through in one language. Then read it again another time in the target language (Spanish).
  2. Take turns reading the book. Have a parent or another person read the parts in the second language.
  3. Decide teaching objectives. Read the book, before introducing it to the children, find out what aspects of the language could be learned from this book. Such as:
    • question formats
    • adjectives
    • singular/plural
    • verbs
  4. Make connections. Make the book real to them equals making the language come to life. Use props or real elements to illustrate the story. For example, I had real bananas at the table, so each of my children could ask the other one Quieres comer un plátano? Quieres comer lechuga? (Do you want to eat lettuce?)
  5. Plan an activity. Be intentional and plan for ways you want the children to use this new piece of the language they are acquiring from reading this story. You will want this activity to be as authentic as possible so they can see a real need to use the language.


Because my children have been exposed to English and Spanish since birth, I was able to read the story completely on my own.

How to Read a Bilingual Picture Book

  1. Draw observations. Look at the cover, ask the children to tell you what they see. What objects/animals do they see? What is happening on this picture? What are the expressions they see on the people or animals? Are they happy or sad?
  2. Read the title. Read the title in English and Spanish.  My children asked right away if the story was going to be in both languages, to which I replied si (yes) .
  3. Make predictions. I find that asking the children to make predictions at the beginning or throughout the story keeps them engaged. Ask: ¿Qué crees que sucederá después? What do you think will happen later?
  4. Vocabulary. I usually let my children infer the meaning of new vocabulary based on context. Usually they understand it. Other times, I read the sentence as is and I might give them a synonym in Spanish to the new vocabulary word.  I also tell them to repeat the new word, usually after reading the story.
  5. Feel free to read it in ONE language. Pick the target language. There are times when I pick up the book and I only read it in Spanish. This way, I am able to ask them comprehension questions and let them ask questions about the story so that I can know how much they can comprehend.


¿Qué Piensas? How do you read Bilingual books in your home? What tips do you have? Please share in the comments. 




Nos vemos,



Five Spanish phrases I can’t live without

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Being bilingual has lots of perks like being able to know more than one way to say something. However, there are certain filler words or muletillas  that I just hold on to a little more tight than others just because they are part of my culture. A lot of times I catch myself wanting to throw them into the conversation, intentionally or not, mainly because they are just part of the way I talk and part of who I am based on the fact that my first language is Spanish and that I lived in Chile for part of my life.

Although at times I can get away with it, like when I speak with other bilingual friends from Chile or when I say them around some of my monolingual friends who have been around me for so long that they know the meaning of some of these words and phrases by now. Por si acaso (just in case) you are reading this blog, kudos to you!

Bueno (Well) I really like to say these words (muletillas or filler words) because they add more meaning (or sabor – flavor) to the conversation.  In my opinion, these words add spice to the conversation. Perhaps it has something to do with the intonation used when saying them.

Here is my list, I am really curious to hear what Spanish fillers or slang you really want to say when speaking in English. Let me know in the comments.

  1. no cierto? Literally, it means “isn’t it true?” I use this phrase a lot, usually to imply agreement.  For example, it was such a nice day at the beach and the water was just perfect! no cierto?  In English, I just say “right?” in place of no cierto?
  2. a ver – Literally, it means “let’s see” I usually say this when we are about to make a plan or when we need to coordinate something. For example, “a ver, what is the plan for the weekend?”
  3. pucha – My college roommate pointed out how much I said ‘pucha‘ long before I realized I said so much! Pucha means “bummer”. For example “pucha, I’m sorry you can’t come!” or “Pucha, hope you feel better!”
  4. si po – The poh is traditional of Chilean Spanish, so as far as I know it is only used there. If you are traveling to Chile and want to sound fluent, jump on the wagon and say ‘poh’ at the end of your sentences.  “Si po” means ‘yeah’ like a Chilean.
  5. o sea – Literally, it means “that is”. I think this is one of those convenient words that I like to say, because I can just say one word to mean “that is”.  O sea is used as a way to clarify a precedent idea or rephrase a sentence. For example, they are coming on Thursday, osea in two days.


What words do you want to say in Spanish when you speak English? What advice do you have for when you want to say them and can’t? What other words would you add to this list?

Nos vemos See you soon!



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