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Apple Cinnamon Buñuelos Inspired by Glade® Fragrance Plugins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

One memory I have of the holidays is the dessert table at my grandmother's house, that always had buñuelos. I can remember the fragrance of the house, the tree, the cinnamon and that is why I love using #GladeHolidayMood Scented Oil Plugins during the holidays. Because I want those smells to evoke those memories. I want the warm fuzzies. And who knows, maybe when my kids smell them in the future, they will think about the Christmas memories we make in our home.

The Apple Cinnamon Cheer™scent inspired me to make buñuelos, but this time, with a hint of apple.
How to Make Buñuelos with Apple Cinnamon Sugar inspired by Glade Winter Collection

Ingredients for the Apple Cinnamon Sugar: 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 of freeze dried apples, 3/4 tablespoon of cinnamon. To make: crush freeze dried apples into a powder, then mix all ingredients. 
How to Make Buñuelos with Apple Cinnamon Sugar inspired by Glade Winter Collection

Ingredients for the dough: 3 cups of flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup of shortening and 3/4 cup of milk. 
How to Make Buñuelos with Apple Cinnamon Sugar inspired by Glade Winter Collection

Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. 

Mix sugar, eggs and shortening. You may want to soften the shortening before beating together. Then stir into flour mix. 

Knead dough on a floured surface. I tape wax paper to my table or island and flour away. 

Make dough into about 20 - 25 balls. I like them a bit smaller for little hands. Cover, then let rest for about 30 minutes.
How to Make Buñuelos with Apple Cinnamon Sugar inspired by Glade Winter Collection

Roll the balls flat, making 4-6 inch circles. Melt shortening in a deep skillet to make about 1 inch deep of oil. 

Fry buñuelos about 3 minutes on each side, until a golden brown color on each side. But be ready to adjust the heat and add more shortening or oil if needed. 

As soon as it gets out of the frying pan, sprinkle Apple Cinnamon Sugar on both sides and drain on a paper towel.
How to Make Buñuelos with Apple Cinnamon Sugar inspired by Glade Winter Collection

And repeat! 

I'm thankful for the collaboration with #CollectiveBias and the Glade®  Winter Collections Plugins because they allow me to indulge in the holiday scents without worrying about the flame. Right now you can find these scents at HEB: Sparkling Spruce™, Merry Citrus Melody™, Apple Cinnamon Cheer™, Frosted Cookie Party™and the exclusive scent Gingerbread Jingle™. I found these on display, at the end of the aisle at the H-E-B Plus in McCreless Market. If looking at other stores, you can find them in displays and not on the shelf of the usual location of Glade® products. 
How to Make Buñuelos with Apple Cinnamon Sugar inspired by Glade Winter Collection

So what do these fragrances inspire you to do? What memories do they evoke? I'd love to hear your stories.

Also note that you can find coupons for Glade on 12/7/14 in most Sunday newspapers in the coupon section. Plus, there are digital coupons for Glade on and often H-E-B might have those yellow store coupons that you can see in the picture above.

Happy Holidays!

How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day Experience

Have you thanked a teacher recently? I mean, really thanked an educator? I spent just a couple hours shadowing a 4th grade teacher and believe me, they deserve more than just an apple a day!

Last week was American Educators Week, and I was invited to tag along with the NEA Educator For A Day crew that stopped by Southwest Elementary, of course, in Southwest San Antonio.
How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day Experience in San Antonio
The President of the National Education Association and 1st Latina to hold the position, Lily Eskelsen Garcia was in attendance with the Texas State Teachers Association President, Noel Candelaria; NEA members, SWISD board members and others to experience a day in the lives of an educator.
How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day Experience in San Antonio
After the morning introductions, I sat in on the 4th grade classroom of Ms. Rodriguez, while she taught Reading Language Arts to her bilingual students. We talked a bit before as we walked with her to get her kids from gym, but as soon as the kids were settled in the classroom, she had her sip of Coke and her energy level jumped.
How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day Experience in San Antonio
It was game time. And to be quite honest, it was a little hard to keep up at first. You see, I work in a quiet office all day. It's pretty much at my own pace and controlled. But in the classroom, she and the kids hit the ground running. The hour and a half flew by as she talked about how to right an expository essay, while the students were taking notes, in colored markers of course.

I admired the respect she had for the children. There was no talking down or teaching for the sole reason to pass a test. She was preparing these kids with proper writing skills, and I was very impressed with their conversation. Mostly in English, but a few times there were some explanations in Spanish, it was beautiful. Because every child has the right to be educated and have someone take the time to explain a concept to them, even if in another language.

The students brought up concepts such as Freytag's Pyramid and amalgams, and also gave examples of bifurcation, something I knew nothing about!
How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day Experience in San Antonio
AEW's theme is Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility. And Ms. Rodriguez was the perfect example of what a teacher can be. Engaged, Respectful, Fun, Caring. But they can't do it alone, it is our responsibility as parents to help in that journey.

I spoke with Lily Eskelsin Garcia, who happens to have her own blog on the NEA website, Lily's Blackboard, and asked her about ways that families can support their children's educators. She used to be an elementary school teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah.
How Parents Can Support Teachers - My Educator For A Day Experience in San Antonio
Parents can support educators even when they don't have the time to volunteer in the classroom.

Here are some examples:

  • READ - Read to your children or have your children read to you. When you show that reading is so important, that you schedule time in your day for it, it supports the teacher's daily initiatives.
  • ASK - Ask your kids about their day, but be specific. What was their rotation or elective class? What did they learn in science? How was the school lunch? Hopefully these specific questions will get them talking more than just an "ok".
  • A little trick Lily used with her own children was when they said "nothing", she jokingly said, "I am going to give your teacher a call tonight, because she did not teach you one thing today!". That is usually followed by an "No, no, no. This is what I did..."
  • NOTICE - Make it a point to notice when your children are doing great things in school. Send the teacher a quick note saying you can see the progression and thank them for their work. 

  • Lily talked about her time as a teacher and how she pre-addressed 2 note cards for each child, so she could send a quick personalized note in the mail to tell them something that she noticed them doing great. I thought it would be a nice idea to do the same, but for my children's teacher, so she knows how much we really appreciate her dedication to our kids.

    I know we see all of these great handmade gifts on Pinterest, but it really doesn't take much to genuinely show an educator that you appreciate their work, time and dedication to education. And it doesn't have to happen only during American Education Week.

    Want more? Check out the NEA Parents page, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, they are cool like that! 

    Your Family's Health - Open enrollment starts now!

    Family Love In My City has partnered with EnrollSA to bring information on the enrollment and re-enrollment of healthcare coverage in Bexar County that are made available by the Affordable Care Act.

    I want to talk a little bit about healthcare today, and I really hope that you read my story. If you have family or friends that need this information, please share it with them. Thank you, in advance!

    I remember being a kid going to the same family doctor, Dr. Johnson. I remember getting immunization at community clinics, specifically this one off San Pedro (it must have been some major shots!). But as I got a little older, I remember being there were times when we had insurance and times when we didn't.

    My dad owned his own small business and I think sometimes, to him, health insurance seemed unattainable. With 4 kids, my mom was a stay at home mother, but stopped when we were all older. When I was a teenager, she went to work for a school district, and maintained that job, just so we could be insured. But with her parents both getting ill and passing away during that time, there were lapses when we weren't covered.

    Sound familiar?

    It seems pretty normal in our culture, right? Something about just wanting to survive and get by, makes health insurance feel like a luxury and not something that everyone can obtain.

    But everyone has the right to obtain health insurance. This year, I've have partnered with EnrollSA to help share information about the enrollment and re-enrollment period.

    Here are some important facts:

  • The enrollment and re-enrollment process begins tomorrow, November 15th. 
  • Re-enrollment ends December 15th. You may want to revisit because there are more plans to choose from, maybe something that is a better fit for you financially.
  • You can be fined $325 or 2% of your income if you don't enroll for 2015. Whichever is GREATER. 

  • Enrollment Events around San Antonio:
     English and Spanish speaking counselors available.
  • Saturday November 15th from 9-4pm at the UTSA Downtown Campus
  • Saturday November 15th from 9-2pm at Palo Alto College
  • Friday November 29th from 10-4pm st Rollings Oak Mall
  • Saturday December 13th from 10-2pm at Judson High School

  • If more information is needed, please check out the EnrollSA website, they are on Facebook too! 

    Remember, we all deserve affordable healthcare. Please check it out and share with those who need. 
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