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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a visit to the Contemporary Latino Art exhibit open until September 26th!

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There is still time! 

Head on down to the Texas A&M Educational & Cultural Arts Center, formerly known as the Museo Alameda, located in the historic Market Square in Downtown San Antonio. The Comptemporary Latino Art exhibit is extended until September 26th and it's free. It is the inaugural exhibit for the center and shares the talented San Antonio Latino and Latina arts community. 
Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC
We visited after school one day right before the original closing date and spent a good hour looking at the art, recording videos in the interactive exhibit and writing notes to stick on to the walls of the place that we live and the people who are dearest to our hearts.
Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC

Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC

Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC
Of course they had to get as close to the giant paleta as they could. 

The museum gives you little red heart stickers so you could place a heart sticker next to your favorite. 
Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC
Someone sure does love their fideo.

The exhibit focuses on people, places and things dearest to your heart and invites you to share yours.
Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC
This guy is writing USA on a sticky note, to place on the wall of 'the place he calls home'. He also wrote Mexico on another sticky. He gets it. He's celebrating his heritage, appreciating the Latino art around him, knows where his roots come from, and loves the country where he was born. All the while he is wearing a Belgium soccer jersey. This boy gets it.
Contemporary Latino Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas - TAMU ECAC
The exhibit is open from 10-5, Wed-Sun, but stays open until 9pm on Tuesdays and is closed on Mondays.

I love that this exhibit allows our children see that their every day images are beautiful and worthy of being celebrated in art museums. I hope you get a chance to visit and support these local artists.




Día de los Muertos Altar with Nestle La Lechera Pan Dulce Recipe

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Hispanic Heritage Month gives me the opportunity to bring my heritage front and center in my home. Not only is it a time of celebration of our Mexican roots, it is a time to learn about our cultural traditions. And with that comes remembrance of our loved ones during Día de Los Muertos. Some of my fondest memories with my grandparents are going to the panaderia to pick out pan dulce. So, what better time for me to put on my grandmother's apron, stock up on some sentimental ingredients like La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk and  NesCafe Clasico and get to baking.

And La Lechera Pan Dulce is what I came up with!
La Lechera Pan Dulce Pound Cake Recipe #NuestroSabor #shop
But back to the cultura. If being a crafty person kind of intimidates you, or you just don't know where to start...always just keep it about your loved ones.

While I may not have the resources or space to make a grand altar for my loved ones, what is important for me is that my children are exposed. I set this altar every year. It is simple and is located right next to our kitchen table, so we can talk about family members, reminisce and feel their presence with us everyday. Over the years, I have been able to add items that we make or find and when it is time to pack it up, I keep them all in a plastic bin to store away safely for the next year.
La Lechera Pan Dulce Pound Cake Recipe #NuestroSabor #shop




This year, inspired by all the recipes at #CollectiveBias, I decided to try my hand at a new type of pan dulce. Made with La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk and inspired by this recipe I found on Oprah's website. Ay tu! Oprah's website, I know! Walmart has the Nescafé and La Lechera and other #NuestroSabor items in the Hispanic Aisle.La Lechera Pan Dulce Pound Cake Recipe #NuestroSabor #shop
I loved this recipe because it included the sweetened condensed milk, but wanted to make it a bit easier for me. So the ingredients are as follows: 24 tablespoons of butter at room temperature, 1 can of La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk, 2 cups of light brown sugar, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 6 eggs, 3 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of salt.
La Lechera Pan Dulce Pound Cake Recipe #NuestroSabor #shop
I just separate the dry from the wet, and mix all ingredients together, then baked at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes. This recipe gave me 6 mini loves.

Served up with some Nescafé Clasico, this will definitely be apart of our ofrenda this year. I know both my grandparents and husband's grandmother would have enjoyed it. 
La Lechera Pan Dulce Pound Cake Recipe #NuestroSabor #shop
My grandfather and my husband's grandmother has such a sweet tooth. We say that is where my daughter gets hers...and it will be those moments that's what we will talk around the table during this time. 

Do you have any pan dulce stories? I'd love to hear yours!



The Texas Latino Bloggers Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Tour #TxLatinoBlog #HHM14

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We all know that Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th - October 15th, right? It is a wonderful prelude to celebrating all of the fall and winter holidays: Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and just another opportunity for us to share our culture with our children.

This year, I am joining fellow Texas Latino Bloggers and showing our Hispanic pride! Follow along on this blog tour that will take you from San Antonio, to Houston, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Dallas and back again! You will get to read a new blog post just about every day of the week, all throughout Hispanic Heritage Month!

And to kick us off, I wanted to share a quote from one of my favorite voices, Maria Hinojosa from Latino USA, The Latino List and The Futuro Media Group


Also, I'd like to mention that as we honor our culture this Hispanic Heritage Month, let's also remember the power of our vote. Let’s show up and represent our families and at the polls and seek what is best for our community as a whole. You can register to vote and activate your networks at www.latinos2014.com


There’s a lot at stake in the November 4th election. All 435 House seats, 33 seats in the Senate, 36 governors, and 46 state legislatures will be on ballots across the U.S. 

So, let's get this month of celebrating and mobilizing started!


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