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Mango Juice / Jugo de Mango

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I particularly do not care much for mangos.  I have tried them on numerous occasions and have not been very pleased.  Carlos on the other hand, loves mangos and his sister Felicia, forget it.  That girl ate so many mangos the last time she was here she started to look like one.  We had stopped by a place downtown inside the Mercado Zaragoza for some nice ice cold jugos.  I always get the freshly squeezed orange juice and Feli of course wanted the jugo de mango.  She took one sip and flipped her wig on how good it was.  I was the only one around and she wanted me to try it but I couldn’t get myself to.  I just took her word for it.

Several weeks ago mangos were on sale at the HEB, 3 for a dollar.  That was a really good price seeing that the smaller altufo mangos are 2 for 1 or .76 cents a pop sometimes.  Fruits and veggies are very expensive in the U.S.  I bought about 6 mangos for Carlos and Cj to enjoy.

Street vendors who sell mangos will peel them up and cut them to look like a pretty flower and sprinkle them with chile.  Looks good, but still not trying it.

We were down to our last mango and so I decided to make a mango juice for Cj.  Carlos was my taste tester during this experiment.  I tried cutting the mango into pieces into a blender but for some reason I was having a hard time doing this.  How do you cut a mango?  So I just used my huge banana hands and squeezed the heck out of that sucker and all the flesh of the mango just fell out into the blender.  I added water to the blender about half way, some ice and sugar.  Blend away.  Carlos liked it to be a little thick from the crushed ice.  He was very pleased.

1 large mango, more if you’d like
4-6 cups of water
4 ice cubes, more or less depending on how watery or thick you like it
Sugar, to taste

Home-made Christmas Wreath

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When I was in first grade I remember an arts and craft project we did for Christmas.  My entire class made Christmas wreaths out of wire hangers and trash bags.  Today I decided to revisit that childhood memory and found a wire hanger and started cutting up all the grocery bags I save after grocery shopping.

Before I got started I was going to use my plain white trash bags I have but I wanted some sort of color incorporated into my wreath.  I remembered that the HEB logo on the grocery bags is in red.  So I got out the scissors and started cutting up bags.

It is a very simple craft for the whole family to enjoy working on together.

What you will need:

1 wire hanger
Scissors
Trash bags (any color you would like)

Shape your wire hanger into  a circle leaving the hook as is.  Cut trash bags into 2-3 inch strips.  Wrap one strip around the round shaped part of the hanger and tie into a tight know.  Push the tied know up to the top of the hanger.  Repeat with all trash bag strips until the hanger is completely covered.

The final product

Next year I hope to do a Home-made Christmas with connecting rings made of red and green construction paper, popped corn strung around the tree, and cut-out adornments.  Cj will be a little older to help with safety scissors and I think he would really enjoy doing so.

Merry Christmas!