Quem tem mãe, tem tudo!

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In Portugal we say this: “Quem tem mãe, tem tudo”, and it means in English: “Who has a mother, has everything”.
I thought this would be great to share, especially because upcoming Sunday it’s  Mother’s Day here in the U.S. Moms are the best that we have, even though when we’re young we don’t see that, but they only want the best for us.

I do love my mom, especially now that I’m living my own life, I do miss her. So, please give your mom lots of love, kisses and hugs, because she deserves that more than you can imagine. 🙂

I wish you lots of love and hope you have a great Mother’s Day!

Lili

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Veggie Box

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Today I’m gonna talk about one thing that Nathalie and I both do. It’s the veggie box.
Actually she was the one who told me about: She started to buy this veggie box every single week and told us about. I though that would be a great idea to help us eating more vegetables and it is also a great way to support the local farmers.
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It is an easy way to have fresh and organic vegetables, and it’s super easy to get it. You  just need to log in on their website and pay $21.80 for a small box and it’s good for 2 persons, but if you have a big family you can ask for the big box and I think it’s good for 4  persons or more.
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Also, you can ask for extra veggies or fruit and pay the extra, but I think with this way we save money. 🙂 You don’t have to go so far to pick up your veggies, you can chose the closest place to get your fresh veggies.

This is the website: http://www.abundantharvestorganics.com/

So, that’s it for today, and hope you liked it. 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone.

Lili

Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center

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Today I’m going to talk about a shopping mall which is here in Irvine, very close to Gabi’s, Carolina’s and my own place. I do like this shopping mall because it’s different from others around here and specially quite different from Europe.IMG_2835

Who doesn’t like to walk, see new things and eventually buy new things and breath fresh air? Or get some sun when you’re buying new clothes? You’re definitely more happy than just be under a ceiling, right?  🙂IMG_2836

Well, I do recommend this place, and for those who live close to it, like us, it’s a really nice walk to the mall and you don’t even have to take your car. But obviously you can take it if you want to. 😛 They offer lots of public parking, and it’s really easy to find a parking spot to leave your baby. Also you can feel pretty safe once you are there.IMG_2833

For those who love movies, they have a big theater with lots of rooms, including IMAX and RPX. All the chairs are very comfy, so you can watch your show relaxed and have a great time there. The only thing that I don’t like is the popcorn, but it’s just my Portuguese vein speaking, because in Portugal we are used to the popcorn with sugar and here they’re only serve them with salt. Funny, huh? Cultures. 😉IMG_2845

On the other hand, if you just want to go there for a walk, have fun, have an ice cream or a small lunch or simply have a chat with your friends, you can take advantage of all the seating areas in the mall. Some are close to a nice fountain which I like a lot. Also you can take a ride on the giant wheel which is super nice and fun to go on, and it’s not expensive. I’ve already tried it and obviously like it a lot. One advice though, don’t go at night, because you can’t see the “city”; go during the day or even during sunset, that would be perfect. 😀
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Also, the Spectrum offers activities for kids such as a merry-go-around. It is a great way to spend a really cool afternoon with them.
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I do recommend this place, even for those who live close to it and start getting tired of it, go there and try to see this shopping mall with other eyes, life is good and beautiful and we have to taste it and enjoy it every single day!
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After talking so much about the Spectrum, and because today it’s a beautiful day, I might  follow my own advice and go to the mall really quick. Who wanna join me???
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Have a great weekend and enjoy the little things in life because they are the best and they’re free. 😛

Lili

Homemade Biscuits

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This biscuits recipe is a creation of mine and they really turned out well: Everyone at home loved them! And the best of it: It’s so easy to make them, I’ll show you how.

What you’ll need:
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
100 g of butter without salt (melted)
2 lemons

So, that’s it, that’s all you need for these delicious biscuits. Let’s start the recipe then.

Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
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After you finished mixing all the ingredients, you have to mix the dough by hand to get all the pieces together. 3

The dough has to be like it shows in this below picture, that’s when you know that this is ready to be extended with the rolling pin.
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When your dough  is like in the picture, leave it to rest for a bit until you prepare the next step, which is to put some flour on the counter top so you can extend the ball.
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With the rolling pin, extend the ball until you get more or less 1.1811inchs (3cm), so then you are prepared to cut it out.
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Since I don’t have special cutting shapes for the dough, I got creative and used a wine glass instead. It worked very well, but you can cut it with whatever you want. 🙂
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So, start cutting it and put all the pieces in one pirex already covered with butter and flour to avoid the cookies from sticking in the plate. 
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Now, put them in the oven (preheated at 400ºf) for more or less 30 min.
When you see them turning brown on the top, that’s when you know that they are ready to get out of the oven.
Take them out and let them cool down (if you can wait that long!). Enjoy them with some coffee or tea. 🙂
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Enjoy your biscuits and have a great week! 🙂

Lili

“7 cães a 1 osso”

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In Portugal we say “7 cães a 1 osso” which means “7 dogs to 1 bone”, when something has a very high demand and a very low supply, like applying for a job that you think is so good and you might not be able to get it because there’s more people applying and waiting for it, or when you want something that someone wants too and there’s only one left, that will be seven dogs to one bone.

Normally, we say that in a humorous way because it might be a situation that is not good to laugh at, but it all depends on the situation that you or other person are in.

Hope you like and enjoy saying that. 🙂 Wish you a great week.

Lili

Irvine Regional Park

Carolina and me went on the other day with Bolt to this park, and I had the pleasure to take some pictures to show you guys how beautiful this park is.
I didn’t expect that, but when we got there, I just felt so good. There are some ducks, horses, peacocks, old things about mining, a touristic train, a little cascade, etc.

The only downside is that you have to pay $3 per car for entrance, but since you spend quite a bit of time there, you feel that those $3 were nothing. 😀 Check out those photos I took. 🙂

For more info, you can check out their website http://ocparks.com/parks/irvine/

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BoltTo see more photos I’ve taken of the park, visit my Flickr page. 🙂 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilianasousa/sets/72157632916249101/

Hope you all have a great weekend and have time to get there. Enjoy the sun people! 🙂

Lili

“Tens muita garganta!”

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In Portugal we say “Tens muita garganta!” which means “You have a lot of throat!”, when somebody is acting over confidently or is just acting scared!

Normally, we say that in a humorous or in a negative way, so that the person who’s saying something over confidently or who is afraid of something, sees that we know that he/ she’s not going to do anything.

Enjoy saying this phrase to someone like that, and have a great week.

Lili