Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Month #HHM // MKB Blog Hop

Today begins a month-long celebration of Hispanic and Latino heritage and culture in the United States: Hispanic Heritage Month!  To celebrate this year, I am co-hosting a blog hop with some of my favorite bloggers from around the world.  The blog hop (which includes some fabulous prizes) will be live from September 15 through October 15 so be sure to come back here and check out all the posts that everyone shares throughout the month, and link up your own posts as well!

September always reminds me of Spain, because in September of 2006 I left on a plane for a semester abroad in the country's capital city, Madrid.  So to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, I am sharing a recipe from Spain.  I remember one of the biggest cultural adjustments for me during my time in Spain was el desayuno.  Most people in Spain do not eat a large breakfast.  Morning staples include fresh or packaged pastires, or maybe a pan tostada (toast) and a café con leche.  Here is a great explanation of a typical Spaniard's day in meals.  When I lived in Spain my señora (host mom) would set out a yogurt for me and a plate of packaged pastries to choose from for breakfast.  Then around 10 am, during a break from classes, I would get a pan tostada and a café con leche  from the cafetería that was actually located inside my school.

Some of my fellow alumnas on break from class in the cafetería of IES
having a café con leche.  Notice how it is served in a vaso not a taza.

One of my favorite sweet morning treats became the magdalena.  I would often buy them in one of the little tiendas on my way to school and keep them in my purse for snacks.  When I ran across this recipe for magdalenas the other day online, I knew I had to try it!  What I love about this recipe is that it is written by a couple passionate about Spanish foods--he from Spain, and she having lived there for years--and gives cultural tid-bits about this classic Spanish treat.  The ingredients you will need are as follows:

polvo de hornear
POHL-boh day ohr-nay-AHR
baking powder
piel de un limón
pee-EHL day lee-MOHN
zest of one lemon

Go here for the full instructions, and make sure you eat this treat while sipping on a café con leche.  ¡Buen provecho!
Hispanic Heritage Blog Hop - MulticulturalKidBlogs.comWelcome to the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop, hosted this year by Multicultural Kid Blogs and 15 of our member blogs! Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year, "celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America" (from Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs (listed below) and follow our related Pinterest boards:

Enter to Win

This year to celebrate we are giving away fabulous prizes! You can enter two ways: 1) Link up a post in the linky at the bottom of this post (each post will count as an entry) 2) Make a comment on the main Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop post on the Multicultural Kid Blogs page answering the question, "How do you celebrate your heritage with your children?" Our Prizes Please note that there are shipping restrictions on some prizes. In the event that the winner lives outside of the shipping area, that portion of the prize will be added to the following prize package.

Grand Prize Package

Cricket Magazine - Spanish - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopAnnual subscription (print and digital) to one of the following children's magazines (winner's choice!): Babybug, Ladybug, or Ask en espanol (available at the end of September) or Iguana ($51.90 value). International winners will receive a digital subscription.
Hispanic Heritage Blog HopTwo Spanish activity books with games and exercises to review basic concepts, a card game that teaches wild animals in Spanish and English, two ceramic Day of the Dead skulls, and several small wooden toys.
Daria - Cancioncitas Booklet Cover - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopA Child’s Life In The Andes is a 35 page e-book that brings the culture of this historic region alive through rich photographs, kid-friendly information as well as 3 children’s activities, 8 coloring pages, 2 language pages and a word search that features new vocabulary.
DARIA_Cancioncitas CD Cover - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopCancioncitas De Los Andes/Little Songs Of The Andes from Daria is a digital CD sharing authentic music from the Andes performed on traditional instruments. The CD includes the most famous song from that region; El Condor Pasa, along with 5 other songs from this historic area of the world.
Sofia Spanish - Kids Yoga Stories - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopSofía en una Aventura por la Selva from Kids Yoga Stories: Fly like a toucan, slither like a snake, and flutter like a butterfly as you act out this journey through a Costa Rican jungle. What else might you see? The storybook includes a List of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent-Teacher Guide.

First Prize Package

Annual subscription (print and digital) to a children's magazine from Cricket. See details above.
Smart Play - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopSmart Play Pad (SRP $ 24.99): Interactive tablet like electronic toy makes early learning fun and exciting for little ones. More than 30 touch sensitive keys teach language and pronunciation skills to help prepare children for school. Bilingual feature helps kids learn in English & Spanish. Lightweight and truly portable for on-the-go learning. Ships to US and Canada only.
Off We Go - Barefoot Books - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopTravel through Mexico with this beautiful picture book from Barefoot Books. Along the way, learn Spanish words and phrases and discover Mexican culture. Ships to the US, Canada, or Europe only.
Tico Tango - Barefoot Books - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopDiscover the animals of the rainforest with The Parrot Tico Tango from Barefoot Books. The rhyming text and brilliant illustrations teach animals and colors. Ships to the US, Canada, or Europe only.
Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopA Spanish-English picture dictionary, a simple workbook in Spanish geared towards 1st graders in Mexico, the classic "lotería" game, plus a couple of small wooden toys, courtesy of Kid World Citizen.

Second Prize Package

Annual subscription (print and digital) to a children's magazine from Cricket. See details above.
Mas Canciones en Espanol - Music with Sara - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog HopMás Canciones en Español from Music with Sara: A wonderful collection of traditional songs from Latin America. Perfect for children learning Spanish.
Belpre Reading Kit - Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop -
Reading kit for one children's biography highlighting Latina librarian, Pura Belpré, courtesy of Latinas for Latino Lit. Includes a copy of The Storyteller's Candle by Lucía González, a 16-page HHM Reading Kit full of book-based activities to promote literacy, with a folder, a pencil and set of colored pencils. Retail value: $15.95 Ships to the US only.

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  1. Hola Kali¡Rico, rico!
    My mum used to cook them when I was a child and I love them.
    My name is Carmen from Iam from Spain although I am currently living in UK where I work as a Spanish teacher in a Primary School. I have just discovered your blog and Congrats! because it's really nice :-)
    ¡Hasta pronto!

  2. Hola, Carmen y ¡bienvenida! Thank you so much for your kind words! Glad you like it's always fun to "meet" new people who love teaching and speaking Spanish. :) I have been blogging about Spain lately and it makes me miss it there. I bet you do too! I also bet your mom's magdalenas tasted much better than mine! :)

  3. Mmm, these look so good! And how fun to find a recipe for a treat you enjoyed during your time abroad! Thank you for sharing and so glad to have you as a co-host for the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop!

  4. It's 12 noon (means lunch time) and your post has made me hungry! LOL What a wonderful opportunity for you to have been able to live during a whole semester in Spain, and I really enjoy reading posts about your experience there. :)

    1. Thank you, Frances! I'm glad you're enjoying the posts...some of them make me cringe a little as I can see how I was immature in ways, or taking things for granted! You are right--it was a wonderful opportunity, one that changed my life! :)

  5. Kali, you have a very nice blog, I just wanted to let you know I found a Spanish recipe on your site for Hispanic history month. I just wanted to let you know that Spanish people are not Hispanic but rather European/Caucasian. Many people get confused about this issue. I know because My deceased first husband and my husband now are both Spanish. Spanish is Caucasian,not Latino,Hispanic or other. European-white. Even in the U.S, census since the beginning they are listed as white. If you go to the hospital they have to put your race in the computer system. I work in the E.R and we have to list Spaniards as white. My kids from a very young age learned they had to give a race and geology lesson to their friends and in some cases their teachers. I do not understand why people have such a hard time with this question but they do. Please don't take this post as me being a jerk. It has just been such a battle for my children so it is an issue that is dear to me. I am sorry no one explained this to you while you was in Spain.

    1. Hi sansis21! Thanks so much for your comment. I am glad you care enough to educate people on the differences between terms like "Spanish," "Hispanic," and or "Latino." My choice to highlight a Spanish treat I enjoyed in Spain as part of a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month was not meant as a slight or misnomer towards Spaniards. I understand Hispanic Heritage Month to be a celebration of the heritage of all Spanish-speaking peoples in the United States. I feel that Spain is somewhat of the "mother country" to many of these people (although maybe many generations removed), and that is why I chose to highlight a recipe from that country. This topic of terms is such an interesting subject, and you're right, it should be explained. I think you have inspired my next blog post! ;) Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear from you again soon.


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