Catch The Lowest Prices On Groceries With Walmart’s Savings Catcher

Savings-cather-walmart-receiptI don’t know about you, but I love finding quality products and pay the best price the market has to offer for them. No one likes to be overcharged. Right? Especially when it comes to groceries and other household items. I know a few of my friends clip coupons and look through the ads to find the best prices possible on things they need around the house. Or only shop on certain days when their supermarket offers super low prices. Well don’t waste another minute doing this kind of research… Walmart will do it for you. They have this new program that I have been testing out as a sneak peak called “Savings Catcher,” and what it is is a reward program which allows you to shop knowing you are getting the lowest price possible, and that goes for groceries too. At the end of your shopping experience, all you have to do is log into Walmart’s Saving Catcher site, and type in your TC # on the receipt. The saving’s catcher would then populate all the stores in your surrounding area and compare the advertised prices from their stores to Walmarts’, and if any of those surrounding stores offered an item at a lower price… Walmart will pay you the difference. How does this happen? It’s so simple and easy to do and will be available to the public starting this August 4th! Let me explain further….

  1. Log into Walmart’s Saving Cathers Site. walmart savings catcher log in
  2. Create an account or log in with your password, where it says sign in.
  3. Then this page will appear.  Take your receipt and type in the TC # (at the bottom of your receipt right above the bar code) into the savings catcher site along with the date. savings catcher TC number code walmart
  4. Next will receive an email letting you know that Walmart received your receipts and are looking for lower prices.
  5. Then a few days later you will receive another email letting you know that they either found lower prices or didn’t.
  6. When savings are found, you can accumulate your saving’s catcher credit and redeem it at any time onto a walmart gift card to spend at Walmart!
  7. Once you redeem your savings Walmart will send you an e-gift card right to your email box. LUCKY! Get ready to shop and know you REALLY are getting the lowest price.

If you’re still not clear on how to use the program, check out this video:





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Coconut Donut Cakes: Heaven Is For Real

Coconut Donut Cakes #WMTMoms

My belief is no matter what religion you believe in or not: To believe in the spirit of humanity. To be kind. To treat the people you love with tenderness, patience, and respect.  To extend a hand when you can. To love with everything you got. To let people live their lives as they see fit without judging them. I believe in unconditional love.

Two weeks ago I was out having dinner with my family and on the ceiling of the restaurant was a painting of Jesus. My 4 year old son asked me who was that man and what was he looking at? I found myself at a crossroads of how to explain faith to him. I myself am still coming to terms with what I believe and what I don’t believe, plus I wanted to be mindful to not force my beliefs onto what my son should believe. Instead I would love to open him up to all sorts of different religions and theories and let him decide on his own as he grows and matures.

I decided to start a gradual introduction of religion, so he would have the tools needed when he gets older to make that decision on what he chooses to believe. I announced we would have a family movie night, and I was going to make a heavenly dessert of coconut donut cakes to go with our movie viewing. I wanted to make the evening fun, and show the lighter side of faith first. I had heard that “Heaven Is For Real” was a great family friendly movie and could be our initial stepping stone into the world of faith. The movie didn’t Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 4.11.34 PMdepict the type of church I grew up with, but the message was the same. I’m not sure if my son understood what heaven was from this film because I asked him to draw a picture of heaven and he drew a picture of my coconut donuts instead, but he did understand the core of human emotions and reached his arms around me as the film left me teary eyed, saying “You’ll be okay Mom.” That’s all I could hope for from him at this age.

I absolutely loved that Heaven is for Real was based on a true story and was the story of a small-town couple who must find the courage and conviction to share their 4 year old son’s life changing experience with their town and the world. The film stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly as Todd and Sonja Burpo, the real life couple whose son Colton claims to have visited heaven while having a near death experience. I got my DVD at Walmart, which includes an exclusive bonus disc. That bonus disc filled my enquiring mind…. because of course I didn’t want the story to end… I wondered what happened to them, and where are they now? Here are a few of the bonus tracks you could look forward to if you buy your disc at Walmart.

  1.  The Burpos: 11 Heavenly Years Later – An intimate sit down with the Burpos and a look at their home town to get a sense of their life now and how Colton’s miraculous story changed them.
  2.  Heart of the Movie – Todd Burpo reflects on the events from his story and how they are reflected in the film
  3.  Answers – Todd Burpo reflecting on the events in the movie.
  4.  Religious Leader Vignettes – Religious leaders reflect on the themes of the film and how they translate to real life lessons for everyone.

What is your faith? Do you have one or many or none? When was the last time you had a family movie night? What would you like to eat these coconut donut cakes with?

One of my food heavens: Coconut donut cakes

Ingredients for coconut donut cakes:

  • 2 – sticks butter (room temp)
  • 3/4 – cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 – cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 – large egg
  • 2 – egg yolks
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – cup butter milk
  • 2 – cups powdered sugar
  • 3 – tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 – cup shredded sweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a donut baking pan with a non stick baking spray. I used a mini donut tray and a normal sized one. Set to the side.
  3. In a mixer beat butter and sugar until fluffy. For about 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Set to the side.
  5. Slowly add eggs to butter/sugar mixture and continue to mix until fully mixed in.
  6. Alternate between adding in the flour mixture and the buttermilk. Mix until fully combined.
  7. Fill the donut cavity one third of the way up. Use your finger to smooth the top of the batter. For the mini donuts I used 1 teaspoon of batter, and for the normal sized donuts I used 5 teaspoons of batter.
  8. Bake for 7 minutes for mini donuts, and 12 minutes for normal sized donuts.
  9. Remove from oven and  allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then invert them onto a cooling rack to cool completely. donut cakes with no icing
  10. In a bowl whisk powdered sugar and whipping cream together to make an icing.
  11. Dip each donut into the icing. dipping donuts in icing
  12. Top with coconut. one donut iced, and one with coconutsprinkling donuts with coconut
  13. Let set on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
  14. Enjoy!




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Roasted Brussels Sprout And Goat Cheese Salad #KikkomanSabor

This post is part of a compensated campaign between Kikkoman and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Roasted brussels sprout and goat cheese salad #KikkomanSabor #sponsored

I’ve been making roasted vegetables for over a decade now. Once I discovered roasting vegetables was far more superior over boiled or fried in flavor I never turned back. I make roasted veggies quite often, and love to switch up the flavor in my vegetables when ever I can. Let’s take the precious brussels sprout for instance… my family won’t have anything to do with them, unless they’re roasted.

The other day my fiancé said he wanted a salad, and I looked into the fridge but didn’t have a head of lettuce in sight. I saw a nice plump supply of raw brussels sprouts sitting there begging to be made. I thought “What if I make a brussels sprout salad and enhance the flavor with Kikkoman soy sauce? I could coat the brussels sprouts with soy sauce before roasting, then make a soy sauce mustard dressing, and sprinkle the whole thing in goat cheese.” The thought of it made my mouth water. I then started kicking myself for not thinking of making my brussels sprouts with Kikkoman sooner. I skipped the regret and started making my old recipe with a new twist. It was so easy and simple to make and seriously the salad was so cosmic it belonged to the stars. You have to try this super yum-a-licious salad, it makes the perfect accompaniment to dinner, or a solo act for lunch.

Ingredients for brussels sprout salad using #kikkomansabor

Ingredients for roasted brussels sprouts and goat cheese salad:

  • 1 – pound fresh brussels sprouts (stems trimmed off and cut in half)
  • 4 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 – teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 – teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 – teaspoons deli mustard
  • 3 – ounces crumbled goat cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash, trim, and cut brussels sprouts.
  3. Place brussels sprout halves in a large bowl.
  4. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce over the brussels sprout halves. Mix with your hands to evenly coat brussels sprouts. coating brussels sprouts with olive oil and #kikkomansabormixing brussels sprouts with hand
  5. Remove the brussels sprouts out of the bowl with your hands ( Note: Do not pour the brussels sprouts out onto the sheet, you don’t want the baking sheet to be wet) and place on a large baking sheet.
  6. Place baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes to roast. Then remove the brussels sprout halves from oven and using a spatula flip to roast the other side. Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Brussels sprout halves will be in the oven for a total of 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Some will be extra crisp and slightly charred and others will be a little browned. Set to the side and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl whisk 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Kikkoman soy sauce, garlic and mustard. Making a dressing using Kikkoman for brussels sprout saladwhisked dressing #kikkomansabor
  8. Pour dressing over roasted brussels sprouts, and mix to coat evenly. pour dressing over brussels sprouts
  9. Sprinkle goat cheese into the top of the salad, and mix one final time. sprinkle goat cheese on top of salad
  10. Eat either warm or cold. roasted brussels sprouts in a #kikkomansabor dressing with goat cheese mixed in #sponsored
  11. Enjoy!

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Spicy Sangrita Completo For National Tequila Day

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the spicy Tabasco family. I am proud to be a Tabasco Tastemaker. Opinions and recipe are my own.

spicy sangrita completo #TabascoTastemakers

There have been many partners in crime throughout time. I think of the great ones like chocolate chips and cookies, or Bonnie and Clyde, or bacon wrapped hot dogs, or Tom and Jerry, and find it important not to over look the precious pair known as “Sangrita Completo.” For those of you that are not familiar with sangrita, it is a beautiful spicy tart slightly sweet chaser/accompaniment served with a shot of tequila, when you serve the two together they are called “completo.”  You have the option of either sipping them side by side or going for the gusto and shooting the hard stuff back first, then following it with a delicious sangrita.

In celebration of National Tequila Day (July 24th), I decided to prepare a batch of Tequila’s best friend Sangrita. Since it is a special day I added the smokey kick of Tabasco’s Chipotle Hot Sauce to the sangrita, and rimmed the shot glass with Tabasco’s spicy salt. These two additions made for the most wonderful flavor, and really made the pair COMPLETO!

I hope you enjoy this gorgeous sangrita this National Tequila Day or make it any time your tequila needs a friend.

all ingredients needed for sangrita completo

Ingredients for spicy sangrita completo:

  • 5 – ounces vegetable juice
  • 1 – cup clamato
  • 3 – limes (juiced) + 1 extra lime cut into wedges
  • 1/3 – cup tangerine juice
  • 7 – dashes Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1 – tablespoon Tabasco Spicy Salt
  • Tequila (reposado) (I used Don Julio)


  1. In a pitcher or carafe combine vegetable juice, clamato, lime juice, tangerine juice, and Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce. Stir to combine.
  2. Place sangrita in the fridge to chill.
  3. With a lime wedge, rub it along side the rim of the shot glass.
  4. Place Tabasco spicy salt in a shallow bowl, then dip the rim of the shot glass into the salt.
  5. Fill the salt rimmed shot glass with sangrita.
  6. Fill a different shot glass with tequila.
  7. Serve both shot glasses side by side for a completo pair.
  8. Happy National Tequila Day! sangrita and tequila meet and become completo #TabascoTastemakers collage of spicy sangrita completo #TabascoTasteMakers
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Cheese and Sausage Shells #CookWithSausage

Cheese and sausage shells recipe #cookwithsausage

When I was a young girl just out of high school I worked as a waitress at the only Italian restaurant in China Town in Los Angeles.  I know that is an odd location for an Italian restaurant, but it was a landmark and people flocked to it anyway.  I usually worked during the lunch hour rush and at the end of my shift I would prop myself up in the kitchen on a stool and watch the chefs work.  I would watch them as they prepped for the dinner time crowd, sitting on my stool with a sugary ice tea in hand.  They used to prepare a creamy cheese shell pasta dish on certain days with little bits of ground beef in it, and garnish the top with a whole hamburger patty.  On those days I would reserve my appetite for a bowl of cheese and beef shells and pray that I would be the lucky one to get the grilled burger on top.

Since those waitressing days are far behind me, and I don’t get the chance to spy on the cooks very often anymore, I have since made a pasta shell rendition of my own.  Something that will take me to days past, and something that my son will eat until we decide it’s enough and stop him.  Here’s the whole reason I’m telling you this story….  Farmer John has these beautiful new smoked sausages that are popping up in the deli section of most major markets.  I saw them in several mouth watering flavors (Wine and Cheese, Smokey Peppers and Queso, Arrabbiata) and wondered which would make my pasta shell dish come to life.   I decided to shake up my old favorite dish with a sausage switcher instead of beef and replace the burger with Farmer John smoked sausage instead. Happiness all around, my family was full of smiles when I served them this!

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Ingredients for cheese and sausage shells:

  • 1 – pound medium pasta shells (cooked according to box)
  • 1/2 – tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 – cup onions (chopped)
  • 1 – package Farmer John Smoked Sausage (I used wine and cheese) (4 sausages total: chop 3 sausages into 1/2 inch pieces, and reserve 1 for the top)
  • 2 – cups broccoli heads (stems removed)
  • 8 – ounces monterey jack cheese (grated)
  • 8 – ounces mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 1 – stick butter
  • 1 – tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 3 – cups 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1/2 – teaspoon Lawry’s
  • 1/2 – teaspoon black pepper


  1. Boil pasta according to box, drain and set to the side.
  2. In a large frying pan over a medium flame, add in olive oil and allow to get hot.
  3. Add in onion and cook for 3 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in 3 of the chopped smoked sausages and cook for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  5. Add in broccoli and cook until bright green about 2 minutes. Remove mixture from flame and set to the side. steps one two three
  6. In a large bowl combine pasta, sausage/broccoli mixture, and grated cheese. Then place mixture into a baking dish. pasta shells mixed with sausage and cheese #cookwithsausage
  7. Preheat oven to 375.
  8. While the oven is preheating, in a large frying pan over a medium flame melt butter, and add in garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Add in 1/2 and 1/2 and cook until it starts to boil. Add in Lawry’s and black pepper. making a sauce with half and half
  10. Pour mixture over pasta. pour sauce over shells and sausage
  11. Bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Fry or grill remaining sausage, and when you remove pasta from oven garnish with whole sausage on top. right out of the oven cheese and sausage shells #cookwithsausage
  13. Enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Farmer John. Recipe and opinions are my own.
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Oaxaca Cheese Pretzels: The Most Sublime Snack Ever

Cacique's Oaxaca cheese pretzels I recently created these Oaxaca Cheese Pretzels for Cacique Cheese’s blog/website.  They were the BEST freshly baked pretzels that I’ve ever had, and I couldn’t help but link them from Cacique’s site to my blog, and vise versa, that way you could find my recipe anywhere you looked. Click here for the recipe! I promise you won’t be disappointed. :)

dip pretzels in hot boiling bath

Add Oaxaca cheese to pretzel top

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AltaMed’s East LA Meets Napa 2014

East-LA-Meets-NapaThere are only a few events that sincerely steal my heart each year, and AltaMed’s “East LA Meets Napa” is one of them. I love this awesome event for a number of reasons, but the one that really stands out to me is the fact that they donate all proceeds from the event to my local community to help support with health insurance and other services.

AltaMed has been a lending hand in my neighborhood (East Los Angeles) since as far back as I can remember. I have seen their clinics pop up around town, and it gives me great comfort to know they are there if I or any of my neighbors should ever need them.

Then 9 years ago AltaMed started having this annual celebration of bringing delicious food from the East side of Los Angeles and pairing it with some of the best vineyards from Napa Valley. East LA Meets Napa was born, and has been growing every year. This premiere food and wine fundraiser event is one I really enjoy. It is a night of live entertainment, dancing, and of course all the food you can eat and all the wine you can drink! Oh AltaMed how I love you!

A few days ago I had the privilege to preview a few dishes that will be served at the event along with a couple glasses of wine. My tastebuds danced with excitement as I bit into Chichen Itza Restaurant’s panucho , a fried corn tortilla smeared with black bean puree, and topped with turkey and pickled onions. I washed down the meal with homemade aguas de guanabana and chaya! I knew these tastes were just the tip of the iceberg, for the actual event is going to be loaded with many other great dishes as well. With plates being featured from Rivera, Seta, Chalio, Loteria Grill, Portos Bakery, Rocio’s Mole De Los Dioses, and many more.

Here is a little collage of the preview tasting.

a preview for ELA meets Napa 2014

This year the event is going to take place on Friday July 18th, 2014 at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. It promises to be a beautiful evening and I’m going to be there!

Get your tickets for AltaMed’s East LA Meets Napa here! Hope to see you there!

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Kickin Cherry Peanut Butter Blondies

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the wonderful Tabasco family. It is my pleasure to be a Tabasco Tastemaker. The recipe and opinions are my own.

kickin cherry peanut butter blondies

Are you ever surprised by a secret ingredient? A few months ago I spent some time on Avery Island, the home of Tabasco. Like most food trips I was able to taste some of the best foods I’ve ever experienced. At the time of the trip I was very ill with a bad cold and cough, but I was still able to appreciate what I was eating. Even though it was only at a fraction of it’s full capacity, it was still marvelous. I can only imagine had my palate been 100% those days… it would have knocked me off my feet.  Never the less the experience was not wasted on me. I learned from some of the best chefs in Louisiana how to combine tabasco into foods I would never expect to find it in. For instance we had a delicious sweet potato hand pie served with bourbon ice cream and candied pecans that was glazed in a sweet tabasco sauce. I could taste the undertones of the tabasco, but was so surprised at how well it worked against the other flavors. This odd but successful pairing made me want to experiment with the hot sauce in a dessert of my own.

Last week I pulled up along side a road at the sight of a cherry stand. I got off the car and sampled a few sweet cherries before buying a few bags to take home. When I arrived in my kitchen, I wondered what I was going to make with the divine fruit? Then I thought the time to combine a spicy element to a sweet one was now upon me. I started off by pitting a few cherries then boiling them in a sugar water base, smashing them with a masher, and adding tabasco and jam. The mixture was sweet with a bit of a kick to it. Once I had my kicking cherry base, I wanted to spread it in a peanut butter sandwich, but thought it to be too simple. Before long I was making a batter for a batch of peanut butter blondies, and added the kicking cherry base right on top. I baked them and was thankful my tastebuds were not plagued with a cold, because I was able to savor every nuance of my blondies and they were quite amazing.

cherries and tabasco

Ingredients for kickin cherry peanut butter blondies:

  • 1/2 – cup cherries (pitted and stems removed)
  • 1/4 – cup sugar
  • 2 – tablespoons water
  • 1 – teaspoon Tabasco Original Red Sauce
  • 1/4 – cup cherry jam
  • 1 – stick butter (8 tablespoons) (melted)
  • 1/2 – cup peanut butter
  • 1 – cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 – egg
  • 1/2 – tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 – cups unbleached flour
  • 1/4 – teaspoon salt


  1. In a small sauce pan over a medium flame add cherries, sugar, and water. Mix to combine allowing sugar to dissolve, then smash with a potato masher. cherries boiling in sugar watercherries being mashed
  2. Pour tabasco into cherry mixture, and allow t cook for another 3 minutes. adding tabasco to cherry mixture
  3. Then mix jam into mixture. Remove from flame and set to the side to cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Line an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil (allow a 1 inch overlay to hang out of the pan for easy removal of the blondies) and spray with a non-stick baking spray. Set to the side.
  6. Place butter and 1/4 cup of peanut butter (reserve the other 1/4 of peanut butter for a later use) in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Then stir the two together. The liquid should be smooth.
  7. In a mixer, add brown sugar and peanut butter/butter mixture together and mix until fully combined about 2 minutes.
  8. Add in egg and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  9. Slowly pour in flour, and mix until batter comes together. Do not over mix.
  10. Scoop batter into the 8×8 prepared pan, and with the back of a spoon smooth it out evenly to each corner of the pan. peanut butter blondie batter in pan
  11. Drop by heaping teaspoons 1/4 cup peanut butter onto the top of the batter.
  12. Then use 1/4 cup of cherry mixture, and drop by teaspoon by the peanut butter. scoop cherry mixture on top of blondies batter IMG_2497
  13. Using a knife swirl the two together. peanut butter and cherry mix swirled together
  14. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Or until the edges pull away from the sides of the pan.
  15. Allow blondies to cool for 2 hours.
  16. Remove from pan and cut into squares. yumz
  17. Enjoy!


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Delectable Fresh Peach Crumble Bars

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Maseca. However, the recipe and all opinions are my own.

Fresh peach crumble bars made with maseca #masecanosgusta

What type of effect does that crumbly little bit that sits on top of coffee cake, or fruit crisps, or crumble bars have on you? I’ve come to accept those scrumptious crumbs as my weakening kryptonite. I have zero will power or restraint when a crumbly beauty is near, especially if a fork is within hands reach. Forget about it.

I have been in a cooking frenzy the last couple of days, working on project after project. Then at a certain point, I realized I needed a reward treat for my cooking efforts. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying… everything I’ve been creating has been lovely and delicious, it’s just that I needed a crumbly mouthwatering topping in my mouth. I had a big basket of fresh peaches on the table, and the earning desire of the taste of corn. I though how can I get all these desires into one dish, and make it fast? The answer my friend is Maseca. I used it as my base flour and built around it. I made fresh peach crumble bars from start to finish in under an hour, and I was pleased as peach punch! Give it a try. Make it for the next family function you’re attending, or make a batch and plan a picnic, they are that delicious and deliver all the crumbles you’ll ever need.

maseca and peaches

Ingredients for fresh peach crumble bars:

  • 1 – cup Maseca corn flour
  • 3/4 – cup almond meal
  • 1/2 – cup corn meal
  • 1 – cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 16 – tablespoons butter (2 sticks) (melted)
  • 4 – large peaches (ripe, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 – cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 – teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Line a 8×8 baking pan with wax paper allowing an inch to stick out over the edges. This will help remove the bars once baked.
  3. Combine Maseca, almond meal, corn meal, flour, salt, and sugar to a mixer. Mix on low for 1 minute to combine dry ingredients.
  4. Pour butter into dry ingredients, then mix on medium to combine. Mixture will be crumbly and appear like little peas.
  5. Press 2/3 of mixture into the bottom of prepared 8×8 pan. maseca mixture in baking pan
  6. Top with fresh peach slices. Lay peach wedges on maseca mixture
  7. Then sprinkle peaches with brown sugar and cinnamon. sprinkle brown sugar over peaches
  8. Top peaches with remaining crumble mixture by crumbling over the top. crumble topping over peachescrumble topping on peach bars
  9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  10. Remove from oven, and cool for 1 hour. Cut into 9 generous servings. fresh peach crumble bars made with Maseca flour as the base
  11. Enjoy!
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Mango Toasted Coconut Flan For Family, Friends, And All Things Good!











I have this thing with mangos, I usually eat them plain, and when I do, I imagine myself somewhere tropical, relaxing and happy…. paradise basically.  That visual leads me to think about all things good. I realize I surround myself with people who are positive and are making a difference in life, however big or small. I am extremely fortunate to know soooo many people who keep my bubble extraordinary with inspiration. In honor of all my family and friends who bring all things good to the table, I’d like to salute you with my latest creation: Mango Toasted Coconut Flan, it is the perfect dessert to celebrate any and all positivity. Allow me to give a few of my loved ones a shout out! For all of you I forgot to mention… please forgive me, for my feeble little brain is tired from a big load of work this week, but I love you all anyway.

  • My Mom: For taking up a new artistic endeavor and who is creating cool embroidery hoops that I am currently trying to hang all over my house. I admire that she is constantly evolving her expressive eye. Love you Mom, you’ll always be my hero.
  • My friend Ana: For bringing the Latina/o community together for your new #WeAllGrow summit. What you do for the Latina blogging world can never be repaid! Can’t wait to join in on all the fun in February 2015!
  •  My friend Tonantzin: For giving birth to a beautiful baby girl… what a gift! *tears of happiness*
  • My Brilla: So proud of all the music you make. It is difficult to put into words how much you mean to me. In the simplest form… you are my shining light.
  • My cousin Sara: For getting accepted to UC San Diego! You go girl.
  • My foodie bff Ericka: Who continues to prosper and works for some of the largest brands in the market. I’m very proud of you, and applaud your drive. Love you friend, and I love the facelift you gave Nibbles and Feasts.
  •  My other friend Erika: For launching the innovative artisan fruit sauce called Not Ketchup. Who does that?!  So awesome.
  • My Friend Melissa: For bringing Hungry Food Love into the world of video and who is doing amazing at it. Get em Tiger!
  • My Friend Ruby: For expanding her blog into a family affair with GUBlife… All your talents are being recognized!
  • My cousin Gabbi: You are my sweetest… I see you like my little brother, and your calm gentle spirit is a key to my happiness.  I love you Gabbi.
  • My friend Dara: For jumping into a prestigious new job…. as a head honcho. She’s the boss! L.A. misses you, and so do I.
  • My friend A-dre: For leaving her job after 10 years, and heading towards a better direction in her career.  I couldn’t be happier for you!
  • My Uncle Ron: Thank you for cutting my hair like David Bowie when I was 8 years old…. for building up my self confidence, and introducing me to original thinking at a tender age.  I could walk on the moon when I’m with you.
  • My new friend Mille: For planting some deep roots and buying a new home. Hooray!
  • My lovely friend Ji-young: For starting her new successful clothing company percée, and still maintaining her job as a lawyer.  You’re a rock star Miss Moon.
  • My friend Sara: For moving back to Texas where you are happiest. I miss you Purple Hair.
  • My primo Amp-Dog: Who has found the light at the end of the tunnel and is now in love.
  • My buddies Stephen and Art: Congrats on finding the perfect loop to monetizing Latino Foodie, and doing it WELL.  Your voices are paving the way to the top.
  • My beautiful Kathy: a.k.a. Crafty Chica for continuously working hard and being a badass in everything you touch.  I love all the happiness and glitter you bring!
  • My friend Maya: For being the hottest Latina on Vine.  Work it…. Yass!
  •  My bratty friend Jeshua (whom I absolutely adore, please don’t tell him I said that): For conquering all the angles of the arts.
  • My dear friends Ford and Lacey:  Congrats on the purchase of your new home.  Can’t wait to come swimming!
  • My friend Louise: For always having the best attitude.  Your beauty transcends inward, outward and through your breathtaking work.  Stay strong pretty lady.
  • My chola friend Denise: For doing exactly what you want, and only producing quality work.  PearMama is ROCKING!  I only have admiration for you sista!
  •  My pretty boo Monique: For starting a cool new automotive blog Motor Chicas, never talking bad about ANYONE, and only bringing your best to our friendship.  I’m lucky to have you and Carlos in my life.
  • My cousin Janine: For being one of the kindest persons I’ve ever met. Your genuine spirit is celebrated within me.  I am grateful to have you in my life. Oh, and thanks for always helping us with our dorky videos.
  • My friend Maura: For being the Google + guru, the queen of The Other Side Of The Tortilla, and making Latina Mom.Me one of the best sites on the web.
  •  My sister-in-law Sonia: For working hard for the last 30 years and deciding to taking the summer off to be with her kids.
  •  My cousin Justine: Who is about to go explore Europe for the first time.  I know my Uncle Robert wouldn’t want it any other way.  Bring back all your stories.
  •   My cherished friend Kristen: For always being there when I need her most. Thank you for being my adopted sister, and for coming up with the greatest retirement plan ever. <3
  •  My friend Carmen: Who has made a business out of her fitness life style. You’re looking amazing.
  •  My friend Christy: Who is about to marry the love of her life.  We are saving the date!
  •  My friend Tracie: Geez Trace!  Congrats on your 8th wedding anniversary. You have a beautiful Pham fam!
  •  My friend Lisa: Who’s jewelry is some of the coolest I’ve ever seen.  I need more!
  •  My beloved Grandpa Sando: Who just turned 90! I’m lucky to still have him just the way he is,  beautiful and grouchy.
  •  My friends Mario and Isela: Who just adopted a teenage boy.  Your hearts are pure gold.  Cheers to expanding your family!
  • My twin cousins Jayleen and Darleen: Congrats on the new additions to the family. You are both amazing Moms!
  • Carlos and Marina: Congrats on getting engaged, you two are the perfect pair. Amor por vida!
  •  My Auntie Rosie: Congrats on joining into the social media world.  I love that it allows me to stay close to you, when we can’t be near. Love you Tia!
  •  My friend Rachel: For her healthy recovery and who is thriving with The Art Muse once again.  I never doubted for a moment that you wouldn’t be back on your feet running at full speed. You’re a princess warrior!
  • My sister Erikah: You have raised two wonderful children.  You’re an amazing Mother!  Thank you for always caring for our father.  I appreciate it.
  •  My friend Lisa: Who’s new blog, Atypical Familia, is flourishing.  You’re nothing but inspiration and strength.
  •  My friend Denisse: For all the giving work she does with The Orphaned Earring. You’re our earth angel.
  •  My friend Eddie: For being a great teacher to the local kids in our neighborhood, and putting on the coolest radio show on the weekends. You’re a wealth of knowledge… Thanks for sharing it.
  •  My Brother Rich: On finding new love, and keeping everybody smiling with your corny jokes. Love you brother.
  • My beloved Dodgers:  For kicking ass, and going to the world series this year (fingers crossed!). #itfdb You boys make me so happy.
  •  My friend Tony: For continued success in cinematography.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, thank you for sharing your eye with us!  Miss you.
  •  My friend Andrea: Congrats on moving to a better job, having the cutest new pants ever, and making jumping on a bed look like the happiest place to be.
  •  My friend Lucy: Who’s jamming in the photography world.  Girl…. I love all the new work your doing….especially the videos!
  •  My friend Manny:  Who is about to reunite with his wife. You deserve it all. Did I mention you’re the baddest engineer in EAST LOS?
  •  My sister Serena: For having such a beautiful baby boy, ruling the tennis court, and landing the job of her dreams.  I am so proud of you and only wish you the best always.
  •  My little friend Joaquin: Congrats on graduating from pre-school and adopting his new best friend Captain.
  • Chuckers, Maria, and Kat: Thank you for being the best Nino’s / cousin to my boy.  My little family loves your little family soooo much.
  • My favorite ratita Natalia: For her great new social media gig… working from home!  Beautiful things come to beautiful people.  You’re precious, and I’m always hungry when I read Comiendo En LA.
  • My friend Average Betty:  Congrats on your gorgeous baby Betty, the new house, and still being the boss in the video world!!!! Kisses and hugs, hope to see you soon.
  • My friend Dorothy:  For having a shockingly delicious drool-worthy blog, and for winning all that cheese!!! I wanna come over. :)
  • My Tia Joelanda: For having strength and a positive outlook during a difficult time.
  • My friend Caryn: For having her movie reviews appear on the cover page of Fandango. You’re on fire.
  • My friend Lil: For having a YOLO attitude, and living it to the fullest.
  • My cousin Yvette and Tia Big G: Congrats on your beautiful new home, you deserve it.  I’m coming over for a few days, so make room for me. :)  Love you guys.
  • My friend Lala: For being so driven, smart and a super cutie Latina Geek.
  • My friend Don: For being one of the smartest minds in social media, and always believing in my insanity.  Viva Idaho Potatoes!
  • My friend Adrian: For teaching my son so many valuable life tools.  We appreciate your patience. Now come over soon. :)
  • My friends Sage and Sonny: Congrats on making the best Fish and Chips in LA! You’ve got one Red Hot Bus on your hands.
  • My sassy friend Yolanda:  For being one of the best bloggers with an insanely thriving career.  Girl, we need to take a new selfie together, we’re due!
  • My friend Cheryl: For your selfless ongoing help for others during trying times, and guiding them to better paths.
  • My dearest friend Mari: Thank you for always giving me the best advice over the past 28 years.  You are beyond treasured to me, and I know I can always turn to you, as you can turn to me.  Love you Miss Mari.
  • My friend Yvonne: For always inspiring me with all the great work you do with Moms LA…(and all the running too!)
  • My friend Vianney: Congrats on your upcoming book.  I wish you much success.  Will you ever make me a thirsty margarita off Sweet Life?
  • My Uncle George: For always having the best interest of our family in your heart.  Big love!
  • My beautiful son Max: For knowing how to read all the words expected of him for Kindergarten prior to entering his class, and for being the most loving well mannered boy I could ever ask for.  Your boundless spirit lightens my everyday. Momma loves you Maxie.
  • My viejo Mando: For always being my solid oak tree, the BEST Dad and partner, having the greenest of thumbs, and bringing such a huge creative force into our home. I love you Ugly Bear… you surround us in love.


Ingredients for mango toasted coconut flan:

  • 1 – cup mango puree (about 2 large mangos)
  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 5 – large eggs
  • 6 – ounces cream cheese
  • 1 – tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – can sweetened condensed milk (14oz.)
  • 1 – can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 – cup cajeta
  • 3/4 – cup shredded sweetened coconut (toasted)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. First peel and cut mango away from the bone. Place mango flesh in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Then pour mango puree through a sieve and collect the smooth mango puree…. this should make 1 cup.
  4. Pour mango puree back into the blender, along with sugar, eggs, cream cheese, vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk. Blend for a minute or until completely combined.
  5. Spray a bundt pan with a non stick baking spray, then fill the bottom with cajeta.
  6. Next pour the liquid mixture into the sprayed bundt pan.
  7. Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil and place inside a large pyrex baking dish. Pour hot water into the pyrex baking dish to fill up half way.
  8. Then place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  9. Once out of the oven, remove from water bath and uncover. Gently sprinkle the toasted coconut over the top and allow to cool. Let the flan rest for two hours then invert onto a plate. Slowly lift pan up away from plate.
  10. Place flan in the fridge overnight.
  11. ENJOY!!!!!!

No compensation was received for this post. I was provided with a few mangos from The National Mango Board to aid this recipe. The recipe and opinions are my own.

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