Thursday, February 21, 2008

We are back from a little trip!

We went for a few days to the North of Chile. It was an approximately six hour drive there but what beautiful scenery along the way and there.

I won't ever forget this trip. I saw many things that I had never seen before. Chile is so diverse, it is truly amazing the differences from one location to another.

I tried papaya juice for the first time, ate several new kinds of sweets and candy and tried a seafood empanada!

We visited La Serena, Coquimbo, Valle de Elqui and a few other places along the way.

Armando showed me this place and I found it very beautiful. It was a fisherman's area with many boats.





I love the names on the boats. The one on the left is named Superman!


Pelicans and boats.


Lunch, I am awaiting a seafood empanada.

It was delicious! Sadly, I cannot remember the name of the seafood, because I had never tried it before. If I find out from Armando later, I will put the name here...


A beautiful metal church designed by Gustav Eiffel in Coquimbo, Chile.


The Inside:


I hope you like the pictures.

I am going to sleep now, It's almost 3 a.m. and I didn't realize it!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's the day of Luuurve.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

May you have a wonderful time today with your sweetheart.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Long time, No blog

Has it really been that long since I posted an entry? Sorry about that. Armando and I are sharing the notebook and we are not used to sharing a computer! That is a big lesson in sharing because we are both major computer geeks.

So far we have done well but I do miss my blog reading time and emailing and just general surfing the net. But that is ok

The baby is doing very well. I hold him every chance I get. He is so tiny and fragile with tiny fingers and adorable feet and of course the most precious face. I am glad we were able to come for this trip and that we got to be there when Gabriel was born.

Armando and I are already making plans for when the baby is older, vacations at our house, etc!

I’ve been looking for recipes from Chile. I have found one thing I like a lot, it is called manjar. It is evaporated milk that is caramelized. I eat it on the bread, which is called pan here. It’s so delicious. That is my favorite thing for the evening meal, manjar, the caramel like sauce on bread and a coffee. Yum!

I tried a cake a while back that is called in Spanish, Brazo de Reina or Arm of the Queen in English. It has manjar in it. I found the recipe in English so here it is, if anyone is feeling adventurous. I will try to make it when I get home. First I have to buy a jelly roll pan though. I don’t have that at home.




Brazo de reina   (Brah'so de ray'na)

4 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sifted cake flour
Confectioners' sugar
1 can of condensed milk made into manjar (mahn hahr')
Cook the condensed milk in the top of a double boiler until it is a caramel color.
This will take about two hours, and you can do this in advance.  Some persons
place the can of condensed milk in water and boil it, this is a dangerous practice.
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Beat the eggs, preferably in an electric mixer, with the baking powder and salt
until thick and light-colored, gradually adding three-quarters cup granulated sugar.
Add the vanilla and fold in the flour.
Turn into a 15 1/2 by 10 1/2-inch jelly roll pan that has been greased and lined
with greased paper. Bake thirteen minutes.  Depending on your oven, this may
take less time; when you see the edges begin to brown, take it out.
Turn from the pan onto a towel that has been dusted with confectioners' sugar.
Quickly remove the paper and cut off the crisp edges of the cake. Roll, jelly-roll
fashion, with the towel inside and enwrapping the cake. Chill.
Unroll the cake and spread with the manjar.  Roll jelly-roll fashion again,
sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Gabriel's Tree

Today was spent painting the tree in Gabriel's room. Armando, Ricardo and I spent most of the day there at Viviana's house.

Later,we ordered Pizza. Armando's other friend Ricardo and his girlfriend came over and we all played Pictionary in Spanish. Imagine me playing with my Spanish dictionary, looking up the words that I didn't know and then having to draw them! I had fun though and it was great practice.

Here is the tree:


Viviana and Gabriel may get to come home tomorrow from the hospital. We hope they like the tree!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Gabriel Born This A.M.

Bienvenidos a el mundo Gabriel!

Welcome to the world Gabriel!

He was born at 2:30 a.m. on February 1, 2008, a healthy baby boy.


We were all very happy and excited.

Armando is now Tio Armando and I am Tia Michelle.

Isn't he precious?