Giveaway: Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure Tickets

Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure raises money for breast cancer research in partnership with Susan G. Komen Orange County, January 4 – March 18.

You know how much my family loves Knott’s Berry Farm. I mean fun, California history, food, and more fun! Plus, Snoopy! Who doesn’t love Snoopy?!

Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm

Ema can’t wait to go back and see her buddy!

 

Knott’s Berry Farm is once again partnering with Susan G. Komen Orange County to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness in Orange County. A portion of the proceeds from merchandise and specially discounted “pink” tickets will benefit Susan G. Komen Orange County! 
 
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Now through March 18, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm with “pink” decor and a specially priced “Pink Ticket” ($40 admissions purchased online) to support a great cause. There are also commemorative Knott’s for the Cure t-shirts available for purchase.  The “Pink” Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure commemorative t-shirt is available at select locations in the park with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Orange County.
 
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I have had too many friends who have fought breast cancer. I’m glad to see that Knott’s is supporting funds for research and local support. 

 

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Happy Fifth Birthday Sara & Ema

My amazing twins! Five years old! Happy Birthday to Ema & Sara!

Sara & Ema Fifth Birthday

Ema – 

  1. Born first but likes to be the “little” one.
  2. Loves to make up songs
  3. Will often be found with a book, making up stories, and elaborately pretending
  4. First to help in the kitchen cooking and baking
  5. Quickest to get ready to go somewhere – like Target or a restaurant

Sara – 

  1. Loves to recite lines from her favorite movies with her sister (right now it’s the Charlie Brown Christmas)
  2. Will often be seen wearing a hat. Any hat. 
  3. Plays soccer like a champ.
  4. Will change her clothes several times a day.
  5. Prefers to be home with her family.

I always thought having twins would be scary and overwhelming, but it is pretty amazing and we are so blessed. Time flies!

 

 



If I had an abortion

If I had an abortion, you wouldn’t know by looking at me.

 If I had an Abortion

There’s no telltale sign. Abortion is a secret that women carry.

 

It probably would have been when I was much younger. Early college maybe. When I was unsure of myself and barely even knew who I was.

 

I might have gone to Planned Parenthood. Or some other clinic. Surely not my health insurance where my parents might find out.

 

It would have been better to visit those clinics before having to make a choice about abortion so I could get some birth control and sex education. Because at my catholic high school, we were told birth control was bad. And so was sex. But somehow it seemed like the birth control was even worse. I remember getting many conflicting messages. Would a decision to have an abortion been out of the question? I don’t know.

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Maybe I wouldn’t have known what else to do. Disappoint my family? Force my boyfriend to step up to a lifetime commitment that he wasn’t ready for either? We broke up a few times throughout our relationship and we didn’t make it for the long haul.

 

Maybe I wouldn’t like myself very much for having one. Or maybe I liked myself enough that I chose what was best for me at the time.  

 

I’m sure I would have been very ashamed. Because, that Catholic guilt is strong. I might have gone to confession. I may have gone to counseling. I may have made peace with it.

 

I wouldn’t have been forced to go through illegal channels for it. Or try questionable methods on my own. Because I was a young adult during a time when abortion was legal and available.

 

I’m a mom to four girls. What if they found themselves in such a position? I would hope that they would come to me. Of course.

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But maybe they wouldn’t. They should at the very least have a place to go for assistance. I’m talking about reproductive health resources. Not just access to abortion. Because places like Planned Parenthood provide comprehensive services. Without shame.

 

What if I had an abortion after a date rape? I wouldn’t be surprised if someone I know has had to face that choice. When I was a young adult, the morning after pill wasn’t even an option.

 

What if I had an abortion when I was older? Maybe a medical decision made with my husband and doctor, after careful consideration and reflection. What if it were a choice of saving my own life? Of course it would be heart wrenching. But shouldn’t a woman in this position be able to make the choice to live?

 

I was blessed to experience my pregnancies without being faced with such a difficult decision because of a life threatening issue. But I know people who did. Several women, as a matter of fact.

 

Maybe my younger self chose against having an abortion. Maybe I would have another child right now in my family. Or maybe I would be like many birth mothers who gave her baby to a loving family to raise as their own. Either decision would have been just as difficult.

 

But here’s the thing.

 

Women’s right to choose should not be infringed upon by politicians. Women face this complicated decision for all sorts of reasons. Medical or personal, it’s still a decision a woman makes for her own body, health, and well-being. And now politicians are trying to create new obstacles and take away access.

Bill Nye uses science to debunk anti-abortion arguments

If I had chosen an abortion, it would be my business. And also, my right. Abortion is legal. And it isn’t anyone’s business to infringe on that choice.

 

 



Crab Cakes My Family Loves

Who loves crab cakes? We do!

Crab cakes are delicious and surprisingly easy to make!

Crab Cakes by La Primera

 

I’ve been in the mood for some yummy crabcakes for a while. But usually, they are something I only get at restaurants. And they can be pricey at some places, for only a couple of them as an appetizer.  Plus, when you have a family of four kids and a busy schedule, the crab cake restaurants are typically reserved for special occasions. 

I happened grocery shopping at my local club super store and I saw a container of fresh blue crab. And I swear I started drooling right there. Grabbed them up and continued on my way. 

Once I got home, I thought, crab cakes, how hard could it be? 

It always seemed like it was a daunting recipe to try. But guess what? It was super easy!

First of all I scoured the internet and all of my cookbooks for all kinds of recipes and variations. And took inventory of what I actually had on hand. And I set out to make my own. 

 Basically, it’s sauteing some veggies, mixing up all the ingredients, and forming the mix into little patties. Let them chill for a half hour, add some stuff for crispiness and fry them up!

Not only was it easier than I thought, but they were delicious!


Crab Cakes

 

 

The best part of my creation was that they were a big hit with the entire family. Even my pickiest eater gobbled hers up and declared them a winner! The twins called them the best fish sticks ever. I didn’t want to correct them, because adorableness must be treasured. But at 4 1/2 years old, I guess it’s time to teach them right. So they learned all about crabcakes. They even helped stir the mix! Did you know that when you get kids involved in cooking, they are more likely to try new things? 

Crab Cakes by La Primera

 

Please, give it  a try! Let me know if you do. And don’t be afraid to experiment with the mixture. As long as you have the main components, you can try all kinds of variations! 

What are some other recipes I should try? 

Delicious Crispy Crab Cakes
Serves 6
delicious crispy crabcakes loved by the whole family
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For crab cake patty base
  1. 2 tbsp butter
  2. 1 tsp chopped garlic
  3. 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
  4. 1/2 cup of chopped celery
  5. 1 lb crab meat
  6. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 tsp brown mustard
  8. 1/2-2 tsp hot sauce (depending on your taste)
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 cup panko crumbs
  11. 1 tbsp bay seasoning
  12. 1 tsp garlic salt (w/ parsley flakes)
  13. 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
For crust
  1. 1 cup panko crumbs
  2. 1 tsp bay seasoning
  3. salt/pepper
  4. 2 tbsp melted butter
For cooking
  1. Coconut Oil (or your preferred cooking oil)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet saute the onions and celery until the onions become translucent.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the onions and celery and the remaining crab cake patty ingredients. Shape into patties and set aside and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix the crust ingredients together with a fork.
  4. Take each patty and dredge into the crust mix, covering each side.
  5. Heat oil in your large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
Tips
  1. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.
  2. An easy dipping sauce can be made with mayonnaise, dill relish, lemon juice, and hot sauce. (My kids just used ketchup).
  3. An optional variation: add a zesty flavor with chopped red bell pepper into the crab meat mix.
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