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How to Decorate Brown Eggs for Easter

In the midst of a recent spring blizzard, I started eggsperimenting and came up with a few DIY egg decorating ideas that I absolutely love. They showcase the beauty of brown eggs, as opposed to covering them up with artificial dyes or wraps, and are family and budget-friendly. Read More…

Cocina Therapy: 10 Virtual Cooking Classes to Try at Home

Some people believe that food nourishes the soul, and while I agree, I believe that cooking can nourish the spirit and serves as a form of self-care, especially now that our social interactions are limited. Taking command of your kitchen can be therapeutic if given the time and patience that the art requires. Admittedly, I was never a huge fan of baking or taking virtual cooking classes, but 2020 allowed me to appreciate the virtue in both activities and so much more. Over the past year, I taught over 10 virtual classes – testing and stretching my own limits –  and took at least 20 classes with instructors near and far. Teaching and taking classes has served as a distraction from the everyday stresses of life and is essentially my new favorite form of self-care. I hope you enjoy this guide to virtual cooking classes and that it inspires you to master a new recipe or skill this year.

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Lola’s Bilingual Book Club: The 12 Books I Read in 2020

By the end of each year my goal is to read (aka listen to) a minimum of one book per month and the majority of my 12 picks tend to include books by Latina and female authors. I am always on the hunt for good reads in Spanish, too. To close out 2020 I’m sharing this year’s reading list and am excited to get started on my new books in 2021. If you’d like to follow what I’m reading each month, be sure to sign up for my ¡Hola de Lola! newsletter

Wishing you all a relaxing New Year’s Eve and healthy 2021!

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Árbol de la Vida to Celebrate Día de los Muertos

Every year I look forward to this season because I get to build my altar in celebration of Day of the Dead. As my altar comes to life with calaveras, food, and candles I take a moment to reflect upon the passage of time as well as the souls that have slipped away with it through the pictures that I display. Some bring a smile to my face while others evoke sadness thinking of the physical absence of those that I have loved deeply.

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Marigold and Orange Blossom Sugar Cookies to Celebrate Day of the Dead

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves begin to change from vibrant greens to bold oranges, reds, and yellows and there’s a crisp chill in the air each morning. The holidays are just around the corner and baking season has officially begun. While I’ve never been much of a baker, I have definitely channeled my inner panadera over the past year and am excited to share that this Día de los Muertos I’ve partnered with Crate and Barrel to create the sweetest of treats inspired by my favorite holiday. Read More…