Agua de Melon/ Cantaloupe Water

This is a favorite in my parent’s home because agua de melon is so smooth and subtlety sweet. Like most aguas, this one requires three ingredients, cantaloupe, sugar and water…oh and we can’t forget the ice! This is actually one of my sister’s favorite agua fresca (this one is for you Nani!) and recently became my son’s favorite too which was great. You can definitely make this ahead of time and refrigerate to keep it cold and refreshing or blend it up when you have extra cantaloupe around and have no clue what else to do with it!

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Agua de Limón

You guys! Finally…kids are out of school for the summer break! I’m so ready for my kids sleeping in, all the water activities, long and fun summer days! In honor of Summer and the holiday breaks I am doing my first Summer Blog SpecialAguas Frescas! I will be posting during the summer holiday an agua fresca recipe a week that you can make and sip during these hot days!

Aguas Frescas translates to Cool or Refreshing Waters. They are delicious drinks common throughout Mexico and some Latin American countries. Like any other recipe, everyone has their own method and ingredients but I can assure you that for the most part it consists of water, sugar and the main ingredient such as fruit, vegetable or grain. Agua de Limón is my absolute favorite drink! It is beyond refreshing, sweet and with a hit of tartness. Normally I eyeball everything when I make it, but I will admit that it took me a couple of tries to get the lime juice to sugar ratio just right..but I did it! Well at least for my own taste buds!

I do want to remind everyone who does happen to try them out, feel free to adjust the drinks to your taste. If you like it sweeter add more sugar, if you need more flavor add more of the main ingredient. However this is a good base to start off and you can work it to what you and your family would love, but lets be real…this is already a great tasting drink.

Enjoy this summer blog special my friends!

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Arroz con Leche/Rice Pudding

A childhood favorite of mine is Arroz con Leche, a simple yet sweet treat that has different variations throughout Latin America! Even within the same country everyone makes it their own way and it’s amazing how a dish like this can be so familiar but different at the same time. For example, a lot of people use condensed milk and/or evaporated milk. Some make the pudding itself runnier, like a thick soup and others (like myself) make it thicker like a custard. There are also different toppings, cinnamon, dried fruits, coconut flakes, etc. So the base of this recipe comes from my mom, of course with my own tweaks. Personally I like my Arroz con Leche to be custard like with pretty much only milk, sugar and the ONLY topping…ground cinnamon. It does take time and effort but I promise it’s so worth it!

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Blackberry Shortbread Cookies

I’ve had an itch to bake some cookies recently, and with a blackberry jam I made, I figured I could add it some shortbread cookies! This is a version of the Knotts berry shortbread cookies that I love! They are so decadent with the perfect touch of sweetness. You can make them as simple as the thumbprint cookie I made or use a piping bag to give it a little fancy touch! This is a perfect addition to your cookie making collection, you will see how fast they go!

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Homemade Blackberry Jam

Over a week ago I bought a small box of blackberries thinking the kids would devour them…boy was I wrong. Almost everyday I offered the berries and they were rejected each time. I really didn’t want it to go bad so I figured I would use it in a recipe and by making a jam out of it I would be able to preserve it better and have more options on how we eat it! Making jam is surprisingly very easy and so delicious, a simple way to learn is to remember to use equal parts berries and sugar!

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