December 23, 2015

Santi Clo- Is your sleigh Big enough? BB's letter to Santa.


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!!

By now los niños have written their letters to Santa, so BB figured the dear man is in the mood for some more adult literature. Namely, a letter from Babushka.  Quee???  JU SO FONII!!!  Of course & por supuesta BB Believes in Santi Clo.  "But that's just for children!" you say.  Bueno, Babushka's Papa still considers her his baby, and you will think the same of your cria when they're older.  Di la verdad, those of you with children over 18, don't you agree that no matter the age, our children are always our babies? Continuing.

So, BB's carta a Santa this year goes un poco like this-

Hola Santi & Feliz Navidad to you and la Señora!

Babushka hopes this finds you ready- or well rested, depending on when you read the letter.  Please let the Mrs. know que that batch of cookies BB got was BUENISIMO and went very well with the midnight writings of Marti, mi Muse;send her gracias en mi nombre, por fa. Ahora Babushka can see why you're always so jolly y redondito.

Eso Santa, brings BB to her first pedido. To have a lifetime love like you and the Mrs.  Como sabes, this is the third go round in the marriage march, y el ultimo.  So any consejos, wits of wisdom, are mucho appreciated.

Dorothy B. Ovens Park Tallahassee Florida

Second request, the gift of travel. Con o sin Sweetie. Que?? Ok si. Hmmm... maybe that's why I'm on marriage #3?  JU SO FONII!!!  Seriously Santi, we're saving up for passports for the two of us, pero if the chance arises you know the aventurera que es Babushka...


And lastly, BB wishes to be  the Jaye P. Morgan of the Tweety Fiesta Circuit.  

Jaye P. Morgan

You remember her don't you Santi?  She was on every talk show, game show in the late 70's, and BB wants to be the same, pero in the social media arena. Sponsored for appearances, to be asked to be on panels- especialmente for Tweety Fiestas.  Babushka ♥♥♥ TWEETY FIESTAS!!  And to be a "panelist/cohost" , the one people ask for,because they know que if they want fun, if they want fonii, they want BB. Oh what a gift that would be!!

 They say that if you ask, then you shall receive.  

Los otro regalos, the other gifts, are the Universal ones of  love, family,good health, and I'll leave to the Universe  those Blessings which we all ask for, and are probably in another realm to grant. 

Querido Santa, if these pedidos can't fit in your sleigh, es ok.  

Gift cards are always nice too.

Con mucho Amor & Appreciation  ~BB

And that Beautifuls is Babushkas Letter to Santa. 
 Here's hoping he brings you and your loved ones everything you've asked for.

Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.

December 16, 2015

Gifts for The Grands- @FloridaPrepaid A Gift They'll Never Outgrow

Babushka is part of Florida College Prepaid & Bloggin' Mamas Mama'bassadors program, but even if she weren't, the opinions are still 100% BB.  Been a fan of them for years.


HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

The holidays are here and the letters to Santi Clo have been sent.  A wonderful thing isn't it to see the faces of hope,expectation and joy in our childrens' eyes??  Will that expression still be there a week after? A month despues? In a year's time?? Quee?? Ok si, a bit of a downer, pero BB leave you like that?  JU SO FONII!!! You know Babushka better than eso. But first, a little historia...

Reading The Grands "what I want from Santa" list, BB couldn't help but remember standing in line for hours to get my son MAC the Power Rangers he had wanted. Got him the complete set. Only to have him sell them at a garage sale 2 years later for $20. Wow and woah. With time, we both have learned what a real gift is and how to value them. Now he's giving his unused portion of the Florida College Prepaid Plan to his son. Again, wow and woah.  Only this time, it's a positive thing.

Babushka has written before about the Florida College Prepaid Plan, how The Trio have used the plan, how it's saved us all headaches and heartaches by having it.  Hopefully The Grands won't have the headaches of student loan debt if BB has her say.  Isn't it wonderful that the opcion is open to us? 


Another option Babushka loves is the Florida 529 Savings Plan .  This is a plan that can be opened at anytime, for a student of any age, to be used in any US college or university.  BB would use this along side the Prepaid Plan to cover incidentals not cubierto (like extra food; abuela al fin). Matter of fact, wouldn't this look great in your child's stocking?

The gift they'll never outgrow, return, or sell at a garage sale.  A lifelong regalo that'll be around, brightning their holidays for years to come. And don't worry if Santi Clo can't get it into their stockings, the open enrollment is until February 29, so the Reyes can definitely leave it.

; )

Para mas informacion-  

Who would you like to leave this present for??

Happiest of Holidays to all you Beautifuls,
and may your regalos bring lifelong felicidad & magical memories.


December 07, 2015

Mima's Mini Miami - A Recipe in Memory while Making Memories

This is a sponsored post by the people de PAM. BB was given lovely goodies, a giftcard, and a chance to win a contest if my receta is chosen by @ChefJames.  Y si, como costumbre, the cooking is mine, the cleaning is Sweetie's.  

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!

You know BB's a firm believer of Twofers y no trabajar muy duro, so when the nice gente of PAM asked me to enter a contest using their product, Babushka incorporated the visit to Miami and Babushka's family history there by coming up with a fast,frugal y fun recipe juntandolo to'.

My mother's mother, Mima, loved Miami.  Her last years were spent there, enjoying her girls and the food. Oh the food! She was especially fond of sweets and the Cuban staples of Pasta de Guayaba con queso crema were always on hand. (viste, it's hereditary- why fight it)  In her memoria BB dedicates this post and this recipe.

Mima's Mini Miami-

Guava Paste
Cream Cheese
Maria Cookies
Coconut Flakes

Babushkas Baile PAM Mimas Mini Miami Cuban desert

Primeramente, pa' que no se te pega, el PAM.
Fijate que hasta Santi Clo le gusta 

and now the full tutorial:

Mimas Miami Mini Guava CreamCheese PAM Maria Cookies

1. El PAM
2. Queso Crema/Cream Cheese
3. Maria Cookie
4. Guava Marmelade
5. Another Maria Cookie
6. More Cream Cheese & into 300degrees for 15 mins

Y that's to' Beautifuls!!  Ahora, eso si, this was the first time BB made this, so when The Grands came over we tweaked it a bit.  Quee?? Not share this con los nietos??  JU SO FONII!!! This receta is so easy, fun, y rapido that it's a natural for a family food project.


Here we discovered it's better to start with a Maria Cookie abajo and then a capa of cream cheese. Also, whipped cream cheese would melt a little better. We added coconut flakes to represent snow and icecream is the perfect addition to complete Mima's Mini Miami.  Ahora, eso si, for the niños we used vanilla, pero Babushka couldn't resist helado de cafe for a complete dulce dish from Miami.

Mas rapido,rico y easy you can't find Beautifuls.
Hope you enjoy the receta & the happy family memories it can bring.


Chef Tahhan will be posting the link to the winning recipe on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Wish BB Luck!!

December 03, 2015



#FannieMay4Holidays Twitter Party 12/8 at 9p EST. RSVP:

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!!

Christmas, o como decimos en Miami, Crisma, 


Did you notice that chocolate is spelled the same in both English and Spanish? So BB not like it??


Join Blog­gin Mamas & Fannie May as we host the #FannieMay4Holidays Twit­ter Party on Tuesday, 12–8-15 at 9p EST/6pm PST! We’ll be

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hash­tag: #FannieMay4Holidays

Pre­sented by: @FMChocolate and @BlogginMamas

Mod­er­a­tors: Eng­lish– @HeLoEnterprises Span­ish– @BBabushka

Co-Hosts: @EnzasBargains, @ItsFreeAtLast, @savorysavings, @oopsimpregnant, @pinkninjablogg, @picklejars

History of Fannie May
  • The first Fannie May retail store was opened by H. Teller Archibald in 1920 at 11 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago.
  • During World War II, while other companies chose to change their recipes when ingredients were scarce, Fannie May stuck with its exact recipes, making only what it could which often meant closing shops early because no more candy was available - never was the taste of the candy compromised.
  • In 1946, just after World War II, Fannie May created its most well-known candy to date, the Pixie, by hand-pouring caramel over nuts and then placing them on a conveyor belt to be drenched in chocolate.
  • In the 1970s and 1980s Fannie May continued to develop new candy flavors with the introduction of the Trinidad in 1970 and the creation of Eggnog Creams in 1989.
  • Fannie May is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year!
Merry Times, Many Ways
  • We all know the holidays can sometimes get chaotic with multiple festivus parties. At Fannie May, you can find a variety of sweet and savory treats to help you host the perfect holiday party!
  • When looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your life, consider one of Fannie May’s delicious holiday gift towers!
  • The hostess with the mostess can always use a little extra help! Fannie May’s Grande Tower has the perfect mix of savory and sweet treats that can make any hostess shine during the holiday season.
  • Looking for creative cocktail ideas for your next party? Consider adding Fannie May’s Peppermint Bark to the rim of your favorite chocolate martini.
  • We understand that our gifts and chocolates are a reflection of the sender as well. Hence, we are dedicated to creating a positive impression every time.
  • We offer a wide variety of price points to fit every occasion, especially during the holiday season!

Dur­ing the Twit­ter Party there will be a chance to win one of the fol­low­ing prizes by answer­ing var­i­ous ques­tions about Fannie May. Win­ners will be selected at ran­dom from all eli­gi­ble entries.

Grand Prize

Grande Tower, 4lbs. 12 oz. ($129.99) Celebrate big time with nearly 5 pounds of Fannie May favorites in one delectable collection. This grande tower includes: Colonial Assortment, Trinidads, Assorted Nuts, Mint Meltaways, and Holiday Pretzels.

Fannie May grande tower

First Prize

Festive Gourmet Gift Basket ($99.99) - Our festive gourmet gift basket is sure to impress your mother, the in-laws or even your bestie! Featuring festive silver and gold accents, this basket includes portions just right for sharing - and many of our Fannie May favorites! Each basket contains: Milk Chocolate Pixies, Mint Meltaways, The Popcorn Factory Kettle Corn, Milk Chocolate Vanilla Buttercreams, Carpano’s Dipping Pretzels, Cheryl’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Harry London Chocolate Squares, and Harry London Caramel Bars.

Fannie May festive gourmet gift basket


Winter Wonderland Gift Basket ($59.99) - This festive gift is perfect for the hostess with the mostess! Featuring festive silver and gold ornaments, our container is filled with seasonal treats. This delectable gift basket includes: Milk Chocolate Pixies, The Popcorn Factory Kettle Corn, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Carpano’s Dipping Pretzels, Cheryl’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fannie May Caramel Bars, One large Pixie and Trinidad.

Fannie May winter wonderland gift basket

Heritage Tins, 8oz each - set of four ($59.96) - In commemoration of the brand’s 95th anniversary, Fannie May has launched a limited collection of archival revival confections tins. An ode to the brand’s beginnings, the tins feature classic brand artwork with a colorful and modern twist. The collection includes revived and vibrant designs of iconic flavors including Pixies, Mint Meltaways, Bridge Mix and Colonials.

Fannie May heritage tins

Pixies Water Tower Tin, 1lb 8oz. ($39.99) - In a nod to our beloved Chicago hometown we’ve created this iconic Water Tower Tin filled with our luscious Pixies. This keepsake is something friends and family will treasure even after the Pixies are gone.

Fannie May Pixies Water Tower Tin

RSVP Prize

Peppermint Bark, 1lb ($24.99)- Wintry fresh and delicious! Creamy white confection and rich dark chocolate are layered together with crunchy bits of cool peppermint for a classic holiday treat.

Fannie May peppermint bark

US Res­i­dents age 18 and over are eli­gi­ble to enter.

RSVP Below!!

Terms and Conditions


By RSVP’ing to this event and uti­liz­ing the #FannieMay4Holidays hash­tag, the atten­dees acknowl­edge hav­ing read and agreed to these terms and conditions.

Twit­ter Party Prize Give­away begins December 8th, 2015 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than December 8th, 2015 at 10:30pm ET(the “Twit­ter Party Entry Period”). Entrants enter via fol­low­ing @FMChocolate and @BlogginMamas, and post­ing a tweet with the #FannieMay4Holidays hash­tag dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Five (5) Win­ners will be drawn ran­domly by at approx­i­mately 12 minute inter­vals dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. One (1) Win­ner will be drawn ran­domly via from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky widget.

Prizes include:

One (1) Grand Prize, includ­ing a Grande Tower, 4lbs. 12 oz. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $129.99, for one (1) winner.

One (1) First Prize, includ­ing a Festive Gourmet Gift Basket. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $99.99, for one (1) winner.

One (1) Prize, includ­ing a Winter Wonderland Gift Basket. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $59.99, for one (1) winner.

One (1) Prize, includ­ing Heritage Tins, 8oz each - set of four. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $59.96, for one (1) winner.

One (1) Prize, includ­ing a Pixies Water Tower Tin, 1lb 8oz. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $39.99, for one (1) winner.

One (1) RSVP Prize includ­ing Peppermint Bark, 1lb. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $24.99, awarded to one (1) win­ner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget.

Each win­ner receives one (1) prize pack. Entrants who fail to com­plete said actions will be dis­qual­i­fied and an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from all entrants who entered dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Win­ners will be noti­fied via DM (Direct Mes­sage) on Twit­ter with a request for an email address to send prize claim infor­ma­tion. Win­ners will have 48 hours to reply to the DM with a valid email address. Win­ners will have an addi­tional 48 hours from when prize claim infor­ma­tion is sent, to claim their prize and pro­vide ship­ping info, or a an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from amongst all entries received dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. All prizes will be awarded pro­vided they are validly claimed by December 15 at 11:59AM EST.

Entrants agree to release and hold harm­less the Blog­gin’ Mamas, Heather Lopez Enter­prises, LLC, Great Foods, Fannie May, Twit­ter, and any other orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble for spon­sor­ing, ful­fill­ing, admin­is­ter­ing, adver­tis­ing or pro­mot­ing this give­away, and their respec­tive par­ent, sub­sidiaries, and affil­i­ates and each of their respec­tive offi­cers, direc­tors, mem­bers, employ­ees, agents and sub­con­trac­tors (col­lec­tively the “Released Par­ties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and lia­bil­ity, includ­ing but not lim­ited to neg­li­gence and dam­ages of any kind to per­sons and prop­erty, includ­ing but not lim­ited to inva­sion of pri­vacy (under appro­pri­a­tion, intru­sion, pub­lic dis­clo­sure of pri­vate facts, false light in the pub­lic eye or other legal the­ory), defama­tion, slan­der, libel, vio­la­tion of right of pub­lic­ity, infringe­ment of trade­mark, copy­right or other intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, prop­erty dam­age, or death or per­sonal injury aris­ing out of or relat­ing to a participant’s entry, cre­ation of an entry or sub­mis­sion of an entry, par­tic­i­pa­tion in this give­away, accep­tance or use or mis­use of prize. Entrant agrees to indem­nify, defend and hold harm­less the Released Par­ties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and lia­bil­i­ties (includ­ing rea­son­able attorney’s fees) aris­ing out of or relat­ing to an entrant’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in this give­away and/or entrant’s accep­tance, use or mis­use of prize, includ­ing, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, lia­bil­ity for per­sonal injury, dam­age, or loss.


Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is man­ag­ing this Twit­ter Party. Indi­vid­ual co-hosts are receiv­ing com­pen­sa­tion for their par­tic­i­pa­tion. All prize ful­fill­ment is the respon­si­bil­ity of the sponsor.

So, we all in agreement?
You can't beat #FannieMay4Holidays!! 

C U There Beautifuls!!