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All Latinos With Big Families Will Understand The Emotional Rollercoaster That Is Hosting Thanksgiving

We all know what is going to happen next week. Every cousin, aunt, uncle, and stranger your family has ever met will be gathering in one house for Thanksgiving. It’s cool and all to have that happen but there is always a downside to that many people being under the same roof for that long. Here is just some of the stuff that is bound to go down when your familia is hosting the big meal.

Before anyone even shows up there will be air mattresses everywhere.

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Your mom probably went to Target and bought every last one. It’s fine except you can’t get anywhere in the house without tripping over them.

Everyone manages to arrive at the same time and you spend hours greeting everyone.

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You might ask yourself: “When did my family get so big?” The answer is that you family gets bigger every week and it just doesn’t make sense anymore. PS — you might also ask yourself: “Who are all these people?”

You realize that it’ll be a fight to keep your room.

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Mainly because you know that your tíos with the new baby get dibs on all fully furnished rooms.

Let’s not even talk about the chaos that is going to the bathroom.

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Everyone always has to pee at the same time and it is just one big mess. If Gloria spends another 30 minutes in there, you’re going to lose it and then you’re the one in trouble.

Inside you are feeling a little like this:

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Nothing gets your blood boiling like when your cousin starts using your shoes without asking and for no reason.

But outwardly you know it’s in your best interest to be like this:

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Calm. Poised. Collected. Not at all planning to sabotage the whole stay.

But, suddenly, things take a turn and you start to really enjoy everyone around you.

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Maybe it is the holiday spirit. Maybe it is the food. All you know is that you are finally enjoying yourself and that’s great.

Seriously. The party is lit AF and you are here for it.

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You: “No. I don’t mind listening to ‘Suavemente’ again for the fourth time!” And you actually mean that.

It isn’t long until some one busts out a guitar and then it is family karaoke time.

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You rarely know the words but you sway along anyway.

By the end of the family trip you are so in love with your family that you can’t stand to see them leave.

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And they will be back for Christmas and this cycle will repeat itself.


READ: 11 Things Only a Person From a Big Latino Family Will Understand

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From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole— 12 Latino Comfort Desserts To Get You Through This Weird Quarantine Season

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From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole— 12 Latino Comfort Desserts To Get You Through This Weird Quarantine Season

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Updated on May 13, 2020, originally published on November 20, 2019.

Sure, it’s summertime but there’s nothing wrong with tapping into the holiday season for some good o’l comfort food. Especially these days. Latinos don’t settle for just one dessert option, we have plenty to choose from and you best believe a few tías will bring different ones. From pastel de tres leches to churros and all the drinks that go with them, there are some wonderful treats in store. Yes, more often than not, a good cafecito will pair up perfectly with your postre, but how about a Mexican ponche? Or a Guatemalan Atol? We rounded up our fave cold-weather desserts for the summer that every Latino should whip up for quarantine!

1. Alfajores

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These soft, delicate and buttery cookies are held together by the addicting caramel sauce, an elixir of the gods; dulce de leche. This option goes perfectly with a good old cafecito and chisme. That sobremesa is sure to get lit with all that sugar pumping up the tías and abuelitas. 

2. Arroz con leche

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A foolproof winter classic. Arroz con leche is the ultimate Latino comfort dessert any time of year tbh. Try it calientito with a good amount of cinnamon and raisins. Provecho!

3. Buñuelos —Colombianos and Mexicanos

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The Colombian iteration isn’t quite a sweet treat as it’s filled with cheese, but the addition of brown sugar, butter and tapioca make it a dessert in our book. As for the Mexican version, they’re usually made during the winter holidays. Mexican Buñuelos are made of fried dough, covered in cinnamon sugar and if you’re not about fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar, idk what to tell you, there’s something wrong going on.  

4. Chocoflan

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Also known in Mexico as ‘Impossible Cake’, this delicious mass of goodness combines two great things into one god-sent hybrid. If you love flan, but would also like to have a slice of chocolate cake, Latina moms everywhere say; “¿Por qué no los dos?” The rich dense chocolate, topped with creamy vanilla flan, drizzled with a thick layer of cajeta is, quite literally, what dessert dreams are made of. 

5. Churros

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There’s something so satisfying when biting into a warm, doughy, crunchy and sugary churro. You can find these delicious treats all over Latin America, and they’re particularly yummy when paired with a cup of hot chocolate! Extra points if you stuff them with cajeta or chocolate. 

6. Flan

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Almost every Latin American household will have its own version of flan. From Puerto Rico to Costa Rica and everywhere in between, Latinos love flan. The creamy vanilla-flavored concoction is basically irresistible. 

7. Natilla Colombiana

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This Colombian custard dessert is very traditional during Christmas, but we like to think that it’s also good at any time of the year. Natilla is a rich, custard-like dessert traditionally served alongside the deep-fried cheese buñuelos we told you about earlier. You’ll definitely have to forget about la dieta if you want to have this option. 

8. Suspiro de Limeña

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Its name literally translates to “Sigh of the lady from Lima.” This Peruvian dessert is definitely sigh-inducing. The creamy, caramel-like custard, topped with a Port flavored meringue is an extra sweet treat for this cold season. The dessert originated in the city of Lima, and it is said that it gained its name after a poet said it tasted soft and sweet, like the sigh of a woman.

9. Pastel de Tres leches 

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This quintessentially Latino cake is made with three types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk. This is definitely not for the lactose intolerant. The cake soaks up all these liquids, making it a super decadent treat. If you’ve never had this traditional Latino dessert, prepared to be delighted, and have the coffee pot a-ready. 

10. Ponche Navideño

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Traditional Mexican fruit punch is a hot, delicious concoction. Made with more than ten fruits including apple, tamarind, jamaica, tejocotes, raisins. This punch is spiced with cinnamon, clove, and piloncillo. It’s basically Christmas in a cup.

11. Camotes en dulce 

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Mexican candied sweet potatoes are a must. Día de los Muertos, on Nov. 1, marks the beginning of Camote season. ‘Camotes Enmielados’ is made of sweet potatoes, simmered in a cinnamon and piloncillo syrup. This dish makes for the perfect fall treat. 

12. Guatemalan Atol

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Made of ground corn, the flavors of this drink range from cinnamon to black beans to chocolate to cajeta. Guatemalan Atol, or Atole in Mexico, is a drink made differently in many countries of Latin America, but there’s one thing that remains the same everywhere, and that is that it’s a fall-winter staple you can’t miss out on.

Stuck At Home: Mamas Are Showing What They Do To Keep Their Kids Entertained While In Quarantine

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Stuck At Home: Mamas Are Showing What They Do To Keep Their Kids Entertained While In Quarantine

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The quarantine struggle, while entirely essential, is getting real. As the summer months grow nearer and the expectations of a lively summer outdoors with friends grow dimmer, we’re all having a hard time being forced to stay at home. No doubt, parents have it particularly hard.

This is especially true considering the fact that many of them are having to not only act as teachers but also has their kids’ sole entertainers.

Recently, we asked FIERCE readers how they are keeping it together while entertaining their kids, and the answers were not only hilarious but helpful!

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We need ideas! Help! 😅

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Mostly because so many of the mamas on our page have admitted that as tough as times are, they are managing to handle their kids in stride.

Check out some of their advice tips below.

Find a movie that’s their jam and put it on loop.

“Keeping Steven universe the movie on loop….I know every line now.” – heytymari

Netflix and play

“Legos, cars, coloring, play doh, Disney plus, Netflix, blow up pool, sprinkler, long baths, mud kitchen, and cooking with our three year old. The teens can take care of themselves.” –steeringthestrugglebus

Get into the back yard

“Lots backyard projects, water activities, vinegar/baking soda potions, kinetic sand… you name it we’ve done it! Gotta keep my 4 year old busy.” –  heymijita

Make slime

“Making bath bombs and slime!!!!! Basically arts and crafts!”- this_is_my_ig_yo

Getting them to contribute to the house can be helpful.

“Teaching how to do dishes, sweeping, mopping, baking, cooking with grandparents virtually, childrens podcasts, bike riding, playing games, watching movies as a family, science experiments, making slime.”- 2boldlatinas

Getting entertainment ideas from Pinterest

“Reading, Roblox, Tie-dying, painting, playing b ball, zoom with friends, laser tag, baking, and the rest of the ideas I get from Pinterest.” – natalianaomibrand

And if all else fails Quarantine is also the perfect time to teach your kid some Salsa moves.

“Mom of a almost 3 year old boy. It’s so hard to keep him entertained but we we try with some: dancing, signing, having him “shower” his toys, draw, play dough, bike and scooter outside, have him help me cook and clean, wrestle with his dad, (lmao) etc.” – niraarin