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If Your Kitchen Looks Like This, You Are Definitely Turning Into Your Abuela

Simplicity doesn’t exist when it comes to your abuela’s house. Every room in her house has personal touches that can’t go unnoticed. If you were to take a tour through your abuela’s kitchen, it would look a little like this…

Hands down, abuela’s kitchen has the most character. You know you’re in her kitchen because of the comal that is always on the stove.

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And it seems like the longer it stays out on the stove, the better the tortillas taste.

Her stove is never complete without layers and layers of aluminum placed under every burner.

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The clean freak in her has to avoid the oil stains one way or another.

And because she’s more of a cook than a baker, this is what ends up happening to her oven:

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She doesn’t need an oven when she has a stove. The oven then becomes the ultimate storage facility.

As for kitchen necessities, something she always has on the counter is her molcajete.

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Homemade salsa and guacamole wouldn’t be same without this bad boy.

And right next to that, grandma always has this little salt shaker out on the table. But look closely. It isn’t abuela’s salt shaker without a few grains of rice.

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It might seem strange, but the rice actually absorbs moisture helping the salt last longer and preventing it from clumping up over time. #AbuelaHacks

As for dinnerware, your abuela can never have enough of these classic, color-trimmed bowls:

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She has these on deck.

But if there’s one thing that adds color and character to your grandma’s kitchen, it’s her fancy curtains.

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So. Much. Color.

Not a single wall in the kitchen is left plain. If it’s not one of these church or grocery store calendars that are pinned to the wall…

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And because abuela hates throwing things away, these accumulate year after year.

…Then it’s a painting of the Last Supper hanging on one of her walls. Or both.

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It’s either this or a saint.

The only thing that completes her fruit themed decor is a bowl of fake fruit on the table.

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To go with her fruit curtains and her fruit painting. So dangerous by the way. My cousin once choked on one of the plastic grapes.

But kitchen decor doesn’t stop there. Her oil and soap dispensers are dressed up in colorful lacy aprons.

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They have different outfits for every season.

One thing everyone can appreciate about abuelita is how much of a pro she is when it comes to recycling.

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She’s been using the same container for a decade.

And if there’s one thing you’re sure to find in your abuela’s cocina, it’s a stash of plastic grocery store bags somewhere in her cabinets.

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Most grocery stores no longer distribute plastic bags, but that’s not an issue for your sweet abuelita.


READ: This Restaurant Hires Abuelitas Instead Of Chefs


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This Powerful Story Got Everyone At The ESPYs On Their Feet

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This Powerful Story Got Everyone At The ESPYs On Their Feet

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“All I thought was that my son was going to be afraid of me.”

Air Force Master Sargeant Israel Del Toro was the recipient of the Pat Tillman Award for Service at this year’s ESPYs, and both his personal story and acceptance speech were some of the highlights of the night.

In 2005, while Del Toro was serving in Afghanistan, he was gravely injured when his Humvee rolled over an IED. The bomb exploded, leaving Del Toro with third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. After going into a coma, Del Toro was given a 15 percent chance of survival. He eventually emerged from the coma but was told he wouldn’t be able to walk or breathe without the help of a respirator.

Del Toro told ABC News that he took the news as a challenge: “Pretty much, I kind of felt they could go to hell.” Less than three months after his diagnosis, Del Toro walked out of the hospital and began his recovery. By 2010, Del Toro became the first 100 percent combat-disabled veteran to re-enlist in the Air Force, where he now works as an instructor and trainer.

During physical therapy, Del Toro discovered adaptive sports, and began competing in events such as the Invictus Games, which allow armed service personnel who are injured, sick, or wounded to compete in athletics. At the 2016 Invictus Games, Del Toro won a gold medal in shot put and silver medal in powerlifting.

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart introduced Del Toro to everyone at the ESPYs, describing him as “humble, kind and funny as hell.”  Stewart added: “He inspires not just by his story, but by the humility, humor and deep love of country and family that defines him.”

During his acceptance speech, Del Toro thanked everyone who helped him recover, including his physical therapist, his wife and his son. He revealed that one of his biggest worries was that his son, upon seeing the scars on his body, would be afraid of him. But he soon realized that his son just wanted his father to be home.

Watch the official ESPN clip of Del Toro’s speech:

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At 9-Years-Old, His Story Gave Us All The Feels. At 14, His Story Is Inspiring AF

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