Upon our return from Granada, we spent another couple of days in Sevilla visiting family and relaxing.

Below are a couple of shots of my tita’s in Sevilla.

Abuela Rora
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Tita Maria, Tita Carlota, Abuela Rora
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I’m disappointed that I can’t find the photos of my Tita Manolita.  She is another sister of my tita’s above with a wonderful heart.  She helped my mother and aunt during the last day’s of my grandfather over a year ago. We are excited that her daughters, my mother’s cousins, are visiting us with their families in the States this year.  I can hardly wait!

Spring is a great time to be in Spain.  The weather is perfect and you can catch many fairs going on throughout the country including many religious holidays.

During the month of May, Las Cruces de Mayo is celebrated.  Religiously, the festival is rooted in the search by the Byzantine Empress Saint Helena for the cross on which Jesus died, but the popular traditions connected to the festival certainly originate from pagan traditions brought to Spain by the Roman Empire.  In light of Las Cruces de Mayo, throughout the city you will frequently see many children carrying miniature crosses on float type displays.  The children, usually with an adult tagging along, will carry it around the block.

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As cute as this is to see, it almost seems to me as a way to prepare their children for what awaits them when they get older, La Semana Santa.  Knowing that many of these traditions are rooted in pagan traditions, I’m not to keen on them.  Just my feelings!  I’d rather catch a flamenco show and eat some traditional Spanish food!
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ensaladilla rusa
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empanadilla de atun
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After visiting cousins, we hit the beach!  Chipiona!!

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Chipiona has history in our family.  My Tita Carlota purchased the chalet a block away from the beach when my mother was a tiny thing.

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My mami used to spend her summers on the beach eating freshly picked mulberries and tagging along with my tita’s as they fetched fresh raw milk and bought live chickens that my Abuela Rora would cull in the kitchen for La Merienda (Dinner).  My mami called Chipiona her refuge, her place of peace as she would run up sand dunes and swim for hours.  Wow… Times have changed.  However, when I was little I also have the memories of tagging along with Abuela Rora and buying live chickens for dinner.  Ha!  I may just bring that memory back!!

So we all have our treasured memories of Chipiona and now my children will as well!

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My nephew Xavier mowing down on Mejillones (mussels).  He called them, “His Favorite!”
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I’m so glad that my Tita Carlota was able to spend a couple of days with us!
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Seafood/Shellfish in Chipiona and San Lucar are the best!!!
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How cute is my nephew Ezra!!
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Zekie’s model pose!
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Ice Cream!!
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Churros!
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I even ate some snails!

Although Chipiona is packed with people during the summer time, it’s a small town and quiet during the rest of the year.  It’s a town where everyone pretty much knows everyone.  As soon as we got there, we had half the town stop by to say hi to Carloti and her family.  It’s a special feeling as it makes you feel as though you belong there.

One of our most favorite breakfast treats to eat in Chipiona, is manteca colorá.  Believe it or not, it’s seasoned rendered pork fat that is smothered on toast and sprinkled with honey or sugar.  Unbelievably good!!

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My family swears by it and will not eat it from anywhere else.  The person who makes it is the town carnicero (butcher) and a family friend!  His wife Meji and their children have been friends with ours since I can remember.  So it was so much fun visiting his booth at the plaza where he GAVE ME HIS RECIPE!!!

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Showing me how to slice the back fat.
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I’m still waiting for my back fat from a local family farmer.  As soon as I get it, I’ll share with you the recipe!  So…. that was how we spent our time in Chipiona.  Relaxing!!
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I’m so glad I was able to share with you my time in Spain!  You can definitely look forward to a recipe for manteca colorá in the future.  Also, look forward to a very special giveaway!

Until then, have a great weekend!

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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