A couple of weeks ago the girls got together, this time at mom’s house, and made tamales. My mother had not made tamales for many years we had never made tamales growing up. My grandmother made all of her Mexican dishes from scratch….tortillas, rice, beans, tamales, etc. When I reminisce about my grandmother I remember when walking into her home being hit by the delicious mouth-watering smell of her food…..and then of course getting in line to get some!
My mom has really been wanting to get us all together and try out grandma’s recipe so that is exactly what we did! Now there is A LOT of work that goes into making tamales from scratch. Mom purchased already prepared masa (the dough) for us – which really cut out some time for us. Mom also had prepared the pork in advance (with the help from dad) so that when we all got together we could spend all of our time putting the tamales together.
It was the weekend before Valentine’s day and aunt Laura spoiled both Jensen and Ella with Valentine’s day gifts. Here are some pics of the girls with all of their goodies!! Thanks aunt Laura, you are the best!!
Our original plan was to meet early in the morning to put the tamales together (which we did), cook the tamales and then divide them up. Well, by about 1PM we had the tamales cooking but it was going to be at least a few more hours before they were done. We did pull one of the tamales out a little early and each of us took a bite. Boy were we impressed with ourselves!! No it wasn’t quite done, the pork was cooked though, but we could tell that they were going to be fabulous!! We decided it would be better to meet as a family the following weekend for Mom’s birthday and have a tamale lunch. Each of us brought a side dish, rice, beans, chile con carne, dessert, etc to go with our tamales. Here some pics from our yummy meal! Too bad smell can’t be included! 😉
And because it was Mom’s birthday we surprised her with a romantic couples massage and spa package! She was soooo excited! Happy birthday Mamasita!!
Also, Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mother-in-Law, Terri!! You are an amazing, caring, generous and loving mother and grandma!!