Celebrate Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day is the 12th day of Christmas, typically celebrated in Spain and Latin-American countries.  I made crowns with the girls on Wednesday leading up to the day and started talking about the day.  Ryan ordered a Rosca de Reyes cake.

img_3170 Thursday night Iola lined up our boots by the back door for the Kings to leave gifts in – similar to Santa leaving gifts in stockings hung up by the chimney.  We woke up to our boots filled with gifts!  Iola received a pair of socks, orange jello, M&M’s, and lemon gum.  Frida got a dinosaur balloon and a pear.

Thursday we picked up the Rosca de Reyes cake from a Mexican Bakery in Portland.  The shelves were filled with boxed cakes.  The smell of the cake teased us the rest of the day Thursday.  It smells so good!

We found a nice little Mexican bakery – 5 de Mayo Panderia,8416 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 9722

 

Our friends came over to eat the Rosca de Reyes cake with us.  Traditionally the Rosca de Reyes has a baby Jesus doll hidden inside of it.  Ours had three hidden in it!  Iola found the first little Jesus in her piece.  The cake is the shape of a “O” – or looks like a crown or wreath.

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Happy Three Kings Day!

-Carrie

Eat your heart out in a pie eating contest!

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Clean face ready to dig in and eat some cherry pie

Siren, Wi has an annual pie eating during their Summerfest.  And this year after googling ‘How to win a pie eating contest,’ I decided to enter.  My competition was a 60 year old woman and 5 men.  Ryan gave me some pep talks because I told him I was just going to casually eat the pie.  Ryan told me to give it my all and that’s what I did.

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Getting ready to eat pie!

We were able to choose our pie flavor.  We had the choice of peach, blueberry and cherry.  Ryan and I strategized and decided peach would be the least messy.  I ended up choosing cherry at the last minute because I decided that cherries would go down faster with less chewing.

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Fierce competition.

The pies were set in front of each of us and we had a full minute to see who could eat the most.  I finished my filling and started in on the crust.  The guy next to me ate more of his crust than I did and he won.

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Cherry pie – gone!

See all the action in the video Ryan took:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Pwk8H3h9k