My first attempt at making semita de piña

My first attempt at making semita de piña

This was my first attempt at making semita de piña, a pastry common in my birthplace of El Salvador. I’ll be honest here. It looks much better than it tastes, but as we say in Spanish: “se deja comer.” I did however, thoroughly enjoy the process-from making the fresh pineapple jelly to kneading the dough to assembling the semita-all the while listening to great music on Pandora and dancing. I could just imagine hearing my mother in the background, “Quedate quieta Magaly!” Sorry mami, but dancing is my thing!

I have to get some rest now. I have big day at the Urban Garden Center. It’s Agricultural Day! Happy Friday my friends!

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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