Leap Day and the beginning of March—what a week!

I love the start of a new month. My roommate senior year of college got me hooked on saying “rabbit, rabbit” first thing on the first of every month. Saying “rabbit, rabbit” is supposed to bring you good luck. I have tried to remember to say it since then, but I usually forget. Whenever I share this tradition with someone, they never know what I am talking about, but I promise it is a thing!

I have always been a believer in superstitions. I never discuss my dreams before breakfast. I always have water by my bed at night. And I always knock on wood. My mother taught me and my siblings these traditions that we now carry with us as adults. I know they are likely silly traditions, but I would not dare to break them. Superstitions can be fun and in a strange way create a bond with others who also adhere to the same superstitions. The superstitions I mentioned are just a few I grew up with—some honorable mentions include the superstition of the evil eye in Mexican culture and tossing a pinch of salt over your left shoulder after spilling salt. Did you grow up with any superstitions? Do you still adhere to them?

Lastly, I should have more time on my hands this month, which means more cooking! Be sure to subscribe to Uno Mas Paloma at the bottom of this page so that you don’t miss out on anything!

This Week’s Favorites:

1. Pan Dulce

This past Saturday called for pan dulce with my coffee! When I was little I used to go with my mom every weekend to get pan dulce and a Mexican coke. We loved going to the different panaderias to try the pan dulce and see all the other little goodies the bakery sold, which usually included different figurines and piñatas. Such sweet memories associated with this sweet bread! 🙂

2. Ash Wednesday

My favorite Ash Wednesday Homily

I have attended Ash Wednesday mass at the same church for a few years and the priest always shares a funny story—apparently one year his father gave up smoking for Lent and became unbearable to be around. When his father went to confession, the priest told him to start smoking. AKA Lent shouldn’t be about torturing yourself and those around you.

My favorite Ash Wednesday Description

Last Ash Wednesday I was in London with my family and the missalette for the mass had a description of Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday is the first day of the season of Lent. This is a time of preparation, characterized by penitence, fasting, and prayer, in which the Church prepares for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection in Holy Week and at Easter. However, it soon became a time of preparation for all Christians. We mark this day, therefore, to begin the journey of forty days, with our eyes fixed on Good Friday and Easter.

My favorite Ash Wednesday Gospel

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning, he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. Now, what do you say?’ They said this to test him so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, ‘No one, sir.‘ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’ John 8: 1-11

3. These New Bed Sheets

Wayfair Basics 1800 Series 6 Piece Sheet Set

If you are looking to buy new bed sheets that are affordable these are perfect! They are under $30 and so soft! We got two sets in gray! We love them!

4. This Target Headband

For some reason, my hair always looks better when I wear a headband. Especially, this Braided Hard Headband from Target, which is only $10! I wore this headband all weekend—it made my natural curls look so much better!

5. Sunday Night Dinner

This past Sunday, Gregg and I made dinner at home—filet mignon with mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and steamed broccoli. I also made my pico de gallo recipe to add some spice! We turned down the lights and lit some candles. A lovely romantic dinner at home.

6. This Outdoor Side Table

We bought this Broyhill 23″ Galvanized Metal Nesting Table for our balcony. Once our balcony is entirely done I will share more, but for now, I will say that this side table is the perfect size for a balcony, looks great, and is only $40. If you have a larger space, you could get this side table and the larger version of it, and style them as pictured below!

Thanks for joining me for another Weekly Recap! If you make one of my recipes or share one of my favorite things tag @unomaspaloma on Instagram and hashtag it #unomaspaloma!

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