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Mabel’s Cranberry Apple Crumb Pie

Submitted by on November 24, 2016 - 8:00 am

Growing up, a very dear family friend, Mabel Garis, always made a special dessert at Thanksgiving time. It was her amazing Cranberry Apple Crumb Pie. A few years ago I asked her if she might reveal the secret recipe, and she kindly obliged. Today I’d like to share this deliciously sweet-tart recipe with you. I hope that you will enjoy it this Thanksgiving as much as I have, over the years.

3 cups fresh cranberries
3 cups coarsely chopped pealed apples
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. salt
whipped cream of vanilla ice cream

Combine first 3 ingredients
Turn onto a buttered 9″ pan
With pastry blender or finger tips blend together the remaining ingredients
Sprinkle on the fruit and bake for 1 hour at 350F

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Buen provecho!

4 Easy Tips for Flat Abs

Submitted by on August 1, 2013 - 11:00 am

Want flat abs? Watch this video for 4 simple tips.

Shield Yourself From Colds and Flu With Interval Training

Submitted by on September 11, 2012 - 6:02 am

Interval training – short, high-energy bursts of exercise interspersed with lower-intensity exercise – is fun and has loads of benefits. In addition to adding variety to your workout it also gets your endorphins flowing more quickly, which leaves you feeling amazing for the rest of the day. You burn more calories. Climbing hills (and stairs) is easier. You have better endurance, which makes you stronger and faster in every other form of cardiovascular activity.

Interval training – due to its intense qualities – yields a heightened immune response. In fact, people who exercise regularly build-up their immune system by creating a “shield” against colds and flu.

Another great benefit of interval training (and exercise, in general) is that you get younger. Yes, really. The benefits of exercise are profound and impact all aspects of your life. You sleep better. You wake up more refreshed. Your skin glows. Your digestion improves. Your attitude throughout the day becomes consistently positive. You have more ideas. You’re more creative. Overall, you’re healthy and well and more fun to be around.
The best part is that you can have all of this in as little as 30 minutes a day!

For groovin’ Latin musical inspiration Click Here to gain FREE access to my Cardio Latino Interval Training mp3 Workout!

Friendship, Gratitude & my iPhone

Submitted by on November 3, 2011 - 10:30 am

Friendship doubles joy and halves grief.
– Egyptian Proverb

I have to say that I have been blessed with amazing, lifelong friends. Some I met in grade school and some as an adult. No matter where, or how I met them, I feel so fortunate to have them all. Friendship really does make life fuller and helps when times are tough. I hope that you always feel surrounded by friends and that you are a good friend to many.

I recently found a great FREE app for my iPhone called “Thankful For”. It’s basically a little journal where you can post anything that you are grateful/thankful for. What’s great is that you can chose which notes are kept private and which get shared in a gratitude newsfeed. It’s super uplifting to read what others are thankful for, whether it be a sunny day, electricity or their favorite dessert.

Click Here & head on over to the Apple Apps Store to download your Thankful for app!

Let’s All Exercise!

Submitted by on July 13, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Here’s a special message for you from our friends over at Sesame Street…

ZICO Coconut Water

Submitted by on June 29, 2011 - 11:30 am

I spent much of my young adulthood visiting Latin America, where if I were traveling down a rubbly road, (in the middle of nowhere), or lying on a beach, I could most likely grab an “agua de pipa” (“drinking” coconut). A “drinking coconut” is much different from a coconut that you eat. You see, top, (or young, coconuts), are ready for use as drinking coconuts while to lower coconuts are fully ripe and ready for processing as copra for cooking /baking use).

This young coconut water has been revered as a natural source of nutrition, wellness, beauty and hydration, for over 4,000 years! Even in times of famine and war, coconut water was used as an intravenous fluid and saved many lives. It’s amazing to think that coconut water can be safely injected into the human blood stream, to increase glucose levels.  What’s even more amazing is that you don’t have to go to Latin America, or even a Latin American neighborhood, to get yourself some coconut water because, ZICO Coconut water has been packaged and shipped to a retailer near you.

ZICO is delicious! It now comes in 7 flavors: natural, mango, lima citron, pineapple, pomberry, passion fruit and CHOCOLATE! I have tasted them all, and they are great!  “Natural” flavor taste exactly like the “agua de pipa” that I used to buy on the beach, from the man with his cooler slung over his shoulder. (Coconut water is best served chilled).

I love ZICO Coconut water because it’s like a natural sports drink. It provides carbohydrates and electrolytes, as well as hydration.  It’s COMPLETELY natural and an 11-ounce serving has only 60 calories.

Get muscle cramps when you exercise? Drink ZICO Coconut Water. It has more potassium* than a banana & 15 times more than most sports drinks. Drink ZICO before or during a workout for the natural energy you need for optimal performance. After a workout, ZICO replenishes and re-hydrates you, to speed recovery. What ever you do, DRINK ZICO!

ZICO is “the perfect, natural beverage to replenish and re-hydrate.”
Jennifer Lobo, co-owner of Bikram Yoga, New York.

To learn more about Zico Coconut Water Click Here.

*Potassium, one of the main electrolytes, is an essential element in the basic, everyday workings of the body. It plays a role in muscle growth and contractions, nerve cell function, and protein synthesis.

Looking Fly on the Fly

Submitted by on August 24, 2010 - 7:05 pm

We are all busy these days, in fact the current trend for responding to “How are you?” is “Busy”. But just because we are “busy” doesn’t mean that we need to forget about our appearance. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you look great whether you have 1 minute or ten.

Rápido Skin-Care Tricks:

Wash Wisely

Use a cream, versus gel cleanser, at night. The oil in the cream cleanser will dissolve dirt, sunscreen, waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick, in one pass. Not to mention, creams leave skin more moisturized, which is great while you sleep.

Streamline Your Creams

Instead of using a moisturizer, a sunscreen and a foundation try using a tinted moisturizer, which will moisturize, unify, tone and protect at the same time.

Make Your Own Facial

Facials are so good for the skin. They can improve the tone & texture of the skin and give you a healthy glow. If you “too busy” even book a facial mix some flour with a couple of egg whites and smooth onto your skin. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse. Your pores will be tightened and your face refreshed, in no time!

Rápido Makeup Tricks


Tus ojos (your eyes) are the focal point of your face, so don’t forget to play them up. For a quick pop spread a pale shade of a shimmery shadow onto your lids and create contrast with black mascara.

Brows, Ladies

If your eyebrows are groom then you look polished. In order to look super pulled together, (whether you are or not), make it to a salon for a professional brow shaping once a season and maintain the shape, as needed, at home.

Add a Pop of Color
Give your lips and cheeks a pop, with the same color. All you need is a red or pink lipstick, which you can use on both the lips AND the mouth. And remember to K.I.S.S-

Keep It Simple, Sexy!

Off to “The Happy Valley”!

Submitted by on August 1, 2010 - 3:30 pm

My son and I are off to “The Happy Valley” (the Pioneer Valley, in Western Massachusetts) this week. I really can’t wait to go. It’ll be a week filled with family fun. My brother, (in photo above), sister-in-law, nephew and my parents will be there. Not to mention that a few of my high school friends will be around. And I am really excited because I am going to have tea with a fellow La Buena Life member and blogger, Carrie ( It’ll be a great week!

I hope that you are all taking some time out to enjoy with your families this summer.
What are your special plans?

Ana Cabán, The Good Life Guru

Submitted by on July 18, 2010 - 5:00 am

La Buena Life 1 Day Retreat Video

Submitted by on July 8, 2010 - 9:23 pm

LA BUENA LIFE TV- Let’s be Frank

Submitted by on May 21, 2010 - 2:16 am

Ana Cabán gives us a taste of Let’s Be Frank, nitrate-free hotdogs.

LA BUENA LIFE TV- Pop Physique

Submitted by on May 6, 2010 - 1:00 am

Click Here to Visit Pop Physique or Click Here to Visit Prancing Leopard Organics

Stay tuned for more monthly webisodes.

Fabuloso Friday- Stay Tuned-Coming Soon La Buena Life TV!

Submitted by on April 30, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Please check back for more updates, or join my mailing list, (here or on

Tentación Thursday- What Next?

Submitted by on April 29, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Hola mis amigos,

I want to thank you again for all of your support of my adventures, with this website and in my life. I am excited to say that I have several projects in development, as we speak. Get ready for some changes, in the next few weeks.

Terrifico Tuesday-

Submitted by on April 27, 2010 - 10:30 am

I’ve been busy in NYC. Catch a glimpse of my mat class at Yamuna Studio and some of the beautiful Prancing Leopard Organic apparel, from their trunk show there.

Maravilloso Monday- Catching Up With Friends & Family

Submitted by on April 26, 2010 - 1:55 pm

The best part about coming to NYC is getting to catch up with my friends and family. Over the past few days I have been able to see my parents, brother, sister-in-law and nephew, plus friends. (I am actually about to go out to lunch with another friend). I have also had time to chill out with my son and just relax. Recharging my batteries is so important.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

Terrífico Tuesday- One More Day and I’m Off to The Big Apple!

Submitted by on April 20, 2010 - 3:00 pm

I’m looking forward to broadcasting to you from New York City!

Maravilloso Monday- Pre-Race Pasta Dinner Winner!

Submitted by on April 19, 2010 - 10:30 am

Ana announces the winner of dinner with her, in NYC, the evening before her first half marathon.

Fabuloso Friday- When a Child Is Adopted, a Mother is Born

Submitted by on April 16, 2010 - 10:30 am

19 months ago my husband and I sat outside of a hospital nursery waiting for our child to be born. You see, my son, Vincent, was adopted at birth. And it’s true, “when a child is adopted, a mother is born”.

A dear friend of mine just sent me an email announcing the launch of her friends’ website I loved this video, (the first in a series of webisodes), and wanted to share it with you all. There really is no love greater than that of a mother for her child. And as one of the mothers in the video states “Love trumps biology, any day of the week”.

I hope that you enjoy this video. Please share it with those who you think would benefit from this website. For more information please Click Here.

Tentación Thursday- Pilates Core Challenge

Submitted by on April 15, 2010 - 3:11 pm

¡Buenos días! I am off to the gym to do cardio and PIlates. So I decided that I’d gift one of my favorite Pilates DVDs, my Pilates Core Challenge. What I love about this programs is that 1. it was shot in beautiful and mystical Sedona, Arizona and 2. it offers you the opportunity to, (and challenge of), performing many of the Pilates exercises usually performed on equipment without the equipment. You use your own body weight as resistance. Get ready for a tough workout!

Here’s what one user had to say about it:

“I have been doing pilates for at least 5 years now and I was sick of doing the same tapes over and over. I recently discovered this workout on exercise TV on demand…then I ordered the DVD from Amazon. I LOVED IT! I am pretty in shape and I found this to still be challenging and a really good workout… It not only works your abs and core but your whole body…Ana Caban is a great trainer and I would recommend her beginner and intermediate pilates DVDS to start off.”

Danielle, Upstate NY

ONE Lucky La Buena Life Member will win this (autographed) DVD. For your chance to win please leave a comment in the box below. (Please submit comment by 7:00AM PDT, Thursday, April 22, 2010).

¡Buena suerte!

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