Making Our Own Traditions as a Couple

Growing up, my boyfriend & I had different family traditions & experiences because we came from two distinct backgrounds. Fred grew up watching Mexican soccer with his father. You know the kind: goooooooooaaaaaaaaaal. I, on the other hand, vividly remember sitting on the couch watching the Olympic Games with my dad. I always rooted for Australia & the United States. Although Fred & I come from various ethnic backgrounds, we've established our own traditions from food to music to sports.

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* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Ragu. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

We've been together just shy of four years which means this is our first summer Olympics as a couple. I grew up as a big Olympic fan & was excited to share that part of my life with Fred. We watched the Opening Ceremony together & I felt like I was holding back tears the entire time. There was a mix of nostalgia, memories, hopes of the future & what's to come.

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In celebration of the Olympics & nearly four years together, we set up a little around the world snack platter to try out some goodies from all over the globe. Our feast included my easy vegetarian dinner, Penne Pasta with Veggies, with rainbow penne pasta, broccoli, & mushrooms, topped with Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce* from USA.

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We had roasted seaweed from Korea, & washed it down with some fizzy soda from Mexico. For dessert, we had a little mix of hazelnut cookies from Turkey & vanilla sandwich cookies from Japan. We washed it down with coffee from Germany. It was a sport & food-filled delight.

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That's what homestyle means to me. It means quality ingredients, food made with love, laughter around the table, & memories you can hold close for years to come. As I'm making the switch to eating more consciously, I can appreciate that Ragu Homestyle Sauces come with no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, & no high fructose corn syrup. 

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Everyone has a different idea of homestyle. Fred's version is comfort food, something that makes you feel better no matter what type of day you're having. Although these homestyle characteristics may vary per person, they still shine through all across the world, no matter where you're from. That's what makes this world such a beautiful place. We all have our own traditions & we can grow up continuing to establish our own.


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We enjoyed the afternoon together switching between watching men's soccer & women's rugby. We had food in our belly & warmth in our hearts. We've reached a point in our relationship where we've been together long enough to identify habits & create traditions. I can only hope four years from now, we'll be able to watch the next Olympics & enjoy some delicious food & memories together.

What does homestyle mean to you? What traditions are you creating? :]

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51 comments

  1. Carmen,
    This is such a fun post! I love that you enjoy the Olympics... me too! I got teary watching opening ceremony! how fun to eat all different kinds of foods! Your pasta looks yummy!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

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  2. Stephanie HartleyAugust 8, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Me and my partner are at almost four years together too and I wish we could watch the Olympics together this year but we don't have a proper TV at the moment and so we can't. We both love it and it's so disappointing!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  3. I love how you bring different cultures together through food, you're my kind of girl!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  4. I love the idea of making your own traditions together xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  5. Rachel Vogt (Rachel Vogt TrendAugust 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Look delis.
    xoxo, Rachel
    http://www.rachelvogttrends.com

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  6. What a fun post! Thank you for sharing. New traditions are so wonderful to create with your loved ones. Wishing you a beautiful week!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  7. I loved how you brought all those different countries in a meal! Since I'm French and my husband Canadian we definitely created a mix of North American/European tradition at home. It's pretty interesting :)
    Have a great week.
    xx
    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

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  8. I love that you're making your own traditions! That dish looks so good!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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  9. Aww so cute that you could enjoy watching the Olympics together and start your own tradition together. The pasta looks yummy - especially love all the veggies! ;)

    Erica
    http://pumpsandpushups.com/take-these-three-steps-everyday-for-a-better-summer-shape/

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  10. ooohh.. looks yummy! :D

    Have a great week!

    Animated Confessions

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  11. How yummy! It is great to create new traditions :)

    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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  12. I love this post Carmen! My husband and I have very different backgrounds as well and it's so special to share them with one another. It sounds like the two of you are creating wonderful memories and traditions of your own that you can carry on for years to come!

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  13. Love the traditions and yummy food pictures. A mix of different styles are always the best dishes :)

    Stephanie | www.stephykeung.com

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  14. Yum, I never thought of combining pasta with seaweed but why not? Ragu is such a household name when it comes to pasta sauce. It looks delicious and makes me crave pasta now! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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  15. I totally agree with creating traditions with your own family. It's always nice to incorporate a few from past family traditions. I'm a big comfort food fan myself and pasta is a big hit in my house. I've never tried Ragu before but can appreciate that it doesn't have any artificial flavours. I'll have to look at it next time I grocery shop!

    xoxo
    Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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  16. Sounds like a great relationship :) And mmm the pasta looks delicious! Love the little pots of succulents too!

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  17. Me and my fiance try to make our own traditions, it's so fun!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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  18. I love how every piece of your meal was from a different place! the pasts looks SO yum! I hope you guys had a good time watching the opening, I was very impressed :) (im brazilian :D)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  19. I love the mix of cultural food you got there, from Italian to Korean, and cookies from Japan! Exactly my idea of comfort. Ragu is one of my favorite brand for sauce, the alfredo is my favorite.

    Selene Addicted

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  20. This is such a sweet post; I love the concept of creating new traditions to enjoy with each other now that you've been together for so long :) The food looks delicious too!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  21. I love Ragu.
    My family has created so many new traditions since having kids. On Christmas eve, I bake a gingerbread house from scratch and of my own design (it is new every year), then we spend the night decorating it. Such fun!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  22. marie from heartfelt huntAugust 9, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    such a cute post - i truly enjoyed reading it! thank u so much for sharing!!!

    xoxo,
    marie

    www.heartfelthunt.com

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  23. aaaww I exactly know what you mean about different backgrounds with our partner. I love how you made this penne! It looks so healthy! YUM!

    Thenewgirl.me

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  24. When two people from different background meet, it is all about creating a common tradition for them. Definitely love that y'all doing that and that food is yummy. That sauce looks like a good one, Carmen. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  25. Such a nice way to blend different cultures!!
    Everything seems delicious!
    Your blog is so nice! Followed!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  26. Carmen Jny (carmitive)August 9, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    This is such a great idea! I love to get to know other cultures and to combine them is even more amazing :)
    xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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  27. It's seem so tasty!

    Kisses, DadieB. ~
    dadiebradshaw.com

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  28. How yummy! Hope you had a wonderful time :)

    XO Jenn

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  29. I think it's sweet you and your boyfriend are making your own traditions. My boyfriend and I don't have many traditions even though we've been together for almost 3 years. Perhaps we should cook our own food together haha <3

    xx   B A S H   |   go   say     H E Y   B A S H

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  30. Traditions come in time, & sometimes you don't even realize it's a tradition until later. :]

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  31. Exactly. It makes like more interesting. :]

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  32. Absolutely. A common tradition is the perfect way to put it. :]

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  33. Thanks! It's very minimal & packed with veggies. So good. :]

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  34. I want a from-scratch gingerbread house. That sounds like so much fun! :]

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  35. I haven't tried Ragu's alfredo. Must test it out. :]

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  36. It's definitely an interesting & fun process to make them up as you go. :]

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  37. Can't go wrong with some succulents. :]

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  38. The seaweed was more of an appetizer to the pasta but was tasty nonetheless. You're right about Ragu being a household name for pasta sauce. :]

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  39. It really is. Together you can create even more memories because of those traditions & cultural backgrounds. :]

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  40. Girrrrllll, I'm all about those veggies. :]

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  41. Oooh that sounds fun ( & delicious, I bet). :]

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  42. I totally understand. It's extremely hard to watch the Olympics. I wish it was more available to see!!

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  43. I just love the Olympics. It's the only time I'm into sports. :]

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  44. Yeah, Ragu's new line is awesome because it's super minimal. Totally agree about incorporating past traditions. :]

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