Holiday traditions

Living away from my hometown has made me appreciate and miss our traditions. Specifically, I miss the food! I believe it is safe to say that New Mexicans eat posole during the holidays. What is posole you ask? Let me explain.

Posole can be described as a soup, with the ingredients varying depending on the person (or family) you are speaking with. However, it will have hominy. Hominy is a food that’s made of maize kernels. IF your local store has a Hispanic population, you might find hominy in a section with other Hispanic foods. It will probably be in a can. If you have a larger Hispanic population, there will be other options (frozen, for instance). Continue reading

Officially in the Christmas spirit

I am so ready and excited for Christmas! I have caught the Christmas spirit this year. Plus, I bought a really good gift for my husband and I can’t wait to see him open his present.

Work has been hectic this past month. People are really stressed out! One guest couldn’t find ornaments in the color he wanted and he was almost in tears when he asked me for help. Another customer actually started crying in the store when she found out we were out of the fake tree she wanted. We sold her the display (which we technically don’t do for another week). I’m not going to share my encounters with jerks, but the encounters did occur. Continue reading

My first batch of holiday cookies

This time of year calls for a cookie making party! My friend and I used to make sugar cookies every December. We would cut out shapes of trees, snowmen, stars, and the classic circle. Then we would decorate the cookies with her son and he would make cookies for Santa.

Our cookie making plan would take a couple days, as we would start when she would get out of work in the evening. We would make the dough and bake probably around 4 batches or so. I remember we would always be so tired by the end of the day. We would have to make coffee or eat the cookies to have more energy. One year it felt like we made hundreds of cookies. Continue reading

Ski time

Ski season has arrived! People are really excited about this winter because many places are supposed to see above average precipitation. This will really come in handy for those places that are in severe droughts. Bring on the precip.

Before thanksgiving, my friends and I started getting our gear ready by doing the one thing that means ski season is here. Wax party! No that doesn’t mean we all went out and got bikini waxes. That means we all got together and waxed our skis/snowboards for our first outing on snow.

The first waxing party is always full of excitement. People show off their new setups and talk about weather forecasts and new terrain. We all pray for powder days. Continue reading

How to get there

City life is fast paced and never stops. If you need a break, I can tell you where to get away from it all. I’ll tell you where you can have a break without being in the middle of no where and enjoy some of the best local food around.

Drive north until you enter a valley that’s pink and brown, with hints of green and a gorgeous blue sky. You will feel a sense of calm as you enter the valley. The business of the city disappears and standing before you is a sense of relaxation. There is nothing to do today that can’t be done tomorrow. So enjoy the sunset.

You’ll start to enter the small town and see clues of a big city, but it never forms. There’s local fast food and hardware stores, plus amazing restaurants and remnants of businesses. Get some donuts if your interested. But that’s not where these directions lead. Continue reading