Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade - A refreshing and delicious Summer drink

For those of you expecting a new TWD recipe today (semolina bread), we chose to forgo today’s recipe, due mostly to excessive heat, making the idea of turning on the oven an unappealing one to say the least. However, we may redo it at a later time if the weather cools down. Also, unlike some of our previous experiments, semolina bread is much more difficult to convert to gluten free. No gluten free substitute flour will taste exactly like semolina, or comes even close. Since the general TWD recipe line up calls for two participations per month, and July happens to have three this year, we felt it would be okay to sit one out. Since much of the US is suffering under an incredible heat wave at the moment, we thought a recipe for an ice-cold drink, would be a welcome substitute. Continue reading

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New Mexico in Bloom

New Mexico in Bloom - Prickly Pear in Bloom

All around us, everything is currently in bloom. Here in the high desert of New Mexico, this is such a brief moment in time that we had to capture it and share it with you. In reality, it is just another excuse to play with our fabulous,  but slightly preowned cameras.

For all the foodies amongst you, don’t worry, you have not been forgotten, our next gluten free recipe will be posted tomorrow.  Brownies anyone? Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day - Red  Blaze Rose

Happy Mother’s Day!

Just wanted to share some of the flower images from our garden. Here in the high desert of New Mexico, we especially appreciate seeing the first flowers emerge, perfuming the air with their scent. Continue reading

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air - Pear Blossoms

The last couple of weeks were filled with delving deeper into the world of photography, hence our brief absence from posting.  Since we upgraded to digital SLR cameras, a steep learning curve awaited us, and we decided to participate in several workshops offered by creativelive.com up in Seattle. It also helped that Seattle is one of our all time favorite cities. If you have never heard of this terrific outfit, check them out. Their classes are free when you participate online during a live event, and can also be purchased for download at a very affordable price. The latter is definitely recommended, to allow for later review of the study materials. Creativelive has  attracted a host of well-known experts in their respective fields, and the instruction offered is truly outstanding. As you can tell, we love Creative Live, and cannot say enough good things about them. (But just for posterity’s sake this is just our own personal opinion, we do not receive any compensation for saying this.) Continue reading

Welcoming Spring with a Delicious Mango Smoothie

Welcoming Spring with a Delicious Mango Smoothie - Daffodils

Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.

 Kahlil Gibran

In the High Desert of New Mexico, after a long cold winter, everyone longs for Spring. What a welcome sight. Trees blooming, the first flowers bravely emerging from the desert floor, birds building their homes. Even with all the wind, nature follows its own plan. This season has inspired poets to be reinspired and to pen their thoughts.

We wanted to welcome Spring with a delicious smoothie recipe and share some of the delights found in our garden, accompanied by some favorite poems. Continue reading