Fresh Pear Upside-down Cake

Fresh Pear Upside-down Cake

The original recipe for this week actually called for upside-down baby cakes made with rhubarb. Since we had neither baby cake pans nor rhubarb, we decided to change things up a bit.  Upside-down cakes are extremely versatile, allowing for easy substitutions, and are among our favorite cakes for this very reason. The other issue we ran into, looking at the original recipe, was the fact that it called for bourbon, not something we are particularly fond of. Continue reading

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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

Cherry Apple Crumble

Cherry Apple Crumble - Spring Flowers

The first day of Spring is one thing, and the first Spring day is another.

The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

Henry van Dyke

When most people think of Spring, especially half-way through the month of May, no doubt fresh flowers, birds nesting, and warm breezes come to mind. In most other places this would be true, however, the weather here in New Mexico is not usually so obliging, as we mentioned before in previous posts, talking about the ever present wind. Living in the High Desert usually means skipping over most of the Spring season entirely, heading straight from the depths of frigid Winter, to the blistering heat of mid-Summer, all in the short span of a month. Although we can, and often do, get a lot of snow in the Winter, the rest of the year is usually very dry, due mostly to the constant wind. Rain begins to take on an entirely new quality here. 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