How to use Saffron🥘

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Saffron crocus, from the Iris family, is a beautiful flower that produces Stigma, as we also know as saffron. The threads of saffron added to chicken or red meat produces a beautiful orange color, and sweet fragrance that makes any dish absolutely beautiful, and delicious. Since harvesting saffron is a difficult process, a small amount as little as .025oz can cost around $10.00. I have watched my grandmother, and mom cook with saffron all my life, and when I was little loved the responsibility of preparing saffron, by crushing it, and pouring it into a dish or adding it later for its color to chicken or rice.Preparing Saffron

Fortunately saffron is used in very small amounts, and a pinch (only 3-4 threads) is all you need for a platter of rice, and only a teaspoon for a pot of sauce. Saffron is high in antioxidants, helps depression, PMS symptoms, and helps with healthy vascular system.

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Saffron Rice

Hot Tea With More Flavor

Ginger, Honey, Lemon, Mint, candied Orange

It is easy just to brew a dark cup of tea, and before drinking it plain, add more flavor to it. Not just flavor, but also ingredients that can calm your stomach, calm your nerves and help you have a better day. I usually have a few things in the pantry, and depending on how I feel, I add to my hot tea : ginger, lemon (dry lemon) mint, honey, and sometimes crushed cardamom seeds for more flavor.
Crystallized ginger slowly melts in hot tea and adds more antioxidants, it is anti inflammatory , eases headaches & migraines, and lowers blood pressure. Adding lemon to your tea, can boost your immune system and increase your vitamin C intake. Honey is great for soothing a sore throat, and sweetening your tea naturally. Adding mint to hot tea reduces headaches, Improves immune system, and helps digestive system.
And my favorite candied orange slices, add natural sweetness, wonderful flavor, and vitamin C. Today, take a few minutes, and treat yourself to a hot cup of tea, any way you like It ☺️

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From Tree To Platter

Figs, feta cheese with balsamic glaze

Ten years ago my parents gave me a fig tree to plant in the back yard. It nearly died one year and bounced back, and grew to a 10 feet tree. I guess it needed time, getting used to the garden, and making friendships with the surrounding trees such as the dogwood, and the parade of squirrels, and birds, and the families of cardinals flying over, and landing on its branches.

Every year or so my fig tree, decides to offer me a few figs, and my goodness they are big, beautiful, and not too sweet. I get busy making salads, fig and peanut butter sandwiches, appetizers, and cook a few to top ice cream and pancakes. A few days ago I picked a few for a quick salad. Feta cheese and glazed balsamic. It was beautiful and delicious. Thank you my beautiful fig tree👩🏻‍🍳😘

Even rain didn’t stop me from picking these beauties 👩🏻‍🌾

Just to mention a few benefits of figs, beside being delicious : high in fiber, and antioxidants, high calcium helps with strong bones, keeping a healthy blood pressure and weight control. One interesting fact, fig trees have natural latex which some people might be allergic to.

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Cucumber Sandwich

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Coolest sandwich, and popular with any age group. Make these cute, healthy, easy, satisfying sandwiches for any occasion. High in fiber, calcium, easy on the digestive system, with added mint or basil, they are a healthy snack.

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Cucumber sandwiches with Greek yogurt Thinly sliced cucumbers, whole milk greek yogurt, mint or basil
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Healthy recipe with Lentils

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Healthy recipe with Lentils

This delicious legume cooked in water with a dash of salt is a power house of goodness added to your meal. It helps with a healthy digestive system, protects against diabetes, and high blood pressure. And I think it makes any rice or pasta beautiful as a side dish. Served hot or cold.

Lentils with rice Lentils cooked in salted water served with rice
Lentils with white riceLentils can be added to salad and pasta👍

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Petroglyph National Monument

Only a few minutes from Santa Fe plaza, and next to Santa Fe airport, this National park is absolutely amazing. Looking for a nice hike, early in the morning we drove a few miles to see history created by the Pueblo Indians. To describe this site with words doesn’t do it justice. We parked and walked to the base of several cliffs covered in volcanic rocks. Grass, and a carpet of beautiful wild flowers, bordering them almost framing each rock, so they can be visible from miles away. A brisk hike took us to a group of rocks covered in drawings. So vivid and clear as it was done recently. Images of birds, horses, lizards, and circle of life covered many of their surfaces. Some images were difficult to interpret, we did our best!!

From the very top of the cliffs the view of the open land is breathtaking, knowing it was created by lava pouring down from 6 volcanos almost 200,000 years ago traveling down for many miles and finally settling down creating cliffs, were we stood enjoying this perfect view.

I am looking forward to come back for the history, the view, and the hike that brought us to this unique place. A perfect place for the entire family.

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If you like the outdoors⛰

Farmers market

Traveling has its ups and downs, especially if you’re traveling with your family, I know this as a fact. One of my most favorite places to travel with my family, keeping in mind everyone’s favorite activities, is traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico. A place with great food, gorgeous views, beautiful weather, and entertainment. Almost every weekend in summer time there is a market specializing in Spanish art, Indian art, and contemporary arts. Plus having the choice to visit more than 100 galleries on Canyon Road and shopping for southwestern jewelry, made and designed by Native Americans. There is also hiking the beautiful Aspen Vista, and many more trails, only a few miles from Santa Fe plaza.

Aspen Vista (6 mile hike)

This beautiful city is easy to visit with family and little ones, since many hotels and restaurants are accommodating to families, and pets. Please remember when you are in Santa Fe, eat without restrictions, hike with plenty of water, and be open to spending money on art that you will cherish for a life time.

Petroglyphs site
Canyon road

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Museum Hill cafe

Fresh look with homegrown Flowers

I like having flowers in my house and most of all flowers from my garden. Cut flowers can get expensive, and sometimes don’t last very long, but having a few flowering plants can help you create beautiful arrangements. It makes me happy when I create small vases full of herbs, and blooms for every room in the house. From early spring to early summer. Purple pansies, star jasmine, primrose, daisies, gardenias, dahlia, and mums. I can’t Waite for more blooms popping their heads out this summer season.

Star Jasmine
Mums, & star jasmine
A beautiful bouquet of herbs and early summer blooms
Indoors next to my family photos
Pansies
Gardenias for the bathrooms
Lavender
Dahlia

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