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

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
Sour dough, or any white breadSmall Cucumber sandwiches

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

Pancakes “German” Pancakes 😋 💕

My most favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I enjoy traveling mostly for the fact, that I get the chance to try something new and special from the region. Some what like, the scene in the movie “ My Cousin Vinny” when they ordered grits for the first time with their breakfast. Who knew it was corn!!??

German pancake

And when I am home, I am always ready to try new recipes, like the German pancake, that actually looks like a giant pastry. Super easy to make, and delicious. The most important fact about making them, is that you pour the batter in one dish and bake it. There is no waiting and pouring individual pancakes for hours. And that is one main reason this pancake is a great breakfast for big family get togethers, and easy to make for special days like Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.

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  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons butter

A 9X13 baking dish. Preheat the oven at 425°, bake for 27-30 minutes.

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Persimmons and pomegranates

Two amazingly beautiful fall fruits that not many of us have enjoyed eating them.

They are both covered in a thick outer skin that protects the beautiful seeds in the pomegranate,and the sweet some what chewy inside of a persimmon, making them some what puzzling as to how to cut into one. Both fruits are packed with nutrients, and are used in making sauces or are dried for use in cooking.

Fuyu persimmons
Fall fruits
Pomegranate & persimmon

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