Friday, December 18, 2015


TIJERAS  It's a town. It's a canyon. It's an avenue. It is pronounced tee-HAIR-us and literally means scissors in Spanish. I think the naming of the canyon came first because of the sharp angles in the cut between the Sandia and Manzano Mountains east of Albuquerque. The town of Tijeras is located in Tijeras Canyon. Tijeras Avenue runs east to west with a segment west of UNM to I-25 and a segment west of Broadway to 14 St. Downtown. This photo is Tijeras Ave. at 5th St. headed south.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Snow on the mountain, sun in the sky

New Mexico at its winter best! I love it all year 'round. The temperature is a little nippy today, but the sunshine is delightful! Put on your hat and gloves and go for a walk. This photo is taken in Placitas about 2.5 miles east of I-25.

Taos and other NM skiing open!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Snowy day, Green Chile Stew

We still have lots of snow on the ground and a cold wind blowing through Placitas. This would be a good day for green chile stew!

My favorite way to make Green Chile Stew: brown 1 pound ground turkey in a large, heavy saucepan. add 2 or 3 cloves of finely diced garlic and continue browning until the garlic is soft. Add 2 or 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced in large chunks. Add enough water to cover potatoes (just barely). Cover and cook until the potatoes are cooked, but not mushy. Add one pound of frozen chopped green chile and simmer until the kitchen smells great and you're really hungry! Salt to taste and add a bit of dried oregano, if desired. Serve with sliced or grated yellow cheddar cheese on top and hot homemade flour tortillas on the side. Yum!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Best breakfast food every invented---huevos rancheros. WHEY-vos ranch-AIR-os. Literally, ranch eggs. Fried eggs on a corn tortilla smothered with chile (red or green or both) topped with cheese (melted) and served with pinto beans (no, not black beans) and hash browned potatoes. I strongly recommend scrambled eggs and green chile.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Speak New Mexican! Placitas is pronounced pla-SEE-tus.The sign in the photo below is located on Highway 165 east of I-25. Take exit 242 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe and head up the hill.
The sign reads: The Sandia Mountain have been occupied by human beings for thousands of years. This area was settled by 1767, when Governor Pedro Fermin de Mendinueta made the land grant known as La Merced de San Antonio de las Huertas. The area is called "las placitas" because it contains several villages, also know as "plazas." Descendants of the stockmen and farmers who first settled the grant still live in the vicinity.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hi and welcome to my blog! I'm excited to share ideas about how to Speak New Mexican, how to enjoy traveling and hanging out in New Mexico, and ideas about buying, selling, owning, renting decorating, gardening, and loving property in New Mexico. Here is one of my favorite New Mexico cottonwood (Populus wislizeni) trees!