Over the years, I’ve dabbled in cooking Mexican recipes in an effort to make at home what we couldn’t easily find here in the Midwest. Along the way, I discovered Diana Kennedy’s amazing cookbook The Art of Mexican Cooking. I make her pan de muerto and rosca de reyes recipes every year. Her recipes have become a part of our family tradition. It’s a beautiful cookbook full of recipes as well as background and cultural information for each recipe or chapter. It’s a little bit like traveling Mexico through Kennedy’s eyes (or stomach).
This was a true case of making an effort to find the adventure in the field trip. We were driving through Nebraska on our way home from Colorado during the tail end of the Sandhill Crane migration.
Did we actually see any Sandhill Cranes on out Sandhill Crane walk? No. There were hundreds of cranes in the cornfields on either side of the road as we drove into the state park. We could hear their distinct trilling really well when we stepped out of the car, binoculars at the ready.
There are so many things I didn’t take pictures of on my trip to the Philippines. I had a film camera and I had to carefully ration my rolls of film. Even considering I used rolls of film, I still took far more photos than most people took on vacation. And I still didn’t take photos of things like teens using cellphones for texting instead of talking. It blew my mind then.
Notice the 2000-version of me is holding a 35 mm camera and NO cellphone.
It’s an innocent-looking cow isn’t it? Trust me; it’s more Chucky than cute. It was supposed to be motion activated and moo. Until that fateful moment when I pulled that battery’s protective slip out and it started working, I thought it would be the perfect decoration at an upcoming event. Continue reading →