Thirty-four years ago, this sweet beautiful little girl was born to me.                                                                              
                                     She has brought so much joy and happiness to my life.

                                                           Born in Boulder, Colorado

                                                Raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico


                                                        We survived the teenage years!!!

                                                       High School Graduation

                                           Desert Academy - Santa Fe, New Mexico

College Days - Hawaii Pacific University - with roommate Lindsay.  That was a tough start.  We flew
to Hawaii at the end of August 2001.  I went to all the parent orientations, set her up in her dorm room, enjoyed the sand and sun and then flew back to Santa Fe.  Eight days later, 9/11 happened.  I had a panicked child on an island in the middle of the Pacific and no way to get to her or get her off the island.  As you may remember, all flights were canceled for days after that tragedy.  We made it through, along with countless other parents and kids. She would end up graduating from Hawaii Pacific University and staying in Hawaii for nearly ten years - with many visits from Mom & Papa.

                  She met her husband Jason in Hawaii.  A musician and IT whiz  - we love him!

                            Together - they gave us the ultimate gift - our grandson.

                                                           The Payoff!!

So Happy Birthday my sweet, loving daughter!!!   Today she is spending her birthday helping to host a baby shower for a friend.


Rosca de Reyes

 Rosca de Reyes or King's Cake is traditionally baked on January 6th to celebrate the Christ Child and the arrival of the Three Wiseman, bearing gifts of gold and Frankincense and Myrrh.  A ceramic baby Jesus is baked inside the cake and whoever gets the figurine in their slice of cake is obligated to throw next years party.

 This recipe is from the cookbook Frida's Fiestas by Diego Rivera's daughter, Guadalupe Rivera, and is usually served with Mexican hot chocolate.

Rosca de Reyes
From "Frida's Fiestas"
Recipes and Reminiscences of life with Frida Kahlo
By: Guadalupe Rivera and Marie-Pierre Colle 1994

3 1/2 Cups flour
1 envelope active dry yeast, dissolved in 5 tablespoons warm milk
3/4 Cup sugar
7 eggs
4 1/2 ounces butter, softened
1/4 cup warm milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon anise seeds
3/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small porcelain doll
3 ounces dried figs, cut in strips
1/2 cup candied cherries (I left these off)
1/2 cup candied orange, cut in strips
1/2 cup candied lemon, cut in strips
1 beaten egg

Mound the flour on the counter or in a bowl and make a well in the center.  Fill the will with the softened yeast, sugar, eggs, butter, milk, and a pinch of salt, the cinnamon, anise, reasons and vanilla. Mix into a dough and knead for about 20 minutes until the dough pulls away from the center.  Shape the dough into a ball.  Brush it with softened butter, and place in a greased bowl.  Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for 2 1/2 - 3 hours, until doubled in bulk.

Place the dough on a floured surface, knead lightly, and shape into a ring.  Poke the doll into the dough and arrange the ring on a buttered baking sheet.  Decorate the ring with candied fruit and let it rise again for 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in bulk.  Brush with beaten egg, sprinkle with sugar, and bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until done.  You know the rosca is done when the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.

Photos By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Feliz Navidad Magazine - The Santa Fe New Mexican



I unpacked all my Christmas decorations for this shoot for the Feliz Navidad Magazine in October and then packed them back into their boxes.  Now I'm left feeling late to the party as I've only now set them all out again
The house is once again all glitter and sparkle and I'm gearing up for the festivities - not to mention all the baking/cooking that is yet to be done for Christmas Eve and Christmas Brunch.  Pardon the slight blur to these images.  I moved them over from a PDF and it didn't work as well as I thought it might.

Empanaditas are a favorite to serve during the holidays in the southwest.  I'll be making these pork and apple ones again along with a chicken/apple/cheese recipe:

Chicken & Apple Empanaditas


1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 granny smith apples
   peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 red onion - chopped
1 garlic clove - minced
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

your favorite pie dough

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F

Fry apple, garlic and onion in the butter until soft.  Add thyme, salt and pepper and chicken.  Allow
to cool slightly and mix in the cheddar.

Roll out the pie dough and cut circles with a biscuit cutter or glass.

Place about a tablespoon of filling on each circle and seal the edges with egg wash.  Use a fork to
press down the seal.

Brush with egg wash and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

About 15 empanaditas

Wishing everyone joyous holidays!