Our wintertime here in Southern Arizona may not be like most, yet it still brings a much-needed change of seasons to us desert dwellers. Now, we will cover some plants at night and have a few wood fires to keep things cozy. We will put up some holiday decorations and will bring the outside dog in at night.
Still, if you’re heading our way, you can plan on packing T-shirts and shorts along with warm clothes. Our days still give us sunshine and temperatures in the 60′s and 70′s, and we haven’t needed more than the heat from the oven in the morning to be comfortable in the Great Room.
We spent the better part of this month in Mexico – in a little mountain town called Zirahuen, in the state of Michoacan. The view out our kitchen window was of Lake Zirahuen, and each morning it was a beautiful first thing to behold. Roses were still blooming in the garden outside our rented casita. We visited some of the Day of the Dead festivities, walked the little towns nearby, visited ruins, spent a couple of days in the capital city of Morelia, and did some great shopping.
For the San Blas bed, there is a new bedspread from Patzcuaro, and a cream and red wool jorongo, or serape, that lies in front of the fireplace. The San Carlos/Cozumel suite has a new pillow painted by textile artist Carmen Simon, from Patzcuaro, and a turquoise and white rug with ancient Purhépecha designs.
One of the many new foods we tried was Chilaquiles, tortilla chips cooked in green chile sauce and topped with cheese, all over scrambled eggs. What makes it special is a slightly zippy chile sauce and real Mexican cheese. This is a recipe we will have to serve for breakfast at Mi Gatita.
Happy holidays and happy new year to you and yours,
Jean and Bentley