I was in Mexico in November and was delighted to see the early Christmas preparations. In Mazatlan, on a blistering hot day with off-the-chart humidity, I couldn't resist snapping a picture of a car with a Christmas tree tied to its roof.
I had no idea how that tree was going to hold onto its needles for more than a month, but I like to think it's now decorated and surrounded with gifts, creating a festive atmosphere in someone's home.
Two of my favorite things about Mexico were the food and the beautiful churches.
|The Mission in San Jose del Cabo|
|The cathedral in Mazatlan|
|Beautiful lattice dome on a church spire in Puerto Vallarta|
This was my very first attempt at stencilling, but it sure won't be my last. I'm already planning to use this stencil to paint a set of place mats.
This was a very quick project and I'm delighted with the outcome, and of course I'm looking forward to using it during the holidays.
Speaking of Christmas, I plan to add a little taste Mexico to our holiday feasts. Included in our tour of Puerto Vallarta was a "cooking" class at a charming little restaurant where we made our own salsa and guacamole, tostadas and enchiladas. I will never again buy prepared salsa or guacamole! Here's the super-easy how-to:
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1/4 of a small cooking onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 tablespoons of sliced cilantro
juice of half a lime
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve!
3 - 4 tablespoons of salsa (recipe above)
Mash the avocado, stir in the salsa and serve!
Thank you for joining me today! I wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016!
|Seasons greetings from Puerto Vallarta!|
|At "cooking school" in Mexico! Cheers!|
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