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Juniper 60
Cardamom 1
Coriander 1
Cinnamon .5
Rosemary .5

add appropriate amount to Vodka and steep.

Maria's Italian Meatballs



Meatballs With Spaghetti Sauce

Diana Rattray


  • 1 lb lean ground beef

Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream


2 yolks
2C Cream
shake of salt
100g of Sugar
2C of strawberries
1tsp Vainilla Extract

Prepare yolks, 50g of sugar, and 1C of cream custard method:
beat together. Heat slowly to almost a boil, whisking the whole time.  Transfer to a chilled bowl and allow to cool.

Prepare strawberries by removing greens, blending or mashing with 50g sugar.  Chill.

Combine remaining ingredients (salt, 1C cream, 1tsp extract) and make ice cream according to manufacturers instructions.



Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

This is a wonderful soup that is fairly easy to make and Rachel loved it too.




 Peppernuts are a traditional German Christmas cookie.  They are small, often fairly hard, and contain no nuts.  Most of the recipies I've seen make huge batches that take all day to make and fill several ice cream pails full of cookies.  I made a small batch today.  It took about 90 minutes from start to finish.  Here is my recipe:

Day Six -- Getting High (altitude... what did you think I meant?)

March 16th, 2009.  Day Six

This morning, my daughter and I walked to the lighthouse.  We took the same path down V. Carranza as on Day Four, then made the 162M Vertical hike (plus about 1.1km along the path) up to the top.  We stopped to find a Geocache and leave our personal travel bugs along the way.  The view from the top is amazing.  By the time we got back to the bottom we were feeling a bit tired and lazy, so we caught a pulmonia back to our house.

Day Five - - Getting to the Golden Zone

March 15th, 2009.  Day Five

It rained again overnight, but had stopped by the time we left for Church.  We attended the Vineyard Church in the Golden Zone. 

After church, we decided to do a bit of Geocaching.  We found one in a busy outdoor restaurant before heading for lunch at Burger King. 

We spent the afternoon in the pool and then headed back to the Golden Zone for supper at Hotel Playa and the fireworks after.

Day Four -- Getting Wet and Staying Dry

March 14th, 2009.  Day Four

Overnight it RAINED!  I'm told Mazatlan hasn't had rain since October. 

Day three - Getting some "Homework" done

March 13th, 2009.  Day Three

Yesterday we visited the beach at low tide.  This morning we hurried out and compared with high tide.  (and did some "Habitat" science homework while we were at it!)

Day Two -- Getting low on clever titles

March 12th, 2009. Day Two

I started typing the past two days' entries at about 6am this morning.

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