Monday, December 12, 2011

What Happens in Mexico... Stays in Mexico!

I made these for the first time last year, they were Frantastic™, enjoy!

Snowstorms

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup  cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter,  melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup white chocolate chips or whatever chips you have on hand
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in the melted butter and eggs until combined, then stir in the chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Put the confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls, then roll in the confectioners' sugar until well coated. Place 1 inch apart on the baking sheets.

Bake until the cookies are puffed and the tops are cracked, about 10 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

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Hi Folks... okay, I stole the title from a Toby Keith song but I thought it would get your attention!
As I’ve mentioned before I am on long term disability due to severe arthritis in my hands and hips.  I won’t bore you with the details we can save that for another post another day.  The upshot is that spending the winter in Calgary can be very trying to say the least.  Mind numbing cold, icy streets and sidewalks, snow to shovel... uck!   Sooooooooo I’m going to Mexico on Jan. 1 and I’m not coming back until Feb. 28.  I know that still leaves a few months of northern winter to endure but it does make it a lot easier to take.

I first went to Mexico about 40 years ago, we were visiting my grandparents in Arizona for Xmas and we went over the border to Nogales... very exotic.  I even have a picture of me on a donkey with a sombrero and a serape (on me, not the donkey).

I went back to Mexico as an adult and fell in love with it.  I’ve been to Manzanillo, Barre de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo.  I loved them all but really enjoyed the smaller places like Barre, the name means Christmas Sandbar... whatever!  Sitting in a palapa roofed beach bar seeing whales in the bay and enjoying an adult beverage, what’s not to love.

In 2010 I went to San Jose del Cabo with a friend after my Dad passed away.  We had been through a ridiculous amount in the previous five months (mom died, dog put to sleep, dad diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, “released” from my contract due to spending too much time with said father, father goes into hospice, father passes away).  I just needed to run away to a beach somewhere and lay in the sun and drink, a lot.

I’d never been to the Baja before but we got an amazing deal so we booked it and I absolutely loved it. San Jose del Cabo is smallish but has everything you need, it’s absolutely beautiful and there are whales!  I decided that I was going to come back for a few months in the winter... I’m a contractor, I can take the time off if I want to!   I found a beachfront condo rental and booked it.  During discussions about the unit with the owner we found that we had a lot in common and he asked me if he could come down and take me out to dinner while I was there.  Not bad, two months in the sun and sand and a date!
I flew down Dec. 31, 2010 and stayed until Mar. 1... I missed my puppies but had a wonderful time.  The condo is in a small complex directly on the sand, I would sit on the balcony in the morning drinking my coffee and watching humpback whales breaching right in front of me.  I met lots of the owners and other folks and some of my friends came down to visit.

San Jose del Cabo is about 15 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.  I like to call CSL the Disneyland of Mexico, just the kind of place I hate.  SJD is the total opposite, there is a hotel strip and of course tourists but it still has the flavour of Mexico instead of a bunch of drunk students and Hooters establishments.  I usually only go to Cabo to go to the marina to go sailing, it’s a zoo.
There is a really cool “arts” district in San Jose and on Thursday nights they block off the streets and you can wander around the studios and meet the artists and all of the restaurants in the area have munchies and drinks set up for you to sample.  There is usually a stage set up with mariachi bands and dancers, quite a show.  On Saturday morning there is the organic market with produce, amazing food and local crafts .  Because of the problem with my hip I have a hard time getting around and the owner of the condo said to feel free to use his car while I was down there.  I was a little leery of driving in Mexico but I only went to the supermarket and the organic market or the town square so it wasn’t a big deal.  There was also a bus you could catch right outside the condo to take you to the supermarket or you could catch it going the other way and it would take you right to the marina in Cabo for about $3.
I’ve told Tim, the owner, that I plan on being down for the same time every year so he’s sending me my own set of keys so I don’t have to wait for the property manager when I fly south.

I can’t believe that it’s almost time to go down again, I can’t wait!!!!  I’ll be reporting to you during my time down south and will be sure to post lots of pictures.

Drop me an e-mail and tell me your favourite travel spots or stories, send pictures etc.  Love to hear from you at ladyjyyc@shaw.ca

No Dias Malo (No Bad Days!)
Lady J

Organic Market in San Jose del Cabo