Thursday, December 31, 2015

Semana Dos - Mexico

December 2015 - Mazatlan Mexico

Some random thoughts...

The Canadian dollar is around 11 pesos to the dollar and the US dollar is around 16 pesos.

Irma, our maid, works six days a week, ten hours a day and makes $100 pesos for a week.

It costs 10 pesos for the bus into town.

It costs 120 pesos to take a pulmonia or taxi downtown.

A loaf of fresh bread from Wal*Mart or Mega averages about 11 pesos.

A can of whole tomatoes is 12.50 pesos.

Four bananas were 13 pesos.

0.5 kg of ground beef was 82 pesos.

New Year's dinner at the restaurant with open bar is 1,100 pesos per person.

Thursday - Christmas Eve.
The plan was to have a lazy day but then we received a phone call from Carol saying there were heading into Centro to pick up her camera and Bill's watches, did we want to join them? Sure.
When we got into the car Bill said he wanted to go to Panama's for breakfast or lunch. Did we, sure!
We've shopped in Panama's but never eaten in there.

John and I had The Morning Roll (no comments) to share. A crepe stuffed with egg, ham, cheese and mushrooms.

Carol and I had this refreshing drink, the guys made faces when they tried it.

Everything in town started closing up around 2 PM so we drove and then came back. None of us had any plans to head out tonight as this is the big holiday for Mexicans.

Friday - Christmas Day

Had our bacon and eggs for breakfast. I love the bacon in Mexico! Perfect for BLTs.

Spent the day by the pool. Tough.

Happy Hour!

Bill and Carol were going to pick us up but Carol called to say they would be taking a cab instead so we met them at Beach Burger and our front row seats to listen to Rafael. We bought one of his CDs.
Seems Willie was out of sorts and his get up and go got up and went. The doctor mechanic made a house call and he needs a new fuel pump.

We treated like any Boxing Day. Doing what we felt like and not even getting dressed.

WOW it was really windy this morning! We wore sweaters to go to breakfast with Bill and Carol at Torres Mazatlan.

Orange French toast.

Then we headed over to the RV park for a visit with Bill and Carol. Poor Willie, still under the weather.

Their travels.

We came back and decided to go to the restaurant for dinner. It is definitely not as good as Torres.
Don't imagine we will go there again.

Mexican plate for John and fajitas for me.


We did our usual morning, breakfast, reading and blogging then grabbed the bus into town.
The bus almost immediately and only costs 10 pesos less than a dollar.

No real plans, we get off the bus at the market and wander over to the historico centro around Machado.
Just can't help more church photos!

We both had pedicures and I took advantage of their wi-fi to load up my tablet with library books and bought some as well.

Finally lunch at 2:30 La Mona's.

Back to the market to catch the bus.


We took the bus to Mega as we needed groceries.

Mega sells everything along with groceries. I LOVE this pink washing machine!!

And a pulmonia back. Click here to read Carol's post about the various types of pulmonias. 
Here we are with our groceries.

The plan after lunch was to go to the pool but it was completely packed so we enjoyed reading instead.

Bill and Carol's book about their RV experience to South America in 1978.

For dinner we made chilli which turned out really well considering I don't have a cornucopia of spices to work with.


After fresh orange juice, grapefruit and a banana we took the bus to Mary's in the Golden Zone for burgers for lunch.

We walked back taking our time.

We made a stop at Henderson's a butcher that carries Alberta beef for steaks for new year's eve.

It turned out to be a cloudy afternoon and the winds picked up. We then had leftover chili for dinner, even tastier than the first night.

It is necessary for the new year that you buy yellow or red underwear. It is not uncommon to see Christmas trees wearing underwear!!!
Red signifies courage, love, and a better lifestyle therefore money. Yellow signifies enjoyment and blessings or love.

And a flower from around the resort to end this week and year.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My Recipe Box - Coffee Coffee Cake

Coffee Coffeecake
One of my favorites - great coffee flavour! If you like coffee, be sure to try this.


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream

Mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and instant coffee powder. Blend in butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. (I prepare the topping in the food processor.) Set aside.
Mix boiling water and coffee powder together. Put in the refrigerator to cool while you prepare the batter.
In mixer bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Combine sour cream with cooled coffee.
Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to the creamed ingredients, mixing after each addition.
Spread half of the cake batter in a greased 9 inch tube cake pan. Sprinkle half of the topping over the batter. Spread the remaining batter, and top with the remaining topping.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then run a knife around the sides and remove cake from pan.

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December 2014 - Las Vegas NV

White flowers are my very favourite. Any kind, but especially gerberas.

I missed our winter drive south with a long stop in Las Vegas over Christmas as we have done for the last three years. One of my favourite places to visit is the Christmas flower display at Bellagio.
The bears, sponsored by Coca-Cola the last few years and it appears will continue. Who couldn't love the cubs and mother frolicing in the snow.

Each of the polar bears is made with thousands of white carnations. The cubs use 5,000 carnations, and the mother has 12,000.