I drove through Arizona with my two girls in 2004, but didn't get a chance see the
Going to the Raw Spirit Festival seemed like a good excuse to go again.
I discovered that not all rocks in Arizona were red.
I found rocks in burgundy, green, orange, yellow, and black...
I finally met my first Saguaro Cactus, up close and personal.
I discovered that as long as I used my GPS, I had no clue where I was. (haha)
I discovered that the farther away from town I got, the prettier it got.
I was surprised by this little guy who found the flower before me.
The skies were intensely blue there.
All kinds of things growing.
I picked my own mesquite with plans to grind it when I got home. See recipe below.
I think this river view was on one of my postcards.
Somebody was already at the riverside having a morning dip.
One lonely dark green pine cone lying on the river side.
Early mornings with the promise of something new happening just around the corner.
Maple Mesquite Walnuts:
Soak 3 cups of walnuts for a few hours
(this makes them less bitter)
Dehydrate them for a few hours
(this makes them more absorbent)
Blend until creamy:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup mesquite
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp celtic sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
pour over walnuts in a bowl
stir them gently until coated
lay out on dehydrator sheets overnight
Let them cool before storing in an airtight container.