In the kitchen

Table manners: Holiday food that is a yes or no for pets

Our pets are family members, too, and will be just as tempted by the delectable range of aromas wafting through family kitchens during the holidays as our human relatives.  But not all holiday cooking will be healthy for our pets. Here's a list of  some cooking that is safe to share – in moderation – with our furry companions:
Sparkling wine is tasty, and particularly food-friendly with bracing acidity that cuts through richness and salt that can defeat some still wines.
In The Kitchen

Need a little lift? Break open the bubbly

Most of us don't drink sparkling wine on a regular basis. Rightly or wrongly, we think of it as something to be reserved for special occasions, and are less likely to pick one up for a weeknight dinner than we are a still wine.
Photo courtesy recetascomidas.comMistela was a traditional Spanish drink made by families to serve as a dessert liquor and a cure for hangovers. It is best made a couple of weeks ahead of festivities.
In The Kitchen

Mistela: A traditional Spanish holiday liqueur

The New Mexican tradition of preparing mistela as a special beverage for celebrations is not as common as it was hundreds of years ago. Mistela is an alcoholic beverage prepared for Christmas, weddings, funerals and quinceañeras, and as always with family recipes it is made a little differently according to family tradition.
Home & Garden

Top 10 holiday decorating safety tips

Some tips to keep you safe as you make a festive holiday home:
Courtesy photoFinding the perfect Yule tree is an activity the whole family can enjoy together, even down to the youngest members.

Cutting, digging or buying a Christmas Tree

The annual ritual of buying a Christmas tree is upon us. There are several options afforded us here in Taos.
Nan FischerMelissa Mead of Succulent Journey surrounded by potted plants that make a great holiday gift for gardeners.

Great gifts for the gardener

Even though there is snow on the ground and last year's gardens are a distant memory, we gardeners are planning for the upcoming growing season. Just because we are not out …
Health & fitness

Tasty citrus tips for boosting vitamin C

If an apple a day can keep the doctor away, what could an orange -- or lemon, lime or grapefruit -- do for you?

How to release toxic emotions

Ever have someone bite your head off? Did you then suffer emotionally for days, or even a week? Or have you ever had a situation, especially around the holidays, that made you so angry, you got stressed to the max and were ready to run away from home? Here's the procedure for clearing trauma that works miracles for me.
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsGreta Allen of Red River practices poses Friday (Nov. 15) at Taos Aerial Gym.

Grace in the air

There's something celestial about the Taos Aerial Gym. On a recent afternoon, the high-ceilinged space tucked away on Bertha Street was decorated with sparkling white lights and music played softly. Four women twirled and spun high up in the air on brilliantly colored blue, magenta and purple silk fabrics.
Great outdoors
Melanie KirbySpanish honey bees (Apis mellifera iberiensis) on blooming loquat. Melanie Kirby, owner of a bee farm near Vadito, New Mexico, traveled to Spain on a Fulbright scholarship to study the history of bees in the state.

Did the Spanish bring bees to New Mexico?

Local queen bee expert Melanie Kirby is pursuing her questions about the possible connections between New Mexico and Spanish bees by traveling to Spain. Her goal is to learn more about the science and cultural-traditional aspects of bees in order to benefit local beekeepers.
Courtesy photoBandelier National Monument is hosting guided ranger hikes to celebrate the winter solstice on Saturday (Dec. 21).

Enjoy solstice walk at Bandelier National Park

If you are looking for a stunning and unusual way to celebrate the shortest day of the year and the return of the light, Bandelier National Monument is once again hosting guided winter solstice walks on Saturday (Dec. 21).
Jim O'Donnell The annual Christmas Bird Count dates back more than 120 years and is an opportunity for citizen scientists help with tracking bird species in an event that draws hundreds of volunteers around the country.

Christmas Bird Count lets citizen scientists help track species

This will be the 120th year for the annual Christmas Bird Count. It began in 1900 as an alternative to a traditional Christmas hunt. The purpose of the count is for citizen scientists to provide data to the National Audubon Society that helps build a comprehensive picture of bird life and patterns in the Americas and also to provide an opportunity for people to become involved in bird watching, even if they are just beginning birders.
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