‘Tis the season for walking the river (plus a bonus recipe)

We decided on the spur of the moment  to drive downtown last night and walk along the San Antonio Riverwalk to see the bazillions of holiday lights hanging from the trees. The catch was the “drive downtown” part. I sometimes forget that San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the US, and it seemed like everybody had the same idea about going downtown. But we braved the snarling, honking traffic and, once below street level, were rewarded with a lovely stroll along a riverbank lined with lush vegetation and luminarias. And tourists, but they were nice tourists.

Here are some photos to put you in the holiday mood – I took them with my phone, so they are not exactly National Geographic quality, but you’ll get the idea. It’s the thought that counts:

So now that you’ve taken the Belisle Riverwalk Holiday Tour, you’re probably hungry, right? Well, never fear – here’s a wickedly good, super easy recipe from my friend PJ Valdez for Saltine Toffee. What does this have to do with the San Antonio Riverwalk? Not much, but it is good stuff after a walk in the cold. Besides, what’s not to like about chocolate, sugar and butter? ‘Tis the season, and man (or woman) cannot live on art alone!

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Jalapeño Cranberry Relish recipe for your Thanksgiving emjoyment

This stuff is yummy. I got the recipe from our friend, the late, great Arnold Hyman, a jewelry designer here in San Antonio. Arnold is no longer with us, but his cranberry relish lives on  lives on at our table, and, hopefully, at yours.

It’s incredible easy. The recipes follows the photos – hope you enjoy it:

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Arnold’s Cranberry-Jalapeño Relish

1 pkg. (12 0z.) fresh or frozen cranberries

1 whole lime

3/4 cup sugar

1-2 jalapeños, seeded and minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Coarsely chop cranberries in food processor. Transfer to bowl. Cut lime including peel into small pieces–process until finely diced. Add cranberries, sugar, and jalapeño. Mix in cilantro and refrigerate several hours–makes 2 1/2 cups.

(Note: I chop everything coarsely in the food processor – Lyn)

Where has this week gone? . . .and Friday Freebie

Did this week disappear as fast for you as it did for me? Yikes – so little time, so much to do. As promised, a SHARDS subscriber (new or old or ancient) will receive a Scent Shard of his/her/its very own if his/her/its name is drawn on Sunday night by the Magic Randomizer. Here’s the lovely Shard, a classic face with spirals.shard2

Looking ahead, I’ve just posted a new Celtic Spirit Doll workshops for February – I’ve been doing a little research on the subject, and this should be fun – you, too, can Create a Spirit Doll whose roots lie in Tír na nÓg , the Celtic place of eternal youth and beauty. It should be fun – spirit doll workshops are really such a favorite of mine and everyone else’s.

And if you’re a writer (aren’t we all in one way or another), please consider Nancy West’s Creative Writing Seminar and Workshop at the Studio on two Wednesday evenings, January 15th & 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For just $40, this two-part workshop is the literary bargain of the new year – Nancy is funny and creative and a delight to work with. Plus there will be good snacks – yeah! I might even make some of my pal PJ’s Saltine Toffee. It’s sinfully addictive. Happy weekend, All!