Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome Fall and All It's Deliciousness!

The month of September has come and gone and with it the first day of Autumn. Although we are still experiencing temperatures in the 90's, there are other indicators that fall has indeed come to the 505. The air is crisp and cool in the mornings on my way to work, the trees have a slight hint of yellow and hot air balloons are hovering over roof tops in anticipation of the International Balloon Fiesta. One of my favorite things about fall, is the smell of freshly roasted green Chile!

Green Chile is a staple in most New Mexican households and the Danner house is no exception. This will only be our fourth year buying the fresh Chile and freezing it ourselves, but I the smell always reminds me of when I was much younger. There was a grocery store on the way to our house that roasted Chile every year and it always smelled sooooo good! For some reason though, my family always opted for frozen Chile, which I always thought was fine. I now know what we were missing out on.

Last year, we bought 15 pounds of Chile. That may seem like a lot, but it only took us through March. We've learned our lesson and bought 30 pounds this year.

I wish you could smell this!

Matt was a trooper this year and did all the peeling himself while I worked. 

Delicious Hatch Green Chile!

We New Mexicans are also a bit picky when it comes to our Green Chile. It can't be just any Chile, the best is Hatch Green Chile which is grown in a small town just north of where I grew up.

Can you guess what we've been eating all week?

Thirty pounds and several hours later, we should be all set for the rest of the year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

1 Down 2 to Go!

We reached a couple milestones today. 

We are officially done with the 1st trimester. Phew! Matt and I have been anxiously awaiting this time for weeks. Although I haven't been extremely sick, we are more than happy to say goodbye to the nausea, exhaustion and irritability. I realize these things don't always go by the book, and there is a possibility that the 2nd trimester could be worse the 1st. I have to admit though, that I really did feel like a new person today. I wasn't nauseous at all and I had so much energy! I'm praying this lasts a while. That would make my husband really happy.

Our second milestone came when I went out in one of Matt's t-shirts with my pants unbuttoned. I guess with the baby already being the size of a plum, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Here we are at 12 weeks!