Category Archives: TenaciousM Travels

Gathering of Nations 2017

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I was fortunate to be working in New Mexico during the 2017 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque last weekend. I love the culture and history that has endured proudly for generations. My first Pow Wow!! The colors are just breathtaking and glorious. Dancers ranged from the smallest kids to the gracefully aged. Here is just a sample of their beauty!

Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake in Las Cruces, New Mexico

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After a short hiatus, I am happy to be back on my blog with more chocolate, love and travels!

This week I had a nice lunch with a co-worker at Salud de Mesilla in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their “Bailey’s Irish Creme Chocolate Cheesecake” was so delicious that I had to find a comparable recipe. Here is the recipe and some sites from the day.

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 18 cookies)*
6 tablespoons butter, melted*
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 8 ounce package semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 eggs
1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed chocolate wafers, melted butter, and cinnamon; toss gently to mix. Press mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

3. For filling, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and melted chocolate. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs just until combined. Stir in liqueur, whipping cream or milk, and vanilla.

4. Pour filling into the crust-lined pan. Place springform pan in shallow baking pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken.

5. Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen from side of pan. Cool for 30 minutes more. Remove side of springform pan. Cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours. Makes 16 servings.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016

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This weekend I gladly worked the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The down side was waking up at 3:00 AM to get in line to park our car and be ready to enter the fair grounds by 6:30 AM. On the plus side, my company was one of the sponsors this year, giving me an opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon. The pictures say it all.

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Dublin Ireland 2016

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Dublin is the perfect location for an English major to remember why she loves language. Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) to name a few great writers. We had an amazing tour guide who seemed as excited to share the city and the Cliffs of Mother as we all were to see and learn. Please visit if you love to travel!

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Geneva Switzerland 2016

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The second leg of #birthday2016 is Switzerland which makes sense for this lover of chocolate! Being outdoors here I notice that the air is quite fresh for Europe given the fact that no one has gotten the cigarettes kill memo. As usual, the first visit to any country gets an immediate do-over to give me a fair chance to research likes and dislikes about the place.

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House Hunters International Paris

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The objective for this year’s Paris trip was specifically to move my longtime goal of becoming a Paris resident from dream to reality. With a few serendipitous opportunities to meet the right real estate people, I am closer than ever to the goal.

I had narrowed down my search to Montparnasse a few years ago. Now, there’s a street (Rue Littre) as well. Mission accomplished.

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