WIAW: Albuquerque Edition

Buenos dias! Good morning! Today for What I Ate Wednesday I’m sharing the food I ate while on a weekend trip to Albuquerque to visit my girlfriends.

Peas and Crayons

I arrived in the 505 on Friday afternoon with an hour of time to kill before my friend got off work. So I went to Uptown shopping center which is right off the Interstate. I spent my time drooling over stores like Lululemon and Anthropologie. I also hit up the Trader Joes since I live no where close to one. I only got items that weren’t fresh nor would melt in my vehicle, so my choices were limited.

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I picked up some Cookie Butter, coconut cookies, and coconut oil. I haven’t tried cookie butter before and wow is that stuff good! I don’t even know how to describe the taste.

For dinner we wanted something light and quick before we went out and so we decided upon Chipotle. When we walked in the line went through about half the building and I thought that was long. Supposedly it’s common for the line to be out the door because it’s one of the few in Albuquerque.

Our evening festivities began at Zacatecas with some margaritas and then the night rolled on from there!

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After a night out at Nob Hill, we were ready for breakfast the next morning. If you are familiar with Albuquerque then you would know that the Frontier is a must-eat place at some point if you visit.

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One of my ABQ girlfriends suggested we all try a cinnamon roll and man was I glad she told me to do that. So I had a cinnamon roll along with my breakfast burrito filled with eggs, hashbrowns, and green chile. I was one happy girl after breakfast.

WIAW Jul 23 frontier breakfast

Saturday we spent the day shopping at the mall and went to Uptown again. I had been wanting to find a kimono cover up with a cute print and I finally did at Charlotte Russe! At Uptown we into Francesca’s and I came out with this wild tribal print shirt and a faded gold monogram S necklace. I don’t know what got into me. Nothing I bought was black!

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It was pretty hot in Albuquerque on Saturday so we grabbed some fraps at Starbucks. I got a mocha frap and a chocolate chip cookie. Definitely chocolate overload, but it sure helped us cool off. Next time I’ll choose one or the other.

Jul 23 WIAW starbucks

After a full day of shopping and a pick-me-up at Starbucks. We were ravenously awaiting our dinner at PF Changs. Of course all 5 of us had to shower and get ready so by the time we finally arrived none of us were evening talking to each other due to being so hangry! And I didn’t get any pictures of the food because once it was out we inhaled it.

We ordered California Crab sushi, Spicy Tuna sushi, and split the Spicy Chicken and Mongolian beef entrees with rice. We were still hungry after dividing all of that up between the 5 of us, so another California Crab sushi appetizer was ordered. That finally satisfied us.

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After another night out on the town we were ready for breakfast on Sunday morning. We all agreed on Weck’s.

I ordered the papas bowl with scrambled egg, hashbrowns, and green chile. They offered peanut butter with your pancakes so of course I had to get a pancake too. Too say I was stuffed after breakfast is being modest. The papas bowl was soooo good and the green chile was perfect! The pancake on the other hand was so-so. Good, but not life changing.

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The leftover hashbrowns made an appearance on Monday morning at home for my breakfast with some sauasage and scrambled egg. Best breakfast I’ve made at home in a long time!

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And that’s all I have for y’all today on my weekend eats in Albuquerque!

Do you like green chile? What have you been eating lately?


4th of July Ranch Rodeo Weekend

I spent this past 4th of July weekend at a Ranch Rodeo here in New Mexico. My best friend from high school was going to watch her husband and her younger sister was going along too so she invited me. Be prepared because things are about to get real punchy on here.

Ranch rodeos are different than your typical rodeo. Here’s how a ranch rodeo is described as by the Black Hills Roundup Rodeo: “Ranch rodeos are events in which traditional working cowboys gather to compete and demonstrate skills that are used every day in cattle ranching operations.”

Another important difference is that unlike rodeos where the competitors are competing individually (aside from team roping), ranch rodeos compete in teams of usually 4.

We’ll get to more descriptions of the events in a bit, but for now let’s talk about what I ate along the way. My friend had made chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and no bake cookies that I had several of and they were great. A bag of hot cheetos was also a victim from the weekend. I’m going to squeeze in a What I Ate Wednesday Ranch Rodeo edition.

Ranch Rodeo eatsTop left: Dinner the first night at Cattle Baron. Steak and a sweet potato with strawberries for dessert. You can never go wrong with a good steak.

Top Right: Breakfast. Scrambled eggs with green sauce  with a side of hash browns and toast.. I’ve been needing more green sauce in my life.

Bottom Left: Brisket quesadilla. Brisket in any form is always good.

Bottom Right: Meat and potato burrito.


The ranch rodeo lasted two days. The first day teams competed in 2 or 3 events and then the next day they were in the events they didn’t do the day before. All of these events are practical and reflect what happens on a working ranch. The event descriptions are from the Smokey Bear Stampede site. And I can promise you that no animals were harmed during this if you’re concerned about that.

Team Gathering – Four cowoys start behind a line to catch a steer and a calf and tie them down. Time stops when all members are back behind line. Fastest time wins. Simulates gathering breakout calves during branding.


Team Doctoring – Four cowboys line out a steer, rope, mug or hold to allow mark of chalk on his head. Fastest time wins. Event simulates doctoring sick cattle in the pasture with a shot of antibiotic.


Team Branding – One cowboy ropes two calves out of the herd, drags them to the ground crew, who flank and brand the them. Fastest time wins. Exhibits the exact skills the cowboys demonstrate each year at branding time.



Trailer Loading – Two cowboys rope a steer and take hime to the trailer, where two cowboys on the ground help load him in the trailer. The riders then load their horses and time stops when all four cowboys are in the pickup. Fastest time wins. Exhibits the exact skills that the cowboys use when picking up sick or stray cattle on pasture.


Wild Cow Milking – Four cowboys line out a cow, rope her and hold her as still as they can while one of them milks her and runs the milk to the judge. Fastest time wins. Demonstrates the exact skills the cowboys use when tending to a momma cow with udder problems or to give a little extra to a weak calf.


Ranch Bronc Riding


The team I was watching didn’t end up winning, but we all still had a great weekend. Aside from the ranch rodeo during the day there was always a regular rodeo at night to attend. I had started to forget how much I love to shoot rodeo type events, so this was a nice refresher for my photography skills even though taking pictures from the grandstands makes things a little difficult.

And that’s where I spent my 4th of July weekend. Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Have you ever been to a rodeo? A ranch rodeo?

WIAW #3: Coconut Flour is Weird

It’s Wed. Nes. Day. So what does that mean? I’m linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!

I woke up this morning craving a bowl of oatmeal and couldn’t convince my mind that something else might sound better. So right now I’m currently eating a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, topped with cinnamon and honey.

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Now let’s see what else has graced my plate these last few days. Let’s start with more breakfast food.

WIAW 2 Jun 18Left: Tuesday morning I made protein pancakes for my breakfast. Once again I had some issues with the shape not looking like a normal pancake. They weren’t as bad as my continental pancakes, but still they weren’t pretty. This one is alright, but the second one…well there’s a reason it’s not pictured.

Right: I made some Paleo Pancakes with coconut flour. I wish I could say they were the best pancakes ever, but that coconut flour is a bit weird. My pancakes kind of tasted like those powdered donuts you get at a convenience store and I’m not a fan of those. They were also kind of dry. Next time I may try to use less coconut flour and add something in to moisten them up more like a banana.

WIAW 4 Jun 18Left: My Mom cooked dinner for my family, my grandpa, and my sister’s boyfriend the other night. We had smoked pork chops, baked potato, and a lettuce wedge. Those smoked porch chops were sooo good! I didn’t even have to break out the Heinz 57!

Right: After church on Father’s Day we went to a local favorite Mexican food restaurant. After devouring some chips and salsa, my enchiladas arrived. I ordered chicken enchiladas with green sauce and no cheese. I didn’t even miss the cheese. They were just as delicious without it! I’m still trying not to eat dairy for the sake of my complexion, but I’m honestly doing an awful job at avoiding it.

WIAW 1 Jun 18 Bowls of fruit have been an after lunch or dinner favorite lately. Lately I’ve been adding a spoonful of cool whip to sweeten things up. Most of the time it’s unnecessary, but when you have some really bitter blackberries it’s a lifesaver. And notice in the red bowl on the right there is a tiny slice of pound cake. Don’t ever take your first bite of pound cake. It’s pretty hard to resist.

WIAW 5 Jun 18Left: I had oatmeal for breakfast with a side of coffee. My coffee consumption is either off or on. I usually have a cup, but sometimes I can’t even drink half of it before it makes my stomach feel not-so-pleasant. I’m not sure if it’s the creamer or the coffee, but I need to start drinking some form of a replacement.

Right: Yesterday for lunch I had a almond butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread. You really can never go wrong with a sandwich like that. I also had some of the chopped salad my mom made the night before. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the chopped salad. It was a lot easier for me to eat this salad than normal ones.

WIAW 5 Jun 17Right: Sunday afternoon my mom and I were craving something chocolatey with a milkshake taste. I made us some coffee shakes that were semi-healthy. Until I put whip cream on top and some chocolate syrup. We both concluded that they tasted better when the ice had melted a bit.

Left: Quest bars have been making an appearance every now and then as a snack. I had this cookie dough bar while I was driving the tractor the other afternoon. I love Quest bars. I need more of those in my life. Pronto.

Have you used coconut flour before? What is one of your favorite things you’ve eaten lately?