The holidays are around the corner and my kiddos are very excited. They have their costumes and they are ready to trick or treat. We have also set up our home altar and look forward to celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and honor our dearly departed. And before we know it we’ll be on a road trip to El Paso for Thanksgiving to visit my side of the family and on a flight to Boise for Christmas to visit my hubby’s family. The calendar for the rest of this year is filling up quickly.

Not only will I be celebrating the upcoming holidays, but I’ll also be celebrating some exciting events to promote the Muy Bueno cookbook. It was first published one year ago in paperback and now by popular demand it has been reprinted in a beautiful hardcover. My mom and I will be signing books in Colorado November 9 and then again one week before Thanksgiving in El Paso.juicer

This morning I was reflecting on one year of accomplishments and the exciting places I’ve been. I traveled to New York twice, had the opportunity to meet up with my sister in Cancun, Mexico for the annual wine & food festival. Visited San Antonio during fiesta season, and I went to California to learn all about strawberries. I also traveled to Florida and cooked alongside my mom on a nationally syndicated TV show. Not to mention my mom, sister, and I have signed thousands of cookbooks along the way in various cites. And with my sister living in Germany she has even signed Muy Bueno cookbooks in Europe.

I sit here in my kitchen sipping on a freshly squeezed glass of grapefruit juice, gazing out my kitchen window, and thanking God for all the wonderful travel opportunities. I’m also reflecting on all the astonishing press on TV, radio, publications, as well as all the honors and awards, but most importantly I am thankful for all the new amigos we’ve made along the way.

It’s been a wonderful year and I look forward to seeing what the future brings. Writing a cookbook was and has been a very challenging journey, but one I will never regret.

Wishing you and your loved ones happiness and prosperity this holiday season and in the coming New Year. Salud!