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Welcome to My Journey - from moving to Las Cruces to hiking in Silver City, I am going to take you on many adventures throughout New Mexico and the Southwest!
2021-04-18 02:36
I said I would never buy another Volvo...but I just did!I just purchased a 2000 Volvo V70 XC Cross Country. It is all-wheel drive and perfect for going through the desert as well as all over… Read More
2021-04-10 18:30
Water, Water, Water, and being busy!Ohh...it is day 10 of the month and I have been BUSY!! One thing I like about being busy – I don’t eat. I have been so busy working, packing… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Counting Down The Days
2021-04-03 18:29
On the path to move, refresh MY life, travel and live MY life!March was a productive month. Before it ended, I got my storage unit in Las Cruces paid for through the end of May. I got a real… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – The Plan
2021-03-21 19:32
It is All About Planning and then DOING!!Yes, I am a planner. I love lists, goals, plans, and CRUSHING the plans! I am also all about doing. A plan is nothing unless you complete that plan… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Crushing Dreams
2021-03-13 18:55
I am beyond happy...I got my second Covid-19 vaccination shot today.Well...one year later and look at where the world is – Covid has changed so much and I never dreamed I would be taki… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Spring Is Coming
2021-03-07 17:30
Busy First Weekend In March!Spring is coming and I am sooo ready. I am ready for the time change, I am ready to get back to walking, I am ready for warm days/nights, and I am ready for road… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Feb Recap
2021-02-27 23:34
Crushed It Month!!It was a busy month – I crushed so much...- Taxes DONE and PAID- At least I am getting back a little bit of money from the state- I packed a lot of stuff and worked o… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Taxes And Beyond
2021-02-20 20:33
I have for the last few years worried about filing taxes!I used to have a small business that offset my taxes and that was great. I used to deduct everything from my cell phone to my home of… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – February 14th!
2021-02-13 19:30
I am not even going to mention the holiday.I am going to enjoy this Sunday and Monday because I am having my first Diva Days of 2021. Diva Day is a celebration of one's self. It is a self-ca… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – State Of Me
2021-02-06 20:32
Living at 47!If I had to define my life at 47, I would use one word – SOARING. I am at a place in my life where I am ready for a 360-degree turn – I SOARING into this turn. I am… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Jan 2021 Recap
2021-01-30 21:36
Goodbye January and Hello February!!This month has been long, good, busy, and overall productive. I got a few things done like getting the car's emission check done (for the last time since… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – What I Am Packing
2021-01-23 18:31
I Started Packing in 2020! I have already started packing for my July 2021 move to Las Cruces. I started last year and I am overly excited. I am using totes instead of boxes. I can get… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Jobs And My Future
2021-01-16 02:33
OMG! I Have Six Months Left In Albuquerque!!Ohh...I am so not worried about a job in my future. I am fortunate I work two jobs. I can transfer with one of my jobs, the merchandising job, so… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Crushing Bills
2021-01-10 02:01
I Crushed BILLS Today!I didn't pay off a bill today...BUT I paid a lot of bills including toward old credit cards, current credit cards, loans, and general household bills. My Goal is to be… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Happy New Year!
2021-01-02 03:10
I am welcoming 2021 with open arms. I am excited for the new year and all I have to do.I did not party last night...I was asleep by 11:00 p.m. and loving the rest. I woke up at 12:57 a.m. on… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Letting Go Of Things!!
2020-12-27 20:00
Well...2020 is almost over and I am letting go of so much in the new year. I am getting back on track with my mind, soul, body, and attitude. I am letting go of the following things &nd&hell…Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Rebranding Myself!
2020-12-25 21:06
Time to Restucture, Rebrand, and Flip the ScriptAs I end 2020, I have decided to rebrand not only Nick's Plates, but also my life. The last 11 years have been a combination of fun times, har… Read More
Life In 'Cruces – Wrapping Up 2020
2020-12-20 18:36
What a year!! I did get a lot done though!!OK...I ain't even going to rant about 2020. I am only going to list the good things I loved about this year: I paid off a lot of bills including F… Read More
2020-12-01 19:22
Large plastic container6 Tbsp Creme Fraiche1 Tbsp black pepper1 tsp lemon zest1 tsp sea salt1 Tbsp sour cream1 Tbsp Dijon mustard½ Tbsp lemon juiceChipsWineIn a large plastic contain… Read More
Nick's Turkey Soup For November
2020-11-29 15:37
Large stockpot4 cups cold water1 lb Italian sausage links – cubed1 lb turkey breast – cut into strips2 cups broccoli florets  4 cups vegetable stock2 1/2 cups water&nbs&hell…Read More
2020-11-15 00:40
Large plastic bowl2 cups mayonnaise2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves2 scallions - chopped1 tsp fresh tarragon leaves½ cup white wine3 cups anchovy paste 1 cup green or r… Read More
Turkey Before The Turkey
2020-11-05 01:45
Large bowl3 Tbsp unsalted butter1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves – chopped1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves – chopped2 tsp finely grated lemon zest1 tsp sea salt1 tsp black pepper3 cups sour… Read More
Nick's Warm As Summer Hot Tea
2020-10-27 15:49
Fancy tea pot4 cups hot water1 tsp cinnamon3 zero-calorie sweetener packets2 shots whiskey1 Tbsp lemon4 black tea bagsFancy tea cupsIn a fancy tea pot, combine hot water, cinnamon, sweetener… Read More
Snow Day Cup Of Chicken
2020-10-27 15:28
Slow cooker2 cups chopped onion3 cloves garlic, chopped1 Tbsp paprika1 tsp ground cinnamon5 cups chicken broth6 chicken breasts – cubed5 to 6 fancy coffee cupsIn a slow cooker, combine… Read More
Nick's Beef Soup For A Snowy Day
2020-10-26 14:33
Slow cooker1 stickbutter, melted1 Tbsp tomato paste½ tsp salt4 cups thinly sliced onions2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced4 cups beef flavored broth1 cup milk5 lbs beef – thin cut… Read More
2020-10-24 17:45
Slow cooker5 Ribeye Steaks – medium5 New York Strip Steaks – medium1 jar Alfredo sauce2 cups chopped onions2 cups cold water1 cup white wineFavorite side dishesWhite wineRed wine… Read More
Nick's ABQ Sirloin
2020-10-04 13:59
Slow cooker3 cups chopped yellow onions3 lbs boneless beef sirloin steak2 tsp coarse salt2 Tbsp black pepper3 tsp garlic powder1 lb chopped potatoes1 bottle New Mexico red wine or any red wi… Read More
September's Dipping Sauce
2020-09-10 00:43
Large Bowl3 cups mayonnaise1 cup sour cream2 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp smoked paprika2 cups bacon crumbles1 Tbsp red chilli peppers – chopped1 cup diced tomatoes1 cup Italian sausage lin… Read More
Nick's September Bake
2020-09-02 01:48
Cooking spray1 large baking dish4 cups bread crumbsLarge bowl6 tomatoes – chopped1 tsp coarse salt7 large eggs – stirred2 Tbsp black pepper1 cup melted butter2 cups white onions… Read More
That’s Lemon Rice – Don’t Play
2020-08-26 00:36
Large baking dish4 cups cooked rice½ cup lemon juice1 Tbsp lemon zest1 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp lemon pepper2 Tbsp cilantro paste1 Bay leaf – dicedTo start, preheat your oven to… Read More
That’s A Porterhouse – Don’t Play
2020-08-22 01:03
Large baking dish1 large porterhouse steak2 cups red wineSmall bowl1 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp lemon pepper½ cup horseradish sauce2 Tbsp cilantro pasteLarge platterTo start, preheat you… Read More
Lazy Day Oh So Good Meal
2020-08-02 01:49
3 lbs ground chuck or beef – shredded into chunks2 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp parsley flakes2 tbsp garlic powderLarge bowl3 eggs2 cups roasted almonds1 cup cranberries – frozen1 cup… Read More
Nick's Kicking Salad
2020-08-02 01:33
1 lb fried bacon - grease patted out2 bags of salad mix4 Tbsp red wine½ Tbsp of mustard1 tsp pepper1 cup cooked mushrooms1 cup boiled eggs1 cup chopped yellow onions1 cup green olives… Read More
Summer Whip Down Dijon Dip
2020-07-18 01:16
Large plastic container2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed1 Tbsp olive oil½ cup fresh rosemary – chopped½ cup white wine1 cup Dijon mustard1 Tbsp black pepper2 cup… Read More
Nick's Mix It Up Salad
2020-07-12 21:14
1 large bowl1 bag salad mix – washed and dried2 cans mixed vegetables – drained and dried2 cups chickpeas3 Tbsp black pepper3 cups roasted red peppers3 cups lettuce – washe… Read More
Nick's Summer Mix
2020-07-12 20:52
1 large bowl2 bags salad mix – washed and dried2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar2 cups radishes – chopped3 Tbsp black pepper3 cups spinach – washed, dried and chopped3 cups arugul… Read More
Nick's Summer Lime Chicken
2020-06-23 03:03
1 large baking dishOlive oil½ cup lime juice4 lbs chicken breast2 cups choppedarugula2 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp garlic salt2 cups roasted red peppers3 cups cold waterTo start, preheat… Read More
Summer Dipping Sauce For A Hot Day
2020-06-02 15:25
2 Tbsp light mayonnaise1 tsp apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp hot sauceLarge bowl1 tsp real honey1 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp horseradish sauce2 cups minced roast beef – cooked and still hot1 ts… Read More
Good Morning May Cocktail
2020-05-17 19:00
3 oz Tequila – chilled4 ice cubes3 cups grapefruit juice2 oz lemon juice1 oz Angostura bittersLarge glasses filled with iceIn a blender, combine Tequila, ice cubes, grapefruit juice, a… Read More
Nick's Sun-dried Fillet For Sunday
2020-05-10 23:42
1 large sea bass fillet – skinned, deboned and cleanedBaking dish½ cup olive oil1 Tbsp garlic powder1 cup white wine2 cups sun-dried tomatoes2 cups chopped white onionsWhite win… Read More
Nick's Spring 'Tini
2020-04-26 19:02
1 cup Vodka½ cup water1 tsp ginger1 tsp honey2 ice cubesIn a blender or shaker, combine Vodka, water, ginger, and honey. Blend on “Low” for two minutes and then add ice cu… Read More
Nick's “Hot Damn” Salmon
2020-04-02 23:50
1 large bowl2 cups salt2 cups sugar2 Tbsp black pepper2 Tbsp dill powder1 Tbsp pesto4 lbs salmon4 or more Mason jars with lidsIn a large bowl, combine salt, sugar, black pepper, and dill pow… Read More
These Loins...So Many Loins
2020-03-26 03:15
Slow cooker2 cups pineapple - crushed½ bottle red wine1 pork tenderloin – any size – cut into large chucks1 beef tenderloin - any size – cut into large chucks2 cups… Read More
Nick's Coming Into Your Own Salad
2020-03-15 19:49
1 head lettuce – washed and chopped½ cup lemon juice1 Tbsp black pepper1 large bowl3 cups pineapple - crushed1 cup almonds – chopped2 cups boiled eggs – peeled and c… Read More
Happy Marsala Fry
2020-03-04 03:19
Large frying pan or wok2 cups Marsala wine1 lb kabocha or yellow squash – sliced and seeded2 cups chopped tomatoes½ cup black peppercorns½ cup parsley leaves – fine… Read More
Cocoa Chocolaty Cocoa
2020-02-27 02:52
1 scoop cocoa mix2 Tbsp peanut butter - softened1 cup chopped walnuts1 cup frozen strawberries1 cup vanilla yogurt5 ice cubesIn a blender combine cocoa mix, peanut butter, walnuts, and straw… Read More
Nick's Pot 'o Cabbage And Chicken
2020-02-22 22:29
Slow cooker or pressure cooker1 head cabbage – washed and cut in half1 lb chicken breast – washed and cut in half4 Tbsp olive oil2 Tbsp red peppercorn2 Tbsp salted butter1 clove… Read More
Nick's Pickled Pickled
2020-02-16 16:45
2 bunches broccoli stems – washed and chopped2 cucumbers – peeled and slicedLarge Mason Jar2 cups apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp black pepper8 ounces of kale – washed and choppe… Read More
Hot Hot, Hot Fudge
2020-02-10 16:27
Double boiler with water4 cups fudge topping½ cut roasted almonds1 cup heavy whipping creamFancy cupsVanilla ice cream – softenedChocolate syrup2 cups walnuts – chopped1 j… Read More
2020-02-06 01:56
Large skillet1 Tbsp unsalted butter1 lb pancetta1 cup chopped onion1 Tbsp garlic powder1 cup chopped green bell peppers1 cup Rotel or similar tomatoes/peppers blend1 cup dry red winePrecooke… Read More
Nick's Instant Delight
2020-01-30 02:33
Slow cooker2 cups red wine4 lbs beef strips2 Tbsp black pepper2 cups red bell peppers4 cups chopped broccoli1 tsp sea saltFrench breadRed wineSaladIn a slow cooker on “Low”, comb… Read More
Friday's Quick Dine By Nick
2020-01-24 14:41
1 large bowl1 baguette – cubed2 cups radishes – chopped½ cup fresh dill - chopped2 packages cream cheese – softened1 baking dishCooking spray1 pork tenderloin or 2 r… Read More
Nick's Sixteen Bowl
2020-01-17 02:16
1 large plastic bowl with lid1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 lb fresh tuna – cubed2 cups cottage cheese1 Tbsp fresh dill – chopped1 Tbsp lemon juice½ cup dry white wine1 Tb… Read More
2020-01-09 02:12
1 large platter10 pieces dark chocolate10 large strawberries – halved10 raspberries – whole8 slices goat cheese10 slices prosciutto 10 pieces white chocolateRed wineAre you ready… Read More
Nick's Bacon To Go
2020-01-03 03:37
1 lb cooked bacon - crumbles1 Tbsp garlic powder2 cups minced onion2 cups lentils – cookedMason Jar2 cups sour cream or heavy creamAre you ready for the bacon?Combine bacon crumbles, g… Read More
Nick's Pre-NYE Cleanse
2019-12-30 15:24
1 cup coconut milk1 Tbsp cacao powder1 Tbsp maple syrup2 ice cubesBlenderAre you ready for NYE?To start this cleanse, combine coconut milk, cacao powder, maple syrup, and ice cubes in a blen… Read More
Indigo Leg-up Chicken
2019-12-21 01:42
1 large baking dishOlive oil3 lbs skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs1 large skillet1 cup apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp black pepper1 cup soy sauce1 Tbsp garlic saltTo start, preheat your oven to 37… Read More
Nick's Peppery Salad
2019-12-15 06:39
Large salad bowl2 Tbsp Italian dressing6 Shishito peppers - chopped1 tsp lemon juice1 head lettuce - chopped1 tsp lime juice4 large tomatoes - diced4 large cucumbers - sliced2 shallots &ndas&hell…Read More
Nick's Park Avenue Cocktail
2019-12-08 22:30
2 bottles White Zinfandel – 750ml bottles10 ice cupsLarge punch bowl3 cups strawberries – chopped2 cups strawberry liqueurFancy glassesNick's Park Avenue Cocktail is perfect for… Read More
A Little Cup Of Oyster Joy
2019-12-08 22:12
12 fancy teacups1 large platter4 lbs oysters – raw, cleaned and whole4 cups butter – warm and meltedBlack pepperParsley flakesScotch whiskeyTo start, place 12 fancy teacups evenl… Read More
Nick's Polenta Bites
2019-12-03 02:34
1 cookie sheet or platter2 sleeves crackers2 lbs sharp cheddar cheese – sliced in squares2 lbs polenta – cooked and sliced in squares2 lbs mushrooms – sliced Stuffed green… Read More
Indigo Coconut Sauce
2019-11-25 17:18
1 large plastic container with lid1 Tbsp coconut oil1 cup white onion – minced½ tsp sugar2 cups coconut milk½ cup plain yogurt2 cups dried coconut flakesIn a large plast… Read More
Sunday Red Wine Dressing
2019-11-24 19:11
1 large pot3 cloves garlic - minced3 cups red wine vinegar3 Tbsp Merlot wine1/3 cup olive oil2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil  1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Mason Jar or ta… Read More
Nick's Lazy Day Turkey
2019-11-24 18:40
1 slow cooker 1 small turkey – 10 pounds or less, thawed and cleaned2 Tbsp black pepper1 tsp sea salt3 cups bacon crumbles2 cups chopped onions2 cups chopped green or red bell peppers2… Read More
Steaks With A Little Coriander!!
2019-11-17 16:10
Large bowl1 can or bottle of dark beer – any brand2 Tbsp coriander seeds2 cups chopped yellow onion1 clove garlic – minced½ cup diced green chile peppers1 cup cold water4… Read More
Nick's Drizzle In A Jar
2019-11-11 22:24
1 Mason Jar w/lid - large1 lb goat cheese crumbles2 cups Balsamic vinegar1 Tbsp black pepper1 tsp lime juice1 Bay leafFrench BreadAre you ready for a treat or an extra topping for your salad… Read More
2019-11-03 13:00
1 lb toasted garlic bread – cubed½ cup extra virgin olive oil2 Tbsp black pepperLarge salad bowl1 head lettuce - chopped6 Roma tomatoes – halved1 pinch garlic salt4 cups s… Read More
Apple, Cider And Chicky
2019-11-02 12:00
1 large stockpot1 cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups hot water1 cup apples – chopped1 cup corn – canned or precooked3 lbs chicken breast – sliced thickly 1 Tbsp black pepper&fr&hell…Read More
Nick's Comeback Rum Treat
2019-11-01 12:00
1 large bowl2 packages vanilla wafers – crumbled1 cup dark Rum2 cups Bourbon1 cup almonds – toasted1 cup honey1 package chocolate chip cookies – crumbledFancy cupsBourbonIn… Read More
Late NYE Breakfast
2018-12-31 16:04
½ cup butter1 large skillet1 cup tomatoes – chopped1 cup green peppers – chopped1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp red pepper4 cups eggs – whisked2 cups smoked salmon –… Read More
Mushrooms, Not Mushrooms
2018-12-26 21:13
1 skillet½ cup extra-virgin olive oil3 cups mushrooms – sliced1 Tbsp thyme1 Tbsp black pepperLarge bowl lined with multiple layers of paper towelsFrench bread – sliced and… Read More
Christmas Eve Spread By Nick
2018-12-25 00:08
2 cups pimento pepper slices – chopped2 cups green olives – minced1 cup blue cheese crumbles1 cup Cheddar cheese – shredded1 large plastic container2 cups mayonnaiseCracker… Read More
Luke's Welcoming Bake
2018-12-15 19:36
Cooking spray1 large baking dish4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast – cut into halves3 Tbsp black pepper2 cans tomato paste3 cups yellow onions – chopped2 Tbsp garlic powder2… Read More
The “No You Don't Have To Suffer” Dip
2018-12-08 19:34
Large bowl2 large packages extra-firm tofu – cubed2 cups pineapple salsa1 Tbsp black pepper1 Tbsp jerk spice1 cup pineapple liqueurCrackersBottle of pineapple liqueurIs it lunch or is… Read More
Luke's Aioli Snack
2018-12-02 17:02
1 small plastic container with lid2 Tbsp Aioli mayo2 tsp black pepper1 cup turkey breast – chopped½ cup banana peppers – chopped1 tsp sea salt½ cup Cheddar cheeseTh… Read More
Nick's Weekend Kick It Up Smoothie
2018-11-16 21:56
6 stalks celery – chopped1 cup cucumber – minced2 cups kale – chopped2 cups bottled water1 cup spinach – choppedBlack pepper1 Tbsp lemon juice In a blender, comb… Read More
Nick's Salad Of Grains
2018-11-13 00:12
Large bowl1 cup Amaranth 1 cup barley 1 cup cooked oatmeal1 cup Quinoa 1 cup chickpeas1 cup apple cider vinegarIn a large bowl, combine Amaranth, barley, cooked oatmeal, Quinoa, and chickpea… Read More
A Big Pot Of Breakfast
2018-11-08 21:37
1 skilletBreakfast sausage – one roll1 cup green peppers – chopped1 package cooked bacon – cubed1 large stockpot2 cans Rotel – any flavor1 Tbsp black pepper4 packages… Read More
The Day After A Rough Night Breakfast
2018-10-31 23:20
6 eggs – lightly beaten2 Tbsp garlic powder2 cups yellow onions – chopped2 cups green chiles – chopped3 cups sausage – crumbled – precooked3 cups grated Cheddar… Read More
Dinner Is On Me Sandwiches
2018-10-26 01:08
1 baking panOlive oil6 slices white or wheat bread – lightly toastedBlack PepperSpicy MustardSliced Gorgonzola Dolce cheeseSliced tomatoesSea SaltBasil leaves – choppedSliced Cho… Read More
Nick's Sunday Blast!
2018-10-21 17:18
1 Tbsp ginger2 cups Vodka½ cup lime juice1 cup white grapes – choppedIceIn a blender, combine ginger, Vodka, lime juice, and chopped white grapes. Blend on “Low” for… Read More
Spicy Is Spicy And It Will Be Spicy
2018-10-21 16:44
5 cups watermelon – cubed1 cup Rum1 Tbsp black pepperLarge plastic container with lid3 cups honeydew melon – cubed1 tsp white sugarLime zest – from 1 lime3 sprigs fresh min… Read More
Not Normal Beef Sauce
2018-10-15 01:52
1 large pot1 tsp canola oil4 cups beef strips – diced1 Tbsp red peppercorn1 clove garlic – minced2 Tbsp Sriracha sauce1 Tbsp red wine vinegar1 Tbsp black pepperGlass bottle with… Read More
Nick's Plates Tip #45
2018-10-12 01:16
When meal planning, do write out weekly menus to keep the planning process exciting. Write out menus on colorful paper and write short descriptions of each dish you are cooking. Make it real… Read More
Dipping For Arugula
2018-10-07 14:35
1 large bowl 1 Tbsp olive oil1 medium onion – diced1 Tbsp black pepper3 cups unsalted butter – creamed3 cups arugula leaves – chopped3 cups spinach leaves – chopped1… Read More

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