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Sugar Skulls and Spirits: Decoding the Symbolism of Altar Items

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed about how I celebrate Day of the Dead and today I’m sharing the interview with you in the hopes that you learn something new and become inspired to honor someone you’ve lost in your own special way.

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Day of the Dead: Passing on Cultural Traditions from One Generation to the Next

Last weekend I had an impromptu visit from my niece Vanessa who is studying in Boston (she was homesick). I was thrilled to learn that she’d be coming to see me since I had just begun to work on my Day of the Dead altar and I wanted to share the meaning behind it with her. To be honest, I was a little homesick, too. Read More…

Ricardo Soltero’s La Calavera Catrina Exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens

Last week Amado and I went on a fun little treasure hunt at the Denver Botanic Gardens. We were in search of Ricardo Soltero’s iconic skeleton sculptures known as La Catrina. Smiling skull figures on our maps identified eight locations throughout the gardens where we could see the elegant female figures and we had a wonderful time exploring the fall flora and fauna in pursuit of the Catrinas. Each one of Ricardo’s larger-than-life Catrinas is inspired by Day of the Dead traditions and Mexican icons. The sculptures in La Calavera Catrina are currently on display now through November 5, 2017. Read More…

A Feast for the Souls at Denver Botanic Gardens

The scents, tastes, and sounds of Lola’s Cocina were in full bloom at my Feast for the Souls cooking class held at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The spirits were summoned with a Día de los Muertos themed menu as well as an altar honoring the dead. The whole affair was to die for, to say the least!
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Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream to Die For

National Chocolate Day is observed on October 28 and celebrates all things chocolate. Cacao, which has been cultivated for at last three thousand years, is grown in Mexico and other parts of the world and is the key ingredient in America’s favorite flavor: chocolate. Read More…