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Habitat For Humanity Seeks Los Alamos House Partner

on January 6, 2015 - 10:18am

HFH News:

Habitat for Humanity of Espanola Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is currently accepting applications for a New House Partner. The home is to be built on a small empty lot at 3564 Questa in Los Alamos.

Applicants must live or work in Los Alamos and fit the HUD income guidelines for Los Alamos.

Applications are available online at, at the Habitat office or contact 505.747.2690, for further information and/or an application.

Smart Design With Suzette: Closet Organization

on January 4, 2015 - 10:21am
A custom closet designed for a client by Suzette Fox. Photo by Suzette Fox
Smart Design with Suzette
Closet Organization

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. I’ve had requests to write a column on organization, specifically closet organization. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and body. Taking the time to organize your life can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

Smart Design With Suzette: Flooring – Part 2

on December 28, 2014 - 7:26am
Smart Design with Suzette
Flooring – Part 2

Locally, regionally and nationally, builders and homeowners are building or remodeling homes that are green and environmentally friendly. They have discovered how easy it is to attain the benefits of sustainable construction without sacrificing aesthetics or breaking the budget. In fact, going green often saves money, especially over time, while being kinder to planet Earth.

Last Sunday I talked about tile, bamboo, cork and wood floors.

Smart Design With Suzette: Flooring

on December 21, 2014 - 12:23pm
Smart Design with Suzette

Let me count the ways ... tile, bamboo (technically a grass), cork, wood, linoleum (not vinyl), terrazzo, stained concrete and carpet to name a few.

I need new floors desperately! My husband and I moved into our house more than 12 years ago and the floors were worn then. There are six, yes I said SIX, different floors in my house. I know, I know, you are taken aback. Yet, I am just like you when it comes to deciding on flooring that will work for the entire family that everyone disagrees on.

I grew up with wood floors.

Smart Design With Suzette: Interior Finishes – Paint & Wallcoverings

on December 14, 2014 - 9:37am
Smart Design with Suzette
Interior Finishes – Paint and Wallcoverings

In an eco-friendly world interior finishes should be earth-sensitive, meaning they should be safe for people and the environment.

We have come a long way in the last few years. There are many eco-friendly choices to make.

Wallcoverings – What to look for:

This photo demonstrates an inspiration piece (pillow) in choosing paint color and spreading accent colors around the room. Courtesy/

Today’s wallcoverings come in modern, eye-catching designs made from green materials that are perfect

Top Open Houses on Display this Weekend!

on November 1, 2013 - 1:47pm


Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on October 18, 2013 - 10:55am


Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top

Tour Four Stunning Taos Homes Aug. 3

on July 22, 2013 - 6:53am


TAOS—The Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos is showcasing four stunning homes to the public, all of which are energy efficient and surrounded by low water landscaping, during their 2013 Garden and Home Tour 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

The properties run the length of Taos, each demonstrating that concern with the environment and sustainable land use can go hand in glove with landscaping beauty.

One of the houses, designed by owner Alan Powell, is Taos’s only Platinum Leader in Energy and Environmental Design.

Create a Wildflower Meadow at PEEC

on June 8, 2013 - 7:51am


PEEC News:

Gail Haggard of Plants of the Southwest will come to Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 to create a wildflower meadow near PEEC’s new Mud Kitchen, and participants can watch and learn.

Have you wanted to have a profusion of wildflowers in your yard but aren’t sure how to go about it?  Haggard will share tips about how to seed an area to create that beautiful effect. She’ll also discuss which seeds work best, when to plant, and how to care for your flowers.

Plants of the Southwest has been in operation in Santa Fe since 1976 and Haggard has been working there

Food on the Hill: Cream of Asparagus Soup with Grilled Asparagus

on April 16, 2013 - 9:45am
This Week's Recipe:
Cream of Asparagus Soup made with Grilled Asparagus
Photo by Sue York/
*** You must have either a blender or a food processor to make this soup.
2 pounds of asparagus
Olive oil
3 tablespoons of butter
3 ½ cups of chicken broth
½ cup chopped onions
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup cream
3/4 cup parmesan cheese (reserve ¼ cup for garnish)
Photo by Sue York/
Clean the asparagus, and remove the woody ends and discard.

Food on the Hill: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon

on April 2, 2013 - 9:04am
This Week's Recipe: 
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon
Photo by Sue York/
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon of bacon grease
Salt and Pepper
2 cups cream
1/2 cup milk
(opt- 2 cloves garlic,pressed)
6 cups slices potatoes(6 medium). I have used a mandolin to cut my potato, but you can just use a knife.
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cups chopped ham
1/2 cup bacon, fried and crumbled fine
1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated) 
Photo by Sue York/
In a

Food on the Hill: Spaghetti Pie

on March 19, 2013 - 7:10am

This Week's Recipe:
Spaghetti Pie
Photo by Sue York/
6 oz cooked spaghetti noodles
2 eggs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
1/2 chopped medium onion
3 cloves garlic, pressed
4 tablespoons butter
Enough chive chip dip (6oz?)
7 mushrooms, sliced
2 ½ cups spaghetti sauce
1 ½ cups Mozzarella cheese
Photo by Sue York/

If you are going to freeze them for later I have found that if you put a layer of Plastic wrap in the pie pan or ramekins, after they are frozen, you can take them out of the pan for storage.


Food on the Hill: Molasses Krinkels

on March 13, 2013 - 7:36am

This Week's Recipe:

Molasses Krinkels

Photo by Sue York/


1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter(softened)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger
1/2 teaspoon clove1/4 teaspoon salt
White Sugar for dipping


Photo by Sue York/

Cream shortening, butter and brown sugar until well mixed.

Photo by Sue York/

Then mix in all wet ingredients into the creamed butter mixture.

Indonesian Furniture Store Comes to White Rock!

on March 6, 2013 - 9:45am
Owner Perry Handy, left, and manager Lee Gurley unpack one of the crates of furniture that arrived from Indonesia March 5 at their new store, Taurean Collection, in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Unpacking the furniture and setting up the store will be a full-time job for the next couple of weeks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

This armoire, designed by Perry Handy and crafted in Indonesia, will be one of the items on sale at Taurean Collection. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

How did a lawyer

Warm Hearts Yarn Announces Upcoming Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:52am

WHY News:

Warm Hearts Yarn at 35 Rover Blvd. Suite D in White Rock announces its upcoming classes.

Weekly Stitching Group: 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday - this is a great time to get help, inspiration, and visit. Beginners are welcome to this free group!

Ear Flap Hat Class (great for adventurous beginners): this is a two-session class: Thursdays, March 7 and 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class fee: $25/participant, includes pattern Instructor: Stephanie Hagelburg

Block of the Month Club: second Saturday of each month starting April 13, 11 a.m.-noon
Fee: $30 includes kit and instruction (there are only ten

Perch Paperie Extends Hours; Adds New Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:25am

Perch Paperie News:

Now shoppers will have more time to get crafty at Perch Paperie. The store is extending its hours!

Perch Paperie will now be open M-F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perch Paperie has lots of fun classes coming up this month.

New classes are added all the time, so be sure and visit Perch Paperie online at or click on the Perch Paperie ad on the Los Alamos Daily Post to find out the latest.

Paper Straw Pinwheel kids class: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, $7, all ages
CD Case Sticker Book: 1-2 p.m.

Food on the Hill: Pesto

on March 5, 2013 - 7:04am
This Week's Recipe:
Photo by Sue York/


4 oz. fresh basil leaves, stems removed and cleaned

2.25 oz pine nuts

6-8 cloves of garlic

½ cup (or more) olive oil

1/3 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese




Photo by Sue York/


Clean basil leaves in a salad spinner, if you have one. If you don’t, you can clean them under running water before you take them off the stems. Dry them well. 


Photo by Sue York/

In a food processor, put the pine nuts and the cloves of garlic and chop them for about 15 seconds.


Photo by Sue York/



Learn Vegetable ABCs with Carlos Valdez

on February 27, 2013 - 7:35am
Carlos Valdez of the Los Alamos Office of the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service talks with clients. Courtesy/NMSU Kevin Robinson

PEEC News:

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening. Carlos Valdez comes to PEEC at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 to talk about “Vegetable ABCs.”

This talk is free and open to the public.

The last and first frost used to be the beginning and end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore. This program will provide the knowledge necessary for growing food during every month of the year.


Orchard Owner Will Speak on Successful Fruit Production

on February 27, 2013 - 6:45am

Gordon Tooley of Tooley's Trees will be the featured speaker at PEEC March 5.

PEEC News:

Learn about holistic methods of orchard management at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Gordon Tooley, owner of Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, will talk about the best practices for maintaining an orchard.

Have you ever dreamed about picking beautiful, delicious, ripe fruits from your own orchard? Well, there are a few things to consider first. 

Successful fruit production can’t be confined to managing pests or finding the right fertility practice.

Food on the Hill: Greek Style Chicken

on February 26, 2013 - 6:16am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This Week's Recipe:

Greek Style Chicken

Photo by Sue York/


2 pounds chicken- breast and thighs, skinned
1 small can black olives, drained
1 head of garlic, crush with side of knife
1 tablespoon dried oregano
salt and pepper
capers, do not drain
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pitted dried prunes, quartered
3/4 cup Spanish olives with juice
4-6 bay leaves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white wine


Photo by Sue York/
Photo by Sue

Perch Paperie Offers February Classes

on February 11, 2013 - 6:44am

Perch Paperie at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, is a mecca for all kinds of crafters on the Hill. This month, the store is offering three special classes.

Advance notice of attendance is not required, but is greatly appreciated. Call the store at 672-8064 to register or for more information.

Looking for something less structured? The first and third Friday of the month is Ladies Night Out. From 6-8 p.m., crafters are invited to bring projects they are working on and a snack to share for a fun and creative evening. These events are free and open to all.

From 6-8

New Business Offers Kitchen Spice & Everything Nice

on January 25, 2013 - 11:28am

Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.

Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo

She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.

Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a

'Food on the Hill': Caramel Banana Bread

on June 19, 2012 - 7:30am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Photo by Sue York/
Caramel Banana Bread
4 cups bread flour
2 cups of walnut pieces
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter- melted
3 eggs
2 teaspoons caramel extract (can find it in Santa Fe or Internet)
½ cup caramel ice cream syrup in glass jar-- plus ¾ cup to drizzle over each piece of bread during plating 6 large bananas mashed but with little lumps still in them.
Photo by Sue York/
Prepare pans - cut pieces of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of