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How to survive to the winter in Montana?

Montana is know by the locals to have only 2 seasons for the whole year.

In a regular place you would have, spring, summer, fall and winter.

But in Montana, Spring and Fall are almost not existent.

After living for over 5 years in Montana I realized that the weather there can be different from what I was used to.

Spring it’s mostly cold, with snowfall for most of the time and fall could still be warmer like Summer and then it could be really cold the next day without any warning.

On the other hand, when I first moved to Helena, MT from Mexico city I didn’t know what to expect for the winter.

I knew it would be cold, that there would be snow but I wasn’t sure how to get ready for it.

About two months before my first winter in Montana I started asking to the locals about the right gear and things to buy for someone that was not ready for that kind of weather.

The answers that I got were different because of course, some of them were used to the weather and they would mention one thing and the people that I used to work with, would say something different.

Finally, I went to Seattle to visit a friend and I ended up buying a lot of expensive stuff that now I know that it was useless.

Montana winter meme
Montana winter meme

Gear tips

  1. Bundle up – Instead of wearing a huge coat, better to bundle up. It will keep you warmer.
  2. Thermal underwear. You can get some special undergarment that will help you to stay warm.
  3. Special coat. Get a coat that has been designed to resist water, wind and keep you warm.
  4. Don’t wear too many layers. It might seem contradictory to my first point, but if you wear too many layers it’s gonna be sweaty and uncomfortable.
  5. Get comfy snow-boots. They would be your allies during the snowiest and coldests days.
  6. Gloves. The thickness will depend on how much time you are going to spend outside.
  7. Hand Warmers. They are going to be your allies in case you can’t handle the cold.
  8. Use a neck warmer. Keeping your neck covered will keep better the heat of your body.
  9. Snow Pants. You would need them only if you are going to ski or to walk by a big pile of snow.

Survival tips

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink a good amount of water because the use of heating systems will dehydrate you.
  2. Tea. Tea will keep you warm and hydrated.
  3. Don’t drink too much coffee. It can cause dehydration.
  4. Eat comfort food. Your body will need the calories.
  5. Have a winter survival kit in your vehicle.
  6. Eat food that has more fat. It will help to keep your body temperature.

Finally, enjoy the weather and the beauty of it because it’s a wonderful experience!!

Us in the winter of 2015
Us in the winter of 2015

Valentine’s Day in a new city.

Valentine’s Day it’s a holiday that I always look forward to celebrating with my hubby, but since we became parents, things have changed a little bit.

Last year, for example, we went out to celebrate to our favorite restaurant in Great Falls, MT and we took our baby girl with us. It was a family date!!.

Valentine's Day Family Date

Valentine’s Day Family Date

Ready for our date !

This year things have changed a lot!!.

We left Montana last November and moved to my hubby’s hometown, Omaha, NE.

In addition to it, I had to be on call at work

As a result, this year we’ve decided to stay home on Valentine’s Day and postpone our celebration.

We agreed that we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the following Saturday and that his mom could help us to babysit our little girl!


Our Valentine’s Day traditions:

Now that I think about it, I believe that our dating style and traditions are pretty basic and the only things that we usually do to celebrate Valentine’s Day it’s:

– Go to the movie theater

– Go out to have a special dinner

Sometimes being married or in a relationship with someone that has a completely different background than yours could be complicated.

Although my hubby has his own special way to let me know that he loves me.

Valentine's Day flowers
Valentine’s Day Flowers

Sometimes he would get me flowers out of nowhere or buy me something for a special occasion (my birthday, Christmas, etc).

But what it always says that he loves me regardless if it’s a special occasion or not, it’s the way that he takes care of me and our baby girl and that’s a gift that not everyone can give.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!

Mexican Burnt Salsa recipe

A good salsa is one of the most basic and common toppings in any Mexican household and ours is not the exception!!

Below is the recipe of a burnt salsa that my husband found and that he loves to make for everyone.

Ingredients

For a small batch of this delicious burnt salsa you will need:

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • sea salt
Fresh tomatoes on the comal
Fresh tomatoes on the comal

Preparation

  • First of all you need to wash all your fresh ingredients.
  • Set your burner on medium and let your  comal heat.
  • Once the comal is hot enough, put the tomatoes, serrano pepper, and the onion on it and cook them until everything it’s “burned” a little bit.
Roasted ingredients
Roasted ingredients
  • Set it aside and let it cool down.
  • Remove the steam from the serrano pepper, the root from the onion (if it has it) and place it in the blender along with the cilantro and sea salt to taste.

Note: Do not remove the burned parts!! You don’t wanna loose all the flavor!!

Getting ready to blend the veggies!
Getting ready to blend the veggies!
  • Blend it and let it cool down.

Serve the salsa and enjoy it!!!.

You can use tortilla chips to eat it or add it as topping to any food.

The salsa is ready!!
The salsa is ready!!

Total cooking time: 1 hr.

Note: I am not sure that this is s traditional salsa because we Mexicans have too many salsas.

Although this is something that my gringo found in the internet and that he enjoys making for us.

Why we left Montana?

Montana for me is the most beautiful state in the USA that I’ve ever seen and that I’ve ever had the chance to live in, and at some point, we would like to go back there.

Montana has the most beautiful and stunning landscapes that you could ever imagine.

It’s also the perfect state to live in if you love the outdoors.

The number of outdoor activities that you can do there it’s insane.

Going from the most simple ones like hiking, to the wildest ones like hunting and skiing during the winter.

Rainbow Dam, Great Falls, MT. Photo By: @miriam_bade_photography
Rainbow Dam, Great Falls, MT. Photo By: @miriam_bade_photography

Montana was kind of our paradise but sadly for our little family, it didn’t have the job offer that we needed.

I was a Software Developer and Jon is an Air Force Veteran.

When I got pregnant, I knew I had to leave my job since I had to travel a lot for work.

Air photo of Bismarck, ND that I took on one of my flights back to Montana.
Air photo of Bismarck, ND that I took on one of my flights back to Montana.

Our decision of leaving Montana

After struggling for over a year, we decided that the amount of money that we were making wasn’t enough to cover all our expenses and most of the time, we had to ask for help.

As a result, we agreed that I would get a job and that Jon would stay at home taking care of our daughter while pursuing his career.

Finally, after a lot of interviews and a lot of work trying to refresh my programming knowledge, I was able to get a job in Omaha, NE.

We chose to move to Omaha,NE because Jon’s family is here.

Therefore, the change would help us not only to have a better life but also to keep us closer to his family.

I am sure, that one day we will be back in our loved Montana.

Peace and Love!!!

Is the word Gringo offensive??

As Mexicans, we tend to give nicknames to everyone and to pretty much anything. It’s part of our culture and our way of having fun.

But since I moved to the USA, I’ve noticed that some people will get offended by that word and I want to try to explain its roots since I think no one really knows from where it came from.

Usually, in Mexico, the use of the word gringo indicates that the person or group of people that we are talking about was born in the USA without indicating, race, ethnicity or in a way to offend anyone.

Possible origin

There’s no clear origin for the word gringo, but its believed that could have been one of the following situations:

  • Battle of The Alamo, Texas (1836). The Mexicans were shouting out to the US soldiers to leave by using the words: GREEN GO!!. It was believed that the US soldiers were wearing green uniforms (they were really wearing blue uniforms). But the word gringo still remained as part of the Mexican language.
  • US-Mexico war (1845-1847) It was told that the US soldiers were singing the song “Green Grow the Lilacs” and the word gringo was the result of the deformation of the language.
  • Finally, also during the war between Mexico and the US, it was told that the US battalions were identified by different color names and when it was their turn to attack, their commander will say the color name plus the word go to. Hence, when someone heard the order: GREEN GO! , they thought it was a way to name that group of soldiers without knowing that it was the battalions color id.

In the end, regardless of how the word gringo was born, as I mentioned it before, it has no intention what so ever to insult or offend anyone in any way. We Mexicans say it just because and I think we should better stop being offended by everything.

Peace and Love!!!

No writing for my blog

A few months ago when I decided to create this blog, I think I forgot to mention that I was a stay at home mom to a 1-year-old baby girl.

Also at that point, my husband, was the only working to provide for our little family.

Now, things have changed a lot!!.

I got a job in a new town and we moved from Great Falls, MT to my husband’s hometown, Omaha, NE. And of course, that’s a huge change for anyone.

Our Little Family in Omaha
Our Little Family in Omaha

So now, I am the one that goes to work every day, and Jon stays at home with our child.

Therefore, by the time that I make it back home, I just want to spend time with them and to try to relax before we start Astrid’s bedtime routine.

Thus, after the adjustment period, I will try to make the effort to start writing more content and I hope you like it!!.

Why I haven’t been blogging lately?

A few months ago when I decided to create this blog, I think I forgot to mention that I was a stay at home mom to a 1-year-old baby girl and that my husband, Jon, was the only working to provide for our family.

Now, that has changed. I got a job in a new town and we moved from Great Falls, MT to my husband’s hometown, Omaha, NE. And of course, that’s a huge change for anyone.

So now, I am the one that goes to work every day, and Jon stays at home with our child. Therefore, by the time that I make it back home, I just want to spend time with them and to try to relax before we start Astrid’s bedtime routine.

So now, after the adjustment period, I will try to make the effort to write more content and I hope you like it!!.