Piñon Pine

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‘On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, Five Golden Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree’…AND I give to you Christmas fireplaces full of piñon wood.


Oh, and a only the most purrfect cat ever on the fireplace mantel. What?! I was so pleased with myself when I captured this shot. But, back to my main message. Piñon wood, or more precisely Piñon Pine is New Mexico’s state tree and piñon nuts are just totally delisious. My favorite thing though is the way it smells when you burn it – it’s Santa Fe’s signature winter smell and walking through our snowy, winding, almost non-American streets in the winter, this smell is just magical. It just seals the deal if you know what I mean. If you ever hear any reference to Santa Fe’s smell you can bet your money that it’s burning piñon wood. 

Here’s my favorite holiday dessert with piñon nuts.

Here’s my favorite way to ‘burn’ piñon in the summer time. 

So, a big Christmas cheers to you all and I wish you were right here with me in my living room so you could smell the smell of Santa Fe and… so you could meet the best cat of my life.




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