Here are a few unusual, only in Arizona, Christmas sights:
|PRICKLY PEAR JELLY|
1 gal. prickly pear cactus fruit, very ripe, deep garnet color
4 c. juice
4 c. sugar
2 pkgs. fruit pectin
Gather the fruit using tong and gloves. Put fruit in sink with water. Using tongs, swish in water to remove stickers. Cut fruit in half. Place in large pan. Boil until fruit is shriveled. Mash with potato masher. Strain through jelly bag or cheese cloth. Bring juice and pectin to boil. Add sugar and boil to jelly stage. Pour into jelly glasses and seal.
A rooster pulling a decorated wagon (matches the chili peppers I think).
My computer screen saver and it isn't even close to below freezing outside:)