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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and new Traditions

9 Oct

This weekend was the beginning of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

The Balloon Fiesta is a BIG deal! People travel all over the world to experience the festivities. And most people who grew up in New Mexico have some fun memories of the Balloon Fiesta.

I remember bundling up as a little kid and driving all the way to Albuquerque from the “country” to see the Balloons. One year my mom didn’t take us into the actual Balloon Park, she let us pick a balloon and we drove all around Albuquerque following the Balloon! I also have fond memories of staying up all night with my friend Jacquelyn and deciding since we were up might as well go get a burrito and see some balloons.

This year, the husband and I started a new tradition! Like I said the Balloon Fiesta is a big deal! So because of all the people who come to see and experience the festivities, there is a lot of traffic and lines and well people. So, since I am not always a fan of traffic or lines the husband and I decided to do something different.

We decided we would wake up early, get some breakfast burritos and find a spot to park and watch all the balloons.

I set my alarm for 6:30 Saturday morning and checked Twitter and Facebook to see if the Balloons were given the OK to fly. Annnnddd they were not. They were officially grounded because of high winds. So I rolled over and went back to sleep. Same thing Sunday but they were given the green light. So we loaded up the dogs, got some delicious breakfast burritos from Lotta Burger and did a little off-roading to find a great spot. Bruce and Rhonda ran around and Shane and I watched balloons. It was wonderful!

Can’t wait to do it again next year.

What are some of your favorite Balloon Fiesta traditions?

2012 Balloon Fiesta

Bruce and Rhonda running

Hot Air Balloon


Jam Plan!

18 Jul

Apricots are my favorite fruit!

I love them so much I eat them before they are ready!

I grew up in a small town called Jemez Springs and we always had a lot of apricot trees.

Well, it’s odd to most people but everyone from Jemez would eat the apricots before they were ripe. So they were a little green and a little hard – but they are so good. Especially when you put a little salt on them!

This year we had a lot of apricots and my mom sent me home with a whole bunch. Because I wanted to try something new that reminded me of someone I love!

My Grandma would always make jelly when I was little. She would go to a cannery and make jam with her friends – oh and I tagged a long because I was always with her!

This year because we had so many apricots and they were no longer firm or green like I love them I decided to try something different. I made apricot jam and it came out delicious! This is how I did it!


Recipe adapted from here

Apricot Jam

What you need:

8 cups diced apricots

1/4 cup lemon juice ( I ran out of lemons at one point so I used lime and it worked great)

6 cups sugar

1 tablespoon butter – you really need this so the apricot jam does not get to watery or foamy. Add this once it starts to boil

(I also added a pinch of salt. I don’t know if that’s against jam rules but I did it and I think it made the apircots stand out more!)

Tips – I used six cups the first time and the second time I cut it in half. I would suggest you start with three cups and taste the jam as it cooks – add more sugar if youthink it needs more.

Make sure you use a cold spoon when you taste the jam. This will also help you determine if the jelly is done. When you scoop it out with the cold spoon, if it’s runny let it boil longer. If you like the consistency you’re done!



Sterilize your canning jars by boiling for 10 minutes in a hot water canner or the dishwasher

You will need 5 pint jars or 10 half-pints.

Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.

Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

Once mixture reaches a rolling boil, continue to boil it for 30 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking.

Remove from heat and fill jars, leaving 1/4 head space.

Wipe rims clean and put the 2-piece metal canning lids in place.

Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Or if you put the hot jam in the cans it will seal the cans. Just make sure you can’t pop the top of the can when the lid is closed.

Tip –This is a great time to use the chalk board mason jars and write what kind of jam you made. Good for gifts and being organized!

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam – yumm!

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam