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postheadericon Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Events

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 is upon us. If you don’t have plans already, it is not too late. There are many events taking place all over the country to commemorate the day and honor those brave men and women who died in service to America.

It is a good time to take the opportunity to teach your family and loved ones why America celebrates Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day Weekend 2017

The US Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the National Cemetery Administration are hosting events at VA national cemeteries throughout the country. Local communities will put their own special touches on the events and honor local heroes. You can find the VA sponsored event closest to you by checking their website.

Sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee, the National Memorial Day Parade will take place in Washington, D.C. It begins at 2pm at the intersection of Constitution and NW 7th and ends up at 17th Street after parading down Constitution Avenue and the White House. It will be televised and streamed live online. More events in the D.C. area can be found here.

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 parade Red Barn Blue Skies

Be sure to check for events in your local area. Your American Legion post can usually advise you of celebrations near you.

Please have a safe weekend and don’t forget to honor our heroes and those brave people who died for our country, our flag, and your freedom.

postheadericon Pretty Pomegranate Jelly Recipe

Even though both of my grandmothers were expert jam and jelly makers, I didn’t learn the craft from them. I picked it up later in life and never looked back. Today I’m sharing one that my entire family (on all sides) has enjoyed for years. Along with being tart and sweet, it is one of the prettiest jellies we make. Enjoy our Pretty Pomegranate Jelly Recipe and make it a favorite in your household too.

Pomegranate Jelly Recipe at Red Barn Blue Skies

 

Pretty Pomegranate Jelly Recipe

Ingredients

5 Cups Pomegranate Juice

1/4 cup lemon juice or juice from 1 large lemon

1 tsp Butter

1 box Powdered Fruit Pectin (1.75 oz)

6 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar

Instructions

Prepare your sterilized canning jars , lids and rings before starting.

Bring the water in your water-bath canner to a boil with rack installed.

Combine pomegranate juice, lemon juice and powdered fruit pectin in a large stainless steel pot .

Add butter (to reduce mixture foaming) and bring to a rolling boil, stirring continuously.

Add sugar and bring back to a heavy boil. Boil for exactly one minute, still stirring.

Remove from heat.

Skim off any foam that has developed.

Carefully ladle jelly into prepared jars, leaving about 1/4" headspace.

Wipe rims clean of any spilled jelly before placing lids on jars.

Attach rings to finger-tight snugness.

Place in water bath and boil for 5 minutes.

Once processed, remove from water and place on towel on counter to cool.

Check to see if jars are sealed by pressing finger in middle of lid. If lid springs back, the jar isn't sealed and will need refrigeration.

Notes

This recipe is easily customized by using other juices or mixing various liquids. Cranberry and grape are two popular choices to make tasty jellies.

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This jelly is fantastic with fresh baked bread. We really enjoy all of the different flavors when we pair it with our Basil Beer Bread. YUM!

Pretty Pomegranate Jelly Recipe and Fresh Bread at Red Barn Blue Skies

postheadericon America’s National Park Week Starts Tomorrow

Once again it’s time to join thousands of other Americans as we celebrate our nation’s heritage for National Park Week. Make a plan to visit one of our country’s most valuable assets – our national parks between April 15-23, 2017.

 

Hiker in Yosemite at Red Barn Blue Skies for National Park Week

 

Every year, the National Park Service partners with the non-profit National Park Foundation to highlight our national parks. This is designed to encourage people to take advantage of special programs and events. With over 400 parks to visit, there is a park close by for everyone to enjoy. Hiking and walking along the thousands of miles of maintained trails are a favorite activity for all ages and abilities.

 

Marmots in Yosemite at Red Barn Blue Skies for National Park Week

National Park Week Schedule

  • April 15-16 – Free Admission Weekend for the 117 parks that normally charge a fee – the other parks are fee-free all year.
  • April 15 – Junior Ranger Day – Kids big and small can have a blast learning about the park and its residents while earning a Junior Ranger badge.
  • April 22-23 – Free Admission Weekend for the 117 parks that normally charge a fee – the other parks are fee-free all year.
  • April 22 – Earth Day just happens to coincide with this weeklong celebration. Be a part of it and join in conservation programs and celebrate our natural world.
  • April 23 – Park Rx Day is celebrating its 2nd anniversary as the idea of parks being a gateway to good health is explored and encouraged.

 

Mirror Lake at Yosemite Red Barn Blue Skies for National Park Week

 

Our National Park System offers a lot of programs and fun activities for the entire family.  The annual National Park Week is just one of the many great offerings to be had. Be sure to check out their calendar or that of your favorite park to find more events coming up. Whether it is watching wildlife or just relaxing in the fresh air, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Bighorn Sheep at Yellowstone for Red Barn Blue Skies National Park Week

 

National Park Week isn’t the only time the parks offer free admission days. Many events such as National Public Lands Day are included.