Viva New Mexico Chile Festival

Here in the Land of Enchantment we LOVE our spicy food & especially our New Mexican chile! It’s unlike chile found anywhere else in the world. It’s a staple in our local cuisine & has become a symbol of our state’s cultural heritage. As you explore our state you’ll notice the delicious aroma of roasted green chile wafting through the air or decorative ristras of rich red chiles strung from adobe buildings, just about everywhere you go.

If you have never experienced New Mexican red or green chile, fall is the perfect time of year to get better acquainted with the delectable spice. Here at the B&B we encourage you to learn more about our rich culture, heritage, & cuisine (& of course, have a ton of fun!) by visiting Wagner’s Farmland Experience for the Viva New Mexico Chile Festival.

Viva New Mexico Chile Festival will be held on September 8 & 9 in Los Lunas, NM at their 288-acre farm.  Just a short drive from Albuquerque, the farm is conveniently located for visitors from the city; & Viva New Mexico Chile Festival is an official event of the statewide centennial celebration.

The Wagner’s, along with other  participating chile farmers, will be prepared with loads of freshly picked chile ready for sale and sampling. A mini-growers market will offer other produce grown in the valley. Food vendors will feature this delightful delicacy in their dishes, and chile products in every possible configuration will be available (have you ever eaten red chile fudge?! Yum!).

The celebration will offer variety of chile themed contests, live entertainment,
arts and crafts, and countless chile products. Other family-friendly activities include: hay ride tours through the farmland, a corn maze, a petting zoo, u-pick flower gardens, cow milking demonstrations, pony rides, face painting, and speakers projecting information on a number of fascinating subjects.

I’m very excited to visit Wagner’s Farm for Viva New Mexico Chile Festival; will you be there too? As always, it is our pleasure to help our guests find fun & interesting things to do as they visit our lovely state; please ask any of our staff about events & activities during your stay!

Bicycling in Beautiful Albuquerque, NM

Did you know that Albuquerque offers over 400 miles of on-street bicycle facilities & multi-use trails? With dozens of convenient & diverse bicycle trails that crisscross the entire city, whatever your biking style our city has a trail to suit you. Many of our major bike paths are multiple use trails, which are paved & completely closed off to motor vehicles; these trails are perfect for taking your time & enjoying all the beautiful Albuquerque scenery. If your goal is to get from point A to point B & you don’t mind sharing the road with other vehicles, the city’s bicycle lanes & bicycle routes are a great option for you; these are routes with either designated bike lanes or linking streets where bikes & vehicles share the road. For those of you with a desire for adventure, grab a mountain bike & hit the Foothills Open Space mountain bike trails. No matter what your fitness level or bicycling proficiency our beautiful city offers a trail that will fit your needs.

If you aren’t travelling with your own bike don’t worry, there are a number of bike rental locations. The most convenient location for bicycle rentals to the B&B is Routes Rentals & Tours. Located on Mountain Road between 11th & 12th, Routes is only about half a mile & a 10 minute walk away from us. Routes rentals include city bikes & mountain bikes at hourly, half-day, & full-day rates; & bike reservations can be made online any time.

Pedal your way through historic neighborhoods around the B&B, visit museums & avoid the parking crunch in historic Old Town, feel the wind beneath Cottonwood trees along the Rio Grande River Bike Path, enjoy a picnic at the nearby biological park, zoo, or in one of the area’s many parks – the breathtaking New Mexico sky is the limit! As summer begins to wind down & with fall right around the corner, this is the ideal time of year to get outside & enjoy our city’s bike trails. Remember to stay hydrated in our gorgeous New Mexican desert & enjoy the trails!

For information on our city’s bike trails & for route maps click here!

Celebrating the Centennial of New Mexico’s Statehood!

Good morning friends of the Mauger Estate B&B,
Did you know that this is year is the centennial of New Mexico’s statehood? On January 6, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th State in the U.S. All year we will be celebrating the centenary & commemorating with a variety of events throughout the state. These events honor & showcase our state’s heritage & rich culture while looking forward to the next 100 years. There is always something fun & exciting to do in New Mexico & this year is the perfect year to discover something new about the beautiful Land of Enchantment.

Visitors can try the NM Centennial Commemorative Margarita at Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen (& get a free commemorative glass!), participate in a traditional Zia Pueblo Feast Day, learn more about the heart & soul of New Mexican food- green chile at VIVA New Mexico Chile Festival, or simply find out more about the state’s admission to the union at the New Mexico History Museum. The possibilities are endless & visitors have all of 2012 to help us celebrate our 100th year of statehood. Additional information & list of events are available at http://nmcentennial.org/ .

Enjoy your time in our lovely state & have fun!

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Lavender Icing

Tammy’s Scones

2 ½ C flour
¾ C sugar
½ C butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 tsp baking powder
¼ to ½ C milk or ½ and ½

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or fork until crumbly mixture is formed. Add vanilla and milk or ½ and ½ and any extra ingredients such as cranberries and orange zest, raisins, blueberries, etc. Mix with fork until dough is formed, turn out onto floured surface and pat with hands into a circle shape about 1 inch thick, cut into triangles and bake at 375 degrees until slightly brown on top and firm.

Lemon Lavender Icing

¼ C ½ and ½ or milk
1 tblsp lavender seeds, crushed between palms

Microwave for 40 seconds and stir. Using a strainer, strain the seeds pouring liquid into a small mixing bowl. Add the following, stir and microwave for 35 seconds and stir again.

1 C powdered sugar
2 tblsp melted butter
2 drops lemon extract

Use a spoon to drizzle over scones. Enjoy!

New Year, New Deals!

As 2012 moves right along, we’re all looking for ways to make our dollar go further. Here at the Mauger, we’re trying to help! We’ve run a February special (check out our home page on the website www.maugerbb.com), and we’re getting ready to release our 2nd Living Social deal.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we have several rooms open, so snatch up this deal, that you can only get from the Blog! Mention this blog post and receive complimentary fruit and cheese in your room, and $15 off the standard rate on Valentine’s Day only. Don’t forget, there are several restaurants that are within walking distance of the Mauger, so you can make a lovely evening for your sweetheart!

As always, we wish you a sunny day, a content belly and a good night’s sleep!

Holiday Spirit

Happy post Thanksgiving! As we embark upon the spirit of the holiday season, take a moment to be thankful for all of the exquisite food that we are able to enjoy! At the Mauger, you’ll find sweet potato biscuits, grilled veggie breakfast tart with goat cheese, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, fresh fruit, bacon and of course the hallmark granola on our breakfast buffet today. You must take time out to come and enjoy a night in one of our quiet, luxurious rooms and wake up to the smell of our sumptuous breakfast! You will indeed enjoy the season much more.

We are proud to release our new QR code, and encourage you to check it out! Something special awaits you.

Have a spectacular day, and we’ll see you soon!

Happy Spooky Monday! Caramel Apple French Toast for a Treat!

Caramel Apple French Toast (this is a stuffed French toast recipe)

2 medium sized granny smith apples
1 Tblsp butter

Wash and core apples, and slice very thin length wise. Melt butter in bottom of 9×13 baking dish.

6 eggs
1 C milk
¼ C sugar
1 Tblsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together with a whisk in a mixing bowl.

In a greased 9X13 baking dish, lay 6 pieces of thinly sliced French bread, place sliced apples on top of bread, sprinkle with brown sugar. Mix ½ of an 8 oz. block of cream cheese, ¼ C butter, ¼ C maple syrup, and melt in microwave until blended together, then pour over apples and brown sugar. Place another layer of bread on top then pour egg mixture over bread, place 2 slices of apple on top of each piece of bread for garnish.

Refrigerate overnight, bake in 360 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Cut diagonally, pour warm syrup over top and serve while hot.

Serve on a platter, not in baking dish.

Serves 10-12 people.

Another Successful Balloon Fiesta!

It began on Saturday, October 1, 2011 and wowed spectators until yesterday morning. Hundreds of amazing, colorful, fun-shaped and glorious balloons along with tens of thousands of people watching in awe. The weather was fantastic with the exception of a bit of rain and one evening of wind, but lots of beautiful New Mexico sunshine! Visit the Balloon Fiesta site: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an event not to be missed…book your room now for next year!

The Mauger Estate B&B has just added a fall special, take a look at our home page to see the “book 3 nights, receive 15% off” special. Our many repeat guests will tell you that this is a true bargain! All inclusive with evening refreshments, full breakfast that is consistently some of the tastiest food you’ll experience, and many comforting amenities to make you feel at home!

At the moment, I’m making blueberry peach french toast and apple spice muffins for tomorrow!

Enjoy your wonderfall evening!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

½ C butter
½ C milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground clove
1Tblsp baking powder
3 C flour
1 C mashed baked sweet potato

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add butter and use a pastry cutter to cut butter into flour mixture until butter is pea sized. Add sweet potato and milk and stir with fork just until mixed. Turn onto floured surface and knead 3-5 times, pat out into 1 inch thick circle, and use biscuit cutter or knife to cut biscuits. Optional: dip tops of biscuits into melted butter before baking.

Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve with honey butter and enjoy!

Fall flavors coming your way!

The brisk evenings have abrubptly approached us, and we’re gearing up for fall. This is an exciting time, because we see menus changing, adding pumpkin, butternut, acorn and many other squashes, and we love pumpkin at the Mauger! Watch for our delicious pumpkin recipes, and some will be Mauger Estate originals.

We are gearing up for Balloon Fiesta, which starts September 30th, and continues for 10 days. We do still have rooms available so please think about attending this world class event! You will thoroughly enjoy it, and the photos that you take home with you will be magnificent!

In the meantime, enjoy the little ones playing soccer, your older ones at homecoming, and your professional football team rallying as we kick of the season!