Lake George Winter Carnival Weekend Three

I LOVE the Winter Carnival. The snow doesn’t bother me in December because I’m looking forward to Christmas and my birthday. Then, we get caught up in New Years Eve and New Years plans. Then, prepping for the Super Bowl and then suddenly we find ourselves stuck in the middle of nothing with the snow still coming. That’s what the Lake George Winter Carnival is for. It takes you out of those Winter doldrums to find the fun in snow again and here’s what’s going on this weekend.

CAR RACES (SAT/SUN)

ATV SCAVENGER HUNT (SAT)

TOAST MARSHMALLOWS ON THE BEACH (SAT) 4:00PM *FIREWORKS*

ICE DIVING DEMONSTRATION (SAT/SUN)

CHOWDER COOK-OFF (SAT) 12:00PM- SHEPARD PARK

BREEZY HILL ALPACA FARM (SAT/SUN)

LOCAL RESTAURANT COMPETITION (SUN) 1:00PM

:::::EVERY WEEKEND:::::

FIREWORKS (SAT) 6:00PM

HELICOPTER RIDES (W/ A FEE)

LG DOG’S GOT TALENT SHOW (2:30P)

WISH LANTERN FLY OFF (SAT) 5:30PM

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES (11A-2P) @ KING NEPTUNES

ATV WAGON RIDES FOR KIDS ($2)

PONY RIDES ($5) IN THE PARK

Lake George Winter Carnival Weekend Two

I LOVE the Winter Carnival. The snow doesn’t bother me in December because I’m looking forward to Christmas and my birthday. Then, we get caught up in New Years Eve and New Years plans. Then, prepping for the Super Bowl and then suddenly we find ourselves stuck in the middle of nothing with the snow still coming. That’s what the Lake George Winter Carnival is for. It takes you out of those Winter doldrums to find the fun in snow again and here’s what’s going on this weekend.

NY STATE AMA SANCTIONED MOTORCYCLE AND ATV ICE RACE (SAT/SUN)

ATV SCAVENGER HUNT (SAT)

BBQ COOK-OFF (SAT) 12:00PM- SHEPARD PARK

TOAST MARSHMALLOWS ON BEACH (SAT) 4:00PM *FIREWORKS*

VISIT FROM ADIRONDACK FLAMES (SAT/SUN)

ICE DIVING DEMONSTRATIONS (SAT/SUN)

BREEZY HILL ALPACA FARM (SAT/SUN)- SHEPARD PARK

DOGSLED RIDES (SAT/SUN) $20

GIANT KITE FLYING ON THE ICE (SAT)

:::::EVERY WEEKEND:::::

FIREWORKS (SAT) 6:00PM

HELICOPTER RIDES (W/ A FEE)

LG DOG’S GOT TALENT SHOW (2:30P)

WISH LANTERN FLY OFF (SAT) 5:30PM

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES (11A-2P) @ KING NEPTUNES

ATV WAGON RIDES FOR KIDS ($2)

PONY RIDES ($5) IN THE PARK

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea and that’s kind of the same thing”

I’ve been craving chai lattes lately and I blame it solely on Caffe Vero (1 Canada Street, Lake George) and their delicious beverages. CaffeVero-1I’ve been familiar with Caffe Vero since their last place in the village but they just got settled at their new place down the street, it’s beautiful and they make a solid chai latte FYI.

I went with my family for breakfast and they have every thing breakfast you would ever want to eat, like my personal favorite, homemade bagels (yum). If you’re looking for views of the newly updated place, you’re going to have to check it out on your own because their website is still under construction in terms of changing it over from the old place but take my word for it, it’s a huge step up from before. I’ve gone to a lot of restaurants and this food came out faster than I’ve ever experienced out eating before. We got our drinks and before we knew it, the food was cooked fresh and put in front of us.

I ordered a breakfast sandwich on a homemade whole wheat everything bagel. It was honestly between that and french toast but how do you turn down a homemade bagel, the answer? CaffeVero-2You don’t. The eggs were cooked beautifully and the perfect amount of bacon but my only complaint is that I wish it was bigger. You know that feeling when you eat something amazing and you wish there was more because it’s gone already but then you give yourself time and realize that if you ate anymore you would’ve made yourself sick? It was that. The bagel was thinner than some of the chain bagels in the area but after everything digested, it was perfect.

I took a large chai latte to go and went on my way. If you’re looking for a great spot to relax, grab a bite and get some hot delicious beverage in your stomach, check out Caffe Vero for sure.CaffeVero-3 It’s got its own parking lot so you don’t have to deal with the crazy Lake George Village parking  and you end up with something delicious (even if you’re like me and don’t drink coffee). What’s your favorite hot beverage? Team coffee? Team tea? Team hot chocolate? Or something else?

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table”

Ronald Reagan

I’ve kept this a bit of a secret but I’m so excited to discuss this new (kind-of) culinary journey I’m about to begin. I was so happy to hear from the great people at City Dining Cards about wanting me to try the Capital Region cards and that’s when my mission began.  CityDiningCards1City Dining Cards have cards for a lot of big cities in the United States but now there’s a deck for the Capital Region and I’m ready to take it on. The cards expire December 31st, 2015 and my goal is to use each one and utilize the benefits.

To start, when you first open the cards they look like a deck of playing cards, each representing a different restaurant in alphabetical order. The best part is that of each purchase of a deck, 5% goes to local food banks and each deck is only $20 + shipping. The main focus of the deck is Albany but no worries for those of you up North, you can utilize them too since they feature restaurants in Clifton Park, Latham, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and everywhere in between.

The way they work is that if you spend $30 or more on food at one of the featured restaurants, when you redeem the City Dining Card you receive $10 of off your bill. There are even a few Wild Cards in there like a free loaf of bread at Bountiful Bread or a free coffee at Honest Weight Food Co-Op.

I love this whole idea because while looking through the restaurants, I didn’t realize how many I’ve never experienced before and this is my chance! Expect pictures and comments about how well the City Dining Card worked, how easy it is to utilize and still eat on a budget and how many of my friends flocked to me the minute I said I had a discount at all of these local City Dining Cards 2restaurants.

The best part? I have a few decks to give away over the course of the next month. Tell me your favorite Capital Region restaurant and I’ll pick my favorite 4 to win a City Dining Card: Capital Region deck of their very own. Hope you have fun on this City Dining Card journey with me! I haven’t even used it yet and I already purchased the Buffalo edition for a friend for her birthday! Have you utilized City Dining Cards before?

Lake George Winter Carnival Weekend One

I LOVE the Winter Carnival. The snow doesn’t bother me in December because I’m looking forward to Christmas and my birthday. Then, we get caught up in New Years Eve and New Years plans. Then, prepping for the Super Bowl and then suddenly we find ourselves stuck in the middle of nothing with the snow still coming. That’s what the Lake George Winter Carnival is for. It takes you out of those Winter doldrums to find the fun in snow again and here’s what’s going on this weekend for the VERY FIRST weekend of the carnival.

LG Winter Carnival Logo

OPENING CEREMONIES (SAT) 12:00PM- SHEPARD PARK

LGWC PARADE (SAT) 4:00PM

ICE DIVING DEMONSTRATION (SAT/SUN)

OUTHOUSE RACES (SAT) 12:30PM

CHILI COOK-OFF (SAT) 12:30PM- SHEPARD PARK

TOAST MARSHMALLOWS ON THE BEACH (AFTER PARADE) *FIREWORKS*

DOGSLED RIDES ON THE LAKE (SUN) $20

:::::EVERY WEEKEND:::::

FIREWORKS (SAT) 6:00PM

HELICOPTER RIDES (W/ A FEE)

LG DOG’S GOT TALENT SHOW (2:30P)

WISH LANTERN FLY OFF (SAT) 5:30PM

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES (11A-2P) @ KING NEPTUNES

ATV WAGON RIDES FOR KIDS ($2)

PONY RIDES ($5) IN THE PARK

If kids can learn how to make a simple Bolognese sauce, they will never go hungry. It’s pretty easy to cook pasta, but a good sauce is way more useful.

Emeril Lagasse

Tuttorosso is pretty much the only brand of tomato products I’ve familiar with. It’s the only label I’ve seen from cooking with my Grandma to cooking with my little cousins. Tuttorosso-1When someone says “Hey, could you pick up a can of tomato paste?” It’s assumed that you’re coming back with a can of Tuttorosso.

I was really excited to have the opportunity to cook sauce of my own with the same brand that my entire family approves of. I love to cook but I’ve never made my own sauce from scratch- until now.

With the different Tuttorosso products, they also gave me a few recipes to try to since I’m not well-versed in making sauces, I figured I’d start out basic with the “Perfect Marinara Sauce.”

Makes 6 Servings; 10 min Prep Time; 30 min Cook Time

Ingredients:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tbs. TUTTOROSSO TOMATO PASTE

1 (35oz) can TUTTOROSSO PEELED PLUM Italian Style Tomatoes with natural basil flavor, crushed with hands

¼ tsp. sugar

5 whole basil leaves

Salt and ground black paper to taste

 

Directions:

1.      Heat oil in skillet, add garlic and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the TUTTOROSSO TOMATO PASTE and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

2.      Add the TUTTOTOSSO PEELED PLUM Italian Style Tomatoes, sugar and basil. Stir to combine and then add salt and black pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally until thicken and reduced, about 30 mins. Season again with salt and pepper. Discard basil and garlic.

3.      Serve over your favorite pasta. Garnish with fresh grated Parmesan and torn basil leaves.

I loved how easy it was to use the Tuttorosso products. It made me wonder why I don’t make sauce every day of my life all the time. Also, I’ve tried to use my GoPro a little more with my blog so enjoy this quick video I made of me making a fool of myself cooking with my little cousin Emma.

I Know You’ve Been Wondering…

It’s been a crazy month or so, am I right? Let me catch you up on what I’ve had going on so you can understand why I may have left you hanging there for a bit.

First off, I needed to take some time away and get my personal life in check. Between relationships, friendships, work, Christmas and everything else. I really just needed a break. It was during that break though that I couldn’t wait to get back to my blog. This really is an outlet for me and I hated the fact that without this, I had no idea what was going on in the area. THAT’S SO UNLIKE ME!

I appreciate you waiting it out with me and letting me take that time to get myself in check for my mental well-being. We all need some time, right? Well, I’m done with mine and I can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things I have coming up and some great things I’ve done and not sharing with you all on here! Hope you’re glad to have me back because I’m glad to be back and more excited than ever!

Anything I can add to your to-do list?

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