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  • April16th

    What to do when unseasonably warm weather and Easter collide in the Adirondacks? Create an Easter-themed ice cream treat! We are so excited that temperatures have finally risen — it was nearly 80 degrees outside our Plattsburgh office on Monday! While weather this warm probably won’t stick, even temperatures in the 50s feel tropical after our long, often subzero winter. Time to break out the ice cream, we say! Although this classic treat is great any time of the year, what better way to welcome spring (or for some of us, celebrate the end of Lenten fasts) than with a sweet, chocolatey delight? These ultra-creamy fudge pops feature a grown-up kick with the addition of a cup of coffee and can be prepared in about half the time of other ice pop recipes, which often rely on stove-heating. You and your betrothed can whip these festive treats together in a snap!

    ADK Adirondack Easter Recipes

    Ingredients:

    1 package of instant chocolate pudding mix
    ½ cup sugar (optional)
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
    1 cup of milk
    1 cup of your favorite coffee

    Makes approx. 10 – 12 pops (using a standard pop mold)

    Steps:

    1. Using your kitchen mixer with the whisk attachment (or in a large mixing bowl, using a whisk), stir together pudding mix and evaporated milk, adding the evaporated milk slowly to avoid clumps. Once combined, stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.
    2. Pour into ice pop molds or Dixie cups and freeze at least 4 hours. If using Dixie cups, insert a popsicle stick when the pops are firm but not yet completely frozen.

    The evaporated milk gives the pops creaminess, meaning they will stay a little soft and chewy after they freeze. Release them from your molds by running them under warm water for a few seconds and wiggle them out of place gently, being careful not to pull the sticks out. Happy Easter!

    — Story and photo by Elizabeth Piseczny

  • April9th

    We love living upstate in the beautiful Adirondacks, but we also appreciate our relative proximity to the excitement of New York City. We find ourselves in the big city pretty regularly, to speak at journalism conferences (which Laura does every March), attend Bridal Fashion Week (in both April and October), and to pick up awards (we’ve actually won not one but two big national awards now–details soon to come).

    A walk around the city offers plenty of bridal goodness, like this macaroon wedding cake in a display window on the Upper East Side, and beautifully decorated cupcakes that taste as good as they look.

    Adirondack Weddings | Bridal Adventures in NYC


        
    Naturally, plenty of bridal loveliness can be found directly at International Bridal Fashion Week, which we’ve covered here: Fashion Week Part 1, Fashion Week Part 2, and Fashion Week Part 3.

    New York Bridal Fashion Week | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Our adventures sometimes bring us to some pretty ritzy locations, such as The Plaza Hotel (famous for many things, including being the site of “Eloise at the Plaza”) and the atrium at Trump Tower on Madison Avenue.

    Adirondack Weddings Magazine | Bridal Adventures in NYC

    Adirondack Weddings Magazine | Bridal Adventures in NYC

    Laura teaches university journalism, and while in New York City last month to speak at a national conference, visited several media outlets with some of her students, including Sports Illustrated at the Time & Life Building, O The Oprah Magazine at Hearst Tower, and Bon Appetit in the Conde Nast Building.

    Adirondack Weddings Magazine | Bridal Adventures in NYC

    Adirondack Weddings | Bridal Adventures in NYC

    At night, the city is perhaps at its most spectacular. Here’s the view from the Presidential Suite at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.


        

        
    One of our favorite parts about the train ride home is all the awesome lighthouses on the Hudson. (They aren’t as special to us as the one on Valcour Island, featured in Adirondack Weddings Volume Three, naturally — but they are still pretty cool!)


        
    We’re safely back at home in the North Country now, back to work on the magazine and website. J’taime, New York; until next time!

  • April2nd

    Choosing a unique wedding favor can be daunting. As bride and groom, you want to offer guests something they’ll either keep as a remembrance, or use and enjoy, and there are so many – almost too many – wonderful options out there. One idea we find charming is to create a personalized signature tea. Blend together in sachets, or pair with a mug or teacup.

    Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Adirondack Weddings Magazine favors

    With a special blend of fine tea you select and mix yourself, paired with a teacup or mug and perhaps a heart-shaped steeper, you’ll leave your guests with something they can enjoy and relax with after their journeys back home. You might choose to engrave or monogram the mugs, or to simply pick a design that reflects your taste or compliments your wedding’s theme. Either way, the memento serves as a nice, practical keepsake, and the scent of lavender or spices from your unique tea blend will bring the day to mind for years to come, for you and your guests.

    To create your personalized tea, stop by your local co-op or health food store. Most will have loose teas sold in bulk that you can mix and match depending on your taste. Feel free to start with one of the recipes below and add or modify flavors based on your preferences.

    Here are some mixtures we recommend:

    Purple Mist. This blend of lavender, green oolong, and jasmine pearls is an aromatic delight. The fresh, springtime quality of the lavender and jasmine blends perfectly with the earthier green tea. The result is smooth, fragrant, and perfect with a dollop of honey.

    Red Chai. Great for fall and winter, this chai is made with red rooibos, a smooth, refreshing African tea that is naturally caffeine-free. Combined with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, this is the perfect tea for a relaxing night by the fire.

    Floral Bouquet. Just as the name implies, this is an all-flower blend that makes for a refreshing spring or summer brew. Made with chamomile, lavender, rose, and jasmine flowers, this mixture offers a light and complex taste, and a scent that is sweetly soothing.

    Adirondack Weddings Magazine tea favor

    Can’t decide on the perfect blend? Invite your bridesmaids over for a tasting to help you choose. (Aren’t we all overdue for a tea party with our best friends?) Once you’ve decided, simply pour your blend into small, individual satchels, which can be found in any craft supply store, and start looking for the perfect teacups!

    — Story and photos by Elizabeth R. Davidson

  • March26th

    As winter continues its long, icy stay in the Adirondacks, we’re using this Recipe Wednesday to share one of our favorite winter comfort foods: banana bread! This moist, flavorful loaf is ideal for a romantic breakfast in bed. Serve with some fresh berries and a pot of artisan roast coffee, and start the week off with a relaxing Sunday morning with your loved one.

    Homemade Banana Bread | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas (3 or 4), mashed
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Move oven rack to low position so that the top of the pan will be in center of oven.
    2. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of only one (roughly 9″ x 5″)loaf pan.
    3. Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended.
    4. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
    5. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt just until moistened.
    6. Stir in nuts and pour mixture into pans.
    7. Bake about 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    8. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from the pan; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack.
    9. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature.

    The spiced cinnamon smell of this treat, coupled with the dense yet soft texture, will warm you from the inside out. And when Monday comes around (as it always does, unfortunately…), you’ll have some yummy leftovers to wrap up and take with you to work! Store for up to 4 days on your counter-top or for up to 10 days in the fridge.

    — Story by Elizabeth R. Davidson

  • March19th

    We are lucky to have some loyal followers who comment on many of our blog posts. You may have noticed that select readers have photos that appear next to their comments, as illustrated in the screen capture below. Wondering how your photo can appear next to your comments here on the Adirondack Weddings website? We’ll show you how it’s done!

    You simply need to register for a “Gravatar,” which is short for “globally recognized avatar.” This avatar connects with your email address and allows you to post on millions of recognized blogs and web forums with your name and picture included. Getting your own Gravatar is simple! Just follow these steps:

    1. Visit the Gravatar website and register

    Click or type http://gravatar.com into your web browser. You’ll see a “Log In/Sign Up” link near the top of the website.

    2. Add your email & pick your personal image

    Enter your email address and then choose where you want to upload your profile avatar image from by clicking “Get Your Gravatar.” You can either upload a file from your computer’s hard drive, an image from one of your accounts on the internet, or a previously uploaded image.

    3. Look for a confirmation email

    You should receive a confirmation email from Gravatar. Click on the link provided in the email and you should be able to choose how to input your image.

    4. Crop your image & finish registering

    Crop your image by moving the box that is overlaid on the image you choose. Then click the “Crop and Finish” button.

    5. Choose an image rating for your Gravatar

    The rating you choose for your Gravatar should reflect the content of your Gravatar image and postings. G, PG, R and X are the content rating options. (Be advised that an X-rated content image will automatically prevent you from posting on many sites.)

    Now you’re set! Come back and comment on our site to make sure it worked. Having a Gravatar helps you personalize your online identity across the web. Cool, huh?

  • March12th

    Which images are our most re-pinned on Pinterest? By far our most viral post is this picnic table guest book from a wedding in Elizabethtown, which we published as one of our very first blog posts back in 2011. Here are some of our others!

    ADK wedding pins

    This is just a small collection of “fan favorites” from the Adirondack Weddings Magazine Pinterest page. Other oft-repinned images include a lovely mason jar vase from our inspiration galleries, our DIY fall leaf bouquet, and this yummy Adirondack strawberry cocktail.

    Keep your eyes peeled for our new monthly feature — “Pinsday ADK”! Once a month, we’ll create a collection of featured pins based on a theme. Need some Adirondack Pinspiration? If you have ideas for themes you’d like to see, please share in the comments below. Happy pinning!

  • March6th

    Searching for delicious bite-sized hors d’oeuvres to serve at your Adirondack wedding? These cream-filled puff pastries are a little taste of heaven! Serve alone or pair with berries, whipped cream, and a glass of champagne. Serve in between the dinner course and the wedding cake to ensure that you and your guests will have no trouble clearing these sweet morsels off the plate.

    Cream Puffs | Adirondack Weddings Magazine
    Yields 20-25 cream puffs

    Ingredients:

    For the cream puffs…
    • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages of instant vanilla pudding mix.
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup milk
    • ½ cup butter
    • 1 cup water
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 4 eggs

    For the chocolate sauce..
    • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1 2/3 cups white sugar
    • 1 ¼ cups water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Cream Puffs | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius).
    2. Mix together the vanilla instant pudding mix, cream and milk. Cover and refrigerate to set.
    3. Bring water and butter to a rolling boil in a large pot. Stir in flour and salt until the mixture forms into a ball.
    4. Transfer dough into a large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time using a wooden spoon or stand mixer. Drop tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet.
    5. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry.
    6. When the shells are cool, either split or fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.
    7. For the chocolate sauce, mix together cocoa, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let it boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

    Because each cream puff is small, this makes a great end-of-meal option to tide guests over until it’s time to cut the cake. Short on time? Substitute the homemade chocolate sauce for store-bought. Whether you’re preparing these cream puff for a crowd, or simply sharing them with your beloved, they’re sure to be a winning treat!

    — Story by Anne Rathe

  • February28th

    If there’s one thing we love here at Adirondack Weddings–other than, well, everything related to ADK weddings–it’s Grumpy Cat. Grumpy, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, became an internet sensation after her image was posted on Reddit, a social news website. Since that day in 2012, Grumpy has garnered millions of fans and has even graced the cover of New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

    We love Grumpy Cat, but would Grumpy Cat love Adirondack Weddings? We think she would! Originally inspired by our Pinterest board entitled “Kitty Cat Weddings,” we decided to give this much-loved and much-edited meme our own special spin.

    Grumpy Cat | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    But wait! Grumpy Cat looks absolutely adorable in this top hat and bow tie — but she’s a girl! We definitely need a Grumpy Cat Bride… okay, opening Photoshop … one quick second … okay, there!

    Adirondack Weddings Grumpy Cat

    So adorable! Thank you, Grumpy Cat Bride, for serving as our unofficial mascot. (Our official mascot is a moose named Benny–more info on him to come.) Do you love Grumpy as much as we do? Share in the comments below!

  • February25th

    February is the perfect time for sweet indulgences with your beloved, and today we’re highlighting a romantic classic: chocolate mousse. With its rich dark chocolate flavor and light, airy texture, this decadent treat is perfect for a special night in with your sweetie, or to top off a fabulous bridal shower, dinner party, or engagement soirée.

    Chocolate Mousse | Adirondack Weddings Magazine

    Recipe yields 4 to 6 servings

    Ingredients:

    • 4 1/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
    • 2 tablespoons espresso or hot water
    • 1 cup cold heavy cream
    • 3 large eggs, separated
    • 1 tablespoon sugar

    Directions:

    1. Combine chocolate, butter, and espresso in the top of a double boiler, with hot but not simmering water in the pan beneath. Stir frequently until smooth.
    2. Remove from heat and let cool until the mixture is just slightly warmer than body temperature. (To test you can dab a bit on your bottom lip. It should feel warm but not hot.)
    3. Meanwhile, whip your heavy cream into soft, fluffy peaks and refrigerate.
    4. Once the chocolate has cooled slightly, whip the egg whites in a medium bowl until they are foamy and begin to hold a shape. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
    5. When the chocolate has reached the proper temperature, stir in the egg yolks. Then gently stir in the whipped cream and egg whites, adding the ingredients in small amounts at a time until they are all mixed.
    6. Spoon or pipe the mousse into a serving bowl or individual dishes, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. (FYI: the mousse will stay fresh for about one full day in the fridge.)

    Whether for a night in for two or a celebration for dozens, this sweet, creamy creation can’t go wrong. Some scientific studies even say that chocolate makes women feel amorous, and we won’t deny it! The sinfully delicious appeal of this rich, chocolate-y wonder is too hard to resist. Enjoy!

    — Story by Elizabeth R. Davidson

  • February20th

    Weeks of chilly temperatures have made for a particularly rugged winter in the Adirondacks. While cold weather often cuts down on regular date nights with your sweetie, it doesn’t have to! There are plenty of viable options for either getting out or staying in with your loved one this winter season. Whether you are looking to snuggle by the fireplace or embrace the subzero chill, we have twelve suggestions to make date night happen any night.

    1. Maple sugaring. Indulge your sweet tooth with your sweetie by visiting a nearby sugarhouse. Maple festivals usually run from the last weekend of February to the first weekend of March; be sure to look up what’s going on in your area!

    2. Fireside cuddles. Put on some smooth jazz music (remember Kenny G?) and snuggle up by the fireplace. Have a bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and candles burning as you unwind surrounded the soothing warmth.

    3. Snowman/snow angel-making contest. With all this snow, it’s easy to feel like a kid again. Expose your playful side with a snowman or snow angel-making contest and come up with a special prize for the winner. Warm up with a movie on the couch after you’re done, or if you haven’t had enough of the outdoors, maybe top the day off with a sled race!

    4. Build a blanket fort. Make use of those fort-making skills from childhood and build a blanket fort together for camping out in your living room. It’s silly, it’s fun, and this time, there are no parents in sight!

    5. S’mores night. Skip dinner and head right to the dessert! Make delicious s’mores by using your microwave to heat up the chocolate and marshmallows. Camp out in the living room with your blanket fort or cozy up by the fireplace.

    6. Hot tub or bubble bath. Have a hot tub or bathtub fit for two? Nothing is better in the winter than enjoying the feel of hot, soothing water on your skin. Sprinkle rose petals on the water and light some candles to set the mood. No reservations needed and no need to get dressed up! Considering adding refreshments like fruit kabobs, cheese, and crackers, and relax with a glass of champagne or wine.

    7. Romantic winter photo shoot. Wear your favorite winter gear (reindeer sweaters, anyone?!) and enjoy a winter wonderland shoot with the photographer of your choice! Find a fantastic photographer in the photography section of our online vendor directory.

    8. Warm weekend getaway. Escape the chilly weather for a few days and head south! Wouldn’t it be amazing to hop on a plane or road trip to a warm beach? Some time away relaxing in the sun will surely help recharge both of you for the winter left ahead.

    9. Game night. Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee, or perhaps a little Trouble. Playing games together can be a great way to bond and have a laugh, but be warned: things may get competitive!

    10. Power outage date night. In the winter, little annoyances like power outages can get in the way of a night of fun and romance. Don’t let it! Light some candles and pull out an old-fashioned deck of cards for some dimly-lit fun.

    11. Snowboarding. Add some adventure to your weekend! Grab some boards and hit the powder together. Take in the snowy mountain views on the lift and finish the day relaxing with some hot cider or cocoa in the lodge. If you’re both new to snowboarding, even better! Learning something new together will bring you even closer and give you a new mutual interest to enjoy.

    12. Hot chocolate date. Create a deliciously sweet hot chocolate drink by adding whip cream, marshmallows, crushed candy canes, and some gingerbread or shortbread cookies to serve to your beloved. Or for a spicier treat, try adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Whatever your flavor, it will be a night guaranteed to include some very sweet kisses!

    With all these options for winter bonding with your sweetie, you can embrace the cold and let it bring you closer. Have further date suggestions for ADK adventure? Please share in the comments below. Happy winter date night!

    — Story by Anne Rathe