Saturday, April 25, 2015

Life Captured: Why I Live in the Adirondacks

Today was on of those perfect days where I take a walk by the lake and remember why I wanted to live in the Adirondacks. 

It is like falling in love all over again. 

Despite it being May, it was cold -- tank top under my heavy hoodie cold -- but it was beautiful! 

The trees are starting to get buds! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Snow in the Adirondacks

I usually work from my home office, but because I was having some trouble with stuff in the kitchen, yesterday I was working from my kitchen table. Mid-afternoon I looked out and saw this ~ 

Umm, what? Snow? It's the end of April!! 

Sure enough, it was snowing. 

Although it wasn't enough to really stick, but was hilarious. I mean, really, snow in April? 

We did A quick live broadcast of it on Periscope, which if you are not following us there, please do. It's lots of fun. Find us at TheAdkChick. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Life Captured: Overcast Wednesday Morning in the Adirondacks

It's been pretty rainy here, and of course the dogs are not happy, because it means no morning walk for them. So since it wasn't raining yet this morning, we took advantage and went for a quick walk before work, like we usually do. 

These photos are part of a series documenting our morning walks in the Adironsacks. They are all taken on an iPhone and in most cases not retouched.

You know the season will start soon when you see these signs. 

Mini golf anyone? 

Some one is getting a beer delivery today! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Adirondack Winery 7th Anniversary Party

A few weeks ago we were invited to celebrate the Adirondack Winery's 7th anniversary. Really, 7 years? Wow. 

It's so exciting to see this family-owned and run business thriving. We've watched them go through so many changed and growth spurts -- new wines, renovated and rerenovated tasting room, a new design. So many great things. 

My first Adirondack anniversary event was a small, multi-night gathering at the tasting room in Lake George. Now, they have grown so much that the event is held at a local hotel to accommodate all the people who want to share in celebrating their success. 

The evening, as always, consisted of sampling their award-winning wines, some great locally catered food inspired by their wines, as well as games and prizes. 

If you are visiting the area, or even if you are a local, stop in and taste some of their wine, or buy a bottle for you or as a gift. I use their wines as gifts all the time, and I always receive compliments. 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring Sunday in the Adirondacks

As long as it's not raining we, me and the dogs, try to take walks almost every morning, or afternoon. Sometimes both. 

There is so much we see, and as my friend pointed out, I used to love to take photos of it all. But, downloading them to my computer, touching them up and then uploading them, would take way more time than I had, so I am going to try to post photos from our daily walks on here straight from my phone. 

No touch ups, just a small watermark and all taken with my iPhone. 

So here are today's photos. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vegan Snowstorm Soup

No need to run to the store when it snows. Instead, look in your pantry for new ideas. 

That is how I came up with this vegan, gluten-free Snowstorm Soup! This was made from only items I already had in my kitchen. 

Be creative and have fun! 

Vegan Gluten-Free Snowstorm Soup
By Michelle Maskaly

1 onion, chopped 
1 carrot, sliced and cut in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced 
1 can lentils 
1 can canalini beans
1 small can tomato paste 
4 cups vegetable broth
Several handfuls of fresh baby spinach 
Cooked Gluten free pasta (I use elbow pasta)
Olive oil 

Rinse and drain the beans and lentils and set aside. 

Heat one to two tablespoons olive oil in a soup pot. Add in onions, carrots and garlic. Cover and cook on medium, stirring every few minutes just until they start to soften. 

Add in the vegetable broth, beans, lentils and tomato paste. 

Stir well, cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until beans are tender. 

Add in spinach, cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes. 

Ladle into a bowl and add desired amount of already cooked pasta. (

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vegan Cheese Bacon Pockets

These are a perfect party appetizer that you can totally customize. Oh, and kids will love them because they are oozing out with cheese and have vegan bacon. 

I used Go Veggie mexican blend and vegan coconut bacon, which I purchased off of Amazon. 

You can also use this technique but instead of doing them two together, roll out the crescents like directed on the package.  

Vegan Cheesy Bacon Pockets 
By Michelle Maskaly

2 packages crescent rolls (or more, as each container makes four) 
1 package Go Veggie shredded Mexican cheese blend (or your favorite shredded vegan cheese)  
1/2 cup vegan coconut bacon 

Preheat oven to the temperature on the crescent package. 

Roll out the crescents in sections of two. Gently press bacon pieces on the dough and then top with cheese. 

Starting at one side roll up and transfer to a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. 

Bake for 11-14 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the crescents are golden. 

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