Almanack Contributor Sarah van Rijsewijk

Sarah lives in the northern ADK's with her husband, 2 daughters, sled dogs and 20+ chickens. She is an aspiring children's book author, and professional Tarot advisor. She wears many hats working with The Adirondack Explorer, and she loves them all.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Spooky Season: Adirondack Almanack Roundup

pumpkins on a table

The end of the year is closing in on us. The leaves continue to fade and fall, the nights are long and we’re all slowly realizing that winter is only a few weeks away.

Smell the crisp fall days and maybe a subtle hint of candy corn.

We’ve gathered up a few of our all time favorite “Spooky Season” posts for you to reflect on.
Check them out!

1. History Matters: Humble Spirits:

This beautifully written piece by Amy Catania is sure to give you a few goosebumps. We get so wrapped up in our day to day lives, it’s important to remember the ones who had lives BEFORE us.

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Monday, October 2, 2023

Fall in the Adirondacks

It’s a subtle shift in color that takes over. One morning you notice a grove of little maples along the road full of vibrant crimson, magenta and orange. Some of the bigger and older trees ease into their fall outfits, dressing in deepening shades of amber, a bit more dramatic each morning.

Fall is here in the Adirondacks, and with it so many of our favorite pastimes. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

MAKE IT: Perfect Pesto Sauce

fresh basil

When I was young, maybe eight or nine years old, my mom made dinner one evening in the middle of the summer. She served spaghetti to us, with a very odd looking green sauce. She encouraged me to try it, and that was when my love for pesto sauce began. 

My mom has always had a green thumb. Her garden is impressive every year, and her massive pots of basil growing all summer long mean that we will have a bounty of fresh pesto to eat during the summer and freeze for the winter. I can’t explain it… but in the middle of February when there is endless snow, defrosting a batch of summer pesto is a sure fire way to pull you out of the winter blues – even if it’s just for one meal.

I will say though, as much as I have loved pesto sauce for most of my life, I think the recipe my mom follows is the best. And we have to give credit where credit is due, her recipe was a hand me down from my Aunt Debbie, my mom’s sister in law – who received the recipe from a little Italian restaurant in Clifton Park NY. (Where it came from before that, is beyond me!)

Now I share it with all of you!

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