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We just came back from the most fantastic trip. We spent 4 nights camping at the Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid with our friends Amy and Richard and their 2 daughters Chloe and Aubrey. Lake Placid is a heavenly place. The air is clean and the views are just amazing. I just love being there.

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At the summit of Mt Jo.

We have not made it to Lake Placid in about 5 years or something like that. Cycling, pregnancy, and Julia’s arrival were the culprits. :) Since Julia is a bit older now and after camping in Watkins Glen, we decided to give it a try. I must admit that I was a bit nervous. I cannot remember the last time we camped for 4 nights, if ever. I guess there is always a first… ha!

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Our house. :)

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The drive was fine, but as soon as we arrived in Lake Placid, it started to pour… a torrential downpour with hale. Yikes!! I knew that rain was in the forecast, but no one mentioned hale. Luckily we planned to have lunch first, so we did not have to setup camp quite yet. The rain did stop, so we ended up setting camp in semi dry conditions. The rest of our stay was beautiful! Sunny and warm. So lucky!

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We had lots of activities planned, thanks to Richard. He is so good at planning! :) He found a bunch of things for us to do, including hikes that were toddler friendly. Owl’s Head was the first mountain that we climbed. It was a typical Adirondack mountain… normal trail leads to scrambling up rocks and boulders as you reach the summit. As soon as we started our hike, Julia insisted on hiking on her own. Once we let her loose, she was having a blast! She loved climbing up the rocks and boulders. So fun!

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Julia’s first hike in the Adirondacks… Owl’s Head.

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We made it! Hoorrayyyy!!

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Our second hike was Mt Jo. This too was a typical Adirondack mountain. We decided to hike it as part of a guided tour. Our leader Laurel told us about the vegetation and history of the mountain. It was fun to lean more about the area. Once again Julia insisted on hiking on her own, but since we were hiking with a guide, we kept telling her that she had to wait. She ended up hiking on her own during the descent. It was definitely more challenging descending, but she did so great! She loved using the roots as holds.

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Julia descending Mt Jo.

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I am so proud of her! I never in a million years would have thought that my 2 year old could hike, especially not a mountain in the Adirondacks. So great!!

Our planned activities also included a bike ride for the boys and another for the girls. Joel and Richard went for a mountain bike ride on the Lussi and Loggers trail. Apparently it was a good ride.

Amy and I rode on the Adirondack Loj Road. It included a few awesome descents. Amy turned around once we reached Route 73 and I continued on to Bear Cub Road. The road was super nice… very quiet and scenic. I passed the Cornell maple and potato seed farms, a few farming fields, as well as 2 guys on a horse and buggy that was pulling a huge tire. They stopped to let me pass and I learned that they were using the huge tire to move rocks. Ha! Riding on the road also gave me a different perspective of Algonquin Mountain… I have only seen the mountain from 2 directions, so this was kind of fun.

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Amy riding on one of the ascents on Adirondack Loj Road going toward Route 73.

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The road had some amazing view of the surrounding mountains.

My return on Adirondack Loj Road was a different story… those amazing descents turned into painful ascents. The worst of it was at the last stretch before reaching the campground. Oy! I was really hoping to do another ride, but time did not allow. I really wanted to ride on River Road. Joel and I took a drive on it instead and it was so beautiful… lots of twists and turns and amazing views of Whiteface Mountain. Next time.

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Riding on Route 73… I could not help myself not snapping a photo of the sky jumps. :)

Julia and Chloe rode their bikes a bunch too. As soon as Julia woke up everyday, her first words were “I want to go outside and ride my bike!”. They rode around the campground’s road and also around our campsite. It was so fun to see the two of them ride. Amy and I kept saying that we were so glad that we had their bikes, since they had something to do. I love watching them ride. So cute!

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Riding around the campground’s road.

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I love the sun rays in the background!

Aside from hiking and biking, we mostly hung out around camp, swam in Heart Lake, went to a show, and spent a little time in town, where we walked around and also ate some crêpes. That’s right… I said crêpes. It was the best discovery! We had some as a snack one day and some for lunch the next day (savory and sweet). Delicious! Another reason to visit Lake Placid! :)

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Julia’s first time wearing a head lamp.

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It was such a fun trip! Julia did so well at camp. She slept super well every night, despite the cold nights, and loved being outdoors. I look forward to our next trip.

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View of Heart Lake.

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I am sure that everyone in the world is going to write a post about their Mother’s Day brunch/dinner, but I am very excited about the brunch menu that I assembled for my mom and had to share it.

At first I had no idea what to prepare. I wanted to make something simple. I searched around for some ideas and I found two dishes: Ratatouille Tart and Skinny Omelette. The recipes seemed very simple and required minimal ingredients. For dessert I decided to make my mom’s chocolate cake called Negresa. I have not made it in a very long time and I really wanted to make something that reminded me of my mom.

Ratatouille Tart

Both the Ratatouille Tart and the Skinny Omelette were delicious! The tart was very simple to make. The hardest part was slicing the veggies, which was not that hard. The pepper gave me the most trouble since it is hollow on the inside. I had a hard time slicing it thinly. I used stored bought puff pastry dough instead of home made dough, and it was still good. For the sauce I used my new favorite tomato sauce called Pellicano’s. I really don’t care for tomato sauce, but this sauce seems less acidic and I don’t mind it. Also, it is made in Buffalo, which is somewhat local and makes me happy.

Ratatouille Tart

This was my first time making crêpes out of eggs. I must say that I really liked them. They were almost easier to make than regular crêpes. :) You simply beat the eggs, add some salt and pepper, and then swirl the mixture in a nonstick pan. For the filling, I used sun-dried tomato pesto, goat cheese, and mixed greens (per the recipe).  The ingredients worked really nicely together. The possibilities are endless for this recipe! As I was eating it, I was thinking that some prosciutto would go nicely in it. :)

Skinny Omelette

My chocolate cake did not turn out as planned. The funny part is that my mom baked the cake too and brought it over. Great minds think alike. :) The cake tasted the same, but it was much denser than my mom’s version.

Negresa Cake

My mom's version of the cake.

That was entirely my fault because I cut down on the sugar and the butter. Serves me right for not following the recipe! :) Also, it was not as chocolaty as my mom’s, which was not my fault. I found out that my mom puts more cocoa than what the recipe calls for. Well, actually, she uses her trusted spoon instead of a regular Tablespoon for measuring, which yields more than a normal Tablespoon. Those pesky spoons!! After consulting my mom about my mishap, it was decided that the required amount of butter has to stay. I guess it is worth a Lactaid pill.

Negresa Cake

My version of the cake.

Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom and dad

My mom and dad.

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