Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Make Your Own Paper Beeswax Drinking Straws. Say No to Plastic!

Earth Day is Every Day!

I hate plastic drinking straws. My children both have been taught to say NO to the straw when we go out to eat. It isn't a perfect scenario. My daughter has braces and finds it to be more comfortable to drink out of a straw.

Years ago I purchased stainless steel straws. I have a container near the fridge and she and visiting friends can grab a straw to use around the house.

To solve the issue of plastic outside the house, I looked into purchases paper straws. Though inexpensive, the packaging and shipping can be an issue.

It seems making paper straws would be a simple enough, and it is. Below are a few templates to make things easy for you. I used beeswax because I have a lot of it on hand for candle making. I'm sure other waxes could be used, but I love the smell of honey. According to members of my family, the beeswax didn't change the taste in anyway. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Make Your Own Easter Egg "Confetti Egg" Cascarónes

Cascarónes are a lot more fun than just dying the eggs. You get to blow out the egg, dye the egg, fill it with confetti and smash it on your brother's head - all in the name of good luck.                                            

Cascarónes are used in Mexico during Carnival as well as Easter and other celebrations. The word cascaron means "egg shell." (Don't forget food safety when handling raw eggs.) 

These hollowed-out eggs can be filled with glitter, confetti or even small toys. Since my husband hates glitter, we stick to paper confetti. Enjoy! 

raw eggs in shells
large needle (children should not do this alone)
boiling water
food safe dye
confetti (make your own by cutting up tissue paper into small pieces)

1) Wash the eggs with soap and warm water
2) Gently ease the needle into one end of the egg
3) Use the needle to pick out a small hole at one end
4) Shake the contents of the egg into another bowl (can be cooked with later)
5) rinse empty shell with hot water
6) let dry

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Faugh a Ballagh! (Clear The Way!) for Irish Road Bowling History, Rules and Terms

Faugh a Ballagh! (Clear The Way!) is the battle cry of Irish Road Bowlers to make sure no one is hit by an approaching cannonball. 

From green beer to corn beef and cabbage, some of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions have very little direct connection to Ireland. Not to downplay the importance of dressing in green, parades and brined meat, but one fun tradition that has been practiced in Ireland for hundreds of years in the counties of Cork and Armagh, is the sport of Irish Road Bowling. 

Originally known as Long Bullets, Irish Road Bowling's North American the road bowling history is a great deal shorter. The first American outpost of the Irish Road Bowling League was founded in 1996 in Boston, MA. Since that time there have been a small number of leagues founded in West Virginia and New York with non-official games sprouting up all over. As in all games, Irish Road Bowling has its own lingo where a road shower gives advice and you never want to break the butt

A few years ago my Adirondack family decided to claim our Irish traditions, via family in Cork and being dabblers of green beer, with an afternoon of bowling in Indian Lake. We register as a family team and are handed a bullet, the official 28 oz. iron ball with an 18 centimeter circumference. It looks like a cannonball. Though it feels less like bowling and more like bocce, the energy is infectious. 

Fintan Lane's book Long Bullets: A History of Road Bowling in Ireland where he traces the history of the game that is believed to have originated in the Scottish Lowlands. The game spread to Northern England, Ireland and North America. Though no documents can be found to authenticate the claim, the road bowling belief is that the iron bowls were originally cannonballs

Irish Road Bowling consists of teams of four to bowl an official 28 oz. iron ball from Point A to Point B down a country road for almost a mile. The team with the least number of bowls is the winner. There are no penalties and each team alternates bowls. Though most people show up with formed teams, singles looking for a place are fit into teams when possible. American rules allow for teams of four while traditional Irish Road Bowling is an individual sport. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ski or Snowshoe During Great Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends

A 10-mile ski or snowshoe to Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb
If you missed the second of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  Winter Weekend events to be held at Camp Santanoni, Newcomb, NY in Essex County, don't worry. The last scheduled event is March 18-19.  

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the remaining historical camp properties and interpretative displays through tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) volunteers. Don't forget the Great Camp Santanoni is always open to the public, these Winter Weekends provide public access to the remaining historic buildings on the property. 

The relatively flat (old road) access to Great Camp
Santanoni is perfect for all skiing abilities
The 10-mile  round trip cross-country ski or snowshoe winter adventure starts  from Camp Santanoni's Gate House reaching  the old farm buildings in one (1) mile and 0.5-mile spur trail leading to the nearby 3.6-mile Adirondack Interpretive Center's trail system. The easy trail continues along the old road leading to the Main Lodge at Great Camp Santanoni and is perfect for the novice skier and challenging enough to provide a great workout for a more experienced person. 

The 10-mile leads to the isolated main lodge complex and the Artist's Studio along the shores of Newcomb Lake. During Winter Weekends, bring your own cup to enjoy free coffee, tea or hot chocolate and be prepared to carry out whatever you carry in.  The Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes at the Gate Lodge for any visitors without their own. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trivia Contest: Enter to Win 4 Pack Tickets/Meet and Greet Passes to the Feb 22 Lake Placid Harlem Globetrotters

For those interested in a bit of Globetrotter history, The Harlem Globetrotters are neither originally from Harlem nor did they start out as the professional comedic basketball team they are today. The Harlem Globetrotters actually started in the 20s as an all African-American exhibition basketball team in the south side of Chicago known as the Savoy Big Five.  

The original team played in Chicago’s Savoy Hotel ballroom before dances. In 1927 a new name was debuted, New York Globetrotters, with little to do with New York or trotting around the globe. The team began touring around the country.  “New York” was taken out of the team name in 1930 and the word Harlem added, as organizes hoped to capitalize on the team’s strong ties to African-American culture.  It wasn’t until the 1930s that the team even played in Harlem.

As its popularity evolved they experimented with adding comedy to the games. Then with the 1950 NBA integration, the Globetrotters’ competitive exhibition games were shrinking so fancy footwork and amazing dribbling skills were needed to keep the crowds coming. Now more than 85 years later the Harlem Globetrotters have trotted the globe playing over 20,000 games in over 120 countries. (Click here to purchase tickets are proceed for a chance to win tickets.) 

Take the Harlem Globetrotter trivia quiz to be entered to win! 
One lucky winner! 

Harlem Globetrotters Tickets Giveaway

We have (1) set of 4 Tickets with 4 Meet and Greet passes  to giveaway – for the Lake Placid (NY) Harlem Globetrotter Show February 22 , 7 pm at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

• Answer all the questions correctly.
• Click the button to find your score.
• Take the quiz again until you have all the correct answers
• On the score page click "Email me" to  AdirondackFamilyTime and email your entry/quiz score to be entered in the Harlem Globetrotter Trivia Contest.  

One winner  will be randomly selected from all submitted entries. The Winning Tickets will be available at Will Call on the day of the game. Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.  Void where prohibited.

TRIVIA CONTEST 2017 (Lake Placid, NY)
Harlem Globetrotters Tickets Giveaway
We have (1) set of 4 Tickets with 4 Meet and Greet passes to giveaway – for the Lake Placid (NY) Harlem Globetrotter Show February 22, 7 pm at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. One winner will be randomly selected. Tickets will be available at Will-Call on the day of the game. Giveaway ends on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Void where prohibited.

  1. What Harlem Globetrotter holds the Guinness World Records® records for the world’s longest basketb
  2. Thunder Law Meadowlark Lemon
  3. What year were The Globetrotters inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  4. 1998 2002
  5. Where, and in what year, did the Harlem Globetrotters play their first road game?
  6. Hinckley, Illinois, in 1927 Harlem, New York in 1926
  7. What is the Globetrotters’ theme song?
  8. Sweet Home Alabama Sweet Georgia Brown
  9. Are The Globetrotters the first sports team to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
  10. Yes No
  11. Who are some of the people who been named official Honorary Harlem Globetrotters?
  12. Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela, Bob Hope President Obama, Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres
Thank you for participating in this contest for Harlem Globetrotter tickets at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

• Answer all the questions correctly.
• Click the  "email me" button to find your score. 
• Take the quiz again until you have all the correct answers
• On the score page  click "Email me" to  AdirondackFamilyTime and email your entry/quiz score to be entered in the Harlem Globetrotter Contest. 
Contest Rules

Good luck! We hope to see you at the game!