Sunday, October 2, 2011
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
...And for my Senior Photo shoot number 2..
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Friday, September 2, 2011
So, we have been on vacation for the month of August and it was great to get back to civilization and enjoy life with driving long distances and constantly putting gas in the car! Ok, so vacation wasn't all that it was cracked up to be, but it was still nice on a few days! On those days...we hit the park and then enjoyed the sun! Here are just a few pictures of the boys playing around.
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Friday, July 22, 2011
Ok, so it has been quite some time but I am fully enjoying my summer in the Arctic! I decided to try my hand at making jelly! Fireweed jelly that is...and I must say it was a success. I will explain what a fireweed flower is...well, it's a flower! and it grows in Alaska and it's hot pink and sooo pretty and I love it! It makes Alaska sooo much more beautiful in the summertime! Colten and I went out and picked the tops of the flowers and put them into a grocery bag. My friend had said to collect about 8 cups so we picked and picked and truth be told...i didn't measure it at all; eek; I just guessed. We made sure to pick the tallest flowers in case the dogs got to the flowers and peed on them! Or so I told Colten!
We then took the bag inside and I rinsed off the flowers and let them set...just because i wanted the bugs to crawl out before i started the process. So I put Colten to bed and then cleaned up and bit and then decided to come back to my flowers. I boiled water in the pot and then added my flowers to the boiling water. They boiled for about 10 minutes or so and then they turned this horrible brown mushy color and so I strained the blossoms and returned the pot back to the stove. I let it boil again and then added 2 packages of pectin...it was the Sure Jell stuff that comes in the little yellow box. I had to add two because the recipe called for it! ha...
After that, I added 5 cups of sugar! Goodness me, I didn't know I had 5 cups of sugar in my cupboard, I thought i used a ton of sugar in some sweet tea, but I never knew what 5 cups looked like! Anyways, 5 cups and I had to add it in small increments, I did 1/2 cups at a time and stirred it constantly...if you don't stir it then it gets lumpy and not dissolved. Once it is all put in and dissolved, then I took the liquid and added it to the jars. I did not do any of the fancy pants stuff with sterilizing and what not to the jars. It wasn't in my recipe. I put on the lids and just waited to hear the "pop" of the jar lids! I got a bit worried waiting for my lids...I wasn't sure if I did it right or not, so I just kept waiting...but eventually, they all popped! We had fireweed jelly and toast for breakfast the next morning and it was soooo stinking yummy! so, that's how it's done!
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Friday, June 10, 2011
So I don't really have any photos to post up this time around because I haven't taken any... I will try to come up with something...this is a shot of some swans on the lake...
I have however been doing lots of great fun things and EATING tons of new things! Chris has been shooting all sorts of things and of course...when he shoots it...we eat it! ha. So he shot a sandhill crane the other day and we cooked it up. We rolled it with spices and bacon and then marinated it and baked it with peppers and onions all cut up...It was actually really good! All the rave around the neighborhood! Then he went camping and brought home some seagull eggs! they are big! and speckled and I didn't really want to try that one! Chris ate it scrambled and him and the boys loved it! He said it tasted like shrimp! ew...I wasn't about to snack on it...
Then he went out and shot a swan!!!! ha, he shot a swan! and yes, it is legal in Alaska to do so. He plucked it and that was funny to see! Then we decided to bake it like a turkey or a goose...well, chris went to work and told me to bake it! ha, So i did! It was ok, I thought it was a bit tough and chewy and the meat is a very dark meat...not like chicken or turkey at all...
So, now duck season is over and i guess the guys will be gearing up for caribou hunting next...
...I must say...I will never go hungry as long as Chris is around...I may not like what I am eating, but I will never starve! ...
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