Mother’s Day weekend in Seward

10 05 2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.  We had been planning for a few months to go to a bed and breakfast in Homer but when we called to make sure our reservations were OK the owner said the facilities were not ready (still 2 feet of snow and no electricity yet).  We just bought a new (well, new to us) camper so we decided to take it out to Seward.  It turned out to be one of the most beautiful weekends.

On the drive down Friday afternoon I saw a few beluga whales on Turnagain Arm.  We ended up in a camping spot right near the water.  And we couldn’t have ordered better weather- there was not a cloud in the sky for two days!  We got to walk around Seward, meet new friends, play with the kids at the park, go to Mass at a new church, and see all the wildlife (sea lions, otters, bald eagles etc). 

Hopefully you can tell by the photos below how beautiful it was and how much fun the boys were having.  What a great way to start off the summer!

Jennifer





Jinxed

7 04 2010

I spoke too soon!  Yesterday morning we woke up to this…

Yuck… at least it melted fast!

And I got these for absolutely (or so he says) no reason from my dear hubby.  Thank you!  They brightened my day!





Welcome Spring

5 04 2010

Yes, it’s a picture of my driveway.  We haven’t seen it in 5 months so it’s a big deal to us this week!  (Thanks honey, for all the hard work chipping off the ice.)  The snow has been melting pretty quickly lately so hopefully in a few weeks it will be a distant memory!

Hope everyone is enjoying spring!

Jennifer





Family Update

2 10 2009

I have been chided by my husband that my posting has been all but nil in the last few weeks so I am writing a quick update for those who have also noticed my lack of posts.

We are currently enjoying a lovely fall here in Alaska. Termination dust showed up on the mountains about two weeks ago and we’ve been seeing frost every morning, but the past few days have been so beautiful (the sky was a blue I’ve never seen it before) that I don’t really mind. It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone.

My garden did not produce this year. Except for lettuce- LOL! A few carrots, a few handfuls of snow peas, about 10 raspberries and maybe a meal’s worth of broccoli. That’s about it. Oh, I forgot, we did get rhubarb and about 3 cups of cranberries. Those are the things I didn’t plant! I’ve started cleaning up the garden beds and am starting to dream about next year’s garden already.

Now that winter is here hubby won’t be hunting as much so maybe I’ll be able to get out and do some things for myself. I am currently working on a few sewing projects which are providing a great learning experience. I have discovered the wonderful things that presser feet can accomplish. The only problem is that all the fancy feet I have for my machine are high shank and I need low shank. I have one local store that may have what I need (of course it has to be on the other side of town). Otherwise I’ll have to wait to order them online.

Totally off topic- Thank you Colleen for the package you sent! The coffee is great! Especially on a cold dark morning!

Now that I’ve started typing there are tons of things I could update you all on, but Caillou is almost over so I have to wrap this up.

One last thing I want to say is that I’ve finally joined the technological bandwagon and signed up for facebook. I’m kind of sorry I did because I can see this as a big time waster. I already don’t have time to keep up with the activities I have, let alone renew friendships of people I haven’t seen or heard from in over 10 years. I received a newsletter in my inbox this morning that pretty much sums up how I feel about it. {I can’t find a link so I’ll have to paraphrase- basically it talks about how the quantity of communication has increased while the quality has decreased.} It will be nice to hear what everyone is up to, but at the same time, why on earth would anybody post that they have three loads of laundry to do this evening before they sit down to watch the new episode of {insert your favorite show here}? Come on people… who doesn’t have some chore that isn’t done?

And that is pretty much why I haven’t posted much lately. Colleen finds great giveaways and cute craft projects to share. I have been doing laundry and picking up toys and keeping my toddlers from killing themselves (they love jumping off things and running with pointy objects).

I promise when this particular toddler phase is over I will have a lot more to share. Until then enjoy my sister’s brilliant ideas!  I have some laundry I need to get done…

Jennifer





Meal Plan Monday- July 20

20 07 2009

Last week was a bust as far as meal planning- I had a general idea, but we ended up grabbing dinner more than once. This week I have a better plan so no more last minute staring in the fridge! And I have a trip to the commissary planned so if it comes down to staring in the fridge, at least there will be food there LOL!!

By the way, to any family or friends who have not come to visit us in Alaska- you are missing out. There are just some things words and pictures can not convey.  We had another fun weekend camping, hiking, fishing and just enjoying the weather. We have a big campout planned for this weekend too- in the middle of winter we reserved a coveted Russian River campsite (actually a double site) and are planning on camping with some friends and my father-in-law who will be visiting. I am looking forward to floating the river (two hours in peace sans kids).

Menu Planning

Meals are simple but yummy this week (salads every day as the lettuce is growing without abandon):

Monday– Salmon-rice-broccoli casserole
Tuesday– Lasagna, garlic bread
WednesdayHoney Glazed Lemon Roast Chicken (the picture makes me want to try it this way), mashed potatoes
Thursday– leftovers
Friday– hot dogs, sundried tomato pasta salad (thanks for the idea Laura)
SaturdayWagon Master Stew
Sunday– pizza

More meal plan ideas for this week can be found at I’m an Org Junkie.  Happy eating!

Jennifer





Mama and baby moose update

12 06 2009

CIMG5780Mama moose and her baby were back in our yard yesterday and today.  Baby moose was tasting my flowers but thankfully didn’t think they were delicious.  Mama moose was helping me by eating some shoots off the front tree that I trim back every year anyway.  They are both pretty hungry- most every time I see them they’re eating.  The baby is pretty feisty, he/she likes to run away from the mom.  Mama seems pretty calm about that.  I wouldn’t be so calm knowing there might be hungry bears nearby.  Being around people probably gives her a sense of security. 

We got a few more pictures of them I wanted to share.  Notice how big the mama is next to our car!

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A new baby in the neighborhood…

10 06 2009

Find the moose in this photo.  (Yes there is one!)

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Our backyard... mama moose is hiding!

 

This morning we noticed a moose and her new calf walking past our house.  And this afternoon we had another visit from them, this time they walked back down the street, behind our neighbor’s house, and up the creek into our yard.  It was fun to watch the mama with her baby.   But all the time I’m thinking “Great, there goes my garden.”  While I’m kind of honored they want to stop and visit in our yard, having a moose use your backyard to bed down means having to be a lot more cautious about letting your kids run around.  And like I said- there goes my garden!  I don’t think she’ll stay long, but who knows?

Here are the best pictures we could get of the pair… sorry they aren’t better, but they move fast, hide well and we need a better camera!

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In front of our house...

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In our neighbor's backyard...

 

I’ll share more pictures if she comes back for a better shot!

Jennifer

PS- Don’t you love the grass?  Hubby takes care of that and it looks great!  And in the top photo, the mama moose is in the creek.  You can see her through the trees just to the left of the slide.





Memorial Day Camping Trip

28 05 2009

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Mt McKinley

What a beautiful, wonderful, and not so wonderful weekend we had…

First the beautiful wonderful part- the weather was AWESOME!  60’s and sunny the entire weekend- not a cloud in the sky!  I drove out to the nursery on Friday and bought a flat full of flowers and lettuce.  Saturday while hubby helped a friend move, I planted everything.  I gambled a little planting flowers in the front yard since the kids love to dig the dirt out of that planter, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep them out of it.  Flowers and plants make me happy. 

Sunday we drove up to Alaska Veterans’ Memorial at Byers Lake for a memorial service put on by the Viet Nam Vets Motorcycle Club (hubby was taking pictures and brought up the sound equipment for it).  The boys had ants in their pants, so I sat with them in the car.  I’m sorry I didn’t get to see the service, but we heard the music and got to see the motorcycle parade.

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After the service we drove over to Talkeetna for dinner and some icecream.  I’ve never been there so it was nice to see.  We got some great views of Mt. McKinley too.  Sunday night we camped at Montana Creek.  The boys had fun throwing rocks in the creek and cooking marshmallows.

We had a great time and even though we were only gone one day, it felt like we had a long weekend.  The weekend was made even longer though, and turned not so wonderful when we got home Monday afternoon.

While taking the camper off the truck the front left jack broke.  We really want to be upset about it, but have to be thankful because it could have been much worse.  The camper could have crushed the truck, or rolled down the hill and been ruined.  One of the kids could have been near it and gotten hurt.  This could have happened when we were camping (two hours away from here).  And we are thankful for the friends that came to help us get the camper back upright.  After looking at the damage it doesn’t look as bad as we initially thought either.  Hopefully it won’t take too long to fix so we can still use it for camping this summer.Camper[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now back to work- we are having a garage sale this weekend so I have lots to do!  I’m hoping when it’s all over with my home will be a little less cluttered.  Right now everything is pulled out so I can sort through it and gather stuff up to sell!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer





Mt. Redoubt

27 03 2009

A volcano erupting, wow!

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picture from the Alaska Volcano Observatory webcam

 

 

Can’t really think of anything else to say. Not sure how I’d react to an “Ashfall Advisoryin my neighborhood! 

What I think is especially interesting is that you can follow the latest seismic activity at Redoubt on Twitter. Ah, the uses of modern technology!





Meal Plan Monday- AK

5 01 2009


Happy New Year everyone! I hope Christmas was wonderful for you all. The boys had a great time opening all the presents Santa (aka our friends and relatives) brought. The new toys have kept them very busy for the past week which was very helpful because we’ve pretty much been housebound since it’s so cold out. The temperatures have been -10F to -20F. It’s so cold, that there’s frost on the snow. Don’t ask me how this is even possible.

The holidays and a round of pinkeye messed up our schedules but life is starting to get back to normal. Hubby has to go to Fairbanks at the end of the week so I’m going to spend some time organizing my sewing closet and restocking some freezer meals.

Last week I took an inventory of our freezers and organized them so it’s easier to find everything. We have an awful lot of moose and salmon to go through before next fishing/hunting season. And therefore my first meal of the week is pork riblets! LOL!! We’ve had them in the freezer for a while and my husband had his eye on them all weekend so I pulled them out last night. He’s going to be in Fairbanks at the end of the week, so I’m keeping the rest of the week simple and will try to make a few quick freezer meals.

And in the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to try going forward to plan more vegetables for dinner, and will search out some healthier recipes for family favorites (aka see this week’s meatloaf recipe).

For more of this week’s meal planning ideas and recipes visit I’m an Org Junkie.

Monday: hot and spicy pork ribs, corn bread (Note: these cooked up great!  I didn’t have apple cider vinegar so I used red wine vinegar.  Also I put in about a TBS of chili powder instead of the chilis it called for.  My one year old downed it, saying “ahhhh” and “mmmm” the entire time.)
Tuesday: meatloaf (also make one for freezer and make meatballs for freezer), green beans, mashed potatoes
Wednesday: salmon (substituted for the tuna in this recipe: Tuna Steaks with Wasabi-Ginger Glaze), asparagus, rice
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: spicy black bean soup
Saturday: leftovers
Sunday: slow cooker pot roast- I’m planning on making a lot and cutting up the extras to freeze for sandwiches and fajitas

Have a good week!