Thursday, July 2, 2015

The little things

I find joy in the little things now. Sometimes the smallest things bring me joy.

Fred Meyers can had a coupon for open stock glassware. I love soup. Today is a yucky, cold, rainy, smoky, eat soup kind of day. This bowl has a handle on it, so I can microwave soup and take it out myself one handed. 

So today, I find joy in a $4 soup bowl with a handle that allows me to heat and move soup on my own. I didn't have to ask my daughters for help.

Monday, June 29, 2015


The parents did not partake....
The "beach in Interior Alaska"
They came out after 30 min with chattering teeth and one red nose ;)

Monday, June 22, 2015


Our friends came up from the lower 48. We are busy playing tourist.
 That, and several trips to fish for salmon....

I'll be back when the Alaskan summer slows down. It tis' a wee bit crazy right now.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Camping yummies!

Fresh Salmon: 

Scrabble Junior via crackers:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fly fishing

...2.5 hrs into the middle of nowhere, Interior AK. A creek by the side of the road.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dandelion bread/ muffin

Spring time has my kids on high alert for the first dandelion. We started making dandelion bread every spring in 2013 after I read the blog of a sweet friend. I've fiddled with the recipe to make it fit with what I had on hand.

The outside pictures are of my kids and a friend's kids. We drove to the Alaskan Pipeline just less than a mile from my house. Useless fun fact following: in some places the pipeline is above ground, while in others it is buried like it is near my house. Useless fun fact #2: the fuel running through the pipe is so warm, it warms the ground around it. My yard is still brown, but the warmth from the pipeline makes it warm enough for flowers to start blooming. Look carefully at the stripe of green where the pipe lays in the ground. L gets credit for taking the pics.

Dandelion bread/muffins

Baking spray...I spray muffin cups for easy removal

2 cups all purpose flour( I used white whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dandelion flower petals that have been washed and plucked
1/4 cup canola oil (or 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt...makes it even healthier)
4 tablespoons honey
1 egg
1 1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400.

Combine wet
Combine dry (including dandelion petals)
Mix together
Fill 12 sprayed muffin cups
Bake 20 or so min

It tastes sorta like corn bread.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

My blessings:

Please remember to pray for those with hurting hearts today. Mother's Day can be a very bitter sweet day for many women. Pregnancy loss, child death, and infertility all rear their ugly heads on days like today. Mother's Day is not a day of cheer for 1 out of 10 women!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Simple Joys

My life, being handicapped, is chock full of constant irritation. I try not to dwell on them, because then I'd just be depressed. 

One silly thing that brings me joy is a new purse. Every couple of months, I let hubby spoil me, and I get a new purse. Silly, but I derive some weird pleasure from organizing and setting up a new purse.

This is my new purse. I bought one that is almost as bright as my car!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy camera accident

I so couldn't take this on purpose, but I love it! Prince Charming was playing by the bank while Daddy was fly fishing.