Monday, June 20, 2016

Fresh Corn - Keep it Sweet and Simple

I am bumping this post back up from a few summers ago.

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Summer is here, and corn is in season. We just adore fresh sweet corn.

How many times have you been served corn that is all soggy and mushy? I makes me sad when people "kill" perfectly good corn.

The secret to good corn on the cob is simple. Don't over cook it! Seriously, it only needs about 2 minutes in boiling water to be perfect. It will still be sweet, have that "snap" to it when you bite in, and taste fresh. Trust me, I was raised in the South! I know my corn on the cob ;)

In a large stock pot, bring 1 gallon (or more) water to a boil. Put one handful of kosher salt, about 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of milk into the water. Submerge your corn. Boil for no more than 2 minutes. Remove and serve immediately. I promise, you won't regret it!! It is so good this way, you don't even need butter and salt.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

20 years, King Salmon, and Alaskan Landscape

First...20 years....can you believe that man has stuck by my side for 20 years?


Our most recent picture:

My 13 yr old daughter caught her first 18 lb King Salmon:

Is this not a beautiful campsite? We just signed a 99 year permit. It is on preserved land in the boonies of AK. That is where she caught her salmon. The above picture is from the bank at the same sight.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ruler of the house

Princess Minnie....the smaller the dog, the bossier they get!




Friday, June 3, 2016

Not a lot of recipes lately...

I just wanted to drop by and let ya know why I haven't posted recipes lately.

I'm on a simple "old fashioned" food kick lately. We have been having old staples like beef stew and pan seared pork chops with pan gravy. 

I have no doubt I'll get back into creating recipes again, but for now I've been craving (and therefore cooking) "grandma style" food. 

I'll admit, it is a bit odd of me, but I never once claimed to be normal....

Monday, May 30, 2016

My summer project

I have a black thumb. My whole family can grow plants. I kill them. 

The first summer here I found some wild strawberries that were amazing, and have failed in almost 5 years to successfully grow my own. I invested (or rather asked hubby to buy) a big potted strawberry plant this year. It costs way more than little plants, but I'm gonna dedicate myself to making it grow this year. Home grown strawberries taste totally different than the ones you buy at the store.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Career day homeschool style

My daughter (Princess Joy) got to assist in the birth of a baby goat (the mom had problems). All of my kids got to watch. The blondie you see is the daughter of the owner/homeschool friend. They got to see the miracle of birth first hand.

It is about 30 min old in this picture!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Left handed mugs

These made me smile because the saying is actually on both sides, so I can giggle while I drink. I found it at Joanns.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

My new motto:

I saw this today and felt it totally summed up my life:

"You don't have to go fast. You just have to go."

Fast is a word in my past. I don't have a hurry up button on my body anymore. It isn't that I don't want to go fast...I literally can't. But....I still "go".....who knows where, but I "go".

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wheelchair Friendly adventures

I don't know if anyone reads this blog that is in a wheelchair. But, just in case I wanted to share 2 Alaskan adventures that are actually wheelchair friendly. I wish I could express how hard it is even to find restrooms I can use up here (hello...handicapped people have to pee too), but to find a fun activity that I can actually participate in (not just be a spectator), is a true blessing.

 I use my wheelchair when I go places because although I can sorta walk with a walker, I am terribly (turtles go faster) slow, and a bump from a careless person would knock me over. 

The first fun handicap accessible trip was Gold Dredge 8:
 
The Second Fun trip was a ride on the Riverboat Discovery that included a stop at a replica of an old Alaskan village:
(Taken on the banks of the replica village...but the boat, and restrooms at both places were very accessible):

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Death

A good friend, also the mom of good friends....I love this family, is in the arms of Jesus today. I am so happy she can breathe again (had pulmonary fibrosis) but so sad she will never engulf me in a big hug again. One day, we will praise Jesus together again, with bodies that aren't broken and failing. Please lift the G family up in a prayer of peace and strength. Bobbie will be missed by many. She was a truly great matriarch and a Godly woman who raised children to become Godly adults.