Showing posts from March, 2015

Winter a Few Highlights from 14_15 Season

I love both the winter and summer solstice.  Here in Alaska, where we live, the shortest amount of daylight is 4 hours and 17 minutes.  I enjoy the yearly journey to darkness and the climb out of darkness to the light filled day of the June solstice.  There is something magical about this epic natural journey that I adore and embrace yearly.

Squash Soup: Zingy Chipotle Roasted Squash Soup

Zingy Chipotle Roasted Squash Soup

Modified from to have a bit more zing & spiced flavor!
Prepare Squash 2 squash: we used a butternut and an acorn squash yielding approximately 4.5 cups, halved lengthwise and seeds removed. (Save seeds: Wash, crack sea salt, and roast to use as a garnish or to snack on!)
1 teaspoon butter for each half and rub on each half, cut-side up, and place any remaining butter in the cup area of squash. On each half: season with cracks of sea salt, green pepper, and dashes of true lime or a bit of lime juice.
Bake in oven at 400ºF until very tender. Check after 30-40 min. with fork. Time will vary depending on squash being used.
Prepare Ingredients & Spice 1 large onion diced and sauté to caramelize with spicy red pepper olive oil in the same pan to cook with later. Add apples and pear below when onions are almost done.
2 apples (Fuji or Granny Smith), peeled and cored, tangy is better. Add to onio…

Knitting . . . oh yes I am a knitter!

No matter what once winter arrives my life gets rather busy.  Working, coaching skiing, taking time for my dogs and husband (not necessarily in that order-oops!)---life just takes up a lot of time!  Then there is reading, knitting, yoga, working out, skiing, cooking . . . . the list goes on just like it does for every one.

I do want to get my knitting updated and posted.

The next project, I worked on this winter is an all time favorite of mine.  Felted Baby Booties that are wonderful to knit and every new mom I know requests a pair.  A long time friend of mine designed this pattern. The pattern can be purchased  at my very favorite local knitting shoppe in Montana.  If they don't have it please bug them about getting it republished!

I knitted this pair for a friend here who recently adopted a little boy.  The color combo is a mixing of the 2 Scottish flags as dad has a strong Scottish background.

I started this project in August when we were driving back up to Alaska for work.  I …

Storm, We finally have a winter March 7th!

As the saying goes, "Better late than never!"

I went over this morning to check the slough, which is a branch off of the Unalakleet River, to see if we could have ski practice.  You may be asking what does a river have to do with ski practice??  Good question!  We have to cross the slough which is brackish water salt/fresh to get to where we hold ski practices.  Depending on the winds the slough will have overflow.  This means that the winds from the south and west causes water to overflow on top of the frozen river ice.  The ocean water comes up the river and surges out of cracks and along the edges.

Today, I headed out for cross-country ski practice and the winds were blowing about 20 mph which is normal for us here.  It was warm so I figured we can ski no biggie.  WELL . . . in about 20 minutes we went from 20 mph winds to howling gusts of over 50 mph.  I had 16 kids with me from grades 1--5.  We had a blast! The wind was pushing us and making us fly across Johnson's …