12/28/2012 .. the land of the midnight sun….Final Alaska post

ALASKA… land of the midnight sun!…  we have never been there for the almost 24 hours of darkness but we have  seen the almost 24 hours of light.  This photo was taken around 11 pm in early July.

It seems to me that Alaskans have two lives…  winter (family & friends …summer (clients & charters) …  two jobs…  winter  (teacher) summer  (fishing guide)  two residences… summer (Alaska)  and winter ( lower 48).  I was told that the definition of a “sourdough” was someone who didn’t have enough money to go south for the winter!  LOL    Only 3 post to go!Island Lake, Alaska

12/27/2012 Kids think work is… Final Farm post

It is never too early to develop the love of the land.  Kids think “work” is fun when they are this age.  Emily loved helping in her GrandDad’s cabbage patch. Now that she’s a big girl… I pray everyday that she will keep her feet on the ground, her hands close to the soil and her heart on GOD!   Only 4 post to go!

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12/21/2012 We had a feast! Final recipe post….

We had a feast…. remembered a wonderful day on the river and fantasized about next year’s adventure.  This gorgeous sockeye or his cousin was prepared perfectly.  I say take  a “recipe” and make it your own.  Trust me the writer of this “recipe” did the same thing.

ALWAYS start with wild caught  salmon (my preference is Lower Kenai River sockeye caught in August).  Portion  each filet to about 4-6  oz, place on a square of tin foil 12 inches or so.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice a sweet Vidalia onion and place a generous amount of onion on each filet. (Is there any other kind of onion?)  Sprinkle with Garlic salt, cracked pepper and if you are of the nature a little red-hot chili pepper.  Place a small pat of butter and 2 tablespoons of Meyers lemon juice (fresh squeezed from your own tree if possible.)  Close the package up leaving air space at the top… Cook for about 30 minutes.  Serve each person their own package so they can enjoy the delicious liquid created during the cooking process.

This is so easy to fix, so easy to clean up and is so YUMMY!!   Only 10 post to go!

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12/17/2012 Hang on there are only 14 more post!

A little desperate to finish  the “366 Favorite Photos” project… I went searching deep into my archives…found this photo  taken in my backyard about 10 years ago. Hang on there are only 14 more post and there are NO plans for a repeat next year.

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12/8/2012 Just Kidding!

Next year I am going to have the biggest zinnia bed I possibly can.   We have already talked about the compost that we will be adding… the new water lines and ways to keep Kenai from digging up the beds.  (That is probably the hardest part)  I want lots of flowers… I need them to attract the butterflies.  I remember in my science class in high school we made cyanide jars to kill bugs and butterflies for an assignment.  Today I would NEVER kill a butterfly.. .now I might hurt that woodpecker that is making a hole in the soffit of the porch.  (Just kidding!)Butterfly & Zinnia

12/7/2012 He does this all the time!

He does this all the time!  If it’s warm and he sits for more than a few minutes….ZZZZZZZZ.  His mother was exactly the same way.  That’s okay I loved her and I love him.  When a man works hard… a sweet nap on the porch with your dog is a good  reward.Nap time