Sunday, March 28, 2010

Parties, Paella, & Planting

A few days ago we celebrated Bry's birthday with tacos and cake. We've realized Ever loves a party and, likewise, loves a good cake :) Thanks to everyone that sent cards for him, you're so thoughtful ...

Last night Johana, Rowan, and I attended the Copper River Watershed Project's annual potluck event. People were asked to bring dishes made with wild game (moose, caribou, fish, duck, etc.) or wild berries. Jo made Mom's porcupine meatball recipe with ground moose and a lovely cranberry-apple-blueberry bread. I made a paella recipe from Barefoot Contessa's cookbook with many substitutions. I have to share because Stacey always gets a kick out of how we "make do" out here in the boonies ... most of the time it works out okay though.

Easy Lobster Paella (the need for substitution should already be evident)
1/4 cup olive oil got that
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions ooh - 2 in a row!
2 red bell peppers, cored and sliced picked these up in Glennallen
2 tablespoons minced garlic yep
2 cups white basmatic rice used Jasmine, seemed similar enough
5 cups good chicken stock yep, homemade even :)
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed ummm, no
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes got those, they look about 15 years old, but still seem to pack a punch
1 tablespoon kosher salt is morton kosher?
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper lets just cut out the freshly
1/3 cup Pernod is white wine close enough? Has anyone but Ina Garten heard of Pernod?
1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat umm, no. But next time I'm definitely going to try halibut for this.
1 pound kielbasa moose sausages seem to substitute well for this
10 ounce package of frozen peas yep, got those, Ever loves them.
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley old and dried up seemed to do the trick
2 lemons, cut into wedges plain old lemon juice will have to do, my only lemon was moldy :(

Sorry for the hit-and-miss punctuation here, but you get the idea. It turned out pretty good though, we got a goodie bag for being voted the best "walking" dish (as opposed to flying or swimming in regards to wild game). I think Jo's would have beat us had some people not thought the meatballs were made out of porcupine :)

And lastly, Ever and I spent a little time planting a few seeds yesterday. We planted seeds for sunflowers, moonflowers, and hollyhocks as well as some bulbs for gladiolas and crocuses. We'll see if anything sprouts up! I've got a lot of thinking to do on what I'd like to try and grow this summer - it gets a little tricky without having a well to water with. I'm definitely hoping to build a greenhouse though. We'll keep you posted ... xoxo.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Oh Hi There

Thanks for the new accessories Aunt Steph :) They arrived yesterday ...

Monday, March 22, 2010

Never too early!

Well, she did it! I'd been itching to take Ever skiing since the Olympics were on and I saw that Lindsey Vonn started at age 2. Why not? So, last week Ever got to hit the slopes with her Papa at Alyeska. Cousin Hayden tried it out too and they both seemed to enjoy it. They only did a few tiny runs each, but I'm really looking forward to taking her again.

We got lots of good, fresh air in our few days at Girdwood. Lots of fun time with cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and Grama & Grampa. Spent some time taking walks and sled rides and we even got to build a snowman.

Sitting in the hot tub getting snowed on was a pretty special memory for me ... we don't get to do that very often. Thanks Jenny & Jo :)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Love These Bright Eyes

Sorry for the delay. Mama's been slacking.
Definitely not uninspired ... just been too tired to share.
Welcome spring. Welcome love.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hanging With Aunt Stacey

This last weekend we spent as much time as we could with Aunt Stacey. She'll be leaving next
week for Officer's School and will be gone for 6 weeks! Although we couldn't be prouder of
her, we will sure miss her ...

We were able to do a little bit of Skyping, a little bit of hiking, and a lot of playing :)

Ever has really been trying to talk a little more. She's even said "Papa" a couple times and makes a very clear effort to say "fish" when she wants some goldfish crackers.

She says "fish" a lot :)

She's been dancing up a storm, we see new moves about every day.

And this week Aunt Stacey helped her practice stacking (and knocking down) her blocks.

What a lovely, lovely week. I've rarely felt more blessed than I did this week.