November 25, 2008

Looking Forward to Bubbles and Suds

Finding the Perfect Tree

When we get back from Soldotna next weekend we want to be able to go out to get our Christmas tree. So this past Saturday Josh and I used the daylight to go find and mark the right tree. Unfortunately we don't live where there are big beautiful trees but we have
a lot of skinny black spruce.
Our idea is that we will cut a larger tree down and use the top. Next time you
see this beautiful tree it will be decorated in our living room.

November 24, 2008

Look at my new hat...

My new chicken pot pie

If you know me, you know that I love pot pies. My one sad thought of my new diet is no pot pies since I can't eat the crust or have any cream base. But this weekend I created my own gluten free pot pie, and it was good too.

I boiled potatoes, carrots, celery and an onion. Once the vegetables were soft I poured out 1/2 of the broth and then added a can of jellied cranberry sauce and frozen cooked chicken I had cooked a few weeks ago. Once everything was once again dissolved and boiling I stirred in two tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken the broth.

I poured the mixture into my deepest pie pan and topped it with some instant mashed potatoes that I made with soy milk. I baked the pie for a 1/2 hour at 400 degrees.

Just reminds me that you don't always need a recipe to make something work. Have fun this Thanksgiving making new creations in your kitchen and maybe creating new traditions for the future.

Josh and the Plumber are FINISHED

Now we just get to wait until spring for our well to be drilled.

November 21, 2008

Preparing for Christmas

Last night after Josh finished the plumbing he could do he helped me work on some of our Christmas projects. Just a few weeks left to go...

Homegrown Dessert in 5 minutes

In July when I was looking into preserving some of my garden's fruit I talked to Josh's mom about canning my rhubarb. She mentioned that a good use for it is a fast strawberry rhubarb pie. Last night I gave it a try.

I used:

1 pint of canned rhubarb sauce
Frozen sliced strawberries
1 tbl of corn starch
gramcraker crust

I put the strawberries and rhubarb into a saucepan. Mixed the cornstarch in a little water and mixed until it was dissolved. I added the cornstarch to the saucepan and stirred until the fruit boiled for a minute. I then poured the fruit into the pie crust and let it cool.

I can't eat the crust but the fruit filling tastes great. This is what I call is a great homemade/homegrown dessert!

November 20, 2008

Food for Fairbanks

Each year our church sets aside some mission money for our Fairbanks Food Bank at Thanksgiving. The past two years Josh and I have volunteered to call the food bank and find out what they need and then go and purchase the food. We have become pretty good at learning how to clean out the shelves at multiple stores three days in a row.

Our delivery was weighed this morning when we dropped it off. Our church was able to provide 388 lbs of canned yams, canned cranberry sauce and boxes of stuffing mix (100 of each item). Happy Thanksgiving Fairbanks.

November 19, 2008

The study

Our church meets every Wednesday night for Bible Study. I was asked last month to lead a session. I started last week with the video series "That the world may know." It is a great video series that takes place in the holy land and helps give us a pictures of exactly what the early Israelites lived with and how the Old Testament Bible lessons and events influence us today.

If you are free on Wednesday maybe think of joining us. It would be fun to see you there.

November 18, 2008

The day the plumber came

A few views of Josh's Saturday when the plumber came:

A few views of my day when the Plumber came:

We both were able to get lots done the day the plumber came!

Did you pack your box?

Samaritan's Purse is an organization that helps deliver Christmas boxes around the world to kids that otherwise would not have a gift at all. If you want to help this is the official drop off week, check it out:

November 17, 2008

My Sister

I love my older sister. She is an amazing person!
She always listens to me and is then able to grasp the situation and what I am trying to say.
She knows where I come from and has been there for me my entire life.
She always has the best advice and knows how to put things in perspective.
And today I miss her very very much.

November 14, 2008

Take a number Please

The importance of a number...

Here at DNR I often time have to search for a client by their company name but come to find out that company is part of 7 different companies, all with different names. Or the client only gives us their personal name and our records show that for that company we have five or six different individual names from the people who have worked on this project for the last five years, most of which are probably not working for that company any more.

Bottom line I am just trying to match a company with the state's ADL number system to find their lease, material sale, right-of-way or permit. So when it all comes down to it, just leave your name off the paperwork and just give me your number please. It is so much easier.

November 13, 2008

Our newest addition

This week we purchased our water tank. No we don't have our well yet but our hired plumber is coming over tomorrow to work on the finishing touches of our domestic water system so a tank was needed. Even though this is an electric tank it won't be plugged in. Our boiler will heat our water and run it through this tank so that there is always warm water for us to use.

Thanks to Mike and Ashley for using their truck to deliver our house's newest addition.

November 12, 2008

Furniture, who needs furniture?

One great part of doing the drywall in the living room area is that we cleaned out all of the tools and supplies. Now with a whole bunch of open spaces the fun has begun. This could become quite a fun house if we never had furniture or personal belongings to worry about.

So for now the fun has begun with our friends Mike and Ashley...and yes I know I don't take pictures fast enough to catch the perfect shots. But you get the idea.

I will need to remember this trick on cold winter days when I have kids climbing the walls in a few years.

Cleaning and Moving towards wide open spaces

Saturday was a productive drywall day.
First we finished the guest room and then vacuumed it all out.
What the living room looked like in the beginning of the day

We cleared all the stuff out of the living room

By moving all the stuff from the living room into the guest room

With plenty of room to move around, we started hanging drywall in the dining room

The creativity that occurs on a day off work Part II

Yesterday I had a mid-week day off, and it was wonderful. My day was full of:



Crafts with friends

Knitting of Course
But I won't be showing any of the finished projects since Christmas is right around the corner and my house is filling up with surprises.

November 10, 2008


As you might have guessed from the lack of home photos today, I forgot the camera at home. Josh and I made a crockpot meal this morning before work and thus were flying out the door to get to work on time minus one camera.

With tomorrow being Veteran's day I do not have to work, so pictures will come on Wednesday...stay tuned.


I have finally made the appointment for my eye exam. Now I need to just decide on what my new look will be...oh the possibilities.

Tree Disaster of 2017

We had quite the tree drama this year.  After years and years of real trees from the woods I was done with the needles.  DONE.  Last year A...