Friday, September 16, 2011

A Bountiful Alaskan Harvest

So what happens when your 5-year-old and 2-year-old are arguing over the computer screen position while you are in the happy world of oblivion cooking what I'm sure was a fantastic dinner? The computer comes crashing down from it's perch and a trip to the Mac Dr. is in order. So, long story short, my hopes of a somewhat consistant blog was off to a rough start. Now that the computer is fixed and our move is almost complete, prayfully my blog will continue without a hitch. So...without further ado... Yesterday the boys and I dug up our beautifully pathetic potato garden. While seeing others massive potato plants, my garden was obviously lacking. Of course by no fault of it's own. Our poor garden was planted at least an entire month behind schedule. We didn't help the garden out by improving the clay-like soil. We didn't have access to a rototiller, so we used brut force, i.e. my manly husband, Stretch. So when the harvesting commenced, my expectations were quite low....almost nonexistent. However, to my surprise, we had potatoes! And not just marble-sized ones,though those were abundant, but potatoes that could be the perfect-sized side. Digging up potatoes, I found, is much like digging for buried treasure. Will the booty be ruby red or creamy white? Will it be few and large or small and abundant? The clay-filled soil proved to be very difficult to dig in, which makes me believe that had the potatoes been provided even a small mixture of good soil, they may have grown exponentially. But even with that said...I'm convinced that even the most novice, brown-thumbed person, i.e. me, could plant a garden of potatoes and not be disappointed. And in preparation for next year, we will most assuredly be planting earlier and consulting the Potato King, Pastor Troy Abel, for an even more fantastic treasure next harvest.
Our potato garden all dug up...3 rows, about 21 plants.
11 pounds of potatoes
The boys and the booty!
Tucker with the biggest potato.
Titus with the littlest.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Halibut & Sweet Vegetable Stir-fry

So our lovely neighbor Bob came over the other day and brought us some freshly caught halibut. After much comtemplation, should I fry it, make tacos, grill it...I decided a nice stir-fry sounds amazing. And it was

Halibut & Sweet Vegetable Stir-Fry

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 large sweet Onion, roughly chopped
2 cups grated carrots
2 cups eggplant, peeled and cubed
2 cups zucchini, peeled and cubed
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup red, orange & yellow sweet peppers, sliced
2 lb. wild-caught halibut (this is an estimate since Bob didn't package it in neat, organized packaging)
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
salt and pepper to taste

Place oil in a large wok and heat. Add vegetables and cook until almost tender. Add the halibut, lemon juice and seasonings and saute until halibut is flaky. Serve up with a lovely salad and dinners on the table!

Life as an Alaskan

Life as an Alaskan can be quite exciting.  You have wildlife in your yard to watch out for, berries to be harvested and preserved, game to find and fill the freezer with, along with the everyday living most lower 48ers experience.  Since moving up here in May of 2010, our family has made a lot of changes, and continue to make changes, from our “normal” way of living in “outside” (the Alaskan term for anywhere in the States other than Alaska).  I’m hoping to show through how exciting life can be when you free yourself from the captivity of normalcy and embrace God’s wonder around you. I pray that you join me on our journey through the life God has planned for us!