Friday, May 31, 2013

The Battle of the Red Beans and ...Mating Eagles?!?

Well hello. I hope yall have all had a good week. 
I had several blog posts I wanted to share tonight. One on what we have been doing in school, another 101 Ways to Cook Fish recipe, and finally my red bean and rice recipe (well my mom's in actuality) at the request of a friend. But that was before the incident....

What's that you say? What incident? Well yall know I like to cook, but you probably remember I am pretty accident prone (see nearly cutting my finger off slicing an apple a few months ago.) Well this evening I was cooking a scrumptious pot of red beans and rice. Dh had gone fishing after work and it was just A and I hanging out. A was in my bed room, nose buried in a book, dog beside her and I decided it was time to take the ham bone out and let it cool so I could take the meat off of it and add that back in. I should have known to get the tongs, but no, I just got the spoon with the slots and lifted it out. I was almost there when "SPLASH" it feel back into the pot, sending boiling hot water splashing all over my face, my chest, and my arms. 
The pain was intense. I calmly walked into the bathroom and grabbed a wash cloth and turned on the cold water and held it on my face. When I removed it, I could see wonderful lovely red marks developing on my forehead, along my hair line, and under my right eye and cheek. With my hands trembling I picked up the phone to dial my friend Laura. It took me 3 times, I was shaking so bad, but finally it rang. As calm as I could be (remember kiddo in the next room:) I told her I had spilled pretty hot water on myself and pretty much hurts. "Could you run up here and look at it? My wonderful friend left her family and dinner and ran up the hill bring with her what will from this day forth be known as Magic Cream. It is amazing, My skin is already much less red and the pain is almost gone. EMS crews use it and it can take a burn down to the next degree. She said I had first degree one, maybe one second on my forehead, but that i would be fine. It was scary and I started to shake after the fact.
I am very blessed to have such a good friend who is also my healthcare provider to be able to just pop over and check on me.

So as of right now I am fine. It could have been a lot worse,
We got back into the groove of things and enjoyed our dinner (although I did almost forgot to cook the rice for the red beads AND RICE LOL!

A great dinner eating, with it's own wonderful little story now that I know I am safe.

And at the end- we even got some comic relief!
Cleaning the kitchen table, I looked out and saw these two little lovebirds hanging together.
So sweet, nice little eagle chat....and then......then.......
 BAM! Eagles getting it on right off my window. There was no resistance on the part of the female and the male just went straight to town.
 Just one more shot before it gets quite a little uncomfortable watching the eagles have their way with each other.

And there he goes. The male flew,the female is still sitting their recovering. 
What a way to end the night. 

I just put some more burn cream on my face that Laura brought and took a pain pill which should let me sleep. Looking forward to no pain tomorrow hopefully. 

Night all.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A busy day!

Wow! What an amazing, busy day. I am exhausted and I think my daughter is worn out. That's a good thing. Hopefully she will sleep well tonight.

We had a nice morning, accomplished a lot in school, and then after lunch the sun came out and so did we.

We headed to front beach and watched a container ship dock. These ships are massive and in some of those 18 wheeler sized containers are the groceries for our island.
These massive ships are pushed into dock by teeny tiny tug boats. 

The sun was out, warming our faces, and A looked out over the ocean and said...
"The world is far from perfection, but this is all I've ever dreamed of on earth."

Sometimes I am just amazed by the big thoughts swirling around in such a small person.

Next it was on to the park for some more biking riding. 
On her third time out without training wheels, she did amazing.
Such a smile on her face as she rode around the entire bike path TWICE!

After getting quite a workout, we went home and took advantage of the warm weather to finally get our plants going.

Later this evening the clouds started to roll in. Dh had a board meeting, but when he got home, he packed up the fishing gear with A and headed out.
It was the perfect time for her to try out her new waders.

On the 3rd cast out into the Bering Sea, she reeled in a Dolly!

She was so proud. That fish is now in our freezer, ready to feed our family. Way to go A!

And I will leave you tonight with this parting shot.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Why I love living here.

This afternoon it was warm- over 50 degree
s! That's the warmest it's been all year so we of course had to take advantage of it. Although the sun wasn't out, there was no wind so it still made a pretty good day to comb the beach.

We brought back quite a few treasures.

Then we came home to this wonderful sight. Two Bald Eagles hanging out on the roof of our house.


Days like this reminds me why I never want to leave Alaska. I am so blessed.

Good night

Small Town Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day. I hope you all had a wonderful Monday. We spent the day celebrating in small town fashion at the clinic's annual Memorial Day BBQ. 

It was a great day of food, fun, and fellowship. We live in a wonderful community and it seemed like the whole town showed up to this event.

Dh as usual spent the day cooking for the crowd. 4 straight hours of grilling...this man is a champ! At least it wasn't raining like last year.

After A and I ate, we headed in to have fun with all the activities the clinic had set up. The whole thing is run by our wonderful clinic staff. A headed straight to the teddy bear adoption room and adopted  'Imy'. Her favorite "college friend" and pen-pal is home for the summer and was manning the table. 

Then it was on to face painting....

Such a wonderful face I recieved when I asked to take a pic of her painted face.

Balloon animal fun was next. How about a monkey on a giant banana?

It was great to spend the day with dear friends...

...and take a fire truck ride of course. They even got to wear the headsets and talk to each other! How fun.

Then it was back inside to the ER to play some game and win some prizes.

A perfect Memorial Day, and another reason why I love small town life! 
Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Thankful musings and more fish recipes

Today I am thankful for so many things. A volcano that settled down and allowed planes to fly so that not on could my wonderful husband make it back on the island, but my migraine meds came in as well! WooHoo! I am thankful that my daughter has been sleeping better and I haven't had anymore long nights (fingers crossed for tonight), and I am thankful that tomorrow is a day off for my husband, even though he will be gone a large portion of the workday helping with the clinic's annual Memorial Day Cookout for the community, he will still be home some to spend time with us.

Another thing I am thankful for is the wonderful sustenance that comes to us from the sea. I have been remiss in posting my 101 Ways to Cook Fish, but don't worry, I have been busy trying new recipes and feeding our family from our freezer stocks of fish.

I am also thankful that as the weather warms, fishing season is quickly approaching as I am getting low on a few of our favorites.

So tonight, I thought I would share a few recipes which I haven't posted before.

Sea Bass with Red Curry Noodles
This dish was awesome and pretty easy to make, In fact, now that I am finally typing it up, I think I am going to have to make it again this week.
1 pkg rice noodles
olive oil
1 onion-sliced thin
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1 can coconut milk
3 TBS red curry paste
2 large sea bass fillets
salt and pepper

Cook rice noodles according to directions and drain. Heat oil in large pan. Add sliced onions and spinach and saute for 5 minutes. Add the cooked noodles, 1 cup coconut mil, and the red curry paste. Stir to combine and coat noodles. Lower heat and let simmer while you complete the next step. Add more coconut milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

In another pan, heat oil over medium heat. Season sea bass with salt and pepper and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serve seared sea bass over curried rice noodles and enjoy.

Blueberry Barbecued Salmon
This was a quick and easy dish I whipped up last minute one night when I didn't have anything planned for dinner. It turned out really well and only involved 3 ingredients. You've got to love that!

1 large salmon fillet
1/2 cup bbq sauce
3 TBS blueberry jelly
salt and pepper

Heat oil in cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper and sear on both sides until done. In a small sauce pan heat bbq sauce and jelly until combined and heated thoroughly. Serve salmon topped with blueberry bbq sauce.
Sweet and Spicy Peach Glazed Halibut
This dish was absolutely delicious. We could not get enough of this sauce and I am definitely going to try this again, but on salmon I think. That should be amazing.
2 TBS cajun seasoning
2 TBS brown sugar
4 TBS peach jam
1 lime- juiced

Rub the spice mixture over both sides of the halibut fillet.
Heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium high heat. Cook halibut until it flakes easily with fork, turning at least once.
Blend the peach jam and lime juice together in a small bowl. Add to hot pan and swirl gently around allowing to coat halibut. Let the sauce thicken. Plate halibut and serve remaining sauce over the dish.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Homeschooled afternoons and bike riding

It has finally warmed up on the island and we have been having a lot of fun getting out pent up energy out. 
One reason I absolutely love homeschooling is that we can spend our afternoons like this.....

While the other kids were still sitting in a classroom, we were at the beach Tuesday exploring what the storm had washed up.

 Sunny and beautiful, and actually in the 40's? No way! Spring is here!

A explored the tidal pools and found tons of little sea snails or hermit crabs as she calls them, although they would 
be the smallest hermit crabs I have ever seen.

We even found Aleut Hats. I don't know what the actually name for them are, but that is what a friend told her they were called.

Their shells look just like the hats the natives used to wear...

and inside is this little creature... two of which are now living in our house! Why are you not surprised? LOL
You can't learn like this sitting at a desk!

We came home and basked in the beauty of this view. Looking out my kitchen window, is there any doubt that God exists? Stunning.

Today we headed out again right after lunch, this time to the park for A to try her hand at riding her bike sans training wheels. And look at this...she did it!

Determination, concentration, a little bit of fear? 
....look at that face!

We actually had to run back to the house after she did it because Mommy didn't bring the camera. (Is it bad that I really didn't think she would be able to do it?" Luckily the park is close by, and when we pulled up to the house, we picked up A's friend L (also homeschooled) and she went with us. We snapped those bike pics, and then it was one to being monkeys...actually chimpanzees on the playground. They were the chimps and I was Jane Goodall.

Life is good.
good night all.