Subsistance Whaling in Alaska

These photo’s are on  Anchorage Daily News.  They made me smile and so I wanted to share them.  There are a lot more photos on the ADN site but I can’t seem to get them to load, so you’ll have to follow the link I have attached to see more.Alaska_Whale_Photo_Gallery_18A Alaska_Whale_Photo_Gallery_11A

Cutting down a tree

We had heard our neighbors were going to cut down their cottonwood.  Yay!  It causes such a mess every year so we were excited, but when we saw who was going to do it, well we were a bit surprised. See for yourself.

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We were told he’s the best in the business.  After watching him down a rotten cotton wood, I have to agree!  This father and son duo know how to cut down a tree!002 003 004 005 006 007 009 010 011 012 013 014

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Beaded Necklace

Virginia always has a beaded project she is working on.  This is her current project.

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Art

My kids love to enter art contests.  Here’s a picture Virginia drew for a water conservation contest.

art water compatition ginniSherrad also drew one.

art competation sherradAsa likes to draw cartoons.  Here’s one a sent to Grandma for her birthday.

Asa's fishy cartoon

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Radom pictures

These are some pictures my in-laws sent us that they took while they were here.

The first day they where here we took a hike up a new trail that was just completed this summer.  It’s actually a very old trail but a new trail head section was put in to hook up the old trail with a new trail head.  We only hiked the new portion but if you wanted to take the whole hike it would take a very very long time.

hike above sandy beach sherrad and dadEverywhere we went Sherrad had to bring his fish net and pole.  Looks like Grandma really got a great catch this time.

bev and sherradHammer Slough

hammer sloughRandom pictures of the kids.

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Cakes

Asa’s birthday cake.

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Marshmallow Fondant
16 oz marshmallows
2-5 T water
Melt together then add:
2 lbs confection sugar
Use to grease hands and counter:
½ c shortening or butter
Roll out fondant. Put frosting on cake before covering it with fondant. Also use frosting when gluing fondant shapes to a fondant covered cake. Fondant can be tightly wrapped and stored in the fridge for several weeks.

We were out of frosting decorating bags so she put chocolate chips around the edge.

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