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


Honey Salmon

We have a bunch of salmon in the freezer so that’s what we had for lunch.  I wanted to try something new so after doing a search I found this site.  I changed a few things about the original recipe so here’s what I did.

Honey Salmon

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T white or red wine vinegar
  • Seasoned salt
  • 2 pounds salmon

Mix together the honey, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar.  Sprinkle the salmon with seasoned salt.  Then pour mixture evenly over each piece.  Place into a pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  It was recommended to cook it in foil which is a great idea, but I didn’t have any. It worked out well anyway.

021Added note later:

I tried this recipe again and wrapped it in foil this time.  I have to admit that it was much better baked in the pan without the foil.  I’ll be making it without foil forever more.

Sand, Hill, Crane Lakes (Three Lakes Trails)

Here on Mitkof island there are three lakes all very close to each other and trails that connect them.  The first lake is called Sand, the second, Hill, and the third Crane, named after the lakes frequent visitors Sand Hill Cranes.  Each hike is about a 1/2 mile from the road to the lake.  Each trail head, a short drive from the next.  If you wish to do the full hike going from lake to lake it is about 4 1/2 miles and there is boardwalk that connects them going through the muskeg and forested areas.  About half way between Sand and Hill lakes there is another smaller lake called shelter lake that has a small cabin for use.

We had never been to the lakes so picked at random to go to Hill lake first.

Here is a snap shot of the board walk that covers the entire walk to the lake.

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My in-laws took this picture

Hill Lake

Hill Lake

Each lake has a picnic table and a small row boat that is free of charge.  Just remember to pull the plug back out of the row boat after you use it so it doesn’t fill with water.

Where else can you take a short hike in a national forest and arrive at your destination and have the entire place to yourself?

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kids in boat

My in-laws snapped these and just sent them to me.

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one my in-laws snapped

The biggest attraction for the kids was the row boat.  It has a capacity of 3 at a time.

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macpa in boat

my mother-in-law snapped this shot

Meanwhile Ephraim made us nervous playing on the edge of the dock.


Grandma and Grandpa sent us this picture.

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Grandma and Grandpa sent us this picture.

Grandma and Grandpa sent us this picture.

Next we decided to check out crane lake.  When we pulled up there were 2 other cars there.  But, we passed them on our hike in so once again we had the place to ourselves.

I believe that this lake must be the most trafficked. After you get to the lake, keep on the trail about a .1 of a mile around the lake and you will come to a “hammock” as the previous hikers called it.  I don’t think I would describe it that way.  It’s a net fully tied off to several trees with an accompanying latter to get up into it.  It’s not for those afraid of heights.

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These hikes are beautiful, extremely easy and way fun!

My in-laws got to the lakes before we did and snapped this shot of Virginia.

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011 bill 014 bill 019 bill 031007 008 009bill 009 bill 010 bill 011My husband’s parents were here.

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Waldorf Doll

doll 047This is my first Waldorf Doll.  It has been entirely experimental.  I am going to modify my pattern a little for my next one.  I will post the links I used to glean ideas from.

doll 001 doll 002 doll 005Here is a great tutorial for making a doll.

I drafted my own pattern, but there are plenty of sites that have them available.  The dress is also a pattern I created.  I used Dana’s (at Dana made it) layered skirt tutorial for making the skirt of the dress.  The main difference is that I made only 2 connectors (rather than 3) and 3 ruffles.  Obviously I didn’t add elastic either but stitched the skirt directly to the bodice.

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doll 010For the hair I found a great tutorial at Pickled Okra by Charlie.

This takes some time!  I am using 100% wool for this hair but I won’t do that again because I do want the option of being able to wash my doll without the hair felting.

Curling my wool yarn for hair.

Curling my wool yarn for hair.

I soaked the wool for about 6 hours in water then baked in 225 degree oven for 1 hour.  You can see from the pictures that I attached the cap to the head before attaching the yarn, but it may be easier to attach the individual yarn to the cap before sewing it to the doll.

The tutorials for the cap, curling the yarn, and attaching it to the cap, are all at Pickled okra in 3 different posts. She also links to the Hungry Hook who has a tutorial on making curls in acrylic yarn. I couldn’t find anything out there on using wool so I tried it and it worked out well.  The main difference between the 2 tutorials is the time they spent soaking the yarn in water.  1 soaked it over night, the just rinsed the yarn, then dabbed it dry and cooked.  I decided to soak it for several hours to be on the safe side.

doll 049This is the beginnings of attaching the hair.  This was the first round of yarn I curled.  Now I need to curl more and continue attaching.  I think it would have been better to design the hat to be just that, a hat, and then I would only need to attach a little hair (because the hair would be coming out of the hat).  Next time I am going to create the hair to be removable.  That way you could have several wigs, changing your doll as you please.

doll 045This is not quite the finished doll, I need to add the rest of the hair, but I’m excited with how she came together.

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More Wild Flowers

Our little patch of mixed flower seeds we threw down in the spring are growing every day.  I get excited to see which new flowers are blooming each day.  Here are a few more pictures.

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