Monday, September 15, 2014

Mooseburger Pie

In honor of the first day of moose hunting season in our region of Alaska, I am posting a yummy dinner recipe made with mooseburger. 

1-1/2 pounds ground moose or any other meat you choose
1 can Rotel 
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 can black beans
1 cup small red, yellow and orange peppers, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Mix the burger, bread crumbs and Rotel together in a bowl.  Press into a pie pan like a crust.  

Top with a mixture of beans, peppers and cheese and cumin.  (You can add whatever veggies and cheese you like to the top of this meat crust.)   

Mix together the cornmeal, flour sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In another bowl, mix together cup milk, vegetable oil and the egg.  Gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing until the dry ingredients are just moist.  Spread the cornbread mixture over the top of the pie.  Bake for 1 hour.  

Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Summer 2014

Summertime in Petersburg always passes so quickly.  During the rainy week that followed the first day of school this year, I pursued my photos and found some that I thought would be fun to share.  

Early in the Summer, I wandered around the boat harbor when the fishermen were preparing for the upcoming salmon season.  

When the sun was out, I enjoyed looking at the lovely gardens in town.  The gardeners in Petersburg have found a way to bring lots of color to our rainy town in the summer.

 So long Summer of 2014.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Christmas Jul on Etsy

Tis the season for starting your Christmas projects.  I am getting new items each week to add to my stock of Christmas craft supplies in my Christmas Jul shop on Etsy.  Here are some of the new 'basic' fabrics you will find in my shop.

And a fun free quilt pattern from Riley Blake to add to your collection.
CLICK HERE for the pattern.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Luxury Yacht at our Door

Doug and I went for a little run Friday morning and when we returned home, this is the breathtaking view that greeted us.  When a ship like this is parked a stones throw away from the front of your house, it's only natural to go straight to google.
This luxury yacht was delivered to owner by Audrey Milnichenk in 2008.  The name of this interesting vessel is A, which stands for the owners name and Alexsandra, his wife. The A is was designed by Philippe Starck and built by Blohm and Voss.  The purchase price was rumored to be 300 million dollars.  It is a speedy vessel, with a maximum speed of 23 knots and cruising speed of 19 knots.  It also uses lots of fuel.  The fuel tank holds 200,000 gallons.  It uses about 27 gallons of fuel per hour. 
The submarine shaped ship is 390 feet long. There are about 24,000 square feet of interior living space.  The master suite is 2,500 square feet.  The windows have 1.7" thick bomb proof glass and there are over 40 CCTV cameras and motion sensors.
You will find a helipad and a swimming pool on the bow.
The stern has 2 swimming pools, one with a glass bottom, a window to the disco below.  This large opening below the aft deck and pool is for the motor boats and watercraft that transport people here and there.

find a bio of  Audrey Milnichenk CLICK HERE
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Strip Your Stash Quilt

Last week in a moment of boredom, I went to Craftsy , to see if there was a quilting class that might interest me.  I ended up on the 'Sale' page and found the perfect class, Strip Your Stash with Nancy Smith.  I have so many scraps, and many I've already cut into 2-1/2" strips.  I generally do the 1600' technique to make sheets of fabric to use as backing for wall hangings or backgrounds for appliqué quilts.  I've also made aprons out of pretty batik strip sheets.  Nancy Smith's class offered a different technique for making sheets of fabric from strips.

I thought it would be fun and it was.  Nancy is very thorough in her explanation of the techniques she teaches.  She also explained one interesting strategy for picking out fabrics for strips.

Her strip technique uses 2-1/2" strips, and it also uses 3-1/2" and 1-1/2" strips.  I had some fat 8th's left over from a quilt I made a couple of years ago.  Rather than use Nancy's strategy for picking out strip fabric, I decided to try to match these focal fabrics.  I found these fabrics at Kapaia Stitchery in Lihue on the island of Kauai about 5 years ago.  If you ever go to Lihue, you must stop in this shop.  There are lots and lots of fun Hawaiian fabrics.
I rummaged through my scrap fabrics and found some fabrics to use with the Hawaiian prints.
 I ended up with this long sheet of fabric.  It's pretty lopsided isn't it.  I think next time I will use my walking foot for the entire process.
 I cut the sheet into strips and auditioned them on background fabrics.  I liked this tan color the best.
I sewed the strips to the background strips. 
And put a border around it.  
 Again, I will use my walking foot next time.  I think this top is a little dull yet but I bet with quilting, this could be a nice looking quilt.  Nancy Smith gives great directions for 4 different quilts made from these strips.  This is not one of them.  The class was really fun and I recommend it for anyone who has scraps to burn....and what quilter doesn't.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Crab Quiche

A friend dropped off a half a King crab and I resisted the temptation to simply crack it and eat it then and there.  I decided to find a good recipe for my luscious gift.  I remembered reading a delicious looking recipe for Cajun Crawfish Quiche on Lamberts Lately Blog.  I dug it up from my Pinterest 'Dinner' board and began collecting the ingredients.  It turned out that I had most of the ingredients.  I always keep a couple cans of Rotel handy...don't you.  I love the stuff.  The only thing I had to purchase was the pie crust.  I should have made one....I generally don't like pie crust from the store but I just didn't want to take the time to make my own crust.  I bought a Marie Callendars double pie crust pack.  I will never make another crust!  Now I keep a package of these in my freezer at all times.

This is the best recipe for seafood!  If you have leftover salmon this is a quick and easy second day meal.  I bet you could add leftover halibut too.  That will be my next try.  The beauty of this recipe is that it takes about 5 minutes to put together.   It's that easy!  And it is delicious to boot.

Crab Quiche
1 frozen pie crust
1 clove garlic, minced
A cup or two of Alaska's fine seafood, crab, salmon, halibut.....cooked
8 oz cheddar cheese-your choice, sharp or regular
4 eggs
1 can Rotel, drained
2 Tbs hot sauce.  

You can also add chopped onion, corn, peppers, spinach....the list of veggies is limitless.

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Cook the frozen pie crust in the oven for 5 minutes.  In a medium pan, sauté the garlic and any veggies you plan to add to your pie.  

In a large bowl, mix the garlic/veggie mixture with the crab, cheese, eggs, Rotel and hot sauce.  Pour into the pie crust.

Bake the pie for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the center of the pie is firm.  Serve immediately.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Petersburg's City Gardens

If you walk around Petersburg in the Summer, you will see colorful lush gardens in our City parks and along the sidewalks.  The person responsible for these lovely wonders is Jesse O'Connor.  Jesse has been landscaping and nourishing city gardens for years and his work is appreciated by all who walk down the streets of our town.  

If you've lived in Petersburg very long, you know that things looked very different before Jesse built the cities gardens.  We forget the barren landscape of 15 years ago when the Harbor parking lot was just a parking lot.  

I think this was one of Jesse's first gardens.  Look at how the trees have grown.  The colorful annuals accessorize the the lush green and crimson trees during the summer months.

 Eric Larson's black bear hides behind the flowering shrubs.
 This garden is an example of Jesse's masterful attention to detail.  This garden flowers throughout the summer and the majority of the plants in this garden are bulbs and perennials.  Bulbs and perennials are lovely when they are flowering but the life of each bloom is relatively short.  The blooms in this garden begin with tulips and daffodils in the Spring and as these flowers wane, the peonies begin their luscious blooms, bordered by Snow-In-Summer.  This picture was taken after the peony bloom, during mid July.  The terracing of the Ligularia, Hostas and Astilbe makes a lovely backdrop for this restful seating area at the bottom of the hill.

If you garden in Petersburg, you know how difficult it is to get flowers to grow in the dark wet Summer months.  Jesse's gardens are always colorful, lush and healthy.  When you see Jesse, you might want to thank him for almost single handedly, bringing so much beauty to Petersburg.  

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