Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amish Date Pudding

When my husbands family moved to Alaska from Ohio, my mother-in-law brought with her a recipe for Amish Date Pudding.  The Riemer family enjoyed this sweet treat with their Thanksgiving meal every year.  When my kids were young, they really thought it was a treat to have a dessert-like treat on their dinner plate.  We are now the grandparents and Thanksgiving is at our home each year.  The traditional foods we enjoy during this holiday include Amish Date Pudding.  My son loves it so much, it is his offering to our family meal each year.

Amish Date Pudding

1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup boiling water

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 Tablespoon melted butter.

2 bananas
1 pint whipping cream

Place the dates in a medium sized bowl.  Sprinkle the baking soda over the top.  Add 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir.  Let cool.

Grease and flour an 8"X8" baking pan.  When the date mixture is cool, preheat the oven to 350F.  Stir in flour, sugar, egg, nuts and melted butter.  Bake for 30 minutes.

When cool, slice bananas and whip the cream.  Cut the cake into 1" squares.  Mix with bananas and whipped cream in a bowl.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

I have been away from my blog for awhile, it's been a busy month!  Doug and I were able to participate in the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon last Sunday. This marathon raised funds for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.  There are 31 different Rock 'n' Roll Marathons in 9 countries.  Rock 'n' Roll is owned by the Competitor Group, Inc.  Las Vegas was Doug's 2nd and my 3rd, Rock 'n' Roll.  We also did one in Phoenix and I did one in San Diego.  This race is fun because there are all kinds of bands playing along the way and there is a rock concert after the race.  
Meb
This is one of the most inspirational people I have ever had the chance to listen to.  Meb won the Boston Marathon in 2014.  He was the first American to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.  His time was 2:08.37.   He also took second in the 2012 London Olympics.  His story is one of great fortitude, hard work and a true commitment to and appreciation of the USA.  He is a Eritrean refugee, who came to America with his family at the age of 12.  He has written a book, Run To Overcome, which I will read.
All corralled up and ready to run.

This race was a little different because it started at 4:30 in the afternoon.
So we could run through the strip and Fremont Street at night.  

Dancing fountains at the Bellagio were waiting at the end of the race.
I recommend the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll races.  The course is fairly flat, the aide stations are spaced close together, the lights at night are really fun to see.  It is easy to find a hotel room.  There are lots and lots of fun activities to do when you aren't running.  The half marathon was the most popular event with 25,215 participants.  The full marathon only had 3224 participants.  For obvious reasons, the event caters to people running the half.  While we all started and ended in the same place, marathon runner had to go out into the the dark neighborhoods to get their mileage in.  There weren't any rock bands in the neighborhoods.  It was pretty quiet, but that's okay.  The aide stations were still out there.  They offered water and Gatorade to the weary runner.

One highlight of my visit to Las Vegas.  I was able to get an autographed baseball for my son.  

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Pretzel Buns


One of my favorite things to eat is homemade bread.  For years I made two loaves of bread on Sunday for my kids' school lunches.  One loaf was used for Monday and Tuesday and one loaf went in the freezer for the second half of the week. Friday was pizza day at school so that took care of that.  I used my beloved Kitchen Aid to make bread.  I had the attachment that ground the wheat berries.  The newly ground flour was mixed effortlessly with white flour and the rest of the ingredients in the bowl.  What an incredible little machine my Kitchen Aid was and is.  Alas, the kids are grown so no more school lunches.  

I am a little lazier and less motivated to grind wheat berries and make a couple of loaves of bread each week.  But, I still love homemade bread!  Now I have a bread maker.  I make all of my bread in the bread maker.  It has taken the mess and all of the effort out of the process.  I simply put the yeast, sugar and warm water in the bottom of the canister and wait until it does it's bubbly thing.

Then I add the rest of the ingredients, set it to the 'Dough' setting and turn it on.

About an hour and a half later, I open the top and here is my lovely dough, ready to be formed into whatever my heart desires.

This recipe is for Pretzel Buns so the dough was divided into 4 equal parts and then formed into buns and left to rise.

The secret of Pretzel Buns, is the water bath.  If you've ever made bagels, you know the drill.  Dip the raised dough into a water bath before baking.  The same process is necessary for these buns except the water bath has a hefty dose of baking soda added to the mix.  After the buns have been dipped in the baking soda bath, cover with the egg wash, cut your cross with a sharp knife and sprinkle with coarse salt before baking.

Pretzel Buns

Dough
2 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar
1/2 C warm water
1 Tbl olive oil
1 C warm milk
1/2 tsp salt
3-1/4 C flour

Water Bath
3 quarts of water
1/4 C baking soda

Topping
1 Egg
1 Tbs water
Course sea salt

Place yeast, warm water and sugar in the canister of a bread maker.  Let sit for about 10 minutes until the mixture is bubbly.  Add the remaining ingredients.  Set the mixer to the 'Dough' setting and turn it on.  After the bread has raised to double it's size (the amount of time it takes to rise depends on the machine and the temperature in your home.  I give my dough about 2 hours total time, to rise), punch down and remove from the bread machine.  Form the dough into 8 small, 'dinner' rolls or 4 large 'sandwich' rolls and let rise until double in size (about 45 min to 1 hour).  
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Bring your water and baking soda mixture to a boil in a large pot.  When the water is boiling, add the buns, 1 or two at at a time and let cook about 30 seconds on each side.  Place the buns on a baking sheet.  Whisk your egg and 1 Tbs of water.  Brush the top with the egg mixture.  Cut an X at the top of each bun with a very sharp knife.  Sprinkle with course salt.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your rolls.  They will be golden brown on top.  


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Octoberfest Quilt Show

Carrie Peterson, Quilt Show Hostess Extraordinair

Feathered Wreath
Machine Pieced by Sally Dwyer
Machine Quilted by Sally Dwyer
Owned by Sally Dwyer


Christmas Placemats
Machine Pieced by Chris Sargent
Machine Quilted by Chris Sargent
Owned by Chris Sargant


X Marks the Spot
Machine Pieced by Terri Swanson
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Terri Swanson


MeKong Quilt
Machine Pieced by MeKong Quilts
Machine Quilted by MeKong Quilts
Owned by Deb Tice


Vintage
Machine Pieced by Terri Swanson
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Terri Swanson


Salvation
Machine Pieced by Candyce Jones
Machine Quilted by Grazyna Froelich
Owned by Candyce Jones for Jason Jones


Janet's Quilt
Machine Pieced by Carolyn McBride
Quilted by Nancy Janikowsky
Owned by Janet Kvernvik


Christmas Road
Machine Pieced by Marilyn Menish Meucci
Machine Quilted by Marilyn Menish Meucci
Owned by Marilyn Menish Meucci


A View of Petersburg-Ocean Floor to Rising/Setting Sun
Machine Pieced by Maura O'Brien-Phillips
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Maura O'Brien-Phillips


Overlapping Tiles
Machine Pieced by Terri Swanson
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Terri Swanson


Marmalade
Machine Pieced by Sue Flint
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Sue Flint


Carnival
Machine Pieced by Melissa Carraway
Machine Quilted by Melissa Carraway
Owned by Bridget Wittstock


Ziggy Granny
Machine Pieced by Sally Dwyer
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Sally Dwyer


Just Plaids
Machine Pieced by Kris Kissinger
Machine Quilted by Melissa Carraway
Owned by Kris Kissinger


Riley's Quilt
Machine Pieced by Sally Dwyer
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Sally Dwyer


Cake Stand
Machine Pieced by Sally Dwyer
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Sally Dwyer


Kaleidoscope of Frogs
Machine Pieced by Kris Kissinger
Machine Quilted by Melissa Carraway
Owned by Kris Kissinger


Sassy Stripes
Machine Pieced by Susan Holmes
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Susan Holmes


Alaska Mariner Compass
Machine Pieced by Maura O'Brien-Phillips
Machine Quilted by Darcy Judy
Owned by Maura O'Brien-Phillips


3 Angels:  Faith, Hope and Love
Machine Pieced by Sally Dwyer
Machine Quilted by Sally Dwyer
Owned by Al Dwyer


Chrissy Down Under
Machine Pieced by Sue Flint
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Caryn Gillen


Fit For A Viking
Machine Pieced by Sally Dwyer
Machine Quilted by Sally Dwyer
Owned by Kade Norheim


It's A Plus
Machine Pieced by Terri Swanson
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Sawyer Bryner

Guatemalan Memories
Machine Pieced by Sue Flint
Machine united by Kim Randrup
Owned by Riley Norheim


Chutney
Machine Pieced by Sue Flint
Machine united by Melissa Carraway
Owned by Sue Flint


Blue Frames
Machine Pieced by Susan Holmes
machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Sue Holmes


Red Frames
Machine Pieced by Terri Swanson
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Terri Swanson


Hawaiian Sunset
Hand Appliqued by Marilyn Menish Meucci
Hand quilted by Marilyn Menish Meucci
Owned by Marilyn Menish Meucci


Kim's Quilt
Machine Pieced by Kim Randrup
Machine Quilted by Kim Randrup
Owned by Kim Randrup

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Octoberfest Artshare!

Each year, on the 4th Saturday in October, the Muskeg Maliers host Octoberfest Artshare.  This festival highlights local artwork and food and is held in the Community Gym.  

Organizers Cathy Harris and Naomi Welde wear a different costume each year.  One year, I remember they were elegant turn of the century ladies, one year they were angels.  This you can see their fun costumes had a Halloween theme.
Sally and Carol and Julie and Linda  sit at the Muskeg Malier booth, filled with beautiful, hand painted items.  This group is responsible for keeping the traditional Norwegian art form known as Rosmalling, alive in our town.
This is the view that greets the festival visitor when they enter the gym....truffles.  Suzanne makes the most delicious and sought after chocolate goodies in Petersburg.  When I walked by, she and Cindy were tasting coconut curry truffles.  YUM!!



At the next booth I found the well known Husvik sisters selling their delicious berry goodies.  Sonja Ewing, Liv's daughter has gotten in on the act too.  Liv and Shannon enjoyed a conversation while people shopped for current, huckleberry, blueberry jelly, syrup and etc.  I didn't get a picture of Heidi...next time Heidi!
Audrey Samuelson created these lovely stained glass Christmas ornaments and window decorations.  They are absolutely lovely!
 Vava's wreaths are simply marvelous.  Andi helped her mom with orders and packing.  I had to get a Halloween wreath for my door at this booth.
Jean has been organizing and participating in Octoberfest since the beginning.  Her booth has had all kinds of interesting things over the years.  This year among other things, she had glass and copper garden wands, glass wind chimes, sea inspired lamp art and recycled glass dish garden wands.  She is very creative.
If you are from Petersburg, chances are you have purchased jewelry from Meg at some point over the years.  Meg comes up from Oregon each year to sell her beautiful jewelry and to visit friends.  
Click HERE for her webpage
Click HERE for her Facebook page.

Lindas lovely array of spicy jelly brightened this sunny corner of the gym.
Tammi Wales is our local mural, picture, sign and tattoo artist.  Tammi has brought lots of color to Petersburg.  Her work partner Kathy is her greatest supporter.
Sharon visited with local wood artist, Richard about his interesting work.
Noah Sullivan made ski racks and coat hangers out of local wood products.  By the time I caught up with him, he had sold all of his coat hangers.  If you need a rack, for skis and poles, you know where to find them.
Holly and Andrea are the creators and crafters behind Wild Fern Medicinals.  I highly recommend these lovely products.  
Click HERE to view their Facebook page.
Click HERE to shop in their Etsy shop.
If you drive by Debi's house, you will see that it has about doubled in size.  She finally has space (and time) to do what she loves.  Mamie and mom take good care of each other;-) Grant was buying Lila her Christmas gift I think. 
JoAnn and Deb!  Science teacher and Librarian extraordinaire do a little sewing on the side.  They turn sweaters into mittens.  They also make the most wonderful bags.
When Renee isn't taking care of all of the women in town at her spa....I mean mammogram room...she seems to be crafting.  What a wonderful variety of lovely items she had at her booth.  And really, she does make the mamo experience a little less painful with soft lights and soft music.  She even gives little treats at the end of it all.  
I need a better picture of Karen! Here she is visiting with Doug about her remarkable hand work.  Karen is a lichenologist for the US Forest Service.  In her spare time, she uses lichen and other natural items to dye the wool she uses for knitting, and to dye her silk and wool items.  
Look at these amazing wooden spoons, crosses and sunbursts.  Margie is responsible for these interesting items.

Face painting is always a hit with kids.  You have to admit my granddaughter is an awfully cute little kitty. Art teacher Ashley sets up her painting station at all events and the line of children soon spreads out the door.  Ashley has an assistant this year.  The kids love to watch their friends being painted almost as much as they like to get their own faces painted.
There were lots of happy puppies this weekend.  Alaska Mountain Mutts makes the best treats for our best buddies.

I think that these wrist purses are a fashion for the younger set.  They sure are lovely and when you think about it, how handy to wear your purse as a bracelet.
Ann has been bringing her assortment of hand crochet items to fairs and bazars as long as I remember.  I have purchased so many of her lace doilies over the years, for myself and as gifts.  She also makes pot-scrubbers now.  Her items are useful and beautiful.
If you need spider jewelry for the upcoming holiday, I suggest you give Kim a call.  Aren't her spiders fun.  
We are so lucky to have a Humane Society with so many hard working, dedicated volunteers.  Mary and Denise were selling items to raise funds for the various services the Humane Society provides, like spay and neutering, fostering animals, and the animal shelter to name a few.

WAVE (Working Against Violence for Everyone) had a booth with information and the most delicious fudge.  Annette is the director of WAVE.  Marlene and our public health nurse Erin, are on the board.
Sue had a booth with her BEAUTIFUL quilted and sewn items.  Sue makes these lovely batik quilts and she also makes incredible pillows and table runners out of Guatemalan textiles.
Click HERE to visit Sue's Etsy Shop, 
Mindy stopped at the Home Sweet Home booth to admire the hand made rugs.
Dianne and friends enjoyed a sweet little visitor while selling their items.
This lovely jewelry was made by Debby and her helpers visited with her while she shared her lovely wares with Petersburg.
Two generations of artists shared this booth to show off their very different art mediums.  If you have a child between the age of 0 and 2, I bet you have a pair of these hand crocheted Extra Tuffs.  Sharon developed this pattern and has been crocheting like the dickens to keep up with the demand. There were other beautiful hand crocheted items at this booth as well.  Mandy's marvelous photos can be found in her shop, Altered Perceptions, located in the Tonka Seafoods building on Sing Lee Ally.  Click HERE to view her Facebook Page. 
Wear Eide, Lizzy, Harold and Kate Thompson and Clare Medalen, are raising funds to provide fresh drinking water to a school in Thailand.  Please click HERE to get the details about this very worthy service project.