Thursday, March 31, 2011

Homeschool Laser Tag

Last week, we headed to Fort Wainwright to join a local homeschool group on a laser tag outing. My family recently had their first experience with laser tag, and were looking forward to going again.
RAVEN is one of Alaska's homeschool programs that are state funded. Their local branch is kind enough to occasionally invite us "independent homeschoolers" to activities, and I took them up on it.
Here they are getting their "pre-game briefing."


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Carnival of Homeschooling


Carnival of Homeschooling


This week's "Carnival of Homeschooling" is being hosted at Consent of the Governed.

The hostess was so very kind, and highlighted my daughter's graduation at the start of the carnival. Thank you so very much!

Stop on by and meet lots of homeschoolers -->> Carnival of Homeschooling - The Homeschool Journey Edition

Light & Fluffy Carrot Cake

"Light and Fluffy" aren't words you normally see in association with carrot cake, but this one is!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Military Monday: Meet - Jenn!

This week's MilSpouse is not only a fellow Army wife...but a fellow Army wife in Alaska!

Introducing Jenn!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chartreuse

When Jennifer and I headed to downtown Fairbanks to take pictures on Friday, we took some photos outside a shop with an interesting mural on the wall.

What you couldn't really see from the pictures, was that it was of a giant peacock. You can NOT miss this shop when you drive down the street. I have seen it a few times, and after utilizing their mural for my own use, decided to go inside.....

Saturday, March 26, 2011

There's a Story Behind this Wall


You'll just have to wait and see.

Bloggie "Block Party"

Every year, 5 Minutes for Mom has a sort of "Block Party" for bloggers. It is called the "Ultimate Blog Party" and this year is no different. I am looking forward to meeting lots of new bloggers and readers alike. It was a lot of fun last year, and of course I will be participating again this year.


Ultimate Blog Party 2011


Oh, and by the way, gobs of bloggers will be giving away gobs of prizes....so if you love give-aways, you would love it as well.

Homeschool Graduation

Graduation is a special time for any high school student. For homeschoolers, graduation may look a little different....



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lemon Cream Scones

Today when I went to the store, I decided to grab a couple lemons for some lemon scones.
These are incredibly easy, and the recipe would be very familiar. It is identical to my Mini-Orange Cream Scones.
The only difference, is instead of using 1 orange, you would use 2 lemons. They taste like someone turned a glass of lemonade into a bread. Mmmm!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

They Done Did it Again

A couple years ago, I introduced you to a dear friend and neighbor, "Mrs Q."


Well, last year, when we moved to Alaska, they moved to Germany. Shortly after they arrived there, they mailed us a package of goodies from Deutchland.
Well, they done did it again!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Some Good Fun

Last week, the kids had a get-together with the youth group, and went to a local indoor go-cart track and laser tag place.
This was the first time my kids did both.
The big kids had fun too.


Monday, March 21, 2011

What an Adventure!

This evening, I almost had to make my first auto insurance claim ever.

Almost.

In that I almost had to call Roadside Assistance out. Well, actually I DID call them, but things were taken care of before my insurance company could even figure out what to do, or how to list it.
Apparently Alaska isn't just a state far away from the other states, but a foreign country....or maybe another planet.

Military Monday: Meet Kathryn!

This Military Monday, I would like for you to meet Kathryn. She is a 24 year old Air Force wife, and the mother of a precious little boy.

Stop by and show your support for this "MilSpouse!"





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Each week I will highlight a Military Spouse out there in the blogging world. They can be from any branch of the military.

For more information, to see a list of military bloggers, or to add yourself to the community of Military Spouses, visit: Military Mondays

Who might next week's Military Spouse be? Might it be YOU?


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Something Yummy This way Comes.....


Recipe to post tonight or tomorrow!

Choke Cherries

I was recently, generously gifted a large bag of frozen choke cherries, as well as some wild blueberries.  The blueberries I am good with, but I have never used choke cherries before...and am anxious to give them a try!
Any suggestions out there for some tried & true winners?

 
 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Today in Fairbanks

Today, my family had intended to go tubing at the ski hill, but we got up with two of the menfolk feeling yucky...so my daughter and I headed to the bustling downtown of Fairbanks for some fun!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Random Photos

My dear, sweet husband bought me a new camera for our 20th Anniversary. It isn't until May, but he won't be here for it, (Iraq is waiting yet again) so he got it early.

So, I have been playing around with it...I went and bought 2 books all about my camera, so I could learn the ins and outs...because the manual was tiny, and less than helpful! And it is VERY different from my old camera.

These are simply some random pictures....
Very first photos with my new camera, straight out of the box.


My son grabbed the camera and took a pic. I hate candid shots...I didn't even comb my hair!

Pine cones in the bowl on the table.


Coffee Cake.

I think I hear it calling me in the kitchen.....


Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Troop Ladies

Today, I went to a get-together of some of the ladies in our troop. One of the wives hosted it at her house, and we all brought goodies to share.

Have you ever seen so many little ones?!


Oh heavens!

I didn't take too many pics, because I was enjoying socializing...but besides socializing, care packages of goodies for the soldiers were put together today.


It was a lovely afternoon!

Classic French Onion Soup

When I was growing up, my mother used to always get this when we went out to eat.



I was always repulsed by the very idea of an ONION soup! I didn't like onions as a kid. I'm still not a fan of raw onions, but otherwise I do enjoy them now!


Funny how tastes change as you mature.


To start, you are going preheat your oven to 425 degrees, and then slice up 4 large onions. This much onion even made my eyes tear up, and onions never bother me.

Jack was complaining from the living room..."AAAH!!! ONIONS!!!!" Hehehe!


In an oven-safe dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter.


Add the sliced onions, and stir them around to coat them with the butter.


Cook them over low to medium heat, until they are soft, about 15-20 minutes.


Now put the lid on your dutch oven, but leave it cracked a little. Put the pot in the oven, and bake it for about 15 minutes. Then pull it out, stir the onions around, and add 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir.


Back in the oven, for about 45 more minutes. Stir the onions once in a while so they don't stick.


While the onions are finishing up baking, slice up some French or Italian bread.


Pull the pot of onions out and place it on the stove.


Stir in 1 cup white wine.


Now use the liquid and acidity to loosen the dark brown bits on the side of the pot.


Take the sliced bread, brush both sides with olive oil, very lightly. Then stick them under the broiler for just a couple minutes, turning so you brown them on both sides. Watch them VERY carefully, because it goes from "almost there" to "BURNT!" in a split second.


And set them aside.

To the onions, add 32 ounces each of chicken broth and beef broth. You can use both beef if you prefer. (I use organic, so it does not have a dark brown color...in case you were wondering.)

Add about a teaspoon or so of freshly ground black pepper.


Two Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce.


and 2 cloves of minced garlic.


Bring this all to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer, uncovered for about 45 minutes.


Now, you are going to place "ramekins" on a baking sheet, and ladle the soup into them. Don't fill them too much, you need a little space in there.


Next, you are going to top them with slices of the toasted bread. If you have large slices, you can use a biscuit cutter to make them pretty circles, or if your bread is small like mine, use a couple slices, trimming if necessary. The point is to cover the top of the soup.


Next, top the bread off with some grated cheese. You might use Swiss, or Mozzarella, or like I did here, Gruyere. I love that stuff!


Stick the baking sheet full of ramekins under the broiler for just a couple minutes. The cheese should be melted and just turning golden.


Enjoy!

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