Friday, December 30, 2011

Chicken Chatanika

Sometimes you come up with a dish....and you simply have no idea what to call it. I decided to call this "Chicken Chatanika" - named after the river that I love to spend time at. I thought it had a nice ring to it.

So...Chicken Chatanika.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Year in Review.....the FOOD

I posted more recipes this year than I realized! This is a list of all the recipes that I posted or "revamped" in 2011.

Looking Back on 2011

It's that time of year again! Time for the second Annual "Year in Review!"

This year, we had a "Ya-Ya" Army Sisterhood social...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Love At Barnes & Noble

My daughter and I were at Barnes & Noble today, and as I stood in line at the Starbucks...we were lucky enough to witness something lovely.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

From our family, to yours.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Latest Painting Project

This is my latest painting project... "Topping Out" the fireweed.

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Latest Project

A while back, I posted about rediscovering something that I love to do....paint. I never said I was a professional or anything, but I do love it. I painted this last night.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Soppressata Puffs

Tonight I tried a recipe that I saw on Foodnetwork recently. All I call say is OH. EM. GEE!!!! Ridiculously simple, and insanely delicious!

Soppressata + Gruyere + Puff pastry. You'll die.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Aurora and a little Announcement!

Last week, the Aurora gave another nice display, and since it was not negative 41 degrees, I decided to go out and take a few photos.

Photo for a Friend

The other day, I was on facebook, and I mentioned that on my list of things to do that day, was the chore of driving to North Pole to go to a pharmacy to pick up a ridiculously expensive medication for Hickory.

A friend from school commented, chuckling, that I was driving to the North Pole.

So I took this picture for her.

She was tickled :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Maple Walnut Pie

This pie is a nod to the traditional Pecan pie, with a bit of a difference. It uses Walnuts instead of Pecans, and Maple Syrup instead of Karo. The results are delicious!

See this recipe --> HERE

Monday, December 5, 2011

Another Birthday

The end of November marks a very busy week for us. We have two birthdays and Thanksgiving normally within a week's time. The most recent was my daughter's birthday.

She is 9.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yes, I cut my hair.

Yes....I did. I was feeling a little....I don't know. I just needed a change.

So I decided to make a substantial donation to "Locks of Love." I do this every so many years. It was time.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

How was Your Thanksgiving?

Ours Thanksgiving was small and cozy. Just me and my kiddos. I didn't go overboard with the cooking...Turkey, Stuffing, Corn Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Rolls. Oh, and a Pumpkin Pie and a Maple Pecan Pie.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Full Circle - Organic Produce Delivery

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Full Circle to do a write-up about their Organic Produce delivery service. They were going to give me a credit to open an account with them. I was thrilled to do this, because I had been planning on looking into their service anyways! Being up here in Fairbanks, Alaska, it is often challenging to find fresh organic produce.

So yesterday I received my first box...and it was like my birthday!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winter has Set in Early!

This week, winter has come in with a vengeance!

This fog you see there in this picture, is actually "ice fog." Instead of water vapor, it is crystals of ice...and it isn't very pleasant to breathe in.

And if you were wondering.....this morning we hit this temperature.....a MONTH before we saw it last year. I have a feeling we are in for a VERY cold one this year!

Oh, and that high? We never even got 10 degrees below that today.


Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm a Nominee

I had no idea I was nominated!

The Homeschool Post is having their 7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards, and the voting process is going on right now. Someone...I don't know who....nominated my blog in the recipe section! Thank you very much, whoever you are!

If you would like to vote for me go HERE, click the dot next to "MrsMamaHen" and submit the vote.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Alaskan Morning



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sweet Potato Casserole

I absolutely love this fall side dish. My family literally fights over the leftovers...when there are any.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Giant Slushie

Yesterday, we headed over to the river because Joshua needed some water from a natural source for some Biology labs. Thankfully, we were able to access the water without having to break through the ice....but that's won't last much longer!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

An Autumn Treat...

This is such a terrible teaser!

But later today, this recipe will be posting...

Right now I am watching a special episode of GBTV, about homeschooling, and my son's FAVORITE book, Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Very Special Video

I don't post youtube videos on here often, but this one is very special to me. It is the 82d Airborne Chorus singing my favorite song, at Ground Zero.

The lead singer of this song, is Chris Stout. Husband, and father of three girls. He was killed in Aghanistan in 2010. I knew Chris and his family from my church there in NC. He was a gifted singer, and is no doubt, singing in the presence of our Lord today.

Here is a link to the video on youtube, in case the embedded version doesn't work. I wish this version of the video were complete, like another one I had seen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mark the Calendar!

Today was the first day I had to shovel snow from my sidewalk and driveway!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Last night

Last night, I was out taking Aurora pictures again, and as I was going through the pictures, I saw this:

A shooting star!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

First Snow Flurries

Last week, on September 30th, we saw the first snow flurries of the year!

This is a tiny bit of snow that landed on the hood of my van. It melted as fast as it hit, but will stay!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Another Night Show

Last night, I came home from an army wives' function, to a beautiful show in the sky yet again!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What a Fox!


Yesterday I was coming home and saw something run across the road. At first I thought it was a dog, because of its size, but as I got closer, realized it was a large fox!

I was able to snap a quick picture as it ran off.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes from The Foodie Army Wife This recipe updated and now found on the new website: HERE (Published 9-7-2014)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn Scenes

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

(Photos were taken 9-12-2011 and only edited for size.....enjoy!)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Aurora Must have Missed Us too!

Last night, the Aurora put on a beautiful show! It began before it was even all the way dark out!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

"Evening in Fairbanks"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Dearest Aurora, How I've Missed You

The official first day of Autumn is just around the corner, and because of that....the Aurora Borealis is beginning to put on night shows again!

This was the first time I took AB photos with my new camera, and I am still learning my way around it. But here's the photos I took Monday morning, around 12:45am.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Military Monday Meet & Greet

This week's Military Spouse is "Semper Wifey!"

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Name That Pie ----- Winner!

I am so sorry about the delay in getting the results posted. As you have seen...I was away from the computer....and the whole house for that matter.

This was really hard, there were some great entries!!!

But I finally decided on the name.

Introducing the "Wake Up Mama Chocolate Pie"

I will be contacting the winning contestant shortly!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Still at it

I'm still out looking for this guy's look-alike.

I hope you are enjoying the end of summer too!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Checking in

Remember this guy?

Well, I am currently out on a trip looking for his twin brother. Or his big brother.

Or cousin.

Or Doppelganger.

And this time I don't plan on shooting him with a camera.

Okay, I do, but that will be the second thing I shoot him with.

I hope.

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 29, 2011

a short break

I'm not going to be posting a Military Monday post today....I have several projects I am working on, that require good weather....and that is dwindling here in Interior Alaska!

In the meantime.....sit back and relax and watch the clouds go by.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - "Migration"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Monday, August 22, 2011

The "Name This Pie" Contest

This is the pie...It is rich and chocolatey.

Military Monday Meet & Greet

This week's Military Spouse is Lisa!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Winner of the Military Pup Give Away

It is time to announce the winner of the give away sponsored by!

Friday, August 19, 2011


Here is a painting that I did this week. I am greatly enjoying my long lost hobby.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kitchen Remodel....Army Wife Style

Something you learn, being an army wife, is to get creative when it comes to ways to decorate your home. What you do has to be temporary, because you are likely to be living in military housing, or renting.

Years ago, when we lived in Germany, I learned a trick from my neighbor. I mentioned this back when we moved here last year....and if you forgot the hideous institutional PINK kitchen counters I are about to see them again.

I decided it was time for a change...the green was about to go, as it was starting to show some wear.