Birthday Boy.

Birthday bash was bakery, bows, bikes, and burgers. Fire Island is hard to beat for pastries, bread, and cakes.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.16 AM.pngBow and arrow practice will now occur in our backyard. Please announce your presence before arriving. It is for your safety.Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.26 AM.pngBicycling all winter is a blast. Kincaid Park has skiing and biking trails.Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.36 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.35.53 AM.pngBurgers seemed like an appropriate finish to an awesome day. That might be wine and a margarita in the same picture. Birthdays can be trouble.

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Reflections Lake.

Hike 10/52. This was a new one for me. Just north of Anchorage, we left early one afternoon to go and see what we could see. It was a beautiful sunny day and we parked at Rabbit Slough. Having just got a bow and thinking about hunting sometime, I spent a little too long following rabbit tracks, but didn’t see any animals.

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The day was gorgeous and I couldn’t stop taking pictures. There were moose tracks all over the place. Also, there were lots of trails from people snowshoeing.

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It was cold and it made the scenery even more spectacular.

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From Rabbit Slough, we headed to Reflections Lake and spent the rest of the afternoon there. Even with the water frozen, it was a beautiful spot.Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.36.20 AM.pngThe sun was amazing poking through the trees. Seeing our breath and feeling the sting of the cold air made me really appreciate the warmth of our house and a good cup of tea.Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.36.34 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.36.52 AM.pngI even found a tree that had been decorated just for me.Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 7.37.11 AM.png

Food lately.

We have been spending a decent amount of time cooking. I am inspired after getting The Food Lab. We caught some trout at a nearby lake. I wrapped them in foil, stuffed them with onions, tomatoes, garlic and lemon, and threw them on the grill while I seared my steaks. I have been using the sous vide method of cooking as much as possible lately. It has been incredible.

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I  have also been making pasta from scratch. It is a fun and delicious thing to do. The use of a stand mixer with pasta attachments makes it happen a little faster than if we were to roll everything out by hand and then cut it.

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For a fast appetizer, I made asparagus with poached eggs and walnut vinaigrette. It was probably the fanciest sounding thing I have made.Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.48.58 PM.png

Of course, half the fun of cooking is making something unhealthy. I have also been dabbling in frying things. Frying fish and chicken with a side of potatoes was delicious, but really made the house smell like grease and nothing feels very clean for a couple of days. Leftover fish sandwiches on homemade bread.Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.50.37 PMNone of this would be complete without dessert. Amanda made an insane gingerbread hollow cake lined with melted chocolate. Then we added homemade eggnog and whipped cream that we make minutes before stuffing our face. It has been a good first winter in Alaska. Who needs many hours of daylight when you can stay inside and cook!Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.51.40 PM.png

Cutting down the holiday tree.


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After quasi celebrating Hanukkah we decided to cut down a tree, put lights on it, and call it a holiday tree. I am not religious. Kinda of like Thanksgiving, the actual day of Christmas doesn’t have a lot of significant meaning for me. I do enjoy the day off and if we don’t have any food in the house, you will find us at a Chinese restaurant with our chosen friends.

It was fun in the beginning.
Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 8.59.48 PMBut then Amanda had to find one in the middle of this forest.Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 9.00.05 PMWhat is a trail?Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 9.00.16 PMEventually, we got the perfect (for us) tree.Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 9.00.41 PMStrapped to the car and ready to go.Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 9.00.50 PMCut to size and set up.Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 9.00.56 PMLit.Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 9.01.08 PM

So whatever you celebrate, enjoy the holidays.