Alaskan summers are magical things. They are fleeting, and yet they will imprint you with the most lasting memories of your lifetime. Whether you are a local or a visitor, you will experience things here that can only exist here in this wonderful season of madness! Alaska summers are also manic. They will love you until you have nothing left and leave you to sleep it off until the following spring. For those lucky enough to get to understand this, cheers! For those who are curious, let me share it with you here as best as I can.
I will try my best to post as much as possible, and I have a few adventures to catch you up on. It is now July though, and July means fish! I am filling up the smoker tomorrow and we will be filling the freezers all month. I knew I had to post this on this gift of a dreary day before an exciting weekend.
So enjoy the campfire smoke and fish scales! Alaskan summer is in full swing! Go out and play, find a trail, walk a beach! Do something to bring you closer to nature and don’t forget to brink snacks and water so there is no disappointment at the end of a long wonderful day. Even the best days can be tainted by hunger.
So with all of the Alaska love I have to offer, Have a happy fun and safe Independence weekend!
Aloha!! Last spring we spent two wonderful weeks in Hawaii enjoying friends, sunshine and the best nature Hawaii has to offer. Here are a few of the chameleons my boys found at our friend George’s house. They did so much searching that George said they showed him more of them than he has seen in the 20 years he has lived there.
Another huge highlight for me was the flowers! Things were still gray and dreary when we left Alaska, so they were a welcome sight.
Here I am sitting on Mark Twain’s bench at Pu’uohonua O Honaunau, or Place of Refuge.
This is the biggest fiddlehead I have ever seen in my life! It was bigger than mine and my husband’s heads combined.
What did I say? Here are more flowers! This is the Ohi’a tree which bears the Lehua blossom. Hawaiian legend is that Pele and Ohi’a were both in love with Lehua. Lehua loved Ohi’a though which made Pele very jealous. She was pretty temperamental being the goddess of fire. So she decided to let them have their way and turned them into a tree, Ohi’a, and a flower, Lehua. So now they can be together but only when the tree is in bloom. it is a sacred tree to the Hawaiian people.
This is at Akaka falls state park. The tall waterfall is Akaka falls itself.
What is Hawaii without a little beach time?
Halemaumau crater in Volcanoes National park as seen from the Jagger museum.
A beautiful sunset for a beautiful trip. We didn’t go out to eat so I have no reviews to make. We simply did what we do at home and wandered to our hearts content. we sustained ourselves with fruit, meats, cheeses and mac nuts. We cooked simple meals at the home of our friends or the condo that we rented. that also serves the side purpose of making the trip cheaper and healthier! Wander away friends!
I know we have a week before the Super Bowl, but my husband is an avid Broncos fan and I have some things to do, haha! I thought I would share our little menu for the day.
Moose Chile Verde:
Two small moose roasts, browned and seasoned placed into the crockpot on high, add in some of last years garden onions, add lots of garlic, salt, pepper and other seasonings of choice, pour in two jars of homemade green chile verde sauce, add one small jar of homemade bone broth or veggie broth (I’m not sure which I have left in the small jars ) simmer until cooked through and shreddable
Pile of warmed and slightly browned corn tortillas
Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers
Remove the tops of the peppers, slice in half lengthways, place a spoonful of filling on each pepper half and place in a 400f degree oven for ten minutes or until bubbly, filling is cream cheese with crispy bacon stirred in.
Woodchuck Amber Cider, gluten-free of course, for the adults and some warm homemade spiced crabapple cider for the boys.
I have to credit the idea of the moose verde to a fellow Alaskan on the net, whom will remain unnamed, but I would like to extend my thanks anyway!
I thought I would type up a checklist for the gluten-free road trip kitchen to make it simpler to accomplish.
Gluten-free road trip kitchen checklist
- Large rubber tote– large enough to hold everything, but not so big it won’t fit in your car.
- Camp stove
– you need a heat source of some kind, sometimes we just use our Colman portable propane grill since it has it’s own legs.
- Pots and pans –don’t go crazy here, all you really need is a frying pan and a small soup pot really.
- Cooking Utensils –a pair of tongs, a metal fork, a spatula and a sharp knife.
- Accessories – heavy duty aluminum foil, a small cutting board, hot pads, dish soap, clean cloth, towel, tub or bowl and tablecloth of some kind will make it a much safer prep, cooking and eating space.
- Disposable dishes –a gallon bag with paper plates, cups and plastic silverware are almost mandatory, with safe dishes on hand. I have been able to eat in situations I shouldn’t have because I had clean utensils. I carry these even when I don’t have my portable kitchen with me.
- Coffee cup –maybe this one is just me, but again, I’ve at least been able to have a cup of coffee safely to substitute a meal in those moments.
- Other –it has really been handy to keep a few things along with the dishes. I keep salt and pepper packs with me, as well as a small jar of coconut oil and of course coffee!
I really hope this helps!! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!