Showing posts from January, 2013

Photos from Sandy Beach

This weekend I spent a little time out at Sandy Beach, which is located in Douglas, AK.  The beach is only about six miles from our house (this is very close considering we live about four miles out into North Douglas).  When I am feeling lazy but still need to get Specks out on a good, energy burning walk we venture to the beach and hike a few of the trails as we meander along the shore.  Enjoy these awesome pictures.  They were a joy to take as Specks and I wandered around in the woods.  

Convenient Meals

This weekend I tried out some new dishes and retried some old favorites.  For all of my fellow wannabe chefs out there, these are some tasty and EASY recipes.  All of these recipes are things you can make on the fly (especially if you keep most of the indigents in your house already).  Here is a food diary of some of my favorite (and easiest) meals from the last three days.  Enjoy :)

Coconut & Rice Pudding
1 can of coconut milk
1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened or vanilla)
1 cup of rice**
3tbs of organic sugar
Dash of vanilla extract
Dash of salt
Dash of brown sugar (for topping)

Combine all ingredients (except brown sugar) in a mixing bowl and stir well.  Pour into sauce pan.  Simmer on medium heat for 45-60 minutes.  The sauce will be very thick and the rice will be very tender.  Serve hot.  Top with brown sugar.

Bean Thread Stir Fry
1/2 package of bean thread noodles (pre-soaked for 20 minutes)
Broccoli (as much as needed)
Carrots (chopped- as much as needed)
Peas (as mu…

Weekday Hiking

One way to stay in shape during the chilly winter months: HIKING!

Yes, it is cold.  Yes, it is wet.  But, bundle up and get yourself some durable gear.  There is nothing better than hiking to get a little exercise.  It burns calories, builds muscle, develops stamina, and you are doing some serious sight seeing.

I decided to do a little weekday hiking this week.  I don't get to do this very often because I am a slave to the man M-F from 9am to 5pm.  Usually, I save the hiking for the weekends, I like to think of myself as a Weekend Warrior.  Monday was MLK's Birthday though so I enjoyed a weekday out and about in the wilderness.

Lemon Creek Trail starts right behind Cody's work so I took him some lunch and the hiked on up.  I didn't hike very far (approx. 30 minutes one way) because I am still recovering from an illness.  It was also a difficult day to hike alone because the fog in Juneau was so heavy and the ice was so thick on the trail.  I did manage to slip and sl…

Wishful Thinking

Surprise, surprise….I am sick again! The kiddos at my school are officially germ monsters who are covering me with diseases at every turn (ok, that may be a wee bit dramatic).  But, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I am pumping myself with good foods and beverages at every turn in hopes of getting my health back. However, I am beginning to think that being healthy is just wishful thinking.

This weekends meals were BORING.  I was pretty much on a soup/soft food diet because my throat was lined with razor blades (at least it felt like it). So, here are my food choices this weekend.  Soup, soup, tea, soup, and soup (check out Pacific Organic Soup here)  Oh, and I had some oatmeal…thrilling.

I decided to be nice and cook Cody some meat dishes this weekend since I so rarely cook us anything non-vegetarian.  I will occasionally cook him some fish or chicken to be nice.  This obviously is against my veg-belifs, but Cody makes sacrifices for me so I do the same for him occasional…

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuits

I woke up waaay before Cody did this morning so I decided to whip up a tasty treat for us to eat for  breakfast.  I made my vegetarian version of the Bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.  Enjoy the recipe :)

Egg Whites (or egg substitute)
Soy Milk or Organic 2% Milk
Biscuits, English Muffins, or Bread
Green Peppers
Cheese or Cheese Substitute
Hot Sauce (Optional)

1 1/2 cup egg whites
1/4 cup soy milk
Dash of Salt
Dash of Pepper

Whisk all "egg" ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.  Then, choose one of two ways to prepare.  Prep 1: Pour egg mixture into an already warmed skillet.  Cook into a basic omelet.  Prep 2:  Pour egg mixture into a muffin tin.  Fill each individual hole about 3/4 of the way to the top.  Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

**Prep2 makes perfectly round eggs while Prep1 requires you to cut them into pieces to fit on to the biscuits.

Then,  place the eggs on the biscuits. Add some chopped veggies, some tasty cheese, and spic…

Sick Days

***This post is from last week.  I attempted to post it but my computer has suddenly decided not to upload pictures.  Ugh.  I apologize for the lack of photographic evidence.

Ok, so I didn't actually take any sick time from work.  But, I did leave an hour early on Friday because I was running a toasty 101F.  Ugh.  I despise being sick and I so rarely have to deal with colds, flu's, etc. because my immune system tends to rule.  This time I did not get so lucky.  Thursday-Saturday were pretty much spent feeling like an achy mess.  Thank goodness for Celestial Seasonings Tea (check out their wellness teas here.)

Thankfully, this afternoon I started to get my stride back (I traded the aches and temperature for a sore throat).  I took Specks out for a walk to the beach just before dark to get some fresh air.  He loved it and I managed to only fall in a few snowdrifts (typical).  It was beautiful out today though.  Warm temperatures and a beautiful amount of snow.

In the evening, C…

2013 Resolutions

In 2013 my goals are…

1.) Re-start the Couch to 5k running program and complete my first 5k! Back in Illinois I had started the Couch to 5K program (follow the link to check it out).  Then, we moved to Alaska and I totally ignored the progress I had made.  This year my goal is to start running again and hopefully make it to a 5k.   2.) Recycle!  Again, in Illinois we had a beautiful drive-in recycling center.  Here, the recycling place is open at odd days and at odd hours.  I have been VERY lazy about recycling so I need to regain my love of giving back to the planet.  3.) Plant a garden!  When spring rolls around you will find me planting veggies, herbs, etc.  So happy to finally have an apartment where we can garden :)  4.)  Give back to the community!  Find a local volunteer program and volunteer at least once per month.  Currently, I am looking into Big Brothers Big Sisters.  5.) Plan my wedding!  Date is tentatively set for June 2014.  We haven't gotten much farther than that yet …