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A is for Amazing, Awesome and Abundant Wilds of Alaska #AtoZChallenge #Recipe

What would I be if I did not use A is for Alaska on an Alaskan owned and operated blog!

a-is-for-buttonI am excited to be part of the A to Z Challenge again for my third year running. In the last few years it was random topics and not much of a focus or theme except I tried to work my tours and book reviews into the letters. This year I have three areas of focus as mentioned in the great and late theme reveal last Friday, Alaska, Books and Cooking!

Kind of obvious what my first three posts are going to be about, eh?

Today is Alaska and my life here. First why Alaska? I was married to a military officer and we dreamed to get this posting so when the opportunity came up we jumped on it!  One of the largest population increases in the last 10 years has been the military here and this is because both Anchorage and Fairbanks gained Striker Brigades. But I am no longer a military wife and Alaska has become my home.  There are a lot of things I can say about Alaska but how about some weird things, since everyone already thinks we are odd.. oh wait, they are right! I also am throwing in a bonus recipe for one of the largest consumed foods here in Alaska!

Ever want to know why there are weird laws? I mean think about it the law makers are not sitting around getting drunk making this shit up! In Umberto Echo’s Foucault’s Pendulum Diotallevi stated something which fits when we read about these laws. He basically said if you want to know what a culture or society is doing at any time look at their laws.. Makes me wonder when I read some of these lawys, though some of them are obvious:

Some weird and strange facts about Alaska:

sleeping-bears

  • While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. (This is obvious to you right?)
  • It is considered an offense to push a live moose out of a moving airplane. (Not that you could, but if you tried I believe this is more for a precaution for your life not the moose’s..go ahead, dare ya!)
  • For all you would-be pranksters out there, it is illegal to string a wire across any road. (but you can do it in your yard.. how do I know this ummm … well they don’t drive in my yard anymore and I did tie neon orange warning tape!
  • A person may only carry a concealed slingshot if that person has received the appropriate license. (But if a drunk domestic abusing prick has to hunt for his subsistence he gets the gun he was carrying when picked up after almost killing his wife.. sorry, not to funny but Alaska also has 4x more abuse victims then any in the US.)
  • Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops. (This is specific to Juneau and I can only think of someone getting off the boat.. with a pink bird.. and… umm nope I got nothing!)
  • It is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose… seriously this is a problem! Especially since it is illegal for moose to have sex in the streets! (I am not kidding, Google it)
  • Employers of bars may not let their bartenders serve while they are drunk themselves. (When towns like Whitehorse have a bar for every three people in the town.. ummm this is important!)
  • Alaskan Preying MantisWorld Ice Carving Championships are held in Fairbanks, AK and they bring 7 million pounds of ice in for people to carve into amazing sculptures, a huge slide park and also… 8 foot tall praying mantis… Iowa may have #unstoppablecorn but we have #unstoppableice (huh Andrew Smith!)
  • Alaska consumes the highest amount of ice cream per person than anywhere else in the US. Yep! Sure is true! I have two of my favorite ice cream recipes I plan on sharing later because of this cool fact.

Check out more Alaskan stuff on my Pinterest Board!

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What is one of your states weirdest laws? Do you know why it was created? I am not a native Alaskan, I grew up in Washington and since moving around as a military wife the longest I have lived anywhere as an adult is here, so as far as I am concerned this is my home, and not just because my heart is here. This is my 11th year coming up! I just survived my 10th winter, which was the warmest ever, and my 9th year living in a dry cabin. Yes we use dollars, we are part of the united states, and no I never have slept in an igloo, but I have built one.

One more treat for you, my special recipe I created for author Charles Coylott here!

Blackberries are hard to find but I do manage and have also transplanted both their vines and wild raspberries by throwing their trimmings into the yard. I miss blackberries from the Pacific NW but it is one of my favorite wild berries!

East Meets West Ice Cream (Ginger Blackberry Ice Cream)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • ½ cup of crystallized ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla
  • 2 pinches of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Take your blackberries, rinse, and sprinkle with 1 TBPS of sugar stir and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge. Drain the juice and save, you will be whisking this in with the sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks in large chilled metal bown with a chilled metal whisk. (faster whipping, just throw them in the freezer in the morning or the night before.)
  3. whisk 2 pinches of Cayenne (the SPICE that marries the flavor), 2 tsp of pure vanilla and your blackberry juice. This will add a beautiful color!
  4. Gently fold in the whipped cream. This is important so not stir hard and heavy manhandling, find your chi and gently fold.
  5. Gently put it into a glass baking dish (like a brownie dish) cover with Saran wrap and place in freezer.
  6. About ½ hour into freezing, stir in the chopped candied ginger and your blackberries, GENTLY. Spread back around and place back in freezer till done.
  7. When the ice cream is done, I transfer it into my ice cream keeper (Tupperware) but a Freezer safe container is good.
  8. Wanna make yourself a sundae as good as this book? I would layer a scoop with slivered candied almonds, extra unsweetened whipped cream (whipped obviously) and whole blackberries. Sprinkle with more almonds and instead of a cherry, put a lovely blackberry on top! VOILA! Sorry I ate it all ready.
Notes
This is based off my recipe at Easy Peasy Pudding and… ICE CREAM!

 

 

20 Comments

  1. Owners of flamingoes, and waking sleeping bears…rofl.this is amazing, the laws are hilarious!

  2. Those are some strange laws. Unfortunately, there was probably a good reason behind them — though sometimes people should just chastise the offender instead of adding a law for everyone else, who may never have a moment of stupidity.

  3. I think the people making some of these laws must have been high. Pet flamingos? Where is that a thing? I can see it now, the lawmakers passing around a blunt, giggling. “Wait, wait, you know what would be funny? Prohibit pet flamingos from…. BARBER SHOPS! HAHAHAHAHAHA” etc.

  4. Wait, there are flamingos in Alaska?! News to me. The ice cream recipe looks yummy too.

    • I’m sure it is some weird trend or pet thing during the time the fish and gold industry was booming. It’s in Juneau so it is a port town.

  5. Wow–this is fascinating. I LOVE Alaska!

    Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge.
    http://www.marie-everydaymiracle.blogspot.com

  6. So funny! My dad was stationed on Middleton Island, Alaska, in the late 50s/early 60s, but I don’t think it exists anymore? The pictures he sent back sure make it look like a cold place.

  7. Oh my gosh I giggled so hard. While I love reading about all these weird laws…I have no clue what we have here in Florida. What were they thinking? Did someone actually try and push a moose out of an airplane? Why? And really? A Flamingo can survive in Alaska?
    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)

  8. I have to agree – those are odd laws. The ice cream sounds delicious though!

    http://carolsnotebook.com

  9. I did Alaska for A, too, but shorter. BTW my sig as a helper (one of Shorty’s Sidekicks) did not work on your blog–too many URL’s. And the contrast on the comment field is so low I can barely see it.

  10. The blackberry ginger ice cream sounds delicious. I’m from Wisconsin where ice cream was a major food group when I was growing up.
    Thanks for the tip on moose laws.
    Aloha
    Gail visiting for AtoZ

  11. Yours was the first A-Z I stumbled on – love it – all those weird laws make for funny & interesting reading. The icecream looks amazing too – I love blackberries!

  12. Those laws sound as silly as some of the ones on Ohio’s books — things like it’s illegal to hunt whales on Sundays {indicating, to me at least, that it’s okay to hunt them any other day of the week.} Please note, Ohio is *NOT* on the coast, so finding a whale to hunt in Ohio would be a trek in and of itself! lmao… policy makers be high!

  13. Great post. Interesting facts that I had no idea about from Alaska, so thanks for letting us know more about such a white place 😀 The recipe looks delicious, but that’s a lot of lactose for me. I wonder if it would be equally yummy if I use soy stuff… hmm…

  14. Such a cute post! I have a friend here in Texas from Alaska and boy does she miss it, especially the weather! haha. Great letter A! Cheers

  15. Awesome A to Z theme, and I love the custom “A” challenge logo! I’ve only been to Alaska once, but it was so beautiful and it was a trip I will remember forever. Looking forward to learning more about your world! Cheers, marci :o)

  16. Oh, I am very fond of you theme and so glad I found your blog on the A to Z hop! Alaska is (surprisingly) the only state I have never visited and actually the only place in North America I have never been (yes, I’ve been to all Canadian territories, provinces and Mexico!) I have seen Alaska from Northern BC… Anyways, I have questions: Isn’t Alaska a state where the majority of the population wants smaller government and less government interference? Yet… all those laws? 😉
    (This is mostly meant to be April Fool’s Day type questions. But I suppose if you had serious answers, that’s okay too!)
    For some reason I now want ice cream…

  17. I just found you through the #AtoZChallenge and you have a new fan. I love Alaska and I love all the strange and weird facts you listed. Look forward to reading more 🙂

  18. I’m going to follow you through this challenge this year to see what you’ll allow us to discover about Alaska! Awesome subject. Alaska is on my husband’s bucket list… Good luck with the A to Z this year!

  19. I forgot, the law on the books in Florida for bigamy is either five years in prison or a fine, sometimes around $3000. I don’t know why they have two different sentences. I’m just guessing that is has something to do with whether or not the partners are upset about it or not. Also, if one of the spouses knew about the other spouse, they can be arrested as well. Very weird and don’t really understand it.
    Also, I know this isn’t really “weird” but I think it’s sad and stupid, that a pedestrian can be killed in a clearly marked pedestrian crossing and the person who killed them “gets off” with a year in prison or a fine. It’s a misdemeanor here in GA, What? Yep, a misdemeanor. I am sure that the driver who killed the person walking in front of him, if he has any compassion, will live with that death for the rest of their life, but seriously, killing someone is a misdemeanor?

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