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Ten Things to do To Avoid Working

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Bacon, Cabin Commentary, Humor | 1 comment

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Sometimes Dreams Come True…in the form of Ice!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Alaska Living, Fun, News, Photos | 3 comments

Alaskan‘s Annual Ice Park Fun is Almost Here!

People in Texas and in other parts of the Lower 48 have water parks with grand slides. Here in Alaska we have the Ice Park, the  home of the BP World Ice Art Championships (which is the brand new home of George Horner Ice Art Park this year, so it is going to be even MORE exciting than usual!). It is a place not only for the kids and the kid inside you, but it is also a place to behold some of the greatest examples of this unique form sculpting. You cannot possibly see the park all in one day, so it is well worth it to buy season passes. I am hoping this year that Geoff & I go with friends and have an adult night of sliding and hot cocoa afterwards at McCafferty’s.  The photos are from my families first trip to the Ice Park in 2004.

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Many Great Pumpkins were Sacrificed making this Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Cabin Cooking, Humor, Photos, Vegan | 0 comments

OK so I just opened up a can of Pumpkin puree, but I cannot be a pacifist when it comes to this bread. It is scrumptious and must be made year long *shaking fist in the air and adding a bit of jazz hands*, not just for the holiday season. It is BETTER then the Pumpkin Bread currently at Starbucks, yes I said it! *SNAP* This is not my recipe but from a friends Renegade Chef file, who shared it with me so I could post it here for all of you!

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“I believe in Ghosts” Guest Post by Coral Russell, Author of Amador Lockdown

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Authors, Books, Guest Posts, Indie Projects & Promotions, Writing | 1 comment

Spooky Saturday greetings everyone! I have a lot of plans in the works, many of which include not only sharing my treasured recipes and the magic of my spoon with you, but also introducing some of my latest and greatest finds in the Indie Publishing arena!  As a preemptive strike to a great project I am part of ! (Her book is over there,  in that cool widget on your right from Amazon and the dates of the contest above that!) As a way to promote these amazing writers, I wanted to share with you the woman behind the curtain of Win With eBooks, Coral Russell. She an Indie Publisher, a book blogger and reviewer, award wining writer and fiction author with her latest piece of work,  Amador Lockdown. She also produces techno-savvy videos for those of us that cannot seem to figure out how many of the latest SEO sites work!

See more about Coral and how to stalk her, her works and find her here on the W3 after this post! Again, Thank you Coral for being here today and sharing this tale with all of us today!

I believe in ghosts
by Coral Russell

I have had strange experiences in my life that has led me to believe that there is ‘something’ beyond this life.

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Blind Witch, E-Reader & a chance to get something good!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Cabin Commentary, Crazy Derailment, Fun, Indie Projects & Promotions | 5 comments

Monday I was officially diagnosed with a rare eye disorder  which apparently is causing my eyesight to deteriorate rapidly over the next decade to fifteen years. I had 20/20 vision less than 5 years ago but now I have such bad vision that has changed so much in the last 6 months the doctor finally diagnosed me with a genetic disorder. Since I am adopted the docs have been hesitant to diagnose this until I had a few years under my belt of eye loss. (Someone explain the logic in this?)

There was nothing they could do anyway other than giving me guidelines to slow it down or perhaps stop it from going completely till I was a blind witch living in my personal gingerbread cabin…lost somewhere in the woods of Alaska… baking treats for unsuspecting cheechakos … *cackling* umm again I digress.

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My Cookies Have Been Named!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Bacon, Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Fun | 3 comments

AND THE WINNER IS…

Chipples

Before any of you go “HEY that is not G-rated” I want to give you some of the reasoning behind the choice, I feel I need to because I insisted after MOST of you sending in your naughty names. I realize by giving you such a sexy cookie to name it was going to be difficult, which is why I decided to make the contest a bit of a challenge by making the G rated aspects a precursor. (Psst, all you naughty name contributors? I did add all of them to the list so he could choose though. Let’s face it they were pretty dang funny, well SOME of them.) So though it may not be totally G rated, this is why he chose it a the winning name! I felt guilty so I kept talking it over with Geoff, but he listed many good reasons why his choice was what it was, after all I did give him the power in this little soiree.

 “instantly funny and catchy“… “Literally, it is the name that Tollhouse could come up with and everyone would titter but they would get away with it“… “Great Alaskan cookie naming jokes that would make a great cookie title, but don’t apply to this particular cookie” …”Kriss, I believe I am the one that gets to CHOOSE the name, stop bugging me and get on with it!” (spoken by the man-beast himself)

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Wrath of God Cold Tour 2012

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Alaska Living, Writing | 0 comments

Sometimes you cannot stay huddled under blankets when it is -4oºF (or colder) outside here in the Interior of Alaska. Sometimes we have to break free of those frozen shackles and have a little fun! Sometimes you just need a shower and fast food because lets face it, as much as I love to cook, even I need a break!

In my earlier post I talked about more general aspects cold weather front in Fairbanks, AK I talked about how crazy the weather can get here. I had been stuck inside being forced to take a bath in the Rubbermaid© tub and wash my hair in the sink. Usually I have a walk or I cross-country ski on the snow-machine trails to avoid cabin fever, but with the dangerous steady temps of -4oºF (or colder) there was no having a nice healthy walk. I let the dishes pile up, stayed snuggled in my Christmas PJ’s and wool socks, whining to Geoff about how I needed to get out, well he surprised me on Monday and said it is going to a cold one, but a fun one! I hope so because if the car needs a blanket, I am thinking maybe I need to stay under mine!

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STOP SOPA STRIKE

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in News | 0 comments

(the content below is being shared with permission)

ALL SITES AND PEOPLE TO GO OUT AGAINST SOPA AND PIPA RIGHT NOW FOR 150 SECONDS

Internet GoesOn Strike

ALL SITES AND PEOPLE TO GO OUT

Major sites all over the internet have gone on strike due to SOPA and PIPA, the hot-button anti-piracy legislation. Experts expect strike to last 150 seconds, and agree this is a “near eternity” in internet time. Congress is about to pass what has been called the internet censorship bill, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. The Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the internet censorship bill on Tuesday, January 24th, and unless there are 41 senators to voice their opposition to allowing the bill to proceed, it is expected to pass. Legislation called the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House are purported to be a way to crack down on online copyright infringement. In reality the bill is much broader. It would empower governments and corporations to take down virtually any website, create new liabilities and uncertainties for web innovators, and make the web less safe. According to the varied and multitudinous reasons large numbers of sites and individuals are opposed to the bill, it betrays basic American tenets, such as free speech, prosperity, and national security. On top of all that, cybersecurity experts say it wouldn’t stop copyright infringement. The legislation is backed and largely written by the MPAA, as they have said in media reports. They have also spent millions in lobbying dollars to pass this legislation.

http://is.gd/wuZp2S andhttp://maplight.org/content/72896

To see the bills, go here:http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/showhttp://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show

People Proteseting
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Name My Cookies

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Cabin Cooking, Dessert, Fun | 3 comments

OK EVERYONE! The time has come, yes it has.. to NAME THAT COOKIE! Why you ask? Well I created these puppies from scratch because:

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Deceptive & Dangerous Beauty

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Alaska Living, News | 5 comments


Today is a perfect example of this deception. It has been hovering at a steady -45°F in most areas this weekend, (though when this was posted it had warmed up to -36°F).Last night it reached and stayed -50F and less in many areas, but the key is that it has not risen above -45°F for most places. The key factor is that the temperature has not fluctuated. Because of this the Ice Fog has been extremely heavy, causing the National Weather Service to issue a weather advisory today. I know a lot of you think, “Oh she lives in Alaska, this is normal, why is she bitching?!” I don’t care how long I have lived here, no one thinks this is normal. All we are wishing for is that our temperatures would get back to being normal, around -20°F to -30°F respectively. This decades warming temperatures (supposed global warming) have impacted us here in the Interior and through out the rest of Alaska. Having temperatures drop and STAY this low is an unusual situation.

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