Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fishing in Alaska

                                                                      By Staci

I'm currently living in Wrangell, Alaska for the summer.  A little island in the Southeast.  My husband grew up here.  He came from a farming AND commercial fishing family.  So this summer he did commercial fishing.  The type of fishing he is doing is called Gillnetting.  In Gillnetting they catch King Salmon and Dog Salmon. The picture below is one of him with a King.   I was able to go out for a couple days with my husband, Jon, and his brother, Ben.  I had a great time and loved learning and seeing how the process worked. 

The picture below is of the back of his boat.  Oh' the boat is named the "North Wind".  The net is typically on this panel.  The silver part is like the spool and the net is like the thread, really.  The way I'm going to explain is going to cover the simple basics.  Of course there is A LOT to fishing and I can't explain all that because that was my husbands job and I stayed out of the way for that. Haha. To keep it short and sweet they unwind the net into the water to drift for (usually) an hour or so.  Once they feel it's a good time to pull, they bring their net in and start picking fish as they come.  While they pick they also have to pull out any seaweed, jellyfish, sticks, etc., that got caught in the net.  They then set the net back in the water.  Of course, as I said, it's not that simple.  They have to watch the net as it sits to make sure they aren't drifting too fast and nothing happens to the net.  They also have to set so far from other boats and watch out for them.  

I had the opportunity to pick the net with my husband. I honestly wouldn't mind doing this once in awhile.  However, he does it week after week and he's usually gone 5-6 days.  It's a tiring job and you don't get much sleep.  While the net is out you have to have someone watching it and typically you don't get much rest.  Especially if you night fish, then you are just going, going, going.  The picture below is my husband and I picking the net.  The picture after this one is me holding a King Salmon.

I had a great time spending time with my husband and being able to see his work and definitely admire him for having such a hard job and working through it.  If you ever get a chance and enjoy fishing, Alaska is definitely the place to go!

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4th of July Parade!

                                                                          By Staci

I've had the opportunity while here in Alaska, to be doing an internship while finishing out my Bachelor's degree.  Part of my internship has included managing my own program through the Parks and Recreation department here.  This program is a Summer program for kids ages 6-11.  Kids have a morning activity, lunch, and an afternoon activity with us Monday- Friday.  One of our activities was decorating a float for the 4th of July parade here.  The theme was "Hometown Heroes".  The kids had a blast and we enjoyed watching them get creative.  I just wanted to share some pictures of what the kids did. :)  Enjoy!

 These little ducks were all dresses as different branches of the military. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Giving A New Look To An Older Piece by Guest Blogger

Giving A New Look To An Older Piece!

By Danyell Halvorson

 Before & After

I was recently driving home and saw a fundraising rummage sale and some furniture… and for that, I always stop.
I’m going to tell you today how you can take a $15 dollar piece of furniture and turn it into a completely functional, beautiful center piece for under $40!
First, you need to find that special piece. This one caught my eye and stole a piece of my heart. From the second I seen it, I knew that it had a special place in my home- right underneath my TV. I’ve been on the hunt for a new TV stand, but was not going to pay a significant amount of money for it.

  First things first, you need to give it a bath. Wipe it down to remove any grime (and sometimes that old furniture smell…you know what I am talking about)! 
Then the sander comes in. I use a palm sander and 80 grit paper- we’ve become BFF’s over the past several months. I remove doors and knobs, and hinges and drawers and sand away. 

For this piece, I had my lovely husband use a router to cut out the front doors. I knew I wanted this piece for my tv stand, and putting my DVD player and tv box behind closed doors wouldn’t be functional.

I sanded down the doors and painted them “Parchment Paper.” You will only need a quart of this and the nice people at Home Depot have the formula for it. Its an off-white paint, and will work well in the living room as it will go with all my furniture. 

     After 2 coats of paint (drying each coat between), I was ready to put in my chicken wire. Usually I would use a staple gun, but I chose to use those silver thumb tacks to give it a different look. I encourage you to use a hammer to push them all the way in or else your thumb will be sore for days! 


Next, I painted my drawers with the same color- inside and out. 2 coats- each drying between the next. and I painted the entire outside of the stand. Except the top, because that came perfectly tiled, one of the reasons I loved this piece!

While paint was drying (theres a lot of that happening with re-doing furniture), I scrubbed my hardware (hinges and knobs) with baking soda and let them dry. Then i painted them with a fresh layer (and then 2) of spray paint. I used “stainless steel” because it is silvery and sparkly, and who doesn't love both of those? 

I then chose to paint the inside of the bottom the cabinet in a darker slate gray, to make it look deeper and darker= bigger. I picked up this paint from the clearance rack in Walmart. You know, the one they put all the paint on that didn't quite turn out the color it should when they were mixing it? At 50% off, this paint was mixed just for me- and my budget! 
While the inside of the cabinet dries, I decided to save some time painting and use contact paper to line the shelves of the cabinet and the inside of the drawers. I picked up beautiful contact paper from the dollar store…yes, the dollar store! $1 a roll and I only needed 4 rolls. Score! 

Now the hard work is done and the fun part comes in- the beating. Well, its not really beating, its more like distressing- and you’ll need your handy dandy palm sander again. I took my sander to everything I painted (its totally dry now) and started sanding places and edges to give it a worn look. You can do as much or as little of this as you want! I sand until I expose the natural wood of the piece. Then, I want to add a little accent so I get my spray paint out again and lightly spray parts of the drawers, cabinet doors and the cabinet. This gives it a shimmer and will tie in the new hinges and knobs.   

Make sure to use a damp cloth to wipe away all of the dust and residue from sanding, or else your next coat won’t be smooth! Once that is dry, its time to add our sealer. I am in LOVE with the Minwax Polycrylic Clear Satin coat. Its water based and easy to clean up and won’t yellow like an oil based protective finish will.

The last finishing touches are replacing the knobs, hinges and doors! Putting it all back together and stepping back to see what you just created! 

This piece took me 3 days. Thats pretty decent considering paint drying time. I made sure I sanded everything that needed to be sanded and made sure I painted everything that needed to be painted at the same time, so I wasn't going in circles waiting for it to dry.  

I hope you enjoyed this and let your treasure hunt begin! Nothing is more satisfying than creating something yourself and saving some money while doing it!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Chocolate-Chip Strawberry Cake

By Ali Rose

Here's a quick and easy dessert that my family found delicious!
Made easier by using a box cake mix. 

The ingredients you need:

I used a Pillsbury Strawberry cake mix, but you can choose whatever brand you'd like.
Mix the cake according to package directions using oils, eggs, and water as directed.
After the cake mix is thoroughly mixed, I added about 6 ounces of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Grease and flour your pan--I used a bundt pan.

That's what cake mix looks like in a bundt pan lol.

Bake according to package directions.
Once cake is done, I checked mine with a wooden skewer to make sure center was done, allow to rest in pan for approx. 5 minutes.
Remove from pan and place on a cloth covered cooling rack.

While the cake is cooling--and this is the important part--you want to make the fudge frosting.

In pot on stove burner, melt one stick of butter or margarine.
Add three to four tablespoons of cocoa.
Six tablespoons of milk.
After all is melted together, add one box of powdered sugar.
Stir together or place in mixer bowl and stir together so the sugar is fully incorporated. 
*option: one teaspoon of vanilla, but I didn't use it.

Pour the hot frosting over the cake--yummy!  Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a nice effect.

This will be your finished product--hopefully:

Pour yourself a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

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