July 30, 2013

Baked Salmon Platter.

Baked Salmon Platter // Home is with You

The second time that Dave made this baked salmon recipe, we decided to make a fancy little platter as our meal. A little salmon appetizer tray full of scrumptiousness. This ended up being one of the top 5 best meals I've ever had, so of course I had to share.

Baked Salmon Platter // Home is with You

What you need ≫≫
whole grain crackers
baked salmon
cheese (we used this irish cheese from Sams and I highly recommend it)
kalamata olives
sriracha (optional, or is it?)

Baked Salmon Platter // Home is with You 

Arrange the items on your serving tray of choice. If this is for a party or small gathering, you might want to fancy it up a bit with a nice tray and some garnish. When we ate it, it was just the two of us, so we served it right on our cutting board. Simple, no fuss. Pretty unassuming for a meal that ended up being heaven on a platter.

July 29, 2013

Impromptu David Owens Music ↠ CRUSH wine bistro and cellar, Anchorage

The other day, Dave and I walked downtown to find a place where we could sit and discuss the coming weeks and our plans for what was ahead. We wound up at a cute little place we'd had our eye on visiting, CRUSH wine & bistro cellar. It was another perfect day and we were hoping to sit outside, so why not grab a glass of wine and a beer while we chatted about life...

Dave had his guitar and the notebook I bought him and had engraved for our first anniversary (paper is the traditional gift) where he jots down all of his thoughts and possible song ideas. There was a table of two men sitting behind us, and as we got up to leave we got to talking to them. One of the men saw Dave's guitar, asked if he played, and then said he'd buy us all a bottle of wine to share if Dave would play everyone a few songs.

Deal.

Impromptu David Owens Music ↠ CRUSH wine & bistro cellar, Anchorage
Impromptu David Owens Music ↠ CRUSH wine & bistro cellar, Anchorage
Impromptu David Owens Music ↠ CRUSH wine & bistro cellar, Anchorage
Impromptu David Owens Music ↠ CRUSH wine & bistro cellar, Anchorage

...and I don't know if anyone is as excited about the new album as I am (impossible), but Dave just added this video I recorded to his new youtube channel. It's a demo of a song that will be on the new album and I am in love. Even though I've already heard it a billion times, I can't get enough. Anyone else?

July 26, 2013

My thoughts on living in Alaska, so far...

Ever since we moved to Alaska, Dave and I have been asked constantly what we think of it and if we're enjoying it. And while there is the overwhelmingly huge YES that we usually answer with, when asked if we love it, there are so many extra emotions and thoughts that go with it so I thought I'd elaborate on here.

My thoughts on living in Alaska // Home is with You

One of the things I have LOVED about Alaska (besides the obvious beauty of it all) is the weather this summer. I feel a bit guilty because apparently this isn't the norm here, it usually rains most of the summer and is much chillier than it has been. I guess I brought amazing weather, because it's been about 70 degrees and sunny almost every day since I've been here. To say it's heavenly is the understatement of the century.

My thoughts on living in Alaska // Home is with You

Another thing that I've truly enjoyed so far are the people. Everyone in Alaska, for the most part, is so friendly and open to meeting new people. I love this! Since so many of the people here are either on vacations or haven't lived here their whole lives, there are amazing stories you can hear from just about everyone you meet.

My thoughts on living in Alaska // Home is with You

One downside to being here, that I knew beforehand but didn't think it would effect me as much as it has, is the time difference. It can be really hard being 3-4 hours behind most of our friends and family (and people in general). Either I'll get excited about texting my Mom or friends something and it's too late at night or accidentally call my Dad before I realize he's already asleep. It can be tough and make you feel a bit isolated. Especially when twitter and instagram go dead at about 9pm here...weird!

My thoughts on living in Alaska // Home is with You

The one thing that is both one of my favorite things about Alaska so far and one of my least favorite things about Alaska so far all wrapped up in one is the midnight summer sun. I love the sunshine oh so very much and I hate to semi-complain, but I want to document all the ups and downs of Alaska for anyone who might be considering a move here or just wants to know what it's like.

Dave and I both really enjoy the fact that we can jet out at 8pm this summer and go on fun trips knowing that we will still have plenty of sunlight. It's so nice for the two of us (especially when combined with the 70 degree temps) to have sun after he gets off work so we can go on a run by the ocean and still see all the gorgeous landscapes. I also love that I can get plenty of work in (which requires lots of time at the computer) and still have time to enjoy the beautiful summer without feeling guilty.

But, and it's a very small but, having sun all day every day can wear on you. The way our condo faces, we have much more sun pouring into our place at about 6-9pm than we do in the morning/afternoon. Some days I love that and other days we both wish we could watch a movie in the dark. It may sound strange (and maybe it is?), I really didn't think I would have a problem with it...and 99% of the time I don't.

Ok, I might have rambled a bit, but for those of you who have been to Alaska or live in Alaska now...I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments on what the pros and cons of living here are! I know I'm in for a whole different ballgame come winter, but for now I'm just enjoying the summer for as long as it will last.

July 23, 2013

David Owens Live ↠ Midnight Sun Cafe, Anchorage.

The day after I arrived in Anchorage, Dave and I headed downtown so he could show me around my new city. I knew as soon as we passed Midnight Sun Cafe that it was our type of place and we popped inside to see about Dave playing live music there.

He played his first show at Midnight Sun Cafe this past Sunday and we had a lot of fun with the show, they even offered us some deliciously gooey cookies that we couldn't turn down. We loved getting to meet a fellow blogger and her hubby, they were both so sweet and I can't wait to get coffee with her soon and chat just the two of us.

If you haven't joined Dave on his new twitter, please do! Not only does he post all kinds of info about his music on there, but he also shares all kinds of fun pics and videos that you won't want to miss...

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For those of you that are in Anchorage, or those plan on making a trip, I would definitely recommend stopping in Midnight Sun Cafe and grabbing a sandwich and some coffee (and a cookie, duh). Their "Toasted Italian Vegetable Goddess" sandwich was delicious.

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July 19, 2013

Currently ≫≫

Playing ≫≫
This song. It's a perfect summer tune... 


Craving 
-->≫≫The chocolate chip cookies I made and another one of these almond lattes...in other words, nothing has changed in the last few months.

Learning ≫≫
To take a step away from the computer. Nearly all of my work right now is on the computer, but I've been having issues with my wrist killing me lately, so it's time to step away this weekend.

Currently // Home is with You

Wearing ≫≫
Milkmaid braids. On the daily.

Needing  ≫≫
Time off.

Currently // Home is with You

Making ≫≫
I've been trying to step outside the (my) box in the kitchen recently and expand my cooking skills. The most recent thing I made was The Pioneer Woman's potato skins, minus the bacon for us, of course. I also substituted safflower oil for the canola oil and didn't use any butter...for those interested. They were delicious.

 Loving ≫≫
The Alaskan sunsets. I will say it ten million times over, they are amazing. This one below is without a filter or anything, the clouds were unreal last night!

Currently // Home is with You 

Wanting ≫≫
A relaxing weekend with my love. He's sick and I'm babying my wrist, we're quite a pair at the moment. Hoping some R&R will do us both some good.

...what about you?

July 17, 2013

Places to Visit ↠ Hatcher Pass.

Hatcher Pass is located in the Talkeetna Mountains here in Alaska, it's about 1 1/2 hours north of Anchorage, near Palmer and Wasilla. Dave and I had been planning on taking a drive up to Hatcher Pass this past weekend, but we decided last minute (again) to go Saturday night instead of Sunday. Thank goodness for Alaska's midnight sun in the summer...

I can't really describe what it's like driving up Hatcher Pass, through the Talkeetna Mountains, I'm hoping my pictures will do it the justice it deserves. It's like another world up there. Magical is the first word that came to mind when we arrived. I'm pretty sure Dave and I didn't talk much throughout the drive, we were both in such awe of the beauty around us. That, and I was too busy holding the "oh shiz" handle in the jeep and keeping an eye out for bears and moose, because I haven't seen either yet and I thought what better time than while I'm in the car and not out hiking the trails.

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We want to make another trip up to Hatcher Pass soon and hike next time. This will definitely be a spot we'll bring any visitors that come to stay with us, it's too gorgeous not to share.


July 16, 2013

Baking Therapy ≫≫ Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // Home is with You 

Sometimes when I'm feeling down, or dealing with emotions I'm not ready to process, baking is the thing my heart desires. It's a way to take my mind off things and focus on a simple task.

Not to mention the tremendous therapy that stirring a bowl full of thick, delicious batter provides. And licking the spoon (and whole bowl) afterwards definitely doesn't hurt. Confession: sometimes I make sweet treats just so I can lick the bowl. There. I said it. Now that I've gotten that out, we can talk about today's recipe.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // Home is with You

This recipe is a special one for me because it comes from my Grandma's cookbook, The Art of Making Good Cookies: Plain and Fancy. I've been making a lot of cookies from this book the past six months since it's been mine and this recipe is a favorite so far. As I always do, I made the recipe my own, and even added dark chocolate chips (which is optional, I suppose).

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // Home is with You Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // Home is with You 

What you'll need ≫≫
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
some crushed almonds (just a few, this is optional)
 
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // Home is with You 

Mix together oil and sugar. Add in the egg and oats. Sift together the other dry ingredients and then add to the mixture alternatively with the almond milk. Lastly, add in vanilla, dark chocolate chips, and nuts if desired. 

Scoop onto lightly sprayed baking sheet (or mini muffin tin) and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
 
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I enjoyed mine in the mornings along with some green tea with honey. It was delightful. Hope you all love them!


July 15, 2013

Our weekend, in photographs.

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My weekend was full of walks in downtown Anchorage, an impromptu trip up north (I'll post about that later this week), and enjoying a taste of home (Boulevard Wheat Beer). I'll chalk this weekend up to a win in my book. How was yours?
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