A journal of our day to day; homesteading and homeschooling in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Ice storm pictures
They are calling this ice-storm a historic event in Fairbanks weather history. This is the most rain precipitation we've had in winter since 1937. This is our third day in a row of freezing rain. The temperature seems to be dropping. We had some snow flurries this morning, intermingled with freezing drops of rain.
Today I'm beginning Thanksgiving preparations. We are having our big Turkey with family this weekend. Tomorrow we are having friends over for a less elaborate meal, provided that the roads are safe to drive on. Today we are killing some male ducks for our meal tomorrow. I am going to boil the duck and then roast it, I've read that when you boil it, the fat dissolves into the water and out from beneath the skin of the duck, so it won't be so fatty. Today I'm starting rolls, cranberry salad and making cranberry chutney with our own cranberries, onions and garlic. I'm going to bake a pie, but can't decide what type. We'll also have mashed potatoes- our own Yukon Gold potatoes, and traditional stuffing. That covers the main bases for me. Our are bringing a pear nut salad, cookies and a winter squash dish. Should be delightful. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
We are a family of four (with one more on the way), living in the Arctic Boreal Forest above Fairbanks, in the Interior of Alaska. I write about our simple life and trying to keep our life simple in a day when the typical American life is anything but. When I first started writing this blog I had a toddler and a baby and we were a growing homestead. I wanted to share our day to day and all the lessons we learned along the way, from mixing our own chicken feed to goat kidding season and cheese making. As our children have grown, home schooling has really taken over and I have had to examine every aspect of our lives to keep our days simple yet fruitful. These days you will still find me posting and sharing pictures of our chickens and garden, berry picking and salmon processing. I also hope to be writing about home schooling decisions and lessons as well as other interests and hobbies the kids and I explore. Reader interest and feedback is what keeps me writing, so please leave lots of comments!
The here and now of our homestead is what I'm writing about. Compelled by a sense that we are participating in something significant, heading back to our roots... this is my attempt to share what we are learning along our journey. For those of you on similar paths, whether you are raising kids, a flock of chickens, a couple goats or run a farm, well I'm hoping to learn from you as well, so feel free to put in your two cents!