Friday, May 26, 2017

You Won't Believe These!!!!!

 I stopped through the Farmer's Market this past Wednesday and stumbled across these beauties.  Look at them!  They are mouth watering, gorgeous, and perfect.

I could not believe them when I saw them at the Honey Bakery.  You read that right!  The bakery!

These are cookies created to look like peaches.  The skin color is absolutely spot on.  The glistening is due to sprinkled sugar.  I"m not sure what the leaves are made of. 

The six are rather expensive but they are so realistic.  As I walked around the market, I had multiple people ask me where I got the "peaches" because they looked so real.

The baker took the peach theme all the way.

Check out the two pictures.  These are close ups of one cookie showing the details the baker included.

The skin color is perfect for a peach.  Even with the photo taken so close, the peach looks so juicy and desirable.

 When you crack open the cookie, you find a "pit"in the center made up of a cooked, reconstituted dried peach so it sits in the center and is wonderfully gooey. 

When you split it in half, the "seed" separates into one half of the cookie while the other is free, almost like a real peach.

Everyone who saw these cookies were so surprised because they look so real.  I'd actually stopped there to pick up some creme rolls which are like thin waffle cones in a roll, filled with a flavored creme mixture.  It is frozen so its like an ice creme cone and its so good.  I've got more pictures to share so I'll probably include more on Monday. 

Have a great weekend.  Let me know what you think.  The pictures do not do justice to the real item.  The cookies were enjoyable.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pot Holes

Pot-Holes, South Africa, Prospector  Alaska in the spring is a crap shoot in regard to the roads. This is quite a descriptive comment. You see, when fall hits and the snow starts, the city and state quit repairing roads.  The only thing they do is to plow the roads but they don't worry about repairing them.

Its kind of a catch 22 situation up here.  Over the fall and winter, the ground freezes solid.  In the process, the water in the ground expands and pushes up wards.  This includes the ground under roads.

If they fix the pot holes, they do it at the beginning of summer so fewer people break axles.  If its too close to the first snow fall, they won't fix anything because the snow piles into the holes and gets packed down.  Eventually its all nicely filled and covered so no hole.

Come spring during break up (when all the snow and ice melts) the holes appear or reappear when the ice melts and the thawed ground shrinks.  This is the point where roads actually begin falling apart or sinking.

One time I was driving towards the airport in Anchorage and the road was covered with water.  I didn't see the pot hole in the road, drove through it and punctured the tire.  I think the ragged edge cut into the tire when I drove over it.  As the snow and ice melt, the roads tend to be covered with water until the ground has thawed enough for it to properly drain.

If you look at roads in Alaska, the edges are always wearing away or the asphalt has significant cracks or pot holes.  I've seen stretches of road that look like an earthquake struck because the road is riddled with gaps and holes.

Even though the process requires the state to dig down, let it set for a period of time before filling the hole in before paving the area, the freezing and thawing of water in the ground still messes with the actual road.  

Even in places where roads are not paved you see how the frost heaves change things.  The road in front of my house where I live most of the year is a prime example.  It was built without a proper foundation so every time it rains, or the snow thaws a bit more of the road washes into the lake.  The city said they'd redo all the dirt roads in town but usually that means bringing in dirt, laying it down, before tramping it down solidly.

Its a wonderful road until its totally dry and it becomes dusty or it rains and the mud takes over.  At this point, grooves are imprinted in the mud so when it dries, the road is back to being bumpy and cruddy.  I don't think those beautiful roads last more than 2 weeks at best.

Road building is a challenge in Alaska where the conditions make it difficult.  I'll tell you more when I talk about building the Al-Can Highway back in the 40's.  Have a good day and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Who Are You in Rogue One?

Star Wars, Movies, Log Support  I finally got to watch the latest Star Wars film "Rogue One".  Yes, it made me cry.  Yes, it made me cheer.  Yes, I still have a secret hope the two main characters of the film did not die although I know they probably did.

I realized many of us in life are like the members of the council who wanted to play it safe and not even try.  They saw the Empire as being totally unbeatable so why even try?

So many of us, me included, are unwilling to make the jump into another job or into something else without setting up a safety net in case something happens.  I grew up in a family where I was always told "Do not quit your current job until you have another one lined up.

I dream of quitting my current job and pursuing a writing career I've always dreamed of.  I tell myself, I can do it.  I know ways to support myself and create a business but I'm scared to do it.  I'm scared to leave the security of what I know for the unknown.

<grins>  In my dreams, I am the heroine.  The one who thinks nothing of running off to fight for the rebellion.  Who is willing to walk that edge without knowing what could happen.  If you've seen the movie, you know that scene where they decide to go steal the Death Star Plans.  A bunch of rag tag people who have nothing left to lose volunteer to go, knowing full well they could die.

I think that attitude is what distinguishes those who jump off the cliff to do something new while those of us who hesitate think about what could happen and wonder if its worth it.  I'm not ready to make the jump.

I have set a date but I moved it back by one year because I decided I needed to finish the basement before I quit working otherwise I will still need a fair bit of money to get it done.  Its best to do it while I have a regular income.

Will I ever make the jump?  I don't know.  I know I want it but I don't know if I want it bad enough quite yet.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic.  Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Farmers Market.

 The farmers market has started but its quite early in the season.  Most people there offered either soap, jewelry, or baked goods. A few had vegetables like cucumbers or starts but that was it. 

Most of the vegetables for sale right now were grown in greenhouses because the ground does not fully warm up till late may or early June.  In addition, we can have snow in June so greenhouses are best.

Today, I'm sharing a few of the more unusual offerings from this past Saturday.  I'll go back Wednesday because the Mexican place will offer their fantastic tamales.  I'll snap a picture of that and maybe Moostard's. 

To the left you see fiddlehead ferns for sale.  These are ready to plant somewhere in your yard so you can have fresh greens in early spring.  I've never eaten them but I've heard they are fantastic.  I might pick some up on Wednesday if I can figure out the best place to plant them.  These guys come in from Manley Hot Springs.

Note we have the guy who makes balloon animals on request for a small fee.  I've never seen him there before but every time I saw him, he was creating something magical. 

He even had a sign loaded with different animals he was willing to make.  He'd labeled it "Today's Choices.

 If you look carefully, you can see a sign advertising Pickled Alaska which does not refer to a bunch of drunk Alaskans.  Instead it refers to the way certain vegetables etc are prepared.
mou know what it tastes like.  I adore the title of her business.
Alaskans like to exaggerate even more than fishermen.  We claim our mosquitoes are large enough to carry off a man.  So this entrepreneur created her pickled mosquito eggs.   
As you can see, they are sold as authentic mosquito eggs.....LOL.  I saw that and absolutely had to get a photo of it.  I suspect she took some quail eggs, pickled them, and now she is selling them as mosquito eggs.

We actually get visiting tourists who come through on a regular basis.  I wouldn't be surprised if she sells several of these every time a tourist bus comes through.

Over the past few years, I've gotten to know many of the vendors because I see them so much as sometimes even buy from them. 

As stated earlier, I'll take more pictures on Wednesday to post and share with everyone.  I hope you enjoyed this short visit. 

Thank you for reading this.  I'll share more later with you.  Have a good day and let me know what your think.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Back in Town

Tulips, Tulip Flower, Flowers  Last Thursday I traveled into town for part of the summer.  It was a long nasty trip.  Since I deal with a very local airline, their schedule is a suggestion.

I was scheduled on the evening flight but they sent an extra flight in the afternoon but I didn't find out about it until it was taking off.

When it came time for the flight, they announced it was delayed by about half an hour.  So I headed up in time for it but they forgot to make an update so I was at the airport but no plane.  It finally showed around 6:45 for a 5:30 scheduled time.

My connection was due to leave at 9:00 and I had to check in by 8:15 or 8:30.  The flight was about an hour so when we took off at 7, I was a bit nervous but the pilot used the tail wind to move us a bit faster.  He even radioed ahead to make sure the shuttle to take us to the other airline was ready to go as soon as we landed and got our luggage.

I got there just as the plane landed so I was able to check on, go through security before boarding the plane.  This is not your normal plane, it was a combi as we affectionately call it. A combi is a combination cargo and passenger plane. The front from the first class to the first exit row is where they put all the cargo that is being carried out to the local hub while rows 17 on are for passengers.  I love row 17 because it has even more leg room than a normal exit row. From then on it was a great trip the rest of the way. 

 I'm going to take a minute to explain the pictures from the weekend.  The few willow trees out where I normally am, never ever get taller than about 3 feet.  They are short and quite spindly but they are willows.  Fairbanks have real trees which grow up to 15 feet or so unless they are in a permafrost area.  If the black spruce is short (no more than 6 feet) it means there is an excellent chance there is permafrost underneath.

As for ice cream, the only ice cream out in the village usually arrives slightly thawed and is refrozen so it has a grainy texture.  In addition the cost ends up double what it is in the city.  I am not going to pay $10.00 per half gallon.  They do not serve it by the scoop out there so I have to wait till I get back here to get it in a cone.

When I'm due to fly back in, I dream of getting ice cream and pizza for my first real meal.  So now you know the story behind the pictures.  Let me know what you think.