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Sweet Summertime

these are a few of my favorite things

~smiling faces~

~hugs and kisses from grandchildren
and hearing the name Nanny from far away places~

~mostly old sometimes new~

~quilts with love stitched through and through

~Babies and butterflys and all things created~

~To know you are loved makes life sweet with grace traces ~























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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alaska..... Pure and Simple







God blessed the trip

Complete with Quilt shop. 

Anchorage .... You know I had to make a stop here.


Sea food heaven.....
Crab sandwich........ Absolutely delicious!



Salmon Season is here... next on the menu.

Seafood extravaganza!   Eating it every chance I get.




Buddies for life


SEWARD, ALASKA 

God of Mercy and Grace watching over us every day. 


Living with family for 10 days. 

Challenging but still in love. 

We rented a log home just outside of Seward for the week.

A mix of eating out and eating at home 
Taking "Triple Taco" recipe on the road..... 

Ranks right up there with sea food for this bunch
and helps on the food budget.

Everything has a pretty price tag in Alaska. 



Wild roses along the Russian River.... 
Iowa's state flower. 

Making me Feel right at home!




Picture perfect every day! 

The water is cold .... the sun is hot.  
Not a rainy day in sight ; )

God is Good!


click any image to enlarge ......
 because the pictures are only half of  the real beauty. 













Glaciers hundreds of years of ice and snow. 


Truly  
an American  treasure.


Working really hard on their Jr Ranger Badge.  


So much excitement for this trip with cousins.
More than a weekend together. 
Sleeping in Bunk Beds-
The whole shebang! 


Moose Mania is Purely evident every where!



Cute critters around every corner. 







10  Days of  YUM YUM !






50 lbs of wild Alaskan Seafood to take home,
along with 
SWEET MEMORIES
and scary story as a whale decided to surface underneath the boat.

Lost the function of one propeller....

Remember the church above...

Thank you God for keeping them safe
 in the ocean
 2 1/2 hours from shore.



Super pod of Orca whales.


Seward harbor.
Resurrection Bay....
 named because they woke up here
 on Easter Morning after a storm.

God is every where : ) 



Head to toe Beauty.  
We fell in love with the flat rocks. 


Keeping it Real at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. 

So fun to watch them up close.



No wonder we love bears. 








Riding the costal trail in Anchorage



Fishing the Russian River
with Great Aunt Sandy

Hope they remember this. 


Necessary Nap Time  





Mom and Pop of the whole bunch. 

We will remember. 

We did not see it all but what we did see was Beautiful. 


Sunset view from my Brother and wife's apartment. 


Day time view.
Sleeping lady in the distance 


This is at 11:30 p.m.  
The sun is finally setting but it won't really be "dark" for several more hours.

Honestly I didn't get a lot of sleep in Alaska.
I don't think it is ever really dark in the summer ...
It is not like Iowa dark. 


The last frontier....
ALASKA 

We came home but my husband said, 
"if he were 20 yrs old he might not have".

It was an honor to meet you
 in all of your glory.

Worth every penny!

janita








Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Whole wheat Blueberry Muffins






I have been baking these muffins for 30 years.  Today I'm sharing the recipe.
They are delightful.  Not too sweet.  Just a nice touch of Natural sweetness loaded with blueberries.

I do not use muffin wrappers because I like the muffin to be toasted all the way around.


 WHOLE WHEAT BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

1 Cup All- purposed unbleached flour
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat flour *
1/2 tsp (scant) salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 Cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 Cup melted butter
3/4 Cup Sour cream ( Sometimes I use half sour cream/ half plain unsweetened yogurt)
1 1/2 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Mix flour, salt and baking powder, sugar together.  In a separate bowl beat eggs, add butter and sour cream/yogurt.  Combine liquid with dry ingredients, stirring only long enough to moisten dry mixture.  Rinse Blueberries, then fold into batter.   Batter will be thick.   GREASE and Fill 12 regular muffin cup pan.   Bake at 400* for 20 minutes  or until toothpick comes out clean from center of muffin.

YUM-YUM    Nice toasted muffins loaded with Blueberries topped with a pat of butter!

Bet you can't eat just one : )

* Whole Wheat flour should be stored in the refrigerator to preserve the natural Vit. E oil.


ENJOY!   


Janita

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