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2013 Aurora Highlights Short

Here’s a highlight reel of my best aurora nights in 2013, including THE best St. Patrick’s Day aurora display. That was an epic night in Alaska with an EPIC FLIGHT to the stars!

2014 has great potential. We are still in the peak phase of the solar cycle and on any given night, predicted or not predicted, there can be a light show that will set you free.

February 6, 2014

In The Dark of Winter Don’t “Kiss It All Goodbye”


Artists love to exchange their wares with fellow craftsmen. I still have chimes my older daughter, Jenn, made in kindergarten almost forty years ago.

So when my friend Lawrence Vescera mailed me his sci-fi tome, Kiss It All Goodbye, I was thrilled to turn off reruns of The Borgias, pour some tea and begin the enchantment while forgetting icy roads outside my cozy nook.

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February 5, 2014

Preemie Football Hat — Free Knitting Pattern


My friend Laura asked me to make her new little one a tiny football hat. I was definitely up to the challenge.

I was surprised how few knitted patterns there were floating around Pinterest. Most of the patterns are crochet, which can be made very quickly, but for a football hat I think knit has more room for detail.

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February 4, 2014

My New Years Resolution: Wine


This year I decided my resolution should be to explore more wine options and expand my wine knowledge base. Hard resolution to follow, right?

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January 27, 2014

Silver Salmon For Lovers


The pleasant tanginess of homemade crème fraîche, lemon and leeks harmonize with the buttery richness of wild caught Alaskan Coho salmon presented on a bed of homemade egg noodles.

Light candles, play soft music, pop a cork and serve.

See the recipe.

January 16, 2014

Dena’Ina Way of Living, at the Anchorage Museum

Arrows for Sea Otter. Fort Kenai (1883).

Hurry, you can still make it to Dena’Ina Way of Living with its preserved artifacts and dioramic recreations. But not to worry, the exhibition catalog will be available after the show closes.

Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi, the Dena’Ina Way of Living illustrates how a population lived thousands of years ago without electricity, running water and modern medicine; be humbled by those who came before.

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January 9, 2014

My Top 10 Tracks of 2013

I tallied up my 10 favorite albums of 2013 and put a song from each in the mix. From R&B and rap to nu-disco, dance and funk, it’s got a little bit of anything.

See the list.

January 9, 2014

Healthy New Year’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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For Christmas this year, my adorable nieces in Fairbanks gave me the holiday death plague. Complete with hacking cough, sore throat, congestion…you get the idea. I feel like death warmed over.

In my delirious, sick-y state I decided I needed to bake something. I know, I know. I’m a terrible baker.

See the recipe.

January 8, 2014

The Spoken Word Movement in Alaska

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Spoken Word is not a new art form, it is seen throughout history in the form of storytelling, oral history and song.

Now Spoken Word is unraveling into an international movement, looking to promote the voices of the voiceless, focusing specifically on teens.

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January 7, 2014

December in California: Take Mittens When Searching for Art

Fishermans Wharf (December 2013)

The internet said eighty degree weather in California the first week of December. So, husband Dave and I left our mittens in the car before flying to Los Angeles for a bankruptcy conference and Fall art.

Sitting in our hotel room later, I kept hearing Sinatra singing, “hate California, it’s cold and it’s damp.” Catalina Island looked like a cake submerged in whipped cream.

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December 24, 2013

Kastle’s Kreations Award-Winning Cupcake Recipe

Kastles Creations Cupcakes

Eagle River’s Kastle’s Kreations, purveyor of quality cupcakes, recently won big on TV’s Cupcake Wars with their Lemon Rosemary Smoked Salmon cupcake.

Here is the recipe, direct from Kastle’s Kreations – in case you’re adventurous enough to try it yourself!

See the recipe.

December 20, 2013

How to Make Perfectly Poached Eggs

Sarah Alvarez Poached Eggs 1

I don’t know if a Sunday has ever gone by without my dad eating poached eggs. I’ve never really been one for traditional breakfast meals and much prefer cereal with berries and yogurt.

But, after 30 years, I decided it is time I get on the grown-up breakfast bandwagon.

See the recipe.

December 19, 2013

Point Hope, Alaska School Holiday Program

The annual school Christmas program in Point Hope is a little different than in most communities.

Yes, there are seasonally popular songs and carols, but many of them are sung in Inupiaq, the language of the Tikigaqmuit.

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December 18, 2013

A Look at Moose Run Metals – Fritz Creek, Alaska

Tarri Thurman has been a metalsmith for 10 years. Originally a hairdresser from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she moved to Alaska in 1995, working a variety of jobs from back hoe operator to arborist to pizza maker.

She sold my first piece of artwork as an apprentice, off the bench, before it was completed.

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December 17, 2013

Tumultuous Times in the Coop

Chicken Blog Tumult 1

In the past couple of weeks, my chicken house looks like several chickens have spontaneously combusted… it’s a cloud of feathers. But every chicken is, luckily, accounted for.

It’s just my Easter-egger going through a late-season molt.

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December 12, 2013

The Christmas Star


On their first Christmas together, my parents purchased a simple red aluminum foil star for the top of their small tabletop Christmas tree.

In the snapshot they stand on either side of the tree. The star has a large hole in the center, obviously meant for a tree light to be inserted from the back.

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December 10, 2013

Maple and Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Squash (And a Story About a Turkey)

Heidi Drygas Turkey 1

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for friends and family to gather around the table in love and friendship, so that we may all sit down, say grace, and stuff our faces full of delicious foods drenched in butter and cream.

At this point, what I really should tell you about is this delectable little recipe I am sharing with you for your holiday table. But what I really want to tell you about is how I’m getting a turkey on a plane for Thanksgiving.

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November 27, 2013

Quick Craft: DIY Heart Shirt

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Shirts with big hearts are big right now, but despite the fad I actually think they are pretty cool.

I’ve had a few old cashmere sweaters awaiting crafting and this was the perfect short-attention-span craft: cut out a heart, sew it on a shirt.

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November 20, 2013

Alaska Surfing Video Series

We surf all over Alaska. And, the real story is the incredible Alaskan coastline with its immense wilderness areas and awe inspiring weather.

The video series will show what it’s like to venture out into this incredible scenery at times when the weather is not necessarily hospitable.

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November 19, 2013

Salty Sisters’ Roasted Alaska Spot Prawns with Fennel, Olives, and Oranges


There comes a time in every woman’s life when her grit, determination, and willpower are put to the test. A time when resolve and fortitude are challenged in a epic battle of skill, creativity, and knowledge.

Of course, I’m talking about the Alaska Sustainable Seafood Cookoff! The Challenge: Four duos battle it out in one hour to produce the best seafood dish for 5 local foodie judges.

Click for the story and recipe.

November 13, 2013