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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Like usual, we enjoyed Thankgiving dinner at Ma and Pa Harris's house.  Good food, but especially good friends make Thanksgiving a great day.  It is the good friends that really make Bethel a great place to be.  If it weren't for great people/friends, I dont think I would have been able to tolerate living in such a remote place for so long.  This year, most of those people are talking about leaving next year. Bethel will feel very empty without good friends to fill it!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Apple crisp

I got a load of apple in my Full Circle Farms box this week and am planning to make something for our Thanksgiving dinner.  I think I've just about perfected my apple crisp recipe so I guess that's what I'll do.  Being in Bethel has definitely made me a better cook.  I've always enjoyed cooking, but I feel much more intuitive about cooking and ingredient choice.  In the past I've been good at following recipes, but now I can easily open the refrigerator and cupboard to find something to whip together.  I have enjoyed my newfound ability to combine ingredients with success.

Oh...the things I've learned by living in Bethel!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sherlock Holmes

When choosing a project for robotics, my students decided to research the use of nanobots in clearing blood clots from veins and arteries.  Then they had to choose a way to present their project to the judges...a unique and entertaining way to present their idea.  At the time I was listening to the Sherlock Holmes stories on my ipod and had shared that with the students.  They ran with the idea and decided to create their own version of Sherlock Holmes.  We gathered costumes and they wrote a script, then we spent a couple of days filming.  It was ridiculous and fun...we had a great time filming it!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Number 15: Experiment with bean cooking

 Garbanzo's soaking for hummus.
 Crockpot full of lentil soup.
This is the bean mixture that I've used a few times with veggies as a side dish.  It turns out good!  I've also used dried beans for the first time ever in chili and have plans to do my own baked beans from scratch sometime soon.

Number 19: Hunt and Identify Mushrooms

Every year when I go out berry picking I see lots and lots of mushrooms.  I've always wanted to take some time to try to identify some of them.  I friend lent me this really great, totally 80's mushroom guide.  It has a dichotomous key in it which makes it much easier to identify unknown varieties.  The difficult thing about trying to identify mushrooms in this area though, is that many of the species are unknown.  Some species are very similar to the species in this and other books, but they are really never spot on.  The other thing about mushroom identification is that their are many varieties of mushrooms that can have nearly the exact same characteristics, but one is edible and the other is poisonous.  That's the part that makes it nearly impossible to ever really feel okay with eating any of the mushrooms because you never really are certain about your identification.  The only mushrooms that I certain I can identify correctly every time is called the shrimp mushroom.  It is edible, but I'm still leery about eating it.  Maybe next year I'll start with just a little nibble, then work my way up from there.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Still Wrestling

Avery is still wrestling.  His season is going well.  He's seeded 6th in the state which is actually down from 4th a couple weeks ago after he had a "down" week.  He made it to the finals at the big Bethel Tourny last weekend.  He lost by points in the finals round to a kid that he has beat several times in the past.  Somehow, he lost a chunk of skin on his knuckle during the match and was bleeding all over the place.  They had to stop the match several times for blood.  They wrapped his finger, but it was clearly distracting him during the match.  This weekend he is in Nikiski.  His record for the year is 17-8 so far. He is hoping to place at state this year and get his name mounted on the wall.