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Easy (and tasty) Home-Made Holiday Gifts

When making home-made holiday gifts on a boat I have limited options since I don’t have much space to spread out. I also have to be able to complete them in a day so we can change our “craft area” back into usable space. Making the cookie jars doesn’t require a lot of space or time, so they are perfect for an on-board project. These would work great in a tiny house too! We made a dozen in one afternoon and then spent a couple more hours designing the labels. For a dozen jars we used nearly 5 pounds of flour, 2 pounds of sugar...
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Sockeye Fishing and Canning

The sockeye (red) salmon are finally  running on the Kenai River! This is the main thing we have been looking forward to since being back in Alaska. There is nothing like going fishing and knowing you will actually catch something. And I never tire of the scenery and watching the bald eagles. Yes, that really is the color of the Kenai River. Fireweed on the KenaiOur favorite fishing hole where the fish never stop jumping.Fish on!Another fish on!They are very fun to catch!We tossed a few of these males back as they are too far into the spawning processes. They are usually silver, but...
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Cranberry Bogs and Desserts

After a week of visiting with friends near Portland, Oregon we are back on the road. Driving south along the Oregon coast on Highway 101 we saw a ‘U-Pick Cranberries’ sign. Having just gotten a new recipe for cranberries and never having seen a cranberry bog we made a quick stop. I was expecting to be wading through standing water but apparently they only flood the bog when it’s time to harvest so the berries will float to the top while the machine pulls them off the plants. This dessert is amazing! Give it a shot. It’s easy and you...
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Night-Watch Lentil Soup

  Now that we are back in cooler weather we like to have some hot soup to keep us occupied during our long watches at night. Before we leave I make this fast and easy Lentil Soup that doesn’t require any perishable ingredients. 1/2 large onion 1 14oz can mixed vegetables 4 cups water or broth 1 cup dry lentils 2-3 Tbsp bouillon powder (less/none if using broth) 1-2 Tbsp curry powder 1/2-1 Tbsp paprika powder Salt and Pepper to taste In a large pot cook onions in oil until tender. Add vegetables and water. Bring to a boil. Add...
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How to make "Ice Cream" on Board

Who doesn’t love ice cream? We sure do, but our freezer will not keep it frozen in this heat so I had to figure out a better way to get our fix. Sorbet is a super-easy and fun treat to make on a boat. Pretty much any fruit can be used. Raspberry-Banana is always a winner, as is Banana with some chunks of dark chocolate. Here I use fresh mangos. Don’t over-freeze sorbet as you want it to be the consistency of a nice smooth gelato. I pour the sorbet into small ziplock bags and stick them right onto the evaporator plate of our freezer for...
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How to Store and Use Glass on Board

Many boats come complete with a set of plastic dishes – as did ours. It seems that the general consensus is that because an item is on a boat it has a tendency to break and therefore should be plastic. Not so! Mike and I really don’t like to eat or drink from plastic as it seems to take on a taste after some time. We also try to use as little plastic in our lives as possible, so as not to further contribute to the plastic debris we find on every beach. The first thing we gave away were the plastic...
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