We are fortunate - to have freedom, ability to work and start businesses, friends and colleagues to celebrate along side. Close friends to share the ups and the downs. Family to encourage and be encouraged by. Simple pleasures? Or amazing riches....
Yes, amazing riches. Thank you - to all who share this!
To quote, “ Winter season temperatures will be above normal, on average, in the north but below normal in central areas and much colder than normal in the southern portions of the state. The coldest periods will occur in early to mid-December, mid-January, early February, and mid-March. Precipitation will be above normal in the northern and east-central regions, much below normal in the south, and near normal in the west-central area. Snowfall will be above normal in the northern and eastern parts of the state and near or below normal in the south and west. The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-November, mid-January, mid-February, and late March.
April and May will be cooler than normal, with precipitation near normal in the north and below normal in the south. Snowfall will be above normal in the north and below normal elsewhere.
Summer season temperatures will be 1 to 2 degrees below normal, on average, with above-normal precipitation. The warmest temperatures will occur in mid-June, early July, and mid- to late July.
September and October temperatures will be below normal in the northern portions of the state and below normal across central and southern portions. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal.”
How it will really go, who knows until we are looking back at the days of Winter. While the data accumulates, we will enjoy the longer nights and clear skies. Already, Jarvi Homestay wears its strongs of white holiday lights on the porch and deck railings - with these in place, Winter must remain at bay!
Now is the time that inn keepers feel the longing to go register at a B&B and relax, much as their guests have this summer! We will do that in a few weeks, going to a beautiful location while our house staff and dogs keep watch. Just a few days away - but so good for the soul! Then Jarvi Homestay gets busy again as winter travelers come for business, conventions, or winter touring. The hours by the fire side telling stories are just about to begin. Care for a cup of tea, a blanket, and a tale? Give us a call!
It is a good time to see Autumn colors - in Anchorage, the leaves are slower to change, but the hues of the mountainsides tell a story of change. Just today, it seemed as if a snow squall were coming down one valley....while sun highlighted the emerald sheen of nearby mountain.
Another visitor took the train to Palmer for a visit to the Alaska State Fair today, and she, too, reported that Fall is in the air. The leaves along the train route were giving a sense of a season’s completion. And the Fair, itself, is a celebration of harvest and end of summer!
It is a grand time to make a long weekend of it - come to Anchorage and take the trails, or drive north to the Fair this week. If you come after the Fair ends, there is much more to see, just as you drive and experience the effect of each hour’s light on mountainsides and nearby trees. No doubt you will witness the final days of blooming Fireweed, a sure sign that summer is complete. At the end, come home to Jarvi Homestay and sit by the fire with a cuppa, or enjoy the hot tub’s massage of weary muscles.
You will create a memory to keep you warm all Winter long.
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 T flax flour or other nutty flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 stick butter
After mixing, divide into two bowls, reserving 3/4 cup for topping. To this add 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
In large mixing bowl:
beat 1 egg
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk + 1 T vinegar (can substitute buttermilk)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Then add the larger portion of dry ingredients. For variety, add 11/2 cups chopped fruits (dried mango is excellent) or berries. Mix, then pour into greased 9x9 pan. Sprinkle the reserved topping, then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
Today we started a new feature - publishing our favorite recipes on this, the Jarvi Homestay site. On our ‘big blog’ you can read the story behind this recipe. If you like the recipe and want more, please let me know. And if you remember a particular dish and want that recipe, I will put it in the queue for sooner publication.
The summer is in full tilt and yet, fresh bread and hot soup make a great evening meal. Try the bread morning, noon, and night - it goes well with many things. I served it with the Coconut Honey spread recently purchased at the Girdwood Forest Fair and the combination is heavenly. Try it toasted, too.
The photo is of my original recipe card, hand written circa 1972. Think it is time to go electronic so they don’t disintegrate!