The Last Few Days

I have been babysitting my twin granddaughters, Becca and Kate, for the last few days.  I love getting to do this.  They are 9 months old now.  They are totally different.  I love watching as they get their own personalities.  It is so wonderful to see the ways they are to be able to watch as they learn new things.  To see the little smiles on their faces just melts my heart, so yes I am going to show you more photos that I took of them.

 

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Three Inches of Snow, NOT!

I have been waiting for this storm that was supposed to hit last night.  Three inches of snow they said and I am still waiting 24 hours later.  We still don’t have any snow and it is warming up.  I can say though the sunset was beautiful.

These are all taken off my back deck.

It is 37 degrees, 5:30 at night and dark that is Alaska for you.  It is so much warmer than I can remember in a long time.

What is it like where you live?

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Halloween with Twins

I know that you probably get tired of looking at photos of my beautiful granddaughters but here I go again.  Oh yea, all my kids, well except the oldest, will be home for Christmas that means photos of more grandchildren so look out.

This was the girls first Halloween.  I had to go out to the kids house to babysit, so Heather decided I should stay to take the girls out for their first Halloween.  They are getting so big.

While babysitting the girls showed me how good they can make their bouncers go.

Before costumes Grandma decided to give them their first bath in the big tub.  They really enjoyed this.IMG_20181031_113416

Then it was time for me to get their costumes on Continue reading “Halloween with Twins”

Review of Daughter of Moloka’i

This review is for a book I read on NetGalley.  I really enjoy getting new books to read for free.

This is what they said about the book.

Description
The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka’i

Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka’i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.
The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.
Daughter of Moloka’i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka’i have been awaiting for fifteen years.

This is one of the best historical fiction I have read lately.  I really enjoyed this book.  As you follow Ruth through her life you see the many hardships she encounters like not being adopted because of being half Japanese and half Hawaiian. You also follow Ruth through the good things that happen to her.  Ruth also learned that there are always people who have gone through worse things than she had.  This is a lesson I think we could all learn from.

I now have to read the first book Moloka’i. You can get either or both of these books by following the links to Amazon on my page.

Has anyone read these books?  If so let me know what you thought.

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Camping in Seward, Alaska

We were going to Seward last weekend but it was flooded.  We made it this weekend and I finally got all my photos uploaded.

Friday when we got there it was stormy.

We camped on Resurrection Bay. Continue reading “Camping in Seward, Alaska”

Altering Recipes

I have been making Highbush Cranberry Apple Butter when we are lucky and have the berries.  We managed to get quite a few this year and I had people asking for it.  I pulled out the recipe and started making it.  It was so full of sugar and couldn’t believe it.  I thought why can’t I make this Keto friendly.DSC_0728 Continue reading “Altering Recipes”

Best Keto Pancakes Ever

One of David’s favorite things is Pancakes on Saturday morning.  I have been trying all kinds of different kinds of recipes and I finally found the one we really like.DSC_0635

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A Day That Won’t Be Forgotten

Saturday, October 20th, was our second anniversary.  David tells me last week, “I have a 3 day weekend. Do you want to go camping for our anniversary? ” I reply, “Hell Yes!”  Please excuse my language but I was that excited.

We usually have snow by now and the camping is over for the year.  The weather has been so nice we decided to head out.  David wanted to talk to a blacksmith in Palmer about a fire tool he wanted him to make.  We found his place but he was gone for the day.  We decided to drive around to look for some place to have a nice dinner on Saturday night. Continue reading “A Day That Won’t Be Forgotten”

41 Pounds of Apples and Counting

David came home with 3 1/2 5 gallon buckets of apples that he picked off a tree that was standing in one of his students front yard.  David is a special education school bus driver. It took him 10 hours to cut and core them all.  He put 3 kitchen garbage bags of apple slices in the freezer.  I had to decide what to do with them. Read on to find out what I do with them. Continue reading “41 Pounds of Apples and Counting”

Keto Red Chili

I found this recipe The “I Love My Instant Pot” Keto Diet Recipe Book written by Sam Dillard of HeyKetoMama.com. There are some very good recipes in here I want to try. You can buy the book by clicking on the link below.

Of course, I didn’t have some of the ingredients. Continue reading “Keto Red Chili”