Big HEALTHY grocery run

Ouch. Healthy food is expensive. Since I’m going to Hawaii in 180 days I’ve gotta get bikini ready!! So, working out every day (once Paisley’s back with her mom) and healthy eating.. which is hard up here. Since when you buy fresh produce you have to eat it within a couple days because it doesn’t last long up here (since it’s already taken like a week to get here it’s that much less fresh) so you can’t buy too much at once. So here’s a big healthy grocery run! All this stuff is from Stanton (the costco-type store).

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I see you’ve got your camera, shall I pose for you??

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this all ran me $137.51…

here’s the breakdown:

3 sweet potatoes (1.435kg) : $9.31

284g baby spinach: $6.29

3 bell peppers: $5.99

1.195kg rutabaga: $5.27

Green onions: $0.99

1.4kg spaghetti squash: $7.69 (oy!!)

227g sugar snap peas: $3.69

5lb russet potatoes: $6.59

3 garlic bulbs: $1.89

1.09kg granny smith apples (6 apples): $6.20

english cucumber: $2.29

1.41kg grapefruits (4 grapefruit) : $5.48

1L grapefruit juice: $3.49

Iced tea mix: $6.99

3L cranberry juice: $16.99 (ouch!!!) sister said she paid $6.99 back in Ottawa

0.51kg lemons (4 lemons): $2.80

head of lettuce: $2.59

cream cheese: 2 @ $6.49 each

170g fresh raspberries: 2 @ $4.99 each

slivered almonds: $3.49 (on sale! woohoo!)

ranch dressing: $5.59

nacho cheese dip: $1.89

frozen pizza (for a cheat meal): $8.59

 

goodbye money! Hello Hawaii body (hopefully)

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar!

xoxo

Laura

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I tried muktuk!

First off, the moon was amazing tonight, only snapped a couple pictures of it tonight but they  really don’t do it justice. We were just going to our friend Blythe’s place for dinner and I ended up trying muktuk! Bet my family would never expect that! Muktuk is whale skin & blubber. You can eat it raw or cooked. I tried it raw! Raw muktuk is actually IMPOSSIBLE to bite through… I’m not kidding. I bit has hard as I could and nothing happened lol. So you chew on it and swish it around and either swallow it or spit it out. I spat it out. It has a sort of salty taste I really don’t know how to describe the flavour of it haha. Very interesting. A cool thing for me to add to the list of “things I did that year I lived in the North Pole”. The muktuk was provided for us by our friends boyfriend who’s an Inuvialuit hunter.

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Image Cooked muktuk. It is cooked by boiling

IMG_0622 Cutting the skin off the outside of the muktuk. Some people eat the skin but apparently it tastes chemically because of the junk in the water.

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IMG_0626 Then it is cut into smaller pieces. Sometimes it gets diced. This is the raw stuff, it’s very pink.

IMG_0627 There’s the cooked stuff being cut. The cooked stuff you can actually bite through and chew.

IMG_0629 Leeann’s first muktuk! Trying the cooked first!

IMG_0634 Unsure haha

IMG_0636 Now time to try the raw!

 

IMG_0638 “Ouu I really can’t bite through it at all!”

IMG_0641 Inspecting the raw muktuk. It FEELS kind of like a gummy worm.

IMG_0642 Here we go!!

IMG_0643 So weird!! Can’t bite through it!

IMG_0644 Chewing as hard as I can hahah

IMG_0645 Trying to bite all the different parts of it haha it’s all so rubbery

IMG_0647 There, now I can say I’ve eaten muktuk!!

 

Big thanks to Ryan for letting us try it!! He LOVES the stuff, he puts a bit of salt on it and devours it haha. Apparently some people deep fry it too.

We had a really awesome dinner and Leeann and I learned a ton about hunting and different animals and their different tastes depending on where they’re from… it was awesome! Ryan made caribou stew and fried up some kidneys.. I ate a TINY piece of caribou in my stew, so small I couldn’t really tell you what it tasted like, not horrible since I didn’t spit it out haha but I stayed away from the kidneys, Leeann tried them and said they were similar to liver. Apparently Caribou kidneys are a delicacy!

So far my list from the north has:

– swimming in shell lake

– trying muktuk

– see the northern lights

– meet the fox that lives under my house

 

The list shall keep growing!!

 

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

Waffle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

I taught a few people how to crochet up here and they watched me crochet both monster blankets and were fascinated by the waffle stitch, I have to admit, it’s pretty great. It took me quite a while to learn it because I couldn’t find a really good tutorial. So since a couple friends who are moving away or are already gone wanted to make waffle stitch blankets I thought I’d make a tutorial on here for them to follow!

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Image Monster blanket, the original.

Image Paisley giving me the stink eye on the monster blanket 2.0!

I’ve never made a tutorial so sit tight, this might suck.

here we go!

Materials:

worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for the rainbow blanket and Red Heart Comfort for the monster blanket the original) they’re pretty much identical yarns.

5.00mm/H crochet hook, hook size doesn’t really matter all that much,  I think I made one with a 5.00mm/H and a 5.50mm/I

yarn needle for weaving in ends

scissors

patience.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

DC = double crochet

FPDC = front post double crochet

st = stitch

Pattern (without pictures):

create a slip knot

ch until the blanket is as wide as you want (the original monster was 220 ch wide (75″) and the rainbow one was 172 ch wide) [in these pictures I just ch 25 just to make it easier for the tutorial] If you’re making a blanket or bedspread err on the side of caution and make it a few extra ch wide.

Row 1: DC into 4th ch from hook and into every ch across. at the end ch 3 and turn.

Row 2 (the first row of waffling): FPDC around second stitch in the row  (the 3 skipped ch from the start don’t count as a DC here) FPDC around next st. DC into top of next st. Repeat the “2 FPDC, 1 DC into top” pattern until the end of the row. When you get to the end, continue the pattern until you have worked all DCs and just have the ch 3 from the previous row left, on every row you will dc into the space (around the st) this is easier explained with pictures.

Row 3: DC into 4th st from hook (top of first DC), DC into top of next stitch, FPDC around next stitch. Repeat “2 DC in top, 1 FPDC” until end of row. make sure you DC in the space of the ch3  from the previous row.

Row 4-end: repeats rows 2 and 3 until your blanket is a satisfying length!

Pattern (WITH pictures) :

Materials:

Imageworsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver for the rainbow blanket and Red Heart Comfort for the monster blanket the original) they’re pretty much identical yarns.

Image5.00mm/H crochet hook, hook size doesn’t really matter all that much,  I think I made one with a 5.00mm/H and a 5.50mm/I

Imageyarn needle for weaving in ends

scissors

patience.

Abbreviations:

ch = chain

DC = double crochet

FPDC = front post double crochet

st = stitch

Pattern (without pictures):

create a slip knot

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ch until the blanket is as wide as you want (the original monster was 220 ch wide (75″) and the rainbow one was 172 ch wide) [in these pictures I just ch 25 just to make it easier for the tutorial] If you’re making a blanket or bedspread err on the side of caution and make it a few extra ch wide.

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Row 1: DC into 4th ch from hook and into every ch across. at the end ch 3 and turn.

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Row 2 (the first row of waffling): FPDC around second stitch in the row  (the 3 skipped ch from the start don’t count as a DC here) FPDC around next st. DC into top of next st. Repeat the “2 FPDC, 1 DC into top” pattern until the end of the row. When you get to the end, continue the pattern until you have worked all DCs and just have the ch 3 from the previous row left, on every row you will dc into the space (around the st) this is easier explained with pictures.

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Row 3: DC into 4th st from hook (top of first DC), DC into top of next stitch, FPDC around next stitch. Repeat “2 DC in top, 1 FPDC” until end of row. make sure you DC in the space of the ch3  from the previous row.

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Row 4-end: repeats rows 2 and 3 until your blanket is a satisfying length!

Image this isn’t the greatest picture but it’s the best I could get to show the “popping out” of the stitches… for the rest of the blanket if there’s a stitch popping out you do a FPDC around this stitch, if it’s kind of hiding in the back, you work into the top of that stitch. The rows will alternate 2 FPDC, 1 DC in top, then 2 DC in top, 1 FPDC.

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Hopefully those pictures clear it up a little.

So, there’s my first tutorial.. I wonder if anyone will actually be able to learn from it! Comment if you’ve got any questions!

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Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura!!

Inuvik Family Thanksgiving 2013

Jordan and I cooked a turkey and ham dinner for 20(ish) people last night. We started everything at 11am and people were in my house until about 1am. Oy. Unfortunately I was on call and only spent about 30 minutes at my house all night. Way too many medevacs and one town call. This is the last time I host a meal/party when I’m working. I hated not being home with all these people over (and the new puppy in the house). It kind of sucked because despite my pleads people still fed Paisley A TON of turkey and ham and all the sides which led to her getting quite sick later in the night. Poor puppy girl. From what I hear it was a great party and a successful meal. I snapped some pictures of the prep and some parts of the meal, but since I wasn’t home as of the moment the turkey came out of the oven there isn’t much after that. So here’s pictures of the very first thanksgiving I’ve thrown on my own ! 🙂

Image Newfie dressing!! THE BEST

Image Panda prepping the goods for under the bird

Image butter and white wine to baste the bird in… DELICIOUS

Image Veggies under the bird

Image The wine for basting

Image Paisley and Neeko cuddling, only lasted a couple seconds

Image Pretty Neeko 🙂

Image Stuffing Dylan (yeah Jordan named the turkey Dylan)

Image Yum!! 15lbs turkey!!

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Image Packaged up and ready to cooooook

Image In he goes!! at noon

Image Paiz watching from the inside the front hall closet (her new favourite spot)

Image Basting time!

Image The 8lbs ham the dentists bought

Image There was going to be an apple pie but a lot of people were already bringing pies/deserts so we just had some nice apples (for me to take pictures of lol)

Image Yum!

Image Jill made me a pumpkin with a pole dancer carving!! amazing!!!

Image Everyone warming up/finishing up the side dishes they brought

Image Leeann on potato duty

Image Time for the foil to come off!

Image The boys and their matching aprons

Image Max is so cute with oven mitts lol

Image Jordan certainly loved it (people started drinking early, can you tell?)

Image Turkey massacre

Image The two new dental assistants in town (They got to inuvik just a few hours before dinner)

Image Big happy family 

Image Sleepy paisley hiding at the back door.

Image There were jello shots… this is where the pictures end haha

All in all it was a successful Thanksgiving, I’m happy since it’s my first thanksgiving I’ve ever thrown! I just wish I wasn’t working and could have been home for it! From what I’ve been told everyone had a great time!

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura

The Sawmill

Jordan, Juan and I spent a good chunk of the morning/afternoon blocking and splitting a HUGE pile of wood for a friend here in town. I took Paisley (the husky mix I’m puppysitting) with us because Moe has 2 golden retrievers that I thought would be good for Paisley to socialize with :). So, Paisley was being an arctic dog today, running around leashless, playing/drinking in the river, wrestling with Moe’s pups. She could barely stand up by the time we were ready to leave. She was unconscious before we got to the end of Moe’s driveway haha poor kid has never had THAT MUCH exercise! ImageFillin’ up the oil!

Image Bailey and Paisley

Image Gas time!Image The view from Moe’s place

Image Hey cutie!

Image Paisley picking at Bailey

Image Gentlemen, start your engines!

Image Paisley’s not sure what to make of the chain

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ImageImage The pile of wood we had to tackleImageBailey!

Image My turn!!

ImageImage Oh crap here we go!

Image Jordo showing me how to “rock it”Image Booyah!! Chainsawing in lulus bitches!

ImageImage Thanks for having faith in me Panda 😛Image Starting it … attempt #1

Image fail.

Image attempt #2

Image Also a fail lolImage Paisley!!

Image Sharing a puddle with Siera

Image The boys workin’Image Hello Yoda (Britt this is the pic I was talking about!)ImageImageImageImageImage What are this?Image The fashionable side of lumberjacking

Image Puppy butts

Image Learnin how to axe!

Image “tree climbing” .. inuvik friends will get it.

Image here i go!

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I actually split it on that swing! (Took a few tries)

Today was insanely fun! Can’t wait to cut up some more stuff haha. But my arms are a little less excited (currently can’t even bend my left arm up!) it’s quite the work out (tough on the puppy too … paisley has yet to wake up). Now it’s time for another family pizza night !!

Hugs & kisses from afar
Xoxo
Laura

22nd Birthday!

Aloha (get ready to hear a lot of that because I’m going to Hawaii in 192 days)!!!!

So today (well I guess technically yesterday now) was my 22nd birthday! Go me! I survived that long, mad props go out to mom & dad for rockin’ the first while, keeping me alive & whatnot. So I started my day by listening to Taylor Swift’s “22” … insanely appropriate! Then my partner and another medic in town, Chris, and I went to Tonimoes for a birthday lunch, big thanks to Jordan for covering that :). Then I had a beautifully lazy afternoon FaceTiming with the fam jam and what not. THEN Jordan made an amazing dinner of the greatest sandwich ever… BLT (without tomatoes). But the best part of this birthday was the AMAZING northern lights and I FINALLY am learning how to get pics of them with my SLR… it’s a work in progress so just sit tight, they’ll get better. Promise!

Imageyum yum cider

Image Cards on my “mantle”

Image Tiff & Leeann

Image junk food!

Image Katie & I

Image Insanely delicious sandwich!!

Now get ready to have your mind blown…. are you sitting? You should be. Go… find a chair.

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Welcome to my life.

Majestic Birthday achieved.

AND tomorrow I get Paisley for a month!! Can’t wait!!

Hugs & Kisses from afar

xoxo

Laura