Cooking in the Kitchen and various other life related things

I may be rather absent from writing lately but I haven’t been completely absent from life 🙂 I was in Alaska most of November to house sit and dog sit. It was very cold and unusually sunny while I was there. I had two Thanksgiving dinners that were both very filling! Reuben flew up over Thanksgiving weekend to see his family so we were able to spend Thanksgiving together. Rosie (newer Dachshund) flew with Reuben and behaved herself wonderfully. River of course was with me the entire time overseeing the dogs in my care.

When not traveling for dog related work I lounge about the apartment in Seattle, cook, read, walk dogs and plot for the future. I’m due to be back in Anchorage in January for house sitting so I have no immediate job plans for December. I’ll get to spend Christmas with Reuben and the Dachshund girls so I’m pretty happy. The last few weeks I’ve been busy with some research -some of which I’ll share on here when I am done- and cooking.

I often cook for Reuben and I since he tends to buy the groceries (and I tend to be more imaginative). Kathy & Dave G sent me back from AK with Moose and Caribou meat for our freezer. I may or may not have driven Reuben a little batty with my inclination to ‘know’ where my meat comes from and that it has to be free range and not full of chemicals and hormones. I do not snub my nose by any means at other people’s places when they are serving meat, I just prefer to get my groceries from good sources. So having a supply of good wild game is wonderful (and much easier on our wallets) plus tasty. Last night I made a moose soup with many vegetables including kale that turned out well. Moose burritos are in the near future and a few days ago we had lamb chops with rosemary oven-roasted potatoes, goat cheese and streamed asparagus. Potatoes and eggs – often with bacon is a common meal in our kitchen too.  The girls usually camp out nearby and wait eagerly for items to be dropped.

Seattle weather is in full swing – damp, dark and usually raining. Lately very chilly/cold and often windy. I don’t mind it though I can say I wish I had a wood stove or even better a fireplace like I had in the farm-house. But alas I live in an old apartment so I’ll keep dreaming (with my warm fuzzy socks on) for better winter days.

~ Joannie


Book List

In the last six months I’ve been asked by multiple people if I could send them a book list. So as I started compiling it I realized I should probably share with anyone who might interested! So I have put together this one for starters, but will probably be adding to it as I find/remember more.

In the realm of life philosophy – the bigger picture and life changing books.

  • The Tao of Equus ~ Linda Kohanov. If you ever wondered about some the things I do with my horses or are interested in a different way to work with people, this book is a great place to start!
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior ~ By Dan Millman. A semi autobiography of his own journey back to health and his mentor ‘Socrates’ influences within life. Followed by Scared Journey of the Peaceful Warrior and Journeys of Socrates. He also had many other self-help and motivational books that are good.
  • The Ringing Cedars of Russia ‘Anastasia’  is book #1 ~ Vladimir Megré. If nothing else, read the first book!  The series are the author’s accounts of his experiences with a very special person. There are 9 books total (although they are not large) but book 8 is titled Book 8:1 and book 8:2. Everyone I know that has picked up the first book, regardless of their tastes in books, belief in religion or similar key elements that tend to segregate people; anyone that has been moved to read the first book is totally blown away. I cannot sing enough praise so I’ll just leave it at that.
  • Story of B ~ Daniel Quinn. He wrote Ishmael which also awesome along with the sequel My Ishmael. I picked Story of B though because it really made an impression on me.
  • Illusions ~ Richard Bach. A short sweet little book about creating the life you want for yourself.
  • The Second Son ~ Charles Sailor. It’s a small and older (1979) book that doesn’t make much of a mark these days, but still WOW. It’s an easy read so you’ve nothing to lose.
  • The Tracker ~ Tom Brown Jr.  Tom has written many books, some to do with physical skills, others are more autobiography and some are in the spiritual realm. But it all starts with The Tracker and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ve been involved with Tom’s programs for children and his adult survival school. I’ve personally seen the skill level of some the lifers and it’s beyond explanation to the average person.

Fictional but nevertheless still mind-blowing books.

  • A Story Like the Wind ~ Laurens van der Post. Inspired by the actual events in Africa for the time frame it is based in, the book follow a boy’s adventures in a village with his family alongside the natives. Well written and engrossing, the main character is wonderfully represented and the book enjoyed by both genders. The sequel – A Far Off Place is just as impressive as the first.
  • The Traveler ~ John Twelve Hawks. The modern 1984! Eye opening and original – the author appeared out of nowhere. Known as the Fourth Realm Trilogy.

More to come, and if you have any suggestions please feel free to message me!