Funny how the world sees "real women. . ."

Evidenced by all the Real Housewives of. . . shows which seem to be overtaking our televisions, it appears that the world believes we should all be wealthy, pampered, enviable, catty, curvaceous, gorgeous, and more. While we may be gorgeous, most of us are not rich or spoiled or even catty. We are ~ simply put ~ real.

The idea for this blog came after watching a few of those real housewives shows and realizing just how skewed the views of everyday life can be through the eyes of these women. Particularly to those of us in the trenches, working day-in-day-out to take care of ourselves, our children, our parents, our spouses/partners. Those of us who are out there earning a living, who may be dealing with catastrophic events or troubled children or medical issues or partner concerns.

This is a call to all women everywhere who live everyday lives and who want to simply do their best as they love all, laugh often, and live fully. Let us unite with our whole heart and soul, with humanity and grace, with vigor and hope. We are women and we are thankful to be so!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Real Kris from Southcentral Alaska

Taking Flight
Taking Flight Over Cordova
Let me tell you about one of my favorite Alaskan women -- Kris from Cordova. Cordova, a small fishing town of about 2500 year-round residents, is located in gorgeous Southcentral Alaska overlooking Prince William Sound. Because it is so small, most everyone knows most everyone else. Kris is one of Cordova's stars who has lived there for over 30 years. Another day I will tell you about her tireless work in the field of developmental disabilities. For today, not only does Kris catch, clean, and smoke fish, she also creates the most yummy candied rose hips! About a year ago, I emailed her to ask how she makes them. In her words: 
"It isn’t too hard especially when it happens as a mistake…lol
Anyway, after the first frost is when I really like to pick them, but also I jump the gun and pick them when they are just about ready, the frost makes them soft…and for cleaning it is a bit trickier…but pick them as close to the first frost as possible….
Step two: clean them, I cut them in half then scrape all the multitudes of seeds out and any greenery or flower that is left….and watch tv or a movie…takes time to do this ….discard all the seeds in your garden….and maybe make more roses or just toss….
Step three: layer them in a dehydrator as many as you can on each level….turn it on and walk away.....This is the strange part….I forgot them overnight and they became like little rock pieces of rosehips….so not to throw them away….I made: Step four: take some of the really hard halved dried rosehips, put in a silver bullet, blender, coffee grinder or what have you….and pulverize…There is no sugar or anything on these rosehips…so when you put them on yogurt, in tea or cereal…they do not add anything other than their own unique flavor…..They keep really good in a closed container…do not have to refrigerate, freeze or can….not too bad huh for a mistake….Don’t mind sharing…it is a lot of work…but way worth the pure vitamin C you get and share…My son’s friend swears that this has been helping her sinus infections….she sprinkles a small amount on her yogurt daily or on her salad…..really likes the added flavor too…Take care..hope you can understand  my instructions…like I said I stumbled into this one…Kris"

1 comment:

  1. That is amazing! thanks for sharing. We are starting our rose gardens next year .. so will definitely save this, to experiment with next year!! HHL