Totem park

One of my favorite things about Sitka was the Totem Park.

It is part of the Sitka National Historic Park.

It was one of my Mom's favorite places too.  She remembered it from when they took a cruise to Alaska.

It is right on the water and it connects two sides of town by an easier path then walking the road.  I actually walked through it again a couple times in the rain.


I did not get a picture of Koda Bear with his favorite totem pole but there was one in the city square that if he could have visited everyday, he would have.  

Just lovely.  


Traveling the Inside Passage to Alaska and back

According to Koda Bear, this is the pirate ship.  Most people know it as the Alaska ferry.  It is a part of the Alaska Highway system.  We rode it to Sitka so we could see the Inside Passage.  It was something that my parents had talked about for years so I asked if they wanted to join us.  They said yes.

It was beautiful.

Even though we traveled through a lot of rain.  Evenings seemed to be clear and the sunsets were spectacular.

I did see whales and dolphins on this trip but my camera skills work much better on landscape.

I sat on the back of the boat a lot with my crochet just watching the world go by.

I could do this again in a heart beat.  I would prepare a bit differently but that is called learning.

The funniest thing is I believe I got some of the same pictures going up and coming back.  

I am predictable?


three weeks of family and gallivanting

I am back in Houston house after three weeks of gallivanting and family.  At the beginning of this time, was my Grandmother's funeral.  Lots of family was involved and we stayed with the Tall Short Person for that bit of the travels because she lives fairly close to where my Grandmother was interned and the memorial services where held.  

We went from there to the mountain for a few days.  The weather was a bit overcast and slightly damp.  It was a nice change from the heat of Texas.  It was also nice to have a break before we traveled more.  Koda Bear, my Beloved, my parents, and myself had a pirate ship to board for more gallivanting.  We could not convince Koda Bear it was not a pirate ship.  I could be a continuous traveler if I had a way to cook my own food.  Hotel rooms without a kitchen are not my cup of tea.

I miss the mountain.  I miss the gallivanting.  I have did come back with a cold so my head is not on very straight yet.  I actually thought about not writing today because it feels like my head is on that crooked.  Personally, I would love to be on the mountain healing but instead I am dealing with work and the emotions around layoffs.  It is what it is.


for Mr. J

This quilt got mailed today.  Off to Brooklyn and Mr. J.

Boyos picked out the backing fabric and I am really pleased with how everything turned out.

For the next three weeks, I will be traveling with family.  Funeral and Alaska.  I will try to be in this space a few times but it may not happen.  I have not traveled with my parents since I was a teenager.  It could be very interesting!

I am also very aware I need the break from work.  Going offline would make that much easier.  But, you will probably find me on instagram if you wish @elibjerklie.  I am hoping to capture a few pictures of mountains so I can look at them later when I am too warm in December.


amaranth, bean, and cheese taquitos

On the way back from Indianapolis, we stopped at Rosa's Mexican restaurant in Arkedelphia, Arkansas.  I wrote about it.  I am still amazed at how many vegetarian dishes were on their menu.  I tried the spinach taquitos and decided I had to recreate them at home.

Now, I hemmed and hawed a bit but when I found the sopapilla recipe I wrote about yesterday, I knew I could make these.  I have now actually made them multiple times and they are a requested dinner item.  That is a hit in my book.

They get served around here with homemade guacamole and salsa.  Sometimes a salad.  They are very filling though.

amaranth, bean, and cheese taquitos

1 recipe sopapillas

      (I found this works best if the dough is refrigerated)

a large handful or double handful of amaranth or spinach, well washed, stems removed, and chopped

1/4 onion, peeled and chopped fine

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 to 1 cup cooked beans of your choice

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon ancho chile pepper

1/8 teaspoon chipolte chile pepper

1/2 teaspoon smokey paprika

1 cup very sharp white cheddar, grated

flour for rolling out the dough

oil for frying

Put the oil for frying in a deep pan.  I use a cast iron chicken fryer.  Heat over medium high heat slowly.

In a skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until start getting golden.  Add in the spinach.  This takes a bit to cook down.  Cook until it starts to wilt.  Add the beans.  Add the seasonings.  Let cook a few minutes more and stir well.  Get all the flavors mixed through.

Dust a surface with flour.  Roll out a golf ball size of dough into a round.  Put a couple tablespoons of the amaranth mixture down the center.  Sprinkle with the sharp cheddar.  Bring the long ends toward the center.  Roll up and press the ends into the other dough.  I found that this fashion works best for folding.

Put into the frying oil one at a time.  Cook until golden all over.  The oil needs to be hot but not too hot so all the sopapilla dough cooks.


These taquitos are really hot even after a sit to drain so please be careful.  They are so yummy you may not wait long enough to really eat them well.