The Ides of March and Booking Your Travel

Winter Trainride to Seward
Autumn - Spring is the time of year when any kind of weather might arrive on Anchorage’s doorstep. While the Lower 48 has endured massive snowfall, Anchorage has been the place to visit for temperate days and sunny evenings, great for long walks and moose sightings. When the snow has been in Alaska, taking the winter train ride to Seward, as pictured, has been a top choice of visitors.

Until the summer travel season goes into high gear, it is relatively easy to rent a car, book a B&B, get a dinner reservation, and even get tickets to the Performing Arts Center. But come late May, and places will be crowded!

So beware the Ides of March. Now is the time to get your plans made and reservations set! We have 30 B&Bs that have been inspected and are approved, of which Jarvi Homestay is one.

Never visited a B&B? If you want a private place with a sense of home, try a stay. Your hosts will give you the resident’s scoop on where to go and what to do, and will otherwise be out of your way. But when you want a recommendation, please ask.

We anticipate a great season, and hope you will stay with us!

Another Great Recipe: Bishops Bread

Bishops Bread came to me by way of a Master Gardener who lives on the Kenai. She taught me to prepare ingredients the night before, then assemble in the morning. I have made a few changes in the recipe but it is basically Rosemary’s.

Mix together:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 T flax flour or other nutty flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 stick butter

After mixing, divide into two bowls, reserving 3/4 cup for topping. To this add 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds.

In large mixing bowl:
beat 1 egg
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk + 1 T vinegar (can substitute buttermilk)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Then add the larger portion of dry ingredients. For variety, add 11/2 cups chopped fruits (dried mango is excellent) or berries. Mix, then pour into greased 9x9 pan. Sprinkle the reserved topping, then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until inserted tooth pick comes out clean.

Moose in Spring

GarysMoose Moose Alert!
This female moose came to the porch of a naturopathic doctor today - was she seeking medical advice? Like many, she is due in about six weeks. What a great time to visit Anchorage and look for mamas and newborns. Mid-May to the end of June is the prime time for these events.

The moose wander neighborhoods such as the one in which JarviHomestay resides. Young moose often stop traffic crossing the streets in search of tasty shrubs and bushes! Once a moose finds a happy spot, she (or he) will tuck legs under, lay down, and nap. We often find one sleeping near the park up the street, or near the bluff.

And no matter how many moose we see, Alaska residents always stop to admire the next one. You will too!

Teachers, Coming Through Anchorage?

Teacher, are you traveling through Anchorage this summer, perhaps coming from your rural school or going back out? We think you would enjoy a few days at JarviHomestay and offer a plan for you. Just should your school affiliation for a discounting room rate! We will greet you with fresh fruit and other tasty treats, then let you rest before shopping, movies, pedicures, or what ever is on your list of things to do. Just ask -- we honor you for your contribution to Alaska!