Golden Ruins

Living in Nome is like living in a little time capsule and I love it.  It can be really difficult to get new things here, so often you see objects long forgotten and innovations like nowhere else.

Gold dredges are an art form in my opinion, each one has to be created individually.

Each one has it's own style and own unique qualities that give it a personality, different sizes, colored hoses, and the names are just the start.  

Handmade boats are a beautiful thing and can be a wealth for inspiration, as dirty and broken some of the equipment can be.


Video* My First Love

I decided to start painting way too late, which meant I HAD to stay up all night to get it done.  

You know that feeling right?  The complete disregard for how crappy you're going to feel the next day because you are on the verge of making something that could potentially. be. really. freakin. cool!? 

Yeah okay, so now that we're on the same page... 

My creative self was at LET'S DO THIS and my mind was like.. "Hey, so.. um.. Kara is gonna be kind of pissed if she's standing outside of baggage claim and you're passed out in a puddle of paint at home..  what's the game plan here smarty pants?"  My game plan was to entertain myself by all means possible and stay in the game (not passed out on the sidelines) and pick up my bestie at promptly 7 a.m.


Hearty Tomato Basil Cornbread

I have to get pretty creative when it comes to feeding a few men that expend tons of energy underwater each day.  

It can get really expensive but one of their favorites which is wallet friendly is this hearty snack packed with all 10 of the essential amino acids.  It's an added bonus which is great for rebuilding muscles that are getting used everyday all day.

Cornbread is super versatile.  You can make it on the stove or in the oven, leave it plain or add anything you want.  Some of my favorite things to add are canned cream corn with cheese, jalapeƱos, coconut milk instead of regular milk and even cooked andouille sausage.

I like to use a little less baking powder than usual which creates a denser bread and can not be beat in a chili or red sauce.  Plus it takes a whopping 15 minutes to prepare.

Here's the recipe: