EASY WILD ALASKA BERRY RECIPES

This is a handmade wooden puzzle made my Peaceful Wooden Puzzles. Makes an awesome and memorable gift!

Seeing this beautiful picture of our wooden Alaska Wild Berries puzzle, I was curious: what kinds of delicious foods could I be prevailed on to make with these, as I am in the beginning stages of learning to cook at all? Here are some fun, easy recipes for Alaska Wild Berries, and some interesting information about the berries as well!

Juicy – 1000 piece summer berry puzzle is sure to inspire some tasty treats!

Wild berries that found in Alaska are an excellent source of antioxidants, those helpful substances that fight other substances which roam around and deplete healthy cells of oxygen and contribute to aging, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Basically antioxidants counteract other bad things going on in your body, so they’re very good for you.

Some of Alaska’s berries, like lingonberries, have just over eight times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries found in the contiguous U.S.

So you can use that excuse when you treat yourself to these sweeter indulgences offered below.

ESKIMO ICE CREAM
Eskimo ice cream, or Akutaq-Alaskan, is a light and fluffy dessert that can vary quite a bit as to its ingredients. Some recipes call for moose, caribou, or fish fat and oils. The recipe holds quite a bit of history: Native women traditionally made Akutaq after the first polar bear or seal catch, and the dessert was shared with the community members as part of special ceremonies. The modern recipe, which omits the animal fats, is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (more is optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 cups of berries (salmonberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries)

Directions

  • Soak raisins in hot water
  • Whip Crisco and water in a bowl until smooth/creamy
  • Add in 1/2 cup sugar; mix well
  • Add berries and soaked raisins; mix well
  • Chill before serving

NAGOONBERRY SYRUP
Nagoonberry syrup is a delightful recipe to put over the classic waffles and pancakes, but also tastes delicious over ice cream or hot biscuits. After it is prepared, it will keep up to six months in the refrigerator without sugaring.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups nagoonberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • Extract juice by combining 4 cups of nagoonberries with 1 cup water in a bowl
  • Crush berries
  • On stove, bring mix to a simmer in a covered pot for 10 minutes
  • Place mix in a jellybag OR layers of cheesecloth in a colander
  • Let juice drip into a bowl (do not twist or press jellybag/cheesecloth)
  • Combine nagoonberry and lemon juices and sugar in saucepan
  • Heat to 160 degrees; do not boil

ALASKA WILD BERRIES MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups Wild Alaska berries (1 cup each of blueberries, cranberries preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (more is optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored Crisco
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more is optional)

Directions:

  • Mix together flour, salt and baking powder in large bowl
  • In SEPARATE bowl mix Crisco, vanilla, sugar, eggs
  • Combine both mixtures together
  • Add milk
  • Fold in wild berries
  • Pour batter into lightly greased muffin tins
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

WILD BERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

This is a recipe which could be used with any berries of your preference, but would also be great with the syrup you made from the noganberry recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Italian bread, unsliced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cup wild berries (blueberries or raspberries preferred)
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  • Slice end off bread (save for another use)
  • Cut next slice part way through so that it has a pocket and is thick, but to your preference
  • Cut next slice all the way through
  • Continue until all bread is sliced (6-7 pieces preferred)
  • Place slices of cream cheese in each pocket
  • Add spoonfulls of berries
  • Place bread on cookie sheets
  • In large/shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and melted butter
  • Dip each slice stuffed bread in egg mixture; coat well
  • Place on greased griddle over medium heat
  • Cook until lightly browned (about 3 min. per side, turning once)
  • Remove from griddle, sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional)

Ravensburger Puzzles: Quality Fun!

Ravensburger puzzles

Working on puzzles has been a timeless hobby and outlet for fun for all ages for countless years. Puzzles come in all shapes and sizes, yet some puzzles made break the mold in a few ways. Framing completed puzzles has been an integral part of the hobby itself, and some companies are working to expand the artistic way of “showing off” the completed puzzles for consumers.

Ravensburger Puzzles has been a major player in the puzzle industry since the late 1800′s and they are not showing any signs of stopping, due to some of the new products that they have been coming out with.

For example, a great gift to give to someone who enjoys puzzles is a Puzzleball. Puzzleballs are a unique and fun way to put puzzles together AND keep them together for showing them off, with no glue required whatsoever! It’s perfect for room decoration.

If you have a friend or a family member who has a lot of time on his or her hands, you might want to consider getting them one of the 9,000 to 18,000 piece puzzles! Most of these puzzles are large and have very detailed backgrounds on them, so they are more than worthy to grace a picture frame for everyone to see.

The “Puzzle STOW & GO!” is also an indispensable accessory to any major puzzle assembler, due to the fact that you can take your puzzles nearly anywhere!

The “WASGIJ?” series of puzzles are unique in a fun filled way. The picture on the lid is NOT the picture on the puzzle, but it gives you clues as to what the puzzle is. It’s a bit of a brain twister, but it’s fun for the entire family! If you enjoy puzzles with unrivaled quality and craftmanship, Ravensburger Puzzles is the brand for you.

How to Glue a Puzzle Together

Puzzle glue to glue a puzzle together

After you’ve worked for hours or days on a complex, beautiful puzzle, what next? Do you admire it for a moment and then take it apart? Consider gluing your puzzle together instead, to preserve your great work.

Materials needed:
Your completed puzzle.
A large piece of cardboard to use as a work surface.
Glue (Mod Podge and rubber cement work well. Hobby stores also sell special puzzle glue).
A foam brush.

First, you will need to very slowly and carefully slip the cardboard under your puzzle. Working from one end, carefully lift an edge of your puzzle, slip the edge of the cardboard underneath, and release the puzzle edge on top. Slowly inch the cardboard down the length of the puzzle. *Tip: Assembling your puzzle on top of the cardboard would eliminate this step.

Next, use your sponge brush to spread your glue over the top of your puzzle. Cover a few sections at a time, ensuring that you have complete coverage and a thin coat. Continue until the entire surface is covered, cleaning any stray drops as they occur.

Allow this coat to completely dry, and then repeat. After the second coat is dry, you should feel as though you can tug on the puzzle and not feel it will pull apart.

At this point, very carefully turn the puzzle over on its face and repeat the gluing process. Again, apply two coats, allowing each to dry thoroughly. If you like, you may add as many coats equally to both sides as you’d like until you are satisfied that the puzzle is secure.

When the final coat is dry, you have completed the task of gluing your puzzle together! Now you can tack up your beautiful project on the wall, display it on a desk, attach it to a piece of wood or even frame it so that you and your loved ones can enjoy it for ever.

Enjoy Working Horse Jigsaw Puzzles

Haflinger Horses, a cute horse puzzle

Horse puzzles are easy to find and they are everywhere. Stop at any local store and you are sure to see a variety of horse puzzles. Go online and a quick search will also pull up dozens of varieties to choose from. The horse lover will be thrilled at the selection at hand.

Working puzzles is something that anyone of any age can appreciate. Old men and women are seen often at a table working a puzzles, and the littlest of children may spend hours absorbed in working a child’s puzzles over and over again. These are available in many different types, offering something for everyone. Horse jigsaw puzzles can be a lot of fun, especially for animal lovers, and they can offer a source of entertainment and interactive fun for an entire family.

These puzzles can make an inexpensive way to decorate a room. Many love horses, but horse posters and paintings can cost hundreds of dollars. Why not purchase a puzzle and glue it together for a picture that will delight everyone who beholds it? This can be done with a number of horse jigsaw puzzles until a room is totally furnished with horse pictures. This is a cost efficient and fun way to decorate a child or guest room.

These can also provide a great collection item for those who love horses. This would make a great gift item for those who are always trying to find something to buy your little one. Start them a collection of horse puzzles, and they are sure to have hours of fun working them and delight in showing them off. This can also be a great keepsake for later in life.

Puzzles are great for any time of year, but particularly delightful in the cooler months when everyone is stuck inside with little to do for fun. Why not set out a few snacks and host a jigsaw puzzle party? This is sure to be a memorable event that everyone will enjoy.