Wonderful Thank You Gifts from Sitka, Alaska!

In December 2021 I participated in an hour and a half ZOOM meeting with two educators as they led a hands-on pie-baking activity with Baranof Elementary School students and their families in Sitka, Alaska. And the wonderful part of that for me was that they were using the recipe from my children’s reader Sweet Potato Pie, O My! If you missed my blogs about that adventure, you may click here and here.

Included with the measuring, mixing, and baking was time Ms. Kari, Ms. Jasmine, and the students asked me questions, sang my original SWEET POTATO PIE SONG, and played a game created by their teachers. There was even time for a young lady whom I’ll just call “Teen Terrific” to read through the rhyming lines of my story about a little boy enjoying a fun-filled day with his Nonny.

This Teen Terrific spear-headed the packing and delivery of all ingredients needed for the Sweet Potato Pie—including fresh eggs—for fifty families in the school district! And recently I received a spectacular package of Sitka goodies with her return address on the outside and her hand-written thank-you note on behalf of Sitka families on the inside. I’ve written and mailed a note of appreciation for their graciousness. But I also want to recognize them in my blog and send a “Thank you for the thank you!” to these wonderful folks in Sitka!

You won’t believe what I got! THE ALASKA FROM SCRATCH COOKBOOK by Maya Wilson. Smoked Coho Salmon. By the way, I love salmon! Alaskan Amber Ale Barbecue Sauce. And Spruce Tip Jelly. I certainly was not expecting anything but very much appreciate everything!

I’ve read the well-written book cover to cover. It not only has original recipes but gorgeous photos (food, land/seascape), informative notes on Alaska and the author’s own introspection. I’ve enjoyed the delicate flavor of the Spruce Tip Jelly on my morning toast.  And I will probably use the salmon in a recipe I’ve made for years—Salmon Patties. The Barbecue sauce will add a tangy taste, I’m sure!

Thoughts on Extending Appreciation
Connie Carlisle Polley, 2022

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