It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Nome for over a week now. I’m officially a Nome resident! I am so excited to be in Alaska and see the beauty of the mountains and the sea. It’s quite a different sight compared with living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Since moving to Nome, there are a few things that have been very special for me: being welcomed by kind strangers, seeing the ocean from my window and the ability to cook with a crock pot!
College started my love of crock pots. I used to make fresh oatmeal each night and have a hot breakfast waiting for me when I rolled out of bed. Add some walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, and maybe a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum! What an easy way to make food – really setting it and forgetting it, until it’s eating time. Upon my arrival in Nome, I began cooking right away with the crock pot in the KNOM volunteer house. My mind is always one step ahead, thinking about meals I can just cut up and toss in with little to no work involved. I think I’ve cooked in the crock pot almost every day since I’ve been here. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, I’m glad the other volunteers are happy to share in some happiness and good food when they walk in the door. I hope to keep “crocking” out and learning new recipes. There’s nothing like fresh, home cooked food. It’ll be sure to keep my stomach full and my heart warm this winter.