On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a spawning salmon from a stream.
(not really, of course our salmon aren't spawning right NOW)
These are a gift to say thank you to a special friend who keeps us regularly stocked with the best smoked salmon in Ketchikan. (as well as fresh salmon, halibut, and more) He's also given us guidance on buying a boat, how and where to crab and shrimp...and so many other things. This man is a treasure trove of fish and game knowledge.
BUT he is not a man who likes to accept/exchange gifts...so we knew we had to do something simple that wouldn't make him uncomfortable. So we decided to make him some salmon...cookies that is. (I tried to smoke my winter kings from last year...it didn't compare to his)
Up here in Alaska we have such beautiful life cycles to watch, the most obvious and prolific being the spawning of the salmon in the summer and fall. They change color and begin fighting their way up the rivers and streams to start the next generation.
My kids LOVE to go to City Park and watch the salmon struggling up the stream...and they love to cheer on the underdogs...who often don't make it. (they also love to watch the seals make their lunch of the slower fish) Often the streams are as crowded as this plate of salmon cookies!
The card is courtesy of Laurel, who loves the sea and all it's wonderous creatures.
Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family near and far!