Saturday, November 28, 2009

Smokies: A Family Tradition

By Father Scott J. Garrett

Our family has been making Smokies for several generations. Smokies are a specialized party mix or cereal mix. The recipe was passed down from my father’s side. I have carried on the tradition. Smokies are addictive and delicious. All you need to make them is time, patience, and about $100 dollars, depending on how frugal you are with your shopping. This recipe is for about for roasting pans full of the delectable premium snack mix.


NOTE: Save cereal boxes, cereal liners, and nut containers for later. Also have on hand a couple of brown paper grocery bags.

1 large box Corn Chex
1 large box, Rice Chex
2 boxes Wheat Chex
1 large box Cheerios
4 small boxes reduced fat Cheez-it
3 bags oyster crackers
2 large bag pretzels
2 two pound, 8 oz jars of Fancy Mixed Nuts
4 bags of Bugles
2-3 small jars diced/minced garlic
10 cubes of butter
1 and 3/4 small bottles of Liquid smoke

PREPARATION: As demonstrated by TREVIN, age 7.

Preheat oven to 250.
In a medium sauce pan melt on low heat, butter, garlic, and liquid smoke.

And pour in the secret ingredient, Liquid Smoke.

4 roaster pans and 2-4 brown paper grocery bags are needed.

Open a box of cereal and pour it as even as possible into each roaster pan.
Do the same with everything else but the nuts. Save the nuts until last.
After pouring in all the ingredients except the nuts, mix the Smokies up.

NOTE: The picture below shows the mixing of the Smokies before the nuts are poured on the top. This gentle mixing of the Smokies in the brown paper bags prevents the bugles and cereal from breaking and crumbling.

Mixing, pour the party mix into the bag, then back into the roaster.
Mix up each roaster pan separately.
Pour nuts over the top of each pan of party mix.
With large spoon, ladle four spoons of butter, garlic, party mix over each pan.

NOTE: I normally do two pans at once, that is all that fits in the oven.

Put the Smokies in the oven, close the door, and wait ½ hour.

Take Smokies out of the oven and mix them up, i.e. dump into a brown paper grocery bag and back in roaster.

Ladle more of the smokie butter mix onto the smokies, about four table spoons.

NOTE: When smokie butter mix runs out, continue to mix every 1/2 hour.

Repeat for a total of 3 hours, i.e. take out every ½ hour, mix, and put back in.

NOTE: Rotate the pans in the oven, one on top, one on bottom, then switch.


After the three hours are up, take the smokies out of the oven for the last time.

Let the Smokies cool
Get some strong scotch tape (wide).
Get a black magic marker.
Pour smokies, out of the brown paper bag, into a lined cereal box.

Seal up and scotch tape.
Mark the date on the outside of the box with a magic marker.
Mark them as “Smokies.”
Repeat for all containers

Get some fancy contaiers and fill them with Smokies then give them to your friends/family at Christmas/Thanksgiving/Super Bowl.

Little 20 month old Roman is shown below really happy while eating a small cup of Smokies.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Water Color and Art Work: Dr. Matteo Guarino

By Father Scott J. Garrett

Every November the Kanakanak hospital hires Dr. Matteo Guarino for a month or so to help out. Matteo is not only a pediatrician, but an artist.

He has donated two stained glass windows to Holy Rosary including the Assumption and Three Angels, and is working on a thrid.

Here is Matteo having a shot of coffe after Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Matteo left Dillingham yesterday, Monday, November 23, 2009. He will be traveling to Italy to visit his mother. After Mass last Sunday we gave him a travelers blessing to send him on his way. He just emailed me some of his latest work. It is fabulous.

Several of the pictures are from around the Kanakanak hospital in Dillingham where he works. If you would like his email, please let me know. Also, feel free to make comments below at the end of this post (there is a place to write comments after every post).

This piece is entitled Puerto Escondido.

Here is Pelicans, Puerto Escondido.

From around the hospital, in Dillingham, AK, Autom, Kanakank.

Matteo calls this Amaryllis, Hospital Del Nino

Here is Waterlilies, Laguna De Manialtepec

Waterlilies and Fish, Laguna De Manialtepec

Here is my favorite, Ualik Lake. Ualik Lake is located between Dillingham and Togiak. It is about 25 air miles west of Dillingham not far from the Alaskan native village of Manokotac.

This one is called Street Scene San Cristobal Chiapas.

Here is the ever popular Resurrection Bay, which is located in Seward, Alaska.

Matteo calls this, Reflection in the Snow.

Three Angels - Stained Glass window donated to Holy Rosary by Dr. Matteo Guarino.

Matteo, thank you for sharing your God given gift with all of us! Your great love for God shines through your beautiful work!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Penair Employees: Dillingham, Alaska

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett

Several days out of the year I rely on Peninsula Airways (Penair) in Dillingham, Alaska to fly me to Anchorage or King Salmon. If the weather is just too bad for me to fly myself, I go see one of their ticket agent professionals and climb aboard a Saab, Cherokee Saratoga, or Caravan.

The Penair employees at the counter in Dillingham are always helpful, which is no easy feat. Visitors from the lower 48 states, i.e. hunters, fisherman, and tourists can be a "real pain" for ticket agents. They normally are not use to the weather delays we experience in the Alaskan Bush. Visitors demand things and they want them RIGHT NOW. Most do not understand that once outside of Anchorage "all bets are off" with regard to schedules. The environment is just too harsh in these remote areas to enable perfect travel times.

Only special people can handle this demanding job. All the agents shown below have personally helped me several times when I needed a flight out of Dillingham to Anchorage or King Salmon.

Leticia is a lead ticket counter agent. Talk about responsibility. NO THANKS! She has worked at Penair for three plus years.

What people don't realize is that Penair employees work with weather delays all the time. They KNOW WHAT TO DO and they are good at what they do. For example, they may automatically move you to another flight if one gets cancelled or they could call you if a flight will be late.

Amy has worked for Penair several years. She has proven that she can hold up when the pressure is on...with flying colors. I love her hair, it is about 3 feet long.

Whenever I am flying with Penair, especially into remote areas, I always get the feeling that Penair employees know where I am at all times, even though things may not be running on time. They never forget about me and always keep me updated, so I do not have to keep asking, "What's going on!"

Rodney has worked for Penair off and on for the past couple years. He is blazing away at the keyboard reserving my next flight.

To survive as a Dillingham ticket agent, one has to have lots of patience, be kind, a great communicator, and able to handle maddening super busy times and snail paced times throughout the day. There is no in-between, it is either super busy, or super slow.

One of the newer agents, Shelby, has been with Penair about a year. Ask her about "exchanging" a ticket while there are about 15 people in line.

So as a traveler out here in the Bristol Bay area, have a little faith in the professional employees at Penair, they know how to handle weather delays and keep people moving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Winter Practice: New Stuyahok and Koliganek

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett
Pastor Holy Rosary Mission

Where is New Stuyahok (New Stu) and Koliganek? They are located near Bristol Bay on the Nushagak River. See map below. (Click on each picture to make larger)

I had not flown the Cherokee Warrior II for seven days because I have had two funerals the past two Fridays. It had snowed and I was too tired to dig my plane out last weekend. So I cancelled one mass in Clarks Point and took Penair to King Salmon.

During the winter I do not like to let my plane sit for more than a week without flying it because moisture builds up in the engine, which causes rust. Normally I am in the air three to four times a week so the moisture build up is not an issue.

Many times I plan a trip into the bush, but the weather is too bad to fly, i.e. below three miles visibility and ceiling under 500 feet, so I end up canceling or postponing. So, when there is a good flying day, even if it is my day off (a priest does get one day off a week) or I do not have a flight planned, I try to get in the air.

Yesterday (Nov 18, 2009) I needed to fly the plane to keep it flyable. For example the battery may run down in extreme cold whether if a plane sits too long. Also, airplanes need to be flown on a regular basis to keep the moisture out of the engine and out of the inside of the cockpit. I have a cockpit heater to help thaw the thick build-up of ice on the inside of the windows and to get rid of any moistuire build up on the instruments.

It was about zero degrees Fahrenheit when I went out to my Warrior II and the wind was howling so the chill factor was much worse. I was afraid to know what the temprature actually was! I plugged the engine in at 4:30 AM, stripped of the wing covers and engine coiling blanked, heated up the cockpit, did a complete pre-flight, checked the weather (wind shear at 2000 feet and turbulence below 4000, but clear), and was airborne by 10:07 AM.

I wanted to practice the GPS approaches into New Stuyahok and Koliganek. So, after flying south toward Clarks Point I turned north and headed to New Stu on the GPS runway 32 approach. The wind was at least 35 knots because my ground speed was 65 MPH. The warrior cruises at 110 MPH. I did a touch and go then headed up the Nushagak river to Koliganek.

I was coming in a little low and the wind was wipping me around so taking a picture was risky. There looms the New Stu runway.

The actual village of New Stu is a couple of miles to the right of the runway. This newer runway replace the old runway last year.

Koliganek, Alaska is 54 air miles north of Dillingham. I followed the GPS runway 27 approach right into the colorful little village. It was a beautiful day, the mountains majestic in the background. (CLICK on pictures to make larger).

The village of Koliganek is visible from this picture along with the beautiful mountain range in the background.

After departing the runway I took a picture out my side window looking back over my shoulder.

I made great time flying back. The strong tail wind propelled me to 150 MPH plus. I took about 30 minutes to re-fuel and button up the airplane for my next trip on Friday to Clarks Point for Mass. Safe flying out there!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sacraments Abound: Holy Rosary Mission

By Father Scott Joseph Garrett

Holy Rosary Mission has quite the line up for potential sacrament overload this coming Easter Season. Unlike last Easter when we had zero confirmations, this year we have at least eight.

Being a mission territory in the remote outreaches of the Alaskan Bush means that in order for these people to be confirmed they have to be reached by airplane.

The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church provides breathing room for confirming children in remote mission areas. Children, if deemed ready by the priest, can be confirmed as early as the age of reason, which is seven years of age. Canon 889 of the Universal law states, “To receive confirmation licitly (lawfully) a person who has the use of reason be suitably instructed, properly disposed (understands what happens to the bread and wine during consecration), and able to renew the baptismal promises.”

Although the Universal Canon Law (law which incorporates the entire world) requires one to be at least seven years of age, each bishop can expand that law by making Particular law. For example, one diocesan bishop may set the confirmation age at 14 while another at 15, etc. In the case of confirmation, the bishop may change the age upward, but never less than the age of reason, unless authorized by the Pope.

Candidates, Catechumens, and Confirmandi: I always get confused about which is which. Our Catholic church distinguished between those who have not been baptized and will be confirmed and those who have been baptized and will be confirmed.

Candidates: Baptized in another Christian church and want to become Catholic.

Catechumens: Those not baptized and would like to join the Catholic Church.

Confirmandi: Those baptized Catholic but not yet confirmed.

So, let me see if I can get this straight, our first catechumen is an eight year old boy from Levelock. Tuwan was adopted last year and can already speak English very well. He came from Thailand. Tuwan well need to be baptized and confirmed. Unfortunately, the family will be moving from Levelock to Kodiak and another priest will get the honor of baptizing and confirming Tuwan. This picture was taken in Levelock Nov 7, 2009.

There will be two young adults from Saint Theresa in King Salmon/Naknek, Kiera(our altar server) will be 10 when confirmed. Dylan is age 12. Both Kiera and Dylan are considered confirmandi because they are both baptized Catholics and have received first communion. Here is a picture I took of Kierra last year.

Here is a picture of Dylan with his family coming to Mass at Saint Theresa in King Salmon/Naknek, Sunday, November 15, 2009.

In Dillingham there are three in the RCIA program. Jim Ingram (left below) and Jim Larson (second from Left). The third candidate (baptized in another Christian church) is Gwendolyn Jean Wilson.

Jim Ingram is a Candidate because he is baptized in another Christian church. However, the baptismal certificate cannot be located so we may do a "conditional" baptism before confirming him." He will also receive First Communion.

Jim Larson is also a Candidate because he has been baptized in another Christian church. He too needs a conditional baptism because his original certificate cannot be located. He will receive five of the seven sacraments around Easter, (conditional) baptism, confirmation, reconciliation, first communion, and marriage in the church. The only two sacraments he will not receive are anointing of the sick and ordination.

The four young adults are from left to right, Alaina, Jessie, Johnna, and Kara. Kara is a confirmandi and the other three girls are catechumens. The young adults will also receive First Communion.

Please pray for us as we continue to study, learn, and rack up hours of community service. To me, bringing someone into our Catholic Church is the greatest service a priest can do.