Money & Paycheck Dependence

money and paycheck dependence

I just gave my resignation today. In exactly four months, I’ll be a free man – free from a paycheck. I’ve managed to save more than six months of living expenses, so I’m not worried about living without a paycheck for a while. More importantly however, I am hoping to use this savings to help ween me off the need for a paycheck. I plan to use this time to focus on making money as superfluous in my life as possible. What I mean by…

Dungeness Crab Cakes

We are very fortunate to live and to boat in an area where dungeness and red rock crab are readily available through a good part of the year. During the open season, we are able to catch, cook, clean and preserve enough to cary us through until the next season. While we are in open season, we feast on fresh caught crab dipped in butter or in wonderful salads while putting up the remainder for our use when fresh caught is not as available. The…

Mushrooms at Home and in the Wild!

Mushroom Hunting In our attempts to become more self-sufficient, we have acquired a number of books and other reference materials on mushroom gathering. We love mushrooms but, frankly, gathering them in the wild scares the shit out of me. I’ve eaten one or two without harm and we’ve gathered many more to subject to the various spore print and other tests. To our surprise, many yummy looking mushrooms turned out to be members of the Deathcap (Amanita) variety. Because of this, I have become respectfully…

Gunkholing in the Salish Sea

gunkholing in the san juan islands video

From Wikipedia: Gunkholing is a boating and sea kayaking term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. While not necessary, gunkholers typically seek out the serenity of isolated anchorages over the crowds of marinas and popular bays, and a minimal draft is preferred, since gunkholers tend to go…

Wild Rose Hips

Wild Rose Hips

Winter is setting in. The mornings are getting colder, it’s getting dark earlier, and most of the leaves are on the ground. As the foliage of the forrest dies back and the first frosty morning threatens to rear it’s head, the wild rose hips glow like fiery winter jewels. I’ve long read about the edible and medicinal benefits of rose hips, but I’ve continually been frustrated in my attempts to harvest them. The edible part of the wild rose hip is the red skin. It…

Backyard Blackberries, Bounty or Bain?

http://sanjuansufficiency.com/wp-admin/media.php?attachment_id=2333&action=edit Foraging Wild Blackberries There are many among us who consider wild blackberries to be the bane of our existence, especially when they try to take over our yards. Here in the Pacific Northwest Costal areas, blackberries grow wild and without constraint, can take over any reasonably sunny and moist area. A lot of people expend huge amounts of time and money trying to eradicate blackberry bushes. I choose to take a more moderate approach and try to allow a generous growth for harvest while…

Cat Tails Plant: Plants You Can Eat in the Wild

plants that we eat

Cattails are one of the most important survival plants for foragers to know. They are widely covered in edible plants books, but there are rarely details on how to prepare the cat tails plant after harvesting it. This post shows you how we prepare cattail stalks for use in a stir fry or other dish. Cattail stalk can be harvested from early spring till mid or late summer. We rely on this common edible weed as a staple food when we are on both long…

San Juan Islands, 7 S. Dungeness Crab – Week 2

Week two of the 2012 Dungeness Crab season and we are talking about pots, traps and all the different crab fishing equipment there is available! Crab pots and crab traps: Sherrie & I took care of some yard work on Saturday morning and then decided to hop on the boat and take a short cruise. Now there is a surprise! We left at around 2:30 PM with fairly strong tides against us, so it took about 3 hours to reach our planned destination. Upon arriving,…

Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry

oyster mushroom stir fry

Ken, Sherrie, and I have written a little bit about our adventures with cattails. Thanks to our foraging adventures, I’ve discovered the joy of stir frys and other healthy five ingredient recipes. Not only does a stir fry need few ingredients, it also allows you to control the quality and quantity of oil you consume as well as allowing you to consume a maximum of healthy vegetables, both foraged and domesticated. I intended to cook with just a cattail and create a healthy five ingredient…

Elderberry Toxicity and Edibility

red elderberry berries

Hank Shaw published an article at Hunter Angler Gardener Cook on elderberry fritters. I created this post to share my own discoveries about the Red Elderberry and foster some further discussion in the comments below about the edible and toxic parts of this plant. I’ve been investigating the edibility of many local, wild plants. The red elderberry is one that has caught my eye recently. Looking in Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, it mentions that the “stems, bark, leaves and roots” are toxic, but…

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