Black Beans & Sausage over Rice

Drying Beans In our efforts to become more self sufficient while cutting costs, we have been experimenting with ways to home prepare and dry beans, vegetables and other products so that they are durable, easily transported, easily prepared, convenient and tasty. Sometimes, we use commercial products to augment our own efforts. This is more a matter of convenience than of necessity as nearly all of these products could be (and probably are), done at home. After months of trial and error, I think we are…

Shaw Island County Park and Indian Cove

We had quite an adventurous weekend on the Rock ‘n Row. My friend Andy was in town. He and a bunch of friends (including me) went to James Island for a welcome back party. As this was forecasted to be one of the nicest weekends of the summer, a lot of people were out on the water. I got to James Island at 4:30 PM on a Friday and the dock was full, all the buoys were taken, and several campsites were already full! I…

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,…

Freezing Spinach Leaves

freezing spinach leaves

My home is in Skagit county, which is known for how well spinach grows. In my own garden spinach does extremely well, and due to our temperate climate, I can easily grow two harvests per season. By freezing spinach leaves, I can preserve spinach from the garden for use throughout the year. This is a great way to incorporate fresh vegetables into your diet during winter time when fresh vegetables are expensive. Freezing Spinach From The Garden The first step to freezing spinach from the…

Puget Sound Dungeness Crab, Opening Day, the San Juan Islands – 2012

Crab season in the San Juan Islands opened up yesterday. Its been open for a couple of weeks in the rest of Puget Sound but for some reason, in the San Juan Islands, area 7 South, we are always a couple of weeks later. With Cap Sante Marina as our home Anacortes port, we are ideally situated for pursuit of these delectable denizens of the sea. Having a boat in the water also translates into having a lot of friends, with and without boats. Sherrie…

Northwest Coast Clothing

DIY camping gear

One of the hardest things about trying to enjoy any recreational activity around the Northwest Coast is the inconsistency of weather that we have. While rain is extremely common, so is wind, cold, heat, sun, snow, and fog. Sometimes many of these conditions occur at the same time. It’s not uncommon to be standing in warm sunshine in the middle of a downpour, or hiking in a clear, sunny, but totally freezing January day. Along the Northwest Coast, fog is a common companion throughout the…

Marine Water Heaters–Camping and Boat Showers

We talked about the luxury and decadence of hot water showers in our previous article, “Boating and Camping Showers.” This article goes a bit further, with specific application toward our configuration. While the specifics are, — well, rather specific, — the principles apply across most marine hot water systems. The essential elements are an engine with freshwater cooling capacities, a heat exchanger, and a hot water heater that can take advantage of the he heat exchanger. Marine Hot Water Heater Replacement 3 years ago, we…

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…

James Island Marine State Park

Looking for a great island to visit in the San Juan Islands? James Island is right up there with Sucia Island, but it’s a lot further south. James also makes an ideal staging spot for further exploration into the islands. James Island is a Marine State Park operated by the Washington State Parks. It’s located just east of Thatcher Pass, the ‘gateway’ to the San Juan Islands, so it makes an excellent staging island for boats planning multi-day trips into the islands or beginning a…

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