Preserving · Recipes

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

It isn't often I can justify buying vast quantities of fresh lemons in the PNW. A local store a few times a year runs a promotional "fill a bag" deal and this week it included lemons and no limits. Suffice to say I came home with 35 lemons as part of the deal and lemons… Continue reading Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Gardening · Homesteading

Building My Dream Strawberry Bed

When we lived in a suburban setting I long fantasized about having the space to have my dream alpine strawberry bed. This year it occurred to me it was the perfect thing to put in near the fruit orchard, where it wasn't feasible to put in "normal" crops due to being so near the well… Continue reading Building My Dream Strawberry Bed


June On The Homestead

June flew by. I was so busy the first 2 weeks with the end of school, then summer chores kicked in. The gardens keep me busy, with new ideas and things to do. We did farmer markets in mid May into mid June, then took a break to catch up. The general theme has been… Continue reading June On The Homestead


Gluten Free Banana Berry Muffins

Gluten-free, lightly sweet, and full of tasty berries these muffins get a nicely moist texture from coconut butter, rather peanut butter or nut butters. Gluten Free Banana Berry Muffins Ingredients: ¼ cup milk (dairy or non-dairy) ½ cup pure maple syrup ½ cup coconut butter 2 ripe bananas 2 large eggs, room temperature 2¼ cups… Continue reading Gluten Free Banana Berry Muffins


Local Adventures: Waterman Shoreline Preserve

We hiked a new local adventure today, the Waterman Shoreline Preserve, that sits between Langley and Clinton on Whidbey Island. The easiest way to reach the trailhead is to head to Ken's Korner on Hwy 525, and just after Les Scwhab, take a left onto Surface Road. Follow it for about a mile, where it… Continue reading Local Adventures: Waterman Shoreline Preserve