Author Archives: denniscgeorge

Flat Bread or Pizza Crust

This great technique uses the same bread dough as my Peasant Bread.  The difference is in how the dough is ‘baked.’ Make a batch of the Peasant Bread dough.  This takes 24 hours, mostly waiting for that slow rise that … Continue reading

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What I learned in my 7 years running a B and B (What have I learned in my first month running a B and B?)

I am going to add to this older post as I am wrapping up my 7th and last season at Highland Garden House B & B. In review of ‘what I learned in my first month,’ see below, some is … Continue reading

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Pork Jerky

Another tool added to my arsenal of self-sufficiency.  Just knowing how to do something, even if you don’t need it or do it all the time, is power! This process takes about 30 hours, start to finish.  Twenty-four hours for … Continue reading

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Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

A nice tangy dressing for salads or dipping. 1/2 c. Rice Vinegar 1/2 c. Olive oil 1/2 c. Mayonnaise 1 tsp Whole Mixed Italian Seasoning 1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic 1/2 tsp Celery Seed 1/2 tsp Ground black Pepper Dash of … Continue reading

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Homemade Pot Labels

Having been in the farm/garden/nursery business for many years, it always seemed to me that the buying of pot labels was a chore.  You have to buy specific ones for every item.  You have to buy in multiples of 100 … Continue reading

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Our Neighborhood – The Far Northwest Corner

A satellite map of our area with just a few labels added.  Highland Garden House is at ‘HGH.’  For perspective, it is 60 highway miles from Seattle to HGH.  It is 35 miles direct to Mt. Baker, but via highway … Continue reading

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Canadian Bacon/Cured Pork Loin

Making your own cured meats is a lot easier than you may have thought.  Mostly just choosing the right cuts, do a days-long soak in a brine, then slow cook or slow cook/smoke. This recipe makes a salt cured pork … Continue reading

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Ptarmigan Ridge Hike – Mt. Baker Area

Here’s a hike for everyone!  It is an out and back hike no matter how far you go.  End of trail is maybe 4.5 miles, but you can turn around at any point and feel that you have had a … Continue reading

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Bluff Trail – Coupeville Area

The Bluff Trail is a gem of a hike on central Whidbey Island, just a few miles from Coupeville.  We hiked this loop trail at the end of September, and also visited the Sunnyside Cemetery and some other historic buildings … Continue reading

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The Methow

I find it interesting that we call our area “The Skagit” and just over the ‘hill’ you have “The Methow.”  It is the same terminology:  it describes an area of great diversity, not a single place or town or famous … Continue reading

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