Category Archives: HGH Stuff

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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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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Blueberry Time – How to tell if they are ripe.

At Highland Garden House we have a few blueberry bushes; they are a nice landscape shrub and provide some fresh blueberries in July and August for our breakfast guests, and enough to freeze for winter use. This post is not … Continue reading

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Home made bird ‘suet’ feeder recipes

Been buying these cakes for years and use them all Winter.  The variety of birds that you attract is greatly increased, as some birds do not really go for the dry seed in my tube feeder. As long as you … Continue reading

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Flourless Corn Muffins

This corn muffin recipe is gluten-free and makes a hearty muffin that freezes well. I like Bob’s Red Mill Corn Meal because it is sort of ‘rough’ and the medium grind adds a lot of texture.  In addition, my local … Continue reading

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Down and Dirty Shoe Repair

When your sneakers, walking or hiking shoes go from ‘dress’ to work or painting service, there is usually a reason.  But the reason is not usually that the tread and sole is worn out.  It mostly is due to holes … Continue reading

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