Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Repurposed Baking Soda Container

Repurposing a plastic Parmesan cheese container and lid.
I was reading some recent homesteading link party posts and came across this interesting one called Repurposing a Parmesan Cheese Container at the Taylor-Made Homestead blog.

I'd just finished my Parmesan cheese. I'd cleaned the contained and saved it on my pantry shelf without a purpose in mind. Now I had one.

Tammy Taylor explained on her blog how she used the lid of a Parmesan cheese container with a half-pint canning jar with a regular mouth to make a new storage container for her baking soda.

One box of baking soda in it's new repurposed container.

I've always left my baking soda in it's box even though it's hard to get a measuring spoon in the small opening and out with the exact amount needed.

The flat opening allows you to measure exactly what you need.

Since I had a full box of baking soda, I decided to use the plastic container with it's flip-top lid just as it was. In addition to using the wide flat opening for measuring spoons, the side with round holes makes a shaker to use baking soda for cleaning projects. How cool is that?

I taped on labels from the box so I could clearly identify the contents.

Thank you Tammy for the inspiration to "Use Whatcha Got!" Another item is saved from the landfill, or at least gets a second life before it moves on to the recycle depot. And what of the old box? I repurposed it into fire starter for our woodstove. Now that's a win, win, win.

Hop on over to the The Rustic Elk and see some great ideas for homestead and simple living. more ideas? Try Nancy's Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop.
Hop on over to The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl for more simple ideas for your home or homestead.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Christmas Shopping Suggestion
"Flying the Pacific Northwest"
by Wayne J. Lutz

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pacific Coastal Airlines

When it's time for Margy to go meandering, the first step is to get from Powell River to Vancouver. And then when I'm through exploring, a reverse trip is necessary.

The easiest and quickest way to get to and from Powell River, BC, is by air. If you have your own airplane, you can fly into the Powell River Airport (CYPW). For most of us, the best choice is Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Pacific Coastal had its origins in Powell River. Powell Air Ltd. flew Convairs out of Vancouver and Powell River and float planes from the government dock on Powell Lake. In 1979 they merged with the Port Hardy division of AirBC creating Pacific Coastal Airlines. From these humble beginnings, Pacific Coastal now serves fourteen cities in BC from two hubs, Vancouver's South Terminal and Port Hardy.

Pacific Coastal's fleet of planes is matched with the destinations they serve. They include the Saab 340A (30 passenger turboprops), the Beechcraft 1900C (19 passenger turboprops), the Beechcraft King Air 200 (8 passenger twins), and the Grumman Goose and de Havilland Beaver (floatplanes). In addition to their scheduled runs they also provide customized charter services.

I catch Pacific Coastal at Vancouver International Airport's South Terminal. If you are arriving at the main terminal, they provide a courtesy shuttle service. Pick-up points include Pillar 2 on the international arrival level and outside doorway "F" on the domestic arrivals level.

I have a tradition when I arrive at the South Terminal. I stop at the Galiano Cafe for a Kokanee and a bite to eat while I wait for my plane. This counter restaurant provides excellent salads, sandwiches and my favourite, wonton soup. It's just the thing to tide me over before having dinner when I arrive in Powell River.

Pacific Coastal has a discount program for frequent fliers called Quick Pass.

Benefits for placing a deposit on account include: 20% discounted price, online booking, sharing with family and friends, and pre-boarding privileges.

Having Quick Pass really works out well for Wayne and me.

I know I'm almost home when I hear the co-pilot over the intercom, "Please fasten your seat belt, we are beginning our descent into Powell River. If anyone needs a taxi upon arrival, please raise your hand." Now that's service!

Come fly with Pacific Coastal Airlines and I hope your destination will be Powell River, Coast by Nature.

Thanks for visiting part of my world this week. For more great posts from Our World Tuesday, click here.

And also a meme called Through My Lens by Mersad. -- Margy

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Shopping Suggestions


And get special pricing at Amazon on two of our popular Kindle titles!

Off the Grid
Coastal BC Stories

From the Coastal BC Stories series by Wayne J. Lutz, Off the Grid lets you know more about what it's like to live off the grid. We were true city-folk when we bought our cabin, but have learned how to generate our own power, use propane for appliances, maintain a kitchen garden, live in harmony with nature, and exchange our hectic lives for a more simple lifestyle. If you've ever dreamed of living away from town in an off-the-grid cabin, you'll enjoy reading Off the Grid.

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First Contact Science Fiction Spaceship Challenger is on mankind’s first galactic voyage using a high-tech blend of space jumps and cryogenic hibernation. Captain Tina Brett leads her ship towards the ultimate goal, first contact with alien intelligence, until a navigational glitch changes everything. Then there's a mutiny, or is it something more? Six individuals on an epic journey for the good of mankind.

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Both books are also available in print format.

Happy Holiday reading from Wayne and Margy

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saving Dahlia Tubers in Containers

Step 1: Insulate the Dahlia container in bubble wrap.
Two years ago I dug up my dahlia tubers and kept them all winter at the town condo in the guest bathtub.

The tubers were hard to dig, and needed added moisture in their protective sacks ever few weeks. But, most of them did survive for replanting.

Last fall I tried something different. I wrapped my dahlia containers with bubble wrap and covered the soil with a heavy mulch.

In summer, the dahlias gave me lush plants and beautiful flowers. I would call that a huge success with very little effort.

Step 2: Cut the Dahlias back in fall.
This year I decided to repeat the same procedure.

We don't get extreme cold, but do have several stretches of freezing weather.

I left the bubble wrap on the pots, so that step was already done.

Click here to read more about it. Save the small sized bubble wrap from parcel packaging. You'll have a free supply for winterizing projects.

Step 3: Cover the soil with crumpled newspaper.
The air pockets help keep the freezing temperature away from the sides of the pot, much like an insulated water pipe.

When the weather started turning cold and the foliage died, I cut the dahlia plants back to an inch above the soil level.

I crumpled newspaper over the soil to give the tubers an insulation barrier.

Step 4: Cover the newspaper with a piece of cardboard.
Over the top of the newspaper I put a layer of cardboard, and topped it off with soil to keep everything in place on windy days.

I don't have a place to bring the containers indoors at the cabin where temperatures won't get below freezing sometime during the winter.

This has been a good alternative for me, and I've successfully winterized my rhubarb the same way since 2010.

Step 5: Cover the cardboard with soil to hold everything in place.

Have you ever kept dahlias outdoors through the winter? Do you get freezing nights? Was it successful for you?

Hop on over to the Not So Modern Housewife and see some great ideas for homestead and simple living. more ideas? Try Nancy's Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop.
Hop on over to The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl for more simple ideas for your home or homestead. -- Margy

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Patio Baby Eggplant Parmesan Bites

Patio Baby eggplants are about the size of a real egg.
I purchased a Patio Baby Eggplant seedling without really knowing what it was. I wanted a smaller eggplant, and that’s what I got.

The Patio Baby Eggplant was developed for pots and small gardens. It grows into a slender bush about a foot and a half tall.

Mine didn’t start producing fruits until late summer. The plant information says it will continue until the first frost.

Cut, dip, dredge and fry.
The small fruits fit in your hand. In fact, several will. I decided to make individual Eggplant Parmesan Bites due to their diminutive size.

I cut each eggplant into three slices lengthwise.

I beat one egg with milk and prepared a coating out of equal parts flour and cornmeal seasoned to taste with sea salt.

Fry until lightly browned.
Each slice went into the egg mixture, dredged in the cornmeal and flour mixture, back to the egg and finally back to the flour mixture again.

Fry the coated eggplant in olive oil using medium-high heat until they become soft inside and the coating becomes lightly browned. Drain on a paper towel until they are all done.

Arrange the little bites on a baking sheet liberally coated with cooking spray.

Assemble the bites with sauce and cheese.
Top each eggplant bite with a dollop of prepared spaghetti sauce (commercial or homemade), a shake of Parmesan cheese, and a small slice of mozzarella cheese.

Bake the bites at 350°F until  the cheese on top is melted and bubbly.

I served my Eggplant Parmesan Bites as a dinner entree with salad.

The cheese is melted and they are ready to enjoy.

My Patio Baby plant produced enough little eggplants to make this recipe three time over the summer and fall. If you live in a warmer climate, you might even get more for a longer time.

Do you have any favourite eggplant recipes that you would like to share?

Hop on over to the Not So Modern Housewife and see some great ideas for homestead and simple living. more ideas? Try Nancy's Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop.
Hop on over to The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl for more simple ideas for your home or homestead. -- Margy