Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My Cabin and Garden on CBC Radio April 3 and 6

Catch the Show

On April 3 (Good Friday) from 6 – 7 AM and 
April 6 (Easter Monday) from 5 – 6 PM 
tune into CBC Radio 1
to hear about my float cabin and garden on
a show called "Out of the Box."
Click here for the details.

"Out of the Box" is a special program on alternative homes in Canada. 

It will be one of five homes from across Canada featured. The show includes a rebroadcast of an interview conducted by Willow Yamauchi (who grew up in Lund) in 2013. You can read more about that program here.

If you miss the show, you can hear a repeat online at CBC. I will post the link once it's available. -- Margy

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coming Soon: FREE Kindle E-book "Flying the Pacific Northwest" from April 3-5

Each month I have special offers for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a free book about flying in Washington and Oregon.

Click Here from April 3-5

for a FREE copy of

Description: Airports of Western Washington and Oregon form the backdrop for adventures in the Pacific Northwest. Take the controls of a Piper Arrow, as your personal flight instructor leads you to out-of-the-way spots where recreational aircraft give us the freedom to pursue personal goals. Hints for cross-county and local flying, as presented by a 7000-hour FAA certified flight instructor. For armchair pilots and experienced pros, this book is an escape so realistic you’ll swear you’re airborne.

Always free for Amazon kindleunlimited subscribers
or just $5.99 regular price.

Check here if you need a Kindle 
or free Kindle App.

If you enjoy the book, consider writing a review at Amazon.com

Happy reading! - Wayne

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cabin Cooking: Buttery Sourdough Pan Rolls

I fed my sourdough starter and ended up with too much to put back in the plastic jar I keep in the refrigerator. I hate to waste, so I decided to make some dinner rolls.

I found a recipe in Sunset Cook Book of Breads (Sunset Publishing, 1994), a cookbook that came from my mom’s collection. Mom loved to bake, even though Dad teased that he was First Cook in the family. The truth, was they shared cooking responsibilities, a habit Wayne and I have emulated.

Buttery Sourdough Pan Rolls

Sunset says, “The soft yeast dough for these rolls requires no kneading, yet it still results in moist, airy biscuits.” The reason is rolls are small, so gluten doesn't need to be strong enough to hold up the weight of a loaf. Rolls and biscuits  only need to have a uniform mixture.

As usual, I didn’t want a large batch just for the two of us so I cut the recipe in half. Sometimes this is difficult to do, but with this one it was easy except for the egg, which I left whole.


1 package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water (about 110°F)
2 cups flour
1/8 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
½ cup sourdough starter
¼ cup warm water (about 110°F)


Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Let stand until foamy (5 min).

In large bowl, mix 1 cup of flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture, 3 tablespoons of melted butter, starter, milk, and lightly beaten egg. Beat until smooth by mixer or hand (5 min).

Gradually beat in the remaining cup of flour. Because of the extra egg I used an additional ¼ cup flour to keep the mixture from sticking to the sides of the bowl. At the end, it was easier for me to use my hands to incorporate the last of the flour.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 45 minutes).

Stir dough down. (At this point your can either refrigerate the dough to use in the next 3-4 days, or freeze the dough for future use).

For six rolls, coat a 6x8 baking pan with one tablespoon butter. Drop dough by large spoonfuls. Cover lightly and let rise in a warm place until puffy (about 30 minutes). The rolls will expand to touch each other.

Drizzle rolls with remaining tablespoon of melted butter. Bake in a 425°F oven until browned (15-20 minutes). Turn rolls out of the pan and pull apart to separate. Makes a dozen. Serve warm with butter.

Dough to freeze in parchment paper.
Even though I cut the recipe in half, I froze half for later. When I’m ready, I’ll thaw the dough at room temperature for 2 ½ to 3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Then it’ll be ready to form it into rolls to rise the final time before baking.

Next time maybe I’ll make the whole batch and freeze even more for quick and easy dinner rolls to go with Wayne’s cabin deck BBQ entrĂ©es.

Head on over to A Peak into My Paradise for the Happiness is Homemade Link Party to see more recipes, crafts and DIY projects. -- Margy

Friday, March 27, 2015

Coming Soon: FREE Kindle E-book "Up the Inlet" on April 4-5

Each month I have special offers for my Kindle readers. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to get a free book about boating in Coastal British Columbia.

Up the Inlet

Description: Come boating up the inlets of coastal British Columbia, where the mountains drop into the sea, and lifestyles focus on self-assurance and a different sense of purpose. Follow along as we cruise northward from the Strait of Georgia to Cortes and Quadra Islands, and beyond. More coastal cruising adventures beyond Up the Strait and Farther Up the Strait

Always free for Amazon kindleunlimited subscribers
or just $5.99 regular price.

Check here if you need a Kindle 
or free Kindle App.

If you enjoy the book, consider writing a review at Amazon.com

Happy reading! - Wayne

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Small Cabin Living

Some people live in small cabins by necessity, some by choice, some on a seasonal basis, and some year round. Whatever the case, it's exciting, rewarding, challenging, and satisfying. Each day you have the opportunity to experience life in a very meaningful way. Wayne and I have always enjoyed the outdoors. But we didn't really get to have such a close relationship with nature until we started living in our float cabin on Powell Lake.

When we can't be at our cabin, we're thinking about it. I like to read books about cabin and wilderness dwellers. I also like to search the Internet for off-the-grid living tips, and to find other link-minded individuals. Here are a few of my discoveries.

Our Small Cabin is a website about building a small cabin from land acquisition to living off-the-grid. There's also a forum where readers can communicate with each other.

Mother Earth News is both a magazine and a website. They have excellent articles on alternative energy, gardening, homesteading and self-reliance. They also have forums on related topics that have a wealth of information and people to meet.

Tiny House Blog by Kent Griswald has lots of articles and ideas for living in all kinds of small homes. Guest posts give you more links to tiny homes, products, and personal experiences.

Solar Burrito Blog covers off-the-grid living in a wilderness cabin, cabin construction, camping, renewable energy, useful products, and more. There's also a YouTube channel with more information.

Backwoods Home Magazine online focuses on self-reliant living and a well used forum. I particularly enjoy the associated blog Ask Jackie Clay. You can submit your own question, or just read the posts and answers to others questions for lots of help.

Nichole Lischewski's Wilderness Blog
is new to me and exciting to read. Nicole lives way off the grid where the Yukon Territory, BC and Alaska meet. She's an amazing woman!

Preparedness Advice Blog
focuses on emergency preparedness, food storage, and survival, but there are a lot of crossovers with off-the-grid living. There is also an associated YouTube channel.

Have you found any good books, websites or blogs about cabin or rural living? Post them in the comments section so that we can all explore your finds. -- Margy

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ready, Set, Grow

http://powellriverdailynews.com/Today my float garden is highlighted on my favourite Powell River blog, Powell River Daily News. Head on over for the rest of the story.

Last week I amended my vegetable garden soil with composted manure. I do this in March so the soil can rest before planting in April.

Do you have a garden? Is it large or small? Do you have pots on a balcony or a few things growing in a windowsill? Gardening can take many forms.

I don’t have land where I live up Powell Lake in a float cabin. My good friend John helped out by building a cedar log float with four one by two metre raised beds. It's a kitchen garden with lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, beets, carrots, onions, radishes, tomatoes, and herbs. On the cabin deck I grow other vegetables and flowers in pots. It’s not enough to be self-sustaining, but the home grown produce is a nice addition.

I keep the garden tied to the breakwater most of the time. That keeps my plants away from shore and hungry critters like mice, squirrels, and woodrats. A simple pulley brings it next to the deck for gardening or to pick something for supper. Then, a gentle pull sends it back out to its protected spot.

A solar panel and bilge pump let me water with a hose. I garden like you would on land, but I do have to be careful not to put anything harmful on the soil or plants because we drink the lake water after boiling.

My garden is a bit unique, but it shows you can garden just about anywhere as long as you have soil, water, sunshine, and loving hands.

On April 2 (Good Friday) from 6 – 7 AM and April 6 (Easter Monday) from 5 – 6 PM my float cabin and garden will be on CBC radio as one of five homes from across Canada. The show includes a rebroadcast of an interview conducted by Willow Yamauchi (who grew up in Lund) in 2013. You can read more about that program here.

Thanks for visiting my float garden. If you would like to know more, select the “Gardening” category. If you would like to know more about what a great place Powell River is, visit Powell River Daily News.

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Portrait of a Man and his Dog

We were heading up the lake on our way home to the float cabin when we passed our good friend John and his dog Bro.

They were taking advantage of some late winter sun and the warm golden glow from moss on the cliff.

Stop by Weekend Reflections for more great photos from around the world. - Margy