PNW Kitchen: Island fave, local Rockwell Beans for the breakfast win

While spring is near, we’ve been fighting colds on and off no matter how much vitamin C we’ve ingested, so Josh decided that we needed some comfort food by way of a local bean. Rockwell beans are native to our island and primarily grown around Ebey’s Prairie in the preserve and a PNW favorite to many here on the island.

Upon searching  Grandma Smith’s Rockwell Bean recipe was the only prep guide I could find which called for cured salt pork, which we didn’t have. Instead we had two meals worth of Rockwell beans stored from our CSAs with Prairie Bottom and Willowood Farms and we had some pigs feet from a half pig purchase from our neighbor’s farm last year. We decided to put the combo together for a little culinary slow food twist of our own.

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Celebrating local fare at Penn Cove Musselfest

Nearly everyday we feel so fortunate to live on this island sandwiched between the Sound and two mountain ranges. The juxtaposition of our island definitely lends to the magical energy we experience. That magic isn’t isolated to the geography. This island is a bread basket of farm fresh fare from veggies, meat and seafood.

As March approaches we start looking toward spring activities: hiking, prepping and planting our garden, and discussing potential livestock additions. In all of this, on Whidbey Island we launch these spring preparations with the Penn Cove Musselfest in Coupeville.

We kicked off the weekend with the Mussel Mingle which allowed us to gather with other locals and get early sampling of mussels and a tasty bite of Three Sisters hot dog. The mingle also gives us locals the opportunity to pre-purchase mussel chowder tasting tickets before the big Seattle crowds arrive.

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My chickens won’t lay in the nesting box

My chickens are brats.

They have this spacious fancy chicken coop and run, they get plenty of free-range time to forage for bugs and worms, they are fed Scratch and Peck Organic Non-GMO feed and they get treats here and there. They have it all, and still, they won’t lay in the nesting box.

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Snow day frolic with pups

We woke up Sunday morning with a blanket of snow covering everything and the little kid in me couldn’t wait to go play.

While we are near Canada, maritime climate makes sure that we almost never get snow. When we do, we make sure to enjoy it as much as possible because it will be gone quickly.

If you love snow and love seeing pups frolicking in the snow, then we hope you’ll enjoy these four or so minutes of our snow day here at Life in the Sound.

I’m an egg dealer now

We are more than a month away from spring, but the Ladies of Coop Mahal are laying around seven to nine eggs a day.  And while I haven’t figured out my roadside egg stand setup, these eggs have to start moving out the door.

Because no one can consume over five dozen eggs a week alone.

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Virtual chicken coop tour of Coop Mahal

We’ve started this little homestead, or hobby farm, whatever you wish to call it. We call it Daisy Bee & the Moon Farm. Right now, it is just chickens and a large garden, but we have dreams of expanding.

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Island Eats: Savory and sweet meet at Whidbey Pies Cafe

While it’s a popular destination for many in the summer, I find we venture to Greenbank Farm more often when the weather turns cold. The dog park provides dry ground for the pups to run and after braving the windy acres, a savory pie or quiche is the perfect way to warm up. And the cozy cafe isn’t a bad place to firm up some hobby farm goals we’ve been discussing.

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