DIY Outdoor Lamp

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Outdoor lighting brings a whole new perspective to the garden. #39 shows you how to make a DIY outdoor lamp from only two found materials.

DIY Branch Outdoor Lamp Project

I?m convinced that I?m part squirrel. As I go about my daily life I gather treasures that I find and add them to the stockpile of goodies that are spread throughout my home and garden. When I see a beautiful seed head or a fixture from an old house, the urge to collect and store these beauties is overwhelming. I?ve learned to just give in to it and create space in my life for collected items.

Found supplies for Outdoor Lamp Project

Every once and a while a few of the things collected are magically turned into the latest great project. This outdoor lamp is a perfect example. The pendant fixture was found for a whopping $5 at Habitat for Humanity?s ReStore and has been holding a spot in the garage waiting for a new purpose. A few months later I was pruning my plum tree and a large branch with a nearly 90 degree angle at the top gave me a light bulb moment ? it is the perfect stand to turn my pendant into a floor lamp for the garden.

DIY Branch Outdoor Lamp Project

To do this project yourself you simply need to go hunting. Find a pendant fixture you love and look for the branch to hang it.

DIY Outdoor Lighting Project

To mount the lamp in the garden, dig an 18? deep hold and sink the end of the branch into it. Back fill the hole with soil then commit the gravest of sins when dealing with garden beds: pack down the soil. Water the hole to fill in any gaps and your lamp base should be secure.

My lamp hangs on the branch when it?s clear out but comes in for the rain (bonus points for anyone who converts the pendant lamp to solar power and creates a weather proof design). Power cord or not, I?m pleased with how my lamp turned out and happy that two found treasures now have a new life. 

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Leftover salmon makes a wonderful chowder. This unique version with potatoes, bacon, and wild chanterelle mushrooms is truly a west coast treat! It is light but hearty, giving you the energy of a grizzly bear.

This delicious salmon chowder recipe comes straight from the West coast!


  • 3 cups nugget potatoes chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 additional medium-sized light skin nugget potatoes sliced in half and peeled
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 large leeks finely chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 6  to 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup each diced carrot and corn
  • 1/2 cup chanterelle mushrooms
  • 1 large fillet of cooked salmon
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • paprika to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Make it!

In a large stock pot, saut? bacon and onions until soft and bacon fat is cooked down. Add celery and leeks and saut? further, until soft. Add in a bit of chicken stock to the pot if the mixture gets dry and begins to brown too much. Add in 6 cups of chicken stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Add carrots, corn, mushrooms, salmon, and spices then turn down heat and simmer. Top with more chicken stock if veggies are not fully covered.

When potatoes are tender, remove the 4 potato halves and transfer to a smaller pot. Add butter and cream to the pot and blend with an immersion blender. The mixture will become thick and gluey quite quickly. When smooth, ladle mixture into chowder and stir until completely mixed in. Continue to add ladles of the potato mixture until you get the consistency of chowder you want.Westcoast Salmon Chowder recipe with wild chanterelles

Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with warm crusty bread. Mmmm.

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