What Would Summer Be Without Fresh Vegetables and Healthy Marinades?

It is not officially summer until you start marinading and grilling in the back yard, right? Taking advantage of fresh summer vegetables is only smart. There is definitely no comparison between a fresh tomato and one from the grocery store.  Fresh vegetables are something we add to every meal in the summer months and Lord willing we will have the same occur this winter with our greenhouse!  🙂 In addition to marinades, I LOVE making my own salad dressings too…  Be sure to stay […]

Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics

This summer I have been experimenting with solar cooking. What an amazing experience! We live off-grid and solar power is our only form of energy, so being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is a huge advantage. I don’t know about you, but I avoid using my propane stove and oven as much […]

Foraging for Morels

Although we may still see a frost or two, spring has finally sprung here in northern Idaho. Our most favorite thing to do this time of year is forage for morel mushrooms! I’m thrilled to share our morel excitement with you (and I hope it’s contagious) plus give you ideas for eating and preserving morels — […]

Staying Fit On The Homestead

Eating healthfully with whole foods, properly raised and prepared, is very important. However, there’s another side of the coin: it’s also very important to stay healthy through activity and fitness. Why? First, we are aging and we need to keep up with our homestead’s work load. Second, in the case of an emergency, we need […]

Immune Boosting Tea

What with the rough winter weather, the storms, and the temperature fluctuations, many sicknesses and germs are sticking around longer than usual. There’s a constant battle waging against our immune systems. However, our own backyards, wild meadows, and even bulk herb stores on the internet yield much more to preserving our health more than you may think. […]

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Do you remember the peppermint pattie commercials where a person would be swept away by the sensation of a cool minty breeze? Those images are still stuck in my mind! And great memories, too – I remember sharing peppermint patties with my Pap. I love preparing food for my family because I know we’re making memories […]

Honey Candy Plus Other Things From The Heart ♥

I love giving gifts to my loved ones, no matter what time of year it is. Most of the time, my gifts go straight to someone else’s belly. 😉 Because I desire to keep things as traditional and simple as possible, to me there is nothing better than receiving a handmade or handcrafted gift. Even […]

Fresh Bread on a Wood Stove

My family and I greatly enjoy our winters in Idaho. It gets snowy and cold, but the snow stays around and the cold is a crisp cold — not a bone-chilling cold with heavy humidity, like we were used to when we lived on the East Coast. We look forward to the snowshoe hikes, the […]

Bacon Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

With our traditional off-grid lifestyle, it’s only fitting that our Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays follow suit. Our families are 2,500 miles away, so we’ve created new traditions of our own while still holding tight to old traditions. I would love to share some of those traditions with you (including a recipe for bacon buttermilk skillet […]