Sun Baked Wild Turkey

Sun Baked Wild Turkey

Wow! Are we ever crazy busy trying to finish our home so we can sell it and we are also preparing to build a new tiny home all before winter! Yikes – what a rush and wild ride!  We are attempting to do 6 months worth of work in 2!

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I am SO thankful for the resource of the sun for both power for our home and cooking my meals outside (keeping my house cool) on these hot summer days!

Today, I have wild turkey cooking in the Solavore Sport. I always say that wild game is best when cooked on a low heat for a long time… What better way to cook it and it doesn’t cost me a penny for fuel of any kind.

Cooking in a sun oven for meals is like cooking in a slow cooker. Your baked goods such as bread, brownies, cakes, etc do need to be timed or watched more carefully, but a meal put out in the early morning is perfect by dinner time!

Game meats end up tasty, juicy and tender when cooked long and on a low heat.

I can’t remember the last time I used a recipe for a meal. I typically just throw things together as I did this morning.

In a 9” x 13” glass baking dish I added the turkey leg and thigh, half the breast and the gizzard to the dish. Seasoned it very heavily and then added 3 tsps of bacon grease and enough water to fill the pan 1/4 of the way full. Placed it in the sun oven and off to my work I went. I will take the time to move the Solavore sun oven with the sun throughout the day, but I will be leaving to run errands. When I leave I will move the sun oven a bit further ahead of the sun so it will continue cooking while I am gone.

It is that easy folks… And you will not find an easier resource. We live in northern Idaho which is part of the Pacific Northwest which is known for its hot dry summers which end up with a lot of forest fires each year. Even when fire bans are on we are able to cook outside with the sun ovens.  Also, don’t rule out the winter months… Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean that the sun can’t create a warm enough heat in a sun oven to cook a meal.

I own both the Solavore Sport and the All American Sun Oven and honestly I LOVE them both equally. They both are utilized differently because of their different designs. I LOVE the Solavore Sport because is rectangular which enables me to cook in my mini roasters, in my 9” x 13” or put two 9” x 9” baking dishes or pie dishes side by side. The disadvantage to the Solavore Sport is that you cannot stack in it and that is where the All American Sun Oven comes in. I LOVE it because I can stack meals in it and still have room to put one or more quart jars which enable me to also cook my sides such as a vegetable or another side or dessert! Truly, I really love having them both on the homestead.

We are very frugal and make a lot of what we use and need, but I am also very honest and I feel that there are times where an investment is necessary. When we invest in anything it has to be a quality product and something of GREAT use on our homestead or we do not and will not part with our hard earned $$. I have a couple of items on our homestead that are a bit more spendy like my Wondermill electric and Jr Deluxe, but they are well made and play a VERY important role on our homestead.

I am a big believer in Dave Ramsey and his methods and I would encourage you to set money aside and make such purchases when you have saved up enough money to do so, but trust me when I say you will not be disappointed!

Gotta run now to keep up with the homestead chores and to turn the wild turkey in the Solavore Sport.

Have a blessed day and I highly encourage you to utilize the free resources we have at our disposal!

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Review:  Homesteading Necessity – Clothespins

Review: Homesteading Necessity – Clothespins

Homesteading Essentials - Clothespins and a clotheslineWhen you are homesteading, washing may take on a whole new meaning than to those utilizing a lot of the modern day conveniences.  Many may wash their clothes by hand, in old ringer washers or maybe even in a piece of equipment they created themselves such as a new toilet plunger and a 5 gallon bucket.  We are blessed to have a washing machine and I am just as blessed to have a clothesline in front of my woodstove and another pulley system clothesline that will be setup before too long for those glorious days of wonderful sunshine.  I do, however, also have a washboard in the event that I may need to use it and would love to have an old ringer washer some day.

Many people today do not utilize a clothesline as our ancestors were required to do and many today may even say, “What in the world is a clothesline or a clothespin?”, but I feel that most of us taking on a self reliant lifestyle are very familiar as are our parents and grandparents.

There is something to be said about the crispness of our sheets when hung in the fresh air!  As a child I did not understand the significance of such a thing, but it is clearly a simple pleasure now!

Many will say that washing is the pits and it is not a job that they enjoy.  When I am excessively busy it can be that for me, but most of the time it is something I enjoy as part of my homesteading chores.   When I used to hang everything outside – I thoroughly enjoyed that quiet time in the wilderness here where I could enjoy the birds singing, the humming birds and dragonflies visiting and just the fresh air.   So it is something I feel you can take pride in and enjoy, but that of course is a choice.  We live in such a hustle bustle world that even I end up rushing through such chores sometimes in an effort to get to the next thing, but it sure is nice when you can pause and enjoy your surroundings.  There is something to be said as well to the womanly chores around the house and the pleasures of taking care of our families!  That I will always love and cherish!

Another thing that plays a BIG role in our homestead is using quality products.  As a matter of fact, you will not find me posting about anything that we do not feel is worthy of our use or yours!  It is hard today, to find quality made products that will last and more often than not, the products we use in our home are antiques.

We have, however, been introduced to another family very similar to ours that is making a quality product here in the USA that we feel very excited to share with you.    Kevin’s Quality Clothespins are extremely well made and believe it or not they can hold many purposes on your homestead.  You may have packages of raw ingredients in your kitchen (because you are working towards a whole foods diet, right ? 🙂 ) and you may need to roll them down and clip them and you can also hang your foraged teas and herbs in brown paper bags on your clothesline or special place in your home.  Did your trivet bite the dust or your hot pad go among the missing?, no problem use your clothespins and make a circular trivet from clothespins.

Small trivet Kevin's Quality Clothespins

It is honestly hard to find clothespins that will stand the test.  So often, we are repurposing clothespins because they are falling apart or the metal middle piece is breaking.  I must say that I am impressed with the size and durability of Kevin’s Quality Clothespins.

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins has been kind enough to provide us with three packs of their clothespins to giveaway.  We will be drawing 3 winners and announcing them on Monday, February 16th.  Be sure to enter below and tell your friend.  I promise you, you will be happy to win a set of these.

An additional 15% discount is being offered to those interested with this promotion.  Enter coupon code TWilderness at  This offer is only good until Feb. 18th.

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P.S. – Listen to this weeks Mountain Woman Radio show to hear some of our other homestead essentials and join us next week for some more…

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Quality Entertainment For The Winter Months

Quality Entertainment For The Winter Months

Quality Entertainment For The Winter Months

Our weather is so crazy across the country these days and our winter months provide us with a bit more downtime than the rest of the year.  We would still much rather be outside vs inside if possible, but we have been getting constant ran this year again!  UGH!!  I LOVE being able to snowshoe and hike in the winter months and we have been getting some hikes in, but we have had mud up to our eyeballs and with it getting dark earlier in the winter we like to find things we can do as a family.

Sure you have those days where it is just nice to let your brain melt down and veg while watching a good movie on Amazon Prime or places like Netflix.  We don’t have tv and haven’t for over 8 years and you know, we don’t miss it!

We have iJigger’s as the Mountain Man calls them.  And sure there are nights to which we research, read, etc..  But we find our best times are had playing games…  Not the video games that most are accustomed to, but we get the old board games and decks of varying card games out… Game on!! 🙂

One game I would like to highlight is Doom & Bloom Survival which I am proud to highlight because this game was designed by fellow bloggers to which you can find at

Their Doom & Bloom Survival is a kid and family friendly game about preparedness and strategy.  I think you will all enjoy it greatly.  Most prepper games are the Doom and Gloom and they have created a nice game that focuses more on your skills.

Here is a list of the various games that we enjoy playing:

One of the biggest reasons we enjoy the traditional games over anything is the quality family time we get which includes good conversation and a lot of laughter.  Dig out your old games and give it a try…

If you aren’t aware that I do a weekly radio show you can join me and listen to my recent show that also discussed the games we choose and why.

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Mantis Outdoors review of the MultiFlame Tools

Mantis Outdoors review of the MultiFlame Tools


We’d like to publicly thank William Myers of for his over the top review of our MultiFlame Tools.   And also congratulate his winners and hope that they get as much use out of their tools as we do.  Enjoy this very well done video…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven – Solar Cooking Series

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven – Solar Cooking Series

Oh how I LOVE the sun!  I am as solar powered as my home and now I have an All American Sun Oven to do all my summer cooking.

As most of you know we are very frugal and try to eliminate as many extra expenses as possible.    So being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is AMAZING!!  A power free slow cooker if you will…  ♥

Today, I did the unboxing of my All American Sun Oven and decided to make my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake for my men.  Below you will find the video on how to use the Sun Oven and my new solar kitchen.  You will also find the recipe below.  My hope is that you will find this informative and realize the resources you have at your fingertips which could provide a meal at the end of the day and no money out of your pocket to do so.

I was very impressed by the construction, quality and ease of use for the All American Sun Oven.  It is light weight, easy to setup and even easier to use.  I am excited about the endless opportunities I have to cook and bake in this oven, the time saved on busy days and the beauty of a meal being ready at the end of a long hard busy day here in the wilderness.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the All American Sun OvenSun Oven Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake 2


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ Mountain Woman Journals
  • 2 1/2 cup flour (Better Batter Gluten Free Flour or Oat Flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup organic raw sugar, rapadura, sucanat or for sugar free use erythritol or xylitol
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or make your own Sugar Free Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy in a mixing bowl and then add eggs. Beat well.
  4. Gradually beat in the flour and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. You can choose to drop the cookies on a cookie sheet with a spoon or you can place this whole batter into a 9 x 13 pan and bake for roughly 30 minutes. If you are making individual cookies the cooking time is roughly 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. You can also use the All American Sun Oven and bake for roughly 2 hours.

For those of you that are on a low sugar or sugar free diet as I am, I found a Sugar Free Brown Sugar recipe that I would like to share with you.  A special thank you to Gwen’s Nest for sharing the recipe which can be found here.  Eating healthy is a BIG concern of ours and everything we make here on the homestead is homemade which includes a lot of our main ingredients that are either freshly ground or as in this case the Sugar Free Brown Sugar is homemade to provide us with the healthiest ingredient.

Stay tuned for many more solar meals, desserts, breads, pizzas, sourdough breads and baked goods and casseroles, oh and all our fresh garden vegetables.

Thanks so much for joining me today….  God bless! ♥

What would you like to try cooking or baking in the sun?

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