Traditional way to warm the heart

Being that we live as traditionally as we do off-grid in the northern Idaho wilderness, we are always trying to utilize items that require no power.  We live in an intentionally frugal fashion conserving even when we don’t have to.  We no longer have a microwave or any tools in the kitchen that require power. […]

Good Food, Guns and Simple Living

What a combination, right?  Are you here just out to see where I am headed with this one?? Well in our northern Idaho wilderness home all three are essential! We truly make EVERYTHING from scratch.  I make all our condiments, desserts, snacks, power bars, cereals, breads, crackers, graham crackers, tortillas, nachos, meals, you name it… […]

How to make HE laundry detergent or soap

The day I made the soap was a sunny day and I was ALL out of my laundry detergent.  To most this would not be a concern, but because we are off-grid you learn to utilize all your resources.  Our biggest resource back here in the wilderness is the SUN!! We save a lot of […]

Our log guest cabin was built in 4 weeks

We can say “We did it!” It was a bit grueling, but the mission was accomplished…. To read more about it, click here – http://givenagift.com/?p=885

Baking with Love

Another Monday in the wilderness. The weather has taken it’s turn toward Fall and we are experiencing low 40’s in the mornings which is so refreshing and crisp. Yesterday’s high was still 103 degrees, but the rest of this week is in the 70’s and 80’s. WOOOHOOOO…. Our lives are so rewarding, fulfilling, gratifying and […]

Frugal Wilderness Living and the Rewards… Tree House Memory Maker…

Well this morning I woke at 3:55 to my alarm only I didn’t stumble out of bed, but out of a cot in my boys new stilt house.   After a night of playing games by oil lantern light we said goodnight to my loving husband and he and the dog headed inside for some “handsome […]

Frugal Wilderness Tip #1

Some people would consider this to be cheap.  I consider this little bit of advise smart living.  Why spend extra money where you don’t have to.     Yes, that is right, we reuse our zip lock baggies. We made a simple drying rack out of a hanger and we also use an antique swinging drying […]