Gardening · Homesteading · Prepping

Offgrid Homesteading: Installing Water Tanks, Part 2

At our previous home we had spent time into having well-plumbed water tanks, and I wrote about it back in 2017. With our move this year the tanks came with us (when empty they are very light), which took up a lot of space in the moving vans, but hey.....we were not leaving them behind!… Continue reading Offgrid Homesteading: Installing Water Tanks, Part 2

Backpacking · Prepping · Recipes

The Offgrid Thanksgiving Menu

I have been writing recipes for backpackers/hikers/hunters/preppers for the past 15+ years and doing themes is something I like. A few years ago I published a Thanksgiving menu on TrailCooking. Thing is, it is perfect for any offgrid adventure: camping, cabin stays, or getting out over the long weekend. It's also great for using up… Continue reading The Offgrid Thanksgiving Menu

Backpacking · Prepping · Recipes

Not-So-Basic Pumpkin Spice Rice

Pumpkin spice gets mocked a lot once fall starts showing up, but it has so much to offer. You wouldn’t think of pumpkin spice rice, but you should. It’s savory, with the tart sweetness of the dried fruit, and plenty of chicken for protein. It’s not basic, and it’s very tasty! Gluten-free and dairy-free as… Continue reading Not-So-Basic Pumpkin Spice Rice

Homesteading · Prepping · Preserving · Recipes

Pantry Staples: Instant Pot Dehydrated Vegetable Soup

Instant Pot dehydrated vegetable soup combines the simplicity of Instant Pot cooking with one of the best methods of pantry stocking. One of the easiest methods of preserving your garden's harvest is to dehydrate the produce. I often have our dehydrator running for days in summer, processing produce from our gardens or from good deals… Continue reading Pantry Staples: Instant Pot Dehydrated Vegetable Soup

Homesteading · Prepping

Gear Review: Coffee Wick Firestarters

In the PNW, if one wants to start a roaring fire in the end of December, it is helpful to have fire starting tricks on hand. Especially if one is using wet wood to light, which is pretty much all wood on the western side of the Cascade Mountains. I know how to start a… Continue reading Gear Review: Coffee Wick Firestarters