Today is the 28th of September, and we have snow flurries. I don't expect much to come of it; I'm just not ready for winter to start this early. The first official day of fall was just last week, and our leaves haven't even changed colors yet. That's just life in Northern Idaho. Expect the … Continue reading Snow in September!
All can goods on the shelf in the grocery store can be done at home. When I was younger, the only canned food I ever saw my mom produce in our kitchen was peaches, pears, and jam. I grew up thinking only large corporations had the secret of canned goods placed for our modern convenience … Continue reading How to Pressure Can Green Beans is a Snap!
When are we ever going to use a2 + b2 = c2 in the real world? I asked this question in math class. I am unsure if I ever received an answer until I began building my off grid paradise. Recently, I plotted the footprint for my shop’s foundation. My math teacher should have handed … Continue reading Math in the Real World: Pythagorean Theorem
My wife's tomato sauce is a great treat! She preserves the taste of our beautiful garden fresh tomatoes throughout the year. When September rolls around, we can see a variety of heirloom tomatoes entering the kitchen for processing. Store bought tomatoes don’t even come close to the taste of a fresh tomato off the vine in … Continue reading How to Can Tomato Sauce the Easy Way
Plumbing is not my profession. I have little to no knowledge of plumbing except what I have read online, in books, conversations with others who have experience, and the trial and error approach. Seven years ago, I made a mistake when installing my pressure tank, and we lived with that mistake until it failed completely. … Continue reading Fixing a 7 Year Mistake
What to do with all the zucchini the garden produces each year? You can let it go to waste, or you can preserve it, so the crisp taste of your garden can be with you long after the season is over. The challenge for most people who garden is how to preserve your harvest, so … Continue reading How to Can Zesty Zucchini Pickles
When I mention I live off grid, many people suggest that it must be tough living without running water and electricity. Huh? I have both running water and electricity. In the following video, I decided to give a tour of our new and improved water system. We have pressurized running water between 30 and 50 … Continue reading Tour our Off Grid Water System