After the Thanksgiving Holiday, my wife and I were beginning to look at the muddy ground and wondered if purchasing a snow plow truck was a wise decision. It wasn't until December 19th that I began to realize the extent that I would use our snow plow. By the twenty-first, I was plowing the driveway, … Continue reading Merry “White” Christmas and a Happy New Year
I have spoken about our battery bank, appliances, solar panels, and backup generator, but I haven't put it altogether to explain the efficiency of our system. When designing an off grid power system, the first thing to do is know your current use of power and cut it till it hurts either because you can … Continue reading Cut “it” till it hurts is power conservation
Krista and I found an old cast iron waffle maker at "Funky Junk" in Sandpoint a few years ago. Since the sun was nowhere to be seen the first day of Spring Break, I decided I really wanted a waffle, but didn't want to use the electricity for our electric waffle maker. Ergo, time for the … Continue reading How to make a waffle on a wood cook stove…
To brew our morning tea or coffee, we use our Le Creuset ceramic French press. We just toss in the loose leaf herbal tea blend of chamomile, peppermint, lavender, and some raspberry leaf, or our favorite coffee from the local coffee roaster, Evans Brothers' Timber blend. Add boiling hot water, let steep for 4 minutes … Continue reading How to brew that cup of coffee in the morning.