• Gardening

    Homestead Journaling

      Let’s just start this off with a confession, I have an obsession with journaling. I blame the film The English Patient, I have literally dreamt about the journal from that flick…. with it’s leather cover, drawings and journal entries!  I kept a consistent diary from ages 16-21, and I have annual notebooks from every year we have been living off-the-grid (2008-2018).  In those notebooks,  I make life plans, lists, notes from books I’m reading or programs I listen to, meal plan and list the goals I attain.  But the most treasured of all is my homestead journal, one that I have been keeping since 2008.  A homestead journal is…

  • Gardening

    Lazy Gardening: Companion planting

    While both my sister and I LOVE to garden, we are at heart, kinda lazy people.  SO… I am going to share some of the best advice out there that saves me from working more than I have to and still get some amazing organic produce from my garden. Plants are like teenagers, they are really clicky and just want to be with their favorite peeps.  This is referred to as “companion planting”.  If done right, companion planting should significantly reduce pests and diseases while also increasing pollination and feeding the soil.   One of the most famous companion plantings is known as “three sisters” and was a method used…

  • homesteading,  off-the-grid

    Why We Live Off The Grid

          When we tell people that we live off-the-grid, the first questions we always get are logistical… Do you have solar? (Nope) Do you have running water? (No, we have a well with a hand pump) Do you have an outhouse? (NO, we have an indoor humanure toilet) Do you have propane refrigerator, stove and lights? (Negativo, we have a cookstove and battery-operated lanterns) They stop for a little bit to take it in… and then they ask. Why? Why would you choose to live like that? That is a hard thing to answer…it was a multiyear process that took many twists and turns. Ultimately the husband and…

  • Drinks

    Homemade Mead

      These two sisters have been known to share a libation from time to time, and we enjoy it even more when it is homemade. Dee loaned me a book from her always expanding library called “Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Ellix Katz. The first recipe we have explored is T’ej which is an Ethiopian Mead.  Mead is an alchohol made from honey.   The recipe piqued my husband’s interest because  it required few ingredients, all of which we had on hand  that moment the mood struck him to start the process. We used honey, some strawberries (but any fresh fruit will work), basil (again, any herbs will work) and water.…

  • Gardening,  Lindsay,  Sisters

    #1 way to save money gardening: starting seeds

      Starting seeds can be tricky but I live  in the dark and cold tundra of northern Minnesota without electricity….. so if I can do it so can you! Starting your own seedlings is the #1 way to save money gardening. My mom likes to challenge me on the cost efficiency of gardening. If you are buying seedlings I guarantee you are spending more money with a garden than you need to. In most of my life I barely  miss electricity but man would it be a bonus when starting seeds!!!  I’ll tell you how I do it AND how my sister does it with the benefits of electricity. Start…

  • Lindsay

    Animals on the homestead

    We love our animals and they make our lives SO much more enjoyable!   Now…. Since we live off the grid we expect everything to earn it’s keep!   Our Animals included! DOGS Our Boris is the watchdog. He likes to stick by the house and never strays when he is out with us in the woods. He is big and strong, but he knows the chickens are off limits and almost always keeps the desire to chase them at bay. He is a rescue dog who was 9 months old when we got him 5 years ago. He is a big sweet heart with all people and loves kids.…

  • Gardening

    5 Tips to Ordering Seeds

    The arrival of seed catalogs in the dead of winter is such pure joy for these two sisters that we believe it should be a holiday!  Dee and I had our first annual Seed Celebration this February, where we discussed last years’ gardens, selected seeds for this year and enjoyed some snacks and libations.  Oh yeah, we also hatched the plan to start this blog!  Definitely seems like an annual tradition to us. In honor of our new, totally made up holiday, we bring to you The Top 5 Ways to Succeed When Ordering Seeds… Order seed catalogs from similar climates as you This year we ordered from Seed Treasures,…