An exSIDING Time

It's been a busy summer here at the abode (did you notice the lack of posts?). We both have jobs, so working on the house got put on the back burner. However, when the stars aligned for us to have days off together AND good weather, we went full throttle on our big projects. I'm … Continue reading An exSIDING Time

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Off-Grid Electricity: the Long Road to Self-Sufficiency

Admittedly, this post is long overdue. We've had to put off writing about our electrical system because the journey has been long and slow, and we wanted to complete it before writing about it. Now, the good news: as of a few weeks ago, we are functioning on 100% solar power. No small feat! But … Continue reading Off-Grid Electricity: the Long Road to Self-Sufficiency

Fiddlehead Pesto Pasta

It's fiddlehead season in southcentral Alaska! For me, the emergence of fiddleheads marks the start of the foraging season, as they are some of the first plants to resurrect in the spring. Fortunately for me, our backyard is brimming with them! But before we hit the recipe, a few guidelines on foraging for fiddleheads (see … Continue reading Fiddlehead Pesto Pasta

Hunting for Chaga

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), in case you don't know, is a fungus that parasitizes birch trees in northern latitudes and has been harvested and consumed by northern peoples for hundreds of years. Chaga has long been a staple amongst circumpolar folk and alternative medicine, though recent years have seen it gain popularity in the main stream, … Continue reading Hunting for Chaga

When The Sun Doesn’t Rise

Today, we have a special weekend bonus entry. Before we lived where we are now, we lived in the tiny community of Coldfoot (50 miles North of the Arctic Circle!), working seasonal jobs. The last sunrise each Winter in Coldfoot was Nov 18th, and it didn't return until January 23rd! While there, we worked really … Continue reading When The Sun Doesn’t Rise

Off-grid Dry Cabin Bathroom

Yes, we have a bathroom. No, it's not an outhouse. And yes, it has a toilet AND a shower. These are questions that we get asked all the time, so in an effort to quell some of the rampant curiosity, I decided to write a blog post about it. Our house, like so many others … Continue reading Off-grid Dry Cabin Bathroom