The Joy of (pressure) Cooking

"How do you cook?" is one question that we frequently get asked by those who know that we are living out of our suburban while building a cabin in the woods. Most people expect our cooking operation to be pretty low-key or non-existent, but in reality our outdoor kitchen can do most things that a … Continue reading The Joy of (pressure) Cooking


Easy curried lentils and spinach

This is my kind of car camping meal- quick, easy, cheap, filling, and nutritionally dense. You can cook it in a pressure cooker and make it even faster, too Ingredients: One cup dry brown lentils One can coconut milk 1 Tbs good quality curry powder 1/2 bag frozen spinach, thawed and drained (or you can … Continue reading Easy curried lentils and spinach

The first step: building a shed

Building a shed is a great way to hone your skills before building your ACTUAL home. We also needed a dry and safe storage area for tools and supplies before we could start building our house because, let's face it, a Chevy Suburban that is being lived in doesn't really afford much extra storage space. … Continue reading The first step: building a shed

How to build a gravity fed water filter for under $60

This is by far the easiest and least expensive way to filter water on a large(ish) scale for household use. We use it to filter the water from our creek (which we is rumored to have giardia) for drinking water. There is a commercial version of this water filter that looks really slick (almost like … Continue reading How to build a gravity fed water filter for under $60

Waiting for the Snow to Melt and Suburban Life

It's "breakup season" in Alaska, meaning the season spanning late winter and early spring in which the snow melts, the ground begins to thaw, and the rivers start to open. As any Alaskan will tell you, breakup season is messy, requiring rubber boots and a causal indifference toward the amount of dirt and dust buildup on … Continue reading Waiting for the Snow to Melt and Suburban Life

Choosing and Purchasing Land

For us, and for anyone wanting to own property, choosing the right piece of land is monumentally important. Before we even did our first search on Zillow or clicked on a single Craigslist ad, we sat down and had a conversation about what we wanted in a piece of property. Once we had an idea of … Continue reading Choosing and Purchasing Land

Drafting the House

  To  start planning our house we did a lot of reading asking local building contractors in our area and watched many YouTube videos. Eventually we came across a widely used program called SketchUp, which is kind of like AutoCAD, but less fancy. This FREE program helped us draw out exactly what we had in … Continue reading Drafting the House

Roasted Cauliflower with Fennel and Lemon

Though I have undying love for all vegetables, I have to admit that cauliflower was, once upon a time, exceptionally unexciting to me. It just seemed so boring, white, and mushy, especially when compared to the other members of the Brassica family, such as kohlrabi, mustard greens, or kale. So when I discovered that you can roast cauliflower, … Continue reading Roasted Cauliflower with Fennel and Lemon