Should-less Sundays (and My Wild Huckleberry & Maple Scone Recipe!)
 

Sunday morning I made the mistake of checking my email soon after waking. I know better, but I did it anyway. And of course, there were a couple of emails from clients needing me to do things, and of course, I felt my people pleasing strings tug at me hard to fulfill, to satisfy, to fix

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But [ah, years of deep inner work does pay off] I was able to gently remind myself that today is Sunday and no, today was not for work and meeting demands and shoulds. In fact, how about we just designate today Should-less Sunday? What would that look like? 

Maybe instead of putting check marks next to words on a to-do list, we just quiet these busy minds and let our bodies guide us today, effortlessly gliding between one thing and the other, following the invisible tug of the things that nourish us.  Approaching the day with a curiosity and setting aside the planning mind, "Here's what we'll do today..." can be saved for the other 6 days of the week, can't it? 

Swimming sounded nice, but did we really want to drive all the way to the swimming hole, on this hot day (we don't have air conditioning in our vehicles)? I'll develop a new recipe today, I thought, but even these enjoyable scenarios were shoulds - I was catching onto myself. 

With constant awareness, I meandered through the day, letting the minutes unfold as they did, rather than reigning over them. (My husband was very pleased with this new approach).

The irony of it all? I accomplished plenty that day. But, the way I went about it and experienced my day was drastically different. If I had to pin a word to it, I'd say presence was the key differentiator. 

Moving from minute to minute with no plan, I still ended up:
cleaning the filter on our air purifier to get it good and ready for this dusty summer that's upon us, I handwashed some linens and hung them to dry on the taut new paracord clothesline Eric hung for me, I began a new wild sourdough starter using rye flour grown here in Washington, practiced hand-sewing, and delved into the art of sun-dyeing with natural dyes. That evening, after yoga, we enjoyed a delicious dinner by candlelight and then (because my mind wasn't allowed to tell me I should not do certain things) we enjoyed the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones (any other night, I'd decline saying there are other things I ought to do with my time). 

Oh, and I created a new recipe...

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Dear reader, this is not just any ol' recipe. This is hands down, the best scone recipe we've ever tasted. Eric went on and on and on with each bite he took (with enough moans to make a gal get that certain cock in her brow!), so since he isn't here to toot my horn for me, I guess I'll have to do the honors. 

I wanted to use some of the wild huckleberries we've been foraging lately, and I'm not big on sugar, so I opted for organic maple syrup instead. You must promise me that you'll try this recipe. Please. And if you don't have wild huckleberries, no problem, just use fresh blueberries or wild berries from your local landscape. But most importantly - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy (and be grateful that we have these amazing things called tastebuds!).

 

Wild Huckleberry & Maple Scones

Ingredients:
3 c all-purpose flour (I use this kind)
1.5 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1.5 sticks grass-fed butter (6 oz.), cold
1 c wild-foraged huckleberries (or blueberries)
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c raw milk (or grass-fed whole milk)
4 TBSP maple syrup
1 egg + 1 TBSP maple syrup (to brush over scones before baking)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sea salt. 
Cut in butter & incorporate into dry ingredients using fingers until combined, making sure that pea-sized pieces of butter remain in the mix. This is an essential part of getting the scone to feel scone-y. Here's a good demonstration of how to cut in butter if you aren't familiar. 
Add berries to mix, gently combine using hands. 
In a separate bowl, mix lemon juice, raw milk, vanilla, and maple syrup together, then pour over the dry mixture. 
Using a fork, toss everything together gently, making sure to work the dough as little as possible until a dough ball forms. This prevents scones from being too dense. 
Roll to 1-inch thickness, cut out individual triangle-shaped scones and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. 
Brush tops of scones with a mix of 1 egg & 1 TBSP maple syrup. 
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
 

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Enjoy, in joy. 

x Tiffany


 

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Following The Berries
 

Life has been pretty low-key around here this last week, as we settle back in from the Olympic Peninsula trip and brace for the dry summer here in the Inland Northwest, which has been felt making its entrance the past few days, dust & heat on its shirttails. 

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I'll just cut straight to the chase and tell you: summer is my least favorite season. Heat, in general, any temperature over 70 degrees F, takes from me. It plays out like a legitimate mathematic formula, where every increase in degree removes a percentage more energy and creativity from my spirit. I blame it on northern European DNA, an ancestral lineage of northern coastal people, but I don't recall being so put off by heat until my mid-20s so it could just be hormonal. (Isn't everything?)

Give me snow, cold, overcast, mist and fog any day.  Which is one of the main reasons I moved to the Northwest in the first place, but Inland Northwest summers are scorchers. The interesting bit, and how summer days here do differ so much from the Kentucky summers I grew up in, is the humidity factor. 

Humidity is typically so low here in the summer months, meaning UV rays are the real culprit. If you can get out of the direct path of the sun, the temperature drops significantly because the air around you isn't full of moisture to hold the heat. I know firsthand that in a place with humid hot summers, like Kentucky's, there is no escaping the heat. It consumes you. No shade tree will change things. But here, nights and days are drastically different. Many nights, sleeping with windows open, I wake chilled and snuggle ever closer to my furnace of a husband for comfort, and most mornings call for long sleeves, pants, and socks until roughly 10AM. From there, until about 7PM, ick. Give me shaded forests, cold mountain lakes, indoor tinkering, and Breathe oil on everything. But thank goodness for the evening respite. 

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I guess I write all that in a state of mild dread, since our local forecast shows this being the last mild and overcast day in the foreseeable future. So, here we go! The rest of July, August, and most of September will be hot, dry, and if anything like last summer - smoky. Then back into misty and overcast for a month or two, and finally - full on winter. Winters here are very predictable: snow begins falling in December and keeps falling until March or April. No melting happens during that time - what falls turns to snowpack and it's not unsual to measure snow on the ground in feet, not inches. And we love it! This winter I'm planning to start cross-country skiing through the forests, and I have some ideas brewing that revolve around proper hibernating in an inspiring way... stay tuned.

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Despite not liking heat, I do love summer, because summer means blossoms and pollination and fruition. We plant people can hardly stand ourselves - planting seeds like lunatics (I don't have an actual garden this year while we exist in this transitional phase, but my container gardening situation is turning out to be more fulfilling than expected) and foraging all our spare hours away.  

Last night began the huckleberry frenzy. If you've never tasted wild huckleberries, I'd tell you to imagine the tastiest blueberry you've ever had, and then add an extra note of deep purpley grapeness on top. That's how a huckleberry tastes. When it comes to foraging sugars off the landscape, they're my favorite - hands down. And with a husband who eats a giant bowl of berries (usually blue) after dinner each night, the more berries we can gather, the better off we are. 

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During huckleberry season, we can be found in the forest almost every evening, hunkered over with a basket beside us, beginning at the lower elevations and moving higher as the season progresses, following the berries.

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From the daily bounty, we'll each have a bowl full with yogurt, and then freeze the rest.  

It feels really good, dare I say natural, to forage nourishment from the land you live with, but I have to say you do forage a lot more than that, my favorite: quiet contemplation. Gathering huckleberries seems to build space for inward reflection and housekeeping of the psyche to unfold.  A space that feels different somehow from the quiet moments found inherently in day to day life. I think there is something to be said about interacting with nature in this way. Beyond just taking a hike through a landscape, when you forage you are included in the landscape. As humans were for hundreds of thousands of years, until just recently. For my own life, these interactions are vital for a kind of growth and inward expansion that I haven't been able to mimic in books or conversation. 

I've just begun a book that expands on this notion, I believe, so hopefully I'll be better suited to write more on it later. 

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Other projects happening around here this week: attempting to make my own wild sourdough starter, making a small batch of sauerkraut until I manage to unearth my big proper crock out of storage, more and more and more broccoli sprouts of course, planted more zinnias, lavender, and tomatoes, still on the hunt for wild elderflowers, finishing up an embroidered folk banner and pondering how I want to go about displaying it on the wall, and of course my usual work. Oh, and quarts upon quarts of nettle, jasmine, and peppermint tea - my favorite summer teas. Served cold. 

What are you up to?

x
Tiffany

 

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Exploring The Olympic Peninsula, A Sweeping Sensory Experience
 

We set out from our quiet and remote northeastern corner of Washington early in the morning, making our way through hours of desert-like sagebrush, through forests, and then over Snoqualmie Pass, having made the transition to the lush wet forests of the western part of the state. 

We hit an unfortunate two-hour-long traffic jam around Seattle (The Curse of The I-5 Corridor), but at least wild foxgloves decorated the side of the Interstate, allowing for some enchantment still to be found. 

Finally, we reached the exit for the Olympic Peninsula and things began to slow down and grow wilder. Smells of car exhaust dissipated and marine smells from the Hood Canal drifted into the rolled down windows.

Ah yes, much better. 

The traffic jam resulted in us missing the reported Best Oysters on the Peninsula - Hama Hama Oyster Saloon, on the Hood Canal. So we journeyed on to our first destination: Sequim (pronounced Squim, like squeeze + him), where we were pleased to find the Salty Girls Sequim Seafood Company. After a long day of driving, we settled into our seats and grinned silly grins over dozens of delicious local oysters from the Hood Canal.

Thus began our full sensory experience on the Olympic Peninsula. 
Taste. 

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After we'd had our fill, with one or two daylight hours left, we took to the backroads to explore some of the lavender trail. Of course, the farms would be closed by this hour, but who knew what beauty we might run into that didn't have business hours, so on we drove.

And yes, right into beauty. 

Through a bucolic countryside, with well-spaced old farmhouses, and homemade signs urging drivers to be mindful of wildlife...

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Right into fields of lavender and poppies. 

I think if I was confined to growing only one flower the rest of my life, it'd be poppies. They embody the old Slavic fairytales in my mind - this combination of darkness and intrigue, sultry beauty and sheer joy. 

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And juxtaposed alongside the poppies were fields of lavender...

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You can imagine the sensual raptures, I hope. The vision of these deep rich paper thin poppies. The serene aroma of lavender. 

Dear reader, it doesn't stop there. 

Out beyond these rapturous fields was the Salish Sea, all aglow in the sunset, golden orange, sparkling, and making its way, via the Strait of Juan de Fuca, out to the Pacific Ocean (the very word pacific means calm and peaceful) and this combination of sensual experiences was almost too much in the way of beauty.

This, I came to find out, was the way of the Olympic Peninsula - just when you were bearing witness to so much intense beauty, more, and then a bit more would get ushered in on top of it all. So, as Mary Oliver puts it, you felt nearly killed with delight. More than once I found myself making pained expressions in the face of beauty - a curious response if you ask me.

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We wound our way back through the seaside-countryside to a local lodge where we turned in for the night. 

The next day, we woke to a signature overcast day on the peninsula - our favorite kind of weather. 

From Sequim, we set out north and parallel to the Salish Sea. Maritime scents filled the air - salt, fish, seaweed - and we dreamed out loud about how we had both always felt a calling to the water, an old-fashioned seaside life where a great deal of our sustenance came from the water, and how we weren't exactly sure where this feeling of northern coastal nostalgia came from. Scandinavian and Irish ancestral memory? Who knew.

Our passion and longing for forest and maritime life were being introduced to a place where the two worlds weren't mutually exclusive but existed side by side. 

The dreaming and sighing and sticking our noses out the window carried on as we continued north into more remote parts of the Peninsula. 

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Hours later, after many pit stops to touch wildflowers, sniff the sea, and get more espresso, we came to Neah Bay - a stormy little fishing village on the Makah Indian Reservation. From there, we made our way to the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States - Cape Flattery. Finally, we would see the Pacific Ocean again, but this would be our first time seeing the Pacific this far north, and the first time seeing our beloved Washington's coastline. 

A great deal of Washington's coastline requires a hike to reach the beach. It's really an aesthetic cherry on top - you don't just park and walk out onto a beach, no, you pull on your Muck Boots (take note: you will need Muck boots to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula thoroughly), and you clamber through a rainforest before emerging out onto a coastline that can only be described as mystical. All of it is pure fairytale, I tell you. 

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This was only our first stop and we were well over halfway into the day, so we took in the view one last time and scurried back up to the trailhead - watching our step on the wet stones and wet roots. 

From here, we went off the beaten path to the Shi Shi Beach trailhead. We honestly didn't know what we were in for - the trail was very muddy and longer than we expected (about 3 miles one way) but so enchanting that we didn't mind the mud. Again, I was so very thankful for my Muck boots (which, mind you, I wore with a long black linen dress - Tiffany hiking attire at its finest). We only passed a few other hikers along the way, and I couldn't help but notice how carefully they were having to navigate around the mud, while I was able to stomp right through with wild abandon. 

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After more than an hour of hiking, we fumbled our way down steep switchbacks and emerged from old-growth forest, past a watchful raven, onto a northern beach that felt full of story. 

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Someone got a little rowdy with the bull kelp, but we won't name names.

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And in the wake, about 30 feet from where I stood, a seal bobbed around, her deep dark eyes penetrating to some tender part in me. If you've read any of the old Selkie folktales, you'll know what I mean. 

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By this time, we were well into early evening with the same hike back still ahead of us and a decent amount of driving to reach our destination for the night. 

So with much hesitation, we left the beach and became consumed again by the forest, talking about how we would come back and spend a lot more time. Soon. 

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We headed toward the small town of Forks where we'd be staying for the next two nights while we explored more of the coast and the rainforest. 

A bit of context for this next little portion of the tale: 
Many years and what seems like a lifetime ago, I lived in a little log cabin on 30 acres which was landlocked inside of 300 acres belonging to a Zen monastery in northern Kentucky. Zen Forest, it was called. My neighbors were Amish families, Vietnamese monks, and Wendell Berry. 
During this span of time, I began blogging. These were the good old blog days of old, with list style layouts that you had to scroll all the way through before reaching the next post. Most of us back then used Blogspot. 
I established online friendships back then with several other bloggers that endure to this day. One of them was Forest Lass (that was her name at the time, now she goes by __wolf_queen__  on Instagram). Sara is her name and back in the blog days of old she lived on a quaint farmstead in Turkey where she raised turkeys, gardened, and shared bits and pieces of her rural life, much like I did. 
Years ago, Sara and her family moved to America. She's now married and living in Vermont, but where did she happen to be this particular weekend? The Olympic Peninsula. 
We didn't arrange a meeting because we were both only there for a limited amount of time and trying to squeeze in plenty of adventures I assumed. I had no idea where I would be when, whether or not I'd have cell service, I didn't want to intrude on her time, I'm introverted anyway, and all that. So before leaving home, we simply grinned (via emojis online) and said Wouldn't it be funny if we ran into one another? and Have a great time exploring! and that was it really. 

End of context.
Back to the evening after we'd been exploring the coast all day, having just arrived into Forks. 

By this time I was looking like a proper hooligan - all drenched in rain and salty sea air, hair hanging down in strings, wet sand-covered dress, mud-covered Muck boots, and a goofy elated grin from the day's adventures. 

We were tired and rather hungry but Forks offered few options in the way of dining. There was a pizza place, the hotel receptionist told us, but that's about all at this hour. So off to the pizza place we went!

I went in to order while Eric stayed at the car to switch into dry socks and organize the car. As I stood in line carefully thinking out the 5 toppings I'd choose - spinach, garlic, pepperoni, black olives, jalapenos - a fellow walked through the line on his way to the bathroom. This fellow was unmistakably Sara's husband who I'd seen in Instagram photos. I had a few seconds of the confusion a tired brain feels when it's somewhere very unfamiliar but recognizes a face, then I began to look around the restaurant, deeply humored at the irony and happenstance that was taking place. This huge peninsula, and here we both are, unplanned. How perfect. My eyes drifted over all the tables full of people before spotting a solo person in a booth, with dark thick hair. I left my place in line and slid right into the booth with Sara, who looked at me shocked for a couple of seconds before realization set in and we both laughed and embraced. Zen Forest and Forest Lass meet in the flesh, and the odds! It was wonderful. 

Sara oozed a sincerity and a sweetness that bolstered my affection immediately, and I'm sure if we lived near enough, we'd become the greatest of friends. 

Isn't that a great story though? I loved this chance encounter so much, and the organic way it worked itself out, free of control. 

That evening, bellies full of pizza, and deeper in love with the peninsula, we enjoyed the deepest sleep, despite being full of excitement for what lay ahead tomorrow. 

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The next day, and the sunniest one yet, we made our way to the coast again. Rialto Beach this time, and our minds were on one thing: tide pools. 

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Rialto Beach had two things really going for it in our book: 1.) no extensive hike to reach the beach (which was important only because this was our last full day on the peninsula and we planned to venture into the Hoh Rainforest that afternoon) and 2.) tide pools that were reknown amongst marine biologists.
It sounded promising. 

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We walked about a quarter mile down the beach, en route to a large rock formation that seemed appealing. It looked like a place where maybe we'd find a few tide pools?

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And folks, the following is an example of what I mean when I say the Olympic Peninsula delivers waves of beauty, and just when all is perfect in the world, another element sweeps through and knocks you off your feet a little more...

Atop this rock formation, beautiful in and of itself, were bald eagles. We counted about six of them living up there - perched in trees, flying around, and... singing. 

Singing?!

Where we live here in the northeast of Washington, it's not unusual to spot a bald eagle or hear one calling in the distance. But I have never heard an eagle sing

These eagles were singing, in the way a songbird will sing, but in their very eagle way. I looked around on YouTube to find an example of the sound, but couldn't find anything that really captured what we heard. 

And then (remember - waves of beauty), a golden eagle flew through and perched on top of the rock formation with the bald eagles! 

Just too much. 

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And then! Walking toward the right of the formation, along the bottom, we stumbled into the richest tide pools we could've imagined. Turquoise sea anemones; purple, orange, pink, and blue starfish clinging to rocks; hermit crabs with their spiral homes on their back, spiral like our golden ratio galaxy.

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We could've spent hours, days really, exploring these tide pools, rich with exquisite and unusual life forms.

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Full of wonder, we figured we'd better get a move on if we wanted to explore more of the peninsula, so we climbed in the car and traced a line from the coast into another world entirely - the Hoh Rainforest. 

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And here is where we finally crossed paths with other tourists! The splendor of this place was not lost on us, but it was diminished unfortunately due to the swarms of people all around. For me, a big part of connecting to the natural world is spending quiet time with it. Getting pulled into that ancient rhythm, listening intimately to the soundscape, smelling the smells, getting down on my knees and taking the time to notice the tiny worlds within the grand.

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We resolved to visit the Hoh again, but to plan a hike on a more remote trail next time. 
Before moving on though, I have to tell you about Taft Creek - which flows right through the crowded Hall of Mosses trail and serves as an important waterway for Coho salmon on the peninsula. 

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Unfortunately, I don't believe my pictures do it justice, but I tried to capture the clarity. It was the clearest, most pristine, water either of us had ever seen in our lives. Not even the gorgeous turquoise-blue tone so prevalent in Washington rivers, it was just... crystal clear. Like looking through clean glass. 

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It was late in the afternoon, but we had one more place on our list to visit - Lake Quinalt, surrounded by Quinalt Valley, also known as The Valley of the Rainforest Giants because several of the world's largest trees are rooted in this very valley, some of them for more than a thousand years!

We drove a couple of hours to get there, following the Pacific coastline a great deal of the time, and stopping for clams along the way, until finally we got to stand at the feet of giants. 

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And inside the world's largest Sitka Spruce, I came across a curious little fellow - I can't help but imagine he has something to do with the workings of this curious valley ;)

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As we drove on, past the quaint tiny town of Quinalt, deeper into a more residential (but quiet and private) area with farmsteads, cozy homes with huge wild gardens, smells of nectar-dew saturating the air, surprise waterfalls, encircled on all sides by towering jagged-but-tree-covered mountains... something came over us. A feeling we've gotten once before, in a place nearby where we live now, which I can only describe as home. A feeling that is so strong and emotionally stirring, like a calling. And it still hasn't left us; we've talked about it every day since. 

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We will return to Quinalt Valley, that much is certain.

That night, upon arriving back in Forks, Eric had a brilliant idea - how about we go watch the sunset? Yes. We should most definitely go watch the sunset.

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Back to Rialto Beach, where we had explored tide pools just that morning. We made ourselves cozy atop a large driftwood tree on the beach and watched as the spectacle began.

We, and you reading this, have watched many sunsets no doubt. And they are always, always beautiful. But this sunset was something else - because, it bears repeating, this is truly the way of the Olympic Peninsula.

It began with a pink-orange glow being cast across the ocean, onto the sides of sea stacks on the horizon, illuminating driftwood along the beach in a fiery orange. Minutes later, the tone of the world was washed over in dim lavender as clouds covered most of the sun. Then, as the world spun, and as we bore witness to time itself so underlined in that moment, our giant star slipped out from behind the clouds, beaming bright white light across stunned faces, as it went from round to waning, and in a matter of seconds, disappeared beneath the horizon. Salty tears hung on our salty cheeks and we embraced as alarm clocks in some other part of the world began to go off. 

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On the way back to the room, we listened to Sigur Ros' Svefn-n-englar and it felt that the land itself was singing this song, or would sing this song if it spoke human and moved in human time.

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The Peninsula evoked so much in us - melancholy, reflection, adventure, inspiration, a balance that felt so good. We love this place. Or I guess adore is a better word. Love takes time.

And what do we plan to do with this adoration? That much remains to be seen but may involve wheeled homes and migration patterns? We don't yet know, but time does. Stay tuned.

 


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This is a space to share glimpses into daily life here in the Washington wilderness - full of nesting & nomading, & forging deeper relationships to self, to old ways, & to the natural world.

My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
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x Tiffany


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Homemade Medicine: The Easiest Way To Grow Your Own Broccoli Sprouts In A Bag (For Depression, Brain Health, Cancer Prevention, Anti-Aging, & More)

As a long-time follower - I think appreciator is a better word - of Dr. Rhonda Patrick, who is just as geeky as I about nutrigenomics (the impact that diet has on genetic expression), except far more qualified to speak on the topic, I came to really value broccoli sprouts. 

If you're at all familiar with Dr. Patrick's research, odds are you consume these powerful sprouts on the regular, too! 

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Here are a few examples of the power of broccoli sprouts:

  • Ease autism symptoms
  • Potential to stop cancer growth (by destroying damaged cells)
  • Potent protector against prostate and colon cancer
  • Prevent heart disease (by decreasing high blood pressure)
  • Shown to be as effective as the commonly used drug Metformin for Type 2 diabetics to control blood glucose levels (and without all the side effects!)
  • Shown to be as effective as Prozac for anxiety & depression
  • And so much more. Instead of bullet point an exhaustive list, I'll direct you to this terrific resource if you're interested in learning more of the incredible health benefits of broccoli sprouts. Here is another great resource summarizing some of Dr. Patrick's research.

These sprouts are so healthy for us because they contain abundant amounts of a compound called sulforaphane. 

And if you're really into learning about this sort of thing, I recommend playing this video while you go about your chores. Dr. Patrick herself explains in-depth why you should definitely be consuming sulforaphane. 

If you just want to get straight to the point and start growing your own sprouts right now, guaranteeing affordability, quality, and continuous availability of sprouts, here is an easy instructional I put together: 

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Grow Your Own Broccoli Sprouts At Home Using A Bag

YOU ONLY NEED TWO THINGS:

  1. A Sproutman bag
  2. Broccoli seeds for sprouting


Before beginning, soak 2-3 TBSP of broccoli sprouting seeds for 8 hours in a container with a lid. This is how many you sprout at one time. Yes! A little goes a long way :)

STEP 1: sterilize your bag by submerging it in boiling water for about 10 minutes

STEP 2: Ring out wet bag and add your presoaked broccoli sprouting seeds (2-3 TBSP)

STEP 3: Soak bag with seeds in it making sure to be thorough (I do this by using the spray nozzle on the kitchen faucet and evenly spraying both sides of the bag through & through, making sure to mind the drawstring opening & keep the bag upright so that seeds don't spill out)

STEP 4: Let the bag drain in a dish rack, a strainer, or something similar (just long enough so that it isn't dripping incessantly)

STEP 5: Hang the bag in a window (I attached one of those Command hooks to a window, and placed a towel in the floor below to catch any residual dripping)

STEP 6: Rinse and repeat (literally). You'll rinse the bag through & through every 12 hours on average making sure the seeds don't dry out, then drain and return to the window

Your sprouts will be ready to eat in about 5-6 days! You can store them in a refrigerator for about one week (maybe more, I'm not sure because we always eat all of ours within a couple of days, ha!).

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Status Update On Our Homestead Journey: Current Setup as of June 2018

One of the primary reasons for ever starting this blog was to give a more transparent look into what it takes (or at least - what it has taken us) to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. 

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So many of the off-grid homesteading blogs out there are people who are already doing it, they're on their homestead living the wonderful homestead-y life. But we, along with many of you, simply aren't to that stage yet.

We're in the very beginning of this transition, which - unless you have a lot of money - can be a lengthy process. 

We haven't built our home, we aren't growing our own food, we don't even have our own piece of land yet!

As overwhelming as those things can feel, we have to keep perspective...

What we have accomplished is:

 

  • Eric getting his CDL, allowing him to live anywhere (and increasing his value around here where the few good jobs that do come available are CDL jobs)
  • Tiffany becoming an online entrepreneur so she can work from anywhere (very important when you want to live in the middle of nowhere with no jobs available)

    Check out our comprehensive list of ideas for making a full-time income while off-grid homesteading if you haven't already. There's a lot of useful info there.
     
  • Saving enough money to move across the country with all of our belongings
  • Establishing a solid living arrangement in a wilderness where rentals are few and far between

 

All of the above items took 8 months to accomplish. It can seem like forever when you're in the middle of it, so you must have a clear vision of your overall plan to help you stay the course.

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Of course we're itching to have our own land (right now!), a home built on it, and be waking up each morning to work on and enjoy it, we have to remember that we are making leeway, that progress is being made day by day, and that we have already accomplished a lot designing lifestyles that allow us to live in this gorgeous wilderness which is the canvas our homestead dreams will emerge from. In due time.

So for the sake of transparency, and for those interested to see what the transition to an off-grid homestead actually looks like while it's underway, not just years down the road when everything is setup and going, here is what life looks like for us at this moment in time...


Our Current Setup In These Beginning Stages of Our Homestead Journey 

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WILDERNESS LIVING

Yes - we are living in a wilderness. And it is incredible! 

A county twice the size of Rhode Island, with not a single traffic light of any kind, and 3 people per square mile. 

No light pollution makes for the most incredible night sky, and being nestled in between the North Cascade Mountains to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east makes for superior wildlife observation (and landscape inspiration).

After waiting and waiting, we're finally here. And to be honest, right now this feels like enough. 

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FULL-TIME RV LIVING

One of the obstacles of living here is that rentals are hard to come across. I mean - very few and far between. This is probably true of most remote areas. 

The solution to this problem came through community, through established friendships. 

In the Autumn of 2016, Eric began working on a landscaping project for a man and woman who live in the area. Long story short - we all became wonderful friends, and years later - here we are, on their land. It is their RV I sit typing to you in right now. 

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This was offered to us months ago, and we debated for a while about holding out for a rental. A place to put all of our belongings in, decorate as we pleased, and all of the other comforts that come along with having your own place. 

But the more we mulled this over in our head, the more reasonable and attractive their offer became. Saving money is, after all, an important part of us taking the next step to buy land. And living in the RV, with a sort of work-trade arrangement, allows us to save money that would otherwise be spent on monthly rent. 

>>>Tangent>>>
This is one of the reasons I don't recommend rushing into a new area just because it sounds nice. There's a lot of work that needs to be done (again - unless you have a lot of money) beforehand. 

We have lived in this area on and off since 2016, which has given us time to understand it better, meet people, make connections, and so forth. 

Our current living situation came from a connection that took time to establish, as good friendships do. 

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I would also caution against moving someplace remote without having solid relationships nearby, because even the most rugged individualist hermits can get flat tires (on really remote mountain roads in an area with NO cell phone reception of any kind) or acute illnesses and need support.

If you've never really been in those situations, in a truly desolate area, I don't expect you to actually internalize that there are indeed times when you will need other people. And they will need you.

I used to think - living in rural Kentucky & North Carolina - that I knew what "isolated" meant. I thought if I came upon bad times, I'd be fine - build a fire and wait it out, walk someplace, take care of myself... now I know this is romantic and unrealistic thinking.

 Until you've been someplace like this area, trust me - you don't actually grasp the words desolate or isolated. (And of course I have no idea what isolation truly means in the sense of the Alaskan bush, or the Siberian taiga, because I've yet to experience it on that level... it's all a spectrum).

These are whole new levels of personal responsibility. But even that won't always take care of you.

My point: Relationships are important for long-term stability in an area. Even a vast wilderness. 
>>>End tangent>>>

Our RV setup is cozy and we are so grateful for the opportunity to be here in this heart-home, our beloved northwest wilderness, working toward the next steps of the overall journey. 

 

A FOCUS ON MAKING AND SAVING MONEY

And while we're here in the RV, we're both working hard to grow our incomes and save as much as possible to buy land. 

I work online and spend a lot of my day on client projects, my own projects, reaching out and responding to new potential clients, and more.

Eric has been hired by local folks as well as businesses in the nearest town (population: ~1,000) for landscaping projects, which he is fulfilling before going back on the road truck driving. He hopes to find a local truck driving position that pays well, but if that doesn't happen, we're prepared for the fact that he may have to go over the road again for a while. These are all just necessary steps in the overall path to design the lifestyle we want to live. 

We were going to buy land as soon as possible, but we've now decided to chill out, slow down a little, save more, and wait for land to come available in our favorite wilderness areas, places around here that feel best to us.

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By springtime, if nothing has come available in those areas, we'll have saved even more money and will be ready to buy many acres outright. 

A note on goal-setting:
If you have long-term goals like we do without having a clearly defined budget that you actually abide by, it's likely those dreams will just remain dreams. (This is such an important topic, I'll probably write a blog post specifically about budgeting to meet your goals soon).


KEEPING AN EYE ON LAND FOR SALE IN SPECIFIC AREAS

Throughout our time in this region, we've honed in on areas we love the most, places we imagine our homestead being.

Right now, we have two primary areas within the county that we're watching. 

As we save money, we also keep an eye out for land in those areas.

The longer we're able to save, the more prepared we'll be when that land does become available.

This is definitely an exercise in patience and restraint since we're itching to have our own land and  to start building.

Sometimes getting to the next step can make a person impulsive, then in hindsight the action wasn't really the best idea and didn't produce the greatest outcome. Being a naturally impulsive and spontaneous person, I've had to learn through a lot of trial and error that sometimes just being still and not making a move is actually the best move. 

Ah life, you teacher ;)


WORKING ON PROJECTS

So while we save money and explore the wilderness and work hard, we also find time for fun projects!

Some of these projects contribute to our future and others are just for sheer pleasure. 

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There isn't much I can think of that is more enjoyable than being inside our little RV home, way out here in the middle of nowhere, as the blue light of dusk overlays the landscape, and taking a book or an embroidery outside, sitting in the chair, listening to birds settle in for the night, watching deer graze, the pink alpenglow lingering at the tops of the mountains across the horizon, and the sound of wind moving through the heavy evergreen forests. 

A few nights ago, we both sat outside reading at just this time of day. Before coming in, we did a lovely little mindfulness exercise by being quiet and really feeling the wind on our skin and the sounds of everything, all bringing us into the present moment. It felt so soothing to the mind that we sat there much longer, in silence, so long that we both observed the brightest star in the sky disappear behind a tree as the earth turned...

How fortunate we are, even now - no land of our own, no home of our own, uncertain about many things - but together, here in a place we love so much, allowing ourselves to take the path less traveled and to go deeper and deeper into existence. 

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Thanks so much for reading! We have a lot planned in the weeks and months to come, so we'd love if you'd subscribe to the blog to follow along on this journey and all of the things we'll be getting into out here. 

Please leave a comment letting us know what brought you here - homesteading? Wilderness living? Or something else? We'd love for you to feel this blog is a conversation, not a monologue. So, please, say hello :)

Talk with you soon,

x Tiffany

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Our 6 Favorite Off-Grid & Wilderness Living Documentaries
 

Maybe off-grid living and wilderness living are lifestyles you simply enjoy watching other people do. 

Or maybe you yourself plan to live off-grid in the wilderness in the future! 

Either way, I think you'll agree that sometimes inspiration is needed. 

There are days when traffic jams and the smell of car exhaust and the heat of inner-city asphalt or the monotonous clocking in and clocking out of daily life get to be just a little too much. 

We get it. Oh do we get it. 

Having just moved to the wilderness, the memories of fast-paced life in the gray world are still fresh on our heels. 

Watching documentaries about off-grid living, wilderness living, homesteading, old ways, and things of this sort were always a soothing balm for us when we longed for the big quiet wilderness but were stuck in suburbia of eastern America. 

So for anyone else looking to add some fuel to the inspiration fire, here is what we recommend you watch! Pop some popcorn, put on the kettle, and cozy up for a wilderness retreat in your own living room!


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OUR 6 FAVORITE OFF-GRID & WILDERNESS LIVING DOCUMENTARIES

 

All The Time in the World

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"In search of a new perspective,  a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide.  The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, no TV, no phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches.

Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, without external crew, and featuring the unique perspectives of children, All The Time In The World explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology-laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment – parents connecting with children, children connecting with nature."

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This is a film we purchased and have unlimited access to, which is a good thing because we like to watch it once a month or so. 

Just the other night, we played it while we each tinkered with our individual crafts & projects. The children are really impressive and it's obvious they've benefited from calm and intelligent parenting, so the angles of inspiration are many. 

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Visit their website here to view the trailer and, if interested, purchase the film. 

 

Alone in the Wilderness (1 and 2)

It was good to be back in the wilderness again, where everything seems at peace. I was alone... just me and the animals. It was a great feeling — free once more to plan and do as I pleased. Beyond was all around me. My dream was a dream no longer. I suppose I was here because this was something I had to do. Not just dream about it, but do it. I suppose, too, I was here to test myself. Not that I had never done it before, but this time it was to be a more thorough and lasting examination.
— Dick Proenneke

I'll go ahead and bet that if you're reading this, you're familiar with Dick Proenneke and have already watched Alone in the Wilderness MANY times.

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But did you know there's a part 2?

I've been watching Alone in the Wilderness on a regular basis for many, many years but only found out about the second part a couple of years ago. 

I scoured the murky depths of the Internet, unable to find part 2 available for viewing online anywhere. But, it is available for purchase. Which I happily did. 

Now, if we don't have Internet or the power is down (but the laptop battery is charged), we can enjoy hours of wilderness living in the beautiful Alaskan bush, shot with an old film camera in the 1960's and 1970's. 

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His journals are wonderful reads, too, chronicling the subtle details of a daily life lived in one of the most remote places in the world. 

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"Alone in the Wilderness is the story of Dick Proenneke. To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts and company... Thousands have had such dreams, but Dick Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country."

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For anyone interested in off-grid living, wilderness living, building your own home, and craftsmanship - this is the ultimate inspirational film. 

May it be salve to your city-weary soul. 


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