My fascination with remote wilderness living started around 2009.
By 2010, I was living in a log cabin on 30 acres which were landlocked within 300 acres belonging to a Zen monastery. Though we were not part of the monastery, their quiet acreage which was essentially a nature preserve, served as a really nice buffer. The driveway was 3 miles long and I considered myself to be living a very remote lifestyle there in northern Kentucky.
Now that I’ve traveled and spent a lot of time out in the vast West of America, living in places like northeast Washington state, and purchasing land in the Okanogan Highlands there, with 3 people per square mile… my idea of remote has changed drastically. Nowadays I would call that experience in northern Kentucky “rural” or “bucolic” but not necessarily remote.
But it was in 2010, living out in this bucolic and quiet log cabin in northern Kentucky, that I really started getting into reading about people who were eking out a life in the wilderness, further removed from societal influences, and I’ve been captivated by this topic ever since. It resonates deeply for me and is a big part of how I have decided to construct my own life.
Now, especially, as we live a “normal life” again in western Washington, books about wilderness living and homesteading in the wilderness are salves for my spirit.
So I decided to share a list here of the books I have really enjoyed in this genre, and hopefully some of you can offer me recommendations in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Got to keep the inspiration fires stoked, don’t we? :)Read More
The amount of survival and emergency preparedness books in existence is overwhelming.
While I think this massive variety is a great thing, it can also be a little distracting.
In a true grid-down emergency scenario where you and your family need to focus on immediate survival, a huge percentage of the “prepping” books won’t be of use until much, much later.
This post is meant to highlight the most essential books, in my opinion, that you should have in your library to increase your chances of survival right after a breakdown of societal structure.
The focus is on procuring food and knowing how to tend to medical issues that may arise. It doesn’t matter how much food and water you have stored if an infection from a small cut leads to blood poisoning that kills you or a loved one, a terror that is preventable with the right knowledge.
So without further ado, here are the books I think we will all wish we had in a survival situation.Read More
First of all, I want to say a big thank you to those of you who have followed along on this journey so far. I know you were probably expecting more to happen and sooner, but as life goes… priorities shift and we have to make the best decisions we can.
For us right now this means…Read More
From tools and gadgets to hand-cranked kitchen appliances, practical work attire to lovely items to have around the home, the homesteader’s aesthetic combines old ways and useful items, and if you can blend beauty into that combo - even better!
Here is an exhaustive list of ideas for the homesteader in your life. We’ve made every effort to include a variety of items and price points to fit every budget.Read More
I have become wary of laying out plans for the future, because not only do people hold you to those plans, and the plans rarely go as planned, but setting expectations also creates room for disappointments.
So I’m learning more and more to have a loose idea, but to expect inevitable variations to occur.
Life is forever evolving, and often is not so straightforward as to abide by our mathematical planning on calendars and calculators…Read More
At this stage in life, after years and years of special diets, I find myself done with diets. Instead - I just eat real whole foods, and a variety of those.
What does that look like? Fish, eggs, veggies, fruits, grass-fed butter and ghee, raw grass-fed dairy products, sourdough breads, quality olive oil, oats, beans, nuts and seeds, wild game meats like venison and turkey, some grass-fed red meat from time to time, plentiful amounts of herbs and spices (turmeric on everything!), fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha, good clean filtered water, lots of herbal teas, and coffee roasted just down the road from here.
I love learning about what my Scottish and Scandinavian ancestors ate traditionally. I love learning the seemingly lost arts of baking sourdough, of soaking my grains before I use them, and brewing kombucha, to name a few. My kitchen and my cooking now bring joy, rather than guilt or confusion or over-analysis.
I give you this context in advance because my collection of favorite cookbooks is sure to be a miscellany. With the prevalence of diet culture; I know many people want a list of strictly this or that type of cookbook, but I hope you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.Read More
People near or over the age of 100 walking several miles a day, without use of a cane, dancing until the wee hours of the morning with friends, continuing to work, and make love?
Is this the stuff of dreams? Au contraire - this is the way of life for many folks in the world’s “blue zones” - a term coined by Dan Buettner and expanded upon in his book (which I highly recommend reading).
Dan explores the factors that seem to contribute to these long, healthy, fulfilling lives and gleans what lifestyle habits we could integrate into our own lives.
One factor is, of course, diet. And here is my spin on a stew that robust Ikarians have been consuming for years - tasty and simple to make. Enjoy in a relaxed, stress-free state of mind, with friends, or after a long walk to add years to your life, and life to your years.Read More
I love cereal.
The two most attractive factors for me are the ease of preparation and the delicious taste.
But even the “healthiest” of cereals on the shelves today are full of questionable ingredients.
So I decided to make my own!
And what I came to find out is that I should’ve been doing this all along.
Not only is this cereal recipe really, really, really tasty, but it’s a breeze to make.
Time moves slowly, and yet so fast.
It seems like we’ve been redesigning careers, working, saving money, and browsing properties for sale for an eternity, yet at the same time it feels like it was just yesterday that we even seriously set goals and began this journey to building an off-grid homestead from scratch.
If you follow this blog, you’ve watched as we setup completely new career paths, finally made the big move to this wilderness we love so dearly, and you know we’ve just been plugging away - working a lot and saving as much money as possible.
Now, a big step has been made in this overall process - WE BOUGHT LAND!Read More
Many of us in the homesteading community want to get out of the rat race, move to a rural area (or even the wilderness), grow our food, work on the homestead everyday, and enjoy a simpler way of life.
This is hard to do if you have to commute away from the homestead every day though. You never really get into that homestead state of mind when this is the case.
How to escape the rat race, then? How to wake up and be able to stay on our homestead, working on projects, enjoying our animals, nature, the land, the comfort of home, and our loved ones? That is the question so many of us feel daunted by.
We may get the acres, build the cabin, plant the garden… but, somehow it doesn’t feel complete when we have to leave every single day to go sell our time and get pulled back into that hectic state of mind that is the norm of modern Western industrial society.
We begin to believe it isn’t even possible and this is just the way it is nowadays.
I’m here to tell you that it is possible to earn a full-time income without having to leave your home(stead).
And no, you do not have to have some university-granted skill set to be able to do so. In fact, if you are truly motivated and driven to achieve this lifestyle, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to achieve it in one year.
Just think - your life could be completely different this time one year from now. You could be working from home everyday or - even better - not working every day from anywhere, but generating passive income online instead! Freeing you to work on your homestead, on creative projects that are truly fulfilling, spending more time with those you love, and just enjoying a higher quality of life all around.
I know because I did (and am doing) it myself. So I wanted to share some personal advice if this sounds like a path you might be interested in taking yourself.
I’m going to share information about transitioning to working online from home followed by two passive income strategies - all that you can begin working on now!Read More
I’ve been told over the years that my kitchen 1.) smells like a health food store and 2.) resembles a laboratory, with contraptions big and small ready to whip up nourishing concoctions.
I think I can help you out with an idea or two (or twenty) about what to get the healthy eater in your life that will make their time in the kitchen even more creative!
A Fall update! It’s the first of October, and I figured probably time for an update since our last one.
The purpose of sharing these updates is to show glimpses into our homesteading journey, so that when someone visits this site years from now and sees us living on our land, working from home, with beautiful plants and animals and hand-built structures dotting the landscape, living the dream essentially, and all with no debt… they can go back and see the beginning, they can see the steps we made and the time that it all took.
Not only does this make things more realistic, but I think it could also help people brainstorm ways of accomplishing similar dreams for themselves.
So what have we accomplished so far?Read More
As an outdoorsy woman myself, I figured I was well-suited for the task of creating a gift guide for other women who spend as much time as they can outdoors - hiking, camping, backpacking, or doing work on the homestead.
I’ve made sure to include a wide range of ideas and cater to all budgets so hopefully you can find something on this list that’s just right, or at the very least - sparks another idea.
These gifts are some of my personal favorites, proven to be useful in the outdoors (and some of them are just plain fun!).Read More
Here in the Inland Northwest, nighttime lows have been in the 30’s and 40’s since early September.
These sudden low temps have been a strong reminder of what’s to come.
We’ve been hustling to get our living quarters winterized, find a 4wd vehicle, and switch out summer clothes for winter gear at our storage unit.
I say winter gear rather than winter clothes because in this climate - far colder than many parts of Alaska - once the snow falls, it doesn’t go anywhere, it just builds and builds as the season progresses. So, doing anything outdoors requires a great deal of preparation.
But sitting silent and still in such cold extreme temperatures (e.g. hunting!) is a whole other level and demands the proper apparel, otherwise you’re going to have a miserable and short-lived experience.
Personally, I don’t do much hunting at this point in life. But I do go along with my husband because I enjoy it (and seem to have a sharp eagle eye!). And nothing ruins a hunt quicker than getting cold, for either of us.
So this article is to list the hunting gear we rely on to keep us warm and alert.
Hope you find it useful & please add your own recommendations in the comments. Our wardrobe is always evolving :DRead More
It’s a word that gets tossed around all the time, resulting in a normalization of something that is, in fact, very dangerous.
Stress has been called the silent killer and in my opinion, having been a former health writer and researcher, it’s actually to blame for most diseases we face today.
After experiencing a bout of chronic stress in my own life recently, I ended up diving into some research for natural ways to help my body and mind adapt better and develop more resiliency.
I saw such positive effects that I felt inspired to write an article listing the herbs and supplements that really caused a difference in how I felt - physically and mentally.
My hope is that anyone out there who is struggling finds this article and that these natural supplements bring lightness and joy back to living.Read More