Most Effective Mosquito Repellents


This spring at the cabin it has been so wet and our summer hasn’t started out much better. We really do need the moisture though after the forest fires from the last two years but the mosquito population is now at an all time high. Continue reading

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Chaga Tea

Chaga Tea is a great way to get all the wonderful nutrients from the Birch Tree

Tao Chaga Wild Harvest Canadian Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) Chunk – 1 lb (454 g)

Read about all the many benefits and healing properties of Chaga here 

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Make your own Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine


Last May the Dandelions were out and with so man we figured we would try our hand at making Dandelion Wine. This was a first, but I had come across an old recipe in my Grandmothers book, so thought I’d give it a try.

Dandelions are the first flowers to be seen in the spring, we often add the tender young greens to our salads because of the healthy benefits this plant has. Making wine with the dandelion flower gave us a wonderful tonic, we would occasionally have a glass for its medicinal benefits. Continue reading

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Tapped Birch Water

Tapped Birch Water

Birch Trees

We have a nice grove of Birch Trees not far from the property so this spring we decided to try our hand at tapping the birch trees to drink the water and make Birch Syrup.

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Preserving Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

I started growing Garlic several years ago, but never really knew what to do with the Scapes, to be totally honest I didn’t even know I was supposed to cut them off the Garlic Plant……that might have had something to do with the poor crops I was producing. Continue reading

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Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Found on the west coast of North America here is a picture of Oregon Grape in bloom.


Soon these flowers will turn into clusters of purple berries with a that bring to mind a cluster of grapes…hence the name. Continue reading

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Rocket Stove Mass Heater

Rocket Stoves

There are two types of Rocket Stoves – ones that your can cook on and then the Rocket Stove Mass Heater which will heat your living or work space.  This is the one will will be talking about, these heaters are like a furnace and can be used indoors as long as you have good ventilation. Continue reading

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Off Grid Tools

Off Grid Tools Survival Axe Ultimate Outdoor Multitool-Hatchet Hammer Saw, Black

This is an excellent off grid tool, an all in one that comes with a Hatchet Blade, Hammer head, Nail Claw and Pry bar as well as a replaceable 6″ saw blade, but that’s not all.  It also has 5 hex sockets and a hardened steel glass breaker and seat belt cutter. Continue reading

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Live off Grid – getting off grid

Good Reads

If you have been thinking of moving off grid here are some books that may help.

This one is about surviving off grid, I really like this book.  It is covers everything from staking your piece of land to building your shelter, finding water, sources of heat and power. Continue reading

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Plowing the way out with Extreme Max 5500.5010 UniPlow One-Box ATV Plow

When living off grid often you will find yourself having to plow your way out in the winter. We have an ATV for the 2 km piece of road we have to plow out. This blade has proven to be an excellent asset to us.

UniPlow One-Box ATV Plow – everything you need to put a plow on your ATV

Everything you need to hook a snow plow up to your ATV. The box will include a plow blade, universal mount, and push tube assembly. The universal mount will fit most ATVs on the market.

This blade can be installed in minimal time and comes with everything you need to start moving snow. Continue reading

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