We have some friends up the mountain a bit who had their well pump stop pumping, they checked around and to have it repaired was going to be several thousand dollars. We decided to do a little trouble shooting it was getting power and had worked great through the winter. We checked all the wiring and… Read More REPAIRING WELL SYSTEMS
We were out doing our Morel mushroom hunts among other mushrooms when we stumbled upon these cute little white puffball mushrooms. They have to be peeled and then sliced so you want the bigger ones you can find. When you find them look at them and feel them they should have some density to them… Read More THE YUMMY AND HARD TO FIND PUFFBALL MUSHROOM
We were out doing our normal Morel hunting and ran into these yummy devils. Here in North Idaho, they grow in the dark forests and you can spot them when they poke out of the floor rubble as they grow. Beware some people get the green apple quick step or tummy pains from these. The… Read More THE YUMMY CORAL MUSHROOM
We always look forward to it getting warmer but up here on the mountain where the snow gets 5 feet deep during the winter, the warmer temps just cause a bunch of mud and it doesn’t stay sunny and warm up quickly enough the mud gets deeper and deeper. If the sun stays out… Read More SPRING BREAKUP IS FINALLY HERE!
I have seen this question come up so many times and there is no absolute answer to it as there are so many variables to off grid. Let us start with what you think off-grid means and what do George and Martha think off-grid means. Off grid could be you just roaming the streets with an animal, let us… Read More WHAT DOES IT COST TO LIVE OFF GRID?
This year we really goofed up, we spent so much time enjoying our mushroom hunting and foraging for plants and making videos for youtube and things we didn’t gather enough wood to keep us warm. I know its a learning experience. We had an open fireplace stove as well as our cook stove. Our shelter… Read More THE WINTER AND OTHER COLD THINGS!
It’s that time of year that we give thanks and celebrate life and enjoy our families. So since we are off grid a few things change, we can hunt a turkey for Thanksgiving or just buy one at a store in town. We went ahead and got one at the store this year and cooked… Read More THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS FOR OFF GRID FAMILIES.
The next fall edible mushroom is the Late Fall Olive Oysterling, Fall Oyster mushroom, Sarcomyxa serotina (Panellus serotinus), they are not very popular because most people do not have the patience to cook them properly. This mushroom grows on old dead wood and sometimes under them where you will have to bend down to see… Read More THE LATE FALL OLIVE OYSTERLING MUSHROOM
Our next fall mushroom is the fried chicken mushroom (Lyophyllum decastes) which a lot of people mistake it for the Honey mushroom (Armillaria) Look them up so you know the difference even though Honeys are a good eats too. These are not Chicken of the Woods as those are candy corn colored and not at all like these… Read More THE YUMMY, THE DELICIOUS, FRIED CHICKEN MUSHROOM
It is fall and with fall comes the fall hollow stem Boletes (Suillus Cavipes) I know I did a post on these but I wanted to give more information on these great mushy’s. They pop up especially after a nice rain and the soil is damp down more than an inch. This year has been… Read More FALL MUSHROOMS, BOLETES AND MORE BOLETES.