Hi, everyone well I’m back to it after a bunch of busy stuff. We wanted to write about winter and all the snow we get up here. We are at 4 feet and this is a light winter. I started off our first year with an old snow blower a Montgomery Ward built in the… Read More SNOW TOOLS AND REMOVAL
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 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!
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.
The Shaggy Mane mushroom (Coprinus comatus) the shaggy ink cap, lawyer’s wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. It has an elongated bullet shaped, shaggy cap, with brownish upturned scales and a straight fairly smooth stem and grows to almost 8 inches tall. … Read More MORE AND MORE FALL MUSHROOMS, THE SHAGGY MANE!