Category Archives: Cooking

Workaway 2018 – Lucas

June 13, 2018 Our first Workaway for 2018 left today. Lucas is from Belgium and stayed with us for seven weeks. Two of those weeks he was on his own, house/dog/cat/plant – sitting for us while we were on vacation. … Continue reading

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Ready for Winter

October 26, 2017   We are ready for winter – rain barrels are emptied, eaves troughs cleaned, equipment put away and wood sheds stocked. And just in time, too. We awoke to a blanket of white this morning and the … Continue reading

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Workaway 2017

August 31, 2017 Earlier this year, we signed up for a program called Workaway. Workaway promotes volunteering, work and cultural exchange around the world. In a nutshell, as a Workaway host, we can host visiting travelers at our property and in exchange … Continue reading

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Outdoor Kitchen

July 13, 2017 Another project almost complete. The building of the outdoor kitchen is done. Just waiting for the hookup of the propane stove and the plumbing on the outdoor sink. Although we can’t cook or wash outside yet, we are … Continue reading

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June 12, 2016 You need to develop a different mind set when you live off grid. You think about power usage all the time. Power tools are for sunny days. But regular household items also use power, and sometimes significant … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Hearth Reno – Lessons Learned

May 15, 2016 I love my woodstove, a beautiful and functional Kitchen Queen 480. It supplies all our heat and hot water during the heating season as well as handling all our cooking and baking. The hearth and surrounding walls … Continue reading

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Birch Syrup

April 27, 2016 Spring has arrived. Yeah! Although this winter was not unduly harsh, it was long and it is so nice to finally shed the winter parka. Now that spring is here, the sap is running. Two winters ago, … Continue reading

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Pidpendky and Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

September 25, 2015 I continue to expand my knowledge and use of wild edibles. The fall is when the pidpenky mushrooms are out. We are not completely sure what these mushrooms are called in English but the Ukrainians always picked … Continue reading

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September 23, 2015 They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what to do when you get watermelons??? Seems like an odd problem to have in Manitoba, as we are not know for the long hot summers that … Continue reading

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First Cherries

August 1, 2015 About six years ago, Ken planted a couple of Evans cherry trees. The next year, he planted a few more. Now we have six cherry trees. Until this year, none had every produced a single cherry. Last … Continue reading

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