Off Grid / Self-Sufficient Living News

From childhood it’s always been a dream to build our own home. More specifically a timber frame house. Call us dreamers, but we never gave up the hope. A couple years ago we decided to purchase rural...

How to Make Vapor Rub with Essential Oils ©2020 Jessica E. Lane If making herbal remedies is new to you, this is a great starter salve. This vapor rub goes together quickly and easily, so you can b...

When you begin the process of building your own house, many seemingly small decisions can make an enormous difference in the final product which is precisely how we felt during our ICF construction. ...

We’ve spent weeks getting our garage foundation as perfect as possible, right down to the concrete footings. This process has taught us so much about building your own home, and in this article we wa...

If you a master at DIY projects who can’t bear to stop working because the conditions aren’t right, you’re going to spend some serious time thinking about proper lighting in your workspace. Working o...

Designing and building your own home is no easy task. When it came to creating our timber frame house plans, we knew that we were going to pour our bodies and hearts into this project for many years,...

Construction projects are endlessly rewarding until you come across a problem that you can’t quickly solve. Struggling to understand how to drill concrete can be one of those situations. While concre...

Bringing a Barn Cat (or two) to Your Homestead ©2020 Jessica E. Lane It’s time to consider a barn cat. Or maybe a few of them. This past summer I found something horrifying in my goat shed. It wa...

Creating a Silvopasture to Benefit Your Farm & Goats ©2020 Jessica E. Lane Maybe I’m putting the cart before the horse, or in this case the goats before the silvopasture, but we are looking to expa...

Garden Supplies You’ll Want This Season ©2020 Jessica E. Lane Maintaining a garden can be relaxing and fun, or it can be a colossal pain in the bum. It honestly comes down to the tools you have on ...

Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Meals for Dinner ©2020 Jessica E. Lane There is nothing quite like having a home cooked meal on the table every night, but there isn’t always a lot of time to devote to ...

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Chocolate Crust ©2020 Jessica E. Lane How much do I love chocolate? Let me count the ways. In fact, as much as I love my various berry pies, chocolate pudding pie might b...

If you’re new to our blog, we’re a young couple in the process of building a custom timber frame home with our very own two hands, debt-free or without a mortgage. One decision we had to make was how...

Two years ago, Jesse and I showed up to our newly-purchased 5-acre property with nothing but our city clothing and a big dream. We had this dream of developing this property into a self-sufficient ho...

When we moved to Idaho, we had no idea that it could reach 105 degrees on our property. As we are trying to build a house (check out our timber frame house plans), we have no choice but to frequently...

We purchased bare land two years ago and since we’re developing our debt-free home (check out our timber frame home plans) from the ground up, a laser level is something we’ve needed for a long time....