How To Use a Hand Crank Ice Cream Maker (Non-Electric)

How To Use a Hand Crank Ice Cream Maker (Non-Electric)

Last summer I found a White Mountain hand crank ice cream maker at a yard sale for $30. I was super excited at the deal I’d gotten, but I really wasn’t sure if the unit even worked. It looked pretty old, but all of the parts appeared to be there and the...
Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove

Heating With a Wood Stove vs. a Water Stove

The other day I was sweeping up all of the wood chips and debris that have fallen on the living room floor near the wood stove that sits in our fireplace, and I thought to myself all of the reasons why an outdoor water stove would be so much nicer for heating our...
How To Install A Permanent Clothesline. Metal vs Wood.

How To Install A Permanent Clothesline. Metal vs Wood.

  My husband recently gave me the best gift ever. No, not the dozen white roses he had waiting for me in the kitchen last week. No, not the pack of my favorite chocolates he slipped into my hand when he got home from work. All super sweet, by the way. The gift...
How To Use A Percolator To Brew Coffee

How To Use A Percolator To Brew Coffee

A couple of years ago our electric coffee maker died. Knowing that we wanted to transition to more off-grid living, we decided to replace it with a non-electric percolator. I had never in my life even seen a percolator before then, much less did I know how to use one....
How To Light Your Home Without Electricity

How To Light Your Home Without Electricity

With winter just around the corner, I’m beginning to prepare for the shorter days ahead when the darkness creeps in long before we’re ready for bed. Although we are currently running all of our overhead lights on solar, we still put non-electric backups in place. We...
Hang Drying Laundry Indoors

Hang Drying Laundry Indoors

It has almost been 5 years now since we got rid of our electric clothes dryer. Living without it hasn’t really been difficult to get used to. You just have to learn to plan ahead when you know you’ll need certain items. You would think that rainy days...