Winters in Alaska are long, cold & dark. At the end of December, most Alaskans only see 5-6 hours of sun each day. By March, the daylight hours have made significant enough gains for Alaskans to start looking forward to summer months in the land of the midnight sun.
In Alaska, one of the surest signs that spring has officially sprung is the sight of rhubarb’s annual crowning from the barely-thawed earth.
Continue reading Spring Rhubarb: an early edible perennial in Alaska
I recently started fostering a litter of 5-week old, husky mix puppies. When I picked them up from the cargo plane, there was a note taped to the kennel, along with a small box of liquid antibiotics.
The note said the ‘blonde boy’ needs .5ml of antibiotics, twice a day. Once I got the puppies home, it was antibiotics time.
Continue reading Giving a 5-Week Old Puppy Liquid Antibiotics
Urban hippies come in all forms. Some of us keep chickens or honey bees. Others have a green thumb and a passion for gardening. And most of us are incredible recyclers and try to reduce the waste in our communities through more thoughtful living.
These are all products I have in my own home or yard, and I love them enough to share. If you’re short on gift ideas this holiday season, here’s the ultimate holiday shopping guide for the urban hippie in your life. Continue reading The Urban Hippie Holiday Gift Guide
Taking care of chickens in the winter isn’t that hard. As long as they have shelter, food, and water, they generally do okay. Continue reading Winter Chicken Keeping: Eating Snow for Hydration
The five fluffy Icelandic hatched & hens raised by Williwaw Elementary school (fondly known as the “Williwaw Chicks”) finally spread their wings in their new coop. Continue reading The “Williwaw Chicks” Make Their Coop Debut
With only 2 ingredients, this DIY chapstick recipe is as simple as it gets.
The final lip balm smells amazing – lightly coconut with the slightest hint of sweet honey. Continue reading DIY Raw Beeswax Comb Chapstick – Recipe + Tutorial
Many of us who grew up in rural areas have fond childhood memories of fruit trees.
Maybe it was watching the tree bloom each spring, with the sweet scent of blossoms filling the air. Or maybe it was experiencing the annual harvest, with the smallest kids climbing up and gently shaking tree limbs, while family & friends on the ground used a wide tarp to catch falling apples.
There’s no doubt that planting a hardy apple or cherry tree is planting the seed of future memories. But there are things to know before you grow. Before you start digging, there are 5 important factors to keep in mind that will help ensure a fruitful experience. Continue reading 5 Considerations Before Planting Fruit Trees
On the last day of November, I went outside after dark for a winter beehive check. I wanted to see if the honey bees were still alive and if they needed more food. Continue reading Winter Night Beehive Check – November in Alaska
Driving through neighborhoods during fall time, it’s common to see big black trash bags stuffed with raked leaves sitting on the curb, waiting for garbage day.
When your yard (or a nearby neighbor’s yard) is filled with leafy, deciduous trees, although it’s a chore to rake up falling leaves, you’re actually bagging up brown gold that you – or someone else – could re-purpose. Continue reading Fall Leaves: nature’s free mulch, compost & animal bedding
If you’ve never made jam before, it might feel intimidating. But honestly, jam is one of the easiest foods to learn how to make! I’ll walk you through the process of making & canning raspberry rhubarb jam.
Continue reading Making & preserving homemade raspberry rhubarb jam