Survival Sunday – The Huntress

This year’s filled tag – my first!!

“Omg! Omg!! Omg!!!”

I’ll get back to that in a second.  Living a self-sufficient lifestyle requires a vast variety of proficiencies: growing your own food, foraging edible and medicinal plants, food preservation, caring for livestock, construction, and hunting are just a few of the skills one needs to be self-sustaining.

2015 Pre-season scouting

Hunting.

To be honest, I really Continue reading “Survival Sunday – The Huntress”

The Medicinal Monday – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Hunting season starts soon, so we spent the afternoon in the woods, scouting new areas and just enjoying the beautiful colors of the season.

Once we reached about 3500ft, I start seeing curious white flowers I’ve only seen in books – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)!! I’ve spent weeks and weeks pining for this aromatic, Continue reading “The Medicinal Monday – Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)”

Wildcraft Wednesday – Nettle Seeds

Our property has an abundance of Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica).  If you’re not familiar with this powerhouse plant, Nettle is known to increase energy and nourish the skin, hair, nails, adrenal and lymphatic systems, digestive tract, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and prostate. Those suffering from Continue reading “Wildcraft Wednesday – Nettle Seeds”

Foraging Friday – Red Raspberries


Just after my 12th birthday, much to my dismay, we moved from California to a very, very small town in Oregon.  Where I had been used to living on a street with children living next door, across and down the block, now my nearest Continue reading “Foraging Friday – Red Raspberries”

Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle


Ouch! If you’re a hiker, forager or outdoor enthusiast, you may have run into Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) and have the welts to show for it.

The plant has small hair-like stingers containing a compound called, Formic Acid, similar to the compounds found in some insect stings. For some folks, this amounts to minor skin irritation, lasting several hours, while others may experience Continue reading “Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle”