Some people may not know what off-the-grid or off-grid means, so here it is --- The term off-the-grid or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities.

Off-grid living is no longer a one room log cabin in the woods. It's energy independency. You don't have to rely on utility companies, you create your own power. Today, there are more than 180,000 off-grid homes in the US.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Cheesy Potato Fries...

46 degrees - 3:47 pm - cloudy with a slight breeze...

Yes to Friday and yes to the cheesy goodness of these oh so delicious cheesy potato fries!  You must try this easy and yummy recipe this weekend, you will not regret it!


~Cheesy Potato Fries~
4-6 potatoes
¼ cup olive oil
Salt, pepper, favorite seasoning salt
1 cup sour cream
½ cup ranch dressing
¼ cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup real bacon bits
¼ cup green onions

Cut potatoes into “steak french fries” size.  Place on foiled baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss with tongs.  Sprinkle salts and pepper over the potatoes.  Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until fork tender.

In a small bowl, mix sour cream, ranch dressing and a splash of milk.

Once the potatoes are done cooking, spread a layer of the sour cream mixture on a platter and lay hot fries on top.  Drizzle remaining sour cream mixture over fries, top that with cheese and finish off with bacon bits and green onions.

If needed, place under broiler for an extra minute or two to melt the cheese.

This recipe is very easy to alter, so don’t be afraid to.  This will just get you started… however, no matter what cheese or spices you use, you must NOT forget to add the sour cream/ranch mixture!  It makes or breaks these cheesy fries.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Off-Grid Home Sweet Home On Facebook...

43 degrees - 5:05 pm - still raining (5.45 inches in the past 48 hours)...

A month ago I started a Facebook page for our blog.  I had received several emails suggesting that I do that, and it gives people another way to “follow” our blog.  I liked the idea because there is a lot of little stuff that happens here on the mountain that never makes into a blog post, but I can do a quick states update on Facebook.  Anyways, go check it out.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lost And Found...

42 degrees - 8:07 pm - calm, quiet night...

On the way home last night I spotted four kittens that had been abandoned alongside our road.  It took me two nights to catch all of them, two of them are pretty skittish, but here they are!  Aren’t they cute?!?!


We are going to keep one or two of them and are going to look for good homes for the others...if the kids don’t fall too much in love with them in the meantime.

We're Back... Again...

42 degrees - 7:46 pm - calm, quiet night...

Just got back from a roadtrip to Lewiston, Idaho.  Here are a few photos we took along the way...

On our way to Idaho we stopped off for
 a peek at Multnomah Falls.

We saw some old rail cars so of course we just had to climb around on them.

Stopped to feed the ducks at a little pond along side the Snake River.

Snuck in a few hours of horseback riding.  The kids now want a horse!

Everyone was amazed at the hundreds of HUGE wind turbines that
run along both sides of the Columbia Gorge.

Caitlyn trying to be a wind turbine.

Our last picture of the trip - the kids and the mighty Columbia Gorge.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

We're Back...

43 degrees - 10:35 am - blue sky with scattered white puffy clouds...

This past weekend we dropped the kids off with my parents and I snuck away for a “Mom’s Getaway” weekend with the girls while Tony snuck away to "Elk Camp" to go hunting with the guys.

Here are a few pictures from our adventures...
 
All the times I've been to the beach and
 I've never stopped here before...until now!
 
368 38th St, Astoria, OR
aka The Goonies House!!!

It was a chilly, misty kind of weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula.
But that didn't stop me and the girls from walking on the beach.

"Elk Camp" where Tony and the guys stayed
and then hiked out from there during the days.

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