The end of March 2018 is coming up so quickly!
For those of you that don't know my family of 7 is making our way to move up to my husbands Tsilhqot'in territory to build our dream off-grid homestead. We are so excited for this huge lifestyle change!
The reason we chose to do this is because we are so tired of this city (Vancouver) draining us out financially, emotionally, and culturally. I lived here 8 years ago, and it was the first time I lived here. I was able to afford raising my two children with my one job. We had a house, a new car, food, and money to go have fun. Well it's changed drastically this time around! It's so overcrowded, the cost of living itself has almost tripled from when I first lived here and so it's time to move on.
My husband, Mario, and I have had the off-grid dream since 2014 and this year is our year to make that dream happen! We also set the goal to be homeowners by 32, like full out homeowners, debt-free. We also wanted to be environmentally conscious as well as socially conscious. We are not going to dig any holes in our ground, we are going to dig only a well and everything else will be above ground in order to protect our water source. We are planning to build a culturally safe and welcoming homestead for those that need a cultural refuge in the community/territory.
In order to prepare for this I've been researching tirelessly, as well as connecting with women already doing it! They have been amazing mentors for me, and one of the biggest pieces of advice I got so far is: Take the time before off-grid to build homesteading skills, while you have time. Mario and I decided to slowly start getting used to off-grid living by cutting out what we can right now.
Our first change was no more buying bread. I bake my bread now, even if I want a pizza we bake it homemade.
Our second change was no more coffee pot, "camp coffee" all the way.
Our third change, our little guy will start bathing in his bucket.
Here he is bathing his toys after he finished his bath in his new bucket. We're getting a HUGE tub for the adults and big kids. This little one is just for him. Only $10 at the Livestock store!
Our fourth change!? We are now making our own CHEESE!!! Cheese has been one of the victims of some major price increases over the past month. What used to be a $4 block at our store is now an $9 block. So I decided no more of that we MUST learn to make our own. So as a part of skill building I made my very first ball of mozza!
I'm in loooove!
Here it is from start to finish....
Ta-da! The process took me about 35 minutes to make! It's so delicious, and later on I'm going to make a homemade pizza with homemade dough and this mozza cheese on it!
I had so much fun making this and am happy that I can make this at home now without having to go spend a small fortune everytime we want it (which is about 2-3 times a week).
So here it is the first steps to our homesteading, and tomorrow we begin to get rid of stuff!
I will continue to post our progress as we move forward to downsizing, minimizing, and learning new skills.