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“Indian Spiced Venison Stew”

For those of you who witnessed me butcher an axis deer in my last post, I decided to reward the brave with a little something special. My Indian Spiced Venison Stew recipe. Since axis deer come from the tropics of India, I included many Indian spices–such as garam masala–that pair perfectly with the venison. Not to mention, pan-frying all of the ingredients in coconut oil adds a richness and a unique flavor. Although this recipe has a […]

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“How to Skin a Deer”

A few years ago I posted step-by-step instructions on How to Skin a Pig. I was on a javelina hunt in west Texas and proved that javelina could be made to taste delicious. Today, I’m going to show you How to Skin a Deer (spoiler alert: it’s very similar, but we could all use a refresher.) I recently made a new friend here in Texas named Roy who is a […]

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“How to Make Mason Jar Lights”

“This is going to be very glamorous” my friend said as we started this project. We tried putting in a red light bulb, which was like going to an old pharmacy. It would also work well with an Edison light bulb. This is the simplest version, which relies on gravity to prevent the light bulb from touching the bottom of the jar. But if you want to secure the bulb […]

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“How to Make Homemade Candles”

The candles you buy in stores might look and smell pretty, but they also may contain harsh toxic chemicals, which could be bad for your health. On the bright side (no pun intended), I’m going to show you how simple it is to make an all-natural, homemade candle. Yes folks, the same process they used many years ago… And now, you’ll see just how easy this tutorial is and think, […]

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“How to Turn Wine Bottles into Drinking Glasses”

I have been posting various stages of this project on my social media accounts for the past few weeks and have gotten a lot of inquiries for how to make these bad boys. Well, first off, the step-by-step instructions are in my book Modern Pioneering, (do you have a signed copy yet?) along with some other amazing Martha-Stewart-Meets-MacGyver projects. But here I am posting it for you to show you […]

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“How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns”

These Mason Jar Lanterns are an inexpensive way of personalizing and styling your home or dinner party, and can also be given to friends as gifts. Hang them from tree branches or set them on tables for a romantic evening light. They are rustic and whimsical at the same time and chances are you have most of what you need already in your house. Things you will need include: A […]

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“Announcing My Next Adventure Getaway!”

Join me on an exclusive adventure with other wonderful women, learn some new outdoor skills, and experience a weekend that you’ll never forget. This more refined event is for the woman who is looking for extra relaxation to balance out the active outdoor adventure and learning. World class amenities and spa services are available to you in addition to the scheduled activities.   This fabulous adventure will take place at […]

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“How to Make a DIY Wreath from Nature”

As a child I’d sit on a boulder by the creek with my dad, push a fat worm onto a hook, and fish for trout for breakfast. I snipped wild chives from the bottom of the back stairs for omelets, I hung from vines until they fell and made wreathes, I painted using crush berries and grass as my ink, and proclaimed myself the wild raspberry queen, battling the birds […]

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“DIY Paper Mâché Gold Bowls”

When I was younger, I mastered the art of paper mâché. There are so many things you can do with it, it’s like a science experiment. With that being said, I’ve created a simple bowl, spray painted it gold, and added sea salt for a nice texture. This indeed was a science experiment, because I made a homemade mâché paste and it took overnight for the balloon to dry with the […]

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“Thanksgiving Leftover Bites”

One of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal is the leftovers for several days after. These Thanksgiving leftover bites are a perfect way to combine the sublime combination of stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey into one compact appetizer sized bite. The recipe is infinitely scalable so can be increased depending on how many leftovers you have. And it is also versatile which means you can put pieces […]

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