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Social Distance with Me in Maine

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my Adventure Getaway this fall, September 17-20. It’s in rural Maine and 100% outdoors. And so it is happening! I recently went up there to scout our beautiful spot and it was just what my soul needed — fresh air and nature and lobster and the perfect glamping experience. I think you should social distance with me in Maine. Here’s a video […]

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These Are the Most Beautiful Knives You’ve Ever Seen

Dear Friends, There are 19 days left for you to support our public television show and get our show into your home. And to help get us over the fundraising finish line, an incredible artisan — Kay Foye — is offering you a rare opportunity.   Her knives are a work of art, made from wood, stone, fabric, fossils and elements collected from a lifetime of experiences. They are extremely sought […]

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Friends – I Need Your Help!

Hey Friends! I need your help. Today we’re launching a campaign for our new TV show “Modern Pioneering,” airing on PBS, and the first 24 hours are the most important. Some of you are even featured on the show as a result of attending an Adventure Getaway! If you believe in the importance of small businesses and learning to create with your own two hands, not just in your own life, but […]

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Loquat Cocktail

The loquat trees are growing in my part of Austin, which is rather exciting because I haven’t seen them fruit in a while. The thing about loquats is that you need to pick them in that pivotal moment before they drop but after they have sweetened enough. Pick them too early, and they have a sourness that isn’t quite palatable. The thing is that you can combat that in a […]

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My Latest Adventure Getaway Was Epic and Here’s Where We’re Going Next

I just finished an Adventure Getaway in Texas with a big group of wonderful women from all over the map. We had been sold out for 6 months and I had a long waiting list of women wanting to attend. I don’t like leaving people out so I have planned another one for this coming February… can you guess what we’ll be doing? Better grab your spot fast. Details here. […]

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Favorite Campfire Recipes

Cooking in nature over an open fire enlivens the senses and the food tastes so much better when you’ve had to work a little harder for it. In my latest episode of Modern Pioneering, I share three must-have favorite campfire recipes, plus a bonus on how to clean your cast iron skillet after some campfire cooking. Favorite Campfire Recipes: Recipes Include: Campfire Coffee Beer Can Bread Cast Iron S’mores BONUS: […]

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A Rhododendron Tour at Tulipwood Gardens

Join me on a Rhododendron Tour at Tulipwood Gardens. We’ll tour the many types of Rhododendrons growing at Tulipwood, some from the American Rhododendron Society. I share their Latin names and talk about the challenge of combatting deer while trying to grow them. Do you have any tips for growing Rhododendrons and protecting them from the deer? Share them in the comments! A Rhododendron Tour at Tulipwood Gardens: Rhododendron Varieties […]

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A Private Boat Tour of Lake Como

If you follow me on Instagram, you know well that I recently took an Italian road trip. I started off in Lake Como which was like having dessert first. One of my favorite things that we did in Lake Como was rent a boat and tour around the lake to see the amazing villas and towns. You can see much of the lake in 2 hours and it is magic. […]

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Preserving Herbs and Medicinal Tea Blends

In this Modern Pioneering episode, I teach you how to use herbs in multiple ways. Then learn how to make your own tea blends and create your own tea bags! Preserving Herbs and Medicinal Tea Blends: Herbs make everything taste better, and can be stored and preserved in so many ways. One of my favorites is homemade tea blends. Topics Include: How to make Sage Sugar Homemade Medicinal Tea Blends […]

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Visual Tour of Villa Le Barone

Walk with me as I take you on an intimate sunset tour of Villa Le Barone in Tuscany, Italy. Stroll through the traditional Italian garden and hotel villa run by Count and Countess Aloisi de Larderel. Visual Tour of Villa Le Barone: Visuals Include: Hydrangeas Geraniums Edible Garden Design Herbs Fruit Trees Container Plantings Pathways Grounds Infinity Pool Scenic Views Sunset Special thanks to Villa Le Barone: (Check them out […]

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