Cool Stuff

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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You Brew Kombucha

This summer, we are all about loving ourselves inside and out. Before recently, I would avoid kombucha despite enjoying other fermented foods. It is more of the mystery of what kombucha is that deterred me, but I am here to elucidate that. This beverage is refreshing, bubbly, and the fact that it is good for your health makes it all the better. Best of all, you can brew kombucha too. […]

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Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty

Making the most of summer’s bounty is one of my favorite pastimes. And finding unique ways to store and preserve food is my way to taste summer even in the coldest months. I’d love to know how you preserve and store foods at home. Share with me in the video comments so we can learn from each other! Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty: Topics Include: Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups DIY […]

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The Whole Animal: Butchering and Preserving Meat

Learning how to butcher your own chicken or other whole animal is a great way to cook with economy and save money in the process. The price per pound is also less when you buy animals whole, and butchering can be done quickly once you learn it. In this YouTube episode of Modern Pioneering, I show you how to make the most of what we have and live economically by […]

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A Tour of Tulipwood Gardens

Being in the gardens at Tulipwood, I can hear my great-aunt Gray hunched over with her shovel and trowel working the land. It is the legacy of all of those who have been here before me for 100 years. Join me on a walk today as I take you on a tour of all the things that are growing in the garden, from heirloom apples to blueberry bushes to horseradish! […]

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My 5 Secret Gardening Tips and Tricks

Being in the garden is time that I treasure most, where I connect with my roots and those that have worked the land before me. So today I’m sharing My 5 Secret Gardening Tips and Tricks. I’d love to hear about your own gardening adventures. Click over to my latest YouTube episode and leave a comment with your own favorite gardening memories, tips and tricks. And be sure to give […]

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Green Power Smoothies

It really is a struggle trying to keep up on school work, have a social life, and eat healthily. Recently, one of my best friends in college introduced me to her original recipe of green power smoothies. I was stunned–it was so good. In fact, it’s also healthy and super easy to make, not to mention we had a lot of fun together. I wanted to share this recipe with […]

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Making a French Butter Keeper on the Pottery Wheel

I’ve been told by my readers on Instagram that my Instagram stories of me trimming my pottery are hypnotizing. I’ve also had a lot of folks ask about the French butter keeper that I make. So I thought I’d show you how I do it in case you want to try your hand on the pottery wheel. My dad coined the term ‘manual literacy’ that I often use, and since […]

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Historic Arkansas Flood

I’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about how I’m doing with the historic Arkansas flood, since I spend some of my time in Arkansas. Fortunately I haven’t been severely effected by it the way some have, particularly in Fort Smith and Oklahoma. It is the worst flooding in Arkansas History, a 500 year flood, which means that most people who didn’t need flood insurance are now under water without a […]

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Tips for Beautiful Window Boxes All Year Round

I have been working on a window box project for a friend and thought these tips would help you too, so I added a video on my YouTube Channel for you to see our progress. Window boxes can seem intimidating because they don’t always last, and can look tattered and worn quickly. So these are my tips for beautiful window boxes all year round, with evergreen elements, beautiful scents, and […]

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