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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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Alternative Uses for Eggs

Eggs. They’re great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, with all those eggs consumed, it got me thinking about how I can make use of every component of a carton of eggs. Little did I realize, it’s not just the inside that can be versatile. This fall, kick the habit of tossing those cartons in the garbage or throwing a boring yolk on the pan. Here’s a guide to alternative […]

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Roasted Whole Dove Recipe with Paprika and Butter

Thad is back with another delicious wild game recipe! …It is the time of year where you can combine a fresh harvest from the field with fresh harvest from the garden for a wonderful dinner. Mourning doves, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and basil are all at their peak in my part of the country — Minnesota. This Roasted Whole Dove Recipe with Paprika and Butter is a simple dish that looks […]

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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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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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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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