Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Outdoor Survival Guide – 5 Tips & Skills

I just released the latest episode in my Modern Pioneering series. I love hearing from you and having you share your tips as well, so please be sure to click over to the channel and leave a comment as well as subscribe so we can keep in touch and share with each other. Outdoor Survival Guide | 5 Tips & Skills In this YouTube episode, Outdoor Survival Guide, I have […]

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