Cool Stuff – Videos

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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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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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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