Crock Pot Venison Pot Roast

Regardless of where you live, you’re bound to know someone who hunts – or maybe a friend of a friend. Most hunters are very generous with their venison – whether they process it themselves or pay someone, they’ll most likely sell it to you for the price of the processing, or will barter for something […]

How to Make Butter At Home

How to Make Butter At Home

Over the weekend the Mr and I ran out of butter. Since I’ve been on this green/organic/homemade kick I decided I would make my own instead of buying from the store! According to Bon Appetit it may be a waste of time, but I wanted to be able to call it my own. I love the […]

How To Make Orange Essential Oil

How To Make Orange Essential Oil

I originally found how to make orange essential oil from a beautiful Australian blog called Blah Blah Magazine. It was painfully simple and the first batch I tried came out better than expected. I’ll usually eat an orange or two a day. While I’m eating them, I’ll put the peels aside on my window sill to dry. […]

The Lost Art of Cooking Over a Fire

The Lost Art of Cooking Over a Fire

Today, the majority of people have fireplaces in their homes as aesthetic features that maybe produces a little heat. More likely than not it even sucks heat from the room! Not too long ago, however, it was the only source of heat or method of cooking anyone had. Whether you find yourself camping, without power, […]

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

CrockPot French Onion Soup (For Canning)

I had been wanting to try this recipe for awhile. Fall is heading our way, French 0nion soup is an absolute favorite of mine, and the hubby likes to buy canned soups to take to work. I hate how much sodium and other random crap they have in them. Last time I tried to eat […]

Chicken Pudding: A Historic Recipe, Reimagined

Chicken Pudding: A Historic Recipe, Reimagined

I have a weakness for historic cookbooks. There’s something nostalgic about cooking the same recipe, the same meal that women cooked a hundred years ago, two hundred years ago. The first book that got me hooked on historic cooking was The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph. Growing up in a 300 year old farm house in Virginia, I […]

Home-Cured Bacon [Three Different Flavors!]

Home-Cured Bacon [Three Different Flavors!]

Curing meat, especially bacon, is the process of preserving foods by the addition of salt, nitrates, nitrites or sugar. In the olden times, only salt and sugar was used. Today, more often than not, store-bought bacon is processed in an industrial factory-setting ad pumped with a curing solution that contains sodium nitrite. Sodium nitrite is […]

Winter Hiking With An Amateur Photographer

New Years Day New Years Day is traditionally the day for First Day Hikes. Even in the cold, I love the chance to takes the dogs out to a new hike and go exploring. This year I took the dogs hiking at a local historical site. It was quiet, cold, sunny, and extremely peaceful. It was my first […]

Venison Steak Diane

I mentioned awhile ago how a good friend of mine gifted me with a large amount of fresh venison. I absolutely love everything about this meat. It’s lean, healthy, organic, fresh, and can usually be bartered for with your friends and neighbors. This batch of venison we traded for a couple mason jars of the hubby’s […]