Coctel de Camaron – Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Coctel de Camaron – Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

While this is a typically summer dish, I’m sharing it now because it’s one of my absolute favorites. Since ketchup is comfort food for me (one of my Mr’s pet-peeves about me) and shrimp just seems so luxurious, this hits all the marks perfectly. I picked it up while living in Mexico. It’s typical street food, but it’s something that I’ve learned how to make better at home. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail is¬†a perfect summer dish: it’s light, served cold, and doesn’t require any use of the oven. It’s almost like a gaspacho, but even better. ūüôā Sign up for our […]

Guide to Growing Cilantro

Guide to Growing Cilantro

Herbs have always been a weakness of mine. They either grow too tall, too fast, bolt immediately, or wither and die in days. However, in my new hydroponics system I’ve just planted cilantro seeds, so I’m hopeful my days of killing herbs are over! This guide, however, should help even the most novice herb-grower succeed. Or at least give you a fighting chance! Sign up for our newsletter

Crock Pot Venison Pot Roast

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 you have. A work-friend’s husband takes a three day weekend, every week of hunting season and stays in a cabin in the woods doing nothing but hunting. Needless to say, he has more venison than he knows what to do with, and will often let […]

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. When I’ve accumulated a large batch, I’ll process them all and make more essential oil. I store what I’ve made in a mason jar and¬†add it to my¬†homemade cleaning supplies¬†to give them a natural, beautiful, clean smell. Sign up for our newsletter

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 known to cause migraines in large quantities and when exposed to high heat and protein, produces nitrosamines. Sign up for our newsletter

Winter Hiking With An Amateur Photographer

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 time taking the new camera lens the Mr.¬†gave me for Christmas and I¬†spent¬†hours taking it for a¬†spin. Below I’ve shared some of my favorite shots from that day. Winter is usually a time of cold, rest, sleep, browns, whites, hibernation, looking inward and preparing for […]

Venison Steak Diane

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 best home-brew. Venison can be challenging because it’s such a lean meat, but with a little care and a lot of time, it can be melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Here’s how I cooked one of the two back straps he gave me: Sign up for our newsletter

Markup: Image Alignment

Markup: Image Alignment

Welcome to image alignment! The best way to demonstrate the ebb and flow of the various image positioning options is to nestle them snuggly among an ocean of words. Grab a paddle and let’s get started. On the topic of alignment, it should be noted that users can choose from the options of¬†None,¬†Left,¬†Right, and¬†Center. In addition, they also get the options of¬†Thumbnail,¬†Medium,¬†Large¬†&¬†Fullsize. The image above happens to be¬†centered. The rest of this paragraph is filler¬†for the sake of seeing the text wrap around the 150×150 image, which is left aligned. As you can see the should be some space above, […]