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TAG : Renee-Lucie Benoit

A Wild Turkey Thanksgiving

The turkey is well-known for being wily and smart. Ben Franklin wanted to use it for our national bird but as we all know the bald eagle won out. While it’s not easy to bag a turkey, if you know a few things about them and their habits, you can have an easier go of it and perhaps even get ...

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Backyard Olive Oil: Part Two

In most parts of olive country the olive trees are just about ready to bloom. This is the time to prepare for making your own olive oil if you decide you want to try this most rewarding process. It’s similar to sitting in the dead of winter reading seed catalogs. Eventually the weather will ...

Family Reunion Gelatin Recipes

Whenever we have a family reunion the food table groans under the weight of many amazing and delicious items. When my gramma was alive there was her famous ham. Now her daughter is continuing that tradition. There's also my aunt's wonderful German potato salad and wilted bacon and spinach ...

Mighty Mint

Sorry about the bad pun, but honestly sometimes it seems mint comes to save the day. Right now we have a well-established bed of it in our garden, and I can find so many uses for it.It's been terribly hot and dry so I've been picking it and drying it for tea. This mint is good now, but it ...

Memories of Midwestern Storms

We don’t have much weather here at the ranch. Not what I would call weather anyway. It’s pretty much the same every day. In the summer, it’s clear and dry or partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s. In winter, it’s also clear with highs in the 50s. In winter, we will get rain, and it ...

Gramma’s Easter

I have many memories of my grandmother. One of them centers around Easter Sunday. My grandmother was a devout Christian and went to the Lutheran church. We were all Lutherans. Even her father-in-law, our great-grandfather, was a Lutheran minister. Some cousins in Iowa endowed the Lutheran ...

It’s Sedimentary, My Dear Watson

"Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the flowers is?"Answer: They're everywhere! In the meantime I'm getting ready to plant my victory garden. First I need to see what I'm working with.Do It Yourself Soil Sediment TestSoil is where the garden starts. If you don't have good ...

Oyster Stew for Christmas

My sister came to visit from Colorado this year. We have had plenty of time to reminisce about when we were kids and it seems like only yesterday.Early in the morning on Christmas day the house was dark when we woke. At the end of the hallway we could see the glow from the lights on the tree ...

Guineas Are From Mars Chickens Are From Venus

Can we come in and play with you?Now I have little troughs of water for them in strategic places and when I feed the chickens I scatter mealworms and game bird crumble on the ground near the chicken pen. They are starting to expect me and come running. I don't think that they will gather round ...

This Will Curl Your Hair

When I began crocheting old-fashioned rag rugs, I started to accumulate a lot of end pieces of fabric I didn't know what to do with. Not being one to throw things away without having a real good reason to do so, I stored them and waited. You know the old saying, "I might need that someday!" ...

How to Crochet Old Fashioned Rag Rugs – A Video

I wrote a two-part article about how to crochet old-fashioned rag rugs a few months ago. I did my best to show in print how to make something that really is best shown in real life. At least that's the way I think about it. I thought, well, people who are familiar with crocheting won't have a ...

Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers

My granny's garden had plenty of wonderful vegetables. She had tomatoes, okra, cabbage, sweet corn, green beans, squash (winter and summer) and bell pepper, among other things. One thing she did not have were Japanese bell and Thai hot peppers. This summer I thought I'd break out of the mold ...

Gramma’s Peach Cobbler to the Rescue

I was trimming agave plants a couple days ago. If any of you have trimmed agave plants you know you have to wear gloves and long pants and sleeves and take great care. In Nature's infinite wisdom, she gave the agave plant a way to defend itself by giving it spines along each side of the leaf ...

The Guinea Chronicles

We have had a recent spate of rattlesnake bites. First the chocolate lab, then our little "red" dog and then the cat. We were not sure the cat had been bitten. The vet said when a cat is bitten it is fatal and this was on good authority. Our vet has been practicing in this area for almost 50 ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I water my garden every day. I have to. There's no rain coming from the sky to help me out here. So I'm happy to say I have a robust crop of two kinds of Japanese peppers: PIM green bell pepper and Shisito. I have also Thai hot chilis coming in. Unfortunately, I also have a robust crop of ...