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Renee-Lucie Benoit

Our Fair Field By Renée-Lucie Benoit Renée L. Benoit and her better half, Martin, realized a long standing dream when they bought their own acreage outside of Madera, California. Now they embark on the interesting task of developing it into a self sufficient homestead where they grow most ...

My Special Cobb Salad Recipe

I always struggle with trying to figure out ways to use all my garden bounty. I’m a real estate agent and I wish I had time to can, pickle and preserve. I even wish I had time to beg, plead and cajole my husband into digging me a root cellar but, alas, he works at Tractor Supply and only has ...

Music to My Ears

Every evening we get treated to the most wonderful music from the back of our acreage. If you don't already know, we have two and a half acres in the middle of the Central Valley of California.The foundations for this music were created back in December when Marty accidentally left the water ...

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!" ...

Family Reunion 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 ...

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 ...

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

I took a break from blogging because I was on a road trip to Kansas with my sister for a couple weeks. Everyone joked, "Is this going to be a re-do of Thelma and Louise?" I said, "No, unless it is the version in which Thelma and Louise live and they take another road trip 30 years later. In ...

Gramma’s Homemade Foot Butter

I come from a long line of women plagued with the worst dry feet on the planet. My mother, grandmother and I have the type of feet that get severely cracked and sore. This happens every summer. I guess it doesn't help that all three of us have a predilection for going around barefoot in the ...

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