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TAG : Renee-Lucie Benoit

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 ...

Going Once, Going Twice …

On the ranch we have need from time to time for equipment or livestock. Sometimes a time-honored tradition, the auction, has been the right place to get what we need. People on homesteads, farms and ranches have been going to local auctions since what seems like the dawn of time. I remember my ...

Homemade Flour Tortillas

If you would like to make your own tortilla press, please read my previous blog post. This recipe will make anywhere from 8 to 16 tortillas, depending on how large you make them.2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard ...

A Homemade Tortilla Press

I had a hankering for homemade tortillas one day recently, but my personal experience making them has not been, shall we say, highly successful. They always turned out too thick, too chewy and oddly shaped. I got my inspiration from the lovely Indian women in Mexico near San Cristobal de la ...

Peaches, Si! Tortillas, No!

I was going to write about how to make a tortilla press this week. I had been hankering for homemade tortillas for a while. Unfortunately, I am abysmal at making handmade tortillas thin and round, especially round. So I prevailed upon my Jack of All Trades and Master of Same to make me one. ...

Burma Shave Summer

Summer is the time of travel for most people who have the leisure time or means. When I was young, we didn't travel muchm but when we did it was always a road trip. We all piled in the old Ford and as we got a block away my mom always forgot something and we'd go back. No kidding! This didn't ...

Vegan Gluten-Free Low-Carb Nanaimo Bars

Here's a great recipe for hot summer nights. It's frozen. What could be better? Plan ahead because you have to freeze it each time you add a layer. For example, it might be best to start in the morning if you want to eat it at night.This frozen treat has its own page in Wikipedia, that online ...

Greens and Cornbread for Supper

I'm not from the South, but one thing I've heard that they make a lot down there is cornbread. You know I was "born in the corn" (Iowa) so that's right up my alley. However, I have a somewhat different way of making cornbread. It's not for all you people out there who just want to mix up the ...

I Made Sauerkraut Today

You could say it's in my blood. Or not. It depends on what side of the family you're viewing me from. If you look from the French side of my family you would say, well, if you're from the Alsace-Lorraine area of France I might give you that. If you look at me from the German side you'd say ...

Peter Olsen’s Barn

One of my fondest childhood memories is playing in a gigantic white barn on my grandmother's farm in Ohio. It was like exploring the ruins of a Mayan temple. The huge main floor seemed like a dusty cathedral. The understory where many cows had lived was dark and mysterious. The pigeons ...

Red Rock Road Trip

Dear friends, We just got back from a much needed, long-awaited road trip to the Southwest. It's great to live on a ranch or homestead, but it's also important to get a change of scenery! We usually go to Hawaii because we love it so much and because it's completely and 100-percent different ...

These Boots

There was an old farmer named Martin, From his many shoes you can't part him, Wife says, "They must go!" He shrieks, "No, no, no!" This stubborn old farmer named Martin. My husband said, "Come here. Look at this. Don't you think this would make a good story?" He was talking about his footwear. ...

Tick Season Is Upon Us

You know that book called All Creatures Great and Small? Actually, I never read it. Did it mention ticks? They are definitely small. However, not being a biologist I guess I just don't have the awe and appreciation of the lowly tick. I don't think the ticks think much of me either. They just ...

How to Make Homemade Kefir

Kefir is like buttermilk. That is to say, it tastes like buttermilk. It also has the consistency of buttermilk although the batch I made recently was a little thicker than ordinary cultured buttermilk you find in the grocery store. If you like buttermilk, you will love kefir!The early ...