Modern Day Manifest: Cooking Up a Custom Metal Home

“I manifest abundance by being grateful for what I already have.”  I’ve come to learn that I view cooking just like I view building a custom home- it involves a lot of passion and can look a bit temperamental to the naked eye. You go into it with a plan, maybe even a recipe to… Continue reading Modern Day Manifest: Cooking Up a Custom Metal Home

The Quail Quota: Empowering Texas youth for quail conservation

“Nature is an open book for those who care to read it. Each grass-covered hillside is a page in which is written the history of the past, conditions of the present, and predictions of the future.” -J.E. Weaver My Silver Bullet. If nature is an open book, we certainly read and re-read the pages. Working in… Continue reading The Quail Quota: Empowering Texas youth for quail conservation

The Fiery Farmer: Growing and preserving habanero peppers (and memories) in South Texas

“A fiery poet is nothing if not the fire that burns the fuel that runs the world.” -Anonymous  When it comes to the garden at the Czech Out Ranch I am the caretaker of all things growing. Don’t get me wrong, Adam helps me tremendously with preparation and planting, but I make the at least… Continue reading The Fiery Farmer: Growing and preserving habanero peppers (and memories) in South Texas

The Curious Weed: Eating wild on the ranch

To read Part 1: Foraging on the ranch Click HERE. When asked what the wild Desert Hackberry fruit tastes like it is hard for me to describe. The only thing I can come up with is it tastes like a tiny Rainier cherry however, that could just be my Pacific Northwest background talking. Rainier cherries… Continue reading The Curious Weed: Eating wild on the ranch

The Curious Weed: Foraging on the ranch

Part 1: Desert Hackberry I am naturally curious about everything. Because I didn’t grow up in anywhere remotely similar to South Texas I can often be found staring at what some Texans refer to as weeds or “trash” plants. Even the common mesquite tree is abhorred by many.  I, on the other hand, admire the… Continue reading The Curious Weed: Foraging on the ranch

Rapacious for the Rio: The allure, argument and addiction of hunting wild turkey

Some days I am more wolf than woman And I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild -Nikita Gill “Wolf And Woman” Imagine sitting in complete darkness. On the bare ground. Your back to a tree. That is, if you’re lucky enough to find a tree without a plethora of biting ants or sharp… Continue reading Rapacious for the Rio: The allure, argument and addiction of hunting wild turkey

The West Texas Connection: Conservation waterfowl hunting with Heath Edgerton

  “I hear a Spec in that group!” Hundreds of geese circled above us as we lay motionless under muddy burlap blankets on the banks of a cattle farmer’s pond somewhere on the outskirts of Littlefield, Texas. The morning weather began around 35 degrees and I was thankful for my waders and hand warmers. Our… Continue reading The West Texas Connection: Conservation waterfowl hunting with Heath Edgerton

Say Yes to the Field Dress: Marriage, hunting and more.

Christmas day 2009 I should have known Adam was up to something. Sitting in my parent’s living room I was asked to close my eyes before receiving my Christmas present. I heard the clicks of cameras turning on from our family members as they sat around me. I didn’t even look at the ring when I… Continue reading Say Yes to the Field Dress: Marriage, hunting and more.

Never Lose Hope: Guiding for the Texas Youth Hunting Program

“Bull.”  It was all I could manage to say seven years ago when I got my first taste of what being a guide was all about. Bull. Bull. Bull. I had to repeat it several times to get the attention of the hunter and for fear I’d only said it the first time in my mind.… Continue reading Never Lose Hope: Guiding for the Texas Youth Hunting Program

Small Spaces, Big Hearts: Lessons learned from modern day pioneer life

I first wrote this article back in May where it was originally published on The Hunters Feed Blog. This Thanksgiving marks the three year anniversary that I have spent my life living in a 5th wheel. Three whole years without a conventional roof, or an oven, good water pressure or cable television among many other everyday… Continue reading Small Spaces, Big Hearts: Lessons learned from modern day pioneer life