Welcome to Mary’s Nest
Would you like to be a Modern Pioneer?
I’ll show you how!
Come join me in my Kitchen, my Garden, and around the Texas Hill Country as I share my best Homemaking Ideas & Inspirations for how to Live Naturally, Cook from Scratch, and Celebrate Thrifting…all while finding joy in the simplicity of Modern Pioneer Living and delighting in “The Magic of Ordinary Days.”*
Hi, I’m Mary
I’m a former New Yorker now a Modern Pioneer Living and Loving in the Texas Hill Country
And I’m so Glad You’re Here Visiting My New Website
So come join me and begin your journey as a Modern Pioneer –
No matter what the century or where you call home!
What you’ll Find Here
I’ll be covering How to Cook from Scratch including making Traditional Real Foods using Seasonal Ingredients – including how to Preserve the best of the Harvest.
I’ll also share my tips on how to Live Naturally including How to start an Herb Garden and make Herbal Tinctures and Tisanes, How to prepare Homemade Remedies, and How to make gently scented Health and Beauty Items as well as Natural Cleaning Products.
And we’ll travel together around the Texas Hill Country as I share how to search out the best bargains from local Thrift Shops to beautify our homes.
A Love of Homemaking & Pioneering = Modern Pioneering!
So what exactly is a Modern Pioneer? In a modern world it’s someone who has a love of – and is a champion for – traditional homemaking, cooking from scratch, making natural remedies, gardening, and thrifting.
It’s someone who enjoys rolling up their sleeves and isn’t afraid of hard work.
It’s someone who does their best to make the most of everything and not to waste.
And most of all it’s someone who finds joy in all of these things with the spirit of a pioneer.
So if that describes you…lets begin our journey together to Master the Art of Modern Pioneer Living – no matter what the century or where we call home!
My Simple “Cooking from Scratch” How-To Video Lessons Include:
– Mastering the Basics –
Making Bone Broths
Making Sourdough Starter and Sourdough Bread
Soaking & Sprouting Grains
And once you “Master the Basics”…
There will be lots of videos covering topics including:
Easy Recipes featuring Real Foods
Advice on How to Shop
Tips on How to Best Stock Your Pantry
Food Prep Short-Cuts…
Time-Saving Kitchen Tips & Tricks
How to Grow Herbs
How to Make Tinctures and Tisanes
How to Make Natural and Herbal Remedies
Cooking Real Foods from Scratch is Easier and Less Expensive that you think
All of this information will get you started on the path to creating Easy Real Food Meals that will be Flavorful and Delicious as well as Appealing to the Eye. You’ll cook and eat foods that are Familiar, Affordable, Budget-Friendly, and Free of Additives that your friends and family will love.
And When it Comes to Natural Living, what better place to start than with an Herb Garden
Herbs are easy to grow and maintain. In many ways, they are like weeds…once they’re established they are there for good!! My kind of garden. 😉 But best of all is how much herbs offer to the home cook – and all basically for free. Herbs make wonderful seasonings but also can be used to make tinctures, tisanes (herb teas), and healing home remedies.
And when it comes to feeding and comforting yourself and your family during times of colds, flus, stomach bugs, and various aliments that crop up from time to time – you’ll have lots of healing homemade foods and herbal home remedies tucked away in your pantry. What more could a home cook ask for!
Thrifting and Beyond…
I look forward to taking you along with me as I search for vintage finds for my kitchen and my garden in and around the Texas Hill Country. Well shop, stop for lunch 😉 and all the while be enjoying the beautiful countryside which I am blessed to call home.
A Blessing of the Simple Art of Homemaking and Natural Living
My wonderful mother, who is in her 90s now, took complete delight in being a homemaker and perfecting the art of homemaking. She cooked real food – in season – and made everything homemade from scratch. She kept her pantry well-stocked so as to never run out of food and be prepared during hard times or bad weather. She always had a garden including a huge herb garden which provided her with the raw materials for creating a a plethora of natural remedies for coughs, colds, the flu, and a myriad of other ailments. She enjoyed making homemade cleaning products, not only for the money they saved, but for the fragrances she loved that pleasantly scented our home. And above all, she took complete joy in natural living.
My mom taught me how to cook Real Food from Scratch and to use every last bit of every ingredient we had in our fridge, our pantry, and our garden. Having grown up during the Depression of the 1930s, my mom learned how to make the most of everything. She was a true pioneer in spirit with a bit of Yankee grit thrown in. And I am blessed that she passed her knowledge on to me.
And now I’m continuing on in her pioneer spirit with my Yankee grit in tow – albeit I’m now living and loving in the beautiful Texas Hill Country…with the man of my dreams. But that’s a story for another day!
And so, let our journey together as “Modern Pioneers” begin. I look forward to getting to know you!
If you wish to contact me, visit my Contact page or—via the old fashioned way—at:
P.O. Box 342001
Austin, Texas 78734
Much love to all and God bless,
July 2018 – The Texas Hill Country
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*Ann Howard Creel