My thanks to all my viewers—my Sweet Friends—for helping my Mary’s Nest video channel reach over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. I recently received my YouTube Silver Play Button Award in recognition of this honor. (And as of this blog post, my channel has over 155,000 subscribers!)

I am so humbled by all of this! And I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m happy that we’re on our traditional foods journey together. 😊

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Future Plans for Mary’s Nest

I have lots of wonderful things planned for us this year. Together, we’ll discover new ways to bake breads together, create delicious meals, and make wonderful recipes for bone broths, cultured dairy, ferments, sourdough, and lots more!

Your input is very important to me. Please leave me a comment on this blog post, on one of my videos, or through my contact page, and let me know what you would like to learn about as we move forward on this traditional foods journey.

If you’re a subscriber to my YouTube channel, you may already know that I premiere some of my videos. This gives us a chance to chat live together as the video premieres and plays live for the first time. I love to see your comments and answer your questions. If you haven’t had a chance to join me at a recent video premiere, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and select the notification bell to be alerted the next time I premiere a video.

Update: For my Kitchen Pioneers, I also have member-only live streams where we can chat about various topics, including questions you may have on making traditional foods recipes. If you’re not a member, learn more about my YouTube Kitchen Academy membership group.

And if you’re new to traditional nutrient-dense foods, be sure to watch my “What is Nourishing Traditions?” video that will help you get started on your nourishing traditions journey to create bone broth, sourdough, ferments, and more. I hope you’ll join us!

Interview on the Video Ranking Academy Show

Last month, Tony Arriola interviewed me on Sean Cannell’s Video Ranking Academy (VRA) Show. Tony asked me a number of questions, including how I got the idea to start a YouTube channel and how I stay motivated to produce videos consistently.

I shared with Tony that I really have to credit my husband and son. Together, they encouraged me to put my traditional foods cooking classes online. They believed in me right from the start, and both their continued encouragement, as well as from my growing subscribers, helps keep me going.

And now that I have a library of over 270 videos, I have such a wonderful circle of viewers—My sweet friends as I call them—that I look forward to filming as often as I can so that we can continue on this traditional foods journey together!

Here’s a screenshot from the interview that’s available on the VRA member page:

(Picture credit: Sean Cannell’s Think Media)

Start Your YouTube Channel

If you’re a video creator who wants to start or is starting a YouTube channel, I highly recommend Sean Cannell’s VRA course. It can greatly help you learn how to create videos and publish them on YouTube. Sean offers excellent courses and ongoing group coaching to show you how to create videos successfully on YouTube. Join his Video Ranking Academy and be part of the community that I’m a member of, along with many other successful video creators.

Sean also published a book, YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer. His book will also help you on your journey as a YouTube creator.

If you’re a Video Ranking Academy member, I’ll be on the Women of YouTube roundtable on Monday, May 18, 2020, to be part of a select online group sharing their stories about creating content and publishing a YouTube channel. Hope to see you there!

  • Get links to the equipment and services that I use to make my videos – These resources helped me get 10,000 subscribers in 10 months and then go on to achieve the distinction of obtaining over 100,000 YouTube subscribers and the Silver Play Button in a little over a year and a half. (Thank you to all my wonderful viewers!! I love you all!)

Update: If you are thinking about creating your own videos, be sure to read my 7 Tips for How to Start a Successful YouTube Channel. They’ll help you create a YouTube channel that will be meaningful to you and help you serve your viewers.

Start Your Food Blog

Are you also interested in starting a food blog? If so, be sure to check out the amazing services offered by Food Blogger Pro. They’ll teach you how to start, grow, and monetize your food blog.

And if you’re interested in the website host that I use, I list them along with helpful WordPress plugins on my Video Gear and Services page.

Thank You for the Silver Play Button

To all my viewers, thank you again for helping me achieve my YouTube Silver Play Button award. I look forward to continuing to make many delicious and nutritious traditional foods with you in the future!

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Stay in Touch with Mary’s Nest

  1. Subscribe to My YouTube Channel for Traditional Foods Videos (Free) - When you subscribe, be sure to click on the notification bell that will let you know each time I upload a new video.
  2. Subscribe to Mary’s Traditional Foods Newsletter (Free) - Get a free 36-page eBook for signing up: How to Stock Your Essential Traditional Foods Four-Corners Pantry.
  3. Join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy (Optional Paid) - For more detailed videos and exclusive members-only perks, join my YouTube membership community.
  4. Order The Modern Pioneer Cookbook (Optional Paid) - Get a printed book of Mary's nourishing recipes from a Traditional Foods Kitchen. This bestselling cookbook is published by Penguin Random House with their DK imprint.

I look forward to having you join me in my Texas Hill Country Kitchen!

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  1. Diane T. Whitlow says:

    I am new here but not on your youtube site. I so much enjoy your teaching us all how to survive in these days. You deserve this award and all the thank yous and congratulations we can give you. Thank You

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Diane,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate them! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

  2. Wendy says:


    I love your content and following your videos. I have used them for my family. You’re such a wonderful host.
    It would be great to see more food recipes, casseroles and other dishes one can make for meal planning.
    I wish you much continued success!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Wendy,

      Thank you for your kind comments and recommendations. I’ve been adding more recipes for meal planning, but if there any in particular that you’d enjoy, please let me know.

      Love and God bless,

  3. Dee Raiffeisen says:

    Hi Mary,
    I just want to say how excited I am for you and your award. I just found you last week searching for canning easy strawberry jam. It was my first try & I even doubled the batch. Ive never pressure canned or water bathed canned before. By following your tutorial my first time was just as thrilling as when you put the jelly on the cold saucer!

    Thank you for being that women I never had to teach me such a beautiful skill like canning. Ive shared that video with many. Hugs my new friend – Im so happy about my strawberry jam.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Oh Dee!! Thank you so much for this lovely comment!! I am so happy you are enjoying my videos and finding them helpful!!
      Do you enjoy learning about making other traditional foods?  I have a playlist of my videos titled “Mastering the Basics of Traditional Nutrient Dense Foods Cooking”.  It’s a series of 15 detailed videos that covers How to Make Bone Broth, Cultured Dairy, Ferments, Sourdough Starter (my foolproof stater), Sourdough Bread, and How to Soak and Sprout Grains to Make your own Sprouted Flour at Home.  You can watch the VIDEOS here:

      And if by chance you are especially interested in learning about sourdough, be sure to check out my Complete Guide to Sourdough: I think you will enjoy some of these videos.

      Also…If you enjoy making homemade pantry type items, you might enjoy my playlist: where I show how to make Apple Cider Vinegar, 10 Flavored Extracts including Vanilla Extract, 1- Minute Homemade Mayonnaise, Homemade Bouillon – and how to dehydrate it, Natural Food Colorings, Evaporated Milk, Condensed Milk, Preserved Citrus, and more!

      And in the Modern Pioneering spirit…since you are enjoying canning, I have a playlist of my canning videos here which include step-by-step tutorials:

      Oh…And here is my 2020 Channel Update for everything I have planned for the rest of this year: Let me know what you would like to see.

      Oh…one more thing…Do you know about our FB group?  It’s called Mary’s Nest Modern Pioneers.  Come join us!  We have a lot of fun chatting about Traditional Foods:

      Please let me know if you have any questions.  I’m so happy to help!  And I’m so glad we’re on this Traditional Foods Journey together!!

      Thank you again for writing to me!

      Love, Mary

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