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First Annual Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Resort, PA

Smoother and I attended the first annual Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania this past weekend and we had a great time.

We attended workshops and seminars with subjects ranging from raising heritage chickens and turkeys to green building, alternative energy, SPIN farming, sustainable beekeeping and organic gardening. Crowded and semi-unorganized, this fair was still very educational and interesting. Not to mention the "people watching" factor was about a 9.

Our weekend started off Saturday morning with helping a couple ladies in a camp next to ours with some car trouble. Turns out she has a blog about modern homesteading and she only lives about 45 minutes from us. Smoother swapped his battery for hers, and allowed them to get to the parts store for a new one and then to the show.

Big Green Egg - Large

Note: Shown with optional Nest and Mates.

The Large EGG is still our most popular size and is able to easily handle the cooking needs of most families.


- 18-inch diameter cooking grid
- Weighs 140 pounds
- 255 square inches of cooking surface

The Large EGG can cook:
o 20-pound turkey
o 12 burgers
o 6 chickens vertically
o 8 steaks
o 7 racks of ribs vertically

Note: Shown with optional Nest and Mates.


Gun season in Ohio has begun!

Well, I'm back from my annual trip to southern Ohio and I bagged a mature doe. It was not without incident, however. I sixty yard, offhand shot through the front of the ribs didn't drop the deer. She ran through a thicket of what the locals called "china berry bushes" but I later found out that they're actually a species of honeysuckle. (Yes, I'm a botanical nerd)

How to tear down and clean the Remington Gamemaster 760

Step 1: To remove the trigger plate and assembly, called the fire control mechanism by the manufacturer, place Safety on "Safe", (red band not showing) remove magazine by pushing the magazine latch forward, then drift out the front and rear trigger plate pins.Step 1: To remove the trigger plate and assembly, called the fire control mechanism by the manufacturer, place Safety on "Safe", (red band not showing) remove magazine by pushing the magazine latch forward, then drift out the front and rear trigger plate pins.

Review: Remington Gamemaster 760

Remington Gamemaster 760Remington Gamemaster 760

The Model 760
In 1952, Remington introduced the Model 760 GameMaster, a rifle that was to give the company a virtual monopoly on the pump-action, centerfire rifle market. Designed by L.R. Crittendon and William Gail Jr., it used a machined-steel receiver, removable box magazine, and rotating bolt with fourteen interrupted thread-type lugs that locked into an extension of the barrel. The latter feature made for a much stronger lockup while allowing the receiver to be lighter. It was a feature common to a number of Big Green's pump and semiauto rifles and shotguns.

Smokin' Hot Snack Sticks

3 lbs. venison (or any meat type)
3 Tbsp. Tender Quick
1 Tb. cider vinegar
1/4 c. red wine
2 tsp. powdered red pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1. Combine all ingredients and let sit in fridge for 24 hours.

2. Form into rolls by hand or with a jerky shooter and wrap up in foil.

3. Make a bunch of tiny holes in the foil with a fork and put sticks directly on rack to allow the grease to drain/drip off. Remember to put something under the rack to catch the grease so you won’t have a mess!


15 lb. deer meat (ground up)
7 1/8 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. or 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 3/16 tsp. dry mustard, ground
Pinch garlic powder
4 tsp. coriander (ground)
1 c. + 1 tbsp. + 2 1/2 tsp. Tender Quick

Mix together above ingredients, let stand in refrigerator for 24 hours. Stuff into casings. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours, then turn and bake other side for 2 hours.

Need 5 casings.


60 lb. ground venison (or beef)
2 lb. Morton Tender Quick
2 lb. brown sugar
4 tbsp. ground black pepper
4 tbsp. Accent
1 tbsp. powdered (dry) mustard
2 tbsp. mace
4 c. King's syrup or corn syrup
10 to 16 oz. liquid smoke

Review: Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow

The Barnett Wildcat C5 delivers an optimum blend of speed, accuracy and price from a name you trust. This new crossbow from Barnett pushes out bolts at 320 fps and hits home with 114 ft.-lbs. of energy. It's powered by Veloci- Speed high-energy wheels and vented quad limbs.

Fast Eddy Ground Venison Jerky

5# ground venison (may substitute ground beef)
1/4 cup of Tenderquick (a commercial dry brine found in most grocery stores)
2 Tablespoons black pepper
2 Tablespoons garlic pepper
2 Tablespoons marjoram
3 Tablespoons accent
4 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (Lea and Perrins)
1/2 Tablespoon cayenne pepper

Mix ground meat and seasonings. Roll out on wax paper to fit your smoker to 1/8" thick. Smoke for 2 hours at 140°F. Remove from smoker and blot excess fat with paper towel. Flip meat over on new wax paper.

Smoke for 1 hour more at 140°F. Remove jerky. Cut into strips and serve.

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