Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“Video: Christmas Tree Napkin Fold”

An elegant table setting makes any dinner special, but especially around the holidays. In this video you’ll learn a festive Christmas tree napkin fold that is very quick and easy to put together, and will surely delight your family and guests. Supplies ●  Square fabric napkin ●  Optional: candy cane, berries, or ribbon for the top, and a pin Instructions Start with a square fabric napkin and fold it twice […]

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“DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas”

With just days to go now until Christmas, there is still time to get creative with holiday gift wrapping, using materials we already have on hand or have right outside our doorstep. So often, we buy gift wrapping and boxes only to see them torn apart and thrown away quickly. This season, try some new ideas instead. For example, turn your cereal and other dry-goods boxes inside out, re-tape them and […]

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“How to Make a Wreath from Nature”

A wreath is an easy thing to make for any season and a great activity in which you can incorporate your kids. To gather the key ingredient for this project, you’ll need to go in search for  the types of vines that are thinner and therefore good for wreath making—wisteria, honeysuckle, and grape are some of the most common. A walk in the woods, a local park, or even a […]

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“Video: Cookie Mix in a Jar”

The holiday season often means festive parties to attend. This homemade cookie mix gift is a delicious idea for a hostess, as well as friends, neighbors and family. You can put it together quickly with items you have in your pantry, it’s economical, and the recipient will appreciate it long after. Watch the step-by-step video here: Great Holiday Cookie Jar   Pin It

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“DIY Homemade Bug Spray”

As with many household items, natural bug spray can be made inexpensively and naturally at home. Why would you want to make your own bug spray? One key reason: Your own product won’t contain the chemical DEET, which — although approved by the EPA — is known to cause a host of problems, from allergic rashes to neurological damage. This recipe for bug spray can be put together quickly. Best […]

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“Flower, Berry & Herb Studded Ice Cubes”

I’ll be on the P. Allen Smith show in the next week. He is one of my favorite people and I had such a great time. It plays at different times in different markets but you can check your local listings at: www.pallensmith.com/television/station-guide. We did everything from making exotic fruit bowl vases, to making my recipe for Bacon Micheladas, to my technique for making berry, flower and herb studded ice cubes.  Here is […]

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“How to Defend Your Body Against Microbes”

Microbes. They are everywhere around you. Some are good and some are bad. The harmful microbes enter the body and cause bacteria, viruses or diseases. Our immune system sometimes needs a boost in order to fight off these microbes, keep us healthy, and to prevent us from getting sick. So if you start feeling ill, don’t reach for a bottle of over-the-counter drugs. Try an all-natural remedy instead. In fact, these […]

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“How to Skin a Deer”

A few years ago I posted step-by-step instructions on How to Skin a Pig. I was on a javelina hunt in west Texas and proved that javelina could be made to taste delicious. Today, I’m going to show you How to Skin a Deer (spoiler alert: it’s very similar, but we could all use a refresher.) I recently made a new friend here in Texas named Roy who is a […]

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