Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“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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“How to Make Mason Jar Lights”

“This is going to be very glamorous” my friend said as we started this project. We tried putting in a red light bulb, which was like going to an old pharmacy. It would also work well with an Edison light bulb. This is the simplest version, which relies on gravity to prevent the light bulb from touching the bottom of the jar. But if you want to secure the bulb […]

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“How to Make Homemade Candles”

The candles you buy in stores might look and smell pretty, but they also may contain harsh toxic chemicals, which could be bad for your health. On the bright side (no pun intended), I’m going to show you how simple it is to make an all-natural, homemade candle. Yes folks, the same process they used many years ago… And now, you’ll see just how easy this tutorial is and think, […]

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“How to Turn Wine Bottles into Drinking Glasses”

I have been posting various stages of this project on my social media accounts for the past few weeks and have gotten a lot of inquiries for how to make these bad boys. Well, first off, the step-by-step instructions are in my book Modern Pioneering, (do you have a signed copy yet?) along with some other amazing Martha-Stewart-Meets-MacGyver projects. But here I am posting it for you to show you […]

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“How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns”

These Mason Jar Lanterns are an inexpensive way of personalizing and styling your home or dinner party, and can also be given to friends as gifts. Hang them from tree branches or set them on tables for a romantic evening light. They are rustic and whimsical at the same time and chances are you have most of what you need already in your house. Things you will need include: A […]

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“How to Make a DIY Wreath from Nature”

As a child I’d sit on a boulder by the creek with my dad, push a fat worm onto a hook, and fish for trout for breakfast. I snipped wild chives from the bottom of the back stairs for omelets, I hung from vines until they fell and made wreathes, I painted using crush berries and grass as my ink, and proclaimed myself the wild raspberry queen, battling the birds […]

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“DIY Paper Mâché Gold Bowls”

When I was younger, I mastered the art of paper mâché. There are so many things you can do with it, it’s like a science experiment. With that being said, I’ve created a simple bowl, spray painted it gold, and added sea salt for a nice texture. This indeed was a science experiment, because I made a homemade mâché paste and it took overnight for the balloon to dry with the […]

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“How to Start Composting”

Composting is the process of turning organic waste, like vegetable scraps, into nutrient-rich soil for your garden. It involves layering “green” matter with “brown” matter, in a ratio of two parts brown to one part green. Most apartment dwellers don’t have the land for a traditional compost pile, but not to worry; there are all kinds of options. For example, there are compost tumblers that allow you to rotate your […]

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