Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills

DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Just because Punxsutawney Phil said six more weeks of winter, doesn’t mean you can’t get a little head start on Spring cleaning. I love finding new ways to harness the powers of nature in my daily life. Like this Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. Instead of all the harsh chemicals in your typical store-bought cleaner, this one uses the natural powers of vinegar and essential oils to fight the grime. It’s also […]

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How to Make a Citrus Peel into a Candle

From polar vortexes to “snow” days (which in Austin means very cold with partly blue sky), what better excuse to stay warm inside, get crafty and tap into your inner pioneer? The bright colors of citrus overflowing the produce aisles are a great break from all the gray skies. So grab your favorites, classic clementines to the funky tangelos, and while you snack, make yourself some lovely “upcycled” candles! Here […]

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How to Clean a Shotgun Ejector

Did you know, that if you have a break-action shotgun, you are supposed to clean your ejector from time to time? I didn’t until recently. When on one of my Adventure Getaways in December, I discovered that during my flight to Virginia, my steel gun case had been tossed about so much that suddenly my shells weren’t ejecting from the shotgun every time I opened it. In this video, my […]

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How to Stencil Your Staircase

Well, I completed one of the craziest home decor projects EVER. It made me hate life a few times. There were times when I thought about throwing myself in the stream running alongside my house and living with the giant turtle who has a nice life there. Where my turtle friend lives, there aren’t any unreasonable home decor projects. But then I decided to be a grown up and face […]

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10 Rules for Women on Getting the Right Gun Fit and Mount

One of the things I struggled with most when learning how to hunt my dinner, was feeling comfortable with the gun I was shooting. The gun was often heavy, or too long, or too big or just generally awkward feeling. I was borrowing guns often in the beginning, trying them out and seeing what I liked. But the problem with borrowing is that it never gives you a chance to […]

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How to Clean a Dove — On Video!

When I was in Arkansas in early September I spent a lot of time with a lot of boys. Luckily I had ONE girl who came with me, my friend Molly, and we were girly together in the soy fields and I taught her how to hunt and it was her very first experience and it was pure magic together. More on that later. In the meantime, I wanted to […]

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DIY Drip Candles

I have been in home decorating mode these days ever since buying my house here in lovely Austin, so I’m going to be sharing some of the DIY projects I work on along the way, especially because they will make some good homemade gifts as the holidays draw near. First up, a drip candle. Because it makes me feel like I’m tucked away in a corner table at a mom […]

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How to Choose + Cook Salmon

Friends! Did you know that fish can actually be too fresh? Ever notice a white gooey substance coming out of your salmon when you cook it? Want to know how to choose the best fish at the market? Well, then watch this latest episode I did just for you, and use these tips next time you’re planning to cook fish for dinner. *burp* PLEASE NOTE: To watch a crisp, clean […]

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How to Clean Cast Iron

One of my girlfriends wrote me a panicked email recently with full photos of her new cast iron skillet that she had received as a wedding gift. She had been cooking with it happily and running it through the dishwasher after each use, and all of the sudden it just wasn’t working well anymore. Food was burning and sticking, and it was all a hot mess. “Oh honey,” I said. […]

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How to Stencil Your Lawn

This is one of my new favorite summer party decorating tricks. All you need is some poster board and some baking flour. Oh the fun you shall have with this idea in your back pocket. The possibilities are endless. Me and my friends in Arkansas decided to make stars since we were celebrating our independence and all. The thing about making stars is that you need to make ’em even. […]

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