Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“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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“7 Edibles Right in Your Backyard”

There is tremendous value in understanding our intimate relationship to the natural world, and in our hectic fast-paced lives, so many of us forget to stop and smell the rosemary. Here are nutritional benefits of 7 edibles that are right in your backyard, no trip to the grocery store needed!  When you have had your fill of garden squash, pick the blossoms that form on the vines before they bear fruit. […]

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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 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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