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How to Make Mason Jar Candles

Beeswax is Nature’s natural air purifier. Here’s a simple, thoughtful gift idea that you can make at home in under one hour! So let me show you how to make mason jar candles. You can use many types of mason jars, but opt for ones that are short and wide mouthed. You’ll also want to opt for beeswax pellets instead of blocks because they will fill the air pockets better […]

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Forging a Steel Striker: A Visit to The Blacksmith

On a recent Saturday morning I paid a visit to my friend Lin Rhea, an extremely talented blacksmith who is keeping an ancient tradition alive. He specializes in historic blacksmithing and makes the most incredible things with fire, metal, and strength–from forged scissors, to pliers, to the most stunning knives. I decided to share a live demonstration on my YouTube page, which features all kinds of pioneer skills. I hope […]

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How to Make Sugared Flowers

This spring and summer, decorate your cakes with beautiful natural edible sugared flowers. There are so many out there that you can make use of. In this episode of my Modern Pioneering series, I show you how to make sugared flowers from nature. And if you’re not sure which ones are edible, check out my list of edible flowers to grow in your garden for tips on what you can […]

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Honey Orange Wild Boar with Fennel Herb Salad

As you know by now, I am a big believer in getting my meat from a whole animal because you get more for your money when you break it down yourself. For example, my latest video on How to Quarter a Chicken shows you how to do just that. And on my recent Adventure Getaway I spent a lot of time butchering wild boar with the ladies who attended. We […]

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Sika Stew with Spring Vegetables

On my recent Adventure Getaway, I was gifted a whole bunch of wild meat, not to mention that we harvested some lovely wild hogs. So I have been cooking up a storm, and one delicious recipe I made here recently was Sika Stew with Spring Vegetables. Of course you could use any kind of venison, or even beef, elk, bison or your other favorite stew meat, but I noticed that […]

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How to Cut an Onion Without Crying

I don’t know about you, but I can’t cut an onion without major tears running down my face. But I love cooking with onions, so I decided it was time to get to the bottom of it and find a solution. In this latest live episode on my YouTube Channel, I tried four different methods for how to cut an onion without crying to see if any of them worked […]

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How to Take Care of Garden Tools

I think the only way to make it through a lingering winter is to dream of things to come in spring. My grandmother used to make a pencil drawing of her garden and how she wanted it to look, and then she would go about making lists of the things she was going to grow in it. And then perhaps go further into the recipes she might make with the […]

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Make Your Own Potting Soil Mix For Less

If you’re like me, you’re already thinking past the winter weather and dreaming up what kinds of things you can plant in the spring. In this episode of Modern Pioneering I show you how to make your own potting soil mix so that you can have a container garden no matter what kind of space you have around you. I’d love to know if you have any tricks of your own, please […]

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Cowboy Coffee

Do you know how to make the best cup of campfire coffee? Let me show you how. In this episode of Modern Pioneering I show you how to make make delicious campfire coffee while camping using this Cowboy Coffee recipe. And I even have a secret trick if your coffee is too acidic, you won’t believe what it is! Be sure you’re subscribed to my show for more Modern Pioneering […]

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