Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills

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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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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How to String and Dry Peppers

Got an abundance of peppers from your garden? Or love all of the pepper varieties you are finding in the store or farmers market? In today’s Modern Pioneering episode I show you how to string and dry peppers to store for year round use. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! How to String and Dry Peppers: What did you think of this video? Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel? […]

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Succulent Tips for Beginners

Have you ever grown succulents? Do you know how much to water them or how much sun they need? The answers may surprise you. In this latest Modern Pioneering episode I share my succulent tips for beginners. Follow these easy steps to grow beautiful succulents all year round. Succulent Tips for Beginners: What did you think of this video? Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel? It’s free and you’ll learn […]

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DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Your leftover coffee grinds can be used to make a DIY treatment that can have benefits for your skin. Here is how to make a DIY Coffee Body Scrub by upcycling what you have. This is a great way to tighten skin and reduce cellulite. For more Modern Pioneering tips like this be sure to subscribe to my YouTube series for free. DIY Coffee Body Scrub: What items do you […]

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How to Purify Water

Do you know how to purify water? You never know where life’s adventures will take you, whether you’re stuck in a power outage or in the wilderness. It’s good to always be prepared and know how to purify your own water. Today, as part of my new YouTube series I’m sharing this useful skill in several forms. Try is out and tell me what you think! And be sure to […]

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