Cool Stuff – Videos

How to Grind Meat at Home

It’s that time of year when the days are growing a little cooler and hunting season is kicking off. Before you end up overwhelmed with beautiful freshly harvested venison and other goodies, here is how you can get extra points for making the juiciest burgers and tastiest meatballs all year long – by learning how to grind meat at home! How to Grind Meat at Home: Watch Georgia take you […]

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Sage Sugar

When I talked to you a few months back about how to preserve your own herbs, I focused on the basics of drying, freezing and heating. In my new Modern Pioneering series, I show you a few more glamorous ways to do it that turn the herbs into an instant culinary treat, for example this sage sugar. This makes a wonderful gift in an attractive jar and is versatile in […]

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Really Dirty Hand Cleaner

I hope you are all outside this long weekend getting your hands in the dirt! I thought I’d share my potion for a really dirty hand cleaner so you can keep these on your shelf. Gardening season is in full swing so it should come in handy! I’m especially excited to share it with you on video from my new Modern Pioneering series, I hope you’ll subscribe, it’s free. Really […]

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How to Create a Pocket-Sized 48-Hour Survival Toolkit

As you know, I’m pretty keen on knowing a few basic survival skills, from How to Find Your Way Without a Compass to How to Start a Fire Without Matches. Today I’m going to show How to Create a Pocket-Sized 48-Hour Survival Toolkit, and guess what I put it in….? An upcycled Altoids tin! A travel-sized kit that fits in a pocket, purse or glove compartment, is truly useful. A recycled Altoids […]

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How to Weed By Not Weeding

This is my favorite way to deal with weeds when the season begins—no uprooting required! It saves you time and also increases worm activity in your soil so that if you do eventually want to work the soil, it is soft and pliable. You will need a lot of cardboard, which you can often get for free at bike shops, grocery stores, and random Dumpsters near you. Alternatively, you can […]

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How to Read a Compass

We’ve been talking a lot lately about how much we love a good hike and a camping getaway.  In a camping or outdoor adventure, do you want to follow the leader and watch someone else set up the tent, or do you want to be the girl who knows how to read a compass? I have been launching a new episode of my short-form series every day this week and have […]

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How To Purify Your Water

You never know where life’s adventures will take you, whether you’re lost in the woods or stuck in your apartment during a power outage or hurricane. With the weather warming up we are definitely longing to get out and go for those longer hikes and camping adventures, (see our tips for bringing your dogs along HERE). One of the biggest benefits of living a self-sufficient lifestyle is the confidence and power that […]

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How to Wrap Meat for the Freezer

The key to storing and freezing meat effectively is in how you wrap meat for the freezer. Freezer burn, the most common cause of wasted meat in the freezer, is the process of dehydration that happens when meat isn’t wrapped properly. Most people don’t realize it, but even ice evaporates in the freezer over time (ever notice how ice cubes get smaller as they sit there?). Here is how to […]

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How to Make This Epic Feather Wreath

The Fall and Winter months are when I feel most inspired to make things with my hands. The smells in the air, the turn of the leaves, the festive holidays on the horizon, all give me endless ideas for ways to explore nature and make the most of what I have around me. This year, while roaming around, I was inspired to make a wreath not from the traditional things […]

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How to Bake Bread In A Beer Can

Editor’s note: Anjuli is the latest contributor and is truly a lady that lives out her pioneer dreams! She is a natural storyteller with many exciting tales to share and a wealth of #pioneerskills we all can learn from. We are super excited to share her first post about making a beer can oven, really how cool! Take it away, Anjuli! One of my favorite things about camping is how being in […]

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