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How to Install Drawer Slides

While there are many types of drawer slides one can purchase or make, I always seem to gravitate back to these full-extension ball bearing slides. I …

Woodworking

New Orleans-Style Beignets

New Orleans, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: 1) Beignets 2) Jazz Fest 3) Beignets 4) Jackson Square 5) Did we mention beignets? We've clearly got a thing for those delightful squares of fried dough coated in powdered sugar. And since Mardi Gras is this Tuesday, February 17, we couldn't …

How To Render Lard - Homestead & Survival

Photo by: www.mommypotamus.com<p>The best type of fat for cooking that is typically healthier than the vegetable shortening at most grocery stores is …

Workshop Tricks: Tangle-Free Power Cords

Dirt Farmer Jay, who does a lot of useful videos about homesteading, gardening, and rural living, offers this video tip for a superior, less kinky way to store power cords. The basic steps are:<p>Starting from one end work all of the twists out of the cord<br>• Plug the male end into the female end<br>• Grab the …

Homesteading

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How To Season, Clean And Care For A Cast Iron Skillet Like A Pro

In today's world of fast-paced living and uber convenience, cooking with a cast iron skillet seems like an antiquated notion. We have nonstick pans we can throw in the dishwasher, so why would we ever bother with a skillet that can't be washed with soap and has to be dried over heat immediately …

How To: Buy, Design or Build DIY Cargo Container Homes

A perfect example of thinking outside the box and living within one. – but what is really involved when buying, designing or building cargo container …

Browse Anonymously with a DIY Raspberry Pi VPN/TOR Router

Surf the Internet securely with your very own portable WiFi VPN/TOR router. You can configure a Raspberry Pi with Linux and some extra software to connect to a VPN server of your choice. The VPN connection encrypts your internet traffic so that hackers and spies can’t figure out what web sites you …

Raspberry Pi

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What Is A Mini Greenhouse: Information And Plants For Mini Greenhouses

Gardeners are always looking for new ways to extend the growing season and make their plant experiments that much more successful. Many turn to mini …

12 must-have Super Bowl party dishes to serve this year

Hosting a Super-Bowl party is as much about the delicious snacks than watching the game itself. From cheesy dips, to sliders, to decadent sweets, the options are seemingly endless. In honor of the game, we've rounded up some of the most popular recipes from Pinterest, and they are insanely …

Cooking

The Ultimate Egg-Ordering Guide, From Sunny Side Up To Soft Boiled

Everyone has a food résumé. On it are the defining, personal preferences that make every individual unique. Your food résumé explains why you always pluck the olives off of your salad and give them to your mother (because you hate olives and she loves them) and why you are the beneficiary of your …

Peanut Butter Crunch French Toast

This decadent version of French toast, from Jamie West at The Mayflower Inn in Washington, Connecticut, is made with two slices of buttery brioche …

10 Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your Desk

Jonny Bowden, a Los Angeles nutritionist who has written eight books, including, most recently, Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long Term Weight Loss, says the ideal office snacks are "well constructed mini-meals." That means food that contains protein, fat and fiber and …

How To Cook Every Winter Vegetable

Vegetable season comes twice a year: in the summer when we froth at the mouth for fresh veggies like corn and tomatoes, and in the first weeks of January, when New Year's resolutions are fresh and naive minds are optimistic about following them. With the holiday season officially behind us, it's …

How To Make a DIY Emergency Kit For Your Home

The storm that hit Western North Carolina recently made me revisit my emergency preparedness pack. I put it together myself, try to do it as …

Cleaning

Simple Ways To Make Salt Water Potable

Image source: Allianz.com<p>Our earth is rightly called the blue planet because of its abundant store of surface water. However, only 2.5 percent of it …

Large Rotisserie Pit BBQ

Introduction: Large Rotisserie Pit BBQ<p>Once a year we gather for a Thanksgiving feast with 3 or 4 turkeys cooked on a spit. Last year we rented a …

Woodworking

Your basic CCW loadout | RECOIL

Check out this video from Concealed Carry Magazine – their editor goes over some ideas for EDC/CCW. What do you think, and would you make any …

Concealed Carry

How to Build a Smokehouse for Smoked Cheese and Meat - Homesteading and Livestock

Long before people had the ability to can or freeze their food, smoking was used to help preserve meat. It’s also used to give a wonderful smoky …

BBQ

How Can I Outfit My Next Backpacking Trip on the Cheap?

<i>A:</i><p>Every centimeter of your pack—and each buck in your wallet—counts. Stuffing it with gear that pulls double or triple duty is one of the smartest ways to consolidate space. I picked seven of my favorite multi-purpose items that you can get for under $7. Hiking smart shouldn't break the bank.<p><b>1.</b> …

Build This Rustic Farmhouse Table

Farmhouse furniture is meant to be a little imperfect. That makes it hard to screw up<p>There's no better way to give thanks than to gather family and friends around an enormous table to share a feast. A farmhouse table would be the perfect spot. You could make one out of construction lumber and …

Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles

Throw it all together and call it dinner? Alrighty then, I will.<p>You know this kinda thing, I know you do. Is it even a recipe? Meh. Who cares.<p>It’s …

How to Make a Bug Out Bag | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.</i><p>The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due …

Genius Pizza Box Transforms Into Plates, And Then Storage For Leftovers

The <i>only</i> flawed thing about pizza is the pizza box. It consumes a tremendous amount of refrigerator space and is terribly difficult to dispose of: It calls for strong arms and a foot-stomping jig to fit inside any conventionally-sized garbage can.<p>GreenBox, a "revolutionary re-design of the pizza …

Our 20 Most Popular Grilling Recipes of All Time

From chicken tacos to barbecued ribs, here are our 20 most popular grilling recipes of all time.<p><b>It's grill time.</b> Though we love our charred kale salads and grilled squid, you love some of our grilling recipes way more than the others. Here are our 20 most popular grilling recipes of all time.

Cooking

Copycat Zax Sauce Recipe

Shares 930.5K<p>Have you ever heard of Zaxby’s? Chances are if you don’t live in the South, you probably haven’t heard of it (though, judging by their …