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Category: How-To

How-To information and tips. Learn how to build, cook, make or achieve something in your quest to live a simple, happy life.

Building a Dog House and Rabbit Hutch

By: Missy B

When we sold our last house, the new buyer requested that we leave the dog house and rabbit hutch. We built Clyde’s dog house palace a few weeks ago, since he didn’t have anywhere to cozy up and stay warm. And since then, my bunnies have been housed in a metal dog cage occupying the […]

A Passive Solar Cabin Design, Part I – Getting Ready

By: Tommy B

For over a decade I have been wanting to build a passive solar (and PV panel ready) cabin of my own.  I’ve read a few books and skimmed a lot more, helped friends in various stages of building “green” buildings, and worked with a close friend (ex-wife!) to create a cabin design that not only […]

The Beautiful Bounty of Barley and Rye – from Beer to Bread to Livestock Feed.

By: Tommy B

On Friday I made an all-grain batch of beer – Rye Pale Ale.  As some of you may know when you brew an all-grain batch you can use upwards of 25 lbs. of grain before it’s all said and done.  Even though the barley and rye are doing a great job to produce 10 gallons […]

Canning Golden Delicious Applesauce

By: Tommy B

My friend recently let me “store” his all-grain beer making equipment. We were brewing a batch of beer one evening not long after he dropped it off and I had the idea this setup would for be perfect for canning.  So, today was the day to put up some ‘sauce and I couldn’t wait to […]

Shittake Mushrooms Go Wild!

By: Tommy B

A good friend of mine called a few weeks back and asked it I wanted some Shittake spore plugs.  Yes, I said!  I only have 3 logs in place now and thought it would be a good time to start several more logs… When I got off the phone I realized I needed to check […]

My First Time Skirting and Washing A Fleece

By: Missy B

If you remember, a few months ago I went to a nearby farm to observe sheep shearing and to pick up a couple of fleeces. Well, I finally decided to wash a small batch of wool since it’s the first sunny day in weeks and I wanted to take advantage of it so I could […]

How to Install Hardwood Floors Yourself

By: Amber B.

Learn how to install hardwood floors in this video. Enjoy!

Setting The Twist Of Hand Spun Yarn

By: Missy B

I finished spinning up the beautiful purple and blue merino wool that I started in my spinning wheel demo video and now it is time to finish up the yarn by setting the twist. Many spinners ply together 2 or more strands to get a thicker yarn, but I tend to spin kind of chunky […]

Making a Patchwork Quilt out of Recycled Upholstery Fabric

By: Amber B.

Making quilts out of free upholstery samples is a fun way to recycle.  Did you know that furniture stores often get rid of and even throw away their fabric samples once or twice a year?   The beautiful material is already cut into squares or rectangles making the construction of a simple large patchwork quilt even […]

Making More Lip Balm

By: Missy B

This morning I made some more lip balm, because I needed some colorless ones for Everett. I end up giving these away to people so it was time to make more. I also added a little color in some for myself. If you haven’t already watched my How To Make Your Own Lip Balm video, […]