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Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day

It is Earth Day 2016. This is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Let us all remember to honor our precious planet today and do something to preserve and protect it.

My Recycled Bags wrote about recycling, repurposing, or reusing something. Every little bit helps so on this day, take the time to pick up some litter, use a little less water, walk rather than drive to a nearby location or plant a tree.

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Vintage Water Filter Idea

Here is another vintage idea from the old Ogden cigarette card collection. This card shows how to use a bucket with a hole drilled in the bottom for an emergency water filter.

According to the back of the card, this cigarette tip was Boy Scout Tip 47 issued by W.A. and A.C. Churchman, a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. The back reads: Continue Reading →

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Homemade Yogurt in Quart Jars

I have been working on honing my skills at making things that I might ordinarily purchase at the grocery store. My next experiment was to make homemade yogurt.

I researched several different homemade yogurt recipes on-line to come up with my own small-size batch recipe. I wanted to make my yogurt in Mason quart jars for easy processing and storage. Plus I only wanted to make a few quarts of the homemade yogurt so this is the ingredients and recipe I used:

2 Quart glass jars
1 half-gallon of Whole Milk
1/2 cup of plain active cultured yogurt

Bring milk to boil slowly over medium to medium+ heat until it reaches Continue Reading →

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Dryer Lint & Egg Carton Firestarters

Recycling dryer lint and egg cartons can make some great firestarters. Dryer lint burns well and is a wonderful material to use for making fire starters.

All you need to do is save the dryer lint from the clothes dryer vent, a few cardboard egg cartons, and some old candle wax. I added some bits of wood and yarn scraps to enhance the firestarters. You can use cardboard and scraps of paper also for additional material in your firestarters.

Fill the egg carton with bits of the materials such as dryer lint, yarn and paper about 1/4 full. I just use whatever materials I have on hand at the time to fill each egg cup hole. Warm old candle wax and dibble it in each hole over the material. Add more dryer lint and/or yarn and wood bits and dibble more hot wax over the materials until Continue Reading →

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Dutch Oven Pot Roast Meal

Roasting a pot roast meal in a Dutch Oven is so easy and good tasting. So when it comes to the proverbial question, “What’s for dinner?” You can say a wonderful pot roast meal. Not only is it great tasting but super easy to put together. Once you start cooking with cast iron, you will love the results and easy cast iron care steps.

Just place a 3-4 pound beef roast in the Dutch Oven. I like to use a cast iron trivet in the bottom to keep the meat up from the bottom but it’s not necessary if you don’t have one. Season the meat with all goodies you like on it such as seasoning salt, pepper, onion, garlic, sage, few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and some beef broth. I like to put all the ingredients in a large measuring cup and mix it all up and pour it over the meat and veggies.

Next add the potatoes, some slices of onion and other veggies. I used carrots and some sliced celery too. Again I like to pour the seasoning and broth over the meat and veggies before baking.

Put the lid on the Dutch Oven and bake Continue Reading →

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Match Lighting Tip

Lighting a match in the wind can be tricky.

Check out this vintage and useful idea for lighting a wooden match that provides extra burn time and protects the flame. I just love these old cigarette card tips. There are truly timeless.

Here is my wooden match that I cut. Continue Reading →

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