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Cook A Steak Like a Pro!

Hi Everyone!

Look yummy?

steak

In this video I am showing you how to cook/grill a steak like a professional!

This is a great technique if you don’t have a grill or just don’t want to get the grill out!

If you pay attention in your favorite steak house, this is how they do it.

Please make sure to share and comment! I love to share and learn from sharing.

Resources:

‘Searing’ cast iron like I have (seems you cannot get a round on anymore, does not matter) – Grill Skillet

The awesome “Ove’ Glove”! This link brings you to a two pack,,,, trust me that’s what you want! — Ove’ Glove

Pressure cook a steak (previous post from me, good method but not as good). – How to pressure cook a steak

Thanks for visiting and please comment!

Cheers!

Willie

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Make a Handy Box out of a Gallon Plastic Container

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!!

Here is a cool project which uses a gallon container (milk, water etc..) to make a very handy closable container. Here is a picture of mine, now decorated,  from the video.

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I keep all of my daily stuff (wallet, knife, keys, lighter, flashlight etc..) in it for easy organization (Jill, my wife, loves it)

Here is the video on how to make your own!:

Resources:

It’s occasionally difficult to find the industrial strength Velcro you can get it –> Here

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Use Newspaper to Clean Windows!

Hi Everyone!

This is a neat money saving trick! I had actually forgotten about this myself for years.

At a point in my youth, I was riding around some city with my mom (I think it was San Antonio, TX) when we pulled up to a busy intersection and this guy almost jumped on our hood and started cleaning the windshield glass! It was interesting to me that he was using newspaper to clean the glass instead of a cloth or paper towel and it was working very well! Anyhow, after a few dollars exchanged we were on our way.

After a while, I asked my mom about this and she said using newspaper to clean glass works great! When she was younger that is how they always did it!

Here is my short demo:

As it turns out, the newspaper is actually very lightly abrasive and therefore cleans windows extremely well. You can use regular window cleaning solution (the blue stuff) of even make your own with a mixture of water and vinegar..

Free newspaper is everywhere, look for weekly publications and stock up! It can be used for an amazing number of things (see resources section below).

Resources:
How to make your own window cleaning solution (coming soon)

How to make newspaper fire logs

Make early season seedling pots (coming soon)

Thanks for watching and visiting my site! Cheers!
Willie

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Using LED Christmas Lighting for Night Lights

Hi Everyone!

This is a quick video of how I have used LED string lights for the purpose of night lighting at the house.

I have three dogs and a young daughter which tend to leave little surprises for me when I prance around through the night. I have cussed at many a stray toy or bone! I also hate being half asleep and going to the bathroom to be completely blinded by the several hundred watts of normal bathroom lighting!

Anyhow ’tis’ the season for holiday lighting to start showing up. The new cool thing has been battery powered strings and even solar powered strings. These free you from the plug and also make them invaluable in a power outage. This video shows you how I have used both (for over a year now) to avoid those late night problems!

Please note. I did not include any footage of the lights operating at night because it did not represent what the human eye sees very well. These lights are impressive.

Resources:

The solar strings I used in the video –> Solar LED Strand

The battery powered strings which are perfect for bathrooms. –> Battery Powered Solar LED string 

Here are the adhesive patches I used. –> Adhesive hooks for lighting

Interested in the battery charging system I have?  It has saved us soooo much money.

Here is the charger –> Titanium Smart Fast

And the Batteries –> Tenergy Batteries

 

Cheers!

Willie

 

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Mix Your Own No Rinse Disinfectant Spray!

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it has been a while, life has sent me a few ‘curve balls’ in the last couple of months :)! I hope this post makes up for my absence.

In this video I show you how to make your own “no rinse disinfectant spray” (or sterilizing spray) for about 2% of the price of the store bought version and it works exactly the same!

I estimate this has saved my family about $50 in the last five months.

A few of the key points:

1) Either use an non see-through spray bottle or store the bottle in a dark place when not in use, it will last longer.

2) This dilution is using the ‘concentrated’ bleach. I chose to do this as I can no longer even find regular strength.

3) Make sure you let the solution sit on the surface for at least two minutes before wiping dry so chemistry can do its thing.

4) Remember no rinse is needed

 

Make more solution when the very faint smell of bleach can no longer be detected.

Resources:

The dilution used in the video was 1 Tsp of concentrated bleach per 24 ounces of water.

So If you want to make a Gallon of solution then 5 Tsp of concentrated would be sufficient.

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The Top 5 Most Commonly Made Mistakes of Food Storage

Hi Everyone!

I am very pleased to share this guest post from Dirk Puckett of DailyBread.com. Thanks so much Dirk,  and congrats on your sponsorship of the Denver Self Reliance Expo!

Enjoy!

Willie

Top 5 Most Commonly Made Mistakes of Food Storage

                We all want to be prepared for a rainy day, but when we are preparing, how do we really know if we have what we’ll need? We’ve put together a list of the top 5 most commonly made mistakes people make when putting together a food storage to help you out with that question.

  1.        Lack of Variety. Many people bulk up on canned food items and forget about water, wheat, and other staples of daily life. Remember that in order to survive, you are going to need every food group. This includes vitamins and minerals. Since the food your family will be eating won’t be fresh, it won’t be as nutrient-dense and you may need extra vitamins, especially if you have children.
  2.        The Quick Fix. Most people forget that in a dire situation they may be injured and unable to function like they usually would. For circumstances like this, you will need a quick source of food that takes little to no prep work at all. Freeze-dried food or a packaged protein bar is a good example of this. If your legs are both broken, or you have 1 minute to grab something before you run out of a burning building, you won’t be able to eat much of anything else.
  3.        1 Step at a Time. Do not make the mistake of buying a huge load of wheat this month, then a huge load of beans next month, and a huge load of something else the next. Buying in bulk one item at a time does not prepare you very well if the emergencies were to happen tomorrow, and all you have is 300 pounds of wheat. Start off with covering all the essentials, and then slowly build up to having bulk amounts, instead of the reverse.
  4.        Buy it, Use it. Something that is important to remember is to cook from and regularly use your food storage. It must be constantly replenished it anyway, so you might as well not waste your money by simply throwing it away. It will also better prepare you for a dire situation because you will not only have the resources, but know what to do with them!
  5.        Keep the Containers! It is incredibly important to keep everything you store in plastic or metal containers. If it is kept in paper or plastic bags, it can be exposed to moisture, bugs, or other things that can cause it to go bad. When you buy in bulk that is an awful-lot of money and food to be wasted just because you didn’t put it in a container.

Remember these simple tips and you are well on your way to becoming an expert on food storage! For more information on food storage and tips for how to improve yours, click the link.

Author Bio- Dirk Puckett is a food storage lover, who lives for helping others with emergency preparedness.

How to pressure can potatoes (Tattler Lids!)

Hi Everyone!

I happened to find a great a few months ago on some beautiful potatoes. So, I decided to preserve/store them! Pressure canning is a great method! I also had my first chance to try out my reusable Tattler lids and it is a very good product (this review is not paid in any way, they are jut great!)

I hope you enjoy!

Resources:
Tattler Lids —>> Wide Mouth; Click Here

Tattler Lids —>> Regular Mouth; Click Here

Canning funnel and other essentials –>> Click Here

Stocking up III, a great book for the new and experienced pressure canner –> Click Here

Some people have noticed my very cool pressure weight. Yes, it is awesome and solves a lot of problems! –>> Click Here

Thanks for visiting/watching! If you have any comments, or questions please,,, ask!

Cheers!

Willie
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Casino and Micro-Brewery anyone?

Hi everyone!

Sorry to have been a slacker for a bit here, I have been in and out of my “day job” for a while and it seems like things are finally starting to stabilize again. Thanks for all of the support from you all.

I have several posts I am hping to make today and a this is a unique one. My neighbor is a real estate agent and he has a really cool property for sale!

Ever imagined owning a casino and Microbrewery? I have since I was 16! I just don’t have the cash, but in interest of helping my neighbor out I wanted to post this. Very cool opportunity for someone out there!

Please share if you find it worthy. I put the video together and think its pretty cool!

Premium Turnkey Award Winning Micro-Brewery, Famous Gambling Hall on 2 Levels including Direct Walk-Out to Parking Lot and Walk-In from Main Street, Two Bars, Complete Full-Service Restaurant, and Huge Rear Parking Lot and Attendant Building. Asking Price for this Complete Turnkey Business is for a limited time only. Sellers are considering selling the Micro-Brewery as a separate business component. Act Now! Dynamic 5 Businesses-In-One Opportunity with a Long, Established, & Loyal Client-Guest Base!

• Award Winning Micro-Brewery
• Famous Gambling Hall on 2 Levels
• Complete Full Service Restaurant
• Two Full Bars
• Huge Contiguous On-Site Parking Lot with Attendant Building
• 6 City Lots

Total of 6 City Lots! Premium Corner Location Visible on 3 Streets: Main St., Gregory St., and Spring St., Terrific Car Count from and to Interstate 70 that passes by Business onto the Central City Parkway. Walk-in to both levels! Listing Company cordially invites you for a complete Micro-Brewery Tour with samples. Must See! Call Now for Your Confidential, Private Preview and Tour.

Price: $3,200,000 Building Size: 5,502 SF Price/SF: $581.61 Property Type:Special PurposeProperty Sub-type:Special Purpose (Other)Property Use Type: Business For Sale No. Stories: 3 Year Built: 1874 Lot Size .50 Acre

Jerry’s number is at the end of the video. If there is a chance you are interested in this, feel free to contact me also.

Cheers!

Willie

 

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A Better Way to Destroy Confidential Information and Protect Your Identity

Hi Everyone!

In this video I am pleased to share with you a review of a very cool product called the PAPERMASHER.

I received a comment on one of my videos about making newspaper fire logs from a nice guy named Daniel. He told me about the PAPERMASHER product and said it might be a good input to the process of making fire logs.

I asked him if he would be willing to send me a set and let me do a demo,, and……

A VERY short time later I received a package in the mail and there they were!

What you get:

  • Two (2) PAPERMASHER  bags
  • Instructions

Summary of the review? Awesome results!! There is no chance anyone is going to make heads or tails of what was processed.

As an added bonus, these do make a perfect input to the fire log press. Or chunk the pieces up and you have beautiful fire starters for next to nothing.

I’ll let the video speak for itself, bottom line is thumbs up! 

Resources:

Get your bags here -> PAPERMASHER

These are great input for making -> Newspaper fire logs

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Pressure Canning Unusual Foods For Science Fair!

Hi All!

This is a film of my daughter (all of this is her idea, for her school science project) pressure canning her favorite foods at the age of 8. Pretty cool stuff! I learned a lot also.

I think this is another lesson on how versatile pressure canning really is, not everything may be perfect, but it works very well.

I’m especially impressed (and will do more) with the bacon and beef. They both worked like a charm and did taste great.

Cheers!

Willie

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