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Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar-powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service. Among the step-by-step projects is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1,000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; and "heat grabbers" that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.
Want to read more? Preview this book: How to Make a Solar Still.
Author: Eric Smith
Turn simple shipping pallets into stunning crafts for your home!
With DIY Wood Pallet Projects, you can finally personalize your space without having to spend a fortune on getting that perfect rustic chic look. Featuring 35 creative upcycling ideas, you'll transform old wood pallets into beautiful projects that will help fill your home and yard with style and personality. If you've never picked up a power tool, don't worry. The easy, step-by-step instructions guide you through the entire woodworking process as you re-create all of your favorite designs. Inside, you'll find one-of-a-kind creations like:
Complete with stunning photographs and plenty of inspiration, each of the designs in DIY Wood Pallet Projects will be the perfect addition to your home.
Author: Karah Bunde
The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most, and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Part practical guide, part memoir of her life with animals, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes.
Author: Tracey Stewart
Eat your vegetables — and plant them too!
Plant the pits, roots, shoots, and seeds of almonds, anise, avocadoes, beans, celery, citrus, dates, fennel, figs, gingerroot, kiwi, mango, mustard, papya, peanuts, persimmon, pineapple, pomegranate, sesame, squash, turnip, tropical guava...and more!
You can also have houseplant fun with fruits, nuts, herbs and spices. From the common carrot to the exotic cherimoya, dozens of foods have pits, seeds, and roots waiting to be rescued from the compost bin and brought back to life on your windowsill. Planted and nurtured, the shiny pomegranate seeds left over from breakfast, and the neglected piece of gingerroot in your refrigerator will grow into a healthy, vigorous houseplants — kitchen experiments in the wonder of botany.
Author: DEBORAH PETERSON
Indian raiders massacred the wagon train in which seven-year-old Hardy Collins and three-year-old Betty Sue Powell were a part. Everyone else was killed. Only Hardy and Betty Sue survived. After the massacre, they were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them — and their luck was about to run out.
Author: LOUIS LAMOUR
Preparedness must begin from the inside out. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can often determine whether or not you can physically endure catastrophic circumstances. Poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health issues, and the simplest toothache can transform into an abscess that poisons the blood. You never know what small step you could have taken that would have helped you bounce back from an injury or could have reduced your risk of falling ill, so it is important to start preparing for the worst by treating your body the best you can. When you never know what’s going to happen, this book will give you the resources to plan ahead, assess your situation, find a solution, and help you keep going.
Author: Jeff Garrett
Dehydrators have transitioned from the kitchens of the world's best chefs onto the wedding registry—and this book reveals why. There's no dinner party with friends, school lunchbox, or weekend-backpack dry bag that isn't made more delicious and nutritious thanks to a dehydrator. The 80 recipes include ways to incorporate your dried creations in your baking, cooking, and cocktails. Maybe you didn't know you needed a dehydrator. Now you do!
Author: Sara Dickerman
Drink the Harvest shows you how to create juices, ciders, wines, meads, teas, and syrups to savor any time of year.
Author: Nan K. Chase, DeNeice C. Guest
Duck Eggs Daily, a valuable guide to raising ducks for eggs and companionship. This is also a book for chicken keepers who want to add ducks to their flock. Steele provides an information-packed, beautifully photographed how-to for raising – and living with – happy, healthy ducks. She examines every aspect of her ducks’ lives, including duck houses and pools, health care, duck behavior and blending ducks into a chicken flock. Lisa also features a selection of favorite recipes using duck eggs.
Author: Lisa Steele
No matter where you cook, cast iron can do it all! Rediscover what our grandparents always knew: Cast iron cookware produces mouthwatering food that practically slides out of the pan. Versatile enough to go from stovetop to oven, cast iron works equally well on grills and over campfires, and clean up is a breeze. Dutch Oven and Cast Iron Cooking offers complete instructions for using the classic Dutch oven to bake, simmer or roast your way to delicious food. This delightful book provides 50 recipes for breakfast, breads, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Also included are valuable tips for seasoning, cleaning, drying and storing cast iron cookware. Perfect for any camp enthusiast, each recipe comes with instructions for both indoor and outdoor cooking methods.
Author: Peg Couch
Internationally known food historian William Woys Weaver presents a richly photographed gastronomical journey into the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch food traditions, with more than 100 heritage recipes and the colorful stories behind them – including Shoofly Cake, New Year’s Pretzels, and the original Snickerdoodles. Dutch Treats explores the vast diversity of authentic baked goods, festive breads, and pastries that we call Pennsylvania Dutch (named for the German-speaking immigrants who settled there starting in the late 1600s).
Author: William Woys Weaver
These 150 delicious recipes mine the treasure in your kitchen—the fronds from your carrots, leaves from your cauliflower, bones from Sunday’s roast, even the last lick of jam in the jar are put to good, tasty use.
Author: Sherri Brooks Vinton
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