Trailers, RVs, & Tiny Houses

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DIY Backyard BBQ set-ups

DIY Backyard Smokers & BBQ Pit ideas:

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More ideas:

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Cement block:

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Animal trough + landscape yard pavers:

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Shopping cart BBQ:

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Truck BBQ:

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Computer case BBQ:

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Brick BBQ:

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Cute + affordable terra cotta flower pot BBQ smoker:

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Animal trough from Tractor supply / Lowes / Home Depot + landscape pavers:

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Brick & walkway backyard pavers + buried trash can:

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Welded horse shoe BBQ with tire rim base:

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Fancy concrete fire pit:

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BBQ pit:

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Tire rim BBQ with wood base & roller wheels:

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HUGE concrete rebar DIY BBQ:

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Tire rim wheel BBQ pit:

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Turmeric Lemon Water – so many benefits!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 glass lukewarm water (nut milk works too)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Juice of ½ lemon (or 1 lime)
  • Pinch of black pepper (to increases turmeric’s bioavailability)
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)...[feel free to substitute 1/2 to 1 packet of Splenda]
  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional: for extra anti-diabetic effect) … [I used a stick, as seen in photo]

Directions: Add lemon juice, black pepper, turmeric, honey, and cinnamon to a glass of lukewarm water.

Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for the best energizing effect. Stir constantly while drinking to prevent the turmeric & honey from sinking to the bottom of the glass.

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Q. Why should you drink Turmeric Lemon Water? A. Lukewarm lemon water is great your body. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibers. This adds healthy nutrients, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, and hydrates & energizes the body.

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  • Turmerics boosts the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon water. Curcumin, or turmeric’s active compound, is a potent anti-inflammatory compound which matches the effectiveness of many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Improve brain power. Lemons are an excellent source of brain-boosting potassium and magnesium, while turmeric has been found to reduce the risk of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Antioxidant activity. Both lemon and turmeric possess strong antioxidant activity to keep your skin in perfect condition and keep tumors at bay.
  • Improve digestion. Eating or drinking turmeric on a daily basis stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas, and prevents inflammation of the digestive tract, while lemon juice helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive system.
  • Heart-friendly. Curcumin reduces LDL (or bad) cholesterol, prevents blood clotting, and removes plaque build-ups in the arteries.
  • Weight-loss aid. Lemons stoke the metabolic fire, which helps you to burn more calories from the food you eat.
  • Cleansing properties. Lemons and turmeric stimulate your liver to produce more enzymes. It enables the liver to work more efficiently in eliminating toxins and waste materials.

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Exact items I used (from image above):

  1. Simply Organic Turmeric
  2. Watkins Black Pepper
  3. Organic Cinnamon Sticks from HEB Grocery (but any will do, like these)
  4. Natural Clover Honey
  5. Organic Lemons from HEB Grocery

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I found this recipe & information on NaturalNews.com http://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/heres-will-happen-body-add-turmeric-morning-lemon-water/

Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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How to make ice cream in a coffee can

No ice cream maker? No problem! You can make ice cream in a tin can, a jar, or even a ziploc baggie.

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Coffee Can Ice Cream How To:

http://theysayitsmylife.blogspot.com/2012/09/tin-can-ice-cream.html (step by step pix)

http://meinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2011/07/tin-can-ice-cream.html

http://recipes.slides.kaboose.com/303-easy-fun-homemade-ice-cream/4

http://chewnews.com/originals/how-to-make-ziploc-bag-or-coffee-can-ice-cream/

Jar Ice Cream How To:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-save-your-sanity-with-single-serving-coffee/?ALLSTEPS (lots of pix)

Ziploc Bag Ice Cream How To:

http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/2010/08/ice-cream-in-baggie-kids-project.html

 

DIY Homemade Swimming Pool Gallery

Looking for an interesting, creative, or economical way to make your own swimming pool? Here are some ideas:

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livestock water trough:

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4×4 lumber pool:

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trash dumpster:

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sea containers (things 18 wheelers and trains haul):

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Wood pallets + IBC liquid container = pretty nice little hot tub:

Wood pallets + large sheet of (painter’s?) plastic = nice big pool:

cardboard pool: 

plywood & 4×4 lumber + tarp pool: 

Bill Murray swimming in a dumpster pool: 

Whatever object you use, you may want to coat it a time or two with a water-proof epoxy, and/or put a tarp in it:

Heavy Duty tarp (better at holding water than cheap blue tarps)

Paint & seal almost anything & turn it into a pool with this:

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You may also want to buy a pump/filter from Walmart, Academy Sports, etc.

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These options may not be more practical or less expensive than traditional pools from the store…but if you or someone you know already has one of these items and some free time on your hands, you could be swimming in no time! 🙂

Paleo Ice Cream: French Vanilla, Pralines and Cream, Maple Walnut, & more!

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French Vanilla Ice cream

Ingredients :

–  3 egg yolks
–  16 ounces of heavy cream or canned coconut milk
–  1/2 a cup of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar
–  1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions :

–  Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil while whisking constantly.  You don’t want any lumps
–  Remove from the heat and let cool, then strain into a medium mixing bowl, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
–  Pour the cooked custard into an ice cream maker and run following directions.
–  Put the finished ice cream into a container and store in your freezer.

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Once you have your basic ice cream, you can make lots of variations such as :

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Pralines and Cream

While your ice cream is making, saute a cup of chopped pecans in a skillet with a teaspoon of butter.  When they are toasted, remove the nuts, then add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice to the pan and heat a few minutes more to make a caramel sauce. Add back the nuts and mix until well coated, then pour onto a plate and leave to cool. The sauce will thicken slightly. Once your ice cream is made, mix in the nuts and the sauce, put into a container, and store in your freezer.

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Chocolate Mint

Add a few drops of mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring (optional) to the cooked custard base before freezing.  When your ice cream is made, mix in a cup of chopped dark chocolate, put into a container, and store in your freezer. [Jane Grok note: I strongly advise against using any artificial food colorings, as they are all toxic & damaging to humans.]
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Double Chocolate

Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa to the ingredients when you make your custard base.  Follow the directions above.  When your ice cream is made, mix in a cup of chopped dark chocolate, put into a container, and store in your freezer.
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Maple Walnut

 Use maple syrup as your sweetener and add a tablespoon of maple extract to your custard base.  Follow the directions for Pralines and Cream, but use chopped walnuts instead of pecans.
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Chocolate Sundae

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One of the best ways to serve your french vanilla ice cream is with chocolate. Melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and pour this over your ice cream.  This will form a hard coating like the kind you get on Dairy Queen dipped cones, but much tastier.

This is, of course, incredibly rich, and not the sort of thing you want to eat more than a couple of times a year.  But when you really want to indulge, it’s much, much better for you than anything you can buy.

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Basic Fruit Ice cream

3 cups of chopped fresh fruit
3 1/4 cups of heavy cream or 2 – 14 oz cans of coconut milk
1/2 cup of maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Put all the ingredients into your blender or processor and process until pureed.  Taste to make sure the sweetness is right, then pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the instructions.

The variations on this are endless.

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Peach Melba

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Once you have peach ice cream in your freezer,  you are just a few steps away from having a great summer dessert – Peach Melba.  To make this – slice a peach, top with peach ice cream, and then top that with a raspberry puree which you can make by processing a cup of raspberries in your blender.
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Coconut Pistachio & Vanilla Ice Cream

 Ingredients
– 400 ml(about 1 3/4 cup) coconut milk
– 1 vanilla pod
– 2 egg yolks
– 1-2 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp colza oil
– a pinch of salt
– 4-5 tbsp or 25 g of pistachio nuts (shelled and unsalted)As in my previous recipes, I reduced the coconut milk to half the volume by simmering it for approximately 1 1/2 hour with the vanilla seeds and the vanilla pod.

Add the salt, honey, egg yolks, colza oil and give it a good whisk. Now you have a fat and smooth mixture that should make a very tasty ice cream! Let the mixture cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Chop the pistachios in a mixer and roast them in a dry frying pan. Be careful not to burn them.

Run the ice cream mixture in the ice cream maker and add the pistachios halfway through.

Serve with a bunch of pistachios and enjoy!

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Easiest Paleo “Ice Cream”

A 3 ingredient ice cream. You won’t know what hit ya! Anyone can make this and it’s a pretty darn good (and cheap!) switch-a-roo for store bought coconut ice cream or the likes.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas*
  • 1/2 c coconut milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Method

Remove the peels from the bananas and discard. Place the bananas in plastic wrap and stick in the freezer for at least 5 hours. Once they’re hard all the way through, you’re ready to start making the “ice cream.”

Take out your food processor and toss in the frozen bananas, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Blend until everything is smooth. Done!

Either eat immediately or stick it in a covered dish and freeze it. Take the ice cream out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you’re ready to eat. It can get pretty hard in the freezer.

Thanks to: http://www.health-bent.com/treats/easiest-paleo-ice-cream

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Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Recipe Source: A Couple Cooks (adapted)
What You Need

14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerate before using if possible–I didn’t do this and it was fine)
14-ounce can light coconut milk (I actually just used 2 cans of full fat coconut milk and my ice cream was super creamy!)
½ cup honey
⅔ cup cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon (I omitted this as I wanted plain chocolate ice cream, but I think I’m definitely going to add it next time!)
Pinch kosher salt

What To Do
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk and ½ cup honey. Whisk in ⅓ cup cocoa powder until it is fully integrated (it will take about one minute to mix in). Then mix in the remaining ⅓. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt.
  2. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (it helps if the mixture is cold before freezing; as noted above, we keep cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator so they are already cold). Or, make it without the machine(Jane’s note: I didn’t chill my mixture before and it was fine–I did mix it in my ice cream maker for about 20 minutes until it was the consistency of soft serve)
  3. You can eat the ice cream right away for a soft serve texture, or freeze it for about 2 hours for a harder texture. (I froze mine for a few hours and it firmed up but retained a really fluffy texture!) Enjoy!

Thanks to: http://inthepinkandgreen.blogspot.com/2013/02/paleo-chocolate-ice-cream.html

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Slightly Sweet & Salty Frozen Custard also known as “Healthiest Ice Cream EVER”

Ingredients for Frozen Custard

1 medium butternut squash (will need 2 cups cooked)
1/2 T salt
a few tablespoons coconut oil

13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
2 pastured egg yolks
1 T vanilla
1 t cardamom extract (if you don’t have it, use almond extract)
1 t ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Roast your butternut squash, using the coconut oil and salt. Usually we use the Elana method; however, for this recipe – to increase the caramelization of the natural sugars of the squash – we recommend cubing your squash into 1″ pieces, lathering it in coconut oil, tossing with salt and roasting it at high heat until soft, brown, bubbly and delicious.
  2. Scoop from inside skin if you didn’t separate the flesh already. Then, let your roasted squash cool. Listen. Patience, young grasshopper. We actually let ours cool overnight – but it will be ready when the squash meat is cold. It will stick to your ice cream maker and ruin the whole batch if you try to put warm anything in there!
  3. Combine 2 packed cups of the now cold roasted squash (should have some moisture) and the remaining ingredients until smooth (we suggest a food processor to get it super smooth, but use whatever you have).
  4. Put the mixture in an ice cream maker and watch for it to stiffen – ours took about 7 minutes.
  5. Freeze ice cream to firm up, 3-5 hours is usually ideal. If it stays in longer, simply let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes prior to serving to “soften” it up.
  6. Top with Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix (below). This is really kind of a must – skip the almonds if you can’t do nuts – but you have to have the salty crunch to fully appreciate the creamy ice cream.

Sweet & Salty Sugarless Snack Mix
this recipe is inspired by one of our favorite recipes of all time, Caramelized Coconut Chips by The Clothes Make the Girl as featured in Well Fed

Ingredients

1/4 C coconut chips
1/4 C almond slivers
1 t salt
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground nutmeg (fresh preferred)

Instructions

1. Combine coconut chips and almonds in a pan (clean stainless steel preferred) over medium high heat, stirring often, until the fragrance of the nuts and coconut come out and a light brown color develops.

2. Toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients.

3. Serve on top of ice cream or snack on it obsessively. Store in an air tight container for a LONG time, although best served fresh.

Thanks to: http://paleoparents.com/featured/the-healthiest-ice-cream-ever/

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