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Modern plumbing systems are usually trouble-free. But when a plumbing problem does occur, many plumbing repairs can be made quick & easy by the homeowner using a few common tools. What to do during a plumbing emergency? 1. Locate the main shutoff valve…

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My first deep-fried turkey experience was due to my best friend from high school. Tom Finney was a confirmed 100% Cajun, a wizard with backyard cooking and very proud of his heritage. My introduction to Cajun deep-fried turkey was an eye-opening event.…

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1. Types of containers that work best Nearly any pot will work for growing tomatoes in containers; as long as it has good drainage. Smaller containers tend to dry out very quickly in hot summer months. The smallest container for outdoor use is 8 to 12…

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Apple harvest time is always somewhat chaotic here at Pioneer Dad’s. When the apples are ripe, for us it’s during June and July with our Beverly Hills apples, we are canning, dehydrating and cooking with apples every weekend. The harvest nearly consumes…

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There are few garden joys greater than the taste of ripe tomatoes, fresh from the garden and at the peak of their flavor. Understanding tomato plant tags is the first step in that growing process to insure a great tomato harvest. Understanding a plant tag…

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Tomatoes are fickle. After a year of great tomato yield followed by a frustrating year of just average yield, I’ve developed 10 techniques, which have improved the success rate in my garden. Most of my tomatoes are heirlooms with the occasional hybrid.…

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Dried apple slices in the oven or in a dehydrator, like all dried fruit, are sweeter and provide more concentrated flavor. They make a tasty snack. Pioneer Dad’s kids (and the neighbor kids) eat them by the tray full as quickly as they come out of the…

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Making and preserving homemade applesauce is an easy process requiring only basic canning equipment, a large stockpot and a box of pint canning jars. Kids and adults love homemade applesauce recipe. One taste and they will never go back to commercial…

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Start a home vegetable garden and grow your own vegetables, herbs and fruits that will be fresher, more nutritious and tastier than produce available in retail stores. And, you can grow them for very little cost. Consider going organic. A paradox of the…

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