Homemade Coffee Burr Grinder

I’m on a quest for better coffee in our lives.  One of the victims of our austerity measures has been premium coffee.  First we stopped buying from the local shop that roasts their own beans and switched to Trader Joe’s coffee.  It was a little cheaper and a step down in quality but tolerable.

After the next set of cutbacks we switched to bulk coffee from a NM roaster that was being sold at Sam’s Club.  The price was much better but you had to buy 3 lb bags of the stuff.  The lower quality of the beans was obvious so I mixed it with some of the Trader Joe’s to help the flavor.

The next go-round I figured “What the hell? We’ve come this far down the road…” I squeezed that last bit of room out of the coffee budget and bought Sam’s Club Brand Coffee.  It’s not very good….at all.

Molly:  OK mister, I may have Scottish genes but I’ve got to drink this stuff in the morning.  Can’t we do any better?

Mike: Hey! I’m doing my best with what I have to work with.

Molly: Really? No coffee improving robots or anything??

Mike: Well, now that you mention it… » » »

How to Build a Garden Bed in the High Desert

Growing vegetables is a big part of our spring and summer around here.  We like to grow our own food as much as we can.  Once you start you get spoiled.  The produce in the grocery store, while it looks good, pales in comparison when it comes to flavor and freshness.   We just had green beans last night from the store.  They looked great.  The taste?….Meh…..

Don’t get me started on Whole Foods Paycheck either.  You don’t really save money gardening unless you happen to shop there.  I don’t know why they have all those buttons on their cash registers since it seems that they simply take the number of items you picked out and multiply it by $20.

Back to gardening… » » »

How to Make a Soil Blocker

It’s seed starting season.  Yea!!

You can start seeds in any variety of containers.  People use everything from empty egg shells to the plastic six packs last years plants came in to just about any container laying around.  There comes a point at the beginning of the season when you have a lot of plants going and containers can get scarce.  Imagine if you didn’t have to deal with storing mounds of little plastic pots and just did without containers all together!  Well you can and the answer to your prayers is the soil blocker.  It compresses soil into…well…blocks.

Now you can buy a soil block maker.  They cost about 30 bucks from Johnny’s seeds but what’s the fun in that?   I decided to make my own.
You can too .
It’s not that hard. » » »

Re-vamped Studio- Part II

We have four outbuildings that serve as storage and workspaces.  One started life as a carport/privacy screen from the neighbors and later turned into a full fledged building.  We call it the garage though there are no cars in it.  It does double duty as Molly’s fabric/project storage and a small shop for Mike.

Another building started life as a shed for a biodeisel plant Mike was going to build but ended up becoming the home for the CNC machine instead.  Recently the CNC machine moved down the road to his inventor’s club co-founder and buddy Rick’s house.  With it gone we decided to rethink the outbuildings.

Currently Molly does most of her projects in the living room.

Molly:  It’s not a terrible situation but if I only have an hour to work on something it’s tough to get it all pulled out just to pack it back up again.

Mike:  We’ve decided to have his-n-her’s studios.  Molly will take over the old CNC shop and move her stuff out of the garage.  I’ll reconfigure the garage to make it into my workshop. » » »

Homemade Sausage Stuffer

sausage and stuffer

Making sausage is easy and delicious.  Making it yourself comes with all the advantages of any homemade food.  You know what’s going in to it (what do you think goes into industrial sausage?) and you can adjust the flavors to your taste.  It’s also relatively inexpensive even with high quality ingredients.  All you need to make sausage is meat, fat, spices and a knife.  That’s all anyone needed for centuries.  Everything else makes it more convenient but isn’t necessary.

A meat grinder will definitely make your life easier.  I use an attachment that goes on the front of our Kitchenaid mixer.  You can also get an inexpensive hand cranked one that does the job just fine. » » »

The Snaptastic Room Divider

Snaptastic Room Divider

The Snaptastic Room Divider is an attractive modular wall made up of an array of panels that are fit together with slotted connectors to make a large freestanding room divider.  It can be expanded or reduced to fit the space it’s being used in.

It’s always tempting to put up a project and only show the ‘straight line’ from concept to result-  Get these materials, do these steps and voilà a finshed project!  I don’t know about you, but my path is usually a little more meandering.  I thought I’d share the design process and some of the mess-ups on the way because it’s interesting. » » »

Finding a Niche Site- Part IV-The Finale!

Our 3 week and 1 day challenge to find and build a niche site is up!  Where’s our site?  Will we make money?  Well, not quite…but we did learn quite a bit and it’s paying off on our site here.

Take a looksie, the vlog will fill y’ all in:

Now what are we going to do for money?  Well, Congress did extend our unemployment benefits so we will have that but we need to find some real solid income.  We have a few irons in the fire and we think we are close to one of them coming to fruition so we won’t have to dip into our emergency fund.  We’ll keep you posted!

Molly:  I’m looking forward to making more vlogs, how about you hon?

Mike:  You know, I like making the vlogs more than working on a niche site!

Molly:  Lordy loo!  What am I going to do with you?

To see all the parts to our 3 week and 1 day challenge go to:

Part I:  We are So F**Ked

Part II:  SEO Keyword Hell

Part III: Finding our Niche (neesh)- Trust Issues

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Chicken Incidents

A few weeks ago we got excited about building a niche site as a supplementary source of income.  In the process of researching internet marketing we got exposed to the idea of affiliate marketing. Essentially we bring customers to a site or product and if they end up making a purchase then we get a commission.  Seemed like a good idea.  Molly researched a few different products and we wrote to them to get samples.  One thing we don’t want to do is steer people to crappy products.  We’re so glad we did that because a bunch of them were not worth mentioning and didn’t make the cut.  One that did though was the Chicken DIY Guide.  Yup that’s it right there to your right.   » » »

The New Plant Starting Station (AKA the laundry room)

A few weeks ago Mike showed you how you can make your own seed light station and how to make seed flats.  That light station was our first attempt at growing seeds indoors.  The idea was to get a jump on the growing season and avoid having to purchase (those oh so pricey) vegetable plants at the store.  Molly loves flowers but hates the price so she spent a goodly amount of time starting flowers from seeds.

Mike:  The small seed station was a great start but we wanted to have much more going on.

Molly:  It just wasn’t enough space.

Mike:  I ended up building  a makeshift growing station under the large art desk we have in the living room.  I attached some lights to the underside of the desk and we started shoving seed starts underneath.

glowing table » » »

Finding our Niche (neesh)- Part III…Trust Issues

We thought we were going to make educational videos when we set out to do this series but really we just like amusing ourselves so if you’re like Steve and still have no idea what a keyword is or for that matter what the heidi-ho a niche site is keep watching…we think at the very least you will get a good belly laugh from it.

If you are just joining us check out the first in this series here (or just skip to the video here) and the second part here (and here’s just the straight video).

To see all the parts to our 3 week and 1 day challenge go to:

Part I:  We are So F**Ked

Part II:  SEO Keyword Hell

Part III: Finding our Niche (neesh)- Trust Issues (you are currently here!)

Part IV:  Finding a Niche Site: The Finale!

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