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How to Field Dress and Butcher a Rabbit

Everything is bigger in Texas — even the rabbits apparently. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart.  **Disclaimer: This post contains a graphic step-by-step depiction of the skinning, slicing, and disemboweling of a real rabbit. If you’re eating, have always had a soft spot for Thumper, or faint at the sight of dismembered rabbit guts, please skip this post.

The Pasta Sauce Conundrum

Two or three times a month, my family enjoys an evening meal that features pasta of some kind. We might enjoy spaghetti or lasagna or something else, depending on the mood. However, when I go to the store to buy pasta sauce, I absolutely cringe at the prices. The “cheap” sauces are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and taste overly sweet.

LILLABO railway blackboard

Minimal Billy Desk

Description: my goal is to build a small, cheap and easy to packing away desk to make room when I need to open the sofa bed. Materials: Billy bookshelf,  table top (LINNMON 100x60cm) and one adjustable leg (OLOV). Step 1:  drill the back of the table between existing pre-drilled holes to fix the leg base. Step 2 (optional): screw two L-shaped brackets on the opposite side the one with the leg.

10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

By Leo Babauta Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day. Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes and difficult conversations would never get done. The best books would never be written. All the achievements of humankind would be imagined, not realized. So what should we do if we’re facing a task we don’t want to do?

What’s In Your Web?

Think all spiders are basically slackers just waiting around for home food delivery? Stop and look closer. Sure, some of them may not have any ‘gusto’, but the more industrious ones are driven to succeed. You’ll find not just one web but two, three or even four of them ready for the catch of the day.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Avoiding magazine clutter How do you keep from being overwhelmed by magazines coming into your home?

Modern Dog Bed

Materials: Dvala fitted sheet, Kallax Shelving unit, Sultan Lade slatted bed base, Vyssa Slummer Mattress for small bed After an exhausting search for a modern dog bed that was reasonably priced, I decided to see if anything at Ikea would meet my need. I was so please at how easy it was to do (under an hour for two beds) and how great they turned out.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Take Action Edition

A friend recently pointed me to the research work of Jennifer Aaker, a researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Two upcycled Vestby Wardrobes

Materials: VESTBY wardrobe My daughter was sending 2 old vestby wardrobes to the dump and as I can’t bare seeing perfectly serviceable furniture going to waste, I rescued them as an upcycling project for my 1970′s inspired guest room. I clad the outside in recycled pine panelling which I had left outside for a few months to weather (it rains a lot here so it didn’t take long!).

Giving makes us happier, but what if you don’t have much to give?

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s that I’m in a better financial place than I was just a few years ago, but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot more about giving back. In recent years, it’s becoming more important to me to be socially conscious and charitable.

Why Alone Doesn’t Have to Mean Lonely

People tend to confuse being alone with the loneliness, between which there is a relevant difference. To be alone means to be by one self.

How and When to Tuck in Your Shirt

Why talk about something so basic? Is there really a need to teach men something most of us have been doing since we were 5? Well, yes actually. Just look around. How many men do you see sporting a billowy, unkempt-looking shirt? Or what about that guy giving a presentation who unconsciously re-tucked his shirt three times during a 5-minute talk? Most men probably have no system for tucking in th

Five Simple Things to Prepare Right Now for Your Estate

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Everyone knows about the big things that people should prepare for their loved ones in the event of their untimely passing. A will. Life insurance. A living trust.

Hemnes Bar with hidden door slides

Materials: HEMNES wardrobe, pocket door slides A Hemnes wardrobe was turned into a bar essentially by changing the hinges and adding a shelf insert. I made a trip to Lee Valley to pick up hidden door slides (pocket door slides) to replace the 90 degree hinges that were standard to the wardrobe from Ikea.