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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Pop Homegrown Popcorn on the Cob in the Microwave

I grew popcorn in my garden this year and have many cobs of popcorn. I want to show you how easy it is to pop my homegrown popcorn on the cob in the microwave.

Our kids love this and think it's really cool!

First, you must find out if the cob is dry enough to pop. This is as simple as taking a few kernels of the cob and popping them. Once the kernels fully pop, you know the popcorn is ready to go.

I just take the whole cob and throw it into a paper lunch bag. Then, you fold over the top a few times to close it. Place the bag in the microwave for 2 minutes and Voila! You have a bowl of microwave popcorn.

I like to throw the whole cob in the bowl with the popped popcorn for show. Add butter and salt if you like.

Friday, November 14, 2014

How to build a FREE Worm Factory for Vermicomposting

Are you interested in vermicomposting? Watch this video on how to build a free worm factory to vermicompost your kitchen waste.

This project uses two five gallon buckets to start your worm bin and is so quick and easy it takes less than five minutes to complete.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bonus Tip - Roasted Spaghetti Squash Seeds

In our last video, I used a spaghetti squash. Don't let those seeds go to waste. I show you here how to roast the seeds while you roast the squash.

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Here's a family favorite recipe that is low in calories and delicious. This is a great substitute for the high calorie spaghetti meal and works for the paleo diet, Whole30, or a gluten free diet.

This recipe is a variation on a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Everyday Paleo. You have to get this cookbook! Here's the link to it.

2 Spaghetti Squash
2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 Yellow Onion
1/2 cup Fresh Parsley
3 tbsp Fresh Rosemary
8 to 12 Plum Tomatoes
2 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Dried Basil
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1 Bay Leaf
Splash of Red Wine

Cut Spaghetti Squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place in Squash in casserole dish with 1/4 filled with water. Cook in oven at 375° F for 45 to 60 minutes.

Add onion, parsley, and rosemary to food processor and chop. Then, add tomatoes and garlic powder and pulse until the tomatoes look chunky.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef. After browned, add tomato mixture, bay leaf, basil, cayenne, salt, and red wine vinegar. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

Once the spaghetti squash in soft, use a fork and scoop the spaghetti squash onto a plate and top with the meat sauce.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Rig a Live Crayfish for Fishing

Live crayfish are great fishing bait. This videos shows a tail rig on a crayfish. You hook it through the tail from the bottom up.

This way when you fish it through the water, the crayfish looks like it is swimming naturally backwards.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Acorn Squash stuffed with Mexican Ground Pork

I've been on the Whole30 plan at and have alot of Facebook Friends ask what I eat. Here's a terrific recipe to replace those cravings for mexican food like tacos and burritos.

It's quick and easy and you can use the meat filling in omelets and on top of a salad.

This recipe is an adaption from a recipe in a super cooking book called Paleo Comfort Foods. Click the following like to check it out.

2 Acorn squash
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 Onion; diced
3 Garlic cloves; minced
2 Banana Pepper; chopped
1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon Chili powder
3 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 cup Plum Tomatoes; chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Serve with Hot Sauce for added spice

Preheat oven to 400F. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise, remove seed and pulp. Place face down in baking pan with about 1/4 inch water. Bake 30-45 mins or until squash is soft.

Heat large skillet over medium heat, add in oil, and when hot, stir in onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.

Stir in peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes longer.

Add in ground pork, spices, salt and pepper and brown until meat is cooked through.

Strain off excess liquid from meat and stir in tomatoes, heating through.

Pour out any water in the pan with the squash, and place face up. Fill with meat mixture and serve.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Simple Way to Catch Small Live Crayfish for Fishing

I'm stream side today to show you a simple and easy way to catch live crayfish.

Have you ever had that situation where you're fishing and your lures aren't working and the worms aren't working.


In the water, you see crayfish swimming around you. You know that the fish are feeding on those crayfish.

The Best Solution is to catch one.

I had this exact scenario play out on me when I was fishing this spring. I caught some crayfish and started reeling them in.

Watch the video and see how it is done.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Board Breaking Event - August 28 2014

Here's our second day of board breaking from our Summer's End Focus and Board Breaking Seminar on August 28, 2014

Board Breaking Event - August 27, 2014

Here's the board breaking from our Summer's End Focus and Board Breaking Seminar on August 27, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sensei Tim Rosanelli - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

My mom, Annette Rosanelli nominated us for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I accepted the challenge in memory of my Uncle Ronny Sabath who had Lou Gehrig's Disease and will also donate $100 for Ester's nomination. I nominate Justin Olivieri, my sister, Christina Rickert, and Luke Biringer. You have 24 hrs to accept the challenge or get out your checkbooks and donate $100 to the ALS Foundation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushroom Recipe

Here's my delicious sauteed chanterelle mushroom recipe. I use these sauteed chanterelle's on all types of recipes like topping grilled chicken and in omelets or just by itself.

1/2 lb Chanterelle Mushrooms
1/2 Large Yellow Onion
Olive Oil
White Wine or Champagne Wine Vinegar

Add Olive Oil to pan and saute for 3 minutes. Add Onion and saute for an additional 5 minutes. Add Wine Vinegar and coat the mushrooms thoroughly. Cook until the wine vinegar boils off. Then, serve or add to your favorite recipe.

Chanterelle Hunting 2014

Find some free Chanterelle Mushrooms in the wood during your next hike. Let me show you how.

While hiking on some local game lands, I discovered some Chanterelle mushrooms. Chanterelle's have an orange color caps with false gills.

I just look for big oak tree and look around them to find the Chanties.

Welcome to Our Channel

Here's the welcome video for my YouTube. If you haven't subscribe yet, go ahead and subscribe. If you are interested in Martial Art, Survival, and Self Reliance skills you're at the correct place.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Grilled Kale

Grilled Kale is quickly becoming one of my favorite grilled vegetables. If you love kale chips, you're going to love this recipe.

This recipe takes advantage of simple ingredients and is quick to make. Coat the kale with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the kale on the grill and grill each side for 1 to 2 minute.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How to Identify Wild Red Wiggler Worms - Eisenia Fetida

In this video, I show you how to identify a red wiggler worm - Eisenia Fetida that I found in my compost bin.

Step One: The environment that you find them in is important. The tiger worm is found in compost bins, leaf litter, and manure.

Step Two: For identification use only adult worms. The presents of the clitellum or collar indicates that it is a mature species.

Step Three: Look at the color of the head. The red wriggler has a red head.

Step Four: Measure the size of the worm fully extended. The red wriggler is less than 5 inches long with the average being about 2 3/4 inch long and mainly between 2 to 4 inches long.

Step Five: Examine the head for alternating stripes of Red with light bands between.

There is more scientific characteristics that you can examine but these main features should help you identify the red wiggler fairly easy.

Harvesting Compost Worms from an Outdoor Compost Bin

Do you want to start vermicomposting? Why spend money running to a worm farm to purchase red wigglers? Let me show you how to find them in your compost bins.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Basic Fishing Tip - Art of Plunking

This is one of my favorite, simplest, and most effective fishing techniques - Plunking.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Basic Fishing Rig for Trout - Split Shot and a Worm

I am outside and wanted to show you one of my favorite fishing rigs. It's simply a split shot and a worm.

For trout fishing, I use a size 8 or 10 hook. I thread the hook through the worm. I use two BB size split shot because that the perfect weight for the size of this stream.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Basic Fishing Rig - Bobber, Split Shot, and Trout Worm

I have many fans following my Instagram and seeing me catch lots of trout. They were asking what fishing rig I am using. I use a simple Bobber, Split Shot, and Trout Worm rig.

First off, I see many people using way too big of equipment for trout fishing. What you want is small hooks (8 or smaller), thin line (I prefer 4# test), and a small bobber.

The size of the bobber determines the number of split shot. You want enough split shot that the bobber just barely floats on the surface. This way the fish will not feel the resistance when they strike the worm.

Presentation is everything hooking the worm. I thread hook through the worm.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Orleans Style Coffee with Roasted Dandelion

This In one of my last videos, I show how to roast and ground dandelion root as a coffee substitute. This video shows how to make New Orleans style coffee with roasted dandelion root.

New Orleans style coffee is usually coffee mixed with ground chicory. Instead of the chicory, we're replacing the chicory with ground dandelion.

To make New Orleans Style coffee, you use 2 parts coffee and 1 part roasted dandelion in a coffee maker and brew like regular coffee.

It has that same smoothness of New Orleans style coffee with chicory.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dandelion Coffee Tasting

Here's the taste test of the dandelion coffee that I brewed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How to make Homemade Dandelion Coffee

Coffee prices are on the rise so why not save some money and substitute your regular coffee with some roasted and ground dandelion root.

Dandelion is a common weed in most lawns. By picking the roots and grinding them, you get a weed free lawn and a tasty caffeine free coffee like beverage.

First, pick and scrub the whole root. Then, place the dandelion root into a food processor to chop it up. Next, place the chopped root evenly on a cooking sheet and place in the oven at 230° for one hour to dry them out. Finally, increase the temperature up to 350° and roast them, stirring about every 20 minutes. They are done when little wisps of smoke rise off the roots.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Karate – Combat the Summer Brain Drain

The arrival of summer means that schedules for students and parents change and summer activities begin. Summertime also marks the arrival of the “brain drain” where they start to forget everything they’ve learned during the school year. This phenomenon can put your child seriously behind in the fall and can affect their grades.

This makes your child’s karate training more important than ever. Let me explain why… karate is your child’s most important summer activity:

1. Keeps the Routine – Summer means that your child’s normal schedule is disrupted. Their school and karate schedules during the school year provide the stability that every child needs. The lack of structure during the summer months causes a delay in a student getting back into the rhythm of the school year in the fall, which can, in turn, set them back for the whole year. The structure of summer karate training gives students a boost for the start of the school year. Instead of feeling that they are fighting an uphill battle the whole year, our karate students coast smoothly back into the school year.

2. Improves Grades in the Fall – New research, as described in Malcom Gladwell’s best- selling book‎, “Outliers”, proves that children involved in enrichment activities, like karate during the summer, receive higher test scores after the summer compared to children who are not involved in enrichment activities. Enrichment activities appear to keep a child’s mind engaged for the summer and protects them from the summer brain drain that gradually saps students of the information they learned in the previous year.

3. Instills a “Stick-with-it” Attitude – Do you know someone whose child jumps from activity to activity and never achieves anything? Let’s face it…anything worth doing in life takes work and perseverance.

4. Maintains Rank Progression - There is nothing more discouraging to a child than to see a classmate (who continued to training during the summer) advance ahead in a belt rank, while they still need time to catch up. Students who train for the summer continue to feel the confidence building effect of belt promotion.

5. Builds Camaraderie – One of the most underestimated values in karate is maintaining the lifetime friendships that it builds. Summer karate keeps them interacting with other children in a fun and safe environment. These friendships motivate students to go the extra mile and continue the achievement cycle of their martial arts commitment.

6. Keeps Them Fit – Unfortunately, summer allows children a lot more idle time to spend watching TV or playing video games. This contributes to the summer brain drain referred to above. This is also one of the main reasons for the childhood obesity problems. Karate will give them the physical activity they need. It’s a fact…a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest (Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Inertia).

7. Provides Great Entertainment – Do you ever have difficulty entertaining your kids with all the additional time or hear your children tell you they are bored during the summer? Look no further, we all know that karate is extremely fun, plus it provides parents with the much needed downtime. Just bring them in and we’ll handle the rest.

8. Tunes Up Focus and Self-Discipline – The last thing a parent needs is a child’s focus and self-discipline, that was built up throughout the year, to deteriorate during the summer. This focus and self-discipline takes time to fine-tune in the fall when school starts and can leave your child at a loss until they gain the momentum.

Karate keeps kid’s razor sharp over the summer along with all the fun and enjoyment karate classes’ supply. Let your child be ahead of the average pack at the beginning of the school year. In addition, we would love for your child to be a part of the many special programs we have lined up for the warm weather ahead.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Boiling the Sap to Make Maple Syrup

How to Make Homemade Maple Syrup

In a large 5 gallon boiling pot, pour your pure maple sap into the pot through a filter to remove any debris. Boil the sap until you deduce the volume enough to put it into a smaller pot. Continue to reduce the volume until the syrup is thick enough to stick to a spoon.

Filter it again into final jar.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maple Tree Tapping

In today's adventure, I tap a maple tree with my homemade spile.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Maple Tapping Making a Homemade Spile

I always wanted to tap a maple tree to make maple syrup. I wanted to make the maple tap called a spile from natural materials.

I am following the instructions from the book Indian Handcrafts. Click here to get a copy of the book.

Watch the video and see how.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tracking Eastern Cottontail Rabbit in the Snow


Here's some eastern cottontail rabbit tracks I found outside my house.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Almond Flour Pancakes for Breakfast

I just read the book, Wheat Belly, and decided to eat gluten free. For the last month, I've eaten totally gluten free.

Sometimes you just start to crave comfort foods. One of my favorite comfort foods is pancakes. This almond flour pancakes are a great way to satisfy this craving. These pancake are made with almond flour instead of wheat flour.

They are a little gritter than pancakes and have a wonderful nutty flavor to them.

1 1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Milk
3 eggs
cinnamon to taste
vanilla to taste

Whisk all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add milk to make it thinner or add almond flour to thicken it. Oil the pan with butter. Cook over medium high heat. Flip after one side is golden brown.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Corn Bread Recipe with Homemade Cornmeal

I made homemade cornmeal from field corn a few weeks ago. Now, I want to give you my tasty cornbread recipe. This recipe is completely Gluten free.

1 3/4 cup homemade cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted butter (or bacon grease)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a Bread Loaf Pan

In a small bowl combine cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and whisk well with a fork. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs and mix in honey, milk, and melted butter.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in oven.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of the bread. Allow to cool before cutting. Serve with lots of butter (obviously).

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Delicious Snack Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are one of my favorite snacks. Now that Thanksgivings is over we have plenty of pumpkins left to make roasted pumpkin seeds. Here's my recipe for making them.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How to Make Cornmeal from Field Corn

Just after thanksgivings, we take down our fall decorations. This includes corn stalks. I take the corn of the stalks (field corn) and grind it into corn meal.

To make cornmeal out of dent corn takes only 3 steps.
1. Take the corn off the cob
2. Grind the corn in a coffee grinder
3. Shift the ground corn through a screen.

Check out the video for some additional tips.