This Border Collie is an amazing animal. The trainer, and owner, Omar, has done a fantastic job!
Here is a great tip from the site http://www.inspirationrealisation.com/2013/07/diy-stash-your-cash-to-beach.html. If you are at the beach, you don’t need to leave your money behind.
What you will need:
- Old Pill bottle
- E-6000 glue (to glue the nylon cord in and the waterproof the whole in the lid)
- Goo Gone (to clean everything really well – bottle and lid)
- 2 ft of nylon cord
Go ahead an hear to the site above if you need a step by step tutorial. The project takes about 10 minutes and will be a great addition to your beach trip!
If you hop over to http://tomsbiketrip.kinja.com/ you will find a pretty cool blog. In particular, one article stood out to me and I wanted to highlight it here – Turn An Empty Beer Can Into The Only Camp Stove You’ll Ever Need. If you want to see the video you can check it out HERE.
For a brief synopsis, read on…
Basically, the goal is to take an old pop/soda can and turn it into a camp stove. You will need a drink can, a pocket knife, and some alcohol.
- You start with the can and then cut the top off the can. BE SURE to cut at the point on the top of the can right beside the aluminum fold.
- Next cut your can in half so that you have about 3-6″ of can from the bottom up. The taller the can, the more fuel it will hold.
- Next cut the top of the can so that it is the same height as the bottom.
- Then make small dents all the way around the top of the can for the alcohol fuel to fill with vapor.
- Then slide the top into the bottom.
- Then make one little hole in the top of the can at the slant (for atmospheric pressure and oxygen)
- Then get pure alcohol (rubbing alcohol will work perfectly) and pour an ounce or so with water then lite and place your pot on top
With this you should be able to get 2 cups boiling in about 5 minutes.
To turn the stove off you much smother the flame, depriving it of oxygen. You can then let the stove cool then place it in a carrying case for transport. If there is extra alcohol at the bottom of the stove you can pour it back into the alcohol bottle when you are finished.
Streamlight has been making amazing gear for years! Whether you are an outdoorsman or an emergency worker it seems that streamlight is a go to piece of lighting equipment. Well coming out soon is a great headlamp that will give 300 lumens and 5 modes.
Most headlamps on the market today will max out around 150 lumens. The Streamlight Siege Headlamp more than doubles that, making it the most powerful headlamp coming to the market and the brightest headlamp.
The headlamp also features 5 different operation modes – High, Medium, Low, Red, and Red Rescue Strobe. It will run for 30 hours on the high setting. How? Because it is using 3D batteries to power it.
Obviously, with 3 D batteries as the power source there could be some concerns about the weight, but we will just have to wait and see what it weighs in at on its release. Also, the price has yet to be disclosed. The estimated release date of this product is Spring 2014.
Let us know what you think!
It is vacation time and people are looking for some fun, beautiful places to go that are easy on the wallet and fantastic for the soul! Here are 5 of the best lake getaways (according to some research by Outside magazine and myself). Take a look at some of these and chime in below with your comments.
5.) Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Facts: There are over 275 islands and 20 beaches to explore within spring-fed Lake Winnie’s 44,586 acres.
Rental Cost: According to vrbo.com you can get a 3 bedroom for a little under $2,500 a week.
More Info: http://www.winnipesaukee.com/index.php
4.) Flathead Lake, Montana
Facts: Twenty-seven miles long and 15 miles wide, the West’s largest freshwater lake is clear, cold, and rimmed by the Mission Mountains.
Rental Cost: According to vrbo.com you can get a really nice 2 bedroom for a little under $1,750 a week.
More Info: http://www.fcvb.org/flathead-lake-montana.php
3.) Crane Lake, Minnesota
Facts: Blueberries grow wild along the shore, moose wade the shallows, and loons call at dawn—it doesn’t look much different than it did 300 years ago.
Rental Cost: According to vrbo.com you can get a really nice 2 bedroom cottage for $956 a week.
More Info: http://www.visitcranelake.com/
2.) Lake Lure, North Carolina
Facts: This 718-acre reservoir is surrounded by the rolling valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Rental Costs: According to vrbo.com a one-bedroom with a hot tub and views of iconic 2,280-foot Chimney Rock runs $887 per week.
More Info: http://www.townoflakelure.com/
1.) Lake Almanor, California
Facts: Sparklingly clear, with 52 miles of shoreline surrounded by the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade range, Lake Almanor—three hours northwest of Tahoe—is every bit as picturesque, but without the excessive crowds or prices.
Rental Costs: According to vrbo.com a three-bedroom with two decks and a private dock for $1,200 per week. Look for a house on the eastern shore (the views are better).
More Info: http://www.lakealmanorarea.com/
38 hours! That is how long the new Stanley adventure cooler will keep your cold food cold. That’s right, 38 hours!
For me, that is quite an achievement. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one of these and I think that most people who do any camping be excited about it as well. Imagine going camping on Friday night, enjoying a day of play on Saturday, waking up Sunday morning and your bacon is still cold!!
This particular color comes in the 16 quart and 7 quart size. The 7 qt keeps food cold for 28 hours, and the 16 qt size keeps items cold for 38 hours. The coolers also have any handy Bungee lashing system on the lid to help hold some of Stanley’s thermoses.
Purchase the 7 Quart – for under $40. Click here to see the deal on Amazon:
Over all this will be a fantastic addition to the Stanley line of coolers, thermoses, and cups.
Also, be sure to check out the highest rated thermos for Stanley:
Sugru is a wonderful product that will change your world – especially if you are a MacGyver type. It allows you to make custom projects and fixes for your belongings. Below are some of the qualities and features of Sugru. Be sure to check it out and buy some for when you might need it!
suguru can be formed and shaped by hand for up to 30 minutes once it has been removed from its packaging.
Sticks to almost anything
sugru is designed to stick to as many other materials as possible. It forms a strong bond to aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and other materials including some plastics like perspex and ABS and rubbers like silicone and butyl rubber.
Air cures at room temperature
sugru is like modelling clay when you take it from its pack. Once it’s exposed to air, it cures to a tough flexible silicone overnight using the moisture in the air. Working time = 30 mins. Cure time = 24hrs (3-5 mm deep)
Strong + durable = great outdoors
sugru is strong and durable. Once cured, it will also stand up to anything the weather throws at it, wet or dry, hot or cold it will be great. It also won’t fade in the sun and it’s fine with sea water too!
Flexible when cured
When sugru cures, it’s flexible rather than rigid. Which means that you can repair things that need to be able to move like textiles, cables, or shoes. It’s also electrically insulating – how awesome is that?
Soft touch & grippy
As sugru is a silicone rubber, it feels soft to touch when it has cured, but is also grippy. This makes it perfect for handles and grips as it is comfortable but non-slip.
Stable at high and low temperatures
sugru is resistant from -50°C to +180°C. It gets hot and cold but it won’t get softer or harder or melt.
Once it’s cured, sugru is pretty much like other silicones – so it’s completely waterproof. It’s easy to clean with soap and water, and it’s durable in the harsh conditions of your washing machine and dishwasher, and even in the sea.
Once cured, sugru can be removed* by cutting it off with a sharp knife. Remove any residue with fingernails and tissue paper.
* from non-porous materials
If you are a Spotify user then you know how much fun the service can be. You can find your own songs and make a playlist that you enjoy! We have made a list of songs that we enjoy. That have a general message of hope and optimism that we enjoy. We hope that you can enjoy it to! Take a moment and listen. Let us know what you think!
The playlist in on the front page of the site. You can find it midway down on our homepage!
Be sure to follow us on Spotify to follow adds and updates to the playlist.
Here is a great tip from Home Depot. Let’s say you have a bucket sitting in the garage and you are tired of tripping over it. Make it into a hose holder. Simply find a stud, mount the bucket to the wall and Voila! You have accomplished something great today.
Do you have a great tip on how to use a bucket?
Share it with us all! I will be picking one tip. The author of that tip will get a free t-shirt from swollenknuckles.com.
Photo: Boost your waffle’s antioxidant power by replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder. (Mitch Mandel)
This is a great article from Bicycling.com:
We asked Biju Thomas, chef for Team BMC and coauthor of Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes, for the secret behind making a Liège waffle (the original Belgian waffle). His answer: yeast and patience. “Yeast gives the waffles a light texture and complex flavor,” he says. “Resting the dough overnight only improves upon a great thing.”
Biju’s Belgian Waffles
3/4 cup 2% milk
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) dry active yeast
1 tablespoon cane sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pearl sugar (such as Lars Own Belgian Pearl Sugar, found online or in the baking aisle)
Warm milk in a saucepan or microwave. Combine milk, yeast, cane sugar, and 1 cup flour in a mixing bowl and set aside in a warm place (such as inside your oven with only the light turned on) for 15 minutes. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, honey or maple syrup, butter, and vanilla. Add egg mixture to dough along with salt and remaining flour. Mix into a soft sticky dough. Cover and let rise for 1 hour (again, in a warm place).
Punch down the dough and scrape it from the sides of the bowl. Loosely cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Separate dough into 12 chunks, roll each into a ball, then roll balls in pearl sugar. Cook according to your waffle iron’s directions. (We suggest the Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker, which has a nonstick surface, adjustable temperature control, and a body that rotates for even cooking.)
As you remove waffles from the iron, place them in a 250-degree oven in a single layer on a baking sheet until the entire batch is ready to be served. Freeze leftover waffles and reheat them in the toaster for a quick weekday breakfast.
Serves six. Serving size: 2 waffles. Per serving: 421 calories, 19 grams fat, 11g protein, 53g carbohydrate, 245mg sodium
3 simple ways to up your waffle’s health ante
Whole for Half
Replace half of the all-purpose white flour for whole-wheat pastry flour or brown rice flour, and mix in 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ground ginger.
Dark for White
Use 1 cup blanched almond flour and ¼ cup cocoa powder in place of 1 cup of all-purpose white flour
Fit for Fat
Cut half the butter for 2 percent plain Greek yogurt, and toss 1 mashed banana and ½ cup chopped walnuts into the batter.