I’m in Chaage (yep, totally in charge)

Chaage: my young grandsons word for Charge This morning seemed like a good time to shovel some snow off the roof. It’s knee deep up there and the skylights are covered. There is heat loss around a skylight, ice dams build up and any melting water backs up under the shingles and leaks into theContinue reading “I’m in Chaage (yep, totally in charge)”

Old Seasonings Die Hard

Our brains are truly wonderful. They constantly gather information, categorize it under hundreds of headings and constantly crosscheck it as relevant or irrelevant even while simple conversations are going on. I have been looking into making my own venison jerky for years, I guess, without even knowing it. When my brother (who makes great jerky)Continue reading “Old Seasonings Die Hard”

Leaning Into Life

Dad used to say to me when I was quite young, “Lean into your work son”. 6 AM morning chores on the farm before school. I wasn’t even awake. I have a lifetime of leaning. What and who we lean on becomes apparent and important. My wife gave me a card 8 years ago thatContinue reading “Leaning Into Life”

Dress for success in 2019

This little guy is dressed for success; at least for cold weather activities. He outlasted his brothers in single digit wind chills. He scored a 10 in fun with Grandpa and dad 4 wheeling and riding behind in the sled with his mature adults doing donuts in the snow covered fields sometimes tipping the sled.Continue reading “Dress for success in 2019”

Baste for impressive Grilling…wherever

I’m an outdoor guy to give some context, and we eat well! this is what works for me. After you gather some salad dressings, extra seasonings, a splash of soy sauce, seasonings and mustard, do a taste test. Make sure it’s a little spicier than you like (Hmm…needs some ghost pepper? Um, no) This isContinue reading “Baste for impressive Grilling…wherever”

Adventure and Fear: The Hunt and Haunt

Confessions of an adrenaline¬†junkie I have this….um; weakness, bent, brash drive and pure happenstance existence to dive into the unknown. At least it’s unknown to me and usually those (un)lucky enough to be along. Consider these true and unembellished snippets. A teenager and I rescued a drowning man about to hit a cascading rapids afterContinue reading “Adventure and Fear: The Hunt and Haunt”

Experimental Grilling

Yes I did. I put all that stuff on these steaks a few hours before grilling and brushed it on while grilling. Yes, it was good. Do you realize how many seasonings are in some of our dressings ment for salads? Forget the salad only idea. I know a restaurant that bastes it’s grilled chickenContinue reading “Experimental Grilling”

Biscuits and Gravy Tweaks

It’s the little details that change “good” to “great”, especially in preparing and serving¬† food. I have some Biscuit and Gravy tips for you to try on the trail or in the kitchen. I am off work today so I thought I would recreate a great BWCA camp breakfast in the comfort of our ownContinue reading “Biscuits and Gravy Tweaks”

Fishing is always good

Sometimes the catching is good as well.¬† I am happy to represent truth in this statement. I have a natural bent for life on the water and in the woods. The more remote the better. Maybe parts of our DNA bent are like-minded you and I. Maybe not! Maybe you think my DNA is aContinue reading “Fishing is always good”

Wilderness Food Planning for the unorganized (like I should talk)

I was in the grocery store for a couple hours (seemed like) with a cart load of camping food and my cart disappeared. It was just gone. I found it two isles over being pushed by a very small elderly women with a friend pushing a similar cart. They were shopping together. When I askedContinue reading “Wilderness Food Planning for the unorganized (like I should talk)”