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Sourdough Bread Recipe – 100% Whole Wheat

I highly recommend the following items: - Heat resistant gloves (can withstand up to 500 degrees)  http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm - Heavy Duty Baking stone  http://amzn.to/2kF6eql - Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven (this is critical in my opinion) http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Making Sourdough Starter Makes 4 cups What You Need Ingredients Whole wheat flour Water, preferably filtered Equipment 2-quart glass or plastic container (not metal) Scale Mixing spoon Clean kitchen towel Instructions Making sourdough starter takes about 5 days. Each day you "feed" the starter with equal amounts of fresh flour and water. As the wild yeast grows stronger, the starter will become more frothy and sour-smelling. On average, [...]

By |2017-12-26T11:52:52-05:00December 26th, 2017|Food, Recipes|13 Comments

No Permit Required! Where to Build Your Tiny Home

No Permit Required: Where to Build a Tiny Home Why are people so attracted to the image of the cabin in the woods? Is it an innate, powerful draw back to nature and natural materials or is the log cabin a symbol of the simple life, a life free from modern stresses - noise pollution, over-population, crushing debt and information overload? For me, it’s the thought of working for decades at a job that does make me happy, disconnected from nature, surrounded by concrete, buildings and too many people, and dependent on an employer, the government, the system and powerful [...]

By |2017-09-01T16:08:06-04:00April 3rd, 2017|Gear & Advice, Log Cabin, Self Reliance|17 Comments

Homemade Tipi for Winter Camping, by Guest Blogger Camper Christina

Tipi Renovations – Function and Flair! https://youtu.be/UhnsVD3YVT4 In December, I took the tipi to Mew Lake camping in the non hydro loop and realized I still needed to make a few revisions. Well one main one, for sure. I had a big issue with the snow sticking to the bottom of the canvas where the tipi met the ground. The snow that stuck to the main area, wasn't a huge problem, but the large ice chunks and snow chunks were. They would freeze themselves into the fabric somehow at the bottom and I couldn't get them off until getting [...]

By |2017-01-30T10:20:20-05:00January 30th, 2017|Gear & Advice, Outdoor Gear, Winter Camping|1 Comment

My Solo Winter Camping Gear

Like most crazy winter campers, I'm always seeking ways to improve my winter camping gear.  This year, I purchased a few items to make my winter camping trips not only more enjoyable, but safer.  Camping in temperatures that fall far below freezing is much more challenging than fair weather camping, and it can be life-threatening to go out with sub-standard gear, particularly when adventuring solo.  To test my winter camping gear before setting out on a more extreme trip, I went snowshoeing and camping in Muskoka over the past two days. Here is the first video from that trip, showcasing the [...]

By |2017-02-19T08:01:24-05:00January 11th, 2017|Camping, Gear & Advice, Snowshoeing|1 Comment

The Quinzhee – How Not to Freeze to Death: Part 1

I couldn't wait to build my own quinzhee as soon as my older sister told me how she had built one on a day excursion with the Outdoors Club at high school. Until then, I had no idea that a quinzhee was a primitive shelter, constructed by building a big pile of snow, letting it crystalize for a couple of hours, and then hollowing it out like a snow cave. Heck, I hadn’t even heard the word before then.           As soon as the snow conditions were suitable (lots and cold - not warm packing snow), [...]

By |2017-01-11T08:53:12-05:00January 11th, 2017|Stories, Winter Camping|0 Comments

Three Ways I Make Coffee in the Woods

When I am camping, whether it is on a canoe trip, with my family at a campground or in the woods, I often make coffee instead of tea, my preferred hot beverage. Watch the video to see the three methods I use.  You will see me use a few different pieces of gear, including a Trekker Kelly Kettle Aluminium 0.6L Camping Kettle and a CoffeeSock Drip #2 Cone- GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Reusable Coffee Filters. I am very satisfied with the performance of each of these products, and I suggest you click on the links provided and check them out for yourself. [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:44:37-05:00January 11th, 2017|Camping, Food, Gear & Advice|1 Comment

Wild Game Meat for Self Reliance

Your self reliance is substantially measured by your ability to source healthy, readily available and economical food that has little or minimal impact on the environment and, ideally, does not consume a lot of your time and energy to acquire.  Wild-crafted foods can be an ideal method to accomplish this, with the not-insignificant benefit of the reconnection and participation in nature and it’s natural cycles.  Maintaining this connection is critical, in my opinion, to mitigate the effects of nature deficit disorder, and to remind us that our independence is actually critically tied to our dependence on nature in all of [...]

By |2017-01-10T20:56:12-05:00January 10th, 2017|Food, My Self Reliance, Self Reliance|3 Comments
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