• Food,  Outdoor Lifestyle

    How To Dehydrate Apple Slices

    We’ve dehydrated food for camping trips for years, but for some strange reason, we never dehydrated apples.  I know. It’s weird. Apples are one of the easiest things to dehydrate and a staple in many camper’s food barrels and backpacks.  I changed that recently when I sliced up a few apples that nobody seemed interested in eating and threw them in the dehydrater.  They turned out awesome. In fact, they disappeared in a matter of days and are now a snacking staple in our house. I’m going to have to hide some the next time I make a batch so we can actually take them on a trip. Dehydrating apples isn’t…

  • Activities,  Opinions

    The other side of the story

    Let’s be real for a moment.  As much as we like to get outside and do stuff, there are times Emma just doesn’t want to.  So what is an outdoor parent to do? In our text-book, listen-to-the-experts parenting moments, we make our ideas to hit the trail, paddle the canoe or search for geocaches sound like irresistible adventures filled with scavenger hunts and the wonders of the world around us. In our luke-warm parenting moments, we bribe her to go just a little bit longer on a trail. Heck. We’ve bribed her just to get to the trail-head. In our less-than-stellar parenting moments, we just yell at her and “make”…

  • Food

    What’s for breakfast? Fast, easy, “impossible” mini breakfast quiche for camping

    The last time we went winter camping, Emma and I “might” have *commented* to Alex – the camp chef – that it would be nice to not eat the same breakfast 5 days in a row. I know. We’re spoiled…. especially considering we weren’t the ones doing the cooking. So here’s the thing: In our tent, if you complain, you are the one making the change for next time.  So, I was  in charge of cooking two out of four breakfasts on our next trip. This caused me some stress, because the members of my crew aren’t big fans of some of the things I like. One doesn’t like pancakes. The…

  • Red Canoe on a small beach beside a lake
    Activities,  Places and Spaces

    The Ultimate Experience: A review of Algonquin Outfitters’ Ultimate Canoe Trip package

    Disclosure: This post was originally published on the Algonquin Outfitters website as a sponsored post. Algonquin Outfitters provided me with the Ultimate Canoe Trip package in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and experiences are my own. Every year as we schedule our summer and fall camping and travel plans, we always include either a completely new-to-us destination, or an activity we’ve never tried. One of our most memorable “new activities” was my first-ever, mother-daughter canoe trip. With the help of Algonquin Outfitters (AO), my 12 year-old adventure girl, Emma, and I set out in Algonquin Park to paddle across three lakes and camp two nights in the backcountry.…

  • Bright pink water bottle and matching bowl beside rocks, outside.
    Gear Reviews

    Buddy loves the Bübi Bottle & Bowl, and so do I

    *Sponsored post. Bübi Bottle provided me with free product to check for this post. All opinions are my own. I guess the title of the post is a bit of a spoiler. But you should definitely read the rest of the post to find out why my Jack Russell Terrier Buddy loves the Bübi water bottle. A little while ago, Bübi Bottle sent me an awesome 22 oz (650 ml) bottle and bowl attachment to try out on my adventures with Buddy. I was very excited to replace Buddy’s old, heavy, bulky stainless-steel water bottle. The Bübi  is light-weight silicone and rolls up to a tidy little package when it’s empty. The…

  • Food

    Rehydrating freeze dried chicken

    One of the big reasons we bought a freeze dryer was to prepare a wider variety of proteins for our camping adventures.  In particular, we had high hopes for being able to freeze dry chicken breasts, burger patties and pork chops. Can you imagine chomping down on a whole chicken breast on day 7 of  back country camping? I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest things I crave by around day three of a trip is to eat a big chunk of meat. Meat that isn’t ground or shredded. Meat that isn’t mixed in with rice or pasta or some sort of sauce because it is ground…