Backcountry Camping Food Ideas

When you are planning a backcountry camping trip, you must pack foods that will take up the least amount of space, require simple preparation and provide you with enough nutrients and energy. Select a variety of breakfast foods, trail snacks, beverages, dried beans and grains, dehydrated meals, meats and fish, and flavorings to sustain you while camping in the backcountry.

Breakfast Foods

Select easily digestible, instant carbohydrates and vitamin-rich dried fruits for breakfast. Cook instant oatmeal or farina in a pot over a fire or camp stove and add dried fruits and some sugar for an energizing breakfast. Other options include muesli and protein bars.

Backcountry Camping Food Ideas Trail Snacks

Snack on salty foods that are high in carbohydrates to help sustain your energy while hiking. Pack granola bars, cookies, trail mix and nuts. Put them in an easily accessible compartment so you can grab them throughout the day without stopping or digging through your pack.

Beverages

Always carry at least two 32-oz. water bottles or a large Camelbak with you. Plan on drinking about 8 oz. of water every 30 to 60 minutes while hiking. Invest in a portable water filtration system so you can refill water from any water source and safely drink and cook with it. Besides water, bring hot chocolate mix and powdered milk as supplemental beverages to provide warmth and extra calories.

Dried Beans and Grains

Dried beans and grains provide protein and fiber. Boil your beans in water for 5 minutes then cover. Soak the beans in the hot water for 45 minutes to an hour before cooking. Beans, rice and lentils can take one to two hours to cook after soaking, so start cooking as soon as you set up camp for the night. For a faster alternative, try instant rice and dry, powdered beans.

Backcountry Camping Food Ideas

Dehydrated Meals

A wide variety of dehydrated soups and meals are available for camping trips. Carefully read the instructions for preparation before buying; choose meals that require only one pot and limited ingredients. Buy dried soup and pasta mixes that only need water. Sporting good stores often carry a wide range of dehydrated meals, such as chili, mac and cheese, stroganoff, and chicken teriyaki, that are special formulated for hiking trips. Eat large meals at the end of the day when your body has time to sufficiently digest them.

Meats and Fish

Eat meat and fish sparingly and only at night because they require a significant amount of energy to digest. Eat canned tuna, sardines, spam and chicken immediately after opening. Choose beef jerky or other dried, lean meats for protein. Fresh meat will spoil quickly, so don’t take it into the backcountry. If you know how to hunt or fish, however, prepare wild game as you catch it. Try catching trout, walleye and rabbit for small meals. Eat them the same day.

Flavorings

Pack a selection of spices and other flavorings to improve the taste of dried foods. Bring salt, pepper, mixed herbs, sugar and bouillon cubes packed in small, airtight containers, such as film canisters or sandwich bags. You can also find small containers with twist-off caps at craft stores.

Anniversary Get Away Ideas on a Budget

Times are tough, but that does not mean you should let something as important as your anniversary roll on by without commemorating the occasion. There are plenty of ideas that will get you away for your anniversary without costing you a fortune. The beach, the mountains or a nearby cabin in the woods would all be wonderful places to remember your special day and keep your pocketbook intact.

The Beach 

Pack up a picnic and go to the nearest beach. Reminisce about days gone by. Let your loved one know what she means to you. Give her something that you have written just for her or read her some romantic poetry. After your picnic you can walk along the pier and then get some ice cream to share. When the sun starts setting, sit back together and just take it in while you are holding hands.

The Mountains

Take a scenic drive up to the mountains. You can stop at little country stores and antique shops along the way. Take some pictures to remember this day. Do not rush your time. This is your time and it should be free from stress. On the way home plan to stop at a quaint, little country restaurant where you never have eaten before.

A Cabin in the Woods

There is something very romantic about a cabin in the woods. Rent a cabin in the woods, even if just for overnight. Build a campfire and roast marshmallows, take a hike, enjoy the silence. Sit in front of the fireplace holding hands like when you first met. Talk about your life together. Cook a simple dinner with wine and candlelight. Go to bed early and snuggle up. Make sure there are no phones, televisions or other distractions. This is a time for you both to get away without the world interrupting you.

CLOUDS: A SERIES ABOUT LOVE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE TOWN

A few dozen people hit Somar in December to watch the trailer for Clouds. Multiple times throughout the night, a two-minute sample of what could be played on the screen: An Oakland-based, scripted, television show that explores love and life as a 20/30something unapologetically and with humor. In the show this dude Malcolm moves to the Bay to do the tech thing. Really he moves here for his girl, but she dumps him, so yeah he moves here for this Tech thing. Now he’s got to launch a startup and get back in the dating game. And the dating game for the late 20s early 30s crowd these days is, uh, interesting…

CLOUDS: A SERIES ABOUT LOVE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE TOWN

Notice, there’s a trailer but I said “sample of what could be.” Right now, the team is trying to build buzz and get funding to create the television series and build the Luv Note App. There are a bunch of reasons that I hope this takes off. Yeah, I know the dudes who created the series. I also know a few of the actors. My friends do dope shit and I want them to succeed. But this is bigger than my friends.

A lot of people complain about the state of television, film, and media in general. Not as many people invest the time and energy to create what it is they want to see. The writers peeped a void and they are working to fill it. I imagine Clouds as a show where I will actually see myself, my circle and my reality. When I first read the script, I saw layers and nuance in the characters. I also saw a show that wasn’t trying to be the new (insert whatever tv show you grew up watching and have romanticized knowing damn well that shit wouldn’t make it today). Clouds is a show about the here and now.

CLOUDS: A SERIES ABOUT LOVE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE TOWN

Another reason I’m hyped: It’s in Oakland. Many of us who grew up here tied our success to getting out of Oakland. The Town instilled in us a hustle and drive that allowed us to go any city and thrive, but the key to success was often getting to another city. I often think about the folks from Oakland doing major shit in other regions and wonder what could happen if that talent came home. I’m also always thinking about media and the ability to create industry where we are and with the talent we have. As I’ve watched tech thrive and evolve in Oakland, I’ve wondered what other industries not originally associated with our city could experience a boom here.

Also, these folks are building an app that matches you and potential mates based on your taste in music. And I’m here for it.

All that to say, you should watch the trailer. You should like the Facebook page. And if you like what you see, you should put (at least) 5 on it.

About Haunted Places in Shreveport, Louisiana

There are many places in and around Shreveport, Louisiana that many consider haunted. Be warned that the locations below may be on private property with local authorities continuously checking the locations. The area flaunts its history with wounded soldiers, lost children, and gray clad prisoners. The area hosts many locations that draw in scare seekers and ghost hunters.

About Haunted Places in Shreveport, Louisiana

Road

South of Louisiana State University around Highland Road near Lee Drive, Confederate soldiers cross the road mostly in October and November.

Railroad

Forbing Railroad Tracks has several stories surrounding it. One includes a van load of children and an oncoming train. Rumors say that dusting the vehicle with flour yields child-sized prints.

About Haunted Places in Shreveport, Louisiana

Schools

The C.E. Byrd High school suffered a drowned teenage girl in the pool and then a teacher killed himself. A janitor and students, the exact reasoning unknown, caught fire in Old Elerbee Road School. Bells and screams occur at this oddly intact location.

Bells

Several stories and locations in Shreveport contain bells like the story of Taylortown Bell Tower, which was once a church. The story involves a bride, a late groom and a set of stairs.

About Haunted Places in Shreveport, Louisiana

Prisons

Two locations in Shreveport once host criminals and security guards. The Old Caddo Correctional Center suffers paranormal activity relating to the violent beatings and many deaths at the site. In the Caddo Detention Center witnesses claim to see headless gray clad prisoners, mysterious cell door shutting, and locations where animals refuse to enter.

10 Tips Dealing With Collection Agency

10 Tips Dealing With Collection AgencyMany people with good credit found themselves in trouble recently due to the lost of their “safe” jobs.

You try to pay your bills while looking for jobs. Applying to hundreds of positions with no luck.Your child or yourself might end up in a hospital due to health complication in the process.

Eventually you run out of your savings and the credit card are the first bills you just can’t pay if you have a mortgage and small children. You miss few payments, the letters and phone calls keep coming.

I was there…..June 2009 few days after my 40th birthday I learn the hard way and for the first time in my life how some collection agents operate and what illegal lengths some banks (CIBC) will go to collect.

I was scared, stressed out and caught by surprise…..till I educated myself and learned how to protect myself and my sanity from the blood thirty wolves at my front door.

Most of the credit card companies and banks will work with you as long as you return their calls. They realize that for many years you have been paying your bills on time and that your credit was very good. They know that eventually you will get a job and they are willing to wait or put you on a special payment plan that you can afford.

So what if you made a mistake and applied for a credit card in the good old days with one of the not so nice companies (CIBC)?

They don’t want to hear your story, they don’t really offer you much help and they are not willing to wait and give you the benefit of the doubt even thou you were with them for over 10 years with perfect credit.

Well, these companies will hire a Collection Agency to do their dirty work for them. First you will receive a threatening or intimidating letter and then the harassment might start (depends on the integrity of the collection 10 Tips Dealing With Collection Agencyagency hired).

If you live in the province of British Columbia there are few things you need to know to protect yourself and keep your sanity.

As long as you reside in British Columbia you are protected by the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act of British Columbia no matter where the Collection Agency is located.

#1 A collector is not allowed to call you till 5 days after the collector has sent a written notice explaining their intention. If they call and you inform them that you haven’t received the notice they are required to send another notice to the address given by you and wait another 5 days before contacting you again.

#2 Once you receive the notice you are entitled to send a letter to the Collection Agency informing them that you do not wish them to contact you by phone, but in writing only. After they receive your letter they are in a violation if they contact you by phone (I highly recommend this).

#3 The collector is not allowed to communicate or attempt to communicate with any member of your household, family, friends and others (which they will try to do) unless the person guaranteed repayment of your debt (co-signer of your debt) or the collector needs your home address and home phone number (if you send them letter with your address that’s all they need to know).

#4 A collector is not allowed to collect or attempt to collect from a person not liable for the debt (another dirty thing some collection agents will try to do).

10 Tips Dealing With Collection Agency#5 A collector is not allowed to contact you at work unless they don’t have your home address or number and they are only calling to request them. Also if you ignore the letters and phone calls at your home they are allowed to call you at the place of work (that’s why it’s important to respond to them).

#6 A collector is not allowed to call your employer unless to confirm your employment and get a business address (you are not required at any time to inform the Collection Agency if and where you are employed).

#7 When trying to collect a collector is not allowed to give any false or misleading information (for example: if you don’t pay your debt in full within 2 days the bank is allowed to take 50% off your paycheck immediately).

#8 In a communication with you a collector is not allowed to use threatening, coercive, intimidating or profane language (many of them use these tactics on the phone to scare you). They are not allowed to use excessive or unreasonable pressure ( for example: they will try to give you 2 business days to pay your complete debt, no payment plan accepted).

#9 A collector is not allowed to start or continue a legal proceeding to recover the debt unless you’ve been given a notice. They are not allowed to start a legal proceeding unless they informed you first.

#10 A collector is not allowed to threaten to start legal proceedings unless they have a written authority from the creditor (most cases the bank they are collecting for).

Unfortunately, sometimes life throws us a curve and we are faced with unexpected financial difficulties. The most important thing is to stay strong and try to do the best we can to resolve our situation.

I hope this article will help you to deal with your debt and collection agencies with more understanding and less fear. We work hard and when we are down nobody has right to treat us like a common criminal. We are human beings who need help and support not a kick when we’re down.

Most provinces have similar business practices. Just contact your provincial Business Practices office to find out how can you protect yourself.

The most important part is to educate yourself. It’s not as scary as it seems and you have choices and people to help you to get through it.

And remember…it’s not personal, you are just a number.

Wean Cubes Baby Food Containers

Wean Cubes Baby Food ContainersOnce in awhile I am contacted by companies to help them spread the word about their new products.

When I decide to promote anything on my websites the product or service must be family friendly and I have to agree with company’s mission statement.

One of the companies I decided to promote is WEAN GREEN company.

Wean Green company asked me to help them spread the word about their WEAN CUBES Glass Baby Food Containers.

Wean Green is a Canadian company dedicated to provide parents with safe and environmental baby products.

Not only Wean Green products are environmentally friendly, but they are also partners with 1% For the Planet, an organization dedicated to building and supporting an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.

I love to do my part and I love to promote environment conscientious companies especially in Canada.

The founder of Wean Green and fellow Canadian busy mom Melissa sent me a box of their Wean Cubes and asked me to give them an honest try…..I was more then happy to….

Wean Cubes Baby Food ContainersWean Cubes – Glass Baby Food Containers are a safe, environmentally friendly food storage alternative. They were designed with you and your baby in mind – they are durable, easy to clean, and can go everywhere you and your baby do.

When I received my package and I was very impressed.

The Wean Cubes came in a box from recycled paper. The box contained 4 – 4oz (120ml) glass jars with bright colored lids.

Inside the box I found a little paper with care and usage instructions. After reading it I discovered that the piece of paper I was about to throw away was in fact Wildflower Seed Paper. I can’t wait to watch it bloom.

When it comes to the actual Wean Cubes I have 6 reasons to love them:

  1. Smart Clips – there are four locks that that securely hold the lid in place, keeping food in and air out.
  2. Extreme Durability – they are made out of extremely durable glass design to withstand extreme temperatures. Wean Cubes can go directly from freezer to microwave to the table. They are dishwasher friendly.
  3. Style – they are made with thoughtful color and design elements. The smart design ensures that food stays fresh.
  4. Airtight Seal – the silicone seal is designed to stop leakage and keep the container airtight.
  5. Measuring Lines – on the side make proper portioning easy.
  6. Safe Material – Wean Cubes are BPA, PVC, Phthalates and Plasticizer FREE.

Wean Cubes Baby Food ContainersWean Cubes come in 4 different colors – Raspberry, Blueberry, Peas and Carrots. They are perfect size for diaper bags or purses. They are easy to grab and hold on to while feeding your baby.

Wean Cubes are perfect containers for toddlers and preschoolers as well. They can be used for snacks, cereal, apple sauce.

For one low price you can get years and years of use from Wean Cubes.

Another thing you need to know that Wean Cubes that glass they are made from is 100% recyclable and sustainable.

By purchasing Wean Cubes – eco-friendly food containers for your baby you will:

  • keep your child safe from toxic and harmful products
  • help the environment
  • support a great cause
  • support hard working mom and her vision

Yes, Wean Green was founded in 2008 by hard working mom Melissa Gunning (the proud mom of two little weaners). Melissa has combined her passion for healthy living and happy babies and channeled it into Wean Green.

In just over two years Wean Green Eco-friendly Wean Cubes received i Parenting Media Award and were featured in Birth Of A Mother magazine.

CAMEROON

Integrated Marketing - The Holy Grail Of Marketing? Safaris, natural landscapes, savage animals and coffee plantations: the words describe some of the things for whom Cameroon is famous. Its tall mountains and its forests with extensive fauna and vegetation attract tourists and investors. The country is among the top African producers and exporters of cotton and bananas. What’s more interesting is that the official languages are English and French, and not an African dialect. Actually, in Cameroon live hundreds of ethnic groups with distinctive traits, who speak more than 200 languages.

Cameroonians’ highest value is a sense of belonging to their family. And by family, they don’t mean parents and maybe grandparents. Couples tend to have many kids, so families are large. Besides the nuclear family, any aunt, Integrated Marketing - The Holy Grail Of Marketing? uncle, grand-grandparent, cousin, nephew and all the long lost relatives are just as important as siblings are. If a family member asks for a favor, one may try to bargain its way out but will most likely comply. Cameroonians gained a reputation for always being late. It takes usually an hour after the scheduled time for the guests to arrive. They’re laid back, they don’t like planning ahead and mock serious people.

You may hear from your Cameroonian friends about juju. It was some sort of witchcraft or belief system that consisted in placing a good or bad spell on someone, keeping an active connection through the spell with that person. Surprisingly, juju’s mysteries seem to be useful in soccer. Cameroon has a very competitive soccer team and juju guarantees good luck. They also use juju similarly to karma, to say ‘bad things happen to bad people’ or ‘(s)he attracted bad juju’. They fear witchcraft. Don’t give piggyback rides or carry your child on your shoulders – the devil will possess them. Some statues of their gods lie hidden in mountain caves and it’s said that Cameroonians would sacrifice albinos or white people to make peace with their deities. However, this is just a sensationalized tale from Western media.

Integrated Marketing - The Holy Grail Of Marketing? You should though believe everything you heard about Waza National Park. It’s one of the most beautiful, largest and most diverse park in Africa, with wild animals and breathtaking landscapes. Art museums display great examples of African crafts and artworks. Performing arts play a key role in the culture. Go out and enjoy the dances, they’re spiritual manifestations and so is the music. However, less serious dances attract the youth that loves to party. You may be surprised by the exciting nightlife here.

Last Minute Travel Ideas

travelWhen it comes to travel, many people like to plan their trips in advance to allow plenty of time for research and preparation. Planning ahead can be beneficial, but taking advantage of last minute travel deals can save you money. Many businesses are trying to fill up rooms or sell last minute tickets which can be big savings for you. So if you have a flexible schedule, consider these last minute travel ideas.

All-Inclusive Resort in the Caribbean
All-inclusive resorts such as Sandals offer last minute deals when they are trying to fill their resort to capacity. These deals usually fall in three day increments and the resort advertises them about three months ahead of time. If you travel during these times you can save a significant amount off the regular room rate. Because these vacations are all-inclusive with food, drink and entertainment you will not need to do a significant amount of travel research prior to your departure making it an even more ideal choice for a last minute vacation. You can check Sandals.com or call 1-888-Sandals to inquire about last minute deals. The resorts are couples-only and are located in the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Antigua.

Local Attraction
Regardless of where you live, it is likely the countryside is not too far away. Perhaps there is a beach within a short drive of your hometown or agribusinesses such as orchards and berry farms. Travel to an area such as central Kentucky during the fall where you can visit local vineyards, stay in a Bed and Breakfast or catch the horse races at Keeneland Race Course. In a city such as Portland, Oregon you can take a drive out to Tillamook to tour the cheese factory and then ride out to the coast and enjoy a weekend on Cannon Beach. When choosing to take a vacation someplace near to your home you won’t need to worry about flight reservations. It is an ideal choice when you decide on a vacation at the last minute.

Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Road
P.O. Box 1690
Lexington, Kentucky 40588-1690
859-254-3412

Tillamook Creamery
4175 Highway 101 North
Tillamook, OR 97141
503-815-1300

londanEurope
If you live near a big city that has an international airport such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles or even Cincinnati there are often last minute travel deals to Europe available. If you are willing to travel to larger cities of Europe such as Paris, London or Dublin keep your eye out for inexpensive flights leaving within a week or in just a few days. These deals are often advertised through your local airport so be sure you sign up for their newsletter or register your email address so you will be sure to receive regular updates on these types of deals.

tripVisit Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a great city to visit on short notice. Once you have your hotel and flight you really don’t need to prepare prior to arriving at your destination. The location offers so much entertainment that you will not be left without things to do. Chances are you’ll even save money by purchasing show tickets at the last minute. If you plan to go during the week it is likely you can get incredible deals on hotels. Casinos on the strip are always emailing last minute promotions where you can receive a free night if you see a show, free buffet passes, deep discounts on rooms and some have even been known to provide airfare credit for a return trip. Be sure you are on the email lists of all your favorite hotels so that you will be sure to receive these promotions as soon as they are released to the public.