Monthly Archives: September 2012

Famous Homemade BBQ sauce recipe

No Comments 29 Sep 10:55 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

Directions for how to prepare Kittencal’s Barbecue sauce: 1. Heat a high grade oil over medium heat; add onion and saute for about 3 minutes, then add in garlic and saute for 2 minutes. 2. Add chili powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and black pepper; stir for 1 minute. 3. Add all remaining ingredients (see below); bring to a boil stirring with a wooden spoon to combine. 4. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered stirring occasionally for 1 hour over low heat (do not cover the pot or the texture and flavor will be affected, if you have a splatter …

No Child Left Inside

No Comments 28 Sep 9:19 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

License Plate Available to Montana Residents: “No Child Left Inside” National Wildlife Federation – September 25, 2012 By National Wildlife Federation Our children spend more than 50 hours a week indoors in front of electronic devices … that’s equivalent to a full-time job! For just  one day, turn off the TV and computer console, unplug video games, leave your phone at home … and go outside. Studies are consistently revealing that children who spend more time outside have better overall fitness, better eyesight, less stress, less depression, better grades, and a heightened awareness of the natural world.  These kids tend …

Celebrate “Take a Child Outside Week”!

No Comments 27 Sep 9:35 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

September 19, 2012  per Sarah Lindenfeld Hall regarding “Take a Child Outside Week” “Take a Child Outside Week” is part of an international movement started by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. It runs form Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 each year.  Its goal is to raise consciousness regarding the importance of kids spending plenty of time outside – and to make sure they get outside to celebrate.  This annual celebration was inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” which sparked a national debate about kids and nature. Take a Child Outside …

From pavement to playgrounds

No Comments 26 Sep 9:05 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

ASLA – September 07, 2012 By American Society of Landscape Architects – “Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation” This Book Received the Honor Award from ASLA.  It’s definitely worth a read! This is a comprehensive & inspiring book about the international green schoolyard movement and a call to action for improvements to children’s school environments to enhance their learning, play, and ecology. In the book there is celebration of 150 successful examples around the world. Compiled from the author’s decade of experience and diligent research the book speaks to both community members as well as design professionals.  It has an …

Healthy Places and Play

No Comments 25 Sep 10:37 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

This is recommended reading thanks to the thoughtful collaborations by Andrew L. Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin and Richard J. Jackson. Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability This book follows the authors’ “Urban Sprawl and Public Health” to examine the pressing need to create healthy places and reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. Drawing on the latest scientific evidence, with contributions from experts in a range of fields, “Making Health Places” imparts a wealth of practical information and demonstrated and promising solutions to commonly occurring problems. We recommend that parents encourage kids to get …

Nature, childhood, health, play, and life.

No Comments 24 Sep 8:13 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

A New Research Publication – Author Affiliation: Jules Pretty is with the University of Essex in the UK. Pretty, J., Angus, C., Bain, M., Barton, J., Gladwell, V., Hine, R., et al. (2009). Nature, childhood, health and life pathways: University of Essex. Summary of Research : Jules Pretty & colleagues look at the role physical activity plays in the context of nature upon health and well-being, with a special focus on children. The authors discuss physical inactivity, positive health benefits of nature contact, and the potential role of green exercise (activity in the presence of nature) toward improving health and …

Pulled Pork: Smoked in the Alabama Tradition

No Comments 22 Sep 8:44 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

How to Cook it according to the Alabama Tradition of the best food smokers: 1. Using a high grade saucepan, whisk the cider vinegar, salt, brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and butter together. Pour them into the saucepan and bring it to a rolling boil (medium heat). Mix in the water, and return to boil. Sauce the pork before smoking, and then every hour or so while it cooks. 2. Start the pork butt on a slow smoker using hardwood coals or charcoal briquettes and mesquite or apple wood chips. Smoke the pork for at least 6 hours and …

3 Elements to help

No Comments 21 Sep 9:54 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

3 basic elements for your practice putting greens On the practice green, focus on three elements: 1. A square club-face at impact, turning those dreaded 6- to 8-footers into a strength and developing your lag putting skills (eliminating the other nightmare, three putting). 2. Flat Stroke –  Use the tee-coin drill to work on ensuring the face of your putter stays square to the target line. Pick a target and make a straight-line lead to the target by placing a coin between the ball and your target. Directly on the same line, place a tee in the ground 12 to 15 inches behind the …

2 Notable Quotes

No Comments 20 Sep 7:57 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

— Washington Post, June 2007 : “Concerns about long-term consequences—affecting emotional well-being, physical health, learning abilities, environmental consciousness—have spawned a national movement to ‘leave no child inside.’ In recent months, it has been the focus of Capitol Hill hearings, state legislative action, grassroots projects, a U.S. Forest Service initiative to get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote a ‘green hour’ in each day.” – Cheryl Charles of the “Children & Nature Network”  : “All of us share a sense of common purpose. We represent many, many others—some we know, and others we have never met. …

Goose – Smoked Citrus Breast

No Comments 19 Sep 9:57 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

Prep and Cooking Directions. Combine and whisk orange juice, olive oil, mustard, sugar, soy sauce, honey, onion, and garlic powder in a bowl; place the goose in the marinade; cover and refrigerate 3 to 6 hours. Preheat one of the best food smokers available for medium heat, about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). If you do not have a smoker, prepare a grill for indirect heat. Once the coals are ready, throw a handful of the soaked hickory wood chips on to create smoke. Place the goose breasts on the grate. Brush occasionally with the marinade for the first …