Monthly Archives: August 2012

Golf Putting Grip Fundamental

No Comments 25 Aug 9:00 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

A quick and basic Golf Putting Grip Lesson: This short-handed lesson demonstrated one basic way to position your hands on your putter.  Generally for most golfers it is the most comfortable & effective way. If you watch good golfers closely then you will see many different ways to hold your putter. This really is a personal preference. A good putting grip is important because your hands are the only things touching the club. Take the time you need to learn a proper grip.  Your scores will lower as a result. Generally it is recommended to start with the most commonly used grip. …

Hot Smoked vs. Cold Smoked: Basic use of salts

No Comments 24 Aug 8:52 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

Yes, it is helpful and important to understand the basic differences between hot and cold smoking. Cold smoking is a slow drying process generally accomplished at around 25C.  While this gentle slow process yields a smoky flavor it does not thoroughly “cook” food through out, hence it is related to “preserving”. Hot smoking is more a way of cooking than of preserving,  Hot smoking usually involves a light albeit slow roasting at around 80C to 120C. Let’s start with salting, as you’ll need to understand some basics about salting as part of the smoking process. Because salt draws water from …

Recommended putting drills.

No Comments 8:36 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

You can find the following golf putting drill details with user friendly how-to-do-it-yourself instructions via http://golf-putting-drills.blogspot.com.  Having easy access to practice putting greens is a real help too. Cage, Tunnel and Gate Drill:    These three golf putting drills are designed to help you control your distance and improve your accuracy. Circle and Row Drill:    The primary benefits here are to help establish your rhythm and consistency and help you quickly gain confidence. Stroke Length Drill:    This golf putting drill is for controlling your distance. The amount of speed applied to the ball and therefore distance is determined by …

While it’s still warm out

No Comments 23 Aug 10:14 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Have a backyard water party with your sprinklers and include your backyard playground equipment to expand their options. You don’t need a pool or even a water slide for warm weather fun. All you need is a lawn sprinkler and someone to supervise the water faucet. Ages Sprinkler games are super fun for kids of all ages. Where to Play Your backyard lawn is perfect for any Sprinkler game. How to Play One person is “it” and controls the water faucet. The children just play around the water sprinkler. When “it” turns on the sprinkler, everyone must freeze and get …

Sweet, Salty, & Whiskey Smoked

No Comments 9:56 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

Here’s how to prepare Whiskey Soaked Applewood Smoked Salmon: Skin the salmon fillet then rinse under cold water.  Pat it dry with a soft towel. Place it in a baking dish just large enough to hold it. Pour whiskey, bourbon, or rum over it and marinate for 15-30 minutes, then drain the salmon and blot it dry again. Combine the brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl and mix well with your fingers.  Spread 1/3 of the mixture over the bottom of the baking dish.  Lay the salmon on top of the mixture, skinned-side down.  Cover salmon with …

The Perfect Putting Formula?

No Comments 22 Aug 10:58 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Nearly every hole played ends with putting the ball into the hole. Professionals, beginners, and all in-between use their putter more during a round of golf (>40% of your total strokes!) than any other club in their bag. Yet, one of the most difficult things about improving your short game is that practice does not always yield consistent results. You have to practice the right technique using the right drills if you want to see real improvements in your short game. The putting stroke is the simplest way for you to strike the golf ball.  While similar to chipping,the putting stroke …

Daily requirements.

No Comments 10:43 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

To have a healthy emotional and physical life requires contact with nature. The studied evidence of this is overwhelming: exposure to nature lowers blood pressure, stress and alters mood in positive ways, enhances cognitive functioning, and in many ways makes us happier. Exposure to nature is one of the key foundations of a meaningful life. But, how much exposure to nature and outdoor environments is necessary to ensure healthy child development and a healthy life? We don’t really know absolutely but it may be that we need to quantify what is necessary. Are there such things as minimum daily requirements …

Smoke your own beef jerky

No Comments 10:27 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Outdoor Sports and Camping

This recipe makes a great lunch to-go for your kids or yourself. We recommend using one of the best BBQ smokers on the market today. Get one that’s built to last and affordable. This smoked BBQ beef jerky is naturally high in protein, low in fat, and tastes great. With a special thank you to Swen for this recipe called “Swen’s Smokehouse Beef Jerky”: Directions 1. Whisk together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cranberry-grape juice, teriyaki sauce, hot sauce, steak sauce, brown sugar, and black pepper in a bowl, and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add the flank steak, …

Put the oxygen mask on first

No Comments 21 Aug 10:35 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Our six kids are really high energy.  Our youngest three are downright chicken-like in their sleep habits. I think they can hear me roll over in bed. The young years (for us so far – that’s all years prior to college) are all uniquely tough for parents.  Daily, 24/7, I am propelled from a horizontal state straight into fourth-gear-caregiver mode with someone else’s foot on the accelerator pedal!. While my mornings feature me as shuttle service to my children, I have to get creative in finding some quiet time in the day to think about life or do something creative …

Target practice game

No Comments 10:16 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

Target Practice This putting drill is alot like playing darts, but instead of the target being on the wall, the target is on the floor. Cut out three circles from paper. The smallest one should be about the size of an actual golf hole, the second about 2 to 3 times larger, and the third about 2 to 3 times larger than the second (newspaper can work for the third circle if it gets that large). Place on the floor to create a target, and assign points for each circle. For example: The center circle is 10 points, the middle …