Monthly Archives: September 2012

Who is Simon and why should we do what he says?

No Comments 18 Sep 8:33 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Here’s another old-school kids game. I think it safe to say that we all played it when we were kids. Simon Says: One of the great things about this game ?  It can be played anywhere, even in a car or other small space. One person is Simon and starts by saying, “Simon says, ‘<insert action here>.’” Everyone must then do the action. However, if Simon makes an action request without saying, “Simon says” to begin the request, anyone who does that action is out. The last person still playing in the end will be Simon for the next round. …

Fundamental, 1-2-3

No Comments 17 Sep 8:32 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

First 3 Golf Putting Fundamentals Go to any of your favorite practice putting greens: (1) Think: Putt from the shoulders & arms and not your wrist. Form the “V” shape with your shoulders and arms. The essential Power for your putt should come from your shoulders. Point your elbows out away from the club shaft but do not keep your arms straight. This will force you to putt with your shoulders and arms and not your wrists. (2) Always aim to roll the ball past the hole.  (3) Take a few practice strokes to check  how long a stroke you …

Smoking, barbecue, & grilling: 101

No Comments 16 Sep 9:30 am Author: Richard Category:Outdoor Sports and Camping

Smoking Meat smoking is in a class class all its own. Unlike grilling, it takes more preparation, cooking time, skill – and – patience. Food smoking dates back thousands of years as a means of preserving meat, fish and poultry. In fact the word barbecue probably likely comes from the Caribbean word “barbacoa” which  refers to a primitive smoking method used by early Caribbean communities. The flavor produced by the best BBQ smokers is “outdoorsy”, and aromatic. It’s further enhanced by using soaked wood chips or flavored briquettes. A notable difference between grilling and food smoking is how temperature dictates …

Scramble: Shoe-Fly don’t bother me

No Comments 15 Sep 8:48 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

All that you’ll need for this Outdoor Kids’ Game: players’ shoes It’s so simple! Here’s how to play: 1. Players remove their shoes and place them in a pile. Someone scrambles up all the shoes and lines up the shoeless players side by side on the starting line a short distance away. 2. When the whistle blows, players race to find and put on both of their shoes, then race back to the starting line. For siblings and kids who don’t want to play this game or just sit out a round, it’s a great alternative to have backyard playground …

Advice about backyard play sets

No Comments 14 Sep 8:26 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Home Outside Playground Equipment? Be careful to watch young children using outdoor play sets. Remind them to never shove, or fight. Make certain that the surface under your playground equipment is cushioned i.e. energy absorbent. You can use loose fill materials (shredded wood chips, bark, rubber, or sand), to a depth of not less than 9 inches. Install this protective surface at least 6 feet (or, more for swings and slides) in all directions from the equipment. Swing seats should be made of something soft, not wood or metal. Children should never twist their swings, or swing in empty seats, or walk …

Two Moves to Beware of When Putting

No Comments 13 Sep 11:02 am Author: Richard Category:Golf Greens

Food for thought while putting at your favorite practice putting greens. Move 1 Error: Wide Open At The Top of Your Backswing When watching golf on TV you may have observed that PGA Tour Players have all kinds of different backswings.  The secret to a great golf swing isn’t an exact position at the top. This you can be positive about:  having a wide open clubface at the top of the swing is a “KILLER” Death Move. This unfortunate move usually starts with a WEAK grip in the left hand and often a poor grip in both hands. The problem is, from this position at the top, you …

Backwood Smoked BBQ Ribs

No Comments 10:46 am Author: Richard Category:Outdoor Sports and Camping

How to prepare & cook Smoked Spare Ribs (another fine recipe from “ChefTony”) Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 3 hours 1. Combine Italian dressing mix, paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, and lemon pepper in a bowl. Rub over ribs on all sides, and keep adding spice mix until all spices are on the ribs. 2. Preheat your best food smokers or BBQ grill to medium. Place about a third of the woodchips in the gas grill’s smoke box. (See footnote.) Place ribs on the grill in a rib rack for indirect cooking, close the lid, and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Every …

Aspire to the deal of the day!

No Comments 12 Sep 8:45 am Author: Richard Category:Best Deals Online

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Experience Outdoors: Risk and Benefit

No Comments 7:50 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Playsets

Children & Nature Worldwide: An Exploration of Children’s Experiences of the Outdoors and Nature with Associated Risks and Benefits This is a brand new joint publication of the Children & Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org) –as well as — the IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication (see:  www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cec/). To shorthand this: Get your kids outdoors playing on outdoor or backyard playground equipment in as natural a setting as you can find … because …. This publication thoughtfully presents a basis for the importance of children’s and youth’s connections with nature, now and for the future. Evidence presented in this book relates to: …

The Cage

No Comments 11 Sep 11:07 am Author: Richard Category:Best Outdoor, Golf Greens

This is a golf putting drill sometimes called “The Cage”: Difficulty:  moderate Players: 1 or more  Shots: 3 successive putts each Distance: 12+ feet Determine the speed of your practice putting green and match it with an appropriate backswing. Set up a ‘cage’ against a wall with some books. Putt the ball inside the cage without hitting the wall or books. Vary the size when you can putt 8 out of 10 into the “cage.” 1 point for each ball in the cage, but only the closest balls to the wall win points! Play to five. This drill continues to increase your …