A quick trip to the backwoods of Washington with good friends- Tiger Lake, WA
Breakfast on the dock
fried egg, bacon, hot sauce and grilled asparagus roasted on a tortilla with grapes.
Looking forward to posting some great photos of this weekend’s glamping trip!
A Mason Jar Cocktail shaker?! Genius. This came across my inbox this morning – just in time for the annual Memorial Day Glamping trip!
Even better, they’re made by a couple hip New Yorkers who hail from Virgina, trying to bring a little Southern charm to your cocktail.
Help the team fund their dream by picking up your shaker at Kickstarter.
After my intense research for the perfect wrap for my hike last weekend I decided just to create my own recipe. The mango/shrimp recipe inspired me to do a Caribbean-style wrap with sweet and savory flavors.
What’s inside? Jamaican jerk chicken, avocado, sauteed onions, and mango jalapeno salsa on a bed of lettuce and mayo.
I’ve made Jamaican Jerk Chicken before- the spice rub has about twenty different spices. Luckily I had eighteen of them on hand.
Mango salsa with jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice
Delicious! The perfect intermission to the hike- if only we were able to feel our fingers while we ate them. This recipe is one for the short list.
Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wraps (serves 4)
- 8 pieces chicken breast tenders
- Jamaican Jerk Spice Rub (see below)
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 1 mango, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 2 tbs cilantro, chopped
- fresh lime juice
- 1/2 c mayo
- 1 red onion
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 4 whole romaine leaves
- 4 flour tortillas
Jamaican Jerk Spice Rub (Thanks Allrecipes!)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dried garlic granules
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
Put it all together:
- Heat grill to medium-high (I used a George Foreman) and spray with non-stick cooking spray
- In a small bowl, combine spices in Jamaican jerk spice rub
- Rub spices on both sides of chicken pieces
- Grill chicken until cooked thoroughly, about ten minutes
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a frying pan
- Cut onion into 1/2 inch thick slices and saute in olive oil until transparent
- In a small bowl, combine mango, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice
- After chicken is done cooking, slice diagonally
- On each tortilla round, distribute even amounts of mayo, avocado, mango salsa, onion, lettuce and chicken.
Went hiking in the Cascades this weekend-
It was a gorgeous hike through old growth forest- it rained the whole way up.
Lunch for the hike- mason jar cucumber salad, Caribbean Jerk Chicken Warps (recipe tomorrow,) strawberries, and dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel.
Picnic at the summit. Motivation for the way up- fuel for the way down.
Definitely needed it- my well-loved hiking boots completely fell apart a quarter mile from the car. Time to upgrade!
Oh yes, you will be mine. Doesn’t this teardrop just reek of Mad Men? Right down to the Scotch on the table.
T@B (or “Tab”) is a German company with their sights set on bringing luxury to the teardrop trailer by adding in features uncommon to their peers such as hot water, air conditioning, toilets, even a drop down LCD TV.
I want one!
I’m planning a little hike with some girlfriends this weekend and I’ve volunteered to pack a picnic. I’ve decided to pack mason jar salads, fruit, and wrap sandwiches. Wraps are perfect for hikes since they are basically a meal you can eat one-handed- bonus points if you wrap them up in parchment to keep all their parts together.
I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes and found some goodies:
Turkey Cranberry Wrap – recipe on Add a Pinch
Picnic Breakfast Burritos- recipe on Sprouted Kitchen
Buffalo Chicken Wraps- recipe from Bless This Mess
Creole Chicken Wraps via Food Network
Grilled Portobello, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese wraps from BS’ in the Kitchen
Shrimp and Mango Wraps from Relish
Bahn-mi Wraps from Food Network
I do not suggest making these any further ahead than the day you plan to eat them. The juices from the vegetables or spread will make the wrap outsides soggy and no one wants to bite into a doughy, soggy mess after a four mile ascent. Although after a big hike I’ll probably eat just about anything.
So funny story- I am a huge fan of Thrillist for a couple reasons. Reason one being they send email reviews of new bars/restaurants in my city the day or day before they open, and the other reason is they send me reviews on really cool products, at least half of which are camping related. It wasn’t until I suggested a friend’s page post them on Facebook that I saw their tagline as “Digital Lifestyle for Men” – sooo that was awkward.
Regardless of our gender differences I still like them- here are some of my favorite outdoorsy products from them!
Stump cooler/seat – $39.99 at Wisconsin Products
Handheld ice pack for your beer to keep them colder longer- just throw a couple in the cooler and snap on to your drinks. I for one am excited to not have to carry thirty pounds of ice from my campsite to the beach. $5 each or $40 for a ten-pack at Chill Puck. Don’t forget to check out their promotional video- pretty funny.
The Wonderbag is like a camping crock pot! Find it at Firebox.com
Uniterra Nomad- a portable, electricity-free espresso machine- $165 on Kickstarter.
LoungePac beach chair that features everything you need for a day on the beach (thermal coolers, speakers, storage, foam pillow to name a few features)- $219 at LoungePac