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Jun 22, 2016

The 10 Greatest Wildernesses [Still] in the World

Mankind has had a long, tempestuous history with frontiers. We crave to encounter them, to push them, to exploit them. They often kill us, and yet we mourn them when they disappear. If you find yourself lamenting the death of the frontier, don't lose heart -- keep a candle burning! Not only is there the entire universe, but here on Earth there are still quite a few wildernesses through which humanity has barely traipsed.   … read more

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Jun 22, 2016

Recipe: How to Make Bacon Jam

 

created at: 11/13/2012

It's jam. Made from bacon. No snappy intro paragraph needed. Just make some.     … read more

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Jun 21, 2016

10 Great Southern Beers You Should Be Drinking this Summer

created at: 06/21/2016

The southeast has a lot of great things about it -- beaches, mountains, iced tea, southern hospitality -- but it isn’t necessarily considered a hotbed of the craft beer world. There are great craft beer cities, sure, but it doesn’t have the respect of a Michigan, Oregon, or upstate New York. The past decade has seen an explosion of breweries in the southeast, though, and these folks have mastered brewing for summertime. These breweries don’t just know heat. They live it, and they make beer that suits it. With that in mind, here are ten favorites to help you beat the heat next time you’re having friends or family over this summer. … read more

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Jun 21, 2016

We Thought These $12 Aviators Might Be Perfect for Summer. They're Not.

Cheaters Tomcat Aviator Sunglasses review

A few weeks ago, we recommended the Gamma Ray Cheaters Wayfarer-style sunglasses, saying they would become "your new pair of standard, inexpensive sunglasses". We liked the Wayfarers because they fit well, looked good, and were reasonably well-made (for a $10 pair of shades). So when I noticed the same company offers an aviator-style set of sunglasses for $12, I decided to try them out. Could they possibly be as good, cheap, and solidly-built as their wayfaring cousins?… read more

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Jun 21, 2016

How to: Make a Rustic Shelving and Media Unit from Hardware Store Materials

You've no doubt familiar with that one aisle in the home center with the track shelving: the tracks and brackets that can be assembled in a variety of sizes. Which are great, except the finished product looks like a bunch of stuff from that one aisle in the home center with all the track shelving. 

Molly from Almost Makes Perfect figured out a cool way to update these easy-to-find affordable materials and give them a warm, rustic industrial look you'd actually be happy to have in your home.   … read more

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Jun 20, 2016

7 Essential Tools for Cooking Meat Like a Pro

Here's the thing with cooking up a flavorful piece of protein: it's kinda expensive. Especially if you get the good stuff from a butcher you trust. Mess up a carrot? It's pretty easy to peel and cook up another one. Mess up a 48-day aged Frenched crown roast of prime beef? You're out nearly a Benjamin.    … read more

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Jun 20, 2016

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

In 1982, three eleven-year-olds saw Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and it changed their lives forever when they decided to make a shot-for-shot remake that summer. Well that summer turned into 7 years, with full sets, choreography, fire effects, broken hearts, and endless devotion. Twenty-five years later, they return to shoot the missing scene....   … read more

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Jun 20, 2016

DIY Idea: Make Your Own Portable Camp Kitchen

Spring is being a bit of a jerk this year, taking its sweet time to show up. In like lion, out like a slightly less cold but equally wet and windy lion. I've got a serious case of cabin fever this year - probably not worse than any other March, though it certainly seems so - and I'm spending my time planning all the stuff I'm going to do outside when the snow melts.    … read more

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Jun 17, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid! Hosting A Party Is Easier Than You Think

Let's face it: hosting a party in your own space is intimidating. Especially if you haven't done a lot of entertaining before, or you don't feel like your space is really suited to it. But there are times in every man's life when it's his turn to host. 

created at: 06/08/2016

And when it's your turn, you're gonna have to feed people. So, to make it easy on yourself, … read more

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Jun 17, 2016

Make This: The Always Helpful Shopmade Featherboard

created at: 06/13/2016Working in the shop often requires a second set of hands. But what happens when you're working alone? Que the helpful feather board. Here is a simple project to make your own helping hands.
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Jun 16, 2016

DIY Idea: Make a Rustic Copper Pipe Pot Rack

If your kitchen needs more storage space, and you cupboards are full and can't stand countertop clutter, it's time to hit the walls.    … read more

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Jun 16, 2016

Closer Look: The Road From Karakol

River CrossingTagging along on an adventure can almost be as good as the time itself. You get to see the highlights without enduring any of the horrible times between. So, tag along with this adventurer in the "Switzerland" of Central Asia.   … read more

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Jun 16, 2016

How to: Make "Swedish Coffee" Over a Campfire without a Coffee Pot

I tried "cowboy coffee" exactly one time. That's the method where you simply put the coffee grounds into hot water, and use a combo of careful cup handling and your teeth to keep the grounds out of your mouth. I thought it seemed like an old school method worth trying on a camping trip, and I did. I've packed a small press pot with me ever since....… read more

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Jun 15, 2016

Make This: DIY Plywood Flooring

Wood FloorLove the look of plank flooring but don't have the budget for it? Grab some 1/2" plywood and read on.   … read more

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Jun 15, 2016

How to: Make a Stylish, Multi-Purpose Wood Roll-Up Tray

Make a multi-purpose roll-up wood tray

I recently saw an image of something like this guy on Pinterest and after many minutes of searching, I couldn't find where I could buy it. So, I made my own! It's a roll-up wood tray you can drape over the arm or cushion of your couch to create a flat surface for all kinds of good stuff. … read more

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Jun 15, 2016

The Glass House Built Around A Tree

A significant number of my childhood fantasies revolved around tree houses - but this design by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov just flips the whole idea on its head. Almassov originally designed the cylindrical glass house that entirely surrounds a fir tree in 2013, but his financial backers pulled out leaving the project in suspended animation. But everything is changing now that glass and solar companies are starting the conversation up again...   … read more

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Jun 14, 2016

21 National Parks You Should Be Following on Instagram Right Now

Fun fact of the day: a whole heap of National Parks (and National Monuments, Recreation Areas, and the like) each have their own regularly updated Instagram accounts. If you think about it, it makes sense; what these spaces have to offer - nonstop visual inspiration, scenic landscapes, education, and a cure for your wanderlust - work excellently for the format. It's exactly the kind of stuff you want to see for a little midday motivation. 

created at: 06/14/2016

This year, the US National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, so we're sharing our favorite National Parks and related accounts to help you find the perfect spot for your next adventure.    … read more

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Jun 14, 2016

How to: Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns for Your Next BBQ

It's officially BBQ season and the question now is, "What will you bring?" How will you up the ante and add a special touch to the occasion that will leave an impression? How about some homemade Beer Pretzel Hot Dog Buns?   … read more

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Jun 13, 2016

Home Bar 101: The 10 Essentials For Every Home Bar

Cover PhotoKeeping the home bar stocked with the recommended staples takes a bit of planning, but even the best stocked cabinet is useless without the tools to make them right. Here’s our list of 10 essentials to outfit your bar with everything you need to make those drinks right.  
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Jun 13, 2016

This Wood Turned "Brick" Bowl Took 3 Years to Make

created at: 06/12/2016As anyone who works with natural materials will tell you, woodworking isn't like other manufacturing practices. Like horseback riding (as opposed to driving a car) there are always little bumps and hiccups that are inherent to the process of churning out a mutual project or end goal with another organic substance. You can't find those problems, you've got to find ways to make them into something, like Frank Howarth did with this wooden bowl...… read more

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