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Oct 07, 2016

How to: Make a Swedish Flame

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What's a Swedish flame? Something you can buy at IKEA? No sir.

If you haven't seen one of these Swedish Flame logs lately, they definitely need to be the star of your next outdoor fire. Its genius design allows the fire to burn from the inside out which means little to no tending from you! 

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Feb 16, 2016

How to: Drive On Ice and Snow Like a Pro

Mazda recently held their inaugural Mazda Ice Academy in Crested Butte, Colorado. What's that, you ask? Apparently Mazda invited a bunch of journalists to the snowy mountains to have them test out their newest models in blizzard and bizarre conditions. Part of this particular boot camp however included extended training on how to drive in snowy conditions.   

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Jan 19, 2016

How to: Get Started Ice Fishing

Ice-fishing is a big part of winter culture in Minnesota where I grew up, and essentially a good excuse for adults to build a fort and hangout. There's something heartening and cozy yet simultaneously adventurous about being in a little shack on the ice, usually fairly warm, but knowing all the while that the harsh elements are waiting just outside, whooshing on the walls.   

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Jan 14, 2016

On Jumping into A Frozen Lake with Your Five-Year-Old Daughter

Frozen lake

The cold nylon of my swimming trunks crackles beneath snow-pants. My wool socks are damp, pooled around my ankles, snow finding its way down the top of my untied boots. My daughter and I are looking for the sauna. It's 8pm in a far-northern latitude; moonless and black. The snow is gray and luminescent as we puff through drifts, crunch over ice. 

She's giddy. And terrified. Her first time, in a new swimsuit her mom packed, with questions about how it will all work. 

"Will it hurt, Dad? Is it dangerous?"

I tell her it won't, and it isn't, even though I don't really know (being a first-timer myself).

And finally we find it. A hundred years

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Jan 13, 2016

Your Answer to Winter: Warm Up with this Rosemary Vanilla and Honey Coffee Syrup

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Rosemary is one my favorite cold-weather herbs. It really adds extra warmth to whatever you use it with. I love it in breads, soups, libations and even coffee! Here's a simple recipe with warming ingredients that is sure to brush off that winter chill in the air.    

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Jan 12, 2016

How to: Care for and Protect Your Leather Boots and Shoes for Winter

created at: 04/16/2013

This time of year, footwear choices can be a gamble. Overthink it, and you're stuck in snow or hiking boots all day. Under-prepare, and your socks and feet stay wet, cold, and covered in  road salt. 

How to care for your leather boots in winter.

The answer, of course, is to opt for the middle, and choose a natural weather-resistant material that's stylish no matter what the season: leather.   

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Dec 15, 2015

Why the Hot Toddy is a Man's Ultimate Winter Cocktail... and How to Make It

created at: 12/16/2014

Egg nog is a divisive libation, loved by its proponents and eschewed by any means from its haters. Many think the idea of warming wine and adding oranges and cloves and such is a waste of perfectly good wine, and many of us are happy to simply take a black coffee and a glass of whiskey, rather than trying to Irish up anything.    

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Dec 14, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Brandy under $15?

created at: 12/14/2015

There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      

Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.   

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Dec 07, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Rum under $25?

created at: 12/07/2015

There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      

Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.   

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Dec 04, 2015

How to: Build a Steerable Sled - The Perfect Father/Child Activity

Unless you live in the Minnesotan tundra, now’s the perfect time to get ahead of the snowfall and make a childhood dream come true with this steerable sled project from Popular Mechanics. (just kidding Minnesotans, you’ll figure it out). While you’re at it, why not do it with your child? This DIY guide comes with photographic step-by-steps and mentions which ones require the presence of an experienced adult and which ones can by done by a child on their own.   

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Nov 11, 2015

Poor Man's Pappy: How to "Make" Your Own Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon... No Waiting List Required

If you know anything about bourbon, you've no doubt heard the fables of Pappy Van Winkle, one of the most hard-to-find and sought-after bottles on the market. It's become the stuff of legend, perhaps better known for its rarity than its flavor. Or, if reports are to be believed, perhaps not. People say it's pretty amazing.   

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Nov 04, 2015

How to Wax Canvas Fabric

You've probably seen common menswear or outdoor items made from "waxed canvas" in your favorite Etsy shops or outfitter sites. It's a traditional means of making fabric weather-resistant, allowing your goods to repel water rather than just soak things in, and dates to hundreds of years before the advent of Gore-Tex and other DWR materials.  

But you don't just head to the fabric store and pick up a bolt of waxed canvas. Instead, 

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Sep 09, 2015

Be Prepared: The Essential Things Every Man Should Keep in The Car

created at: 09/07/2015Living in Los Angeles, I spend and unbelievable amount of time in my car everyday, so I have an intense appreciation for the conveniences that every man should have on the go. Some are truly life-saving and some just feel life-saving, but here's an

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May 15, 2015

Face to Face With the Guy Whose Stolen Bike You Bought

I was suited up. Snow pants, ski goggles, lobster mitts, and long underwear all around. A super-warm super dork, in full regalia, atop my beloved, radiation-green, single-speed Salsa El Mariachi mountain bike. Just another day, mid-winter in Minnesota, doing something that I love: snow-biking.
What's that? Where you live it's warm and snowless in January? Well, gay kaken aufen yam, as they say in Yiddish. Uh, I mean, good for you! But not here. If you don't find a winter sport to do here in Minnesota, then you are liable to go stark raving mad, quicklike, come the fleeting daylight of December.

For me, snow biking has opened up a whole new world of outdoor winter physical activity. I'm not much of a skier, and hockey's not my thing. Ice fishing is a thing; but it doesn't make any actual sense. So when I discovered winter mountain biking, it gave me, well, it gave me a reason to go on living, to be honest. You know... that and my kids. 

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Mar 04, 2015

How to: Make Your Own DIY Woolen Insoles

Cutting Out Boot InsolesThose winter boots not keeping you quite warm enough? Maybe it's time to upgrade the insoles with a fresh set of thick woolen comfort.  

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Feb 18, 2015

Amazing Hand Drawn Snow Typography

Snow Typography

Check out this amazing, temporary artwork from Behance user Faust New York. This elegant typography is drawn into snow, mostly on automobiles, that leave a temporary impression of beauty in a chilly urban landscape.

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Jan 22, 2015

The Homemade Cure: 6 Helpful DIY Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

I've got it. The crud, I mean. A virus, a winter illness, that thing that makes you ask, "Is it a cold? Is it a flu? Am I dying?" It's been over three and a half weeks, and no matter how many cups of tea I drink, or how much I allow myself to sleep, I can't shake it. 

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Jan 14, 2015

Blow My Mindsday: January 14, 2015

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 01/14/2015 Finding the right pocket square is the first task, but then you got to know what to do with it... 

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Jan 13, 2015

Cold Weather Relief: DIY Honey Ginger Throat Drops

Honey Ginger Throat DropsWith the weather hovering between frosty and frigid, it's the perfect time to make these honey ginger throat drops for some cold weather relief.

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Dec 30, 2014

Eight Great Winter Glove Options

Winter GlovesWe're well into winter, but it's never too late to invest in some great winter gloves. With options ranging from practical work gloves to your fancier New Year's Eve party options, this helpful list from Primer.com has affordable entries for every man.   

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