Need holiday gift ideas for the outdoor adventurer in your life? Look no further, The Outdoor Boys have put together a list of great items that are sure to be a hit this year. The guide includes a range of awesome indoor and outdoor gift ideas, check it out!
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Spending time exploring the outdoors is my passion. Among my outdoor adventures, fishing offshore from my kayak has become my favorite. Something about being one with the ocean that makes me feel great. Best of all, I get to eat fresh fish that I catch myself. As a parent of two and working full time, balancing time to do everything I love is a challenge. Fast and easy to prepare meals are usually at the top of my agenda. Finding ways to simplify meals while not compromising on taste is ideal.
This weekend I went offshore for some pre-fishing for an upcoming kayak fishing tournament I will participate in. I was actually preparing meals in my head with the fish I had yet to catch. The winner was Bang Bang Kingfish and I was fortunate enough to catch one. Everyone knows a good meal is not complete without a great side dish. I had been craving home made fried rice so when I got home I ran off to pick up the ingredients.
I love easy so I found a great rice option with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. I have never cooked rice faster than Minute Ready to Serve. The name says it all, I literally just had to peel off the film and heat the single serve cup for 60 seconds in the microwave. The beauty of Minute Ready to Serve Rice is that it comes in single serving cups that allow you to control the portions of your meal as well as measure a meal for your family. This is perfect for my life on the go. I now know I can carry one with me and just heat for 60 seconds when hunger kicks in. It will also work great on my family camping or hiking trips. The variety in flavors are also versatile options for any meal of the day including mid-day snacks.
To compliment the Bang Bang Kingfish I prepared I used 6 cups of Minute rice to create a delicious Fried Rice. 6 cups was plenty for dinner for my family of 4 and giving mom and dad enough to pack for the next days lunch, score!
- 6 cups of Minute® Ready to Serve Rice
- 3 large eggs – scrambled
- 1 cup of peas & carrots
- 1/2 cup of diced onions
- 2 tablespoons of butter &1 teaspoon of minced garlic (melted)
- 1/2 cup of soy sauce
- Begin by placing the peas and carrots, diced onions and scrambled eggs into a wok at medium heat.
- Next, pour the rice into the wok and mix the ingredients.
- Follow by pouring both the soy sauce and butter/garlic into the rice and thoroughly mix until you no longer see white rice.
- After a few minutes of stirring at medium heat your rice will be ready to serve and enjoy with your meal.
Bang Bang Kingfish
- 1 pound of cubed kingfish meat
- 2 large eggs
- Panko bread crumbs
- Seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup of Mayonaise
- 1/4 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of Siracha
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey
- Mix eggs into a bowl then fully submerged the cubed meat.
- Roll the meat into the bread crumb mix until fully covered.
- Once all the meat has been breaded proceed to fry. You can do this in a pan or a deep fryer.
- Preheat oil in a high heat.
- Carefully place the fish into the fryer for a couple minutes or until golden brown.
Bang bang sauce Directions
- Thoroughly mix the 4 sauce ingredients into a bowl.
- Drizzle the sauce on the fish after serving on a plate.
You now have a great dinner ready for your family to enjoy. Serve your portions of fried rice, deep fried Kingfish and drizzle the delicious Bang Bang sauce. I promise you, your taste buds are in for a treat, bon appétit!
I found the Minute® Ready to Serve Rice in the rice aisle at my local Walmart. They come in many flavor options including Whole Grain Brown Rice, Brown & Wild Rice, Multi-Grain Medley, Rice Brown & Quinoa, Basmati Rice, Jasmine Rice, White Rice. Plenty of flavors to inspire new dinner creations!
Pick up a few on your next trip to your local grocery retailer and create a great tasting, fast and simple dinner for your family.
If you need help with recipe ideas, minuterice.com has hundreds of mouthwatering recipes.
Trying to keep cool in South Florida is not only a thing of the summer. We get a couple months of cool weather out of the year. I’m usually trying to find shade or hang out indoors with the AC because fans are usually too hot. This summer I had the luxury of testing an awesome product that filled my outdoor cooling needs. The Portacool Cyclone 1000 was my weapon of choice this summer combating the heat. Its a portable evaporative cooler that can keep you cool where a traditional air conditioner can’t.
The Cyclone 1000 is different from traditional coolers because it doesn’t just blow ambient air back at you. This unit works by simply filling up with water and running the unit. The unit uses an internal pump to cool the water and create a chilled air working off of evaporation.The fan then blows off chilled air that will certainly keep you cool. You don’t have to worry about getting wet, Portacool Cyclone is not a mister. The Cyclone 1000 model has an 8 gallon reservoir that can be filled manually or via the included hose hook-up.
The unit can be used in any outdoor application where a power source is available. Uses include but are not limited to residential, industrial, farm, recreational, tailgating, fitness and much more. Best of all, Portacool is a “green” option for cooling. Their units don’t require the use of freon or other types of refrigerants. Only thing you need is water and power, Portacool will do the rest. There is a very small footprint this product leaves and only requires a standard 115v hook-up.
The next time you’re watching an NFL game or your favorite collegiate team play, take a close look at the side lines, you may spot a Portacool unit! They are there for a reason, because the work! I’ve had the pleasure of using my unit in everything from casually hanging outside with friends, pool time with the kids and even while cooking in the grill. I already have plans to take the unit out with my on my next camping adventure. I’ll be sure to carry my long extension cord and hook it up inside my tent with the windows unzipped to get cool air with outside ventilation.
For more information on the Portacool Cyclone or other units visit their website. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram @Portacool as well. Tag them on pictures of you with your Portacool unit!
Happy National S’mores Day 2016 everyone! Each year National S’mores Day is observed on August 10. In celebration of this day the kids and I will be roasting delicious marshmallows.
This year I have a game changer for marshmallow roasting. I will be using my new Bernzomatic Campsite Torch to quickly and efficiently roast our marshmallows. Although I have a firepit in the backyard, lighting up a fire is not an option due to Hurricane Season in the beautiful South Florida. The rain won’t stop my celebration though.
First and foremost, remember to be safe when working with fire. Be sure to use gloves and eye protection. The Campsite Torch is easy to use, simply screw it on to a portable gas can, turn the gas nozzle to the on position and click to spark the flame. The torch is a great multi-purpose igniter that works great for lighting campfires, grills and of course roasting marshmallows to perfection.
Do you have a unique recipe you will try this National S’mores Day? Feel free to share via comments below.
Check out a Gormet S’mores recipe shared by Bernzomatic.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 large grade “A” eggs, well beaten
2 cups whole milk
1 tsp. powdered ginger
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. cocoa powder
16 pieces of cooked bacon
1 bag of mini marshmallows
16 oz. of chocolate sauce
½ cup powdered sugar
Bernzomatic WT2301C Campfire Torch
Bernzomatic 16 oz. Propane Camping Gas Cylinder
Standard campfire stove or open campfire with grill grate
Fork or whisk
Cast iron skillet or large sauté pan
Safety glasses and gloves
Directions: Preheat griddle over gas camping stove using Bernzomatic 16 oz. Propane Camping Gas Cylinder (medium heat) or over an open fire. Combine dry ingredients (flour, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt) until evenly distributed. Whisk in milk, egg and butter. Spray the cooking surface with pan spray, then place two pieces of bacon on the skillet and spoon pancake batter over them. Let the pancakes cook until the edges are golden brown. Flip the pancakes and finish cooking (1-2 minutes). Remove from the skillet and top the pancakes with mini marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and a dusting of powdered sugar. (PRO TIP – use the Bernzomatic WT2301C Campfire Torch to lightly torch the mini marshmallows to a golden brown before adding chocolate sauce and sugar.)
Looking to take your training to the next level? Jabra recently launched the Sport Pulse which is the ultimate wireless workout solution. The headphones are loaded with awesome features such as a heart rate monitor, Bluetooth 4.0 and integrated music and training management using the Sport Life app.
The Sport Life app interfaces with the Sport Pulse and allows the user to plan, monitor, test and analyze their workouts. The Sport Pulse has everything you need to maximize your workouts all while monitoring and maintaining a healthy heart rate using the precision in ear heart rate monitor.
You can now set workout goals, set target heart rates, set up your customized audio coach, capture workout stats, review past workouts or test and track your fitness. Best of all you can do all of this while listening to you favorite motivational tunes.
Jabra Sport Pulse was also designed with durability and comfort in mind. Jabra conveniently ships each pair with four sets of Ear Wings and Ear Gels for a perfect fit no matter the shape or size of your ear. They are built towards US military rain, shock, sand and dust standards. Jabra doesn’t just list their product as such, the Sport Pulse is actually rated using the IEC standard 60529 set by the International Electrotechnical Commission. What this means for the consumer is, you’re actually getting a quality product with the assurance that it will perform even under extreme environments. If you’re a jogger that loves to jog in the rain, just grab your Sport Pulse and go for a run.
Overall, the Sport Pulse is an all-in-one training solution optimized for running with the capability to monitor heart rates via an in ear monitor. They are the only earbuds proven to provide clinical-grade accuracy in the readings. The outstanding quality standards are just icing on the cake.
Is everyone excited for ICAST 2016? This year ICAST will be held from July 12-15, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show will be jam packed with tons of vendors including big names such as Rapala. As an angler I’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in gear to test out, this year is no different.
I’m especially excited for the new products being announced by Rapala at ICAST this year. Rapala is a tried and true brand that never fails to launch products that are not only appealing to the consumer, but certainly to the fish. I’ve been fishing with their lures, lines, tools and other terminal tackle as well for many years. My favorite product from last year’s ICAST launch was the Rapala Custom Finish HD Lures.
My first favorite of the new Rapala lineup is the Husky Magnum. They come in two sizes 15 and 25 with 10 different color options. All equipped with VMC Perma Steel Treble Hooks. I’m mostly excited about the wahoo and sailfish colors. These lures are intended for trolling. The size 15 can dive down 15 feet while the size 25 can dive down up to 25 feet.
They are also releasing the new Rapala X Rap Long Cast. They also come in two sizes, 12 and 14 with 12 different color options. The Long Cast is equipped with two 3/0 VMC Tin Finish in-line single hooks. These lures are great all around saltwater lures that can be fished in shallow or deep waters. They are excellent for sight fishing for their ability to be casted long distances and attract many species of fish.
Rapala is also launching the Skitter V which is the new version of the Skitter Walk. The lure is designed with a V shape belly that acts like a keel. The design allows the lure to make sharp left and right turns while retrieving. The design makes “walking the dog” very easy and helps attract big fish. As with the rest of the lineup, they are available in 10 different color options.
These are only some of the new products being announced this week at ICAST. If you’re lucky enough to be at ICAST this year, be sure to drop by the Rapala booth 763. Be one of the first to see the new product lineup live including the Long Cast Shallow, Saltwater Sub Walk, Twitchin’ Minnow and Mullet as well as some new colors on the Williamson lures.
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Prize pack include:
Yeti 10 oz. Lowball Rambler
Acurite Sportsman’s Forecaster
Timex Originals American Flag Watch
Single USB car charger
Dual USB car charger
Magnetic Vent Mount
Mobile Vent Mount
Six (6) assorted scent refills
Father’s Day 2016 is almost here! Hook dad up with some cool gifts this year. The Outdoor Boys have prepared an awesome product lineup that has just what dad wants this Father’s Day. Stay tuned for a Free Father’s Day Giveaway coming soon! Giveaway products will be announced in the next few days.
Are you looking to start your own backyard vegetable garden? Need to build a raised bed from scratch or already have one? You will have three important factors to account to consider before you start growing. They are location of the bed, soil type\mix, and which plants to grow together (companion plants). Trial and error is a good way to learn, but with available resources on the web will help cut the learning curve.
The first step for me was identifying a location in my yard that where sunlight would be available at least 8 hours a day. Once I had the bed placed in a good location I went off to my local Lowe’s store to begin shopping for the materials and tools I would need for the project. The materials you will need may very according to your project needs. For the purpose of this post I have created a list of the items I used to fill the 8×4 raised bed I built.
Note: It is a good idea to use a Soil Calculator before purchasing your soil so you don’t under or over estimate your needs.
Once you have selected the location of your raised bed you will need to prep the area. Using plastic spikes tie rope around the area you will dig. Begin by edging out the area of grass you will remove. Then proceed to uproot the grass using a spade shovel.
Tip: An alternative to removing the grass is laying down cardboard over. Cardboard/newspaper will smother the grass and weeds and will prevent growth into the soil.
Next flip the raised bed over and drape the landscape fabric over it. Using a staple gun, staple the fabric down. Be sure to stretch the cloth for a tight fit. Once the bed is fully covered, use a scissor to cut off the excess fabric.
Next proceed to place the bed in the desired area. If your bed post extend a few inches down use a shovel to dig holes where the post will go. Once in place even out the soil around the bed and proceed to neatly place the 12″x12″ decorative paver stones.
The next step is optional, but recommended if you are not using cedar (naturally bacterial and fungal resistant, decays much slower). Since I use white wood I lined the inside of raised bed with plastic sheeting. Simply unroll from the packaging and without unfolding begin stapling across the top. Make sure to start from the very bottom of the bed for best coverage. This will also prevent dirty water from seeping through the cracks.
Time for your soil mixture. Soil mixture can vary depending on your plants watering needs. Depending on the mix you will have either have soggy soil or very dry soil. My personal preference in mix comes in thirds. For this mix I used 1/3 garden soil, 1/3 compost/manure and a 1/3 of compost. This mix adds good volume and water retention while allowing your plants roots to aerate. I’ve had good success in the past growing vegetables using this ratio so I stick to what works.
Once your soil has been mixed thoroughly water it down several times to allow settling before planting. Plant selection is a broad topic with many considerations. Check online resources for companion planting to find out what plants fair the best with. There are many available guides such as this one from Heirloom-Organics.
This bed will be the home of mostly tomates, peppers and herbs. I also have peas growing off on a trellis next to the bed. So far I have the following growing:
Red Bell Pepper
Green Bell Pepper
Tip: Use Marigolds in your vegetable garden to naturally repel bean beetles, squash bugs, thrips, tomato hornworms, and whiteflies.
I hope you enjoyed the walkthrough of the newly installed raised bed vegetable garden. Feel free to leave questions as well as share your gardening tips via the comments.
Disclosure: Products within this post were provided to The Outdoor Boys to help facilitate this post. All opinions and comments stated are my own. All photos posted are taken by and property of The Outdoor Boys.
Are you looking to build a raised bed to grow your own food this summer? You’ve come to the right place! Since becoming a homeowner five years ago I became passionate about creating things from scratch. When I’m not outdoors fishing or camping I spend my weekends working on different projects around the yard. DIY has since become “my thing”.
My latest DIY project is an 8’x4′ raised garden bed that I plan to grow some delicious vegetables in. Several years back I created a smaller 4’x4′ raised bed in my previous home. Now with a larger back yard it made plenty sense to build a larger bed.
Below is the list of tools and cuts that I used to create the raised garden bed. As a part of DIY projects I prefer to cut the wood myself. I used my awesome new Kobalt Sliding Compound Miter Saw for all the cuts. You can certainly take advantage of the friendly staff at your local Lowe’s store to assist you with the wood cutting if you prefer.
TIP: I recently learned some great tips from Bob Vila for getting clean cuts on wood. I found #5 to be the most help
Begin by measuring and marking all the pieces of wood. Remember, measure twice and cut once! Proceed to make your cuts and neatly organize the wood by size.
(This step is done twice)
Proceed to building the two side pieces of the raised bed. Gather two pieces of the 4′ 2×6 and two pieces of 15″ 4×4 post. Align the edges on both sides flush with the top of the 2×6 boards. Drill two pilot holes on each end of the boards and into the post. Using the 3″ in screws drill down the first four screws to secure on side. Follow the same step on the other end of the boards. NOTE: The post will extend 4″ down which will be used to anchor down into the ground.
With the two sides piece built you are ready to begin attaching the first set of 8 foot 2×6. For best results secure the first 2×6 using a heavy duty clamp on each side. Once again drill two pilot holes through each end followed by drilling down two screws. Follow the same step with the bottom 2x6x8. NOTE: As with “Step 2”, Step 3 must be performed two times as well for the front and back side.
Once all 2×6 are attached to the main four post measure four feet on the front and back side. Make marks on the inside in preparation for attaching the additional two post.
Using the 11″ cuts of 1×6 attach 2 on each corner. First drill pilot holes onto the side piece then screw them in. This will allow for the front side to be completely flush (image below) and hide the edges from the side board. Do the same for each of the four corners of the bed.
Using the 100″ and 55″ cuts of 2×4 cut 45 degree angles using a miter saw. These will be used as the ledge for the top of the raised bed.
Align the four pieces of 45 degree cut 2×4’s to the top of the bed. Clamps can also be used to tightly secure the edges. Once again drill pilot holes followed by drilling down screws to secure the edges. Use approximately four screws on the 8′ sides and three screws on the 4′ sides. (more can be used if desired)
Step 8: (optional steps going forward)
At this point the garden bed is fully functional and can be used as is. However, if you plan to use it for growing vegetables, you will want to protect your crops from birds and other pest.
Using the 3/4″ PVC cut 4 pieces at 10″ length. Measure halfway from post to post for both front and back side of bed. Then proceed to vertically screw on the 3/4″ PVC. You will have 2 PVC pieces screwed on to each of the bed.
Using the two 10′ pieces of 1/2″ PVC bend them in loops inserting them into the 3/4″ PVC screwed on the inside of the raised bed. With the PVC now in place use your choice of bird netting or mesh blanket to drape over the bed once your soil and plants are in place.
The raised garden bed is now complete. From this point you are ready to fill with soil and begin growing your plants of choice!
I purchased all the tools and materials necessary for this project at my local Lowe’s store. Be sure to drop by and check out the selection of wood and tools you can use for your project. Be sure to share your creation via comments and social media @theoutdoorboys.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this project. I will be decorating the garden bed area as well as discussing soil mixture and plant selection.