The Ultimate Camping Checklist

Camping Season Is Almost Here!

Get yourself ready and feel extra prepared by following my Ultimate Camping Checklist!

Packing for camping can sometimes be stressful, especially when you are going somewhere that’s not going to have stores nearby to pick up last minute items. 

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How To Adult

How To Adult

So you’re twenty-something, you decide to move out of your parents’ house. And now what. 

I don’t know about you, buuuut how do I adult?

Yes I understand that “adulting” is not a verb, but I mean, it really should be. Paying bills, booking yourself appointments, filing taxes. It’s scary stuff man. 

Though it may just come from the fact that I’m introverted and shy, talking to strangers on the phone genuinely stresses me out. Yes it’s silly, but it’s a shitty thing I hate dealing with.

Sad to say it, but you can’t opt out of adulting. It has to happen. So why not try and make it a little easier on ourselves, hmm?

How To Adult: A Life Guide

1. Find Resources

With today’s technology, use those online apps and websites to help you get things done! We’re all tech savvy, right!? Book appointments online if they have a website that allows you to do so. Set up automatic withdrawal to pay your bills. Use TurboTax for your taxes! This saved me tons. Because let’s be real, I have no friggin clue how to do my taxes, and there’s no one here to teach me. 

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2. Practice That Autograph

There’s nothing that makes you feel more dumb than going to sign for something and all that shows up is a bunch of chicken scratch. Practice your signature, come up with a style that works for you, and that way you won’t feel like a third grader who just learned cursive every time you sign the cheque.

3. Take Care of Yourself

Eat nothing but organic, cut out all carbs and sweets and run 10k a day. Hah no thank you. But sadly enough, that metabolism does slow down when you get into your twenties, and when you buy your own food, it’s easy to go for the cheap, quick stuff.

Having the power to buy your own food can be fun. Start to incorporate healthier foods into your meals, and try a workout that involves something you enjoy doing.

Tomato

Well. That’s all I’ve got for you today, because well, I’m still learning to adult myself, hah.

It’s scary moving out on your own, taking full care of yourself for once and dealing with the real world. I just want others to know that they’re not alone. It’s scary to go from mommy and daddy dealing with the big issues, paying for the necessities in life, to taking that all on yourself when you haven’t really learned how yet. 

This part of our lives, our twenties, becomes such a huge learning period in our life. Learning how to truly take care of ourselves, learning who we really are, who we want to be, and what we want to do with our life. Hah, let’s be real, do we ever really figure out what we want to do with our lives?

Ah here’s me just struggling to adult. If I’m alone in this that’ll make me feel mighty pathetic, so please let me know your adulting struggles as well. We can all band together and be adult friends who drink wine and stuff. That part I know I’ve got down pat. 

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

I don’t know about you, but I can’t go to any sports game, festival or theme park without forking over the 5+ bucks for a delicious soft pretzel. Sad thing is, I’m not at those places very often. 

Solution!

pretzel

I give you NO YEAST Homemade Soft Pretzels. 

I absolutely adore these. They don’t come with the grease you get with the commercial ones, they’re super simple, AND they don’t require any yeast. Bonus, right!?

dough

First you gotta throw the first six ingredients in a bowl and mix them all up! After you have your dough all ready, plop it on the counter. divide it in two and give it a good knead.

Then comes the frustrating part. Letting it sit under your bowl for fifteen minutes. UGGGGH, I hate recipes that make you leave your dough to rest. But! It’s for the best. So we let it sit. This is when I’ll get my pans ready, decide what toppings I want, maybe catch a couple minutes of Friends (my latest obsession). 

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Yay! Time’s up and we can start making stuff! Time to divide each ball into four pieces. (I doubled my recipe here, so your balls may be smaller than these ones appear to be). 

Then you gotta roolllll your balls out into long snake like ropes. I recommend not putting too much flour on your dough, as I find that if the dough sticks to the counter a little bit, it’s easier to roll. Anywho, roll that bad boy out until it’s around a foot, maybe just over a foot long. 

Then comes the tricky part! The ol’ pretzel shape. Basically you grab both ends, twist them around each other, then fold them back down over the loop! Easy explanation right!? Hah. Just google a picture of a pretzel and you’ll figure it out. 

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Next, you plop those wonky pretzel shapes on your pan, give them a good egg wash bath, sprinkle on your favourite toppings (mine is salt, maybe cinnamon sugar sometimes), and pop them in the oven for about ten minutes!

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And bam! There ya have it. Yummy homemade pretzels that don’t break the bank, or leave you feeling greasy and gross.

 

Homemade Soft Pretzels
Yields 8
The perfect soft pretzel recipe.
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2/3 cups milk
  3. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp sugar
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 egg
  8. topping (salt, cinnamon, oats)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425Β°F
  2. Stir together the first six ingredients to make a soft dough.
  3. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of flour on the counter. Divide dough into two balls. Knead it. Put bowl upside down over balls for 15 minutes.
  4. Divide each ball into four balls, resulting in eight total balls. Roll each ball into a long rope, about a foot in length and form into pretzel shape.
  5. Spray cookie sheet and place pretzels on pan.
  6. Beat egg and brush over pretzels. Sprinkle on your desired topping.
  7. Place in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  8. Let cool, then dig in!
Notes
  1. You can also create pretzel bites for dipping if you'd prefer. Instead of forming the rope into the pretzel shape, leave the rope straight and cut into eight pieces. Place on the pan, egg wash and sprinkle with salt, and cook for about 8 minutes. Yum!
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5 Things You Need For Camping

Camping Essentials

With this abnormally beautiful weather we’re having, looks like camping season may begin earlier than we expected. And I am not complaining!

Basically every weekend in the summer we’re out camping. Whether it’s just a small campground fifteen minutes from home, a lake hours away, we find a place to pitch the tent and pull out the beer. There’s something so relaxing about camping – I mean, after the hour and half it takes to unload the truck, set up the tent & everything inside.

But still, sitting in a lawn chair, cold drink in hand, absorbing what the outdoors has to offer (preferably sunshine for me please), there’s just something about it.

Though it’d be great just to get out and go, there’s a few necessities you need to pack along with you.

Here are a few of my essential items:

Extension Cords

Without fail, we forget this every time and have to borrow. Our air mattress is pretty big, and has to be blown up after being put in the tent. We’ve had to back the car up so close to the tent it’s basically inside, in order to reach the car plug-in. Never again.

Tent

Motion Sensor Light

This is the greatest thing we have ever thought of. There’s nothing like walking back to your tent to grab a new drink, and tripping over a tree root, falling into your tent. Yeah no. Ours is just a battery powered little square light that we place on the ground about five feet in front of our tent, and as we come into range, it lights a path to our door. We ordered our motion sensor light off of Amazon.

Footed Pajamas

This may seem silly, but hey, if you’re tenting it, it get’s damn cold at night. These are a lifesaver.

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Oversized Flannel

I don’t know about you, but I loooove me a flannel. Grab a larger flannel, and you can wear it as is for a light jacket, over top of a hoodie for an extra layer, or tie around your waist when it gets a little too warm. Practical & cute!

Cup With Lid & Straw

Hey, these aren’t just for kids ya know! Spill free, insulated, and I’m just a big fan of drinking out of a straw! I use a mason jar cup with a handle, and it has become known as my camping cup. I even started a trend among our friends! I have seen them at Target & Home Hardware. Or you find these mason jar tumblers on Amazon!

beer

Or you just stick to a regular old beer can like this guy over here. If we’re talking beer though, I prefer my corona. With lime, of course.

Love camping like I do? Stick around for more Countdown To Camping posts with plenty more tips and tricks regarding all things camping! 

Want an ultimate camping checklist to guide you through your packing? Check out this post!

 

 

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