Thursday, September 07, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Alaska Assignment

Got to go to Anchorage, Alaska for a 2 week dispatch assignment. Very different up here: no fire resources really, all air and float resources. Anyway, its been a great visit and here is a tour by pictures since I've been here. Enjoy! I sure have.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crazy Sexy Chili

This has become my new favorite chili, made twice now and lasts a single guy like me almost a week. Original recipe is from here: http://kriscarr.com/recipe/crazy-sexy-bean-chili/

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 white onion, diced 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 jalapenos finely diced 
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 cups prepared TVP (soak 2 cups dried TVP in 2 cups boiling water, soak 5 mins)
  • 2 zucchini, diced 
  • 1/2 cup diced potato (any kind) 
  • One 15-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed
  • Two 15-ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed 
  • One 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 Dark Beer (I used Deschutes Porter)
  • 1+ cup water or more beer
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro 
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped: 2+cups
  • Diced avocado  
  • Fresh cilantro 
  1. In Cast Iron Skillet heat oil, add onions, garlic, jalapenos, and cumin. Saute briefly
  2. Add skillet and remaining ingredients (except kale, avocado and last cilantro) to crock pot
  3. Cook on low all day or high for 4 hours or until potatoes are tender
  4. At end of cook, stir in your chopped kale
  5. Serve in a bowl and top with 1/2 avocado (save the other half for dinner tomorrow) and cilantro
  6. I eat mine with tortilla chips and scoop my chili into each chip

Friday, April 28, 2017

Homemade Shampoo Recipe

This is a simple recipe I have been using for a few months now and had to make some more so thought that I'd post the recipe.

  • Based on whatever sized container you are putting your shampoo into
  • 1/2 Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap, I use unscented so I can add my own
  • 1-4 TB Almond Oil. I have dry hair and this helps
  • Essential oils of your choice. About 30-40 drops total for a large shampoo bottle
    • I used Tea Tree
    • Lemongrass
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
Voila! Shampoo for awhile!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Poison Oak Help

The other weekend was spent cleaning up a friend's water ditch in  Trinity County.  Of course, wading through the brush will always lead to some poison oak.

Poison oak doesn't bother me much, but I still get it.  I actually LOVE itching it, but....well, that's not good for it.  Plain old lemon juice from a lemon is highly effective, and very cheap.  The only downside is that citrus oils in sunlight are harmful to your skin.  So only if staying inside.

So here is a easy recipe for some soothing Poison Oak relief.

2 Tablespoons Distilled Water
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar - overall relief
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt - helps dry
3 drops Lavender - soothes the itch
3 drops Tea Tree - antiseptic

Combine and apply with a cotton ball on affected areas.

Enjoy! But stay out of that poison oak.

Before and after some ditch work