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Camping Crockpot Recipes

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Camping Crockpot Recipes

If you’re camping in an RV or have access to a power source, then slow cooker meals should be the first choice.

Who doesn’t like being able to put all your food into a pot, press a button, and a few hours later dinner is served?

There are tons of options for crockpot recipes, but I wanted to find a few recipes that weren’t too intensive as it’s meant to be for camping.

So, let’s get to these crockpot concoctions!

Slow Cooker Campfire Potatoes

slow cooking campfire potatoes

I LOVE potatoes! Such an amazing food filled with so many nutrients, nutrients you’ll need on a camping day full of hiking and adventure.

This particular recipe also calls for cheese and one of my favorite flavorings, Worcestershire sauce. It’s definitely a tasty treat that will be loved during a camping trip.

Beanies and Weenies

beanies and weenies

This isn’t the usual beanies and weenies in a can (although I do love those when camping).

These are a very simple beans mixture with hotdogs. It doesn’t get any easier, but it’s still delicious.

Crockpot Meatloaf

crockpot meatloaf

This crockpot meatloaf is a bit more involved than the previous recipes.

I wanted to add at least one (or two) slow cooker recipes that required a bit more effort but not as quite as effort filled as beef consommé. Just incase you have the time and want a really delicious meal.

This will also require a few more ingredients, so be prepared to have a sizeable cooler ready.

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

brown sugar pineapple ham

This isn’t a gigantic thanksgiving ham as it’s for a slow cooker.

But it’ll still take a decent time to cook through even if it’s a smaller ham. So, make sure you start the ham early!

Crockpot Ravioli Casserole

crockpot ravioli casserole

A simple four ingredient recipe that makes for a great end to a camping day.

Like most ravioli meals, it’s also incredibly filling!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

loaded baked potato soup

This goes under the “slightly more involved” recipe list.

But like most things that take more effort, the reward is far better.

Loaded with bacon, cheese, onions, and more, this soup is the definition of a filling meal.

Crockpot Chili Recipe

crockpot chili recipe

Chili is a perfect meal for me any day, but this is perfect for any chilly (pun pun pun) camping days.

The best part is that chili can be eaten alone or as a topping/side dish to go with hotdogs or other foods.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

spaghetti bolognese

Probably the most involved recipe, it’ll help to have an RV with the appropriate setup.

It’s also not a “throw everything in and turn it on” kind of thing, but a more delicate process of preparing the ingredients. Despite the effort, the taste will be absolutely worth it!

Crockpot Ribs

crockpot ribs

A camping dish just isn’t complete without a meaty delight in my opinion and there’s no better than some spare ribs!

Also, I’m not just recommending this recipe because it uses Dr Pepper. But because of how simple it is to prepare and make.

Any more?

Tell me what you think! Were these recipes helpful? Have you tried better or do you have alterations you recommend?

Also, be sure to check out our other recipes and posts here!

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Delicious Salisbury Steak Recipe

Salisbury Steak Recipe

Having a go-to Salisbury steak recipe is a must for any home cookbook. I usually make mine in a slow cooker but sometimes I want them right away!

This recipe is for a classic Salisbury steak, but even that comes with some solid flavor. The nice sauce, mushrooms, and onion make this classic dish delightful.

All that being said, feel free to spice up the recipe yourself. I’m a big fan of finding a good recipe and doing my own thing with it.

Preparing the Salisbury Steak

Simple Salisbury Steak

Start off making the meat patties by mixing beef, egg, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and optionally the French Onion Soup. Mash together using your hands to form 6 solid patties. I notice sometimes I have to add more breadcrumbs to get them to stick together better, so add a little at a time if you’re having trouble getting the patties to hold.

Cook the patties! Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. It usually takes about 5 minutes per patty, so cook in batches if possible and remove when done.

Gravy time! Add in the onions and cook until they’re soft. Then add mushrooms until they’re golden brown. Add in beef broth, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce and stir. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and a tsp of water to add to the skillet. Stir well and cook until thick.

Finally, add the patties back to the skillet and spoon gravy over them. This is just to heat the patties through and once done, garnish with parsley.

Side Dishes

While you can choose any side dish, Salisbury steak goes great with mashed potatoes, especially with the gravy.

If you’re not a fan though, green beans are a great alternative and healthy!

Salisbury Steak Recipe

Simple Salisbury Steak Recipe

A simple and easy to make Salisbury Steak recipe.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 750 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salisbury Steak

  • 2 lb Lean ground beer q
  • 3/4 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp French onion soup

Onion Mushroom Gravy

  • 1 Onion sliced thinly
  • 8 oz Cremini mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 cups Beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, using your clean hands. Divide into 6 equal pieces and form each one into oval patties.
  • In a large skillet add the olive oil and butter and heat until melted over medium-high heat. Add the meat patties and fry on both sides until no longer pink in the middle, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the patties to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the sliced onions and cook until softened. Add the mushrooms, if using, and cook for a few more minutes until the onions are golden brown.
  • Add the beef broth, tomato paste, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce and stir. In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch with a bit of water or beef broth and add to the skillet. Whisk until the sauce thickens, for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the meat back to the pan and spoon gravy over the top. Cook for another minute until the meat patties warm through.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.
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3 Quick Snack Recipes

pizza rolls

You don’t always need a full meal, sometimes a nice (not always healthy) snack is perfect.

That’s why I went searching for some easy to make but delicious snacks!

The list is short but hopefully one of them satisfies.

Portable Pizza Sticks

The first one on the list is fairly well known homemade snack from I Wash You Dry.

They offer a very simple and easy to make recipe for pizza sticks that takes under 30 minutes to make and can last a while if you make enough.

Portable Pizza Rolls Recipe

Portable Pizza Rolls Recipe

An easy and cheap recipe to make handy pizza roll snacks.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 sticks
Calories 450 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pillsbury pizza crust, tube
  • 40 Pepperoni slices
  • 10 Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried parsley
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Spread pizza dough out on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut into 10 equal size rectangles.
  • Arrange 4 pepperoni slices on each rectangle and top with a mozzarella cheese stick.
  • Roll up the rectangles, enclosing the cheese stick and pinching seams closed.
  • Melt butter and add garlic powder and parsley. Brush on the pizza sticks.
  • Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Keyword homemade pocket pizza rolls, portable pizza rolls recipe

Baked Almond Butter Banana

Next up is a unique taste on bananas! A healthy snack that is so sweet and tastes like fall.

It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and is also quick to make.

Shout out to Cassy at Fed and Fit for this recipe!

Baked Almond Butter Banana

A delicious cinnamon treat that's low cost and low effort!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Medium-sized banana
  • 1 Tbsp Almond butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Using a butter knife, cut 1/2" deep down the length of the banana.
  • With the back of a spoon, widen the cut to make room for the almond butter.
  • Spoon the almond butter throughout the opening in the banana.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Wrap the banana in aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes.
  • Unwrap and eat!
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Cinnamon Sugar Waffle Bites

Have a sweet tooth for waffles? I know, not a normal sentence when asking about waffles.

Regardless, Food Fanatic has an awesome and quick recipe for adding a twist on making waffles sweet and amazing!

cinnamon waffle bites

Cinnamon Sugar Waffle Bites

A sweet cinnamon treat that reminds me of Belgian Waffles, but with a zest.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 7 1/2 Oz refrigerated flaky biscuit dough
  • 2 Tbsp Butter (melted)
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat a waffle iron to medium. Place one refrigerated biscuit in the waffle iron and fill as many spaces as possible.
  • Let the biscuit dough cook for about 3 minutes or until golden and waffle shaped.
  • Brush both sides with melted butter.
  • Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish and sprinkle all of the waffle.
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What are some other snacks?

Obviously this list is NOT all inclusive and we’re open to new recipes all the time. So, if you’ve tried these and want to leave an opinion, or have other snack ideas, please leave a comment below!

 

 

Recipes

3 Easy Meal Prep Ideas

breakfast bowl meal prep

Easiest Meal Prep Recipes

Meal prepping has so many possibilities and there are entire books of recipes for meal prep ideas. It can be overwhelming, so I wanted to give a short place to start!

These recipes offer an easy introduction to meal prepping or new recipes to add to your collection!

Let’s start with the most important meal of the day, breakfast!

Breakfast Bowl Meal Prep

These are simple and a great morning breakfast!

They last roughly 5 days (less if you’re me and can’t stop eating), which is perfect since 3-5 days of meal prep should be the goal. Any longer than 5 days, food prepped will degrade faster and faster.

Original recipe at iowagirleast.com

Breakfast Bowls

An easy and quick breakfast bowl for meal prepping.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 650 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold potato's
  • 1 Green pepper cut into cubes
  • 1 Onion chopped into cubes
  • 12 Eggs
  • 4 Oz Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 Green onions chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Gluten free seasoned salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Avocado
  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • 6 Tupperware containers

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Add potato's, peppers, and onions to a large sheet pan. Then drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss until evenly coated.
  • Transfer half of the vegetables to a second sheet pan and roast both pans for 30-40 minutes, or until potato's are golden brown. Stir and rotate pans halfway through.
  • While vegetables are cooking, crack eggs into a mixing bowl with salt and pepper. whisk until smooth.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick spray, add eggs.
  • Scramble and cook eggs to desired point.
  • Divide the potato's and eggs evenly between containers, sprinkle with cheese and green onions, cover and refrigerate.
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Spicy Chicken Meal Prep

There’s a reason chicken is so popular in food prep, it’s easy to make and there are tons of different ways to cook it.

This is a classic chicken, rice, and beans recipe with a little bit of spice!

Original recipe at Pinch of Yum.

Spicy Chicken & Rice

A delicious and easy to prep spicy chicken meal prep with rice.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 850 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients
  

Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Long grain white rice (quinoa also works)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 14 Oz Fresh salsa
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1 lb Chicken breasts (cut into 4-6 smallish pieces)
  • 2 Tsp Cumin
  • 2 Tsp Chili powder
  • 3 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp Cayenne

Later Add Ons

  • 14 Oz Can of black beans
  • Chopped cilantro (handful)

Instructions
 

  • Place rice, water, salsa, salt, and oil in an instant pot. Stir to combine. Place chicken pieces on top and add spices.
  • Turn the instant pot on high pressure for 7-8 minutes. When done, use the quick release valve for steam.
  • Remove chicken and mix in black beans in with rice.
  • Divide the ingredients evenly between 4-6 meal prep containers. Sprinkle with cilantro.
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Greek Couscous Salad

The first two options are delicious! But I know some people are going to want a very healthy salad option and this is it!

This salad is rich and flavor and has quite a few ingredients, so be prepared to have fun prepping!

Original recipe at Chelseas Messy Apron.

couscous salad meal prep

Greek Couscous Salad

A healthy meal prep recipe giving a taste of Greece!
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 600 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 2 Packages (4.7 oz each) Pearled Couscous Mix Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil flavored
  • 1 English (or hothouse) cucumber (coarsely chopped)
  • 3 Bell peppers (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow) (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 1 Large red onion (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/2 Cup Flat leaf Italian parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 Cans (15 oz each) Chickpeas
  • Feta cheese (to taste)
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges

Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 Cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tsp Dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Freshly cracked pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare couscous mix according to package. If you're using your own couscous, be sure to season.
  • While the couscous is cooking, prep vegetables; chop cucumber, peppers, red onion, and cherry tomatoes. Finely chop parsley and soak the red onion in cold water for 10 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas, roast in the oven if preferred.
  • Prepare the dressing by adding all to a mason jar. Seal the jar and shake until combined.
  • TO SERVE: Add couscous to a large bowl and allow to cool, add in vegetables and chickpeas. Add in feta cheese, freshly squeezed lemon, salt and pepper to taste, and dressing.
  • TO MEAL PREP: Divide the dressing evenly into 6 small containers. Divide the rest of the ingredients into 6 equal parts in small containers and refrigerate.
Keyword Greek couscous salad, greek salads with couscous

Enjoy Meal Prepping!

Having a solid weeks worth of meals planned out feels so great! These are only a few recipes, there are plenty of options for meal planning though if you want to expand your horizons!

What’s better, is when the prepped food tastes amazing!

If you have any questions concerning the recipes or how to prepare them, be sure to check out the original recipes or leave a comment below!

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3 Delicious Chicken Wing Recipes

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Best Chicken Wing Recipes

My love for chicken wings is near endless like the numerous ways you can cook them. Obviously, I could make a VERY LONG list on different ways to prepare and cook wings, but I wanted to go with my top three.

So, let’s not waste any time! These are my top 3 ways to cook chicken wings.

Baked Honey Garlic Wings

I got this recipe originally from Spend with Pennies, so all credit goes to Holly for this one!

This is the recipe you go for if you’re looking for an Asian taste combination in your wings.

Baked Honey Garlic Wings

Baked Honey Garlic Wings

Delicious honey garlic wings!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 650 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 50 Chicken Wings
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 4 Tbsps Soy Sauce
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger (diced)
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 2 Tsps Cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Dab chicken wings with a paper towel until dry.
  • Toss and coat wings with flour, salt, and pepper.
  • Ensure flour is coated evenly and brush with olive oil.
  • Line a pan(s) with foil and parchment paper on top.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, turning at 20 minutes.
  • While chicken is baking, combine sauce ingredients in a small pan and boil until thickened.
  • Take wings from oven when done, toss them with the sauce and return them to the oven for 10 minutes. Turn after the first 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool but turn occasionally to get an even thick layer around the wings.

Notes

I like my sauce fairly thick but feel free to boil it to however you want. Just remember it may not stick as well if it is too runny. Also, the original recipe added 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, but I prefer 2 as it makes a consistency I prefer.
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Baked Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

I love crispy wings of any kind! There’s just something about the texture of nice crunch in every bite. So, if you’re like me and have a love for crispiness, these are a great option!

The original recipe came from Karina at Café Delites so be sure to check out other recipes from there if you liked this one!

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Baked Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

The sweet spice of buffalo mixed with the crunch of crispy wings!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 650 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 4 lbs Chicken wings (drums and flats)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsps Garlic powder
  • Pinch pepper

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Melted butter (unsalted)
  • 1/2 Cup Franks Original Red Hot Sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsps Honey, white or brown sugar (depends on tastes)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Pat wings with paper towels to dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine Chicken Ingredients(baking powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper). Toss wings in the mixtureuntil evenly coated.
  • Arrange wings on rack with 1-inch spacings.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Flip and continue bakinguntil crisp and golden.
  • While the wings cook, mix together Hot SauceIngredients and coat the wings (tossing) when they are pulled from the oven.
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Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

Asian wings, buffalo wings, why not a nice dry rub? These are a little more on the plain side of taste, nothing to fancy but still incredibly delicious!

Original recipe can be found at The Chunky Chef.

Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Dry Rubbed Baked Chicken Wings

A dry rubbed chicken wing that's not spicy or overly flavored.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 700 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dry Rub Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tbsp Ancho Chile Pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 3/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Mustard Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Ground Thyme

Wings Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Chicken Wings
  • 2 Tbsps Vegetable or Canola Oil

Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 3-6 Tbsps Buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2-3 Oz Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 1 Clove Garlic (grated)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Instructions
 

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Line a baking sheet with 2 sheets aluminum foil. Top with an oven safe cooling rack and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Combine all dry rub ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a separate large bowl add chicken wings and vegetable oil. Toss gently to coat wings.
  • Pour in ½ of the dry rub mixture into the bowl containing the chicken. Gently mix and coat chicken wings, adding more dry rub mixture as needed (you may not need all of it, depends on personal preference).
  • Add chicken wings to baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.
  • To prepare the Gorgonzola Sauce, add all ingredients and half of the gorgonzola cheese to a food processor. Process until smooth consistency.
  • Stir in remaining gorgonzola and refrigerate until ready to eat.
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Enjoy the Chicken Wings!

These are three of my favorite ways to eat wings and they encompass a broad spectrum of tastes. So hopefully, even if two aren’t right for you, one is!

Enjoy the Wings and if there are any questions, please comment below!

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7 Best Breweries in Bozeman Montana

lockhorn hard cider bozeman montana

Sweet mountain air, the allure of mother nature, and phenomenal beer. Ok, maybe Bozeman Montana isn’t mainly known for phenomenal beer, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. But it’s difficult to be known for anything other than the great outdoors when Montana is such an amazing place to experience nature.

What’s a great end to a day of exploring? A cool beer!

While Yellowstone, Hyalite Canyon, and other prominent attractions bring people through Bozeman, some of their breweries are perfect reasons to stay a little bit longer.

But where do we start? What kinds of beers are there? We’ll get to those questions now!

Best Breweries in Bozeman!

Mountains Walking

mountains walking brewery bozeman montana

The first brewery that stands out in Bozeman is Mountains Walking.

Mountains Walking has a deep respect for brewing and always ensure quality. Offering Ales, IPAs, Lagers, and more, you’ll find anything to match your taste here.

If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, try out their Nitro Vanilla Cream Ale. Sure, many people may have reserves about a vanilla beer, but trust me, when done right it’s magical.

Nordic Brew Works

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I know we’re looking for breweries and unique drinks, but if you’re going to have a great drink you should have it with a great meal.

Nordic Brew Work is just the place for that, having some very unique menu options that perfectly accent many of their brews. If you’re not looking for a unique meal though, they offer the classic beer brat. To me, there’s nothing that matches better with a beer than a bratwurst.

Map Brewing

map brewing bozeman montana

Map Brewing has a similar passion for brewing as all of the breweries on this list. But Map Brewing has some interesting beers to select from.

They don’t have the longest menu compared to others on this list, but I think they are worth the try for what they have. Honestly, I always heard that the smaller the menu, the better the selection. While it may not always be true, those who specialize in a few beers (or dishes), tend to do them right.

Lockhorn Hard Cider

lockhorn hard cider bozeman montana

Maybe you’re not a pale ale or IPA kind of person. There are other options in Bozeman like Cider!

Lockhorn has a great collection of hard ciders to choose from with some interesting flavors. As an add on, the ciders are gluten free!

Bozeman Brewing

bozeman brewing bozeman montana

Bozeman Brewing has one of the widest menus we’ve found and offers a lot of tasty opportunities.

They also do a great job of giving back and offer a Sunday FUNday where 50 cents of every pint sold goes to a non-profit of the day.

They have year-round options for beer, but some seasonal, so make sure you check online before you go to see what will be available during your visit.

Bunkhouse Brewery

bunkhouse brewery

Bunkhouse is similar Map Brewing in having a slightly smaller menu, but still being astounding.

Personally, I lived in Germany for 3 years so their Bavarian Hefeweizen is made for me! If you have a sweet tooth, they also have the Bozar the Bozarian, essentially a banana beer!

406 Brewing

406 brewing bozeman montana

406 Brewing has an interesting selection that will cover every craving.

Most of their choices listed at time of writing are ales, so if you’re not into ciders and other options listed prior, this may be a good choice!

Enjoy Bozeman!

There’s a lot to do in Montana and Bozeman is a great place to be. The breweries above are a great thing to try when you’re there, but make sure you experience some of their rich culture and outdoor experiences!

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Campingplatz Tegernsee – Where to Camp at Lake Tegernsee

campingplatz tegernsee

What and Where is Tegernsee?

Tegernsee is a tourist town located in the Bavarian Alps with a very popular lake unsurprisingly known as Lake Tegernsee. It’s roughly an hour drive south of Munich, so if you’re flying in that may be the best airport.

There are a few attractions around the town such as a monastery and other historical sites. Honestly, there is a lot of history to this town, but that’s no surprise as it’s been around since the 6th century AD.

For outdoors enthusiasts, the lake offers a base camp to plenty of relaxing hikes in the area. For beer lovers, some of the best breweries in Germany!

Despite all the history to experience and beer to drink in Tegernsee, the main destination for visitors is the lake!

All of these attractions are great, but where do you camp in Tegernsee?

Campingplatz Tegernsee? Where to camp?

camping in tegernsee

While you can theoretically plop a tent anywhere, I only include ASCI surveyed sites to ensure the things recommended met safety standards.

Because of this, there is only one ASCI listed campsite in Lake Tegernsee, and that it Campingplatz Wallberg. The campsite has many of modern-day amenities, including wifi coverage, an on-site restaurant, and allows dogs (on leads)!

What to Bring Camping at Lake Tegernsee

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While Campingplatz Wallberg offers many amenities, there are still a few things to bring with you.

To camp on the site, you’ll need some form of ID, an ASCI ID card would suffice.

Additionally, having a tent should go without saying, unless you’ll be in a camper. After that, some on hand cash (euros) will help in case of emergencies and the main necessities like bottled water and food. Sure, there’s a restaurant, but the campsite also allows grilling!

Enjoy Tegernsee!

Whether you’re going for hiking or sightseeing in Tegernsee, be safe and enjoy your time!

The entire area has so much to offer that it’s sure to be a memorable time.

If you’re looking for other outdoors opportunities in the Alps, check out our guide to visiting Zugspitze!

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3 Days in Wadi Rum Jordan

3 days in wadi rum

Traveling to Jordan is one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve had. There is so much history and archaeological sites that are beyond astonishing and if you have only 3 days to spend in Jordan, I highly recommend you spend time planning in advance.

Also, be sure to learn some of the basic Arabic greetings and phrases, it will definitely set you ahead!

What is Wadi Rum?

Wadi Rum is a gorgeous desert set in southern Jordan, filled with rolling sands, massive rock structures, and a breathtaking night sky. Also, known as “Valley of the Moon”, Wadi Rum is a 720 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage site with an interesting history.

It was inhabited by humans as early as 12,000 years ago as shown by the ancient petroglyphs and inscriptions from around the desert. It was even once home (temporarily) to the Nabateans, the builders of Petra.

Today the desert still plays a role in housing Bedouins who live in the desert and acting as a stage for numerous Hollywood productions such as The Martian, Lawrence of Arabia, two Star Wars movies, Dune, and even the live action remake of Aladdin.

How to Get to Wadi Rum

How to get to Wadi Rum

There are a few ways to get to Wadi Rum depending on your preferred type of transportation and where you’re coming from.

The choices you’ll find in getting to Wadi Rum are to rent a car, take a taxi, or take a bus from a nearby city/tourist destination. If you’re renting a car, I simply recommend getting GPS or a map, as that’s the easiest way to get there. Also, if you’re camping in the desert, no tourist is allowed to drive through the desert.

So, you’ll either be parking at the visitor center (which costs 5JD to enter or free with the Jordan Pass) or Rum village and will be picked up by your host and taken into the desert.

If you’re coming from Aqaba there are buses/minibuses that can take you to the Wadi Rum turn off. If decide to take a taxi from Aqaba, it should be around 35 JD to get to the visitor’s center.

Coming from Petra a taxi will cost the similar 35 JD but a bus costs 7 JD and will take you to the Visitors Center or Rum Village. The bus can also be scheduled to pick you up from your hotel in Petra.

Where to stay in Wadi Rum

Where to Stay in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum has quite a few comfortable camping spots in the desert, some surprisingly luxurious considering the location. Self-camping is an option, but you’ll still need to find a way into the desert, pack food and water accordingly, and be fully prepared for any emergencies.

Honestly, self-camping is not going to be a relaxing time in Wadi Rum unless you have a vehicle to take you around.

The option we chose and recommend was staying at one of the camps with shelter, food, and transportation provided.

A luxurious option of these is the Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel. I know you’ve probably seen the see-through bubble tents being advertised and these are those tents. Take in the Wadi Rum sunset and night sky from the comfort of your tent and enjoy all amenities necessary for a relaxing time.

Another cheaper option would be the Wadi Rum Green Desert campground.

They offer similar amenities such as food and showers, but the washrooms are public and there’s no see-through roof in your tent. By no means should the discount option be assumed “cheap”. The hosts of the camp were incredibly nice and very helpful on anything we needed.

We went with the cheaper option to save money as we were there to see the sites around Wadi Rum as exploring was our focus.

3 Days in Wadi Rum

3 Days in Wadi Rum Jordan

All of this rich history and only so many days to see it. Let’s see how to separate some of Wadi Rum’s most iconic sites to fit into a 3-day schedule.

Day 1 in Wadi Rum 

Every day will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so be sure to plan around those as well.

To start with which sites to see, coming into the visitor’s center will be the start of the adventure. Upon reaching the desert gates, you’ll see the first site.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom Wadi Rum

Viewable left of the visitor’s center is the first notable landmark of Wadi Rum, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Named after the famous book of T. E. Lawrence “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, is a massive rock formation with the base of the rock dating back to 4.6 billion years ago!

Lawrences Spring

Lawrence’s Spring is next on the list since it’s not far after leaving Rum Village to get toward your camp.

Also named after T. E. Lawrence and his influence during World War 1, helping to fight against the Ottoman Empire. Visiting the site won’t take long but will be a nice place to experience some history and prepare for your time in Wadi Rum.

Khazali Canyon

Khazali Canyon Wadi Rum

Khazali Canyon can be seen shortly after Lawrence spring.

All of these sites on the first day are relatively easy to see and won’t take up a load of time. I think it’s best that way since you’ll spend some of the day arriving to Wadi Rum, getting a ride ready to go into the desert, and need time to settle into your camp.

Khazali Canyon will take maybe 30-45 minutes to explore and is worth the visit! It may be a little crowded depending on when you go, but it didn’t make it harder to see any of the canyon writings or navigate the area.

Day 2 in Wadi Rum

Obviously, these sites don’t have to be seen in this order, because the best route for the day will depend on where your camp is. But all are close compared to the rest of the sites.

Um Frouth Rock Bridge

Um Frouth Bridge Wadi Rum

The Um Frouth Rock Bridge offers a very interesting sight and some sweaty heights to experience. It’s not a frightening experience, but if you’re very wary of heights, I wouldn’t recommend walking across the bridge itself.

Although, access to the bridge isn’t a hazard and can be accessed fairly easy. So even if you don’t want to cross the bridge, there is still a wonderful view from the top.

Abu Khashaba Canyon

An interesting walk through time in the Wadi Rum, Abu Khashaba Canyon houses shrubbery and life despite being in the middle of a desert.

The hike through the canyon may take 30-45 minutes and will be a nice reprieve from any sun that has been beating down on you throughout the day.

Burdah Rock Bridge

Burdah Rock Bridge

NOTE: If the Frouth Rock Bridge was too high for you, this one will be too. This one is significantly higher and will trigger those little belly rumbles you get from being up to high.  

If you’re fine with the heights, then the Burdah Rock Bridge will be an incredible hike. I would set aside roughly 3 hours to hike up and back as it’s a time-consuming hike. Because of the time, heat, and severity of the hike, it’s also not a trip for anyone who isn’t physically able to hike for prolonged periods of time.

Sunset at Um Sabatah

Overlooking the Wadi Rum desert is a tall mountainous structure known as Um Sabatah, a landmark to native Bedouins. It also offers a wonderful spot to end the day.

Um Sabatah offers a unique view over Wadi Rum from its cliff side and is a common spot for tourist to view the sunset. While it may get a little crowded, it will come as no surprise once the sun begins to set. Just make sure you have safe transport back to whatever camp you’re staying at.

Day 3 in Wadi Rum

Day 3 in Wadi Rum Jordan

The final day!

Hopefully the first two days are as rewarding as they were for me, but it’s not over yet!

Little Rock Bridge

Little Rock Bridge Wadi Rum

If the two rock bridges mentioned earlier in our list were too high, then this one is more relaxing and much less stressful in terms of height. There is still a little hiking to get to it, but it was not very exhaustive.

It did offer an awesome sight over Wadi Rum and was a nice place to spend some time and really take in all that the desert has to offer.

Al Ramal Red Sand Dune

Al Ramal Red Sand Dune Wadi Rum

This was an unexpected stop for us that our guide surprised us with. We were heading back to camp to stop here and take a short hike to the top.

If you’re looking for a little rush, they have sand boards available and can ride the sand dune like snowboarding down a mountain! Just be sure to let your guide know ahead of time so they know to have boards ready.

Make sure before you ride down, you take time to appreciate the peak. At the top of the Al Ramal Sand Dune is hard rock to stand on and take in Wadi Rum. It also offers a magnificent view of Khazali Canyon.

Lawrence House

Rumored to be a place where Lawrence stayed during his time in Wadi Rum, Lawrence’s house is in ruins but still a historical spot.

It’s also very popular for its unique views over the desert.

Enjoy Jordan!

Wadi Rum Jordan

If you’re going to Jordan for Wadi Rum, it’s worth staying longer to see the rest of the country. All of Jordan is rich in history and there is so much to see. Which means that if you’re spending 3 days in Wadi Rum, you may need to plan plenty of more time for the rest of the country!

If you’re interested in other places to see in Jordan, check out our Best Places to Visit in Jordan list!

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15 Best Money Making Apps – 2020

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Best Apps to Make Money in 2020

Coming across extra income isn’t the easiest thing.

Thankfully we live in a time of opportunity and even during a pandemic there are ways to make extra money from home.

We’ll look at some of those ways here that are specifically useful to make money from your smartphone.

So, let’s get to it, the best apps to make money from in 2020.

Ebates (now Rakuten)

Ebates Rakuten Make Money

The way Ebates works is you get a cash rewards for purchases made at retailers in the Rakuten network.

If you’re unfamiliar with Rakuten, they have over 2,500 stores they are partnered with, which means a lot of opportunities for cash back!

As an example, a few of the stores you’ll be able to shop at are Amazon, Walmart, eBay, JCPenny, Macy’s and more! That’s what makes this app so great for earning potential, almost every major store you’ll shop at will offer rewards!

Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards for extra cash

Opinion Rewards is what it sounds like, you get paid for opinions!

Google offers surveys to take on your smartphone and they are perfect if you’re relaxing in the evening and just want to make a few extra bucks.

The surveys are relatively short as well, so it won’t take a serious time commitment.

Once they are completed, payments are given via Google Play credits or Paypal credits.

Bookscouter

Bookscouter

Surprisingly I haven’t seen this one mentioned too often, which is why I wanted it near the top of the list.

Bookscouter allows you to scan the bar-code of any book and it will list out a variety of websites that will buy it and at what price.

So, if you’re like me and had college textbooks at the end of every semester you couldn’t get rid of, this is perfect for you! I made a sizable amount of income back from reselling my textbooks as well as selling books I’ve found at discount stores.

iPoll

ipoll for extra money

Just like Google opinion Rewards, iPoll pays users to take surveys on their phone.

The surveys are also similar to what you’ll find on Google, but instead of Google Play credits, users can cash out in gift cards for Paypal, Amazon, and Apple App store.

Slidejoy

Slide Joy for Extra Money

We’re bombarded with advertisements all day every day, so why not see a few more but make money while you do it?

Slidejoy turns the home screen of your phone into a billboard, displaying ads for you to interact with. Each time you open your phone (which is often for many of us), you’ll see an ad that you can learn more about before using your phone.

The downside is this app is only available for Android users.

Cash outs are allowed through Paypal or through one of Slidejoy’s charity programs.  

Acorns

Acrons investing

Many people are looking to invest but don’t know where to start.

Acorns helps you get started and takes on the difficulty of what to invest in for you.

How it works, is after linking your debit/credit card or other spending account to the app, it tracks what purchases you make. For each purchase, Acorns rounds up to the nearest dollar and invests the difference.

For example, if you make a purchase of $5.80, the app rounds up to $6 and invests the extra $0.20 for you. All you have to do is sit back and relax while you let your money work for you.

Acorns isn’t free and the base plan does require $1/month.

Sweatcoin

Make Money with Sweatcoin

An interesting take on money-making from an app is Sweatcoin, a company that pays you to exercise.

Sweatcoin offers an incentive to workout by measuring how many steps you take in a day and rewards you accordingly with their in-app cryptocurrency “sweatcoin”.

These coins can be cashed out a variety of ways in their in app store. I highly recommend it because you’re going to move around anyway, might as well get rewarded for it!

Money App

Money App Review

No surprise the purpose of this mobile app.

Money app has a list of tasks that can be completed, and I recommend looking through the ones in the “hot” tab for highest rewards.

After your Credits balance is high enough, you’ll be able to cash out to your Paypal.

Foap

Foap For Earning money

Have an eye for photography? Then this is a perfect money-making opportunity for you!

Foap allows users to submit their photos to be bought by anyone who made need them, including larger companies which also frequent the app.

There is a less passive approach to earning on Foap if you don’t want to wait and hope for people to buy your photos. Foap offers “missions” which allow photographers to submit photos to audition for whatever the client is requesting.

All payments from Foap are made through Paypal.

Survey Junkie

Survey junkie earnings

Similar to other survey apps, Survey Junkie allows you to complete surveys for money.

The difference with Survey Junkie is that the app matches you with surveys that are the most relevant to your lifestyle based on questions to answer when signing up.

All points earned from surveys can be cashed out through gift cards or Paypal.

Swagbucks

Earn cash with Swagbucks

This app has been around a while and paid out over $410 million since its inception in 2008.

There are a variety of ways to earn from Swagbucks. You’re able to shop online through their app, take surveys, watch videos, and more! This means there are a variety of ways to earn depending on what you’re able to do at the moment.

Like Survey Junkie, you’re able to cash out Swagbucks points for gift cards or directly to your Paypal account.

Userfeel

Userfeel for income

Userfeel allows companies and small businesses to get data on how users interact with their website or app.

You are the user! Userfeel is the middleman for these companies and you can get paid to tests sites for them.

These tests can get fairly in depth and will require more effort than the previously mentioned money making opportunities.

Offerup

Offerup as a side hustle

Offerup is a marketplace used to sell anything you want to get rid of!

Imagine an online garage sale that you can manage from your phone. That’s the whole purpose of Offerup, an easy place to get rid of the things you no longer need and maybe flip some items you find.

TaskRabbit

Taskrabbit for money

The gig economy has introduced a plethora of interesting ways to make money, from ridesharing to grocery shopping for people.

Taskrabbit is an app that implements the main principles of the gig economy, allowing people to request tasks and you get paid to complete them!

It’s simple to sign up here!

Mercari

Mercari for side hustle

This app is similar to Offerup as it’s a place to sell anything you’re trying to get rid of.

Personally, I use it a lot for clothing as it’s the best for clothing brands and accessories. But other items are sold on Mercari, such as household goods and collectibles.

Check it out!

Making Money on your Phone!

It’s not the simplest thing in the world to make money from your phone. But the previous apps will help and at least provide some extra money per month, especially if you’re consistent. That’s the important part to remember that many forget, consistency is key. If you don’t put in time to earn money, then you won’t.

Best of luck and happy earnings!

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Waterproofing a Backpack – how to make your hiking bag waterproof

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How to Waterproof a Backpack

Any hiker, camper, or outdoor enthusiast will tell you there’s nothing worse than an unexpected downpour. Sadly, I’ve been in a few situations where I’ve been three hours into a hike that was expected to have clear skies, just to have rain suddenly ruining my backpack.

A little preparation and a few supplies can save you (and me) from the headache of having a soaked backpack.

Rain isn’t the only reason to waterproof a hiking backpack, there are plenty of other reasons! If you’re planning on kayaking, boating, or even hiking through waterfalls, a waterproof backpack is a must.

Thankfully there are a few ways to waterproof your backpack to prepare for any of the previously mentioned activities. So, let’s get to learning how to waterproof any backpack.

Method 1: Waterproof Spray and a Seam Sealer

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A waterproofing spray is must have for multiple reasons other than a backpack, so keep it handy even after you have your backpack waterproofed.

The function of a waterproof spray is to coat or re-coat a materials already natural ability to resist water. Some backpacks are already water resistant, so adding a waterproofing spray will just improve its ability to avoiding leaking.

There are a few steps to take before you waterproof your bag. First, properly clean the bag and all surfaces that are going to be sprayed. This way all dirt and grime won’t be stuck to the bag after applying the spray. After the backpack dries it’s ready to be waterproofed. Apply a single coat to the backpack and allow the coat to settle, more coats can be applied if necessary.

After the spray is dried, a seam sealer can then be put over any seams of the backpack. Note that a waterproof spray will only make the fabric waterproof and that liquids can still get through any open zippers or holes in the bag.

Method 2: Using a Backpack Rain Cover

A waterproofing spray will help immensely when keeping the contents of your backpack safe. But there are other options to maintain the integrity of your backpack. Another option is to have a dedicated backpack rain cover to seal your backpack in.

Some hiking backpacks come with a dedicated rain cover when they are bought, but that’s not always the case. If not, there are a few that can be found on Amazon to fit whatever backpack you may have.

Method 3: Using a Dry Bag to Secure Your Backpack

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A dry bag is essentially a bag to keep the contents of your backpack or whatever else you put inside of it, dry. Big surprise I know, but this is a very secure and safe way to keep all your goods dry.

These bags come in a variety of sizes, so there should be one for whatever backpack size you have. It’s important to ensure the bag is properly closed though, because it not it defeats the purpose of using the bag at all.

Extra: Using Plastic Bags to Secure Your Items

This isn’t necessarily a way to waterproof your backpack, so it’s not being listed as an actual number. Instead, this idea is to help protect your items in case your backpack hasn’t been waterproofed.

Fairly often I’ll carry some plastic shopping bags when I hike or camp to keep food in. If you expect your backpack to get wet enough that water may seep through, placing your valuables in a plastic shopping bag will easily keep them dry. The important part here is to tie the bag properly and ensure that no water can get through the opening.

If you have more than one shopping bag, it would be even better to wrap the first one into the second. Having the second bag covering the opening of the first bag means no water will drop through it and the second bag can be tied underneath the first.

Stay Dry!

Hopefully this guide helped and gives some idea on how to ensure your backpack stays water free. If there are any further questions on waterproofing a backpack, then please leave a comment below!