Spring is around the corner


A couple more weeks till spring, after the holidays winter never seems to end.

 

We always have a white christmas here in Northern Alberta. I love it, it adds to the coziness of Christmas. But when january comes around the corner i’m ready for spring. This february we had a great chinook blowing in, i was ready. I cleaned the tent, as part of my Spring cleaning, put out the cushions on the patio.

 

Felt the sun on my skin, took some nice pictures of my new decorations, i can’t wait to get glamping again. Me, my family, and our Glamping tent in our backyard. Love the feeling inside the tent that offers sunshine in the middle of winter.

 

Starting seedlings in the greenhouse, get the garden ready and pick destinations for the summer holidays. That last stretch before spring seems longer every year. This year we beat it, our winter depression with our own skating rink on our pond.  Friends came out for a fire on the ice and some skating.

 

We all had a good time, soon we will have to go ice fishing as well. Or maybe have a curling contest on a weekend. With all these activities, winter is not bad at all. In the end i almost regret spring, as everything turns brown and muddy!

 

Every season has its charms, but i have grown to love the winter season more and more , with the white roofs, northern lights and the full moons. Even the driving isn’t as bad as when i first moved here. I used to be that granny driving in the slow lane going 40km on the highway…… I know it’s bad, but i was admiring the vue….

 

Let’s look forward to spring, summer and glamping!

Glamp up you safaritent!


So you’re planning on buying or have bought a safari tent? But how can you make yours stand out? With the right decoration and elements you can create an unique glamping tent  where your guests can enjoy their time away from stress and preoccupations!

First of all you should think about what kind of style you want to go with, modern, country chic or coastal. Choosing the right style can attract more customers!

Once your choice has been made you can start picking your items.

To give you an idea I’ve created a list with items that have a big impact on the overall picture :

  • Decorative throw pillows

Coussin 2 Coussin 1

  • Carpets

Tapis 1 Tapis 2

  • Light fixtures

Lampe 1 Lampe 2

  • Unique coffee tables

Table 1 Table 2

  • Wall accents and whatyoumecallits

Deco 1 Deco 2

You will find all these products on Amazon.com

There is so much to choose from that isn’t always easy to find the right fit! But start with the basics and stay within the chosen style.

Good luck and have fun decorating!

I’ve spilled the beans, chili recipe while glamping!


What better comfort food then chilli, easy to prepare and delicious after a day of hiking. It can easily feed an army of friends or family and takes very little skill. Even my husband can do it !

 

Needed ingredients for 4;

  • 1 Lb ground beef
  • 1 Diced onion
  • 3 Peppers diced
  • 2 Cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Can of kidney beans
  • 1 Can of black beans
  • 1 Jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp of beef oxo
  • Spices, 1 tsp of each, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper
  • 1 Cup of water
  • Cheese, sour cream and buns to top it off.

 

If you own a slow cooker bring it, you can add all the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and go for a hike.

 

You can prepare it in a dutch oven or on the barbecue as well. Brown the ground beef first, drain the excess graise, add vegetables, cook them for about 10 minutes. Add all spices, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans cover and simmer for 1-2 hours.

Serve in large bowls topped with sour cream and cheese, buns on the side!
Enjoy this chili around the campfire, surrounded by nature !

Less camping, more glamping


The idea of camping speaks to you, but saying goodbye to all the luxuries you are used too is probably too big of a step. Glamping is the perfect solution. But what exactly is it and how do you do that?

A course on glamping for beginners

What is glamping?

It is a literal combination of glamor and camping. Camping with a touch of glamor. You have to see it like this: you enjoy nature and freedom like camping, but doing so in a glamorous setting. The word has been around a while, some people think that the hype is already over, but nothing is less true. Glamping is no hype or trend, is celebrating a new way of vacationing that will remain many, many years. It is the alternative to an expensive rv payment or beach holiday. In this day and age, when most our time is spent behind screens, we can use some fresh air in nature.

Is Glamping for you?

No form fits all, but Glamping can be done with your lover, with children, groups of friends and even for a honeymoon. That should just about appeal to everyone.  Win win situation.

Getting started: How and where do you find the right spot?

Decide where you want to go: stay close to home or venture out to new horizons. And determine the budget, what you want to spend it. Remember that part of the price is also a  lot about the experience, the location : you are one with nature, spend the whole day outside and sleep in a comfortable bed in a beautiful tent.

What to bring ?

Remember that you are going camping. Although luxury, but it’s still camping. So bring, a pair of boots or shoes that can get dirty and are waterproof (well, rain is part of the deal), some good books, some cold ones and good friends.

What to expect?

Birds that sing, the wind in the trees, wildlife close by and the warmth of the sun are still part of it. It’s all part of the whole, you enjoy being outdoors, be one with nature, good conversations and a bonfire. Only this time in a good bed with sheets and your own private bathroom!  It’s an experience you will not forget!

Beef + Bacon = Cow + Pig = Moo + Oink = MOINK!


moink balls

Crazy title? No it’s the name of one of my favorite appetizers when glamping! What I am talking about?  MOINK balls, nicely bacon wrapped Italian meatballs grilled and mopped with a beautiful BBQ sauce! Just look at the picture, mouth-watering isn’t it?

 

I love to make my meals on the barbecue, especially during my holidays and weekends off. Nothing better than a cold beer and an appy. It just takes about 15 minutes to get ready and 30 minutes to cook. You can put your favorite BBQ sauce on it and for the real deal smoke them for about 15 min on hickory.

 

There are a lot of different recipes but my favorite recipe when I relaxing must be with the deep frozen Italian meatballs and simple bacon slices. Just use a standard barbecue sauce (cattle boys barbecue sauce my favourite!) and glamp it up with some spicy sauce or some berry jelly to make sweet MOINK balls!

 

MOINK balls:

Ingredients:

–       Italian meatballs deep frozen precooked (1 bag)

–       1 Package of bacon

–       Montreal Steak spice

–       BBQ sauce

 

 

Prep time 15 mins

–       Defrost the meatballs

–       Cut the bacon slices in half

–       Roll the meatballs in the dryrub

–       Wrap a slice of bacon around the meatballs and fix it with a toothpick

–       Repeat

Grilling and smoking

–       Preheat the barbecue, keep the temperature low

–       Grill the MOINK balls  for about 30 minutes, the bacon should be crispy!

–       Now take your bbq sauce and mob it on the MOINK balls to give it a nice glazing

–       Give the balls an other 15 minutes on the grill

–       Ready!

 

I also tried a vegetarian variation, which is awesome as well! Buy in this case vegan ‘meat’ balls and portabella mushrooms. Remove the steel of the mushroom and put the meatball in the mushroom. Grill and smoke the combination for 15 minutes and than give it a nice bbq sauce mob. Then another 5 minutes and your MUVE’s balls (just made this up 😉 are ready to enjoy!

 

Enjoy!

Lodges, a great way to spend one-nighters!


hiking rockies one-nighters

Recently I spoke with campground owner, Jim. I met him at Timmy’s for a much needed coffee break when I was travelling in the Rockies by myself. We started talking about what we did for work and naturally  we spoke about our glamping tents. Of course at the end we exchanged our contact details and I asked him if I could share his view.

Jim receives a lot of hikers who only stay for one night. They didn’t always have all the required camping gear with them and they were often on a budget. As he didn’t have affordable accommodations to suit this particular demand Jim had to redirect them to a hostel or to the nearby motel. So Jim started looking into cabins, yurts and the traditional wall tents but could not find the right fit between durability, style and the economics!

Jim’s requests are:

  • durable
  • commercial use ready
  • maintenance friendly
  • easy  to clean
  • Structure that can stay up year round
  • Camping feeling

As a professional he looked also into the operating costs, so how much time it would cost to clean an unit, getting ready for the next guest, yearly maintenance, etc.

Naturally I showed him our tents and explained a little further the concept of glamping. For me our lodges or bell tents would be a great fit for his campsite. I spoke about a 10-15 year lifetime, that we never take down our tents in the winter and our personal experience of the minimal time needed to clean and prepare the lodge for the next campers.

I visited his campground yesterday to look what spots would be the best fit. We looked into the orientation of the sun, wind and rain, for the best optimal revenue possible. This  is something we try to help the owners with.

Are you interested yourself or do you have an similar or another demand? Get in touch with us for more information.

 

Placement of a showtent near Edmonton


As of the beginning of September 2016 we have placed a Woody 45 to showcase our tents. The tents boost the different sleeping facilities available; the double bed, simple bed, bunk bed and our special cabin bed. Off course the tent is also equiped with a lounge area and our barnwoord kitchen.

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