19 Fri, 2010 § 4 Comments
Playing outdoors often means packing & hauling quite a bit of gear around. Bouldering: crash pads, chalk buckets, climbing shoes, Klean Kanteens, guide book, etc. Mountain biking: bikes, camelback, water, tools, etc.
Whether we are climbing, backpacking, camping…hauling around heavy — or even light — bowls for Eisley is simply not efficient.
Our girl must have water though, & as perfect as Dave’s large hands work for a makeshift drinking bowl, we’ve found another solution to the problem of carrying bulky items.
This Pet Bowlz by Fozzils unsnaps to flat & is extremely lightweight. It easily slides/packs for all of our outdoor excursions. The set is great for trips as well; rather than packing heavy bowls from home, she simply ate her meals from these when visiting family or while camping. Honestly, as we are moving around & trying to simplify/reduce our “stuff”, these have become her permanent “bowlz”.
- Ultra Lightweight
- Packs Flat
- Easy to Clean
- Bright Colors easy to See [even in dim lighting = good for camping]
Nearly every time we are out, we comment how glad we are Dave found these at the Black Diamond Store; I think they were ~$16 – $20. I believe you can find these at REI as well as other outdoor retailers.
Another snappy solution we’ve come to love while playing hard?
A means to hold our rings.
I thought I’d share what we do with ours while climbing.
This nifty, spring-locking clasp hangs from our key chain as the perfect ring holder. I think they came from a couple crazy little Cootie key chains I had — do you remember Cooties?! So fun!
Now I’m not sure how to tie this next bit in with the “snap” concept…oh wait —
Harrummph [clearing my throat] —
I used to be bewildered & intimidated by bean burger recipes. I thought it had to be tricky to create just the right consistency to hold the burgers together. You know what? They are a snap. 😉
Tuesday evening rolled around, pasta was on the menu; & it just sounded too heavy. We wanted something lighter, like salads, but with a nice bit of protein & some texture.
A can of black beans called out, & I decided to just go for it & make my own burger creation.
Slightly crunchy on the outside, moist & soft on the inside — these were tasty. I’ll definitely be experimenting with burger creations more! Maybe I’ll try adding actual olives next time.
Olive Black Bean Burgers
makes 4 burgers
Preheat oven to 350*F.
- ~1/3 C bread crumbs, toasted [toast bread before tearing into crumbs]
[any bread will do, but the olive artisan loaf we used added a nice flavor]
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp corriander
- ½ tsp garlic powder [or 1 clove fresh garlic]
- ½ tsp onion powder [~2T fresh onion, chopped]
- substantial dash of red pepper flakes
- dash dried parsley
- salt & pepper to taste
In a food processor, process bread crumbs & seasonings to combine.
- 1 can black beans, drained [~1 heaping cup]
- 1 tsp EVOO
Add beans & oil to processor & pulse until coarsely chopped, leaving the beans somewhat chunky. Don’t over-process, or you might get mush.
- 1 flax”egg” [whisk 1T ground flaxseed with 3T warm water & let sit ~10minutes]
Add to processor & pulse a couple times until just combined.
Roll into 4 balls & flatten onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Bake at 350*F for ~20 minutes per side [~40minutes total].
How do you keep your rings safe & prevent losing a finger while working out or playing hard?