Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hunter's Den Cooking: smoked deer heart.

Our hunting camp did well this season - while keeping well fed during.
On the homecooked wood stove menu was:
+sausage w/egg & aged sharp cheese on toasted sourdough bread;
+breakfast casseroles with shredded taters;
+navy beans & leftover ham w/aged sharp cheese;
+Smoked heart from a buck I harvested earlier (shot placement matters).

(The smoked heart even earned Granddad's seal of approval. In all his 93 years, he's never had heart prepared this way before.)

Spices & sauces were from this month's Grill Masters Club kit, and included Elk Creek Bar-B-Q Co. Competition grade products, American Stockyard BBQ, Original Juan Bite me sauce, and Vaughn Wood Products hickory wood chips. All the above made for some spectacular flavoring to an otherwise preoccupied palate.

Follow-up thoughts:  

All the items in this month's box were a win! Two that really stood out from others of their category were the Stockyard BBQ Southern Blues sauce and the Elk Creek AP dry spice. For my personal taste, these two top the chart. Follow the links in the text above ^ to check out their products!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rustic Live-Edge Black Walnut: on antique school desk irons.

Reclaimed this historic pair of iron stands from an "1899 New Oxford #3 School Desk" - to be the base for a live-edge Black Walnut computer station. The lower box neatly folds in with the hinges and allows for easy relocation & placement.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Finding highly radioactive rocks on your property...

Picking up and playing with unusual rocks along the mountain trails has always been part of the fun growing up here in central Pennsylvania. This one rock in particular (which we've found many of in our woods throughout the years) is important to know why you shouldn't crush it to watch the coal-like dust clouds disperse from it.

Play safe! Don't let your kids bring home uranium. #Radioactive #Uranium #Pitchblende
*(The light indicator on top of the DSBR-88 isn't very visible in direct daylight. The geiger tube is located at the bottom of the unit below my thumb.)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Bub-B-Que isn't just some basic soup & sandwich catering business; they're the real deal. We tagged along for a day in their savory world of smoked BBQ goodness - to give you a glimpse of what's happening in the Tri-State MD/PA/WV region. @Bub-B-Que BBQ & Catering Co.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Goat Cheese Cornbread & Runaway Wagons

Set out for a relaxing Sunday afternoon to grill up this month's Grill Masters Club box, but unforeseeable circumstances had it another way. Fortunately, no-one was seriously injured when the chain broke loose.

Jason's goat cheese filled cornbread turned out surprisingly delicious with the AlbuKirky Seasonings Green Chili Jelly on top; and the cherry wood smoked pork loin didn't survive the dinner table to make it for leftovers. The homemade baked beans were a tasty staple as well.  w/ Vaughn Wood Products & Old Saratoga Spice Rubs ,LLC

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Going Barefoot in the Wilderness..

Following up after a 2 month run (hehe) with these barefoot, "Free Your Feet" socks from the [Swiss] Barefoot Company. I will admit that despite my initial youthful nostalgia for the notion of once again frolicking barefoot (without fear for cuts/abrasions), I certainly wasn't expecting this experience to be what it became. After a gentle "walkthrough" on our soft mountain trails, I then decided to really put these to the test!

Made of Dyneema (the world's strongest fiber), the FYF presents a minimalist approach to outdoor footing while providing protection from cuts, abrasions, and other damage that may occur from going barefoot. Although claiming to be 15 x's stronger than steel, these socks are breathable and feel as natural as the ground beneath them when worn.
= Read the SPECS here: Barefoot Company

I wore these exclusively for several days of outdoor activity (at home, and in far away places) in the mountains, while running, while rock climbing, while at the beach, walking down a paved road, and while just fiddling around. I was truly impressed with not only how well they protected my feet from -otherwise- hazardous terrain; but also at how relaxed my feet and legs felt at the end of each day.

I should also make mention of the fact that my left ankle is malformed from a multiple fracture from over 10 years ago. Even at that, my feet were not hurt once during use other than an random stubbed toe while rock climbing. Climbing up and down sharp stones and sprinting across oceanside cliffs was an exhilarating experience in itself; though the only pitfall of these socks that I must note is that they do not seem to be puncture proof to small thorns (of which I twice had stuck in the soles, but quickly plucked without any penetration of my actual foot itself). 

Final impression: for the supposed health benefits, comfort, and mobility the FYF provide during the off-grid recreational activities I enjoy, these socks are worth the effort of cramming my size 12's into. There's nothing like the superior grip it when it comes to rock climbing, and no better feeling from any other protective footwear while walking the beach without fear picking of broken glass from your pads. :) 

Disclosure: Work'n Man's Life received a sample pair of FYF Barefoot Company socks for this review. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of author and have in no way been influenced by or reflect those of Barefoot Company.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Frozen Slingshot Paintball & Smokin' Deer Ribs

How do you like your venison ribs? Watch this video to find out how we do ours, how Anthony details his ash walking sticks, and how to properly settle a dispute like real gentlemen. :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Venison Burgers & Alaskan Salmon: Grill Masters Club

Six years ago I embarked on a quest to find the best of the best of BBQ sauces in all of Appalachia. Many mountain grill, smoke shacks and out of the way pits later I’ve accumulated quite the fine collection of bottled chimney juices – any degree of sweet heat your taste buds could imagine! However, I still haven’t tasted the satisfaction of a job well done -for there’s yet many miles to go, and creations to savor. 

Fortunately, for working men like myself (who can’t afford the time to keep chasing rainbows) there’s Grill Masters Club – with their monthly box subscription that includes 4-5 hand picked (by actual BBQ judges) sauces, rubs, marinades, smoking chips, condiments, and recipes. In addition to trying something new every month, there’s also the recurring element of surprise for not knowing exactly what will be included until it’s unboxed.

This month I invited Jason (of Fort Theory) to help grill up a unique creation. The Grill Masters Box contained some sauces & rubs from American Stockyard BBQ, as well as a Smokey Maple & Bacon, Chipotle Onion relish. What was particularly appealing about the American Stockyard brand is that they use all natural, gluten free ingredients with NO high fructose corn syrup.

We used these ingredients to spice up and compliment a meal including venison burger, Alaskan salmon, sweet potatoes, and okra.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Going Barefoot..

Remember the days of youth when we'd seldom wear shoes while frolicking through the fields and creeks? Remember the freedom, soft touch of sod, smooth river stones, ...cuts, splinters, and thorns?
Well supposedly there's a high-tech solution out that equips the foot with an impenetrable (yet breathable) nano shield while allowing for full flexibility.
It's been a while since I've been this touch with the earth beneath me; so I plan on taking baby steps at first go.

Will be updating (video) later this month to give a brutally honest review on how these size 12's do in the great outdoors.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Creation of an AudioLog

Watch as this black locust becomes #AudioLog ::- an all natural acoustic speaker.
Black locust (known for its attractive bio-fluorescence, unyielding density and tight grain) resonates with impressive sound projection.