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Collection of Bannock Recipes- Campfire Cooking

Collection of Bannock Recipes Bannock is a very old and simple bread that is easily made and simple to cook. It's great for outdoor campfire cooking, either in a pan or wrapped on a stick. Wrapped around a stick is how I cooked it. If cooking on a stick, be sure not to make it too thick as it will take longer to cook or tend to cook too much on the outside, leaving the inside a bit doughy. Below, I have gathered together a collection of bannock recipes from the internet. Pick one and give it a try! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup blueberries or whatever you'd like - raisins, cranberries, dried fruits Water Oil, for frying or grilling Directions Mix the dry ingredients and berries, then slowly mix in enough water to make a stiff dough. Roll it out (unrugged) or

Removing Anti-Reflective Coating from glass lenses

 Removing Anti-Reflective Coating Anti- reflective coatings sometimes will start to flake off your plastic lenses if you have the older type of coating. As I type this, I'm looking through lens that are now clear as new. My progressive glasses are 3 years old and are polycarbonate, scratch resistant, UV protected with a $65  anti-reflective coating. About an hour ago I could hardly use them and pricing new lenses were $400. When I asked the Optician about the quick deterioration of the coating ( they now offer a new and improved coating costing $135) he asked if I sweat a lot, as that can cause problems. Lately this has been true, because I have been doing spring yard work and digging a garden pond causing the lenses to deteriorate fast. This is how I removed the coating from my lens.  I took standard iodized table salt (figuring if salty sweat was effective, a salt solution might be also), poured it into a bowl of water, heated in microwave to a temp I could touch,

Make a cheap tripod adapter to hold a smartphone

You can make this easy, fast and cheap tripod adapter to hold your smartphone! It is small and light for backpacking. Step 1: Obtain a 3" bulldog paperclip. You can get these anywhere that sell office supplies. You might have one at your office or at home right now!   Step 2: You need a nut that fits your tripod screw. It is a common size, but you might want to take your tripod so you can match up the nut. Look in your junk drawer, I bet you have one that fits it!   Step 3: Bend the finger tab so it will be 90 degrees and fit the tripod screw. A pair of pliers will make it easy, or you can just use your fingers if you are tough!   Step 4: Take some duct tape, cut two pieces and tape it down and around the clipping edges for extra protection. You don't want metal on glass or plastic!   Step 5:  Attach to the tripod, screw nut on with your fingers and you are finished!   Here is a video of it.

Senior Discount List: Save MONEY!

This Handy Senior Discount List can save you money. Found on other websites, I decided I would post it here too.  I was in Panda Express and asked if they give a senior discount and they gave me 10% off, so ALWAYS ASK!   RESTAURANTS: Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby's: 10% off (55+) Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+) Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+) Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10% off (65+) Burger King: 10% off (60+) Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) Chili's: 10% off (55+) CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+) Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+) Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+) Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+) Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter (55+) Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+) Golden Corral: 10% off (60+) Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+) IHOP: 10% off (55+) Jack in the Box: up

Black Bear Climbs Tree and Sniffs.

Bears will eat people! This video (at the bottom of the page) shows a black bear climbing up a tree where a hunter has attached a hunting platform. The hunter certainly remains cool as the bear climbs to investigate. Black bears are excellent tree climber, as opposed to brown bears, also known as grizzly bears (photo below). If you were in a situation where a grizzly bear was running toward you to attack, and you had enough time to climb a tree, you would potentially be safe, depending on the tree size and height. A black bear, as shown by this video, could easily climb up after you! As a backpacker, I venture into the forest where bears dwell. Knowledge about bears, their habits, tendencies and probability for aggressiveness is very important. A book that I highly recommend reading, authored by Stephen Herrero, is called Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance (revised edition) . This book examines all aspects concerning the nature of the black bear and the brown bear