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New From Winchester…

For all those shotguns owners out there like myself, we’re always in search of the latest and greatest. Well everybody, for those who haven’t heard, there have been some new gadgets added to the toy box of shotgun goodies!

No longer do you have to hassle with multiple barrels if you switch between shot and slug depending on the season. Winchester has just released a Non-Lead Zinc Slug! At last, a slug that is fast, effective and most of all usable in all states! Non-toxic bullets are a requirement in many parts of California as part of the fight to keep the Condors safe. Now you can buy both shot and slugs that are safe for the condors and the environment.

The other benefit to these new zinc slugs is that aside from being lead free, they’re usable in Smoothbores! No need for rifled barrels just for slugs. These 12-gauge slugs are 3/4oz, .72 caliber and a muzzle velocity of 1400 feet per second! They don’t expand a lot but they do penetrate deeper which make them great for larger game, and the price is reasonable. Check out these new slugs at Winchester today, New for 2011!


Jump In To This Years Family Vacation!

With summer time approaching fast and the count down to the end of school nears it may be time to start planning a family vacation. There are so many fun things to do with the family during those warm summer days. One of my family’s favorite things to do is rent a houseboat! Every year around the same time we get together a great group of friends and head to Lake Shasta in California. We usually take a week and have fun in the sun boating, fishing and swimming in the cool water.

Shasta is one of the many great places to take out a houseboat as well as enjoy many other activities. Lake Shasta offers visitors a chance to take the boat out for a spin, swim along the shoreline, camp, hike, fish and even tour the Shasta Caverns! Shasta Caverns is a short boat ride across the lake and a quick bus trip up the mountain. There in the mountain is a large selection of stalactites and stalagmites. It’s a nice easy walk through the caverns and a great way to spend a hot day, as the caverns are quite cold!

Shasta is fed by four rivers Sacramento, McCloud, Squaw and the Pit River. Most of the year the water is cold and the weather is too, but during the short summer months June through September the water warms up a bit and the weather…gets HOT! We’ve found the June and September are the prime months to visit. During our one trip in July we experienced 114-degree weather and the water was about 85, so even jumping in the lake didn’t cool you down. If houseboating is out of the budget, check out Lake Shasta’s beautiful campgrounds.

This year take the family out! Get the kids away from the television and mom and dad…turn off those cell phones. Enjoy the outdoors, family, friends and relax!

To learn more about Lake Shasta click here to visit their site for reservations and information.


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Life's A Garden…Dig It!

Now that those April showers are in effect now’s the time to plant some May flowers! Spend your warm spring evenings and Saturday afternoon getting your garden in shape. With a little help from your friends at Rocky Mountain you can take your rustic yard from mundane to spectacular! We carry lots of great outdoor decor and furniture to make your backyard the rustic oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

With our beautiful garden decor you can add those special accents like weathervanes, bird houses, planter boxes and wind chimes that make your yard stand out from the rest. We’ve just added some great new lines including Painted Sky Designs and MiYu Outdoor Furniture. With so many great seating arrangements and beautiful outdoor signs everyone in the forest will feel welcome at your cabin. So just remember when your out planting your spring flowers, pick up a few extra goodies too!


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RusticLifestyle's Top 10 Favorite Outdoor Activities

Now that the weather is starting to warm up in many regions it’s time to start thinking about the Great Outdoors! The following is a list of the Top 10 favorite Outdoor Activities from the Rustic Lifestyle Staff! So, in no particular order, here are just a few of the activities our staff enjoys when they’re not hard at work in the office. Though we are blessed to work at a remote area that is surrounded by beautiful wildlife and nature.

10. Camping with Family and Friends

9. Sitting on the Beach Watching the World go by

8. Hiking with Man’s Best Friend, the Dog

7. Swimming

6. Horseback Riding

5. Fishing

4. Riding ATV’s

3. Running

2. Landscaping the Yard

1. Basically Anything! We LOVE the Outdoors!!


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Rainy Day? How About A Great Rustic Movie!

Spring showers may bring flowers but they don’t give us the opportunity to enjoy the Great Outdoors! So the next rainy day that keeps you from getting out and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle you love try renting, buying of Netflix-ing your favorite Rustic movie! Some of our office favorites include “The Great Outdoors”. The Great Outdoors starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd who play brothers in a hilarious movie about a families vacation to Pechoggin Wisconsin. What a great movie! The great outdoors at it’s best. Another great rustic movie is “Harry & The Hendersen’s” featuring John Lithgow. A family discovers what may in fact be the missing link… Bigfoot!

There is nothing better than a great movie, especially when it entails the very place we love spending our time… The outdoors! Legends of the Fall was another great movie about a family living amongst the great outdoors and uses the land to survive. The list goes on and on. So next time you can’t go outside, pick up a great movie for the whole family! Like the “Man From Snowy River”!

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Rustic LifeStyle


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A Great Way to Spend A Winter Day!

With plenty of snow left on the ground, it may be time to bring home a quality built sled that will last generations! Mountain Boy Sleds has several styles of hand-hewn sleds for the whole family to enjoy. No matter the type of sled you’re searching for, be it a kick sled, flyer sled, toboggan or a classic pull sled, these are the best in the business.

Check out these beautiful sleds today at Rocky Mountain Decor!


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Living Off the Grid: Sustainable Gardening

When it comes to living off-grid, many choose to take the route of truly living “with” the land. This may include planting and maintaining your own garden. Because this could become a novel of information we would like to hit a few key points and ideas and link you to another blog that breaks down every aspect of how to design build and maintain a true sustainable garden.

A few things to consider when designing a sustainable garden is to consider your surroundings. Choose plants that will help support local wildlife and try to stay away from harsh chemicals and fertilizers that put harmful additives into the soil. The best solution is to combine natural ingredients to create a healthy and lively outdoor living space. There are many types of sustainable gardens to create around your home; you can build a garden to produce healthy fruits and vegetable or a garden that is just for looks. Either way if you follow the practices of sustainable gardening you can build a healthy outdoor space for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

A great way to cut down on waste and save money is to create your own compost pile. Many places sell containers to hold your mulch until it is ready to use. By using a compost pile you can add things to it like leaves that you raked for the yard and any leftover fruits, vegetable and natural foods, thus saving space in the garbage and reducing your waste. This also saves you money because you do not have to purchase compost. Along with tossing leftover foods and yard clippings into your compost bin, there are directions to assisting in the breakdown of you compost with water and heat to make it suitable to mix into your garden.

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Edible Plants & Tasty Garden Treats

Before we had supermarkets, we had to grow our own food.

And before we even had farms, we had to gather our meals from the forests.

But while we have evolved to Hunters of bargains and deals, and Gatherers of Hummel figurines and Beanie Babies… Our forests have evolved very little from the early days of humanity.  There’s a whole feast we can gather in our forests, we only have to learn what they look like and how to use them!

Dandelions: The broad leaves of these plants can be eaten like lettuce, or steamed. The blooms are sweetest when they are young – unopened and close to the ground. These too can be eaten raw or steamed. Be sure the dandelions you are picking are far from roads and homes- since they can be considered weeds, they could have been sprayed with pesticides and weed killers.

Cactus: The large, wide paddles of certain Cacti (called nopales in Spanish) can be boiled until soft and eaten- they taste similar to green beans. Wear gloves when picking cactus paddles and removing the needles- there are small hairlike needles that are a pain to remove from skin and clothing. Remove the needles by shaving them off with a knife.

Many cacti also grow prickly pear (called tunas in Spanish) – a grainy, seedy fruit with the texture of a pear that tastes like fruit punch. You can shave the needles off of these and eat raw.

Miner’s Lettuce: This plant is common in mountainous areas all over the country. It gets its name from the California Gold Rush men who ate it to prevent scurvy. Eat it raw in salads, or cook like spinach, as its taste is similar but rougher in texture. Collect and consume before the flowers bloom for best flavor.

Marigolds: This common garden bloom’s petals can replace expensive saffron in a variety of dishes. It can also be used in salads as it has a citrus flavor.

Lavender, Roses and Violets: You know they all smell great, did you know they taste delicious too? They taste just like they smell- Lavender and Violets are sweet with a hint of citrus, and rose is rich with berry and apple flavors. They are a great garnish or additive to desserts and mixed drinks- roses need their petals trimmed of the bitter white end before using. The unique flavor of Lavender will also work well in savory sauces and stews. Violet leaves can be eaten- cook the heart-shaped leaves like spinach.

The Internet is full of advice on how to test your own local plants for edibility. Recipes for how to prepare your favorite plant edibles are also online. You don’t have to have a garden to enjoy Nature’s bounty; you just have to know where to look!


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Rustic Vacation Destinations: Dunton Hot Springs

Dunton Hot Springs, a quaint and exclusive resort nestled amongst the San Juan Mountain of the Colorado Rockies. Once a ghost town this stunning resort is full of unique rustic qualities. Free of life’s technological amenities, the resort offers visitors a way to get in touch with nature and relax on a whole new level. Enjoy your stay in hand-hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished to take you back in time to the days of an old mining camp. Complete with saloon, dance hall, luxury spa and natural hot springs, you can find your own piece of heaven tucked aside one of the worlds most famous mountain range.

Enjoy moonlit walks, horseback rides, stunning views, a tumbling waterfall, a relaxing sit in one of their many natural hot springs and much more. The Dunton Hot Springs resort is a glimpse into the days of mining camps, when life was simple and nature was serene. With a world of activities to enjoy indoors and out, we’re sure that this will be a vacation to remember!

Whether you’re in need of a getaway alone, a honeymoon for two or a family trip, this is the resort for those of us who love the great outdoors. From cozy cabins to two-story lodges, there is the perfect log cabin for every size group. Cabins are fully furnished with rustic and western themed decor allowing you to submerge yourself in the atmosphere of true mountain living.

Visit the Dunton Hot Springs site to get a list of cabins to rent, rates, available dates and activities.


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5 Easy Steps To Fillet Your Catch

For those who love to fish or those who would like to start but have no clue what to do after you land one, here are 5 simple steps to clean and fillet your fish. A sharp knife will keep you from tearing up your meat and make the entire process cleaner and easier.

1. First you want to start with a very sharp knife. Cut your fish from the tail to the head and remove all innards. Rinse thoroughly. Place your blade behind the gills and slice inward towards the head until you reach the backbone and spine.

2. Next turn you knife around and slice towards the tail gliding along the backbone and exiting at the base of the tail.

3. With the skin still on, insert the blade tip just below the ribs and carefully remove the rib cage.

4. Now to remove the skin. Grasp the skin as the tail and run the blade away from your body at a shallow angle to avoid puncturing the skin.

5. This should have freed your first fillet. Now turn your fish over and repeat on the other side.

Remember that if you plan to transport your fish across state or country borders, to leave a piece of the skin attached for identification purposes.

Fish are an incredibly healthy, low-calorie source of protein. Many worry about mercury levels in fish, but researchers still advise two servings per week (unless you’re pregnant than just one). Fish have been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, combat depression, improve skin health, relieve arthritis pain, and even prevent cancer. When fishing, keep moderate-sized fish, older fish contain more mercury.

Tip: Using a cloth around your hands can help steady your fish and keep it from slipping out of your hands and causing an accident seeing as you are using a very sharp knife. Another tip that rids your hands of that odor that never seems to dissipate: Hold a steel blade under running water! You’ll never know you touched that fish!


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