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Skillet Eggs with Nopalitos

Skillet eggs with nopales are awesome.

Eating Prickly Pear Cactus To look at them growing in their natural habitat – and especially to touch them – you might never think of prickly pear cactus as a food source. In reality, both the pads (aka stems and ...

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Map Of The 16 Best Sleigh Rides In Michigan

16 Incredible Sleigh Rides In Michigan! Michigan is a magical place for sleigh rides! From the UP, down through northern Michigan, and all the way down to the Southwest – you’ll find farms that look forward to pulling friends and ...

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Mesquite Pancakes & Gluten-Free Mesquite Pancakes

Mesquite pancakes cooking over open campfire.

If you don’t live in mesquite country, you may not realize it, but the mesquite tree produces seeds or beans in a large pod. For eons, indigenous peoples have collected these dried pods and ground them into flour or meal. Interestingly, for ...

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This Tasty Hot Drink Substitutes Mesquite for Cocoa

Use mesquite flour as a substitute for cocoa powder in this hot beverage.

We call it, “Hot Mesquite-O.” You may just call it delicious. This is an interesting desert substitute for hot chocolate. The mesquite flour has a flavor of its own and built-in sweetness, so it basically replaces the cocoa mix. This ...

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Light Up Camp Supper with Dutch Oven Cactus Casserole

A beautiful, bubbly Dutch Oven Casserole made with prickly pear cactus pads called napoles.

For camping recipes, we’re focusing on eating the prickly pear pads (aka nopales or nopalitos). That’s what goes in this cactus casserole. While you can harvest your own (be sure of the regulations on public lands) and prepare them yourself, it’s definitely a ...

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12 Great Winter Sleigh Rides In Wisconsin

There’s nothing quite like experiencing winter in Wisconsin…unless you’re experiencing it while riding in a horse drawn sleigh! We’ve put together a list of 12 great winter sleigh rides in Wisconsin, divided by area of the state! If you know ...

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Seeking (… and Avoiding) Scorpions

Seeking Scorpions in the desert not far from Las Vegas.

When you come to the desert for a camping trip, you can look at its most common wildlife as something to be scared of and avoid or as a focus of interest, learning, and discovery. Whether you find things like ...

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Enjoy These Savory Mesquite Muffins In Camp or On the Trail

The great taste of these savory mesquite muffins goes great any time. Consider muffins and beer pairing?

The most convenient way to take these mesquite muffins camping with you is to make them up at home, throw them in a large zipper top bag, and serve them up at camp, on the trail, or in the car. ...

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Zippo Sunglasses: Review

If there’s one thing you need in the desert, it’s a good pair of shades – even in November. Coming from the Midwest in late Fall, we didn’t really have sunshine on the mind. Of course, that was naive, because ...

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Our Favorite Water Filter For Road Tripping

Bottled water is expensive and unnecessary. However, on a road trip, people buy it because there frankly aren’t any other options. What are you going to do? Shove your head under the bathroom faucet? Trust the public well water on ...

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