This step-by-step guide shows you how to build a homemade tripod to lift your giant pumpkin. It is a great alternative if you don't own heavy machinery, and it's easy with the use of a chain hoist.
Blackburn Challenge #2 finished. Journey with me through one of the most challenging paddle endeavours on the planet. Watch as I battle a raccoon for some shiitake mushrooms. View some gear I recommend for ocean paddling. Please feel free to email or comment.
This is by far our favorite dessert in our household, and it never lasts long! It's super easy to make, and it's healthy!
Read about what gear worked and what didn't on our most recent winter adventure race, the Frigid Infliction.
An amusing account of our winter adventure race at Bolton Valley.
Although I didn't have as good of a season as I expected, I learned a ton that will help me get even bigger pumpkins next year. In this blog I talk about what went right and what went wrong.
Compost tea is a great soil amendment for organic gardeners because it encourages the growth of beneficial microbes. Get step-by-step instructions on how to make your own and save money!
It's still April, but my seedlings are already out in their hoop houses and getting heated at night. Read more about my pumpkin babies here.
Read about how I get my soil ready and seeds started for giant pumpkin season.
Want to know what kind of shape you're in? Get in a fight! Here is Dale's take on why martial arts creates some of the most well-rounded athletes.
Some words of wisdom: Free manure isn't free when you overload your trailer and break its axle. Read this amusing story along with some of Sarah's thoughts on the upcoming growing season.
Winter can be a very dangerous time on Mount Washington (as can ANY time of the year). Here are some of Sarah's favorite things to keep her safe and warm on the mountain.
Read Sarah and Dale's trip report of their winter ascent up Mount Washington.
Read Sarah's recommendations on what to bring (and what NOT to bring) on a climb up Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe.
Mint ice cream, chocolatey nutty crust, and chocolate coconut chips. All homemade, and all delicious!
Sarah's take on Sunday River's North American Wife Carrying Championship.
Watch a crazy video of Dale trying to save Sarah's pumpkin during a hail storm.
If you want to grow a world-class giant pumpkin, you should pollinate your plant by hand so you can keep track of its genetics and assure your female flower gets exposed to pollen. See how to do this in a step-by-step guide.
Dale's take on Sunday River's North American Wife Carrying Championship. Instead of pressuring women to be little, we should encourage them to be strong so they can carry their partners too!
Many giant pumpkin growers use organic methods, but oftentimes you still see pesticide, fungicide, and herbicide use. This is Sarah's take on why she thinks avoiding these chemicals will be more beneficial in the long run.
James talks about one of Dale's nighttime adventures in the Bangor City Forest. Prepare to be amused!
After the shocking news of Corey Hill's death, Dale reflects on the night they fought and the human emotions beneath it all.
Sarah talks about burying vines on her giant pumpkin.
How to make your own LaraBars for a fraction of the cost! No added sugar, ever.
One of my favorite things to drink on a cold winter day is some homemade hot chocolate. We use maple syrup to sweeten this. You may substitute the cocoa with carob powder if you'd like.
These homemade chocolate bars are free of refined sugar and will save you tons of money compared to similar chocolate bars at the grocery store. Replace the chocolate with carob for a different flavor.
Sarah's seedling developed a stem split because it wasn't hardened off to the wind. Luckily, she was able to make some adjustments to allow it to heal and continue growing like a monster.
A story about a friendly rivalry that resulted in an epic canoe-racing battle against some of the best paddlers in the state.
Hi, we're Sarah and Dale! Join us on our journey of healthy living, crazy adventures, and good food. Our lifestyle has been shaped by Sarah's ulcerative colitis, Dale's experiences as a professional athlete, and our desire for an exciting and happy life. Read more about us here.