Winter Eats; Fancy S'mores

Not everyone enjoys a campfire outdoors (hard to believe, we know). For those situations, you can take the traditional campfire dessert and bring it indoors. This unique twist elevates what would be a rustic, messy and unrefined treat - even though in our opinion, rustic and unrefined is typically the way to go. Nonetheless, the dessert is simple to put together, and is sure to impress at any gathering. 

Photography and recipe by The Faux Martha

Modern Mountain Tree House; By Bengo Studio

The Qiyun Mountain Tree House is located in the region of Xining County. The exterior of the structure is completely clad in timber, focusing on a seamless camouflage to the natural surrounding of red cedar forests. the tree house is surrounded by a sea of red cedars.


The 11-metre-tall tree house is of the same height as its neighboring mature-age red cedars. The house is a superposition of seven rooms as large as six to nine square meters, i.e., the entrance hall, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the living room and the landscape room. The two sets of bedrooms and bathrooms are separated by the entrance hall, thus available for two families to live in at the same time without disturbing one another. The living room and the landscape room are built at the top of the house as public space. All seven rooms are connected by a spiral staircase in the center.

Built by Bengo Architects 

Located in Anhui, China. Photographs: Chen Hao, Courtesy of Bengo Studio

Forest House; By Envelope A+D

"Built on stilts to minimize the impact on the land, the cluster of tent cabins rise to the forest canopy, creating a ‘treehouse’ effect. The architects used treated Army canvas for the unconventional roofs, with sturdy nylon ropes acting as anchor. A detached structure houses the kitchen and living room, with an outdoor lounge area connecting the two. Other cabins, which also include a guest suite, contain private sleeping spaces and bathrooms. Specifically designed for the children, one of them features individual bunks built within the wooden walls." - Gessato Magazine 


Photography by Richard Barnes

Over the Knee Cabin Sock - Pumps & Plaid Review

"I'm always looking for more than just baggy sweatpants and an oversized t shirt to wear when lounging around at home. The cabin sock from Up Knorth is the thing I was looking for to fill that void. I'm always cold in the morning, and these are great to throw on to get up and make coffee on an early Sunday, or cozy up with at night while working on the blog or watching a movie.

If you're planning on camping this summer, or spending a night or two at a cabin in the mountains somewhere, make sure you have these with you for those chillier nights."

Find the full article on the Pumps & Plaid blog:

Written by Brittany Streissguth. Photography by Alyssa Monette

ARK Shelter; Modular Micro Home

"The philosophy behind ARK is to go back to the basics by proving a living place within nature. With sides that fold open, ark adjusts to the landscape and becomes an extension of nature. Its panoramic views allow you to enjoy camping without giving up comfort, unlike anything before." - Founders De Backer,  Senkowski,  Mikovcák

The design has no fixed foundations, giving the advantage to place your home wherever you like. Whether it's lakeside, mountain side, or somewhere deep in the woods. The mobility of these units were designed specifically to allow owners to find their perfect place in nature with zero impact to the surrounding environment. Learn more:

Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate

Whether you're out camping or at the cabin, this is the perfect way to start off any weekend. Mix together the following ingredients for a classic, ultra-rich hot chocolate with a serious kick. 

1 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 teaspoons brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 oz semi sweet chocolate

½ teaspoon vanilla

1½ oz bourbon

Whipped cream


Photography and recipe courtesy of A Cookie Named Desire

Super Minimal; Cedar Wood Boathouse by Architizer

The boat house is located on the beach 20 metres from the water edge in the beautiful surroundings at Svallerup Strand, Denmark.

The boat house is aimed at being very simple and practical at the same time. Cedar wood is used for the construction due to its ability to withstand the elements and its fantastic silver grey patina. The boat house is build with no windows in order to keep the clean lines of the building intact.

The multifunctionality of the boat house is highly important. The client wants to use the house both to store boats, fishing gear, bikes, kayaks and tools - but also use it as a place where you can sit and enjoy the sunset and have guests staying there for the night. Thus, shelving and storage is built into the east facing wall.

Inside, the boat house is one open room with beams. Concrete is used for the floor with the possibility to cover it in sand, which makes it impossible to see where the building ends and the beach begins. The floor continues outside, which creates a terrace area to the west and south.

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Photography courtesy of Architizer

6 Winter Survival Myths Debunked

In most cases, whatever situation you may be in, survival ultimately comes down to one thing - knowledge. All the fanciest gear in the world could amount to nothing without the proper knowledge of both your body and the environment you're surrounded by. 

1. Rub frostbitten skin
Don’t. Ever. Frostbite occurs when ice crystals form in your skin and other tissues. Rubbing the injury causes more tissue damage as the ice crystals lacerate new cells. Instead, treat the victim with painkillers as you slowly rewarm the tissue—frostbite hurts!

2. Drinking liquor will warm you up
We’ve probably all seen the cartoon depicting a Saint Bernard dog with a cask of brandy around his neck reviving some avalanche victim. But liquor is the last drink you need in a cold-weather survival scenario. Although you may feel warmer, alcohol actually dilates skin-surface blood vessels and capillaries, which will chill your core even faster. Instead, drink hot tea or cocoa.

3. All base layers work equally well

Not true. Cotton kills—or, at least, could lead to hypothermia if you rely on it as your primary base layer in cold weather. It’s a great fabric to wear around the house, and it has great applications in hot, dry climates. But once cotton gets wet, it loses its insulating properties. Before you even break a sweat, normal skin moisture will soak into the cotton fibers and start to cool your body through conduction. These fibers can hold up to 27 times their weight in water and then store that moisture up to eight times longer than synthetics or wool. This doesn’t just leave you feeling clammy—it steals vital heat from your core. If it’s cold enough for long johns, then it’s too cold for cotton.

4. Don’t feed a victim of hypothermia
Normal shock treatment and hypothermia treatment are different—you don’t, for example, want to feed someone who may be going into shock because he can vomit and choke while unconscious. However, in mild to moderate hypothermia cases, high-calorie foods can be given in small, repeated doses to create metabolic heat in the victim and help him restore his own heat-generating ability.

5. Let a hypothermic victim get some sleep
After the shivering, confusion, slurred speech, and clumsiness of hypothermia have manifested, an exposure victim also gets drowsy. This is a serious warning sign because sleep can lead to death. Keep the victim awake as you warm him up.

6. A hot tub will cure hypothermia
Rewarming is the main way to treat someone whose core temperature has dipped far below 98.6 degrees. But dropping somebody in a Jacuzzi will cause excruciating pain and can even trigger a heart attack. Instead, put hot-water bottles in both armpits, or use skin-to-skin rewarming. Never use a high-heat source to treat a hypothermic person.


Read the full article written by Tim Macwelch for OUTDOORLIFE

Photography shot at Elfin Lakes by Hennygraphy