Choosing a Tree Stand

Tree stands are a great way for hunters to use elevation and cover in increase their hunting success. However, for first-timer buyers choosing the best tree stand can be a difficult decision. The following article will outline how to purchase a tree stand, as well as provide two examples of great tree stands on the market.

The biggest advantage of using a tree stand is that it gives you a view of your hunting grounds free of trees and brush that would otherwise obstruct your view when hunting on the ground. Additionally, there are multiple accessories that can be purchased to further increase the utility of tree stands including seat pads and bow holders. Take a look at the list below for some other accessory options:

Tree Stand Accessories

  • Seat pads
  • Bow holders
  • Camouflage
  • Umbrellas
  • Stand covers
  • Blinds

The Summit Goliath SD Treestand is available from Amazon
for $284

The Summit Goliath SD Treestand is a wide-top climbing tree stand that features sound deadening (SD) technology, a 4-point safety harness and Rapid Climb Stirrups. It is priced at $275 at and comes with plenty of upsides to make it a top choice for crossbow hunters looking for the ideal tree stand. One of these upsides is the aforementioned sound deadening technology, which minimizes the noises caused by movement by utilizing expanding foam in the build of the product. This is ideal for any type of hunter, but especially those that hunt smaller, faster prey and prefer to hunt in stealth conditions. Another great feature is the thick padding on the seat and armrests, making this a comfortable choice as well as a quiet one. The only downside is the installation, which can be a bit tricky due to the unclear instructions. However, aside from this minor gripe this is a great tree stand product that is well worth the price.

Another great option is the Guide Gear 17 1/2′ Deluxe 2 – man Ladder Tree Stand, which is priced at $120 and features a fold-down shooting rail, a mesh platform with plenty of space and a powder-coated finish. Given the cheap price, this product is surprisingly sturdy; it can easily survive any kind of weather without much wear and tear. Another upside of this product is the assembly, which is very quick and easy. The only downsides of this tree stand are the short ratchet straps and vague instruction manual, although this is not a huge issue given the aforementioned easy installation process.

Using tree stands for your crossbow hunting is a great way to scope out your hunting grounds for prey and get in touch with the geography of your surroundings. The above products are guaranteed to give you comfort and reliability, so if you are considering purchasing a tree stand you can’t go wrong with the Summit Goliath SD Treestand or the Guide Gear Deluxe 16′ 2 – man Ladder Tree Stand.

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Using a Pasta Extruder to Make Tasty Pasta at Home

Spaghetti carbonara is an Italian dish typical of Rome. This dish is very popular in Italy and around the world because it is very good and at the same time it is very easy to prepare. This dish contains a lot of calories, especially for the high fat content. The ingredient responsible for this is bacon and egg yolk but is absolutely impossible to resist the deliciousness of spaghetti carbonara.

For its simplicity of preparation and his specialty, this dish is “mother” of Italian cooking, easy to prepare for those who have little time to cook and wants to still eat well.

The preparation of spaghetti alla carbonara requires very little time and in 10 minutes (just long enough to set up the table), the dish is ready. You can cook with any type of pasta, but certainly the most indicated are spaghetti. In Rome’s tavern you can find rigatoni and other types of homemade pasta with carbonara recipe. Using homemade pasta is even more enhanced the flavor of the egg and are thus increase the nutritional properties (information from WannaPasta).

The original recipe for this dish has had many changes over the years but is still considered a rustic dish. Being a typical dish of Italian culture, this recipe has its roots in the Mediterranean tradition, and his invention goes back to the times of Ippolito Cavalcanti, a Neapolitan nobleman who published the recipe in one of his books but this proof has never been possible to verify.

Today, the spaghetti carbonara recipe has changed slightly from the original, the pillow and the sheep cheese are very often replaced with bacon and Parmesan.  The pillow is not widely used because it is quite rare to find in regular supermarkets, and the simple fact that the recipe comes from a tradition fundamentally poor, even without using a pillow (much more expensive) you can get equally tasty dishes.

The same goes for the cheese, hardly available outside Rome.

In this article I will speak of international recipes, and ingredients available anywhere in the world to make it as easy as possible to prepare the carbonara recipe at home.

The ingredients for spaghetti carbonara are:

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano

pasta extruder


The preparation of carbonara recipe is very simple and affordable for even beginners who have the best electric pasta maker at home. The first thing to do is put on to boil ’s salt water in a pot of medium size, once the water boils you throw spaghetti. Meanwhile cut the bacon into cubes and starts to cook in a skillet. Then beat the eggs in a bowl with the Parmesan and pepper. When the noodles are cooked must be paid in the pan containing the bacon, add the eggs and mix everything prepared beforehand.

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DSquared2: Dean & Dan’s Summer ’17 Collection

Twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten are the designers behind this cult line of men’s and women’s clothing. These brothers (Canadian natives) moved to Milan in 1991 to pursue their love of fashion and attempt to create their first fashion line. In 1994 their menswear debut got people talking. In 2003 their first successful and long awaited womens wear line was launched with rave reviews.

DSquared2 has since produced collection after collection of clothing “for real people” as they claim. They are a household name amongst Hollywood’s most elite and have achieved “cult” status. Dean and Dan reach their clientele by creating looks that can be worn by everyone, they are esepcially know for there bohemian attire style. Their unique blending of a variety of luxurious fabrics are put together in an effortless, wearable style, that is easily achieved.

Their Summer 2017 collection spawned numerous “vibes” sure to please any style. White, denim, navy and red seemed to be the color pallet of this season’s collection and scream Americana! I was quite surprised to see the non-uniformity of the pieces in this collection. There was an overwhelmingly playful sportiness with some of the pieces, and then an instant transformation to what would appear to be a “Weekend at the “Hampton’s” sort of vibe. From there the next look cried out “downtown urban chic.” There really was something for everyone with this collection.

The “Weekend at the Hamptons” interpretation as I like to call it, consisted of pieces in rich cotton and denim. Wide-leg high waisted trousers and shorts were paired with button up oxfords or military jackets. Lots of striking hardware and buttons were the focus of the top pieces lending a classic vibe, while the bottoms scream ease of movement and casual, creating an amazing balance.

The “playful sportiness” as I like to call it created a “tough-girl” image, but done with bright vivid colors to keep the look playful. Punches of kelly green and magenta were added to the red, navy, denim and white mix. Beautiful silk charmeuse fabrics created a “highschool letterman’s jacket” appeal and kept the looks playful, while edgy at the same time.

The “downtown urban chic” ensembles are my favorite. They were put together in an effortless fashion and consisted of wide-brim hats with simple slim jeans, loafer flats, a leather/chain belt and again, detail on the tops with multiple rows of buttons and puffy sleeves. There were tons of leather and denim jacket combos paired with shorts and heels!

The menswear collection had me all hot! Basic loose-fitting worn jeans were paired with blazers and even bowties creating an appeal that asked the question, “Hello, am I your waiter, or your future husband?”

Dean and Dan’s success with each new collection grows more and more. Celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Lenny Kravitz, Eve and Madonna have already been entranced by their collections. It’s easy to see why. These men have a natural ease of style about them, which translates effortlessly to their collections.
For more collections and styles you can go to their website:

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