Tuesday, May 1, 2018


May Day! May Day! Do you know what month this is? It's National Bike Month!

Queen - Bicycle Race

The bicycle is one of my favorite inventions! It's been around for nearly 200 years, in one form or another. And, there is even speculation that Leonardo DaVinci made drawings of a similar vehicle in the late 1490s!!

I have been riding bikes since I was a baby. Starting, of course, with the typical red tricycle.

Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle

I even had a John Deere tractor that was ridden like a bicycle when I was 4. I used to ride it with my friend, Joey, who lived next door to my grandparents. This one is similar, but they don't make them like the one I had in the '60s.
John Deere 4020 Pedal Tractor

As I got older, I went through a couple of stages of bigger bikes. My favorite for a long time was a purple Schwinn with a flowered banana seat that I had in the early '70s, from about 10-13 years old. Loved that bike and popped many a wheelie with it! This one is similar.
Schwinn Girl's Mist Polo Bike, 20-Inch, Mint

When I was about 14, my dad bought my mom and I matching bikes. Dark metallic blue 10-speeds. I loved riding everywhere on that bike with my best friend. We had some great adventures, just riding around our town to the main street shops and high school swimming pool, etc. Lots of good memories.

700c Schwinn Women's Admiral Hybrid Bike, Purple

Finally, as an adult, I bought myself an electric bicycle. I love it! Some day, I may buy another regular old ten-speed. But, until then, I will stick with my electric. I currently have a Currie Ezip Trailz (with 2 batteries to cover longer distance,) but I'd really like to have one a little more light-weight, like the one below. The center-of-gravity would be a little easier to handle, too.

NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle Sporting Shimano 6 Speed Gear EBike Brushless Gear Motor with Removable Waterproof Large Capacity 36V10A Lithium Battery and Battery Charger

And, someday, maybe I'll have another tricycle ... electric, most likely!

Worksman Adult Port-o-Trike Lightning Electric Tricycle

A great thing about bicycles is that they can be ridden year-round, indoors and out. How can you ride a bicycle indoors, you ask!?
Well, there are ways. Of course, there is the exercycle. This is similar to mine (which I have had for over 15 years and works like new!) and you can monitor distance, time and calories burned.

Body Rider Exercise Upright Fan Bike (with UPDATED Softer Seat) Stationary Fitness / Adjustable Seat

There's also the pedal exercisor. I have this one. It's so easy to use. I keep it by my desk and use it whenever I feel like it. They last forever.

Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle

And, there is the bike stand, that you can attach your actual bicycle to.

Sportneer Steel Bike Bicycle Exercise Trainer Stand with Noise Reduction Wheel

There are so many great types of bikes out there for any use you enjoy, from city biking to mountain biking to marathons! You can ride solo or you can ride in groups. And, you can ride for your favorite causes!

This month, the League of American Bicyclists, is sponsoring National Bike Month (as they have since 1956!) Check out the link and find a lot of resources and events that you (and your friends) can participate in.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cast Iron Cookware

I love to cook. Some of my favorite things to cook with are my old cast iron cookware that I've either inherited or bought on my own. I have some pieces that were my grandparents ... so, those pans are nearly 100 years old, since my grandparents were married in the 1920s!
These are my favorite pieces - Dutch ovens. I use them for so many things ... making popcorn, frying steaks, slow-cooking meats on low temps, baking, and more! You can use them in the oven, on the stove, in the barbecue, on an open fire ... so many cooking possibilities!
Have you started your cast iron cooking journey, yet? Are you an old pro at cast iron cooking, but want to expand your cooking horizens? Then check out this link to add to your collection or get started on it!

Always make sure you clean and season your cast iron cookware when you first buy it, so that it will last a lifetime!

If you are just starting out with cooking in cast iron, here is a good book to help you out!
Cast Iron Cooking For Dummies

Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies is for those cooks who may want to inject a little adventure and variety into their cooking. If you've never even thought of using cast-iron cookware, or you have a few cast-iron pots lying around, you'll discover all you need to know about making great food using cast iron. Cast iron has much to offer modern-day cooks; it's easy to use, easy to care for, economical, versatile, and durable, and let's face it, it has a nostalgic appeal that no other cookware has. But more compelling than all those reasons is that it's a great cookware that makes great food. In fact, most cast-iron cooks will tell you that food cooked in cast iron tastes better than food cooked in anything else! So, whether you're a cooking novice or an experienced chef, you can find plenty of enjoyment from cooking with cast iron - and Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies can show you the way.Tons of delicious recipes, from main and side dishes to desserts and international dishes.Top Ten lists on ways to make your cast-iron cookware last longer, the best dishes suited for cast iron, and tips for achieving success in cast-iron cooking.