Here we have pictures from Levi’s 14th week. The crazy thing is that he’ll be 16 weeks tomorrow so it’s almost time to do week 15 as well…
So in love with this little boy!!
Found his toes during a bath!!
Hi, Mike here the guy who hardly ever bothers to post anything on the blog (that will change in the near future I will be doing a coffee review as soon as I try out the second roast a coffee roaster in NY sent me). After a too long of an absence I decided to get back into biking for two primary reasons one because I enjoy it and second I hope to be in good enough shape that I can enjoy it once Levi is older and will hopefully be enjoying it as well. To me biking is a escape and a way to enjoy the outdoors and work out. I prefer to bike alone or in a very small number of people (really no more than one is ideal). The reason for this is you can set your own goals and if you feel like slowing down you can or if you feel like pulling that hill and smoking a previous time record that you set the last time you rode up that hill you can cut loose and do so without leaving others behind. I will admit it is harder to set time aside (esp. if you work and do school both) however just do what you can. Gone are the days that I can just up and bike 15-20 miles but I can do 2-10 without falling behind with everything else. No I will not go pro that way but it’s better than not biking at all and if I have a chance to go on a longer one I will jump on it.
Before you start biking you have to acquire some equipment. The first and most logical would be the bike but before you do that you need to know how you will be using the bike. Roads, trails, or both? Once you know decide where you will be riding then you can begin your bike search. I highly recommend reading reviews and gathering information on several bike make and models. Pick at least five that would work for you and then start looking in looking bike shops etc. and try to purchase used. A lot of people purchase really nice bikes and then either tire and give up or upgrade (All my bikes were purchased used Trek SingleTrack 930, Cannondale F600, and the Trek Pilot 2.1). I am not a fan of hybrid bikes I think they are too heavy and you would be better off getting a good quality but lower end mountain bike and swapping out the tires etc. to make it more of trail bike. I did this with my Cannondale F600 basically all I did was put a more comfortable saddle on it, swapped the mountain tires with the nob tread for a more ride friendly tread, and removed the clip pedals and replaced them with standard bike petals. End result a nice light bike to ride casually and use on trails. I primarily ride on the road anymore and my current road bike is a Trek Pilot 2.1 (I don’t believe Trek makes these anymore all I can find on their site is the 1.1). I can not say enough about the quality of a Trek bicycle. I would recommend them to anyone and they make all levels for any rider. Another thing I would recommend is Nashbar at www.nashbar.com/. They have great deals on clothing, parts, and helmets etc.. I recently purchased Shimano R540 road pedals from them for 33.99 every other site I checked had them for 70.00. The only thing I do not overly like about the petals is that they have to be right side up for you to clip into them. With my old petals it didn’t matter you could clip in on both sides. I use the Nashbar brand jerseys but I am not crazy about their shorts I prefer Pearl Izumi shorts. My shoes are Shimano R087 road shoes (I prefer Shimano shoes/petals). I went with a no name for the helmet I chose an Ascent Strada based on the reviews and I am happy with it. Below are some pictures of my bike and if anyone has any questions about what to look for or how to get started please feel free to ask, I love to talk bike.
The bike (with the old petals)
Yes Trek has seen some Tour De France action (Lance!)
Since we’ve been married(3 years) I’ve never once bought pre-made taco seasoning. It’s so quick and easy to make at home and with some ground beef and salsa you have the perfect taco meat!! It’s a favorite at our house!
You’ll want to start by browning your meat. While that’s browning you can mix up your taco seasoning!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all spices together until well combined, set aside until ready to add to beef and salsa mixture.
Brown 1 pound of ground beef. Once your meat is browned drain off any excess grease. Then add a 16 ounce jar of your favorite salsa. We prefer hot! And combine it with your meat.
Add your taco seasoning and combine again.
Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until you are ready to make your taco’s.
Add your favorite toppings(we did beans, cheese and lettuce) and enjoy!!
Recipe source for taco seasoning: adapted slightly from melskitchencafe.com
This is my go to recipe anytime pancakes are on the menu at our house. I’ve never really tried adding anything like blueberries to the batter but I’m sure it would be a great addition! Who needs boxed pancake mix when you can make these delicious pancakes that never disappoint!! :)
Preheat griddle and grease lightly(if pan has non-stick coating do not grease).
2 Tbsps butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk (add a extra tablespoon if batter is really think and not pourable)
2 Tbsps wheat germ & almost 1 cup of whole wheat flour (add wheat germ to one cup measuring cup and then top off with the flour)
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsps sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Beat eggs, butter, milk and vanilla until well blended. Add wheat germ, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon to liquid ingredients and mix just enough to make a creamy batter. Some lumps are ok. Ladle the batter onto your hot griddle. Turn pancakes over when edges look dry and bubbles cover the top. Makes 8 or 9 pancakes and can easily be doubled.