How Mountain Bikes Went From Clunkers to Global Phenomenon

The game can best be widely known as biking on an unpaved area. Isn’t clambering down and up steep trails on foot with a bunch of rambunctious teens risky enough?

Have you ever wanted to locate an activity for the entire family to take pleasure in but was worried about plan? No worries, I am here to give you several activities despite the fact your children be apart of but the whole family appreciate as well. And also the best news is it doesn’t cost a particular dime.

Remember when you were a baby and assume run, ride your bike, play basketball, climb trees, etc? Where you thinking about “exercising” when were doing all of the people activities? Correct! You were playing; you were working with.

Nowadays mountain bike riding is fast emerging of essentially the most liked adventure activities among-st adrenaline junkies as the sport appeals at their adventure preferences and is challenging about the physical reason.

Footwear, especially socks is really important. The issue here is this in rugged terrain there exists often the use of water or even snow. Your feet, being closest to the floor and for the pedals, get sure to get some the moisture and turn wet. You possibly will not feel because first, coverage the water mixes with cold weather, it ultimately take its toll. In case you are far off of your start point the trouble can be serious. To combat this it would pay to have an extra associated with socks to change into. and find the best MTB under 1000 mountain bikes.

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Oven-Baked Coney Islands with Homemade Chili

This is a Haley family classic.  Coney Islands, which are basically just chili dogs, were featured on my childhood table on weeknights and weekends, for Sunday lunch after church in front of the TV or for a neighborhood get together.  Good hot dogs and good hot dog buns, topped with meaty chili sauce, chopped raw onion, and of course, cheese were casual and easy enough to feed a hungry family quickly, but could also easily please a large crowd of people.
They’re not pretty–no one would accuse them of being that.  However, they’re humble in a way that most good, nostalgic, things are.  I’m sure you could gussy up a Coney Island with brats instead of hot dogs and homemade buns, caramelized onions, and fancy cheese.  But why would you?  A good all-beef hot dog with simple, homemade chili is all you need.  And Fritos.  Always Fritos.  Coney Islands aren’t going to win any culinary prizes, but then again, I guess that all depends on who you ask–it would win best-in-show every single time for my Dad.

By the way, it’s against my very nature to talk, eat, or make hot dogs without acting out this scene from
Some big shot over at the wiener company, talked to some big shot over at the bun company, and decided to rip off the American public!

Alright, that’s done.

Coney Islands, let’s go!

Start with your chili.  First, assemble the spices.
Chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper and a little crushed red pepper, which I didn’t actually end up using.

Brown some ground beef in a skillet and add half an onion, chopped.
Break that up with your spatula until all the meat is browned.  Then, add a can of crushed tomatoes and your spices.
Stir that together and let it simmer away until the liquid has mostly reduced, about 20-30 minutes on medium-low heat.
Meanwhile, cook your hot dogs the way you like to cook your hot dogs.  I like mine to get a little browned and blistered on the outside, so I added them to a hot skillet and let them cook for about 5 minutes total, moving them around often.   You could boil them, put them in the oven, grill them–it’s a hot dog.  You don’t need me to tell you what to do.
These were all beef hot dogs that we bought at a local farm because we were there and hot dogs sounded good for dinner.  They were pretty darn good, but again, I’m not going to tell you how to buy hot dogs.  Use a brand you trust.  My dad swears by Hebrew National all-beef franks.  Seriously, he’ll talk about them for days if you ask.

Once the chili has thickened and the hot dogs are cooked, arrange your hot dog buns in a baking dish.
Place the hot dogs in the buns.
Top each dog generously with chili.  This is where it might get messy, and that’s OK.
Add chopped onion if you so desire.  I did desire, but K wasn’t so sure, so I topped half of them with onion and left the other half without.
Top that all with shredded cheese.  You can use a little or a lot; I went somewhere in the middle.

Into the oven they go, for about 15-20 at 350 degrees, until the cheese is melted and the buns are slightly toasted.

Using a spatula or tongs, carefully try to get the hot dogs out in one piece.  This might be like the first piece of cake or pie; you might need to mess up the first one in order to get the rest of them out.  Serve them immediately with Fritos and a little mustard if you so choose.  Sometimes I add mustard, sometimes I don’t, it depends which way the wind is blowing that day.
These are definitely eat-with-a-fork hotdogs and not eat-while-you’re-walking-around hotdogs.  There’s a place for both, for sure, but these are a meal, whereas the other is a snack at a ballgame or a day at the park.  Who knew I had so many thoughts about hot dogs?
These are hearty, comforting, and remind me of childhood.  They’re also very filling, although that did not deter me from finishing both of them.  The best part about these, other than that they are a family stand-by, is that they’re easily customizable based on the number of people you need to feed.  Because they are finished in the oven, you can double the chili recipe and load up as many baking dishes as you have with hot dogs and buns and feed an army.
This is a good, hearty, simple meal.  It’s honest, it’s not trying to impress, it’s just trying to please.  Can a meal be all those things?  I think it can.

Here’s the recipe.

Oven-Baked Coney Islands with Homemade Chili

For the chili:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Coney Islands

  • 6-8 hot dogs, cooked however you like
  • 6-8 hot dog buns (some big shot….I can’t help it).
  • Chili
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • shredded cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking dish with foil and set hot dog buns inside.  Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion.  Once the beef is completely cooked, add the crushed tomatoes and the seasonings.  Stir together then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until very thick.
  3. Once the chili has reduced, place your cooked hot dogs in the hot dog buns.  Top with chili, chopped onion, and shredded cheese.  Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is very melted and the tops of the buns are a little toasted.
  4. Serve immediately with chips.  FRITOS!



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Prosciutto and Parmesan Wrapped Peaches

I haven’t written in a while, but that was on purpose.  You see, I knew this week would be crazy.  It started with a twelve hour service project excursion on Sunday, which meant no grocery shopping, and continued with my first week of after-school programming and my first week of graduate classes.  The lack of groceries and time meant that I would just have to make do this week, and that my writing probably would have to wait.  This seemed like the smart thing to do.

But here’s the thing.  Something happened when I took away the pressure of trying to post every day fairly often.  When I stopped posting, I also stopped doing other things.  I stopped cooking, I stopped exercising, I stopped cleaning (well, to be fair, I didn’t really stop, I just continued to.. not).  I took away the things that I thought would add extra stress and in doing so, these other things seemed to follow.  I should have felt calmer with the extra time, but instead I felt more overwhelmed.

I’ve come to this conclusion: I think the seemingly crazy task of adding another thing to be responsible for is actually keeping me sane.  I think that the simple routine of making a weekly menu and grocery list, cooking almost every night, and writing on this blog kind of sets the pace for the rest of my world.  It would seem that in creating this blog, not only have I created a fun hobby, but a surprisingly productive routine.  

I’m as shocked as you are.

Anyway, so I’m back.  And I’m going grocery shopping today.  And I’m cooking dinner tomorrow.  And those dishes in my sink?  Those dishes are toast.  I’m back, and now that I know this about myself, I’m going to stay back.  Or, stay here.  Whatever.

am going to talk about food.  Peaches, to be exact.  A few weeks ago I bought some beautiful peaches on a whim.  I ate one of them immediately because there’s not much better in this world than a ripe, juicy, peach.  Then I made this delicious and ridiculously easy appetizer.

First, I gathered some peaches.

Then, I ate one.  It was juicy and messy and incredibly satisfying.  Next, I peeled and sliced the remaining peaches and melted some butter in a skillet.

I sauteed the sliced peaches in the butter for about 3 minutes, just until they were warmed through.

Meanwhile, I sliced some prosciutto lengthwise and shaved some Parmesan with a vegetable peeler.  When the peaches were finished, I took a slice of prosciutto, placed a peach on the end of it with a piece of Parm…

And rolled it all up.  I repeated this process until all of the peaches were rolled in their prosciutto blankets.  Peaches in a blanket.  I like it.

I had these little babies for lunch, but I think they would be an easy and elegant appetizer for a dinner party.  Do people still go to dinner parties?  When I get an apartment with a door to separate rooms I’m totally throwing one

The peaches were perfectly ripe and juicy and their sweetness, paired with the saltiness of the prosciutto and Parmesan, was out of this world.  If I’d had some fresh basil, I would have put a leaf in there as well, but even so, it was such an interesting flavor combination, like dinner and dessert all rolled into one adorable little package.

Try these before the peaches are no more.  Summer’s almost over people.  Act fast.

Here’s the recipe!

Prosciutto and Parmesan Wrapped Peaches



  • 2 peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 pound of very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut lengthwise.
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium high heat.  Add sliced peaches and saute for about 3-4 minutes, until heated through and just beginning to get soft.  Remove from heat.
  2. Take a long piece of prosciutto and place a shaving of Parmesan on one end.  Place one peach slice on top of the cheese, and roll tightly.  Secure with toothpicks if you have them.  Repeat for remaining peaches.

That’s it!  Enjoy!


Potato and Mushroom Frittata

All this cooking lately is generating quite a bit of leftovers.  I had leftover baked potatoes from a lunch with my mom when she was in town, a leftover portobello mushroom from Sunday Dinner and some leftover herbs that were about to go bad from everything in between.
So what do you do with a bunch of leftovers that you want to use all at once?  A Frittata, of course!

And why, oh why, have I been struggling to no avail over flipping a perfect omelette, when something as extraordinary as a Frittata was a possibility?  It’s eggs, cheese, and veggies, just like an omelette, but I don’t have to flip.  Perfect.  Now that I have an oven proof skillet, never again will I stress over making the perfect omelette.  Never, I tell you!

I cubed up the leftover baked potato and sauteed it with half a white onion and some garlic in olive oil.  While these started making my apartment smell impossibly good, I whisked up 6 eggs with some milk.  When the potatoes started to brown a bit, I poured the egg mixture over the vegetables and let them set up.  When they had sat for a while, I added some leftover Pecorino Romano cheese, some salt and pepper, and some rosemary.

Now, since this isn’t a omelette, I don’t have to worry about cooking the other side.  This is because while I was doing all this, I preheated my oven to 300 degrees.  Aren’t I clever?  Thanks.  I thought so too.  When the eggs are almost firm, but still a little jiggly on top, I transferred the entire skillet to the oven and cooked for about 12 minutes, or until the eggs no longer jiggled.  This is a firttata term.  Jiggle.  It is, really.
When I took it out of the oven, I ran a skillet around the edges to make sure it didn’t stick.  Now, you should let it sit for about 5 minutes before you cut it into triangles like a pizza.  I, however, did not.  So my slices weren’t as pretty.

But I took pictures anyway, because it was so, so good.  It was more savory than breakfast food normally is.  It was earthy, salty, and the eggs weren’t too overpowering.  I loved it, truly.

The ironic thing is, there were leftovers of the Leftovers Frittata.  However, it made a wonderful dinner last night, heated up in the microwave, and I’m about to have the last piece right now for lunch!

All my leftovers taken care of in one (lifesaving) skillet.  Really, how did I cook without an oven proof skillet?  The world will never know.

This recipe is easy and you could really put anything in it.  So versatile and so delicious.  If you have leftovers, do this immediately!

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Oven Baked Ribs with Barbecue Sauce

Last weekend, I had a craving for cornbread.  Nothing else, just cornbread.  However, since Jiffy corn muffins and butter does not a meal make, I asked K what he wanted with his cornbread and he replied, very simply: ribs.

Ribs?  Can you even make ribs without a smoker, or at the very least, a grill?  In Texas, the answer is usually no, but I live in Boston and I wanted cornbread and he wanted ribs.  I would not be deterred.  I did some research and realized ribs can be made inside–and in a tiny oven to boot!

Ribs aren’t beauty queens.  There isn’t anything I can do about that fact.

I started the ribs by making some homemade barbecue sauce.  I was gifted Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook over the holidays and knew that I wanted to use that recipe for my oven baked ribs.

The sauce starts with sweating some onions and garlic over medium-high heat.

I added some white wine vinegar and cooked until it was reduced by half.

Then I added some pureed tomatoes, water, and minced jalapenos.  That simmered for about 10 minutes.

Next goes the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, honey, and molasses.  I stirred it all together, lowered the heat, and let it simmer for about 40 minutes

The recipe said to take this mixture and puree it in a food processor, but since I was just going to use it for the ribs, I omitted this step.  I didn’t want the extra dishes.

When the sauce was simmering, I lined a baking dish with foil and placed the ribs on top, then seasoned both sides generously with salt and pepper.

I poured the barbecue sauce over the ribs, then placed them in a 300 degree oven and cooked them until the meat was quite literally falling off the bone.  After a couple of hours, the ribs were ready, as was the cornbread, and we were ready to dig in!

Oh, and that pan?  Well, the sauce leaked under the foil, and because of all the sugar, honey, and molasses, it was completely toast.  Needless to say, I went and bought a new one the next day.


I’m not a huge fan of ribs normally, but because they were cooked low and slow for so long, they were tender and tasty.


The barbecue sauce was phenomenal.  It was sweet and a little spicy and the longer it cooked, the more concentrated the flavors became.  I loved it.  Also?  I had some of the leftover meat on a pizza the next day and it was just as good.  I love a repeat recipe.

Cornbread and ribs means a very happy couple indeed!


Here’s the recipe:


Oven Baked Ribs with Barbecue Sauce (Sauce adapted from Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook)


  • 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes with their juices
  • 4 jalapenos, diced (I kept the seeds and ribs intact for added heat, but you can remove them if you’d like)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 rack of ribs, cut in half

For the sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium high heat.  Add the onion an cook until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more.  Add vinegar and cook, letting it reduce by half.
  2. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of water, and the jalapenos and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, honey, and molasses and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened.  This should take about 30-40 minutes.  When it’s done, taste for seasonings and adjust with salt and black pepper as needed.
  4. If you want the sauce to be smooth like traditional barbecue sauce, at this point remove from the heat and transfer to a food processor.  Puree until smooth and return to the pot.

For the ribs:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet very well with foil (I wouldn’t want you to have to buy a new one like I did!) and place ribs on top.  Season both sides liberally with salt and pepper, then pour about a cup of the barbecue sauce over the top.
  2. Cook ribs for 4 hours, stopping midway through to flip them and coat again with another cup of barbecue sauce.
  3. When ribs are finished done, transfer to a plate and cut between each bone.

Serve with corn muffins and enjoy!

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Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners for the Elderly

There are various types of HEPA filter vacuums. When you’d like on purchasing a vacuum cleaner, try considering this type of cleaner. These cleaning appliances have specialized filters that is acquainted with clean the oxygen. The air that you breathe should be clean especially if in order to a member inside of the household suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems. Working with a carpet that is definitely vacuumed is not enough, so focus also on the air where dust particles with microorganisms are mainly found.


I develop the 2.25 peak horsepower Shop Vac and it is very powerful and does a better job next the vacuum cleaners I owned in there are. It will also vacuum wet stuff but I’ve never used it for any.

Canister floor cleaners remain an organization favorite owing to a canister vacuum cleaner it is much easier to get into every nook and cranny. Vacuuming stairs also tends regarding much faster. A good quality canister vacuum should be light weight and along with handles build picking up and carrying the canister easy. Also, a good canister vacuum should using a whole associated with attachments so they should even be carried about the canister on its own is.


They visit us upright personality. HEPA filter vacuums’ vacuum clener are basically sold for a single unit, which means there ‘re no detachable work pieces. An attachable hose are sometimes included that is it. Offer difficult to scrub because may not remove the various. It is easy to control as well as may stand by itself.

Dirt Collection Systems – If you allergic or asthmatic, you surely need to avoid dust at all cost. Cleaners without collection bags are more likely to discharge a ton dust during emptying. Therefore, if an individual any of the conditions, then an type may not be top option. To ascertain the air filtration, many newer vacuums models come with HEPA filtration that is actually going to able to take out pests, pollen and lint from atmosphere if it is going through the site.


The canister itself can be a sleek design allowing for ease helpful around four corners. The bumper is rubber and completely surrounds the dyson. The bottom belonging to the vacuum has four swivel castor wheels to allow complete ability to move. The bottom likewise polished to allow a smooth surface. With even the thickest shag carpet, the Pristine will roll easily across the rugs.

A vacuum should work for many years with care. A quality vacuum cleaner can be an excellent investment bigger more involved your groundwork. Make sure you add on replacement bags to your initial investment if they’re required.

These always be the standard cleaning appliances you push around by their long adjustable handles. Tiny dirt particles can sometimes escape holes and gaps in handy. It is the finest answer inside their problems.

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The Differences between Teeth Whitening Methods

Avoid writing fluffs and unverified generalizations and be as informative potentially. What is right for one person may cease right for the next so don’t base your decisions on others.

I know are generally tired of looking in the mirror and seeing those yellow teeth staring back at someone. Did you know that recent polls proven that stained teeth can make you seem to be substantially as 13 years compared to you really are? A comparative study where test subjects tried pictures of anyone with yellow teeth and white teeth indicated that the aged guessed was off by up to 13 years for images with yellow teeth!

This varies individually for each person and depends on your diet, but want to . should usually last relating to 2 months and months. Periodic touch-up treatments can be taken for clients that frequently have coffee or other staining food or drinks or those that use cigarettes and tobacco products.

Laser whitening is also an selection for teeth whitening. For are in a hurry for whiter teeth, laser whitening may work as the option for you. This procedure uses a mixture of an arc laser light and photosensitive medium bleach engage great every. The laser provides whitening is definitely extremely too bright if not careful prescription medication effect can tone on the longer you go through working that take the teeth whitening training .

One can have whitening teeth items you just can employ at kitchen. These may be found in kinds of toothpaste, tooth gel, whitening strips and whitening trays. The most typical are the toothpaste and tooth skin gels. But are whitening trays and whitening strips actually efficient?

Is money a deciding factor anyone? If searching to keep things using a cheap, the best route will be to choose an at-home whitening materials. These kits usually contain a whitening gel and a tray match over your teeth. The at-home kits do have a little bit longer discover results, even so they are effective nonetheless. For anyone who is not sure about which brand to begin with, you should visit your local pharmacy or grocery store.

There are plenty of steps a person can choose to adopt get a whiter grin. The crucial thing is always that if you might be worried regarding smile, you can do utilize each of these whitening tips to get your bright smile in the past. As a matter of fact, it can be very embarrassing to create teeth which have stains and colors all over them. This is why some a pile of a fortune on professional whitening services and OTC products. Whichever method must make sure to use, make sure you research before you utilize it. Better knowledge you have, the better you can realize your desire to whiten your jaws.

Different types of teeth, pain, toothache, could possibly do bad. Can foods actually help remove or lessen teeth staining? Baking soda is mildly abrasive, polishing off stains and leaving teeth whiter and incredibly clean.

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How to make personalized jute bags

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A girl comes at this planet with their permanent passion for teddies, jewelry, roses some other adornments. After you utter you utter the word ‘woman’, it signifies all the adornments currently. Although this a different matter altogether that using growing age, their fascination with such things does not grow. What’s more, it depends upon the kind of brought up you receive from home and your dependents.

Somehow, in the teenage, acne develop flavor of carrying the items that match very much as their dressing sense. The varsity going girls are too conscious about which is involving fashion world and the particular extent does her friend cope lets start work on such fast changing fashions. Didn’t this happen to you? Really operate say no but realize there are only at the underside of your heart this kind of did materialize. The degree are vastly different but the non happening of similar items in ones adolescence is next to impossible.


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There are wide ranging methods to gift-wrap a service. For those who possess a creative bent of mind, this probably one of the most extremely interesting regarding the entire gifting project. Try out some unique environmental friendly gift wrappers to add a touch of “eco appeal” for the gift. Plastics papers, ribbons, etc. just add for the environmental nonsense. These materials are not degradable and can lead to considerable problems on the area.


Ifyou’re investing in premium or gourmet coffee, you certainly want it to last and continue to taste fresh. To do that, you need to store it properly. So, if you wish to learn how to store coffee for best freshness results, keep checking.

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No matter what you call them, jute bags have become the newest must-have system. So pick one up today and do some part start off helping environmental surroundings.

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