Monday, August 15, 2011


I love sprouts. They're nutritionally awesome, great additions to salads, sandwiches, wraps, and various stir-fries AND so very easy to do at home. This last bit is critical because countless are the times I've purchased sprouts only to find them funky in a day or two.

I've found using a salad spinner to be an easy way to rinse, grow and store them. I may eventually go to trays like these from, but for now a jar for the initial soaking and the spinner for growing, serving and storing is working pretty darn well. It does take up a little too much space in the fridge, though.

My process...let's see if I can remember.. I soak the beans overnight in a jar, then rinse and invert the jar so excess water can drain out. I have a screen sprout lid for a large mason jar, but also use some of that plastic netting that is used on potato sacks or other veggie sacks sometimes. Anything that lets air flow and water out. I rinse mine twice a day.

Once the beans begin to sprout, I move them to the spinner where the rinsing process continues, but where they have more room to grow. Alfalfa sprouts might do fine in a jar, but the mung beans get large.

When the sprouts reach the size I like, I move the container to the fridge. Simple as that.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Dutch Way - Bicycles and Fresh Bread -

Go read the whole article....

The Dutch Way - Bicycles and Fresh Bread - "But while many Americans see their cars as an extension of their individual freedom, to some of us owning a car is a burden, and in a city a double burden. I find the recrafting of the city in order to lessen — or eliminate — the need for cars to be not just grudgingly acceptable, but, yes, an expansion of my individual freedom. So I say (in this case, at least): Go, social-planning technocrats! If only America’s cities could be so free."

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Some good ideas I've come across lately

Spent a goodly amount of time this weekend getting my basement bike area all set up, so am keenly aware my small cottage requires superb space management. Thus, I was tickled to find this idea for putting heavy-duty storage containers to double-use.

My teeny bathroom needs gutted and redone, but until then, this post has inspired some ideas to make it more bearable until I pay off the living room redo and new appliances I got when I moved in.

Finally, it bothers me to use all those little plastic sacks for my fruits and veggies. Here's how to store your stuff w/o the plastic. Note, you don't HAVE to put everything in a plastic sack when getting produce at the grocery store. Open Harvest, you can take your own containers and avoid the plastic sacks even at the bulk bins.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Critical Bike Measurements

Ok, I've said it once, maybe even 40 times, get your bike measurements and record them somewhere handy-like on your mobile. 

When you shop for a new bike, you can give these to the sales people and they can set up your bike with some approximation to what's already comfortable to you. ALSO, if you are going to borrow or rent one while traveling, these key measurements might be the difference between pleasure and suffering - maybe even unintentional injury. Finally, if you are so fortunate to have team support and your director wants to set up a spare bike for you, you'll be ready. For special bonus points, record the components as well. Nothing is quite as annoying as needing a replacement asap and not remembering what exactly you require as the clock ticks down.

Make it a priority and get these handy.  Huge thanks to Mr. Know Lots and superb team director - Mike Engleman for teaching me about this.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Basement bike area

Still have to get tools hung and organized but it's coming together. Got the computrainer set up as it's good for any time one is time-crunched or the weather miserable.