Sunday, February 07, 2016

Roast leg of lamb recipe



First time making lamb over the holidays and it turned out great. Saving the recipe for future reference.

Make lamb room temp 1-2 hours out 

Use meat thermometer 

In a small bowl, combine garlic, rosemary, and pepper. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Mix until all ingredients are combine

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Sear the lamb roast for 15 minutes at the higher oven temperature (450 degrees F.), then turn the oven to the lower temperature (325 degrees F.) for the rest of the cooking time. Do Not Cover the roast.

Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of lamb (not resting in fat). Cook until the lamb roast reaches an internal temperature of 120 degrees F. Remove from oven, cover with aluminum foil, and let sit approximately 15 to 20  minutes.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

One year #RunStreak - Day 365


Today marks one year of stepping outside every day to go for a run. 365 days of running!

While it sounds crazy, try searching (hashtag) #runstreak on Twitter.  You'll find runners that have over 1,000 days of running under their belt.

What is a run streak?  Basically, running every single day.  Everyone creates their own rules.  My rules were pretty simple.  Run every morning, 7 days a week, 30-40 miles.  Saturdays were reserved for long runs, 10 miles plus.

Most weeks, the day after my long run was my 3 mile short run.  Once or twice a month I did a 2 miler, mainly the day after a long run.

I run quite a bit, so this was kind of a natural transition.  I already ran 6 days a week most of the time, I just basically eliminated the rest day.

I planned on writing up stories of the 1,500 + miles I ran this past year, like the various elements I ran through, the time a city snow plow driver told me to go home as it was the biggest snow storm of the year (thank you sir, but I had 7 miles to run, besides, I was on the sidewalk), the time I fell flat on my back on snow covered ice, the time I fought off two dogs with a stick, the amazing scenery I saw, the roadkill I jumped over, the one time of the streak I was sick with a fever/sinus infection and ran 15 miles, etc.  But, having time to sit down to write these days is tough, so I'll keep this brief.

Sappy motivational speech:  People ask what has kept me motivated me to run every day.  I thought about it this week, and it's not really motivation, it's the elimination of excuses.  Once I decided nothing was going to keep me from running daily, I had no reason to not go out and run.  Weather, sickness, soreness, tiredness, etc., I set it all aside.

What's next?  I plan to keep the streak going.  500 would be a nice number to strive for next!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Google motion photo


Yet another reason I love Google products.  They continue to make basic utilities even better. I've been wanting to try this out for a while, so yesterday at the Lagrange St. Polish Festival in Toledo, OH, I had the good camera.  You'll notice I strategically shot a series of photos of a girl walking into a porta-potty.  Oh yeah, the kids on the ride too..  :)  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

New bike, 32 miles



I've been wanting to dabble in bike riding for a while now.  I rode bikes all growing up, and thinking back, we didn't just peddle around the neighborhood, we rode for miles and miles daily.  We didn't think much of it, we were kids and had endless amounts of energy.


While I don't have endless amounts of energy these days, I do try and keep active.  I run daily, and chase after a couple kids, which I think sometimes can be harder than running a few miles.  :)
For my 38th birthday, I bought a bike.  I went back and forth for a while, considering a cheap bike, but I know how I like to overdue every activity I dive into, and figured I might as well go big.

I went to Jack's Bicycle Shop in Monroe, MI.  After explaining to the salesman what I intended to use the bike for, he showed me a few models.  I really liked the Specialized Sirrus.  I took it for a ride and was in love.  I couldn't believe how incredibly light the bike was, how smooth it rode and shifted.   I gave it a few days, but knew right away that was it.
The first real ride I did was out to a local restaurant about 8 miles away.  A friend and I biked down to the Sand Bar in LaSalle, MI.  We took a different route back, and ended up riding a total of 18-19 miles.
I decided earlier this week I wanted to go for a little longer ride to see what it was like.   I shortened my normal Saturday morning long run to 3 miles.  I grabbed my new water bottle a couple granola bars and headed out.
I initially planned on just riding for an hour south, and seeing how far I ended up.  The wind was at my back so I was feeling pretty good.  I was keeping a 15-16 mph avg. pace.  I pulled out my phone and saw on Google Maps that I wasn't far from Ohio, so I went for it.
Around the 14 mile mark I hit something on the side of the road.  It sounded like a piece of steel or something.  I figured if my tire went flat, my bike would come to a stop, so I just kept riding, hoping they would stay inflated.
I made it to Ohio in just over an hour.  I took a 10 minute break, ate my granola bars, drank some water, hopped back on the bike and headed north.
I noticed right away the wind was against me.  I realized then how I rode so fast for 16 miles.
The ride home was rough.  It was difficult to hold a fast pace with the wind against me.  A few times the road was curvy, I was able to pick up speed but other than that, I slowed down quite a bit.
On the final mile home, I glanced down and noticed my rear tire looked low.  The bike was riding fine though, at least it seemed like it was.
I made it home. I was pretty exhausted, and despite drinking water the whole time, I felt dehydrated.
The first thing I did was hop off the bike and check the the rear tire.  It was completely flat.  I was puzzled, because the bike was riding pretty solid, I had no clue it was flat.  I am hoping I didn't ride on it for too long flat like that, but everything seems to be ok, just a flat rear tire.

Anyhow, for my first long ride it was decent.  Cars were good to me, I saw quite a few other bikers out, tons of stinky road kill and I think I got a little sun.   Before my next long solo trip, I'm going to purchase some more gear ...  a tire kit and pump is next on the list!

Total ride: 32.87 miles

Here's a map of the route:


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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

40th Anniversary Pale Ale


A few years ago, I was on a brewing schedule where I'd brew 5-10 gallons every 2 weeks. I was constantly rotating taps, and having friends over to sample the beers regularly (obviously pre-kids days).  I've slowed down considerably, but haven't lost the touch.  Getting things organized was the toughest part, but after I started the process went as easy as ever.

I brewed this beer for my buddy +A J Ski's 40th bday bash.  I actually bumped it up to a 10 gallons, taking 5 with me to the party, and keeping 5 on tap at home.  I'm glad I did that, because it turned out pretty good.

Everything was spot on for a Pale Ale style,  except for the IBU's.  I went a little over on that, 52 IBU's, a Pale calls for a 30-45 range. So, I suppose it's not technically a Pale, but close enough.
The grains are kind of a mix of recipes I found online, and some things I had on hand.  I added the 120 more or less to give it a little bit of color.

40th Anniversary Pale Ale

Grain:
• 
US 2-Row Malt - 20lb 0oz
• US Caramel 40L Malt - 1lb 0oz
•  US White Wheat Malt - 1lb 0oz
•  German Caramel Pils - 10.00 oz
•  US Vienna Malt - 10.00 oz US Caramel
• 120L Malt - 6.00 oz

Hops: 
 • US Columbus(Tomahawk) - 1.50 oz - 60 Min From End
 • Citra - 1.00 oz - 15 Min From End
 • Citra - 2.00 oz - 5 Min From End
 • Citra - 2.00 oz - Dry-Hopped

Yeast: 
• Wyeast 1056-American Ale