Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bike Ride and Dinner Blogging

So I haven't wrote a blog in a long time and have decided to pick up my blogging again. Being out of a job and Jess being at school all day gives me tons of time around the house. The first week Jess went back I deep cleaned the whole house, floors and up. It was nice being home and there being absolutely nothing that needs to be done. Upkeep is easy and doing a few dishes a day is much easier than doing them every few days like we were! After all of the cleaning is done I have found myself reading several cookbooks and cooking blogs. One of my favorite cooks and cookbook authors is Alton Brown. He makes everything so easy and everything I've made from his books has been delicious! One of the blogs I follow the most is called the Brown Eyed Baker. She makes a lot of deserts, which are my favorite things to make, and she is pretty famous because of her "cake balls" (basically a whole pan of cake crumbled up and mixed with frosting then rolled into little bite size balls). She decorates the cake balls for different holidays making snowmen, Santa Clauses, and even mickey mouse cake balls!

Tonight I made Eggplant Parmesan for dinner, from a recipe in the Alton Brown "Cooking" cookbook. It took me about an hour total to prepare the eggplant and cook the meal, most of the time was in flouring and dredging the eggplant slices, but it was well worth it. Jess says that my eggplant was better than Buca Di Beppo's by a long shot!

Below is about my bike ride this last Saturday, so if you're not that interested in hearing about it there isn't anything else but that below this remark. The story is pretty good though!

So this last Saturday I went with Jess to Sac Fit and went for a bike ride during her run. I started out a little too fast, as usual but slowed myself down a bit and felt good a mile or so out. I rode away from William Pond Park towards Discovery park, a much flatter trail than the opposite direction up towards Folsom. I stopped at the three-way stop, where discovery park is one way, midtown one way, and back the way I came the other. So I decided to turn back as that was 11 miles out, which would make my ride 22 when I got back. This is where the ride got interesting... About a mile on the way back I saw a guy ahead of me with long greyish white hair, wearing a full length grey robe. As I got closer I noticed he was wearing really old looking Brown leather sandals and carrying a rolled up large piece of white paper. As I passed him i looked back and he had a mustache and short beard to go with the hair. I contemplated this person for the next few miles... Did I just see Jesus on the bike trail? Does he like to go for walks on the American River at 8:30 on Saturdays... Anyone want some kind of divine intervention or healing should check out the bike trail early on Saturday mornings... Once I got back from my ride I thought that I should start a religion and have people gather at the now holy ground that is the bike trail... But I digress. A few miles down the trail Ahead of me was a guy carrying a pole with a spear end on it... A little closer I realized it was a flag pole, and about twenty army soldiers were following right behind him... Jesus and a army platoon on the bike trail... Now I was contemplating some form of Holy War. At the Guy West Bridge I stopped and took a brief rest on one of the benches. While sitting there I had my head down looking at my phone in my lap, playing a little Sudoku while resting. A man walking on the trail asked me if I was ok as he walked by and I looked up and said yea. He then held up a small square metal sign towards me he had around his next, with a depiction of Jesus holding up the cross on a green background... I just repeated that I was fine and he smiled and kept walking. Man was he going to be surprised when he ran into Jesus in a few miles. I got on my bike and rode the rest of the way without any other strange incidents. My total mileage was 22 miles, and I calculated the total mileage on my bike since I bought it as roughly 340 miles!

Sorry for the long blog, but Stay tuned for more baking and cooking blogs a little more frequently than my last blogs!

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