Simple Bike Shelf

Sep 21, 2010 by

I love this bike rack/shelf.  Its beautiful, extremely functional both as a bike rack and shelf and its so simple and elegant.

Designed for the small apartment or area where you don’t have a lot of room to store a bike this is a beautiful solution that also gives you more storage space for stuff on the shelf.  You can read more about it and order one here.


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How (NOT TO) make vegitable chips

Sep 21, 2010 by

So I’m addicted to those vegetable chips you can get from most health food stores.  The ones I get from Henry’s market can be found in those big bulk barrels and they are delicious and expensive.  They run 5-6 bucks a pound, but they are so tasty.   So I set out to make some of my own since I have a bunch of vegetables in the garden.  How hard could it be?

Well I did all the work of cleaning, peeling and slicing the vegetables real thin and set them out to dry per the various instructions I found in researching this idea.  This process left me with a beautiful counter full of veggies drying out and the realization that it was 9:45 at night and I would be up all night baking these things.

Well, they dried and then I baked them in many many batches and ended up with this.

and while they looked good for the most part they just didn’t turn out.  They were all soggy, minus a few crispy carrot slices.  I let them dry out further and even tried to re-bake a batch but alas it was not to be.   Its back to the drawing board to figure out how they make those delicious vegetable chips.  Perhaps I need a dehydrator.

If you know of a good (working) recipe for how to make some good veggie chips, let me know please.  You can reach me at ben (at) or you can leave a comment.


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Bruschetta is awesome…and easy to make

Sep 13, 2010 by


My tomatoes have attacked.   They are amassing in large numbers in my garden and there is no way to stop them.  I clearly planted WAY too many tomato plants, but hey, whats done is done, so lets eat them.

I love bruschetta and we were going to a party so I though it would be an easy side dish to bring and enjoy. 

You will need:

  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Bread

This is super easy so I’m going to go quick.


chop up tomatoes into little chunks.


Get a good bread knife like this…


and make your bread look like this…


get your garlic cloves ready to work


scrape garlic all over the bread and lay it out on a baking sheet like so.  Take the rest of the garlic and chop it up real good.


with your awesome tomatoes looking like this…


add in the garlic


and the chopped up basil


add olive oil


stir stir stir.  I also added a bit of white onion, but just a bit.


You are going to toast the bread in the oven until they are golden brown.

Remove from the oven, grab a spoon and toss a big scoop on the toast.   Then eat another one, because they are awesome.  Have someone near by to stop you from eating all of them.


If you have any good recipes involving tomatoes please send them my way.  My garden is still overflowing with them.

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THE best zucchini bread ever

Sep 5, 2010 by

IMG_1718 I hate wasting food.  I still do it sometimes, but I hate it.

So my wife bought a bunch of bananas the other day and they went bad quick!  I also had a HUGE zucchini in my garden that I had no way of cooking.

So I made bread.  Lots and lots of bread.  Any neighbors and co-workers are going to eat, lots and lots of bread.

For the zucchini bread, I had to break out momma Jane’s famous recipe.  This is THE best zucchini bread ever.  Just ask my neighbors and co-workers if you don’t believe me.  For the banana bread, I scoured the internet and found one I wanted to try.

Here’s the zucchini bread recipe…

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