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Love Mountain Biking? Read These Websites Before Hitting the Trails!

June 24, 2014 by  
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Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or you're just starting to learn the sport, there are a number of tips and tricks to keep mountain bikers of all skill levels safe, happy, and having fun. Here are some of the best mountain biking websites from all around the web.

IMBA
The IMBA, or International Mountain Biking Association, offers helpful resources for mountain bikers on their easy-to-navigate website. Here, you’ll find news about the organization and mountain biking initiatives across the country, including fun IMBA events in your area.

MPORA Mountain Biking
You see some pretty incredible scenes while mountain biking, and the MPORA website features stories and photography showcasing some of the very best of these amazing rides. Explore affordable trails around the world, watch videos of some of the most impressive mountain biking stunts, and read up on helpful advice for your next ride all on this one stunning website.

MTBR
If you’re looking for a site to help you choose a new bike or purchase parts for your existing one, MTBR is a great choice. This website, which stands for Mountain Bike Review, offers an ever-changing collection of gear reviews, articles about the latest bikes, and even forums where you can discuss your mountain bike with fellow riders.

8 Artichoke Recipes for Any Meal of the Day

May 27, 2014 by  
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With its layered texture and mild, versatile taste, the artichoke is a unique vegetable that goes in just about anything. We’ve seen a resurgence of artichoke popularity over the past couple of years, with restaurants offering it in everything from soups to salads to breakfast dishes.

Whether you’re already familiar with preparing artichokes for cooking or you want to learn how to eat this tasty veggie, these eight recipes offer something for home chefs of all skill levels.

Raw Artichoke Salad with Parmesan and Mint [Saveur]

Artichoke and Arugula Pizza with Prosciutto [Cooking Light]

Artichoke Bruschetta [All Recipes]

Cream of Artichoke Soup [Saveur]

Garlic and Crab Artichoke Dip [All Recipes]

Fettuccine with Artichokes and Chicken [Saveur]

Artichoke and Fennel Caponata [Cooking Light]

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna [All Recipes]

Want to Learn to Code? Try These Tutorials for Python and Ruby

April 22, 2014 by  
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Want to learn to write and run programs on your computer? Even if it may seem daunting, it's easy to get started. Helpful coders have developed fun online tutorials to help even beginners learn to program.

Programming languages vary in complexity, and two of the best languages for beginners are Python and Ruby. These languages each have simple to follow syntax, yet they're also powerful enough to form the basis of large scale software applications like Google and Twitter. If you're interested in learning some basic programming, here are some useful online tutorials:

Learn Python
Learn Python gathers a series of lessons together with an in-browser development environment, so you can begin writing programs without having to search for your computer's terminal command line. The course starts with basics like creating variables, loops, strings, and functions, and moves on to move complicated topics like classes, objects, regular expressions, and debugging. (If those terms don't mean anything to you yet, don't worry: Learn Python will explain them.)

Try Ruby
Like Learn Python, Try Ruby is an online tutorial that lets you write and run programs right in your browser. The course begins with simple lessons to teach you how to write Ruby programs that do math and manipulate text strings, then moves on to more complex topics like creating loops and designing programs.

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Find Fresh Local Produce with a CSA Share

March 25, 2014 by  
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CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a community of individuals who monetarily support a local farm in exchange for fresh, seasonal produce and goods throughout the growing season. CSAs are wonderful ways to support local farmers and to ensure that you and your family eat locally grown vegetables. These sites can help you find a nearby CSA:

National Agricultural Library
The National Agricultural Library of the USDA offers a complete guide to CSAs on its websites. Here you’ll find information about how CSAs work, explanations of where food comes from, and educational literature about farming and agriculture. The site also offers a list of websites that can help you locate a CSA in any area across the country.

Local Harvest
The Local Harvest website offers informative tips and frequently asked questions to help visitors make informed decisions about becoming CSA members. It also features a map of CSA farms across the country, with a space to search by your own state or zip code.

Farm Locator
Not only does Farm Locator connect visitors with CSAs, it also connects farmers with other farmers, farmers to local businesses, and businesses to buyers to help improve the exchange of produce and goods from all sides. The detailed search option even allows you to browse the site by product, type of market, or area to find local farms.

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Get More Active With These Tips from Fitness.gov

February 25, 2014 by  
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Getting enough physical activity may seem like a chore, but it becomes much less daunting when you build it into your every day routine.

These fun tips from Fitness.gov will show you how to meet the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity every day, without making fitness feel like hard work!

  • Incorporate physical activity into something you already do. If you take the bus to work, make it a goal to walk to the bus stop every morning. Or, instead of using a riding lawn mower, resolve to use a push mower instead.
  • Replace your afternoon coffee break with an outdoor walk. It has the same stimulating effects as caffeine, and it helps to burn calories.
  • Include your family or friends. Some people need encouragement from others to stick to a workout schedule, and it makes working out a lot more fun.

Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any fitness plan!

For more tips for staying active, visit Fitness.gov.

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2 Culinary Podcasts Made Just for Foodies

February 25, 2014 by  
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You love to cook, and even when you’re not in the kitchen, you’re always planning your next big dish. If you’re an avid home chef who always wants to learn more about the world of food, these amazing podcasts will teach you the latest cooking news even when you’re on the go.

The Sporkful
Equal parts informative and off-the-wall, The Sporkful is a fun podcast that discusses various aspects surrounding the culture of food. From the proper way to eat a slice of pizza to how to make pretzel-encrusted chicken nuggets, The Sporkful is so ridiculous that it’s actually quite brilliant. Boasting the tagline, "It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters," this is a show for food enthusiasts, by food enthusiasts.

The Splendid Table
If your food interests are a bit more sophisticated, The Splendid Table podcast might be right up your alley. Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper, acclaimed food writer and cooking teacher, discusses food from around the world, the science behind cooking, the history of staple ingredients, and the way food brings people together in this vibrant, inspiring show. The Splendid Table also features special guests in culinary professions, including the late Julia Child, The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan, and chef Mario Batali. 

Happy Presidents’ Day

February 17, 2014 by  
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Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2014 by  
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Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

February 11, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup small-curd cottage cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, plus more for topping
4 frozen waffles (untoasted)
1 to 2 tablespoons jam (any flavor)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more if needed
Ground cinnamon, for topping

Directions:
-Mix the cream cheese, cottage cheese and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Spread 2 waffles with the jam, then top with the cream cheese mixture; cover with the remaining 2 waffles.

-Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan if needed. (Adjust the heat if the waffles are browning too quickly.)

-Let the sandwiches rest 1 minute before serving. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon.

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

February 8, 2014 by  
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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large bananas, mashed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Instructions:
In a large mixing bowl, beat honey, agave nectar, egg, vanilla, and banana until blended. Add flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and yogurt. Beat for 1-2 minutes until fully combined. Fold in chocolate morsels.

Grease cupcake tin with nonstick baking spray. Spoon batter into each tin (about 1/4 cup). Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 18-20 minutes. For mini muffins, bake 11-13 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for later use. ENJOY.
**For mini muffins, recipe makes about 36 muffins.

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