Friday, August 29, 2008

Golden Eagle Bike Engine - Journey 062608 Motorized Bicycle

This guy has gotten the bike engine I want: a golden eagle!
It sure looks fun to drive- and, think of the fitness benefits... assisted pedaling, and LOTS of time to pull over and do push ups!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Love song to a new/old John Deere Tractor!

Here is the piece de resistance of john deere tractor love...

I wanted to post it for you all to enjoy.

I filmed it when I first bought my John Deere a few years ago.

Here is the word on tractors:

If you are moving to an "acreage", you need what they call in the industry an "estate tractor".

Don't be like me, starting out on an el cheapo "Markmaster" tractor...

Your life will be a living hell, if you get one of these cheap, mass-produced "lawn tractors"- trust me!!

Let's say you're beyond that:

"I believe I'll get a John Deere (or Cub Cadet, or Simplicity, Ariens, Sabre, or any other department store LAWN tractor)- if it's a major brand, I'll be fine!"

Wrongo. Too small, too wimpy, too underpowered, too WEAK.

"OK" you say. "I'll go the MAJOR route, and get a big, expensive, major-sized garden tractor!!

Then, I can use the PTO, and run other attachments, and do all I need to do on my multi-acre estate.

I beg to differ even here: lawn tractors are expensive, and seem like they would do whatever you would want. But they won't.

You, my friend, need a CUT! (WHAT?)

A Compact Utility Tractor- C_U_T! As the Lion would say in the Wizard of Oz- "What've they got that I ain't got??"- (besides courage?? and they have that, too!)

Bigger frame (your wife will say it's too big, and so will your neighbors. They're all wrong. It's perfect).

Very much heavy duty throughout: this translates to a really, really long life!

MUCH more torque (power)!! This is key- Diesel = happy tractor driver.

You don't need a lot of horsepower with diesel. 15 hp diesel more than equals 30 hp in gas. And the power is all in the low end, where you actually need it!

(And diesel engines will last almost forever!)

You can add attachments- rakes, front end loaders, front blades, snowblowers, rear blades, the list goes on and on... and they are category 1 attachments via the 3 point hitch. Garden tractors, use the 0 level attachments, which means they are about the strength level of Christmas tree tinsel...

AND, 20 years from now, you can SELL YOUR TRACTOR and get a BIGGER one!!

You would have gone through about 10 lawn tractors by then, and have NOTHING.

What does this have to do with "health and fitness", you ask? It's all about the proper tool for the task- you wouldn't ask your grandmother to lift a boulder in your yard, would you? Well, think of a lawn or garden tractor as your grandmother. And, your CUT is Bruce Lee/Arnold Schwarzzenegger! Think of it: you can cut your lawn, no sweat whatsoever, and then say:

"I'll be back!!"

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pizza Bianca recipe and video- John Deere Grill!

Here is a great recipe, as featured in Cooke's Illustrated magazine this month. I guarantee you will like the results you will get, and the versatility afforded by using variations of this dough recipe:

You can grill it in a pan (thicker crust), directly on the grill (make these really thin), or in the oven during the long Winter months.

This is the first time I used this recipe- it turned out great!!

Here is the ingredient list:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 2/3 cup room temperature water
1 1/4 tsp. table salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/4 tsp sugar
5 T. virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Kosher salt
2 T. whole fresh rosemary leaves, optional

You need a stand mixer for this recipe- don't argue, it's just too wet of a dough to knead by hand.

You need a Kitchenaid mixer anyway, if you want to attend Deere J's kitchen and how- to classes- just get one!! NOW!

Mix the above ingredients together, reserving the sugar and yeast for last: sprinkle them on top.

Mix on low to medium for about 10 minutes.

Smear a large bowl with olive oil. Go ahead and use your fingers- it's fun! Then, dump the dough into the oily bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.

Let rise for 2 1/2 hours. Go to Church- it will be ready when you return!

Pour the dough from the bowl into a jelly roll pan, or else try a cookie sheet, or else make into small, thin pizzas and grill them directly on the charcoal grill... having trouble lighting that grill? See my other video...
And, if you have one of those worthless gas grills, sell it to buy that Kitchenaid!!

Then, using an oil-covered plastic spatula, spread the dough around the pan. (And also use your oily fingers.)
Now, top this oily, silky dough with:
1. Cheese
2. Thinly sliced Tomatoes
3. Peppers and caramelized onions
4. Italian seasoning
5. Whatever else your little, oily-handed heart desires

Put on your red-hot, CHARCOAL burning Weber, if in a pan for about 30 minutes.... much less for small, thin, directly on the grill pizzas.

Transfer to a cutting board, and use your rolling pizza slicer that you also bought with the proceeds from that gas grill...

All done! Then comes the best part of all..........EAT!!!!