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7 Tips for Better Home Grown Beets

Like kale, I think beets are long overdue for a primetime makeover. As a plant-based athlete, I love beets. Beets are a rich source of antioxidants, like vitamin C, carotenoids,and nitrate. Nitrate is a chemical naturally occurring in certain foods and is converted into nitric oxide when consumed. Beets can raise your nitrate oxide levels which studies have shown can increase blood flow and improve lung function. In short, beyond just being nutritious, they can make you a better athlete!

So they are tasty and a natural athletic supplement, but what about growing your own? Another reason to like beets. They are a quickly growing, fast-maturing and easy vegetable to grow in a home garden. They are fairly hardy in frost and cold tolerant and can be grown throughout the spring, summer, and fall in colder climates like New England.

So how do you grow better garden beets? Here are my top 7 home gardening tips for better beets. Continue Reading

Top 10 Posts from 2019

top 10 posts of 2019

I wrote fewer posts in 2019 (149 v. 123) versus the previous year but page visits and views both increased over 25% as older posts continued to perform well and some new content caught on. The drop in posts doesn’t mean I was writing less overall, just writing less on the blog. Turns out writing two books and blogging and doing all the associated indie author things takes up a lot of time. The blog has always been a personal hobby and I’ll continue to do it as long as it’s fun.

I started blogging (on and off) almost 15 years ago now and I like to think of this blog as a throwback to those early pre-blogger days where everyone’s site was sort of a distorted reflection of their personal interests. That’s still what I typically write about. Books, reading, baking, running, weekends with the kids. Turns out people mostly want help with cooking and recipes. Especially recipes from marathon-winning athletes. Continue Reading

Chilacates in Jamaica Plain

Chilacates on Centre St. in Jamaica Plain

I’m going to get this out of the way right off the bat. We are an Anna’s Taqueria Family and have been for more than 20 years. But we also really like Mexican food in just about all forms. Put it in a tortilla and I’ll likely eat it. As I’ve said before, lack of really good pizza and burritos in the suburbs where we live is the biggest food fail. I can make a very good pizza but haven’t really conquered recreating great Mexican street food at home. We are always on the lookout for a new burrito or taco place that is closer to home. Jamaica Plain isn’t all that much closer than some of the Anna’s locations but Chilacates was worth a try. Continue Reading

5 Simple & Effective Car Maintenance Tasks You Can Do Yourself

5 simple car maintenance tasks to do at home

I’m going to up front about this. I am not a car guy. If a vehicle gets me reliably where I need to go without smoke or strange noises, I’m good. I’m still driving the 2000 Ford Focus I bought right after college. However, I also like to learn new things and I’m a bit on the frugal side so I try do things myself if I can.

Here are XX simple things even a non-car guy (or gal) can do themselves to both save money, learn a new skill, and keep your vehicle well maintained.

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PEI Things to Do: Copper Bottom Brewery

Copper Bottom Brewery

One of the great things about revisiting a place on vacation is that you have the time, knowledge, and flexibility to explore new things and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. This happened to us on our most recent return trip to Prince Edward Island. 

We were googling around looking for nearby restaurants and stumbled on Copper Bottom Brewery in Montague which offered, in addition to a nice tap room, live fiddle music on Sunday and pizza and vinyl on Thursday. Yes, please! Continue Reading