Loving: a new bike!

I finally upgraded from a hybrid bike to a road bike, and I’m so happy I did. I didn’t need a commuting bike anymore, I needed one for longer rides on paved trails, so it was time for a change. I didn’t need anything fancy, though, so I went with Trek’s least expensive model (I like to call it the “entry level” model), the 1.1.

Not only is it a pretty nice lookin’ bike, it’s much lighter than my hybrid, and helps me keep a little bit faster pace.

My neighbor’s dog, Titus, was not impressed. He pretty much always has the same expression, which says, “Why are you still here?”

Other reasons to smile today? Mike picked up these strawberries at the farmers market. Swoon.

Rhubarb lemonade

I sure hope you’re not sick of rhubarb yet, because I have one more recipe for you. A few years ago, when I was new to rhubarb, Mike made this lemonade recipe, and it was just fantastic. We’ve made it a few time since then, including last night when we spiked it with rum and took it to a party. I suggest you do the same, if you get a chance!

Rhubarb lemonade

8 stalks rhubarb, chopped
8 cups water
1 cup sugar (or more to taste)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Bring water and rhubarb to a boil in a big pot. Let it simmer for about half an hour, then turn of the pot and let it sit until cool. Strain out the rhubarb. Add lemon juice and sugar and stir to combine.

Serve over ice cubes with a sprig of fresh mint. You can also add carbonated water to make it fizzy.