Sunday, December 04, 2011

Cyclo-X - Snow Much Fun in the Cold!

While driving home from the cyclocross race on Saturday morning Ellie noticed a car with a bike on the rack. She remarked casually that she wondered why anyone would want to ride their bike in such snowy, cold weather, and then caught her self, "Oh wait, I just rode my bike in the snow. It was really fun." Then we both laughed quietly to ourselves. It was, after all, great cyclocross weather. Only the hardy show up to race.

She was sporting her brand new winter coat, an early Christmas present, and did not mind the cold.

She likes riding in the deeper snow. This race was a bit more like singletrack, so she had a few chances to ford through the fluffy, cold stuff.

Earlier in the season Davis borrowed Ethan's bike to see if he liked cyclocross. It turns out that it is not his kind of biking, but he is a great sport who helps his younger sister get prepared to race. He is a really nice young man. After the awards were given out we went back to their house. The kids watched a movie and I helped their mom move big stuff from their apartment.

We had been planning to spend the afternoon in Colorado Springs, but the road were too icy to chance it. In the afternoon the sun came out, making it a perfect winter day.

Here's what I am cooking up in the crock pot:

Honey Garlic Chicken
slightly adapted from More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow
Via: Taste and Tell Blog

serves 4

prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 3 to 4 hours, on high
6 to 8 hours, on low

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 garlic cloves, chopped or grated
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup honey
fresh basil, shredded, for garnish

Place the chicken in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, soy sauce, ketchup and honey. Pour over the chicken and cover.

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove chicken, place on a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Transfer the remaining sauce to a saucepan and reduce down over medium heat until desired consistency is reached. Serve over the chicken and garnish with fresh basil.

Serve over rice.

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