Monthly Archives: October 2013

Holiday Cherry-Apple Pork Chops

We enjoyed these the other night and I wanted to pass it along. Here’s what you’ll need:

3 boneless loin pork chops (we got ours from Trader Joe’s).

2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.

2 Red Delicious apples (thinly sliced).

1/2 cup seedless cherries (sliced).

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

 1 orange


  1. Season pork chops to taste.
  2. Place the sliced apples and the sliced cherries in a small saucepan with juice squeezed from the orange. Sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice on top and cook over medium heat until soft.
  3. Heat a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil. Add seasoned pork chops and cook 2 minutes on each side, or until browned. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 minutes on each side or until done (our pork chops were over an inch thick. If yours are thinner, this time can probably be reduced to 6 minutes).
  4. When the pork chops are done, remove them from the pan and keep them warm, but do not drain the pan. Stir the apple-cherrie mixture into the saucepan over medium heat and stir them into the juices from the pork chops for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve with the apple-cherrie sauce spooned over the pork chops, along with your favorite sides and table wine. We enjoyed ours with spinach and green beans.


Combine apples, cherries, pumpkin spice, and orange juice and simmer until soft.


Cook pork chops for 2 minutes on each side. Cover and cook an additional 7 minutes per side.


Spoon the apple-cherrie mixture over the pork chops and serve with favorite sides and beverage.

Quick Fix Mount for iPhone 5

We bought two of these iPhone handlebar mounts and they arrived the other day, but it’s been so windy we haven’t had a chance to ride until now. In a previous post I mentioned the iPhone Ride Tracker app that we’ve been using to, we’ll, track our rides. With these mounts we have an easy way to listen to music or podcasts while we ride. No more phone in the pocket or phone in the basket.

These brackets come in two pieces that easily snap together. The handlebar clamp and the iPhone plate. The plate rotates 360 degrees and the handlebar clamp is adjustable, with a quick release tab. 

We bought these from Amazon (we buy almost everything there it seems). You can check them out by clicking [HERE].

 The only down side so far is that you have to remove your phone from is case. It won’t snap into the cradle with a case on it. That’s just a minor inconvenience. Here’s a couple of shots of them mounted on our bikes. These are going to be a sweet addition.

Top-Down view. Oh, and that’s my brides peace symbol bell.

You can adjust the bracket to a comfortable position for your ride.

Throwback Thursday #2

imageThis is a blast from the past! This picture of us was taken on a rock pier at Newport Beach California in 1975. We had been married about a year, give or take a couple of months. We lived in an apartment in Costa Mesa at the time. I looked pretty scary! I guess I was either asleep or blinking. I’ll go with blinking.

I loved this time of our lives! Everything was new and to have someone by my side rocked! It still does.

– Mike

Music Museum Mania

Katie and I spent a good part of the day Saturday at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. I didn’t even know this place existed until Katie found it and told me about it. We both like music and we both like most museums, so it seemed like the thing to do. The building is huge and there is a lot of walking involved. I’m glad I wore walking shoes. I almost wore flip-flops (you can’t call those “thongs” anymore without weird looks from everybody) which would have been a big boo-boo for my feeble ankles. Here’s a link to to it if you want to check it out.

 There are huge galleries full of instruments on display from almost every continent and nearly every country around the world. That was cool, but I have to admit that as a once upon a time rocker, I could easily have spent all my time in the North American gallery looking at the rocker displays.

There’s also a cafeteria style cafe inside if all the walking makes you hungry. It’s probably not very fair to rate the food based on one lunch but the burger and beer that I had were no more than 3 stars out of 5. I was surprised to see them serving alcohol, but the beer helped the burger go down. Here’s a small sampling of some of the displays we lingered around. 

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Ride Tracker

imageWe downloaded a new app for our iPhones called Ride Tracker. Now that the temps have dropped below 110 degrees here in southern Arizona, we are taking daily bike rides. This new app is good incentive to get off the couch and ride because of the stats it gives you. I don’t know about you, but I do better when I have a goal and can track my progress.

Ride Tracker gives all the details you could want, plus a satellite map of where your ride took you. It’s pretty sweet. The image to the left shows the stats screen. You can pull up your last ride, any ride you choose, or look at composite stats for the week, month, or all. Like I said, it’s pretty sweet. Right now, I just put the phone in my pocket while we ride, but I found some iPhone handlebar brackets on Amazon. They’ll be here on Tuesday, so I’ll have another reason to blog after I install them to let you know how they work.

imageHere’s a look at the map it gives you so you can see where you’ve been in case you forgot. 😉

And finally, here’s a peek at our almost-retro bikes. We love these 7-speed babies. I knew you were dying to see them!