“Reading Bikes” (Recipe: Garlic Bubble Loaf)

Elementary School Replaces Desks With “Reading Bikes” And Student Test Scores Skyrocket

Did you all see this article??

Bob, my sports massage therapist, showed me this article, and I think this is the coolest thing ever.  I just LOVE the idea.  I sent it around to my program at work and one of my co-workers said she sent it to 2 or 3 of her librarian friends to make sure they knew about this.

Basically, five years ago an elementary school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina filled an entire classroom with donated exercise bikes and began their “Read and Ride” program. Students get exercise while reading!!  How fabulous is that?? AND many teachers at the school use time on the bike as a reward.

As the article says, studies show that sitting for extended periods of time has a direct (and negative) effect on a person’s health. When tested in classes, students using standing desks burned more calories, had an increase in energy, gained a longer attention span and were more concentrated.

This elementary school found that their students who spent more time in the Read and Ride program achieved 83% proficiency in reading while students who spent the least amount of time in the program had significantly lower scores with only 41% proficiency.

The program has spread to 30 other schools in the country in five years!  It needs to keep expanding!

And cute pictures of the girlies! (Envy got to eat the last of the sour cream out of the container…shhh, don’t tell Callie!)

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2 years ago: Callie AKA The Counter-Surfer (Recipe: Strawberry Gooey Butter Cookies)

Quote of the Day:

“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race; it’s to test the limits of the human heart.”     -Bill Bowerman

I have been trying different savory breads lately in an attempt to bake less sweet stuff.  Yeah, that isn’t quite working, but at least I’m trying some non-sweet recipes for you all!  I tried this Garlic Bubble Loaf the other day (I’ve had the recipe saved since April 2014–hey at least I baked it within a year!).  I think I baked it for a tad too long.  It was good when it came right out of the oven, but it was not nearly as good the day after.  And when you live by yourself, you usually like loaves of bread to last longer than 1-2 days.

Garlic Bubble Loaf

Garlic Bubble Loaf


– 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

– 1/4 cup warm water

– 2 cups warm milk

– 2 tablespoons sugar

– 1 tablespoon shortening

– 2 teaspoons salt

– 6 1/4 to 6 1/2 cups AP flour

– 1/2 cup butter, melted

– 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

– 2 teaspoons garlic powder


– In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth.

– Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn out on a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

– Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into fourths. Divide each portion into 12 pieces.

– In a shallow bowl, combine the butter, parsley and garlic powder. Shape each piece into a ball; dip in the butter mixture. Place in two grease 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Pour any remaining butter mixture over dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

– Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 2 loaves.

Courtesy of Taste of Home

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