Rolling with Libby

For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:
Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent
of three thousand miles per gallon.
~Bill Strickland


Bicycle GORP Push Pop


Yay! It’s time for Libby Hickson’s Tour de Craft, Libby’s annual craft homage to the Tour de France (the 21-stage, 3,660 km bicycle race). Joining Libby and her stamp-happy, bicycle-bonkers friends to honor the Tour makes me happy as a down hill racer!




Have you noticed the Tour riders grabbing snacks out of their sweaty back pockets in the middle of the race? I decided to go a little off the map with a look back to the snack of champions – GORP.

Bicycle Pillow Box


Remember GORP? It was popular in the 1970’s with hikers because it was lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious and, well, because powerbars weren’t on the scene yet. I used to pack GORP in my bike bag for quick fuel between food stops. That combination of salty and crunchy, sweet and chewy is just magical.



Although GORP is short for granola, oats, raisins, and peanuts, let’s be honest, granola and oats sounds like something you’d feed your horse. I make mine with nuts, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, pretzels, and most importantly, M&Ms.

Bicycle GORP Push Pops

The carbohydrates in the dried fruit give a quick energy boost while the fat and protein in the nuts provide sustained energy. The M&Ms are just tasty! And, like their ad says, M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your bike bag.

For giggles and grins (and, hey, maybe a fun party favor), I packed my GORP today in decorated pillow boxes and plastic push pop containers. They’re stinkin’ cute and yummy, right?

GORP Bicycle Push Pop


tips and techniques

I found these plastic push pop containers in a fun store in Austin, Texas: Make it Sweet. Just Google “push pop containers” to find a retailer or click on the link below. Filling, decorating and eating from them is just so much fun! For some other ideas for these containers here’s a great article from the fabulous Tip Junkie:  14 Amazing Push Pop Treats {recipes}.

What you put in your GORP is really just a matter of personal preference. Here are some ideas:

  • nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans
  • dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, banana chips
  • breakfast cereal: Chex, Grape Nuts, Cheerios, granola, rolled oats
  • seeds: pumpkin or pepita, sunflower, sesame
  • pretzels, popcorn, Goldfish crackers
  • shredded coconut
  • yogurt chips
  • M&Ms or other candy-coated chocolate that won’t melt in the sun

Besides the groceries of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and candy, here are the rest of the ingredients to my GORP tribute.

That’s all for me. Thank you, Libby, for letting me roll with you!


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Just keep on pedaling

Life is like riding a bicycle –
in order to keep your balance,
you must keep moving.  ~Albert Einstein

I’m freaky excited to be a guest at my sweet friend, Libby Hickson’s blog and to join her Tour de Craft. You already know Libby as one of our super über talented designers at Catered Crop, but you may not know what a huge fan she is of the Tour de France. To celebrate the 100th Tour, Libby’s gathered a few cycling, crafting crazies, you know, like me. Sign me up! – Anything for my Libby.

So many wonderful things in my life happened on a bike. And, I’m here to brag that I can out-ride Lance Armstrong.

Check it out. On Tuesday the Associated Press released this: “[Lance] Armstrong tells the Des Moines Register that he and staffers from his Austin, Texas-based bicycle shop will ride for ‘three or four days’ in RAGBRAI, an annual event sponsored by the newspaper that runs from the Missouri to Mississippi rivers.”


Well, shoot RAGBRAI isn’t a three or four day bike ride. It’s seven days, honey.

In 1980 my girlfriend Pat and I trained in hilly Southern Indiana and then joined 8,500 bicycle riders in RAGBRAI’s invasion of the small towns from the western border of Iowa to its eastern border. I admit (not to Lance, of course) I was a little nervous about that 100 mile day and the dreaded SAG wagon.


Thankfully, the wind was to our backs so all I had really had to do was just stay on my bike and pedal for the 100-mile day. Pat and I finished the rest of the seven-day, 500-some mile ride and lived to tell about it.


Really, Lance?  “Three or four days” in RAGBRAI – what a whimp!


Tips & Techniques

The bicycle stamp I used isn’t very race like. It’s more my style – I ride to just enjoy the scenery and friends. I used yellow in honor of the Tour’s prized jersey. Because they’re attached with brads, the wheels really do spin.

I used this wonderful new-to-me Zippers Die from Papertrey Ink.

Open Zipper Die

When someone pulls on the zipper, they’ll find this sentiment.

You can Do It

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

Finished size: 5-1/2″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: Stampin’ Up! retired Classic So Saffron Classic Ink and Cardstock. The vintage sequins were gifted to me by a friend. I colored some stock glitter brads with Copic Marker E49 to match the paper. I purchased the Papermania paper pack and ribbon at Stamp Salado, my favorite local scrapbook store between Dallas and Austin.

Best Route

In the spirit of full disclosure, RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) isn’t a competitive bicycle race. In 1980 one of the founders of the ride, John Karras, wrote: “It’s a Polish Wedding. It goes on for seven days with people eating, drinking, dancing, laughing, making love (I’m told), and generally having a good time. The reason it took me so long to figure it out is that I was distracted by all the bicycles.” He forgot to mention all the cookie and lemonade stands.

And, again, in the spirit of full disclosure, here’s what I looked like after staying on my bike for 100 miles.


Just keep pedaling.


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For the Boys Quickfire

Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I’d have to give it up.
~ Mae West

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It’s week two of our “For the Boys” challenge. That means it’s time to check in with you and our designers.

It’s Father’s Day today in the USA, which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate the boys and men in our lives. Show us your masculine side with this challenge.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, June 22.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments. (The InLinkz tool below will give you a blank to tell us which player’s site you visited and left some comment love.)
  • Check back with us on June 23 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

Manly Man Mosaic

If making masculine cards intimidates you, I have eight tips to help you man up here (just scroll down a bit).

Here are a few ideas I’ve curated in my Pinterest board: Manly Men. And, our fabulous designers and guest designers are here to share their masculine side. Just click on the pictures of their projects to visit their blogs.






Congratulations to our winners from our last challenge. We love having them as guest designers.



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