International Female Ride Day Rides Around the World for the 5th Year on Friday 6 May!

Ladies, we want to know how you feel about International Female Ride day?  We have heard lots of you claim “why do we need a separate female ride day?”  Do you feel this keeps women  separated from riders in general, do you want to be considered a “rider” or a “female rider”? Do you even care? Tell us how you feel about it….
This year International Female Ride Day celebrates its fifth year of women riders getting on their motorcycles to JUST RIDE. With four years of history bringing awareness for women riders, the force created and expected for the fifth year of this globally synchronized action will be nothing less than phenomenal! More women, and more countries are including themselves in the campaign and those already participating are bumping up the game plan with expanded actions for Friday May 6th.
Countless women riders participate year after year delighting in their role to “just ride” on International Female Ride Day. For them, this annual occasion is unlike any other motorcycle event and has become the activity “not to be missed” in women riders’ agendas. “The growth and dedication each year of proud and enthusiastic participants who have supported the concept from the get-go, is wonderful.
International FEMALE RIDE DAY “fever” significantly magnifies each year and 2011 expects to host and welcome more riders and participants than in year’s prior. Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar, Denmark and Russia as well as other countries will again be contributing to the campaign in compelling numbers. In 2010, International Female Ride Day was recognized by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

Ready to get Serious about Reaching your Weight Goals?

How many of you have no problem putting in the hours at the gym, or going out on your own and getting a work-out in? Most of us can handle that part, it’s the eating right thing that can screw it all up…..  Well Garage-Girls is so excited about this new website that is totally FREE and an easy, did we mention easy  to use to keep your eating habits in check.  Everyone knows the simple equation; burn more calories than consumed and your on the path to weight loss. This math equation is so simple a 1st grader could do it…. So why do we have such a hard time with it?
Easy, because we don’t realize what we are putting into our mouths each day.   MyFitnesspal is going to change all that for you.  MyFitnessPal is a health and fitness community with easy to use tools to track your nutritional intake and exercise levels. The active community offers much needed motivation and support and best of all it’s 100% free.
We encourage you to log onto sign up and get to work.  You will create your profile asking you your age, weight and desired weight, with that information it is going to create a set target goal of calories you should be consuming daily to reach your goal. You will enter in how much exercise you did and what you ate for the day, the site will automatically do the math letting you know how many calories you have left to consume for the day.  Let me tell you when you have 6 calories left at the end of the day your thoughts of wanting that late night snack just completely disappear because you won’t want to go over your goal! It’s basically like weight watchers, but it’s FREE.  So go get on there and give us your thoughts on it, let us know if it’s helping you reach your goals! Send in your stories to

The Legendary Buffalo Chip “30 Years Strong – Sturgis Buffalo  Chip ” Bike Give-Away during the 71st annual Sturgis Rally.

In Order to Thank Customers, Past and Present The Buffalo  Chip is doing a Bike Give-Away during the 71st annual Sturgis Rally.
Known as the largest music festival in motorcycling, the Legendary Buffalo Chip has teamed up with GEICO for a special “30 Years Strong – Sturgis Buffalo Chip” bike give-away during this year’s 71st annual Sturgis Rally.  Ever since the first riders rode through its “Welcome Home Bikers” gates, The Chip has enjoyed a hard-riding love affair with motorcyclists from around the world.
Victory Motorcycles, another one of The Chip’s official sponsors, provided one of their classic, Kingpin 8-Ball cruisers for renowned builders Klock Werks Kustom Cycle from Mitchell, SD to customize for the giveaway.  The owners of Klock Werks, Brain and Laura Klock (one of our own Garage-Girls) saw the potential for their daughters Erika and Karlee to design, build and fabricate a mini-bagger with help from parts sponsors Bassani Exhaust, Gearwrench, Interstate Batteries and Sportech.     The finished motorcycle will encompass the Legendary Buffalo Chip’s annual celebration of music, motorcycles, freedom and camaraderie.
Fans of the Legendary Buffalo Chip can register to win the Klock Werks customized Victory Kingpin by following this link to the Buffalo Chip’s official website and filling out a contest form.   One lucky winner will be chosen from a group of finalists live on The Chip’s main stage Friday, August 12th to highlight the Sturgis Rally activities.
“GEICO is thrilled to be celebrating 30 Years Strong with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip,” says Kelly Arsenault, GEICO marketing.  “The Buffalo Chip is the most iconic entertainment venue and travel destination of its kind. We can’t wait to celebrate with the best fans of the Sturgis Rally!”
“It’s humbling to think about all the riders that have made the Legendary Buffalo Chip their home-away-from-home while attending the Sturgis Rally over the last 30 years,” says Rod Woodruff, The Chip’s owner.  “Every year, we strive to make the party bigger and better and our extended family continues to grow.  We have the most passionate and loyal motorcycle riders in the world and this special promotion is a way not only to celebrate 30 years strong in Sturgis, but the fact that we’re just getting started.”
The Legendary Buffalo Chip has been offering its guests a true Sturgis motorcycling experience for 30 years.  It’s going to be one rowdy, high-caliber good time with headliners like Alice Cooper, Pop Evil, Bachman & Turner, Styx,  Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Poison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tesla, George Thorogood, Leon Russell, Jeff Bridges and Friends. Don’t miss it!  Visit now and make your reservations for the 71st annual Sturgis Rally at “The Best Party Anywhere!


8 month old tabby domestic shorthair
Little Lovey is a short-haired brown tabby who was brought to Animal Friends as a stray with his brother Thomas. Brothers and condo-mates, Little Lovey and Thomas would like to be adopted into a forever home, together. Little Lovey is shy, yet interested, watching passers-by attentively. Although he is shy at first, eventually Little Lovey becomes familiar with his surroundings and admirers and is a friendly, lovable, and affectionate lap-cat. The best way into Little Lovey’s heart is to play. His favorite toys are feather teasers and mice.

Little Lovey is neutered, up-to-date on shots, and micro-chipped. Come to Animal Friends to meet Little Lovey and his brother Thomas.

carrot bread with cream cheese icing

The perfect Easter Morning Breakfast Bread!
•2  cups  all-purpose flour
•2/3  cup  packed brown sugar
•2  tsp.  baking powder
•1  tsp.  ground cinnamon
•1/2  tsp.  ground cardamom or nutmeg
•1/4  tsp.  baking soda
•1/4  tsp.  salt
•2  cups  shredded carrot
•2    beaten eggs
•2/3  cup  milk
•1/3  cup  canola oil
•1  recipe  Cream Cheese Icing, recipe below
•1  recipe  Candied Carrots, recipe below
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan or three 4-3/4×2-1/2×2-inch loaf pan; set aside.
2. In a bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, soda and salt. In another bowl combine carrot, eggs, milk, and oil; add to dry ingredients stirring just until moistened.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Bake for 55 to 60 for the 8×4-loaf pan or 30 to 35 minutes for the large loaf pan or 30 to 35 minutes for the small loaf pans or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (check the loaf 10 to 15 minutes before the end of baking time. If it is browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil). Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove and cool completely on a rack. Wrap in foil; store overnight before slicing. Store up to 3 days at room temperature or freeze up to 3 months. Glaze with Cream Cheese Icing and top with Candied Carrots just before serving. Makes 16 servings.
Cream Cheese Icing: Whisk together 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and a little milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) until smooth and glazelike. Drizzle over Carrot Bread.
Candied Carrots: In a skillet melt 2 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add 1 cup shaved carrots and 2 to 3 Tbsp. honey. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until carrots are glazed and tender. Spread on paper towel or waxed paper to cool.
nutrition facts
•Servings Per Recipe 16 servings Calories 205, Total Fat (g)7, Saturated Fat (g)2, Monounsaturated Fat (g)4, Polyunsaturated Fat (g)2, Cholesterol (mg)33, Sodium (mg)148, Carbohydrate (g)32, Total Sugar (g)18, Fiber (g)1, Protein (g)3, Vitamin C (DV%)2, Calcium (DV%)8, Iron (DV%)6, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Ultimate Biker Makeover; Win A set of Shocks from Progressive Suspension!

How would you like to score a new set of Shocks?  We know we would!!  Send in your submission of why your deserving of an Ultimate Biker Makeover and the shocks could be yours along with TONS of other gear/parts!
Grand Prize Winner of the Ultimate Biker Makeover will be getting hooked up with a new set of shocks from the industry leader, Progressive Suspension.
Progressive Suspension is a leader in not only suspension, but other areas such as motorcycle accessories and repair tools. Progressive Suspension is now the largest aftermarket motorcycle suspension manufacturer in the United States as well as being a supplier of suspension components to domestic OE customers such as American IronHorse, Bourget’s Bike Works, Motor Trike, American Performance Cycle, California Sidecar, and many others. Progressive builds suspension products for everything from on road motorcycles and sport quads to trikes, UTVs and trailer.


2 year, four month old domestic shorthair
Hi! I’m Tidbit! I was homeless and am grateful for the kind person who found me and brought me and my kittens to Animal Friends. I was so happy my babies went to good homes – now it’s my turn.

I am playful, alert, tidy, and a good girl. I love cats! Maybe you have one or two cats who need a sweet companion. I am very loving, kind, gentle and patient with other cats.

Now people on the other hand – it’s a different story. I grew up on the streets and I never knew what it was like to be held or even touched. As much as I enjoy being around people, I am very afraid to be touched.

If you are looking for a low-maintenance cat who will be your current kitty’s best friend – and hopefully yours – then let’s start our new life together. Come meet me at Animal Friends!