Car Crumb Explosion

Healthy Travel Food You’ve seen it. You look over the back of the driver’s seat and the floor is covered in day old or month old bread crumbs. Compliments of that piece of bread your 2-year-old just had to have on the way to the library. Next to that is a soggy carrot stick, bendable from sitting in a car kept in the sun-beat driveway. No idea when that one escaped. There’s a fruit leather wrapper, super sticky and inside out, plastered onto the cup holder in the back row. Then deep in the buckles are the unmentionables. You stick your fingers down there, trying to loosen the crumbs so when you vacuum, it can actually suck them up. You might knock off a blueberry that had tried to congeal to the side of the buckle and pull out no less than 15 almonds. Moving inward, you start to tackle the car seats. One of them has a permanent rattle to it. Once upon a time, you thought that giving the children pistachios with shells was a good idea. For the car, not so much. The shells were put in the booster cup holder, cup holder closed, booster turned upside down, and shells stuck for eternity. And the sand? Thanks to a beach trip with a lack of rinsing water, you brush the car fabric and it expels sand clouds for your enjoyment. Gum. I’m not even going there…. 

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Peanut Butter Granola Bar Bites

Granola Bar Bites

I’m super excited to tell you I ran over 22 miles last week! The breakdown was 3 6-milers and 1 just over 4 miles. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to run this much (thank you knees and ankle). But I’m feeling great now and loving it!

This morning I ran 5 miles at an avg. 8:25 min/mile pace. Faster than last week. Yea! I have a friend running the Uberthon Oregon Marathon and I think I might do the Half. That would give me about 9 1/2 weeks until race day and I totally think I could do it. I’ve run a half before about 4 years ago. I can’t believe it’s taken this long to get back into running so much…. 

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Peanut Butter Date Bars with Mini Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Date Bars

When I sit down to watch “So You Think You Can Dance,” I often need a treat. So I stand back up and make some peanut butter date bars. Because they are always good.

That’s usually how a tv/movie night goes in our house. Tyler and I sit down together and then I decide that the kitchen is clean and we’re feeling snacky…so I had better make something good right then. A clean kitchen talks to me…. 

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Turmeric Split Pea Hummus and Banana Raita

Turmeric Split Pea Hummus and Banana Raita

Listening to John Mayer’s new song Wildfire right now, inspired by my home state…go Montana!

Have you guessed yet that I love hummus? I’ve made so many versions and it disappears very quickly around here.

When I saw a recipe for flatbread stuffed with this split pea hummus, I couldn’t help but make it. Just so tantalizing! However, in the making of the recipe from Michael Natkin, blogger and author at herbivoracious, the stuffing part didn’t turn out so well. I have no idea how he made that work for his recipe. We did an alternate way and loved it even more…. 

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Candied Walnuts and Chickpea Green Salad

Green Salad with Candied Walnuts and Craisins

For the 4th of July we invited a couple families to join us for dinner and early fireworks. It was thrown together quickly, literally the day of, and yet came together great. We had everyone bring their own meat, we grilled our veggie burgers, and we all shared sides and/or desserts.

The night was a lot of fun and everyone loved this salad. Some had hoped I’d make a tasty healthy-for-you salad to represent the veggie lovers…. 

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Gluten-Free Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

GF V Banana BP Chocolate Chip Cookies

First off, this isn’t my recipe. But it was dang good!

My go-to cookie recipe has been walnut based, but I think I’m slightly allergic to consuming that many walnuts, so this is a great alternative. And I like the flavor better anyway. I think the kids still like the walnut oatmeal chocolate chip cookies better, but I’m 100% sold on these…. 

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