Lettuce Turnip the Beet

Lettuce Turnip the Beet

This was one of those awesome times that I accidentally had the perfect shirt find. Don’t you love those?! This shirt is the perfect combo of fun, food, and a little sass. I love that my little guy knows what it says and tells lots of people whenever he wears it. Every time, people think it’s clever and I agree.

Graphic food shirts, yes please. I really think I need to get myself one. In case you are pining for this one, I found it at Crazy 8 and they still have some left.

There is actually a whole Etsy shop for shirts with the “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” graphic. The baseball T is looking good. Or maybe just the v-neck.

I want this “Lettuce be Happy” shirt in an adult size.

This “Hangry” shirt should probably be in all our closets. And when kids are hangry…watch out. Do your kids get crazy hangry like mine? It’s scary.

Because it’s totally random, this “Duck, Duck, Goose” shirt is kinda cool.

And because kale is so the thing right now…I know it annoys some people, but come-on, it’s way better than liver being the thing…“Thyme to raise some kale” shirt is looking pretty good.

Or these Kale shirts.

Or maybe these ones.

And still, maybe this one that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

We must like to eat because there sure are a lot of food shirts out there. Aahhh, choices. Happy food shirt day everyone!

Dynamo: Sierra

Dynamo: Sierra

THE BACK STORY:

Dynamo is a series of posts dedicated to showing real people, real power-houses, who inspire me and the people around them in their healthy living. They might not always think they do, but I believe that we each influence others more than we realize or recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and themselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that this and stories to follow can change our outlook, our dedication, and our perception of the people around us. Up next in the Dynamo community, I introduce Dynamo: Sierra.

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Dynamo: Sierra

Who are you?

I think in life and in general we are many things. We aren’t just one thing. With stereotypes we get categorized as one thing but we are so much more than that. I always think about when I was in high school and college and I was into soccer a lot, the only people who asked me out were people who I played soccer with. And I was like, “did they ask me out because I’m good at soccer, is that the only reason? I’m so much more than just a soccer player!” Now I think, like everyone else, there’s so many things that we all do and we’re so much more than just one thing.

You’re a swim coach right now, have you been a swim coach before?

I coached in college. Right after high school I moved to Logan, UT and I started coaching for the summer for a club, the Bronze team. I coached all through college. I also coached a year of high school swim team as the head coach after I got home from my mission.

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Who has influenced your active lifestyle?

There were lots of people along the way. My dad worked for the forest service and we always went on hikes and were outside and went camping. I remember starting to swim and my sister-in-law taught lessons to me. I was 4.

I think I’ve had some amazing women mentors in my life. Which is actually kinda rare in coaching, you just see more men in general in a lot of things. My sister-in-law Shari Skabelund coached me from the time that I knew her, my brother and her were married before I was born, so she’s been coaching forever. And at a higher level too.

And Yoland Bates who I went to coach with in Logan after high school, she coached club for a long long time and has been very successful. Her and my sister-in-law swam together at BYU and she is actually from Mexico. She was on the Mexico National Swim Team. She now coaches at BYU.

Having and seeing those people in those positions, it’s something that I took for granted. Looking through my eyes now, that’s actually a rarity in having those two very strong women that were close to me to observe…. 

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte Bars

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars

After running the Oregon Half Marathon two weeks ago, the watermelon at the end of the race tasted amazing. On top of that, they had a table full of snack-sized lara bars for everyone to take at will. I had several that I’d never tried before including: Sticky Bun and Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte Bars. Both were so good. I was expecting the sticky bun one to be too sweet, I mean really, it’s named like a cinnamon roll. It was surprisingly light and the cinnamon in it was perfect with the nuttiness. And the chocolate chips and cherries, yes please. I’ve been wanting to experiment with cherries in my date bars, so this pushed me over the edge. I had to make some up.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars

I’ve made these a couple times now and really like them. They are the perfect thing to wrap up in some parchment paper and deliver to friends. Like yesterday I took some to a friend for letting me throw a dresser in their large dumpster. (Thanks to an upcoming boy bedroom reveal and that it was simply falling apart). If you are going to make a double batch, make sure to make it in two batches so you don’t burn out your food processor. I might be saying this from experience. I had to dump some of mine out because I started to see smoke. No bueno. … 

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Smoothie Bowl Basics

Smoothie Bowl

Does anyone else have a growing pile of papers on their desk? I think it has something to do with school having started, feeling like I can’t cross off as many things on my list as I need to, and being a full-blown soccer mom for the next two months. Busy means happy for the kids though. They have a balance of school, down-time, homework, and extra activities – like most kids, they thrive on some routine. For me, all this means that I’m squeezing in food where I can. This is where knowing some smoothie bowl basics comes in handy.

This is simple people. If you are looking for something healthy, nutty, fruity, and filling = taaadaaa!! Here it is.

Here’s the super not complicated tricks to a smoothie bowl:
* make a smoothie
* pour it in a bowl
* top it with stuff
* eat it

When I make a smoothie, I like to make lots of it. I use some in that moment and pour the rest into cups that I stick in the freezer. These come in handy for my late night snacks, tomorrow’s breakfast, or maybe just 2nd breakfast. It makes a smoothie bowl even quicker if you have some prepared that you can just soften in the microwave (just make sure not to heat it, just soften).

I like to include fruit chunks in my bowl, mango and blueberries being my top choices. Banana slices will make their way there as well. I always keep frozen fruit on hand for this reason. Fresh peaches, pineapples, plums, nectarines, and kiwis would be great as well. Really, what fruit could make this go wrong? Is there any stinky ones? That would be gross. Don’t do those ones.

To give the crunch factor, I like to add sliced almonds and seeds.  I usually have sunflower and pumpkin seeds around, so that’s easy. For extra crunch, I like to add my granola or some grape nuts.

I often stop there, if it’s morning. But to be honest, if this is an evening snack there’s definitely going to be some mini chocolate chips thrown in there too.

I know I’ve talked about smoothie bowls before, but really, this is an underestimated meal/snack/get-in-my-belly-now food choice. So yah, here I am talking about it again. Cheers to green smoothies today and I hope you have a really good one!

Smoothie Bowl

And because I really believe in you and your amazingness…here’s a little reminder for the day:

magical person you are

(via my pinterest board quotes to live by)

Dynamo: Dixie

 

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THE BACK STORY: 
At the end of last summer my friends and I went to a nearby track to run intervals for an hour. We would get there at 6 am to run as quickly and efficiently as we could. The first time we went I was surprised to see an older woman running around the track. What was even more surprising was that she was there every time we went. I admired her dedication and drive but never talked to her.

It’s been a year and I am on the track again and she’s still there! I’ve thought of her when I’ve exercised. In her consistency, she’s discovered the key to longevity, her fountain of youth. She is a dynamo, a source of energy and inspiration for me. The daily effort we give makes up a whole life of worthy work. She is the perfect example. Last week, I decided I wanted to know her story.

I was running by myself and as I finished one of my speed laps, I ran up beside her. She was quite surprised to have me run along with her and we were both puffing from our efforts. I introduced myself and told her how amazing I thought she was and asked her if she’d be interested in allowing me to take some pictures of her and ask her a couple questions. “So long as it’s not too personal,” she said. I jumped at the chance and said I’d be there the next morning before she finished her run.

The following morning I arrived mid-run, took some pictures, and got ready to take notes. As she finished her run and wiped her brow, we walked a mile on the track together. Her name is Dixie, she’s a grandma, she’s a runner, and she’s been running the track every day for 35 years.

Dixie’s story is the first of a new theme for Carrot Bowl. I want to capture normal people who don’t even know they’re inspirational. I think every person inspires other people in ways they don’t understand or even want to recognize. That inspiration is empowering for others and themselves. I believe in the good of every person and I believe that this and stories to follow can change our outlook, our dedication, and our perception of the people around us.

Carrot Bowl is going to have a community of Dyanmos and Dixie is the beginning. With that, here’s my first Dynamo, my first power-house, I introduce Dynamo: Dixie.
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Can you tell me your story?

In October 1979 my sister and my sister-in-law and I decided to go walking. We went up to JB Thomas track and we decided to run a little ways and then walk, then run, then walk until we could work up. So we gradually worked up till we got to three miles, we could run three miles. In the meantime my sister, she gave up and then my sister-in-law gave up, and then it was just me! So then I worked up to five miles and this was ‘79. I went five miles for years and years and years until this last January/February my feet were hurting so bad that I started doing four miles and that seems to be better for my feet for some reason.

Have you always run on the track?

First is was JB Thomas, then we came over to the rubberized track because someone told us to try this one. I don’t have any knee problems or nothing, just the bottom of my feet.

How old are you?

I was born in 1940, so I’m 74…. 

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Southwestern Patties for a Quick Dinner

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I love summer for it’s spontaneity. We can go anywhere anytime.

We are entering our last week of summer here in Portland and I have a pretty good schedule laid out for the week. I’ve decided to go out with a bang – I’m going to be a really fun mom this week; at least I’m going to try. Maybe I should be boring so they actually want to go back to school. I have one that is excited to go and one who is not. I don’t think there’s any way around that. It’s also going to be a new adventure this year because I’ll have my 3-year-old with me all day without the entertainment help of another child.

What I’ll miss: easy mornings, continuous kid crafting, not having a busy night schedule, mid-day adventures, forts all over the house

What I’m excited for: time for some hobbies, watching my kids grow, going grocery shopping with only one child, not hearing arguing throughout the day

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I also love summer for it’s fresh produce. I am seriously going to miss melons in a couple months. I think I just ate the best honeydew a couple days ago! But then honey crisp apples are coming back in, so that gives me a good reason to look forward to fall…and soups…and pumpkin flavored everything…and how my boots died the end of winter so I’ll be on the hunt for new ones.

Regardless of summer, end of summer, or new boots, I love quick meals. Meals are the best that I can make with simple prep, that are customizable, but combine lots of different flavors. This meals is one of our favorites…. 

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