Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowl

If I had to pick a cold favorite thing to eat, this would be it. I can literally taste it right now as I look at the picture. The green smoothie, my own granola, and topped with some fruit. Triple yum. Sometimes I throw on a small handful of mini chocolate chips too, because chocolate is good for you. Well, it’s good for me sometimes.

In the evenings, it’s nice to have a snack to blog to or watch Modern Family with and this is one of those snacks. I saw the idea somewhere and had to try it. I made my smoothie and poured it into a bowl instead of a cup. Kinda weird even now after I’ve done it so much. Then I topped it with granola (if you don’t have granola, top it with sliced almonds and/or green pumpkin seeds) and fresh fruit. Sometimes the fruit is bananas, sometimes blueberries thawed from the freezer, and sometimes I’m too lazy to put the fruit on top and I just eat it without.  Continue reading

Chocolate Bark with Apricots

chocolate bark with apricots

I just had my favorite moment of the whole day.

I was tucking in my sweet 2 year old. (“Right now I’m two, but on my birthday I’ll be three,” I’m constantly informed.)

He wrapped his little arm around my neck and held on, wanting me to stay with him.

I love age two.

I love their independence and their sneakiness and their excitement to learn everything. Continue reading

Pears and Resolutions

Dried Pears

We are now in February people.

Anyone remember their 2014 goals?

Just yesterday I tried to find the list I made and realized it was lost into cyber abyss, so the new list is handwritten and stuck to the side of my fridge.

Have I been true to everything on that list, not yet. But that’s why they’re goals. And they’re measurable ones at that.

The last 2 days have gone pretty well, but then I probably won’t do so well, and then I will again, and then I won’t again. That’s kinda how it goes. But if I have a list, if I have a goal to reach for, then isn’t that better than giving up all together?

So if you already feel like you have failed for the year, for your goals, you haven’t. They are still waiting for you.

Here are my fitness goals:

1. Do 300 push ups per week

2. Run 600 miles this year Continue reading

Baking {the protein packed and nutty way}

Healthy Treats

Sometimes I get all bakey. Is that a word…nope. But I’m sure some of you know what I mean.

The timing is right, it doesn’t feel like a burden to stand in the kitchen for at least 4 hours, and once one recipe is complete, you move onto the next…joyfully.

My children are quite used to me being in the kitchen and we have some good conversation. I bake or cook and they do homework and report their day to me. Then they take their usual places at the dining room table and get their craft on: cutting a piece of paper into approximately 100 million pieces, writing stories, drawing, and paper stamping. These will be fond memories. Continue reading

S’mores that will Change Your Life

Raspberry Smores

Camping food is a big part part of our camping tradition. My parents are champion outdoor chefs. I remember being a kid and thinking it was genius to make pizza in dutch ovens. This year my Dad made Peach Cobbler Cake with some fresh Oregon blueberries thrown in (I just had to pick 12 lbs to bring with us).

But even though that cobbler was good, I think our unique smores took the cake.

In our plentiful “you-pick” berry farms, we’ve had some pretty huge, plump, stuff-your-face raspberries. In one sweet moment, I decided to add them to some smores. I don’t know if I’ve ever made a better decision. Continue reading

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. Continue reading