“Never rush, never worry.” That’s the theme of Montana (thanks to Charlotte’s Web).
Sitting in a kayak in the middle of a Montana lake at night makes everything simple. My brother and I sat under the stars in the water and enjoyed visiting like it really mattered, without any interruptions. Those are the moments you say, “this is what it’s really all about.” Getting out of town, not showering for a week, and basking in dirt and fun made for a great vacation. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading