Monday, September 15, 2014

Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon

What a fun race weekend I had. The course was gorgeous!
We started on the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks
 We had amazing views.
 Lovely wooded forest trail. 
 More views. (You know there are hills to get to these views!)
 Our course included these stairs. Three flights!

And an amazing finish line with hubby, daughter and Porter to meet me!

Friday, September 12, 2014

What's in my Box?

I have a lot more color in my box this week!

Summer Squash - I baked the squash last night and ate it with dinner and am saving the zucchini until next week.
Cucumber, Jalapeno & Garlic - I'm going to eat the cucumber fresh on salads and sandwiches. I put garlic on about everything and always have one on hand and I'll dice up the jalapeno and eat with my peppers.

Cherry Tomatoes, - I ate some of these on my way home! Delicious!!

Melon- this is a canary melon and so juicy, fresh and wonderful! I don't remember getting one of these last year so was pleasantly surprised.

Head Lettuce - sandwiches and salads. (never have enough greens!)

I ordered the peppers and tomatillas extra and will make green sauce next week and enjoy the peppers however I can. I'm loving the variety.

My "surprise" squash was a melon! Remember this from last week? I was going to bake it and sliced it open to find it wasn't a squash at all! LOL


Here is the canary melon. I've never had one before and won't forget this one for some time.

I guess one reason I am sad to see summer go is the abundance of wonderful fruits and veggies go with the season. 

Have a healthy weekend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Smoothie



Smoothies can be improvised in many ways. Here was a suggestion I got this week and it was surprisingly good! Use what you have , improvise, improve.

Beet (cooked and peeled)
berries (I used blueberries)
Kale (I used spinach)
cucumber (I used the little i had left)
lime (small squirt, I was a little leery)
protein powder
coconut milk (almond, cow, etc...will work)
vanilla

Blend, enjoy the pretty color and taste!


Friday, September 5, 2014

What's in My Box?

There isn't a lot of color in my box this week. These are my plans.

Yellow beans: keep it simple and eat them with dinner. 
Kohlrabi: I wasn't a fan last year when I tried this but I am going to try THIS. 
Tomatillas: Looks like I'll have to purchase a few more and make green enchilada sauce. 
Savoy cabbage: I'll use some like THIS and make a healthy cabbage soup with the rest of it.
Mint: I'm not a fan of mint in recipes, but will use this in tea and maybe try it cold in my everyday drinking water.
Gravestein apples- going to enjoy these fresh. (yum!)

The little round cherry pepper was also in my produce box. I asked my friendly farmer/neighbor to give me a variety of peppers and the one on the top was in the bag. These pups are lip burners, eye waters, and overall HOT as heck! I found out the top one is cayenne. I can handle hot, but not quite this hot. 

I'm getting back on the healthier eating bandwagon next week. (been eating healthy, but can do better) So I am eliminating all sugars and processed foods from my diet for 10 days starting September 8.  (I have a race coming up and plan on fueling appropriately) Anybody want to join me?

Friday, August 29, 2014

What's in my Box?

Here is my produce from this week.

Peppers: my husband does not like peppers so I saute them up and throw them in with my scrambled egg in the morning.
Heirloom tomatoes- I  make a simple appetizer of sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella slices, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Summer squash- I love to saute these up topped with freshly ground pepper and kosher salt and serve them alongside any kind of protein. (anybody recognize the roundish white squash?)
Celery- fresh with peanut butter, hummus, or used in stir fry.
Fresh field greens- I order these up almost every week and keep a fresh salad in my fridge at all times.
I got parsley this week. How do I keep that and what in the world do I do with it?
Eggplant- I've never been a fan. Got any ideas or recipes to make me a convert?
Beets- I love beets more and more. I roast them in the oven and eat them alongside a protein for dinner and keep the rest in the fridge to top on my salads.
Beet greens-  Do you use your beet tops? I cut them off, wash them and store them like lettuce and add them to my smoothies. 

I know this shot looks more brown, but actually the beet greens are red! So instead of a green smoothie I have a red smoothie. Have you tried that before? It doesn't taste like beets and is good for you.

What are you enjoying this week?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Run, Lori, Run

I don't make it to 100 miles in a month very often but it looks like I will for the first (and I'm sure only) time this year!

I'll be doing some big hills for my half marathon next month so I thought I better start adding some into the mix. Up the butte works pretty good!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Hiking Clear Creek

We aren't ones to sit around while out camping. And this weekend was no exception.
This was super close to our campsite and was the start of the trail head. 
Next to the creek was a pretty decent trail.
For awhile. I stepped on a rock planning on getting through the quicksand but as soon as my foot was on the rock it sunk! The mud and wetness didn't penetrate my trail shoes but the mud made that shoe heavier for awhile.
Over? Or Under? I opted to go under.
A fun part went through a meadow.

It was a great weekend!







Friday, August 22, 2014

2015 Race


I'm not officially signed up but am planning on doing this. I love the Rock and Roll Series and have heard Seattle is a great course. It is a bit more expensive that's why I'm planning ahead.

I'm trying to get together a group of ladies. Maybe you've been on the fence? Leave me a comment and I'll see if I can talk you into it!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In the Garden

Here are my 2 peppers from my 2 plants! Pretty pitiful.
My garden. The zucchini is hardly even growing. Maybe it is the day after day of 90+ degree weather that is slowing it down.

I have as much growing in my compost as my garden! lol


Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday Market

I didn't get my usual produce box this week because I was in Washington. We have more fresh fruit and veggies at our Saturday market than we've had before. It is still only 4-5 vendors but that is better than it used to be. I can contact these people during the week and get produce too. This is one more reason I've decided to throw the towel in on the vegetable gardening.
Everything here will be eaten as-is. Of course, I'll cook the beets and corn, but we love to have fresh fruit and veggies all week.
Oregon is one of the top 5 berry producers in the USA and I can NEVER get enough of them!

On my way back from Washington I stopped and purchased huckleberries at a road side stand. They are labor intensive to pick so are a bit expensive, but oh, they are worth it! I've been adding them to fresh field greens. It is a great way to savor them.

What's in season where you live?

Here are some interesting health facts about huckleberries:

 Health Benefits of Eating Huckleberries 
 •One serving of wild huckleberries has more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable, thus helping a person to fight against aging, cancer and health diseases.
•Huckleberries aid pancreas in digesting sugars and starches.
•Since the berries are high in iron, they help in building blood.
•Huckleberries are used in preparing packs for relieving running sores, eczema and skin disorders.
•They are associated with lowering cholesterol; protecting against heart disease, muscular degeneration, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and peptic ulcers; and healthier elimination.
•Being a good source of vitamin B, huckleberry supports and speeds up the metabolism rate, keeps skin and muscle tone healthy. It improves immune system function, promotes cell growth and division and helps in preventing pancreatic cancer.
•Since it is high in vitamin C, the berry protects body against immune deficiencies, cardiovascular diseases, prenatal health problems, and eye diseases.
•It also helps in protecting the cells against the damaging effects of free radicals and prevents premature skin wrinkling.
•The tea made from dried huckleberry leaves proves helpful in case of poor starch digestion.
•The berry ensures proper functioning of nerve and muscle tissues, such as the heart and skeletal muscles, due to its high content of potassium.
•The potassium in huckleberry regulates water balances and eliminates wastes.
•Clinical studies show that huckleberry promotes eye health, especially in case of diabetic patients.
•It fights infections, promotes insulin production and treats urinary tract infections.
•It acts as a laxative and treats diarrhea naturally