Friday, December 19, 2014

What's in My Box?

I've never had brussel sprouts on the stalk before. It looks pretty cool. I have to investigate if I can cook them that way or need to remove them first. I love my brussel sprouts baked. What about you?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Amazing Hike!

The weekend brought sunny skies and cool temperatures.  I thought it would be a great day to hike and see the mountains. Black Butte is near Sisters and we've never hiked it. It was "only" 2 miles up. But we decided it would be a fun one to do.
"Only" 2 miles a joke! It was 2 miles pretty much straight up. Here is the tip of Mt Washington peeking through the clouds.
Here's the three Sisters peeking through the clouds.
Here they are again, but look at the frost on the branches.
The higher we got the colder it got. Look at that frost!
We topped the butte but the trail went around to the northeast side and from there on the weather changed. I thought this was a great shot of burned trees
Snow on the trail.....but look at Mt Jefferson (or maybe Mt Hood) in the background. The clouds were moving so fast I had to click fast.
The top was brutally windy and cold! The cupola (not in use any more) was brought to the top for workers to stay in. There is a fire tower up there.
This was taken from the top. It was amazing!

I took this photo of Black Butte on the way home. It doesn't seem that tall or unassuming. I have a new respect for it now!

Friday, December 12, 2014


Here I am with 84 year old Ironman Triathlete Lew Hollander. Do you now what it takes to accomplish that feat?

2.4 mile swim
112 mile  bicycle ride
26.2 miles running!
 All of this in less than 17 hours.

He has qualified and ran in Kona Ironman at least 22 times. He gave a little lecture at the local physical Therapist office. It was very inspiring. Keep on moving!

Friday, December 5, 2014

What's in My Box?

Look! It's a super simple box of produce to use!
Last year I learned to enjoy the fall and winter squash. I'm looking forward to more!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

I think this was November and I forgot to post this! Any month is a good month to love peanut butter!
I love peanut butter! But try not to eat as much as I'd like to. 
10 Fun facts about peanut Butter
1. Americans consume close to 800 million pounds of peanut butter annually, about three pounds for every man, woman and child!
2. Despite their name, pea-nuts are technically legumes (like beans), not nuts.
3. One acre of peanuts will make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
4. Peanuts are a new world food, most likely originating in Brazil and working their way up to Mexico. The Aztecs mashed them into a paste as early as 500 years ago.
5. 75% of homes in the US have a peanut butter jar; 94% of Americans eat peanut butter.
6. 60% of the peanuts in the US are grown in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Half are used for peanut butter.
7. Peanuts are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
8. Peanut butter is a good source of  protein with 8 grams in a serving of 2 tablespoons. That’s 16% of the recommended daily value.
9. While some people fear a 2 tbsp serving of peanut butter with 190 calories is too much, the protein and healthy fat combination will actually a person satiated much longer than many lower calorie snacks made of refined carbs.
10. Archibutyrophobia (dare you to pronounce it) is … wait for it … the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth!
Buying Peanut Butter:
Buy peanut butter with one ingredient: Peanuts. If you must, salt can be an ingredient as well. Avoid peanut butter with added sugars or hydrogenated oils 

Friday, November 28, 2014


I'm streaking until the end of the year. One mile every day I am committing to running. Today is day 2!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Growing Food in Xela

If you can look past these adorable kids check out that field behind them. The area near Quetzaltenango is very fertile growing lots of fruits, vegetables and corn.

 Unfortunately we were told not to eat any food away from our hotel. 
Almost as good as my local farmer's market!
Look at how they were farming on that hillside! 

I tried to stick with fruits and veggies with a little lean protein. The desserts were generally traditional to the area and I had to try them! 
I'll be rested up soon then I will get back to eating and exercising on a regular basis.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Hiking on the High Desert

Look at this gorgeous day for a hike! My daughter Rene joined me. 

The desert is very dry this year.
This canyon has amazing rock formations.

To continue we had to cross this creek. We weren't expecting it to be running so swiftly and be this deep this late in the year so we didn't attempt it.

Our weather has been nothing short of amazing! Snow is in the forecast though. 

Get out and enjoy it while you can!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cardio Challenge

I've been involved in a another community challenge! It always keeps me going!!

Does anybody else know if their community does these types of wellness activities to keep their town on the healthy track?

Friday, October 31, 2014

What's in my Box?

My produce box looks similar to last week. I learning to love the root veggies and squashes.

I've got a big turnip this week. I'll use that in a stew along with the red potatoes and peppers.
I believe the squash is an acorn, although this week mine has little warts on it.  I'd love to hear your favorite way to prepare your acorn squash.

We are still harvesting tomatoes in Central Oregon, which is crazy! 
Swiss chard will be used in my smoothies and I order the field greens separate which I'll eat every day for dinner. 

I've been focusing on whole, real food, but also seem to be fighting water retention, which I think is related to hormone changes. It's frustrating but I'll stay the course. 
Have a fantastic and healthy weekend.