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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hiking Oyster Dome

The last time I was in WA my friend Laurie asked if I would want to hike Oyster Dome with her. Hubby is still having ankle issues after breaking it, so I decided "Why not?". The weather was supposed to be better......needless to say, we were on the Puget Sound so weather changes fast.
Trying to get a selfie with the Pacific Northwest Trail sign. Clean, dry and happy! 

The trail was in pretty good shape although it climbs almost 2000 feet in 3.25 miles, so some areas were very steep.

I am inspired by these two photos (and the hike itself) to make a small quilt to commemorate this beautiful area.

We rocked the hike although the top was very windy and cold and we couldn't see anything from there. 

Even as the day cleared up the top of Oyster Dome was shrouded in clouds.

It always is so pretty no matter what the weather is doing.

I took this at an oyster farm! If you have ever seen Dirty Jobs with the geoducks, this is where that was filmed. (Laurie had to bring oysters home to her husband) I will say there were nothing like the ones I ate in a Boston restaurant.

It was a doozy of a hike and after being in the car I am stiff. I've got a 10 mile run on tap for this week! Yikes!!

Have a healthy weekend!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Workin' the Grill

A Hiking We Will Go....

This is Trillium Lake on Mt Hood.  We all gasped when we got out of the woods and was met with this view! Isn't it amazing?
 We had not seen my son since since we went to Boston over July 4th. He went to Europe from Boston and got back not quite two weeks ago. We met for lunch then planned on a short hike.
 His girlfriend missed him too!

Somehow just knowing he is only a few hours away makes me feel better. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

What's in My Box?

What a beautiful box of produce this week!

Jalapeno & Mixed Peppers - I did a little beef stir fry, but not with Asian influence. Just a little olive oil with garlic, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper on my veggie pan on the grill. (I still have a few more peppers) Still looking for ideas.

Green Cabbage- looking for fresh ideas for cabbage too.
 Shishito Peppers - I have a recipe and plan on sauteing them in a black cast iron pan with olive oil.

Carrots,  Head Lettuce-  I'll eat these fresh.
and Green Beans (I didn't need more of these!)  lightly sauteed. 

Lizzy suggested this LINK for the green beans. Unfortunately neither my husband or I like pickled anything except pickles! LOL

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Garden Bust

I've decided that this is the last year I am planting my garden. Thankfully in the past couple of years we have had an increase of locally grown organic food that is fairly easy to access.
I've had a bounty of green beans, but it got too hot too soon for my lettuce, my green pepper has ONE pepper and my jalapeno has ONE pepper. I may get zucchini, but it is very slow so I'm not even sure about that. My tomatoes seem to be at a stand still. It's disappointing, but I am thinking about changing it to a flowers for cutting since it is all fenced in and protected for the deer. 
And I love flowers! 

How does your garden grow?

Monday, August 4, 2014


Part of staying healthy and active means spending time with my husband. We have really enjoyed going to music concerts together the past few years. We especially like the outdoor venues.

This would make a fun venue, instead it was a historic site on our way. It is the Stonehenge memorial in Maryhill, WA. It is a full scale replica of THE Stonehenge in England.  You can read about the WA version HERE.
The Columbia River separates Oregon and Washington state. Here is the view from Stonehenge.  The greenery is peach beach- lovely and delicious peach orchards. The bridge in the distance is one of a handful that crosses over the river.  A storm had passed through and it was 91 degrees when I took this photo. Most of the time there is a nice breeze, but not Saturday night!
The concert was at the MaryHill Winery. It was an amazing setting!

The bands we saw were Foreigner and Styx. This obviously was the finale of a terrific concert.
We were up pretty close and hubby caught a rolled up blanket they were throwing into the audience! 
What fun!

I hope you spend time with the ones you love. It's a good way to stay happy and healthy. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

What's in My Box?

I get so excited to see my fresh produce! 

Beets- wrapped them in foil and put them on the grill while cooking the rest of dinner. Will slice on salad (what was left after dinner)
Heirloom yellow potatoes- I wrapped these in foil, sprinkled with garlic olive oil, and baked on the grill too!
Green onions- fresh,  on salad
Cauliflower- will sprinkle with garlic olive oil and bake. 
Purple chard- smoothies
Heirloom tomato- caprese appetizer (tomato, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and white strawberry balsamic vinegar)

I ordered the bagged greens, which I cannot eat enough of! Mixed field greens and spinach. Love, love, love!
What are you eating in season right now?

PS, I've had some wonderful Oregon blueberries too!