Monday, October 20, 2014

Bay to Brews Race

We were going to the coast this past weekend and was missing a local Octoberfest run and found out this one was going to be in the town we were staying. I thought, "Why not"?!

A little bling is nice.
It was a little drizzly, but heh, is mid-October on the Oregon Coast. I didn't actually wear my rain jacket, so that is a good thing.
We started under this historic bridge.
Ran along the Newport Bay. 
Ran a little on a trail.
We had a few good uphills. 
Then ended at the Rogue Brewery! (You see I have my rain coat on now!)

It was fun although I don't remember running with a cold- not as fun as it could have been.

Have a healthy week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Whats in my Box?

What a great box this week! Wish my photo would have been as good!

Red cabbage: I'm thinking about making a soup with this. Any suggestions?
Acorn Squash: Love to bake them and eat- yum!
Tomatoes: fresh with my greens or with basil and mozzarella as an appetizer
Gala apples: Best apples I've had this fall!  Crisp and sweet!
Kale: Smoothies
Sunchokes (or Jerusalem artichokes) I cleaned, sliced then tossed in olive oil with s&p. Ate a few and gave the rest to co-workers to try. A few bites was fine, but didn't really want more. :)
I added spinach and mixed field greens to my box cause I never have enough greens!

Are you still getting produce boxes or is your garden still producing? Amazing it is mid October.

Have a healthy weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gray Butte Hike

Two days of hiking in a row, and look at the weather considering it was October 10!

We brought my nephew on Friday's hike. 
Two days of hiking makes for crazy summit hikers!!

Resting and enjoying a little bit of refreshment before returning to the pick up. The weather is supposed to change dramatically this week, so I'm glad we did this.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tam McArthur Rim Hike

My daughter is in town and asked if I wanted to go hiking. What a question! Of course I did!

It was only 5 miles round trip but the views made it worth every step!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Hydroponic growing of tomatoes. It's one way to get freshly grown organic tomatoes all winter! I'm lucky it is within a couple of miles of my house.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Brooks Outlet

A couple of times a year Brooks outlet has a truckload sale. 
I made sure I was there the first day shortly after opening. Although it was a bit drizzly when I arrived, it stopped shortly after. I have to admit it felt like a black Friday sale! It was crazy!

And although they had lots of checkers the line was still looooonnnnnggggggg. Yes, I found way more bargains than I do on black Friday! I got 3 pairs of shoes for a little more than I've been paying for one. I'm loving to swap them out to see which ones I love the most. So far it's the Ghost Brooks shoes.

Anybody do any crazy shopping for sometime you really want? Funny, cause I generally do not like shopping.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What in my Box?

 I didn't purchase a produce box, but got to choose my own this week, I know we are getting to the end of summer and will be working our way back around to fall produce.
Peppers: I'm still loving them any way I eat them, fresh or cooked.
Beets- still using the tops in smoothies and baking the beets and eating them while warm or using them later on my salads.
Potatoes: I don't eat potatoes much, but we are camping again soon and will be making a dutch oven stew and breakfast burritos.
Baby Kale- delicious and healthy in salads and smoothies.
The over sized green beans will be used in my dutch oven stew as well.
And the pumpkins? Well, I have to admit I bought them for decor. lol

Seen at my local grocery store today. A simple red "fresh" gala apple. If you do not buy organic here's a list of some sprays you may be ingesting. Doesn't make me want to purchase them.

Have a healthy happy weekend!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Running in Washington

I had a little trip to WA last week. 

 Look a the puffy clouds and gorgeous blue sky. They were trying to tell me the weather was rainy! lol
 I stay at my brother's which is near Lake Forest Park. Even the ducks knew it was a good day to be outdoors.

It is so nice to have a different place to run!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Do You Recycle?

I've just watched a good thought provoking movie called Bag it.  Click HERE to read about it.
Unfortunately my town doesn't make recycling easy and our sanitation haulers are a monopoly and do not have to do more. We have huge bins about 5 miles away that I take some garbage to be recycled. (mostly wine bottles)

In Oregon our cans have a .05 deposit, so that's an easy one to recycle. We have a newspaper bin that's easy to get to downtown and I have a compost bin for kitchen waste.
 But what about the rest? Here are two good ideas I snagged online but who really the room for this?

I'd love to hear your ideas of how you've produced less trash or how you are a smart recycler.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Center of Oregon

We passed the center of Oregon heading to a high lake for camping and fishing.

13 miles of up, up, up. The view is amazing!

Love the old juniper trees.

The lake was in horrible condition with a lot of dead fish. Ew.... no thanks! We camped and the quiet was AMAZING. The stars were plentiful and beautiful. 

We left and went to another lake.
 We were back in the high desert and it was 85+ degrees. 

The rock formations are really awesome.

The fishing was lousy, but I remembered how to drive the boat. 

It was very nice to get away and we are hoping for one or two more weekends away.