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.

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!