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Summer is what?!?! Over?!?!?

What!?!? Summer is over?!?!? What on earth did I do?

I certainly didn’t keep up my blog.

Here are some of the highlights:

1. I subbed a ton of spinning classes this summer, and was given 2 regular classes! So every Saturday morning and Wednesday night, I’ll be at the gym to kick some ass.

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2. Our garden exploded with tomatoes.

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Jars of sun-dried tomatoes, salsa, pickled jalepenos, and diced tomatoes are lining our pantry shelves outside–I am so proud of myself for overcoming my fear of canning and jumping right in.

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3. Camping for the fourth! Beautiful weekend in the mountains!

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4. So much running with my girls–so thankful for all the fun and the friendship, especially in the last few weeks. Another highlight–one of my runner girls has been training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in October with Team in Training, and I’ve been happily helping her with some of her fundraising efforts.

5. Three whole married years with my favorite person! Love you babe!

6. This is the first summer since I was 20 that I did ZERO traveling. On one hand, I’ve been so exhausted over the past year traveling to see family seemed like the most insurmountable hurdle. Call it intuition or what have you, but it seemed very important for me to stay low and close to home this summer. I am thankful I did, but could not have imagined the reason my intuition was right.

We found out almost a month ago that my husband has colon cancer. Surgery day has come and gone, and we are waiting waiting waiting to find out the next step. My emotions have been all over the place, and I am happy to find solace in my time at the gym and my running therapy session with my runner girls.

7. Holy crap, wedding season is upon us. ::big breath in:: Here we go.

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I’ll exhale in November.

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Because It’s Juuuuuune! June! June! June!

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June is busting out all over!

Who could forget the utter joy of Carousel? It’s June! In Maine! (And let us delicately ignore the themes of domestic violence. I hate myself for agreeing with Richard Rodgers–it’s my favorite R&H musical too.)

This enforce runs through my head every June. It’s a really exciting month for me–it starts the 2 month hiatus from my 8-5 job (aka, kicks off ladies who lunch season.)

First, a recap of last month.

The good great stuff of May:

1. Fabulous and fun time running a half marathon with my runner girls.
2. Lots of spin subbing and few great playlists under my belt.
3. I GOT MY OWN CLASS!!! Every Saturday at 7:00 head out to the gym and I’ll kick your butt (or at least make you sweat (which auto correct just listed as swear–lol).
4. We painted the house!!! Old color on the right, new dark blue gray on the left. It looks divine.

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Onto June goals.
1. More strength training. I went to an ab focused boot camp this am, and am appalled how far I’ve fallen. Run for 13ish miles? Sure. Two hours of spin? Bring it on. One minute of side plank dips or v-ups? OMG. Torture.
2. Finish getting my paperwork filed, and get some business cards with 100% correct info. Feel appropriately lame until I do.
3. Clean out my closet. There are some serious de-cluttering Goodwill trips in my future.
4. 60 minutes of yoga per week. Whether it’s an hour long class or three twenty minute sessions, I need to get to it!
5. Make one spinning playlist a week.
6. Participate and kick ass on this plank challenge.

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7. Keep up with blogging!
8. Do something social at least 2x per week AFTER 7 am. The majority of my social life currently happens early.
9. Eat lots of green food. Eat lots of real food.

That’s all to kick off week one of summer vacation–a very, very hot kickoff to summer. Tomorrow this one will get shorn:

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And I’ll show you what happened to these innocent little plants:

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Spoiler alert–it’s pretty leafy back there in the garden area.

 

What are your big summer goals? Let’s hear ’em!!!

 

The Problem with Apricot Trees

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All those suckers are ready at once.

Thanks to a quick google search, I grabbed all the apricots on the tree to make apricot butter in the crock pot (following this recipe: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/jam/crockpot-apricot-butter.html).

A bit on the soupy side, I bet it will make better ice cream topping than something to spread on biscuits.

Anyone want to come over for a run and then ice cream? Yum.

Happy Easter Everyone!

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What would Easter be without the traditional Rice Krispy treat lamb? My mom makes and sends me one every year–it makes home seem a little closer.

Then again, the parents are celebrating Easter with 4″ of snow on the ground, so I’m happy to be basking in the sunny, floral-scented California spring.

Enjoy your day, whatever it may bring. After sunrise church, I am anxiously awaiting a fabulous brunch at my mother-in-law’s house. She is a great cook on a regular meal, but when it comes to breakfast foods, she is knock ’em dead delicious.

A few hours later..

We got home from a delicious brunch and spent five hours weeding. Five hours with my hula hoe and–dare I say it–my new badge of awesome. A pair of worn through leather gardening gloves.

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Great day, but now I need a shower and some relax-o time!

And for those who celebrate it–The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Booyah!!!

Green Monster, Take 1

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I’ve seen people posting about making green monster shakes. They look wonderful–cool and green and healthy. So today I whipped out the ol’ magic bullet to give it a whirl (quite literally, lol.)

Frozen berries, bananas, and pineapple, spinach water and a splash of juice.

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What I learned:

1) Add more water! I’m surprised I didn’t burn out the motor.

2) Nuke the berries longer. I usually pop the frozen things in the microwave for 30ish seconds to kill the chill, but frozen pineapple is brutal. This is my cup, fresh from the microwave.

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3) This stuff packs down nicely, so be ready with more spinach.

4) It is better with a scoop of Greek yogurt.

5). I am glad I got the magic bullet. Eve though I know the Ninja blender I was considering is higher quality, I love how easy mine is to clean and that I canthrow all the bits and pieces into a basket and store it neatly. In a tiny house, this is key.

End product:

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Loved it.

Do you make green monsters? Love or hate them? What do you put in them? I’d love to hear what you think!

It’s Almost Garden Time!

Or is it here? Last Sunday was a working in the yard/garden extravaganza.

We’ve dedicated our 3 new garden beds to follow the Square Foot Gardening method outlined by Mel Bartholomew in his book.

So the husband built us some 4′ x 4′ boxes and filled the bottom with a mix of our home-grown compost, chicken manure, and straw:

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Mix together 5 kinds of compost (here are 2):

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Peat moss:

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And vermiculite (not perilite!!!!):

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Mix it up on a tarp:

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And fill up your beds:

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This creates a breathable, well drained soil that holds moisture so we can water less. There is a lot of info out there on sure foot gardening–check it out, or follow me here as we follow The Square Foot Gardener book.

As for the puppy–she couldn’t wait to get inside to relax. Can’t blame her–shoveling dirt and working in the yard is exhausting.

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Crockpot-a-thon

The husband is home!!!

This made going to the gym this a.m. a bust. Waking up next to husband and staying in bed > spin class. Maybe I’ll run at lunch….

We’ve been trying hard to eat healthier–especially when he’s on the road for the weekend, we’ve been concentrating on making veggie-loaded meals. This weekend is all about the crock pot.

Yesterday was tomato veggie soup: diced tomatoes, dry onion soup mix, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, zucchini (frozen from our garden!), peppers (also from our garden), and some extra frozen veggies. Yum.
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Today is beef stew day–we made a trip to Costco and made a whole bunch of frozen meals to make life easier.
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Potatoes don’t freeze well–we discovered that after we made the first packet. Gross. Lesson learned.

Dump some of my special stew slurry on top (beef bullion, water, Worcestershire, tomato sauce, and Costco no-salt seasoning. Fabulous.
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Although, I have to be honest. We’re meeting up for happy hour tonight. I would much, muck rather have Carl’s Jr. or Jack in the Box after a couple of beers (mmm….jalapeño poppers…), but homemade stew chock full of veggies is better for you (and your wallet), right? Right?

Still not convinced.

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