Tuesday, July 15, 2014

full moon | race | lake time | baking up a storm = a summer weekend

the moon was amazing this weekend! i loved seeing it in the west early saturday morning on my way to the race.
i was not expecting to feel or do well after being so very sick all week, but i felt pretty good saturday. i ran the 8 mile distance and came in second again. the same woman beat me!  dang it. i have one more chance to beat her next month on the 11 mile. will i succeed? she's a cool cat. also, i look stupid.

sun ray on ma lip:)

saturday afternoon i went with the neighbors to east canyon state park. they brought their kayaks and we swam, paddled and soaked up some sun. too bad o didn't feel good enough to go with us. we ended the day with burgers and sweet potato fries with sand between our toes.

my post race lunch // i made zucchini and summer squash noodles and threw in some red onion, red pepper flakes, pink sea salt, sun dried tomatoes that i roasted in the oven, salmon and avocado. i also made a smoothie for o and i with fresh apples, oranges, apricots, strawberries, peaches, dates and a splash of tangerine juice and kefir. 

i really love to cook breakfast on sunday morning with some ella fitzgerald singing in the background and then we eat it out on the porch. i made a gluten free/dairy free quiche. for the crust i just mixed a little cornmeal, brown rice flour and coconut oil and then layered some thin slice zucchini on top and baked it for a bit while i mixed up the egg part // egg, flax milk, spinach, red onion, fresh dill, red pepper, tomato...it was quite tasty. i just ate the last two pieces for breakfast this morning when i got home from the track where coach vickie tried to kill me:) speed drills. ouch.

sunday afternoon i did a little gluten free baking. i made this citrus polenta cake that i love and these vegan brownies that i also love.

i used kefir in place of the buttermilk in the polenta cake because kefir is the only dairy i consume and it worked beautifully. i used honey instead of refined sugar, olive oil instead of butter and sweet brown rice flour instead of almond meal. i also mad a glaze with honey, powdered sugar, fresh squeezed lemon and orange juice and poured it over the cake about 5 minutes after taking it out of the oven. it soaked it right up and made it even more fabulous than ever! especially the next day because the lemon and orange zest in the cake became all plump with the extra fluid. it really turned out like a dense, wet pound cake:)

^^i have made also made a vegan version of the cake before. i just used applesauce in stead of kefir or buttermilk and flax eggs instead of regular eggs. super easy.

guess who we got to see for an hour last night? they were headed back through salt lake on their way from oregon to p town so we had a quick bite together. yay!

hope your week is off to a good start lovers!



Friday, July 11, 2014


blooms in my garden // scene from alexander basin // chaperoning gus. call me the wasp protector. gonna need a cape for this job...

this is my first day back at work since last thursday. damn you straight to hell streptococcus a strain. you evil bastard! language.

so, i will probably come in last place in my race tomorrow.

how was your week?

the weekend will be full of unicorns, puffy clouds, blue sky and ____________________...
fill in the blank.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

i am sick + my dog almost died + scenes from the 4th of july = sounds like a country song


 a few scenes from the 4th of july // when my phone wasn't dead

me and my pearl izumi's went up mt timpanogos via aspen grove in the morning. it was quite fabulous. when i got home and cleaned up, i got food ready and the cutie pies showed up! only they had boogery noses and jules was sick. and she got sicker. we played and had ice cream cones and did fireworks. and jules got sicker and spent all day on saturday in bed. i made her smoothies and tea and oatmeal. lehua and the kids and i went got lots of fruits and veggies to snack on and a plastic pool and spent the entire day in my backyard. micah and noble have this really fun sprinkler attachment that was a total hit. then they left before the sun came up on sunday morning:(

after church i went up alexander basin in millcreek canyon and i felt like i had zero energy and like i was trying way harder than i should have to. i came home and then...

gus got stung by a wasp and almost died and i got julee's sickness.

we had to do an epi pen on him. o took him to an emergency vet in the middle of the night and she didn't know anything about bulldogs and wouldn't listen to owen. so he continued to be swollen, have breathing problems and vomit literally all night long and most of the morning until we could get him to bulldog vet who filled him up with steroids and took care of him. we had to keep a really close eye on him, but he is out of the woods now and eating again. i have washed nine thousand barf covered rags and towels. seriously, nine thousand.

in the meantime i have fever, massive headache, eye pain, light sensitivity, joint pain, sore throat, neck and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, diarrhea,  loss of appetite...not pretty my friends. still in my bed. went to the doctor today. i hate this. poor jules had to travel feeling like this. boo. is it strep or mono? i will find out in the next couple of days from my blood work. in the mean time, i can't swallow so no worries.

the second race of the solitude series is this saturday. i am sad. i doubt i can race? and my paid time off bank that i have slowly built back up at work is dwindling away as we speak. i really really really hope o doesn't get sick. cross your fingers.

keep on keepin on is what i always say!



ps mount timpanogos is totally amazing isn't it?!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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scenes from a fabulous evening trail run to dog lake tuesday night in millcreek canyon. speed training at the track was cancelled so i had my running stuff and a nuun tab with me and was able to head up straight after work. yay!


carrots // steamed and stirred with honey, coconut oil, pink sea salt, pepper and fresh dill to go with dinner last night. thank goodness because the rest of dinner was a total dud.

i am so excited to have a longer weekend! my sister jules and her family are supposed to stay with us at some point this weekend, but their travel plans aren't going according to schedule. i really hope to see them! i plan to spend time on mountain trails and would love to make a couple of new recipes, bbq with neighbors, go for a swim, finish our mirror project, ride my bike, go on a motorcycle ride, watch a movie...fireworks of course!

i hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend! i am so happy to be free!



Monday, June 30, 2014

a trail // a rock chuck // a project in the geerage // a bowl of cherries. a weekend.

 i mean, hello white pine lake. could you be any more beautiful? me thinks no.


 i made a fast friend.

 making our big hickory mirror // i was cutting wood with table saw like a champ. plus, i think o made me stand on the other side of the planer as he fed the wood through on purpose because he new it would spit sawdust in my face the entire time. evil.

yes, they were as delicious as they look. i put them in our sunday morning smoothie with mango, apple, strawberry, blueberry, orange and lemon. woe mama!

we saw malificent on friday night and it was really good. it was tricky sneaking in my coconut curry, o's grilled cheese, a bag of popcorn and some dp. the backpack i carried must have weighed half what i do and you could probably smell the curry from a mile away and i'm sure they thought i was an idiot. it was damn satisfying though.

we fit in yard work, house cleaning, laundry washing, grocery shopping, motorcycle riding and porch reading in there somewhere too...

Friday, June 27, 2014


scenes form the trail on sunday // neff's
a thistle on my walk home from church
moths are taking over salt lake city

i'm contemplating what trail i should go on tomorrow morning? haven't decided yet.

i am starting to get some races and adventures on the calendar for this summer. think grand canyon and wind rivers! woot!

we never worked on our hickory mirror frame last weekend, so it's on the agenda for tomorrow.

o and i are going to the movie tonight. i want to see maleficent.

hope you get to go roller blading in your favorite bikini and eat an ice cream cone dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkles this weekend!