Thursday, August 29, 2013

Life Lately...

according to my iPhone photos:

oregon brewfest. handsome husband and me. beer samplers. a good friend turns 30. lake coeur d' alene. moose! morgan's getting married. sunflowers on a cloudy morning. work outing at edgefield.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Blueberry, Peach & Basil Crisp

when i was a kid, i was determined that when i grew up and could "eat whatever i want whenever i wanted" i had dreams of eating giant slices of chocolate cake for breakfast. topped with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream of course.

now that i'm an adult, and well, could do just that, it doesn't sound as appealing. well that and of course the fact that they don't tell you when you grow up, you'll no longer have the metabolism of an eleven year old. damn.

but you know what does sound appealing? a perfectly baked and bubbling blueberry peach and basil crisp served with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream (hey...some things don't change). and i can justify it for breakfast because (a) it's got fruit in it (b) it's got oatmeal in it and (c) i'm an adult so i can do what i want. ;0)

so when i made this for dessert this past weekend, i knew exactly what i was having for breakfast come monday morning.

blueberry, peach & basil crisp

3 peaches, peeled and chopped into 1 in squares
1 pint blueberries
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar (if you like it sweeter double this)
1 small handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped

1 c oatmeal
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c all purpose flour
1 stick butter, room temp

vanilla ice cream
more basil for topping

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

in a bowl, toss together your peaches, blueberries, basil, lemon juice and sugar and set aside. lightly butter and flour a 9x9 baking pan. pour your fruit mixture into the baking pan.

in another small bowl, mix together your oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. using your fingers combine the butter with your dry ingredients until the mixture is slightly crumbly. distribute evenly on top of your fruit mixture.

bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the crisp on top is slightly browned.

serve immediately with vanilla ice cream and a few pieces of basil on top.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At Home Spa Weekend and a Delicious Chai Latte

husband and i had a pretty stressful week last week. everyone has them. this one just came out of nowhere and took us both by surprise. we ended up canceling a planned trip back to spokane and instead decided to do a little at-home r-and-r.

i created a spa weekend itinerary complete with yoga, long walks, pedicures, massages, books and healthy meals we cooked together to help us get back on track. the best part...since it was an "at-home" spa weekend, the only money we spent was on groceries and supplies we needed to make it feel as "spa-like" as possible.

it was awesome.

husband and i split up being in charge of the meals, each taking on one breakfast and one dinner. as you may have guessed, i needed a little outside inspiration from some of my favorite blogs out there. i kept it simple for breakfast...a little granola, yogurt and some fresh fruit but then for dinner, got inspiration from one of my favorites, deb over at Smitten Kitchen and made her cold rice noodles with peanut lime chicken. so good! i didn't take any pictures, but click on the link for the recipe and her  beautiful photos!

on saturday we made sure to get porter some r-and-r too. we filled him with doggy treats and lots of excercise at the dog park and long walks around our "neighborhood" (aka apartment complex).

instead of going out for coffee on sunday morning, i found the best recipe over at sprouted kitchen for a spicy chai latte. this was amazing and so simple to make. and while her husband, hugh's photos are way better than mine, here are some photos of the process.

get the recipe and check out the beautiful photography over at Sprouted Kitchen!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

30 Days of...

i'm approaching 30. woah. how did that happen? i swear yesterday was my 21st birthday and i was flying off to nyc to ring it in "party style" with my girlfriends.

but in actuality, it's been almost 10 years. i'm approaching the big 3-0. i was a little scared of this at first. i mean, i haven't accomplished nearly enough "things" yet. have you?

but then i celebrated one of my dear girlfriends turning 30. there wasn't a huge party, or a fancy trip. although there was some bridge jumping (i mean that's what 30 year olds do....defy gravity, jump of high bridges, live on the edge). it was good friends, some old some new, gathered together at the lake, enjoying each other's company, talking, laughing, drinking, eating...(lots and lots of eating), and a delicious meal, illuminated by sparkling lights, and it was...well, perfect. it made me happy. i'm pretty sure it made her happy too.

so instead of being "scared" of turning 30. i'm going to embrace it. how? well starting now (there are exactly 67 days until i turn 30), and through out the 365 days of being 30, i'm going to do choose to do "30" days of something. something that will make me happier. something that will make healthier.

i'm choosing to embrace 30 to it's fullest, and well, to be frank, while i may not be able to commit myself to 365 days of one thing, i can probably regularly commit to 30 days of something. 30 days of yoga. 30 days of replacing coffee with tea, 30 days of photos, 30 days of not eating out. you get the idea.

(when your 30 you need two desserts to hold all the candles...genius!)

and instead of being scare of 30, i'm actually excited for it. bring it on. your 30s are so much cooler than your 20s.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Life Lately...

according to my iPhone photos

chicken and waffles. hiking oregon. husband's a superhero (long story). camping prep. redwoods trip. poolside. timbers game. slutty brownies. avocado oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. day date.