- Monday - Pizza
- Tuesday - Simple Grilled Chicken with BBQ Sauce and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole (from Eating Well, Living Thin)
- Wednesday - Gnocchi, Sausage and Spinach Soup (From Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice)
- Thursday - Buffalo Chicken Salad with Creamy Avocado Ranch (from Annie's Eats)
- Friday - Chicken Taquitos (from Our Best Bites) and Fixins
- Saturday - One Pot Tortellini with Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce (trying this Pinterest find from Yellow Bliss Road)
- Sunday - Slow Cooker Steak Chili (from Everyday Reading)
Because I just talked foodstuffs on Monday, I thought I'd share a few other favorites lately. And, yes, my JUNE Julep polish! My how the time has flown since I did a Favorite Things update. And I have since foregone the Julep subscription; I just don't need THAT MUCH nail polish. But, I went out with some great colors:
|Bergen, cool blue grey with a little shimmer|
|Colette, a dark violet with a little shimmer|
Ah, just a few more days until school starts! Summer has gone pretty quickly and smoothly this year. I'm really thankful that I decided to implement a suuuuuper simple chore chart back in June that I can easily transition to the school year. At first, I thought that I'd make some sort of Word doc and then remembered there's Pinterest - where you can find free downloads for pretty much everything. Why reinvent the wheel? I LOVE these charts that I found from The Gilded Pear.
I don't have any hard and fast rule about screen time in our house. Some days it's hours, some days it's not even a minute (I loved this post from Pile of Babies on the matter). However, adding a bit of structure into the summer with the chores made it easier to say, "OK, we've spent most of the day outside, and now your chores are done - you can play with your Kindle/watch tv/play with the computer." Highly recommend for those that are just easing into the whole chores/allowance thing like we are. I like that it has an 'earn extra money' category, as well as an 'I can be kind and respectful' section to give them a warning if they're not toeing that line. Right now it's 3 frown-y faces in that section and we deduct a dollar from the two dollars a week.
Oh happy day, the new Oiselle capris are on the website now! Run, don't walk to get your hands on them - they are ridiculously awesome. The 'off the grid' knickers are so comfortable and flattering with a wide waistband, plus they have the most awesome pattern.
There are certain songs that seem meant for summer. I'll listen to Vampire Weekend all year long, but I feel that their music is best suited for long summer nights. My favorite summer song has crossed over to my running playlist from the non-running, it's THAT GOOD. If you haven't listened to Thunder Clatter by Wild Cub yet, treat your ears to this oh so fantastic song. I'm happy just thinking about it.
I'm also loving Waves by Mr. Probz, also a great chill out song, but there are a lot of good remixes out there that can translate to my running playlist.
I must admit that I learned of the awesome duo Chromeo via Yo Gabba Gabba (Nice n' Clean is a good lesson for all), and Jealous is a fantastic summer jam.
It's been two weeks since I've posted This Weeks Eats, and I'm making up for it with a LOT to say on the subject of food favorites. One of the most amazing parts of Bird Camp was the food, and I'm not even talking about the lovely lunches and dinners we were treated to around town. As I mentioned, we were given tons of great stuff to stock the pantry in our condos, as well as a table of stuff for us to take as needed from the conference center. Our intrepid leaders bought out Costco just before we all descended upon Bend, and now I have a whole new list of must-haves from one of my favorite shopping destinations!
First of all, did you know that they carry Nuun at Costco now!? One thing I didn't have to tote along with me to Bend was my dwindling supply of tasty electrolytes. And it will be a while before my stash gets low again with this awesome new development!
I have never purchased Dave's Killer Bread from Costco because my kids are hooked on San Juan's 9 Grain Organic bread. HOWEVER. I brought home the small amount of Dave's Great Seed that was leftover (the one in the yellow bag pictured above) and, lo, they liked it! This Costco trip I'm trying the Blues Bread.
A few things we became addicted to at camp are a wee bit harder to find, but worth the search. We were SO SPOILED having Brew Dr. Kombucha on tap at all times.
I've tasted Kombucha before, but it either a) had little things floating in it, or b) had to be mixed with lemonade for it to be AT ALL palatable it was so vinegary. Brew Dr. Kombucha fits into NEITHER of these categories - so freaking good. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I'm lucky enough to be able to pick it up at my local Safeway!
Also local to the Pacific Northwest, Wild Friends nut butters are ridiculously good. I've tried the Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter before and we had the Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter in our condo and it is my new favorite.
Perfect way to add some easy caffeine to your morning! If you're in my neck of the woods, they have most flavors AND the single serve packets at Haagen stores.
Okay, I'm hungry now. Perfect time to put the menu together:
- Monday - Pizza
- Tuesday - Quick Chicken Stir Fry (from Shutterbean)
- Wednesday - Fusili with Basil, Tomatoes and Avocado Sauce (trying a recipe from Runner's World!)
- Thursday - Chicken BLT Chopped Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing
- Friday - Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas (from Skinny Taste)
- Saturday - Baked Ziti (from the Flour Sack)
- Sunday - Sloppy Joes (from The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
|Nolana, Morena, Portia and Me|
We all felt like we knew each other already, even if we hadn't met in real life. Thank you Twitter!
We were inspired by our fellow teammates, and amazing speakers we were so lucky to have in attendance.
|Linsey Corbin, who just set the record for fastest Ironman by an American female!|
|Stephanie Howe this year's Western States champ!|
|Jay Dicharry, legendary PT and author of Anatomy for Runners|
|And of course, our very own Kate Grace, Lauren Fleshman and Kara Goucher (via Skype) - pictured with the aforementioned Stephanie Howe|
We ran at nearly 4,000 feet elevation - which, for many of us, was HARD, yo. (Having unlimited Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale post race made up for it.)
We were blown away by the beauty of Smith Rock. I need to go back there ASAP.
|I miss hiking...|
|Actually not a beer - I may now be addicted to Kombucha...|
We were led in campfire songs by Lauren Fleshman, like whoa.
We ran the river trail along the Deschutes, which was right behind our resort.
We shopped and imbibed as much as possible in town. Bend is adorable.
We ate our last dinner together alfresco at sunset, which included amazing street tacos and doughnuts for dessert!
|Me and one of my roommies, Raine who I got to spend the most time with - love her!|
Yes, this was the most bare bones post ever, but it would really take way too long to go into every wonderful detail of this amazing trip. Many times I found myself saying that it's a lot like Ragnar, but with a little more sleep and a lot more showers: bonding, running, great times and so many inside jokes (Sir, this bus is on fire! & She's living her best life!). I'm so thankful to Oiselle for the years of camaraderie and to Sally, Sarah, Kristin, Katie the Little Wing gals and everyone at The Nest that made this all possible. We made memories that will last a lifetime. We were 'living our best life' last week, that is for sure. I already miss you Bend, and can't wait to see you again...
Yep, I'm talking books and not recipes today. There's no real menu planning going on since I'm only home for TWO DAYS this week. AAAAAAAAAAH! I'm having palpitations I'm so excited for the big Oiselle team retreat to Bend, OR. I realized that I haven't updated my books yet from July, so here goes:
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
This was a really quick read - Moyes still has a knack for making me turn the pages, laugh out loud and swoon. But this romance felt familiar/formulaic, like I'd read a similar story or seen a movie just like it, or something... The plot didn't seem wholly original, but it had great characters and substance. I will always read her books.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I think this might be my favorite book of the year so far. I LOVED the Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks and Lockhart's new book has certainly been getting a lot of buzz. Liars plops you right down into summertime on Cape Cod - it is one of the best atmospheric novels I've ever read, I could almost smell the sea air and taste the food prepared by this wealthy family's staff. It's also haunting, unsettling, and highly suspenseful. What DID happen that summer they were all fifteen? We the readers come to some horrendous realizations along with the main character, Cady, as she struggles to overcome her amnesia from an accident that year. I wasn't expecting a major twist at the end and my hand literally flew to my mouth as I was reading. Crazy good, and I feel like this one will stick with me for awhile.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
I was on a bit of a roll in July, as this novel is competing pretty closely with We Were Liars as my favorite book of the year so far. There's sort of a 'Butterfly Effect' theme going on, with all these seemingly small choices that the characters make that end up making a huge impact on their lives and the life of A.J. I'm also partial to stories that take place in bookstores or that revolve around characters that are also book lovers. This was just wonderful, sweet, surprising, hilarious, heartbreaking while being uplifting and inspiring. LOVED.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I was really looking forward to this one, as I thought I could identify with the protagonist the most of all Rowell's characters: a married mom of two small kids. Alas, I'm no Georgie (well, I do tend toward the social anxiety that comes off as suuuuper chatty - I've got that trait down) and I really couldn't relate to her marriage. The way she emotes, though, always gets me. She EXCELS at writing romantic language without being cloying. I just got a little exhausted being inside Georgie's head for the whole novel and felt like it could have been whittled down to a short story. But, as with Jojo Moyes, I will always buy Rowell's books.
First of, a check in on July Goals:
- As I said before, I'm going to finish up the 100 happy days challenge, but I've started using the one second a day app to make monthly videos and it's already really fun. I'm excited to share my first one next month!
- Continue with the run streak.
- Run smart in Bend and don't overdo it just because I'll be surrounded by a bunch of fasties. We are all doing a local 5K during our running retreat (amongst A LOT of other running/hiking) and I started thinking about time goals and decided that I just want to run for beer. I have another 5K a few weeks later, the Women of Wonder at Greenlake, and I'll save any goal setting for that race.
- Get school supplies - eeeeep!
- And last, but not least, I added an August goal that I've already checked off my list - but sometimes you have to put something on a list just to cross it off, am I right? Making a donation to my teammate Paulette's Every Mother Counts NYC Marathon fundraising goal was definitely on my to-do list for awhile and I've checked it off the list this month.
Every year on my birthday, we usually try a new restaurant. Last year was a nice night out, but just okay. I did look into going to Canlis this year, but there were no reservations available online even six week out! If you watched Top Chef Seattle, it was featured in the episode where the contestants try to replicate the restaurant's classic dishes that have been on the menu since they opened in the 1950s. I probably could have picked up the phone and called, but I took it as a sign that we should just go with Daniel's Broiler, always our favorite.
|A 'French Horn' martini, it was lovely.|
|We always request a booth that faces West, looking toward Lake Washington, Seattle and the Olympic Mountains.|
Maybe we'll venture into new territory on our anniversary in September, maybe...
- Monday - Pizza
- Tuesday - Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado and Goat Cheese (a favorite Pinterest find from Recipe Girl)
- Wednesday - Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole (trying this one Mommy Run Fast had on her menu the other week, from Slimsanity)
- Thursday - Pioneer Woman's Fancy Mac and Cheese with Roasted Broccoli (had a batch leftover in the freezer, yay! Check out some of my other favorite freezer meals.)
- Friday - Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry with Trader Joe's Brown Rice (from the freezer section, so easy) and Red Curry Sauce
- Saturday - Rigatoni Arrabbiata (Saturday Night Pasta)
- Sunday - Taco Bowls with Guac-a-Salsa Salad (an old favorite from Rachael Ray)
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