Weekend in Pictures

Ahh, a dog's life, full of walks, treats, and sleep. Not bad :)

Ahh, a dog’s life, full of walks, treats, and sleep. Not bad 🙂

Our new favorite hot sauce has been discovered: Marshall's Haute Sauce with Serranos, Ginger, and Lemongrass. Insanely tasty and made right here in Portland!!

Our new favorite hot sauce has been discovered tucked away at New Seasons Market: Marshall’s Haute Sauce has serrano peppers, ginger and lemongrass. It’s insanely tasty – plus it’s made right here in Portland!!

With sunset so early, taking this walk around dinnertime in my neighborhood showed me a pretty cool moon. Taking this while walking the dog meant a wee bit out of focus though :)

With sunset so early, taking this walk around dinnertime in my neighborhood and noticed some pretty cool moonlight. Taking this while walking the dog meant a wee bit out of focus though 🙂

I've never shot evening very well since I always just take advantage of natural light, so the moon is a bit shiny, but it was sure calling attention to it's fullness!!

I’ve never shot evening very well since I always just take advantage of natural light, so the moon is a bit shiny, but it was sure calling attention to it’s fullness!!

Well well, I have a new love - take a sweet potato or a yam, nuke it for 5 minutes, cut it open and add black beans that have been sauteed with garlic and chipotles, and topped with a little fake sour cream (no dairy for me!). Gorgeous little bitta comfort food and vegan to boot!

Well, I have a new love – grab an organic sweet potato or yam, nuke it 5 minutes, cut it down the middle and add black beans that have been sauteed with garlic and chipotles in adobo, then top with a dollop of vegan sour cream. Gorgeous bit o’ comfort food on a cold night!

Well, the husband is down with a cold but...unlike many fellas out there, my hubby has been an absolute trooper. *I* am actually the one making him take it easy and pace himself, as he's still biking to work through it and even did a small landscaping job on the side this weekend. (image source)

Well, the husband is down with a cold but…unlike many fellas out there, my hubby has been an absolute trooper. *I* am actually the one making him take it easy and pace himself, as he’s still biking to work through it and even did a small landscaping job on the side this weekend. Dosing him up big time with elderberry syrup, echinacea, vitamin c, and zinc, along with hot tea and chicken soup to keep him going strong since he doesn’t have any sick time yet. Seems to be working well and the best thing is – I’m not sick at all! Woo hoo! (image source)

With a whole bunch of apples left over from Thanksgiving (something makes me very happy I didn't end up doing a 2nd dessert!), I made these lovely gluten free apple oat muffins with cinnamon swirl on top. The recipe isn't vegan but it can easily be veganized. Ping me if you want me to publish the recipe - they are soooo moist and tasty!!

With a whole bunch of apples left over from Thanksgiving (something makes me very happy I didn’t end up doing a 2nd dessert!), I baked up these lovely gluten-free apple oat muffins with cinnamon swirl on top. The recipe isn’t vegan but it can easily be modified (the recipe isn’t GF either, but I use Bob’s Red Mill GF flour mix as a 1:1 sub on everything and it’s awesome). Ping me if you want me to publish the recipe – they are soooo moist and tasty!!

With a bit of extra pounds weighing me down in this first year of wedded bliss, I wanted to put together a strategy to drop them in a way that not only is attentive to the physical (exercise and nutrition) but also the other ways I need to ensure my own wellness. (image source)

With a bit of extra pounds weighing me down in this first year of wedded bliss, and wanting to be as healthy as possible before getting pregnant, I decided to put together a strategy to drop them in a way that not only is attentive to the physical (exercise and nutrition) but also the other ways I need to ensure my own wellness. As we know, losing excess weight is not simply “eat less and exercise!” as many of the never-been-there folks like to tell us. While my husband loves my curves, for me I just don’t feel as strong and agile as I once was, and that’s what I am really aiming for now. And with that, I need to address the things in my life that I often don’t ensure that I get, so that the time is spent in ways that respect all of who I am, that what I put in me is done so in a more mindful way. So I designed and implemented a Holistic Health Strategy for myself, with requirements that are reasonable yet challenging, and different than the typical weight loss plan. Things like turning off the TV by a certain time, reading a book for 30 minutes a day, making sure breakfast always includes fruit and dinner always includes a vegetable, taking at least 2 bike rides a week with my husband, and limiting my gluten and pork consumption to Sundays (in other words, bacon only once a week!). With that I also write down all of these things and rather than mandate them ALL, I try to fulfill at least one on the exercise, nutrition, and mental list I’ve created, including how I feel at the end of the day. I feel good about this – because it’s about wanting to feel more powerful – not fit into an item of clothing (that’s just the icing!) or fulfill some kind of new year’s resolution. It’s about my own peace within. (image source)

  One thought on “Weekend in Pictures

  1. December 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Love your nighttime pictures and your sweet potato with black beans looks delicious, it’s also easy which is one of my requirements for food. I like your plan to look at your life holistically to lose weight, good luck with it.

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