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If you’re still here, thank you for hanging in with me during my summer hiatus.  Life has been full and adventurous over the last few months.  Vacations, trail races, photographing for a cookbook and magazines, along with the everyday hustle of our three boy household meant prioritizing any extra time.  The view away from my laptop became so appealing, that I decided to take a break.  My creative juices were tapped and time away seemed just the way to replenish them and find my direction.

Moab, Utah

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There are some experiences that stay with you long after they are over.  I recently had just that.  About a week and a half ago, I ventured east to New York City for the weekend.  It was my first trip to the Big Apple, and within minutes of arriving, I knew it would not be my last.  While I love the wide open spaces I come from, the vibrancy of the city left me feeling inspired and energized.

What brought me to New York?  Well, I had the privilege to photograph a cookbook by my friend Laura, ‘The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet’.  She was having a book signing at Barnes & Noble that weekend and graciously invited me to tag along.  We have a second book (!) coming out in just two short weeks, so this was a chance to celebrate that, the beginning of work on a third book and a time for us to collaborate face to face.

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

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We’ve had an early start to our Wednesday morning.   The phone just rang with the much anticipated announcement of a snow day.  It’s our second one this week.  After a very mild winter, including spring like temperatures just last week, February has come in with a vengeance…and about 10 inches of snow.

Egg Avocado & Salsa Breakfast Bowl

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As I sit here to write, I’m trying to decide where to begin.  Much to share, but not anything of real significance, just the usual of life with a few lightbulb moments thrown in for good measure.  While winter remains to be my least favorite season, I’m finding ways to make it tolerable.  Bundling up for a good run, sweating it out in Spin class, spending time with friends, making and reading about good food.  As I said, nothing of significance, just all working toward spring, more sunshine and warmth.

Raspberry & Chia Breakfast Jar

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Hello!  Here we are halfway into January!  I’m happy to say that the month is flying by.  This winter, I promised myself, I would put a good effort into finding ways to get outdoor time in, despite the cold.  Winter and I haven’t been on good terms the last few years.  The cold makes my body ache and lack of sunshine starts to take it’s toll.  The other three seasons of the year I am outside and active, but come winter that takes a down ward turn.  That is, until this year.  I’m happy to say…so far, so good.  Thanks to a run running group and an encouraging friend, I’ve been running our local trails each week.  The crisp, fresh air, beautiful surroundings, and laughter have been invigorating in ways I never expected.  And running in the cold?  Well, it’s all about layers and wearing the right kind of clothes.  I have yet to feel cold.  Earlier this week, I even braved 13 degree temperatures and a ‘feels like’ of 1 degree.  That’s a major accomplishment for this warm weather lover!

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Moving on to today’s post…green smoothies.  I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a smoothie drinker.  I need to chew my meals to feel satisfied, but every now and then, I’ll make one.  They especially taste good after a long run, when I’m hungry, but my stomach isn’t quite ready for solids.  There’s this window of opportunity to take in good nutrition (within an hour of finishing your activity) to replenish the stores that have been used.  By packing in nutrient rich foods, like those found in this smoothie, you are helping the body recover.

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