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!


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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It’s hard to believe we are finally here at Christmas Eve.  The last year has been a whirlwind of adventure.  I’m so thankful for this small space and those of you that visit.  While I know it’s been a little quieter here the last month that only proves how much we’ve truly been filling our days.  With each year that passes, I believe more and more, life is fuller away from the screen than in front of it.  Not to worry, I’ll be sharing our stories in pictures here as always.  Everything feels a little more balanced when I can see the world through my lens.

Merry Christmas, and here’s to wrapping up 2014, wishing you many adventures in the new year to come.

Hot Cocoa Stand


*images from our 4th Annual Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Stand, by far one of our favorite December traditions


There is a big cold front that is supposed to drop into my neck of the woods today.  It appears that our beautiful fall is coming to a chilly end.  As seasons go, fall is usually my favorite, followed closely by summer.  While the colors of autumn have my heart, there is nothing I love quite as much as the warm sun shining on my face.  I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures.  From today until April I’ll wear no less than 2-3 layers.

Maple Almond Butter Apple Crisp

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Welcome to November!  It’s hard to believe that we are already heading into the eleventh month of the year.  Thanks to some cool, windy days the leaves on the trees are now a patchwork quilt of color gracing the lawns.  About six weeks ago, we made our yearly trip over to Waubonsie State Park to walk the trails.  It’s become one of the things I look forward to most about fall.  A cool morning, hiking under the canopy of trees, the crunch of leaves and fallen acorns under our feet.  This year we were a little early for the color, but it was no less beautiful.

Chewy Granola Bars

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