back to reality

Hi Friends,

Had the most lovely time in Duluth this weekend.  The BF and I made a nice traveling team.  I was a bit nervous before the trip as this was going to be the longest stretch of time that we had spent together.  Everything went swimmingly.  We bummed around the city, did some hiking along the north shore and enjoyed some delicious eats. 

I think the foodie highlight of the trip was a slice of Rhubarb Raspberry Crunch pie from the world famous Betty’s Pies.  My camera was dead otherwise I most definitely would have snapped a photo.  It was positively glorious and picture perfect.  The rhubarb adds such a nice bit of pop to the pie.  We were trying to think of rhubarb recipes that we not baked goods but couldn’t come up with any.  Anyone have any?  Please share!

The following are some photos I snapped during our hike at Gooseberry Falls.  The weather was a little crappy but we enjoyed ourselves anyway.

After making a major grocery store run this afternoon, all I could think about for dinner was seaweed salad and miso soup from Fuji Ya, may fav neighborhood sushi joint. 

I dished out ten bucks and ordered some take out.  Vacation officially ends tomorrow right ?!?!

Things I am thankful for/really like

1.  Traveling! and returning home

2.  The BF

3.  The fact that it is almost 8pm and it is still lightish out!

4.  Spring break all this week.  YEHAW!

5.  Anticipating 70 degree weather on Tuesday.

6.  Iced coffee!

I am having trouble forming coherent thoughts, so I should probably call it a night.  The before school program has all day programming for the kiddos since there is no school so I’ll be working some different shifts this week.  Should be fun!

What did you all do this weekend and please share any rhubarb recipes you have!

Later

Kate

peace out!

Hi Friends,

Wanted to say toodles before I head to Duluth tomorrow for our mini spring break!  It is supposed to be colder there than it is in Minneapolis but whatever.

Later!

Kate

I love my parents

Hi friends,

I think I may have the best parents.  I was so doped up on cold meds on Monday that I completely forgot it was my mom’s birthday.  Yikes!  I called her early Tuesday morning still slightly doped and feeling extremely guilty to wish her a happy birthday.  After at 10 hour day today, I arrived home to these beauties.

The parentals sent me a lovely bunch of tulips with a note wishing me a fast recovery from my cold.  I seriously almost cried.  How great are they?!  I am very thankful to have such supportive, giving parents.  I love them!

Check out Cassie’s great post.  Seriously inspirational.  I am all charged up now after reading it. 

I must be getting my period soon.  I am not usually this emotional :)

Later friends,

Kate

Rice WIN!

Hi friends,

This weekend I did something new!  After years of subsiding on instant rice, my inner cheap skate got the best of me and I made brown rice on the stove top.  Yehaw!

Just look at all that fluffy, ricey goodness.  Post college I over-cooked like 10 pots of rice before throwing in the towel and going instant.  After a few google searches, I put my pot of carefully measured rice and water on the stove and set the timer on my phone.  Forty minuets later I was left with a weeks worth of rice.  YUM!

I’ve been eating lots of meals like this lately and was excited to add my homemade rice into the mix.

I’ve been filling a large bowl with a grain, protein, sautéed/steamed veggies and some sort of sauce.  It has been hitting the spot and I know that it is a balanced meal.  This mix includes the rice, kidney beans, sautéed broccoli. mushrooms and spinach topped with a green onion, avocado and Newman’s Own Black Bean Salsa.  Yum!  The combination are endless.  Last week I had quinoa, tofu, steamed mushroom and bok choy topped with a mix of miso, tahini and tamari.  I really should have photographed that one too as it was outstanding.

Thanks for your well wishes yesterday.  I have two functioning nostrils now which is very nice but am still not up to 100 percent.  I heard this year is supposed to  be a bad one for allergies.  blah!  I haven’t had them since I was a kid so I am really hoping this is just a cold and not them resurfacing.

Later,

Kate

allergies?

Hi friends,

I feel like poo right now.  I can’t decide if I have a cold or allergies, but all I know is that is SUCKS!  I attempted to go to class tonight but decided against it.  A holistic health class is not the place to be coughing and blowing your nose every 5 min.  Gross!  Anybody have secret remedies that the swear by?  Please share :)

Two bits to share:

Check out Kelly’s blog.  She has a really cool link on her blog where you can write your government reps urging them to support healthier school lunch choices.  It is quick and easy and oh so important!

Have you guys heard about the woman who is trying to weigh 1000 pounds?  I’ve seen her on Entertainment Tonight (I know!) a few times and really don’t know what I think about this.  I try not to judge people’s weight issues but this one irks me a bit.  I’m all about being comfortable and confident in your own skin but that amount of weight is DANGEROUS!  I want to know what is going on inside that makes her want this as her “thing.”

Ok, off to take a steamy shower and hopefully unplug my other nostril.  bluck!

Kate

Wandering

Hi friends,

I ventured out on Saturday morning to complete a wandering assignment for my Spiritual Wellness class.  We were supposed to take three hours, sans cell phone/multimedia device/human company, to just wander and go wherever we felt like going.  It was a little tough for me to truly just wandering.  After spending 20 antsy min of true wandering I decided to cheat a little and came up with two landmarks that I wanted to hit.  Once I did that, it was much easier for me to enjoy the experience of having three hours to slow down, be in the moment, and notice whatever it was that I wanted to notice. 

 The list below is things that I learned while wandering with some pictures I snapped along the way thrown in for good measure.  I secretly would love to travel the world and take artsy fartsy photos of stuff :)

1.  Always check weather.com before spending three hours outdoors.  It was sunny on Saturday morning which I assumed meant it would be warm so therefore I spent three hours shivering in a t-shirt and cardigan!

2.  I am that girl who is constantly looking at her Blackberry.  I was disappointed with how many times I absentmindedly reached into my pocket hoping to check email/facebook/text just for something to do.  Ish!

3.  There is a bunch of super cool stuff in my neighborhood that I did not even know existed.   Minneapolis also has a lot of architecturally impressive cool homes, store fronts, and major buildings.  I’ve got a new list of restaurants and shops that I need to check out.

4.  I do better when I have a general framework or schedule for my time.  Just think about an unplanned three hours made me so nervous!  What would be the point of that?  I need some sort of structure to frame my wanderings.  I began to enjoy my time much more when I decided where I wanted to go eventually.

5.  I should spend more time doing things that I don’t usually do.  I am way too young be stuck in a routine and sometimes I think I let my routine dictate my life too much.  Wandering showed me that there are so many other things that people do on a Saturday morning other than exercise and get groceries.  I think there is a difference too between routine and schedule.  Schedules are good, routines that become limiting are bad.

I didn’t have any sort of grand spiritual awakening so I hope that wasn’t the point of the activity.  My biggest learning was that it is really helpful to take time to get out of your routine and learn and experience new things.

This week is a bit packed but I think it shall go by very quickly.  The BF and I are heading up to Duluth next weekend for a mini spring break vacation.  The school we work at/attend are on the same spring break schedule so we figured to take advantage.  I’d love hear any recommendations for must see Duluth attractions!

Later Gators,

Kate

Green Breakfast

Hi Friends,

I have enjoyed the most delicious smoothie the last two mornings and had to make it again today because it is GREEN!

In the blender went 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, 1/2 a frozen banana, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond breeze, 1/8 a cube of tofu, a knob of fresh ginger, 1 TB ground flax, 1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood, two big handfuls of spinach, and three ice cubes.  The zing of the ginger is great and the tofu gives the smoothie a really nice, creamy texture and a bit of extra protein.  I feel really healthy when I get some veggies in at breakfast.

I top with a little granola and some powdered ginger.  I like to have a little something to chew on :)

Meet my morning beverage line up!  The smoothie and travel mug of coffee with unsweetened almond breeze keep my company on my 5:30am drive out to the suburbs.  I sip on the water in my Current throughout the before school program.  Needless to say, I make multiple trips to the bathroom before noon :)

Hope you are enjoying St Patrick’s Day!  My 4:50am alarm keeps in on nights like this :(

Kate

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