Apr 172017
 

On Saturday it seemed like Spring was finally here! It was sunny and warm out! Which was nice because it’s been a particularly rainy (and snowy!!) winter here in Oregon –just on Friday it was hailing!

We’ve done this hike once before. And just like that first time, we had a hard time finding the trailhead. (Here is the hike info: Gresham Butte-Butler Creek Hike.) This time we somehow found the OTHER trailhead for this hike.

I took a photo of the street sign so we could remember where this trailhead is.

From the entrance we started going up hill pretty quickly. It was slow and steady, nothing too crazy. It definitely got my heart pumping though!

It was probably about 60-65 degrees out and the sun felt so wonderful! Logan was loving it, Bella was happy to be outside. I was feeling pretty good physically, even though the hills were a challenge. Slow and steady.

We got to the top of the massive hill and stopped for lunch. Seriously, the hill was so steep! I wish the photos did it justice.

I packed us low-carb lunches. Michael had a low-carb wrap and I skipped the wrap and just did my meat and cheese wrap with hummus and carrots, olives and strawberries. It was a good and filling lunch (but after the hike I kind of crashed).

Logan got a bottle and then we let him run around a bit. I posted a video on Instagram if you’re interested.

Bella was so happy to be out in the woods! (So were we.)

After lunch we hit the trail again. It was a steep down hill hike.

We saw the creepy old school bus in the woods!

I knew we were both going to feel this hike the next day because of the downhill part! My glutes were really firing as we descended!

Logan fell asleep about 5 minutes before the end of the trail:

Here are my calories and stats for the hike:

The hike was “short” (we could have made it longer) but it was a workout! Look at our elevation and my heart rate:

It was a really nice workout outside in the sunshine for a change! Logan slept the whole way home and Michael successfully transferred him to his crib without waking him up. I gave Bella a bath because she was caked in mud from the hike!

And that’s about when I crashed. I just didn’t have enough carbs (and maybe fat too?) for the hike. This was the first time since starting my diet that I crashed after a workout. I had some peanut M&M’s, a glass of milk and waited to see if that helped. Not quite. So I had some caffeine (diet soda) and 3 ritz crackers with peanut butter on them. I took a short nap and then felt a whole lot better. I’m a bit disappointed in the bonk, but….live and learn.

To wrap up this post I’d like to share a few Easter photos because Logan looks adorable. 🙂

Happy spring!

Nov 222016
 

Saturday turned out to be a really nice day! I planned on going to the gym but Michael suggested we go for a walk as a family since it was so sunny and kind of warm out. It turned out to be a really lovely walk.

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Not too bad of a calorie burn for a long walk/jog. It was nice to go out as a family, too.

Also over the weekend, it was my cousin Anna’s bridal shower. Her friend Shawna planned a super fun and unique shower for her–a cooking lesson! Her friend Bernadette, who has been a chef in many Portland restaurants and now does some catering on her own, taught a cooking lesson for the shower and it was so much fun!

We were all instructed to bring our favorite recipe for Anna and $10 in one dollar bills…hmmm…what could that be for?? 😉

Turned out there were a few rules for the party. You couldn’t mention the honeymoon, their new house or the fiance by name and if you did you had to put $1 in a jar as a tax. It was a funny idea. The money in the jar was going towards the purchase of a Kitchenaid Mixer for the happy couple. I love that idea!

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There were some snacks out while we mingled. Cheese, fruit, crackers, French bread. Lots of wine, sparkling water and lemon water. It was a big group, too, and my mom drove down and stayed with us overnight so she could go. A bunch of my aunts and cousins were there and it was nice to see everyone.

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We were all told to bring our favorite recipe, too. So we all decorated our recipe cards and put them in a book for Anna. My Grandma sent down her coffee cake recipe (which is the best you’d ever eat) and I put in Michael’s mac n’ cheese recipe in the book.

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The party was at my aunt Sheila’s house and the decorations were adorable.

The cooking instruction started. Dinner was salmon with Asian slaw, zucchini and rice.

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The cooking instruction was really fun and interesting and Bernadette answered questions (some just general cooking questions) and was a good teacher. She walked us through her recipe for the slaw and homemade dressing and recruited Anna to do the mixing:

Then she walked us through making the sauce for the salmon. It was tamari, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes and cornstarch with water.

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We all got to taste the sauce after it thickened up and it was almost like a tangy, tamari caramel sauce. It was SO good!!!

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Here is the finished product:

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The food was absolutely delicious! Shawna is going to email everyone the recipe soon and when I get it I will post it. I definitely want to make that sauce because it was so amazing. I also loved that it was a simple, healthy, low-calorie meal that anyone could make.

After dinner we had dessert. Anna’s mom made a chocolate/whipped cream/walnut dessert and a raspberry cheesecake bar dessert. I had a small piece of both.

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The cooking lesson was a blast and it inspired me to look into some cooking classes in the future. It’s something I’ve done in the past and had fun but never stuck with.

It was such a fun night. I was so glad we all got together and celebrated the upcoming wedding. It’s going to be a blast!

Question: Have you ever had a cooking lesson? What did you learn to cook?