Aug 292013
 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting some of the sweetest, gentlest, cutest dogs I’ve ever encountered! Michael and I had planned on going to the greyhound fair at the Sellwood Dog Supply store but  Michael had to take care of something last minute so I went by myself. I am so glad I did. My heart was stolen by two of the dogs I got to meet!

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The Oregon Greyhound Adoption team was there with a bunch of dogs that are need of loving homes. There were about five dogs at the fair and unfortunately none of them were cat-friendly otherwise I would have left with one of them! I fell in love with two of the dogs I met that day.

The first was Dean. He was a gorgeous brindle greyhound. Dean is 75 pounds and 3 years old. He was probably the sweetest, most lovable dog I’ve ever encountered. He struck me as the kind of dog that just wants lots of cuddles, kisses and hugs. He was glued to my side and would nudge my hand for pets just like Fat Kitty does!

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DEAN

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Look at that face! How could you NOT love that face?!

The other dog was Jered. Jered was another sweetie but about 8 years old or so. Jered was a little grumpy when the other dogs got too close to him but he was still very sweet. I think he is just the kind of dog that needs to be the only animal in a house and gets undivided attention from his humans.

JERED

JERED

 

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Jered never got sick of me petting him and scratching his ears. He was so cute. I was at the adoption fair for over an hour. I asked a ton of questions and got to spend time with the dogs. I didn’t want to leave! According to the adoption counselors greyhounds are giant couch potatoes. After they are “retired” from racing they don’t want to run like they used to. I asked how often I need to take them outside to run and she said once a day for like 10 minutes. Seriously, they are couch potatoes. They sound more like cats than dogs!

Some of my concerns are about our lifestyle. We’re looking for a dog that can go hiking with us and they said a greyhound was a maybe on that. She wasn’t sure what kind of endurance they have–which makes sense because when they were racing, it wasn’t like they were running 30 miles at a time. Not that Michael and I hike for super long distances, but I’d be concerned about the dogs. Also, she wasn’t sure if they’d be good dogs to run with me (even if I’m only doing a few miles at a time).

So with the lifestyle concerns on top of being worried about my kitties, I’m starting to wonder if they would be the right breed for us. I haven’t crossed them off the list entirely, but I have serious doubts. When Michael and I get back from vacation I want to go to the humane society and see a bunch of different dogs all at once and see what kind of feelings I get then.

When I was done checking out the dogs, I went home and made pesto with the basil from my garden. I wanted to do that at the end of every summer that we’ve had a garden and just haven’t gotten around to it. I finally did! And I’m so glad. It’s delicious.

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I found a few different recipes online and decided to try this one. It was great! I had TONS of basil I needed to use.

Fresh Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Calories per serving: About 280

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.

Notes

From: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/

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It didn’t take long to make this recipe. I doubled it so I could freeze most of the pesto for this winter. After making the pesto I made lunch–a turkey and pesto sandwich on gluten-free bread Michael bought at Costco (it’s surprisingly good).

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Awesome sandwich! And I used up 90% of my basil. Mission accomplished. The only downside to making pesto is that it is REALLY high in calories. I use it sparingly. I love to use pesto on sandwiches and in pasta dishes but again, it packs on the calories so it’s not something I eat often.

YOGI CLOTHING GIVEAWAY

Finally, I wanted to announce the winner of the Yogi Clothing giveaway. Using Random.org it chose #16-Ashley C! Email me asap with your mailing information. Thanks again!

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Aug 262013
 

About 6 months ago I started going to yoga once a week. I went because of my knee injury; I was desperate and willing to try anything that might help. I’d never been a fan of yoga. As a cardio junkie, it was just too slow. I knew I NEEDED it, however, and always feel better after I finish a yoga class.

When I first started going once a week, I found a class I really loved. The teacher was awesome and her classes were challenging, fun and interesting. It wasn’t the same old same old routine that a lot of other classes are like where I am bored to tears. She also started each class with asking what areas of the body we wanted to work on. That was nice, especially on a Friday night after a long week of work and difficult workouts.

One thing that always baffled my mind: I could lift heavy weights, hold 50 pounds while doing squats, 65 pounds for Romanian deadlifts, I could do the overhead press and bench press a decent number…yet holding certain yoga poses for more than a few seconds was murder! What’s up with that? Despite how much I may struggle in some classes, I’m starting to enjoy going. I started to notice that my balance improved (a little bit), I grew to like a lot of the poses (Tree Pose is my favorite) and I love ending a busy, stressful week with a yoga class. It’s refreshing.

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I usually just wear my normal workout gear when I go to yoga class. Not exactly zen, right? I was contacted by Yogi Clothing and asked if I wanted to review some of their yoga wears. I checked out their website and they have a lot of really cute clothes, and not just yoga outfits, either. I was sent the following things to review:

YOGI CLOTHING ACTIVE LACE PRINT LEGGINGS

YOGI CLOTHING JERSEY LACE PRINT TANK

YOGI CLOTHING SEAMLESS SHORTS

When I first got the leggings, I thought Uh oh, these are way too small. They are a medium, which is normally what I’d wear, but they looked so tiny! Luckily they weren’t! The fabric was really soft and stretchy and they fit perfectly. In fact, they might even be a little loose. They are so soft and comfortable. I see now why people wear yoga pants all the time. :)

The pants are very cute, too. Michael saw me trying them on when they first arrived and he commented on how feminine they look. The waistline has a black and white lace band around it that is really pretty.

The shorts are comfortable but way too small for me to wear in public! They will work perfectly for under skirts and dresses though. In fact, I packed the black shorts in my suitcase to take on my trip to LA. A little extra support is never a bad thing! The shirt is adorable and feels like silk, so soft on my skin.

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I wore my new outfit to yoga and it worked pretty well. I LOVED the pants. They were super comfortable, flattering and didn’t move around during class like some pants can. The shirt, however, was a little too loose I think. During some yoga moves the shirt fell down revealing my stomach a little too much. The shirt was also shedding some fabric. Despite not being 100% satisfied with the shirt, I loved the pants so much that I’m still a happy camper.

Do you want to know more about Yogi Clothing? You can check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages to be the first to know of their sales and discount code and their Pinterest boards have lots of inspiration:

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Thank you, Yogi Clothing, for giving me the opportunity to review the products and FINALLY look like I’m in class for YOGA and not just there after a workout! I finally fit the part. :)

GIVEAWAY

Do you want a chance to try out their products? Yogi Clothing generously offered to give one of my readers a chance to try their clothes first hand. The giveaway is open to USA and Canadian residents only. To enter, just leave a comment on this post about what your favorite yoga move is! I will pick one winner on Thursday August 29th!

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