Shrimp over homemade salsa fresca, rice cooked in bone broth over kale and onion. Oh yeah and a little crema. Cooking for one tonight.

Sunrise the other morning. Feeling like fall now but still warm during the day. I hope it holds on a little longer.

Butternut squash soup with homemade grassfed beef Mexican chorizo and topped with apple relish.

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately. Lots of sauces and really good veggies. Feels good to mix it up. I’ve got a great menu planned for this week including some chili, some fish and another steak. Plus we will be celebrating our one year countdown to our wedding and our five year portland anniversary. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately. Lots of sauces and really good veggies. Feels good to mix it up. I’ve got a great menu planned for this week including some chili, some fish and another steak. Plus we will be celebrating our one year countdown to our wedding and our five year portland anniversary.

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately. Lots of sauces and really good veggies. Feels good to mix it up. I’ve got a great menu planned for this week including some chili, some fish and another steak. Plus we will be celebrating our one year countdown to our wedding and our five year portland anniversary.

Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school. Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school. Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school. Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school. Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school. Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school. Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school.

Some shots from this weekend. Spent a lot of it being sick and really just laying around. But did manage a workout for the recreate games where Todd and my team won first place! We ended the weekend watching the swifts dive into the chimney at chapman school.

Chicken with mushrooms about to go roast in the oven. So perfect for a fall evening. Served with roasted kale and mashed potatoes.

Todd has class on Tuesday evenings now so this is what I had for dinner: a big ass salad with microgreens topped with a pork chop. Yum.

This past weekend was pretty great and went by way too fast. We started off Friday pretty lazily; watching old episodes of Top Chef (which Todd has really gotten into) and just relaxing.
On Saturday we both went to the gym and met up with Lizzie there. It was a pretty grueling workout filled with rowing, running and medball shouldering. My legs were pretty beat by the end of it. Immediately after that we rushed over to Tyler and Emily’s house to catch the Timbers game. We lost the game, but they did make some really excellent breakfast, and we drank probably too many mimosas.
That evening we went over to Gab and Michelle’s house to hang out on their deck around a fire pit. It was nice and mellow and good to see some old friends we haven’t talked to in a while. Todd was sort of dragging his feet to go, but sometimes you have to just get there and then you realize you are having a good time.
Sunday I woke up early and then got ready to hike with Megs and Chelsea. Todd opted to stay home, and I have to say that was probably the right choice for him. This hike was super hard. We took the Hamilton Mountain trail which has about a 2,200 elevation gain and is 8 miles long. There was a point there when I thought we were never going to make it to the top. We were all pouring sweat and huffing our way to the top. I seriously was questioning my fitness level towards the end of it. How is it possible that I was practically dying when I work out 4 times a week!?
It was definitely worth it though as the views were beautiful. And nothing feels quite like climbing to the top of the mountain. We took a break, ate some snacks and then headed back down the hill. After wards we stopped at Thunder Hill Brewing which is right on the water. We split a plate of nachos and had a pint of cider and it was indeed pretty magical. I really great way to spend the day with some friends.
Today my legs are so sore from the hike, and this mornings workout filled with squats, rowing and crawls certainly didn’t help the situation. I am hoping this work week goes by quickly, it looks like we have a nice weekend ahead of us. This past weekend was pretty great and went by way too fast. We started off Friday pretty lazily; watching old episodes of Top Chef (which Todd has really gotten into) and just relaxing.
On Saturday we both went to the gym and met up with Lizzie there. It was a pretty grueling workout filled with rowing, running and medball shouldering. My legs were pretty beat by the end of it. Immediately after that we rushed over to Tyler and Emily’s house to catch the Timbers game. We lost the game, but they did make some really excellent breakfast, and we drank probably too many mimosas.
That evening we went over to Gab and Michelle’s house to hang out on their deck around a fire pit. It was nice and mellow and good to see some old friends we haven’t talked to in a while. Todd was sort of dragging his feet to go, but sometimes you have to just get there and then you realize you are having a good time.
Sunday I woke up early and then got ready to hike with Megs and Chelsea. Todd opted to stay home, and I have to say that was probably the right choice for him. This hike was super hard. We took the Hamilton Mountain trail which has about a 2,200 elevation gain and is 8 miles long. There was a point there when I thought we were never going to make it to the top. We were all pouring sweat and huffing our way to the top. I seriously was questioning my fitness level towards the end of it. How is it possible that I was practically dying when I work out 4 times a week!?
It was definitely worth it though as the views were beautiful. And nothing feels quite like climbing to the top of the mountain. We took a break, ate some snacks and then headed back down the hill. After wards we stopped at Thunder Hill Brewing which is right on the water. We split a plate of nachos and had a pint of cider and it was indeed pretty magical. I really great way to spend the day with some friends.
Today my legs are so sore from the hike, and this mornings workout filled with squats, rowing and crawls certainly didn’t help the situation. I am hoping this work week goes by quickly, it looks like we have a nice weekend ahead of us. This past weekend was pretty great and went by way too fast. We started off Friday pretty lazily; watching old episodes of Top Chef (which Todd has really gotten into) and just relaxing.
On Saturday we both went to the gym and met up with Lizzie there. It was a pretty grueling workout filled with rowing, running and medball shouldering. My legs were pretty beat by the end of it. Immediately after that we rushed over to Tyler and Emily’s house to catch the Timbers game. We lost the game, but they did make some really excellent breakfast, and we drank probably too many mimosas.
That evening we went over to Gab and Michelle’s house to hang out on their deck around a fire pit. It was nice and mellow and good to see some old friends we haven’t talked to in a while. Todd was sort of dragging his feet to go, but sometimes you have to just get there and then you realize you are having a good time.
Sunday I woke up early and then got ready to hike with Megs and Chelsea. Todd opted to stay home, and I have to say that was probably the right choice for him. This hike was super hard. We took the Hamilton Mountain trail which has about a 2,200 elevation gain and is 8 miles long. There was a point there when I thought we were never going to make it to the top. We were all pouring sweat and huffing our way to the top. I seriously was questioning my fitness level towards the end of it. How is it possible that I was practically dying when I work out 4 times a week!?
It was definitely worth it though as the views were beautiful. And nothing feels quite like climbing to the top of the mountain. We took a break, ate some snacks and then headed back down the hill. After wards we stopped at Thunder Hill Brewing which is right on the water. We split a plate of nachos and had a pint of cider and it was indeed pretty magical. I really great way to spend the day with some friends.
Today my legs are so sore from the hike, and this mornings workout filled with squats, rowing and crawls certainly didn’t help the situation. I am hoping this work week goes by quickly, it looks like we have a nice weekend ahead of us.

This past weekend was pretty great and went by way too fast. We started off Friday pretty lazily; watching old episodes of Top Chef (which Todd has really gotten into) and just relaxing.

On Saturday we both went to the gym and met up with Lizzie there. It was a pretty grueling workout filled with rowing, running and medball shouldering. My legs were pretty beat by the end of it. Immediately after that we rushed over to Tyler and Emily’s house to catch the Timbers game. We lost the game, but they did make some really excellent breakfast, and we drank probably too many mimosas.

That evening we went over to Gab and Michelle’s house to hang out on their deck around a fire pit. It was nice and mellow and good to see some old friends we haven’t talked to in a while. Todd was sort of dragging his feet to go, but sometimes you have to just get there and then you realize you are having a good time.

Sunday I woke up early and then got ready to hike with Megs and Chelsea. Todd opted to stay home, and I have to say that was probably the right choice for him. This hike was super hard. We took the Hamilton Mountain trail which has about a 2,200 elevation gain and is 8 miles long. There was a point there when I thought we were never going to make it to the top. We were all pouring sweat and huffing our way to the top. I seriously was questioning my fitness level towards the end of it. How is it possible that I was practically dying when I work out 4 times a week!?

It was definitely worth it though as the views were beautiful. And nothing feels quite like climbing to the top of the mountain. We took a break, ate some snacks and then headed back down the hill. After wards we stopped at Thunder Hill Brewing which is right on the water. We split a plate of nachos and had a pint of cider and it was indeed pretty magical. I really great way to spend the day with some friends.

Today my legs are so sore from the hike, and this mornings workout filled with squats, rowing and crawls certainly didn’t help the situation. I am hoping this work week goes by quickly, it looks like we have a nice weekend ahead of us.

This week was a mix of stress and fun. I had a lot of work to do and the client was in town. Looming deadlines always make the days go by more quickly. I worked late Thursday and Friday so I definitely earned my paycheck.

The photo above is from a focus group I attended for the work I have been doing. I was dreading it but found it to be very fun to watch. It was like the ultimate design critique because they didn’t hold back. We got some really good insights and I would love to do it again.

We have been sticking with the whole30 very well. Though I do have to be honest and we did cheat this weekend. Todd went out of town and didn’t have a lot of choice. So I decided to take my own break with it and had a tamale and went to brunch. Though I cheated on grains and sugar I have been holding off on drinking alcohol so that’s something to cheer about. This next week we will be picking back up on it again.

The whole30 so far has not been that challenging. I thought for sure I would be craving cheese by now. But I do have to say I haven’t noticed any drastic changes. It’s probably because I eat paleo/primal all the time normally. But we will keep going with it.

Todd went to workout with me twice this week! So awesome. I am really impressed by him. I think that he is even enjoying it and I’m not just forcing him to go. I am excited to see his results.

This weekend with Todd gone it’s been good to have some alone time. Though if I’m being honest it is sort of boring. I got a lot of wedding stuff done and planned out the registry. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But invites and all printed items are designed and done, website is done and registry is done. I even ordered a wedding dress. I hope it fits!

It really feels like fall here even though it has been very hot. The leaves are changing colors and falling and there is a welcomed change in the air. I love fall and everything that comes with it. I’m really excited about the holidays. Winter is ok I guess, I’m trying not to dwell on it. I think if I lie to myself enough I might make it through the winter. Maybe.

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