Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Flowers

A couple months ago Andrew and I attended a local Bridal Expo to get our last few elusive vendors (you know the little things like a florist, a photographer...). There wasn't much advertising leading up to the expo and we live in a small town, so we weren't expecting much. How wrong we were. We arrived 2 hours before the expo was due to end and only made it to one room out of three!

Regardless, we were able to score some of our favorite vendors, like a florist and a photographer! We literally stumbled onto our florist in the most perfect way. Andrew and I had already made our way around the outside of the room and were on the inside leg when we both stopped for the same reason - we had spotted a bouquet almost exactly what we were looking for.


It was this beautiful bouquet...succulents and roses. I kid you not, it stopped us in our tracks! Donna from Prescott Personal Touch Flowers was amazing and answered all our questions! Andrew was so excited he actually set up a meeting for us right there! Ha! And who says the groom is never involved in the wedding?


We've now met with Donna and her partner a couple times and we are very excited to see our wedding flowers. They are going to be very cool.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day - Lake Clean Up

In honor of Earth Day, and for a class assignment, the boy I tutor decided to spend his time today cleaning up trash from one of the local lakes. 


Look at those beautiful granite dells! Love them.



Glad I changed into my jeans - the wind picked up and got a little chilly.



He did such a good job filling up his bag. 


Spotted these lovely daisies and desperately wanted to make a daisy chain!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Brunch - Whole 30 Style

Andrew doesn't like mornings very much, but lucky for him I'm typically a very early riser! Since I had an extra few hours on my hands, I wanted to make something new for Easter brunch. Andrew doesn't like sweet things for breakfast (no pancakes, muffins, or anything delicious) and Whole 30 doesn't allow for any of those things, so instead I got creative (and went to Pinterest for inspiration). I found this delicious recipe for a Sweet Potato Quiche from Grok Grub and decided to give it a go.


First up was to peel 3lbs of sweet potatoes! This meant peeling the entire bag from Trader Joe's! I thought it seemed a little excessive to peel that many potatoes, but I'm a rule follower and that's what the recipe called for! 


All my sweet potatoes peeled and cubed. This shot isn't very good at showing depth, but trust me this pile of sweet potato goes on for a while!


Here they are all lined up on the world's largest baking sheet. But I didn't care, I love sweet potato so how could you go wrong with 3lbs!?


While the sweet potato is in the oven becoming delicious, cook up some bacon and try not to burn the house down (seriously does anyone else's kitchen get smoked out from cooking bacon!? Ridiculous).


Next add eggs from a hoard of chickens. It's always amazing to me how many eggs are called for in Paleo/Whole 30 recipes. Don't get me wrong, I like eating the unfertilized fetus of another animal, but 10 eggs is quite excessive. Wouldn't you agree?


Well here it all is in my square pyrex. It turns out I don't actually own a pie dish. It's quite remarkable, but true. So I used the next best thing I could find, and good thing too because all those sweet potatoes barely fit in the pyrex!


And three hours later I finally got to eat this delicious quiche. Even Andrew liked it, but did give a few notes:

  • Why are there so many sweet potatoes?
  • This would actually be amazing if there wasn't an entire farmers market worth of sweet potatoes in here.
  • Next time add more bacon. And sausage. Just more meat in general.
  • Really this is quite good.
  • Less sweet potatoes though.
So there you have it: more meat, less sweet potatoes. Overall pretty good for Easter brunch. I don't think I would make this every weekend because it was quite time consuming, but definitely once a month or so!



Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tough Mudder Done and Dusted



This past weekend I was able to conquer Tough Mudder in Phoenix with the help of my fellow crazy friends from Captain CrossFit!


The majority of our group were smart and went down on the Friday night. Andrew and I opted instead to drive down Saturday morning. That's a screen shot of my phone right after I woke up. Yup...4.30am wake up call. That's the price you pay for living in the middle of nowhere, it takes you forever to get to the closest big city!


Repping my Captain CrossFit team tank and our bag of goodies! Since Andrew and I are on Whole 30 we had to bring our own snacks to make sure we didn't go off plan! 


This is our whole Captain CrossFit crew! Little did we know what was awaiting us on the other side!


Mile 1 of our 11.2 mile course! Pretty sure I got swamp foot right around here!


The partner carry. I was actually enjoying this, not that my face shows it.


This one was called "Balls to the Wall"! It looked much more intimidating than it actually was. There were foot holds nailed into the wall so you were able to get your footing and then pull yourself up.


Ha, the look on my face is priceless. This one actually surprised me the most! I have never been able to do monkey bars - not even as a kid - and I was actually thinking about walking around this one, when I told myself to at least give it a try. At the very worst I would drop into that disgusting looking water.


So I gave it a go and was completely shocked when I past the third rung. I knew then that I could do it as long as I kept going!


Probably the proudest moment of my day! Definitely worth the hand pain.


This one is around mile 9, right before we had to walk the plank. Thank goodness too because I was caked in mud at that point! 


Electro Shock - the one obstacle that most people are afraid of! It wasn't really all that bad, except I did get hit on my back right at the very end. Definitely wouldn't say it was a pleasant feeling, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I had hyped it up to be.


After completion, beer in hand, and ready to pass out! So happy that I had such a supportive team with me the whole way! I definitely don't think I could've gotten through without these guys!


At this point I was exhausted and beat up. Had to take a selfie to commemorate the event (especially in my swanky new headband), but I couldn't stand to be covered in mud anymore. After we completed I showered, changed, and headed straight to the car!

One of our members had organized us well since we were all staying in the same hotel. We managed to commandeer the outdoor BBQ space and cooked up some delicious tri-tip! Everyone else ended the night by celebrating a teammates birthday with cake, while Andrew and I chewed on some carrot sticks! 


And lastly, here is a compilation of all my major traumas brought on by Tough Mudder: a ripped hand courtesy of the finger hang, two feet with blisters from swamp foot around mile 1, and scrapes and bruises from the mud mile! Super sexy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Whole 30


Poor Andrew was dragged into another one of my crazy ideas! If you're in any sort of contact with Andrew I'm sure you've heard him moan about this insane diet I have him on! In full disclosure he did choose to do this with me; I never forced him!

This all started at CrossFit. I'm running a Clean Eating Nutrition Challenge for our members. We were supposed to start a challenge of this sort earlier in the year, but it never took on. Finally, one of the coaches and I decided to take the reins and build our own challenge. The basic premise for the challenge is no processed foods and no added sugar. Sounds simple enough right? Well it is.

Unfortunately (for Andrew) before this challenge even started another coach recommended I read the book "It Starts With Food". This book was written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the co-creators of the Whole 30 plan. Essentially it's a much, much stricter form of Paleo. Really it's an elimination diet so that people who have consistent gut problems can find relief, a cure, or the culprit of those issues. I figured that it would be a great idea for Andrew and I to do this plan since A) Andrew has a few gut issues, but refuses to figure out the culprit; and B) I have a serious addiction to sugar and can spare to lose a few pounds before the wedding. 

So I presented the idea of doing Whole 30 to Andrew under the guise of the CrossFit competition and the ability to possibly win some cool prizes. Who wouldn't want to get rewarded for shedding a few pounds and becoming healthier? He begrudgingly agreed and has been whining about it ever since!

We are now 1 week into Whole 30 and we can already see a difference in our bodies (and our guts)! We both are still having strong cravings for the foods we're used to eating like bread and rice, but everyday gets a little easier. It's actually been pretty nice being so conscious about our food choices. Normally we wouldn't think twice about eating processed foods or candy or chocolate, but now we have to scrutinize everything that goes in our mouths.

I'll keep you posted on how week 2 is working out for us! I can already foresee more whining and complaining! Haha!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hike with Dooley

I used to take our dog Dooley on walks/hikes everyday, but unfortunately his health hasn't been great the last few months. After taking him to the vet every other week for a few months (luckily we are friends with our vet) we finally figured out what was causing him all his problems (terrible sores on his feet, rashes on his belly) - he is allergic to poultry. 


Wouldn't be such a big deal except we fed him ground turkey for dinner every night. Now that we have taken him off that (and put him on the world's most expensive dog food) he's doing much better. 


To celebrate I thought I would take him out for a hike. We hadn't been out in forever and the weather was perfect! We went out to Lynx Lake which isn't too far from where we live. Dooley made it halfway around the lake before showing signs of giving up (it had been a while), but he was a trooper and kept up with me the whole time. He even ignored most of the dogs we met along the way! 


Although he did make frequent pit stops along the way! 


He doesn't love his picture being taken...but he grumbled and let me do my thing! 


It was such a beautiful day! Somehow we managed to stay in the shade the majority of the time, so luckily we didn't get too hot. 




 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Statement Necklace

The wedding is quickly approaching and the one thing I know I want need is a statement necklace.  Not just any statement necklace, I want an emerald statement necklace.  Since I can't afford a real emerald necklace, I'm willing to settle for the next best thing!  Check out these works of beauty!


Check out more on my Pinterest page.