What. A. Day.
I was exhuasted last night, which is why I headed directly for bed. I got a good solid 8 hr night of sleep and felt super refreshed upon waking up this morning to sunlight pouring through the windows. I love sunny, cool mornings…especially in the mountains. 🙂
The house is sort of in the middle of nowhere and its absolutely perfect for just getting away. And considering how close we are to various mountains and trails, it also makes for lots of opportunites to be outdoors (as long as the weather holds up…*crossing fingers!*).
This is the front of the house, after driving up a very steep driveway to the top of the hill.
I take over the upstairs whenever we come here, and it’s just so cozy. The bedroom has a rustic, “cabin’esh” feeling to it… 😀
After coming downstairs this morning, I realized that A) I was the first one up and B) I was starving!!
First I did a little bit of light, gentle yoga for about 10-15 minutes to fully wake myself up. Then I got right to work on breakfast.
I had a nice big bowl of hot oats to warm me up on a cool morning…
- 1/4 c. oatmeal
- 1/4 c. oatbran
- 1 c. milk
- 1 banana
- cinnamon and nutmeg
Topped with blueberries (of course 😉 ), Raisin Nut FEED granola (making me wonder which flavor I love the most??? This one’s amazing and taste like a cinnamon raisin cookie!!), and a scoop of almond butter. As always, super delicious and filling too! 🙂
I looked at the weather forecast for today and took note of the fact that today was supposedly the best weather we’ll be seeing all week. Dad churped in that we should take advante of it and hike Mt. Osceola!! We had hiked this mountain once before when I was 7, and all I could remember from it was running out of water on a really hot, hot day. Haha…so I think some new memories of this particular mountain needed to be made. 😉
I scrambled to put together a quick gorp with whatever food we happened to have with us. Cheerios, Almonds, Raisins. Nothing too fancy, but it did the trick for energy food!
This handful x7…at least. We stopped every 1/2 hr. or so to keep our fuel up. 🙂
We stayed at a pretty constant pace going up the mountain, but took time to appreciate the open views along the way too. 🙂
At the top, I pulled out “lunch.” An apple and a berry go-mega bar…you can’t beat lunch on top of a mountain, no matter how simple it is! Everything just tastes sooo good after a sweaty hike…ha. 😉
We were treated with gorgeous views on top of Mt. Osceola, which is, according to dad, about 4,300 ft. It’s one of the 48-4,000+ ft. mountains of New Hampshire. I can’t decide if I want to accomplish all of them or if I should just stick to the ones with great views like this one…I can’t help that I like to be rewarded for my hard work of climbing up! 😀
We were also treated with this beautiful rainbow. It started spreading thinner and thinner as the wind blew the clouds away, but it lasted long enough for us to all enjoy it. SO pretty! 🙂
Camera posing time! 🙂
Mom was on her toes today and packed us up a cooler full of chilled water, ice cold grapes…
And cheese & crackers. The cheese is really yummy…sometimes I’m not a fan of the lighter cheeses, but this is cracker barrel’s 2 % extra sharp cheddar and was really yummy. The crackers are sourdough wasa crackers. Some people say they taste like cardboard, others love them. Personally I think they’re a crunchy addition to a good cheese and love them this way or with peanut butter. 🙂
We finally arrived back “home” after a long day of hiking, and we were all pretty hungry. Dad got to work on starting the grill. Him and mom were both stoked about getting their rib eye steaks on the grill, and I opted for a chicken sausage instead…
But since that would be taking a while, I had a little snack of chocolate soy milk and a slice of delicious multigrain boule…
It’s crusty but doughy all at the same time. And sort of sweet too, from the molasses in there. Mmm…this is a very good bread and will be great as toast for a breakfast sometime this week too. 🙂
Time for dinner!!! On the menu tonight:
- Chicken Sausages: These are the spicy buffalo al Fresco sausages, which I promptly topped with sauerkraut and some catsup. Absolutely heavenly! 😀
- Grilled Potatoes: There wasn’t any garlic powder in the house, so I went the simple route by sprinklin’ with salt and pepper. They were actually perfect this way! We picked them up from a farm stand, and I find that with really fresh produce items, simplicity is usually the best option. 🙂
- Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash: Easy Peazy option: drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, place on grill until nicely browned. 🙂
Everything came together wonderfully and tasted great! It was the perfect post-workout fuel. 🙂
Nobody was too full for this…:)
Edy’s Peanut Butter Cup Slow Churned icecream…heaven on a spoon. 🙂
The sun started to set after dinner, so we flicked these on for ultimate coziness appeal… 🙂
And now I’m just finishing up on catching up on blogs and this post while sitting on the deck. Life is good. 🙂
Bedtime Snack: Bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares and milk…love this stuff!
Today was a full day but in a good way!! Now I’m off to relax a little bit…g’night all!!! 🙂