a walk in the woods (and a taste of bruschetta)

 

I drive my car through slippery ice.  I shovel dense, heavy snow off of the porch.  I plow myself through the slush and snow, on my daily runs and walks.  And the cars are dirty.  All. Of. The. Time.

But winter is not the problem.  Winter is not to blame.

The problem is that I don’t do anything to enjoy the snow.  The fault is my own.

 

 

Yesterday, I decided to change all of that and took my workout into the woods.

Al la snowshoes.

 

 

(Yes.  This is a lawn chair.  In the middle of the woods.  Buried in the snow.)

 

 

??? 

You just never know what you’ll run into. 😉

 

 

 Snowshoeing is such a fabulous workout.  I kept my heart rate up the entire time, simply by walking through deep layers of snow.

And the best part?  It didn’t once feel like a workout.

Going…

 

…Going…

 

 

…”Kind” of still going…

 

 

completely gone. Ha!

 

 

The secret to surviving winter:  finding a fresh new way to enjoy it!

 

 

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Honestly, I’ve never been much of a football fan.  But the Super Bowl involves lots of food.  And friends and family. 

I really, really enjoy the Super Bowl. 😀

 

 

For the party, everyone brought something to the table, which made for a deliciously wide variety of flavors.

 

 

I brought the bruschetta!

 

 

Good food.  Good friends.

(And the additional perk of having everyone cheering for the winning team.  Perfect.  Day.)

 

 

A Simple Bruschetta

Bruschetta may look all fancy and gourmet, but it’s actually one of the easiest appetizers you will ever put together.  If you would like to make a light lunch or dinner out of it, top the bread slices with fresh mozzarella cheese and serve with a side salad. 

For the best flavors and texture, choose a crusty bread that has aged a few days.  Enjoy! 😀

  • 1 whole grain baguette, sliced about 3/4 inch thick
  • 3-4 Tbsp. olive oil or more
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • parmesan, grated
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
  1. Set oven to low broil.  Combine olive oil, parmesan and garlic together in a bowl.
  2. Place bread slices on a baking sheet.  Brush oil mixture onto bread and place under broiler.  Cook until golden brown and crispy.  Flip over, spread with more of the oil mixture and continue cooking until browned. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and basil together.  Top the cooked bread slices with the tomato mixture and serve immediately.  ENJOY! 😀

Question: What is your favorite winter time activity? 

weekend post: my most favorite of things

Thank you all for the get well wishes!  I’m still not feeling completely myself today, but at least I was able to do everything that I had set my plans—and my heart—on doing.  I can tell that my immune system is hard at work fighting something off, and I’m sure by tomorrow I’ll be back to normal.  😀

Today was filled to the brim with a few of my most favorite of things.  It all started with an early morning walk.

And a bowl of your basic oatbran.

This bowl of creaminess was filled—and topped—with warm, sweet bananas.  With a sprinkle of walnuts and chia seeds.  Plus a drizzle of fresh maple syrup.

A short breezy morning walk + a warm, filling breakfast + a hot cup of coffee = just a few of my most favorite of things.

Next on the list: hitting up a farmers market with my sis.  My best friend (aka, Nicole from Simple Moments.) 

We ooohed and ahhhed our way through thai basil, fresh organic kale, peppery radishes, and rainbow colored heirloom tomatoes.  It was nearly impossible not to buy everything in sight.  I’m sure you understand. 😀

And I also spent some time with my fur-nephew Stitch.  He desparately needed a manicure, which is a two-woman job. 😉  Nicole held him, while I snipped away.  He’s such a sweetie-pie, and just acts all upset and hurt vs. scratching or biting.  The poor little guy gave me the saddest look, with an expression that said, “I thought you loved me.”

The post-manicure kitty treats seemed to make up for any hurt feelings. :mrgreen:

 Spending time with Nicole + spending time with Stitch + hitting up a farmers market and feeling 100% inspired to continuously eat fresh and local = just a few of my most favorite of things.

My dad is convinced that everything tastes better when it’s cooked over an open fire. 

I’m convinced that he’s right.

Dad built a gigantic tripod, complete with a chain link to attach a cooking pot. 

Dinner over an open fire.  It felt so early American.  Completely primitive.

On the menu: split pea soup!

 And crackers for dunking.

My bowl was filled, filled, filled to the brim with warmth. 

 But wait!  No campfire is complete without s’mores.  It would be so wrong not to bring out the graham crackers, the fluffy marshmallows and the dark chocolate squares.

Step 1: toast a marshmallow.

Step 2: Redo ‘Step 1’ as necessary.

Step 3: Top the toasted ‘mallow with a square of dark chocolate.

Step 4: Ooze together. 

Dad’s s’more—obviously—came out perfect.

Step 5: Enjoy.  Each.  Bite. 

Don’t be afraid to get all messy.

A campfire + Split Pea Soup cooked over a fire + ooey, gooey s’mores = a few of my most favorite of things.

Twas a deliciously wonderful Saturday.  In every sense of the word. 😀

Goodnight World!!

Question: What were a few of your favorite things about today?