A BOOMing Blogiversary

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That’s right! Today is my blog’s anniversary!! I started this little ol’ blog one year from today, with not a clue what would ensue. My very first post was a little jumbled and lacked picture quality, but I knew I was hooked on blogging from that post on!

Holy crap can a lot happen in a year. A year ago. I was a full time planner who had just gotten into running a couple months prior. If you would have told me the twists and turns life would take me in a year, I would have told you you’re talking about some one else.

Some major milestones…

What a crazy-insane-beautiful-fulfilling year!! There were ups and downs, but WOW, so much happened this year. And I plan to make this one a good one – while blogging my little heart out, too 😀 Blogging has been so rewarding and fun, and it’s been so fun having “conversations” daily with you all 🙂

 

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Oh yeah…

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

 

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(If I had to work today, I thought I might as well bring my patriotic attitude!! :D)

Thank you SO much to all the service men and women, especially my BFF Kim, who is in Afghanistan today. I’m SO proud of you!!!!!

 

What a weekend so far! It’s been the epitome of summer, which I love.

I ended up running my 8 miler on the treadmill! I was a little discouraged that I lost my iPod, and then when I was 3 minutes into my run and my Garmin died, I turned around, made a sports drink using Vega sport:

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And drove to the gym. It wasn’t bad. I watched three guys turn a Flip into a FLOP on HGTV. Good times, good times.

After showering my stanky booty, I ran some errands, cleaned, and then it was time to have a little fun.

IMG_7980This is New Belgium Company’s season brew – and it’s organic!

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Shane and I split one before taking a fruiter route (don’t mistake, this beer is very tasty!)

But I had promised to make Nectarine Dreams:

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I’ll post the recipe on the recipe tab soon, but it’s super easy. Ripe nectarines, ice, and rum!

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It was perfect outside.

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Perfect weather for grilling – I prepped some veggie packs for Shane to cook on the grill.

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Also on the menu was a veggie burger on a whole wheat roll.

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Fabulous!

Around 9:00 when the sun went down, we headed over to one of Shane’s buddies’ house to watch the UFC fight. We packed a few more Motherships (I accidentally called them motherhoods last night LOL) in a Trader Joe’s cooler bag and were on our way!

IMG_0037Gotta be prepared:)

But, um…they really do this event up in style!

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Look closely and you’ll see that picture is on the back of a house. They set up lawn chairs in the backyard, and bring the projector outside to project the picture across the span of the house. It was pretty insane.

Well it’s time for me to tap out (heh..get it?!) and get ready for the day! We’re going to a cookout in a few hours (the same house we were supposed to go to last year that got rained out!) and I again need to shower my stanky face.

Have a happy fourth of July with lots of yummy red, white and blue foods!

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Are you making anything today to take to a cookout (or having your own)? I’m bringing a red white and blue cole slaw, and a red white and blue dessert (cookie dough balls!)

Happy Anniversary to my mom and dad! I can only hope to have a marriage as happy and fulfilling as theirs! ❤

Oh! And check back in a day or so…I’m having a MAJOR giveaway for my blog’s 1 year anniversary. MAY-JAH. 😀

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Is my Quinoa Clean..wah?

You know how I’ve written off quinoa?

Well I read an interesting article on the proper way to cook quinoa. Some of you let me know on your comments that it needs to be washed thoroughly in order to get rid of the bitter taste. I really think this is a major reason why it just didn’t taste good to me. I don’t think I’ll be able to convince the hubsky to give it another try, but I might just brave it out one more time.

Hey, it’s only been two strikes, right?

According an article I read in Clean Eating Magazine, washing the quinoa is key to eliminating that bitter taste. Here’s what it says:

“The bitter coating on the surface of quinoa is called saponon.
Washing or soaking the seeds before using them can easily remove saponin. Simply
place the dry, uncooked seeds in a fine mesh sieve and rinse well under cold
running water. The presence of saponin will cause soapy bubbles to appear at
first, but keep rinsing and soon the bubbles will disappear as the saponin
coating is washed away. Then cook as directed.”


Ah-ha!
So quinoa- sans-saponin – will supposedly be much better tasting than quinoa with the saponin attached. It also says you can try and toast the quinoa first for a nuttier taste. I’ll try this method, but if it doesn’t taste good this time, I’m done!

I also didn’t know that quinoa isn’t a grain, but a seed; a Chenpodium or goose-plant seed to eb exact. This seed packs more protein that any grain. And the protein in complete protein. There are all 20 amino acids in quinoa, and it packs in the calcium, vitamin, B, E, and iron! Ok, these seeds are gaining back some of their credit in my eyes.

I think one night when Shane is busy, I’ll give it another try. Have any of you tried a recipe for quinoa that you love and want to share?
Sorry for the short post. I have a super short lunch break today. I’ll post again when work is done for the day 😀

One more last, but exciting, note! Today is my blog’s one month blogversary! I can’t believe it’s already been one month and 66 posts since I started blogging. Time flies. To celebrate, I’m soon going to have a giveaway. It will probably be a 75th post giveaway, but we’ll see. It’s going to be an exciting new product giveaway too!

I hope everyone’s having a terrific Tuesday!!