Welcome, again.

Friends and Family,

It seems unreal that I haven’t written a blog post in 1.5 years. But it also makes sense. During that time I got my first job, became a wife (celebrated 1 year together yesterday!), and moved, not once, but twice.

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If you looked back 6 months earlier you could include an additional move, graduating from graduate school, and getting engaged to the mix. All in all, it has been a beautiful and crazy 1.5 + years.

We are now settling into our new community and home and it felt appropriate to start blogging again.  The blog will take on a different feel – less recipes, more life.  I am moving the blog in this direction because 1) I have opted out of Facebook (more on this another time) and would like a way to update our family near and far 2) I share my life with another person which means less time in the kitchen and more time adventuring.  If you would like an update every time I post a new blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Follow”.  You can also following me on Twitter, although I doubt I will be as active there!

What We’ve Been Up to Lately

Settling in!

Our house is starting to feel like home.  We are exploring our community and have gone on many adventures near it.  One of my favorite adventures we have had was during an unusual 12 inches of snow!  We put on our snow shoes and did a two hour trot through the river front park near our house!

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Tending a garden.

Our house has plenty of space for a wonderful garden.  We are growing eggplant, a couple variety of summer squash, red and jalapeno peppers, lots of herbs, several varieties of tomatoes and beans, spinach (which just bolted this week), kale, and delicata squash.  Not only are we growing our own food we continue to participate in a CSA and have been getting fruit during its peak and freezing, drying, and turning it into fruit leathers.

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Enjoying each others company.

We have had so much fun spending time together.  Whether it is walking around the park in our neighborhood, going to our gym together, or spending the day at a nearby state park, we have been exploring.    I don’t see our explorations ending any time soon – my anniversary gift from the hubby was a 2 year unlimited state park pass and several maps and books about everything Oregon and our community has to offer!  Most recently we visited Willamette Mission State Park which had incredible history, a ferry across the river,  and the largest cotton wood in the United States.

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Looking forward to sharing our life with you again.

 

xo

Jessi

 

Zults!

Jake and I are doing something a little crazy.

IMG_0865We go to this great gym about twice per week for a class called Group Power.  It is a weight lifting class and we have actually enjoyed getting up at 4:45 a.m. to make it there by 5:15.  We have come to know many of the people in our class and we all hold each other accountable, which makes it even more fun.

A couple of weeks ago our instructor started talking about a fun competition the gym was holding called “Zults”. I **love** competition and was total on board.  Unlike most things in my life, I failed at getting the details of said competition and today we are beginning a 6 week journey that we were not entirely expecting!

See, we had envisioned working out in our team of 4, encouraging each other, and doing team competitions.  One minor detail we missed was the daunting nutrition plan.  Being a dietitian, you would think I would be all over it, but, truthfully, I like to eat what I want, when I want to.  Not only that but cooking and planning meals so is enjoyable for me.  I like to do that stuff for fun {nerd alert}.

It’s not that I won’t be cooking but the plan tells us exactly what to eat and you essentially eat the same thing every day ALL. WEEK. LONG.  Dying already!

I plan to update you weekly with how things are going.  Today is day 1…5 hours in and feeling grand!

What we are eating this week:

  • Zucchini egg scramble (I made them into egg cups for quick mornings) **Thank goodness zucchini was in the meal plan… our garden is going crazy!Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 10.01.49 AM
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (I also made BBQ’d Tofu for some variety)
  • Tostada’s with ground turkey (plan to use black beans and ground beef as a substitute a couple days this week
  • And your typical snacks, snacks snacks!

What else happened over the last week?

  • We did a Farm to Fork dinner at EZ Orchards for an anniversary celebration
  • Spent all day Sunday on the couch watching soccer after our trip to go to the coast was shut down by thunder, lightning, and rain.  It was a thunder storm for literally 6 hours!
  • We went for a 5 mile run (which turned into 4 mile run because we walked and talked the first mile) in Minto Brown park
  • We got a lot of blueberries from our CSA for freezing.  Smoothies all winter! :)

Have a great week y’all!