It’s Summer + Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Hello!

I’m back.  And hoping that I will have an opportunity to post more often (how many times have I said that!?).

In complete honesty, I have spent the last 2.5 months studying for the Certified Diabetes Educator exam which didn’t leave me with much free time (or brain power) at the end of the day.  The good news is, I passed.  I can now officially place CDE behind my name!

Besides studying, I have been growing a baby which is an interesting experience for sure.  This is the first week I have had people straight up ask me if I’m pregnant which is much better than having people stare awkwardly at my belly.

Here are a couple “bump” pictures.  We are not very regularly about them.

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19 weeks – My first little bump!

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21 weeks

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25 Weeks, 6 days – Today!

Overall, I am feeling pretty good.  Exercising like I did prior to pregnancy (minus running, that stopped being fun around 22 weeks), able to eat most things without a feeling my stomach turn, and full of energy (unlike the first 16 weeks!).  Most days I am eating like a teenage boy – last night I ate 6 (SIX!!!!!!) tacos + shared a nachos with Jake before I felt satisfied.  You can bet our grocery bill has increased!

IMG_1233Jake has been doing lots of work on the house, brewing beer, exercising and taking REALLY good care of me.  I appreciate him so much!

Last Friday after dinner we went to Minto Brown Park and did a nice long walk.  Afterwords, we were both in the mood for some frozen yogurt.  Rather than go buy some, we decided to stop at the store and make our own.  Although the yogurt is delicious no matter what, I like it best straight out of the ice cream maker.

Frozen Yogurt

2 cups full fat plain greek yogurt

2 cup full fat plain yogurt

1 cup sweetener (we used honey, and will use less in future.  I like my yogurt tart!)

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturers instructions (ours took about 20 minutes)
  3. Enjoy with toppings of your choice.

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Big News

As many of you know, the big news is:

IMG_1148We are excited/nervous for the next adventure.  My first book purchase was this one (the dietitian and cook in me couldn’t help it!) –

IMG_0107And I have spent a lot of time curled up on the couch watching Netflix (Orange is the New Black News Season is coming out in June! Gah!) because I have been so exhausted (seems to be improving now!).

IMG_1130Food really hasn’t been too appealing so I haven’t been doing much cooking lately which is why there have not been any recipes on here in a while.  Jake has been a real trooper but I am sure he is ready for my usual home cooked meals to come back in full swing (I am too!).

We haven’t been totally worthless though!

– I went to Las Vegas for a long weekend for a training (worst place for a pregnant lady – smells, cigarettes, and booze everywhere!) and when I came back my bedroom was in the living room!

IMG_0108That was a surprise but well worth it.  Jake and his dad painting our entire bedroom and did some rewiring while I was away.

–  We keep plugging away on the yard.  It is coming together and our blueberry plants look great!  Already looking forwarding to reaping that harvest!

IMG_0109– This morning I Face Timed with Emily and as I was chatting heard loud bangs coming from Jake’s study.  I guess he decided it was time to get rid of the pocket door and make a wall of it. There was a pocket door between the study and bathroom which both have doors out to the living room less than 1 inch apart.  The pocket door really made very little sense but I didn’t see it leaving so soon. Leave that guy alone for 30 minutes and you will have a whole wall torn down.  I was really hoping my bathroom reno was next! :S

IMG_0111– One of the highlights of the last month was spending a long weekend over Easter with my family in AZ.  Surprisingly, Jake and I didn’t take one picture!  We were too busy relaxing.  I read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult and it was so good! I couldn’t put it down.  We spent a lot of time by the pool, eating, and doing a little bit of hiking.  It is always great to see family, but so hard to leave.

– An update on my smoothie packets: they worked awesome!  I especially loved the tropical one.  It was so good.  I think we are going to add a high power blender to our baby registry (is that weird – maybe I should ask for Christmas instead) so I will have an easier time pureeing baby food when the time comes and I can use it to make smoooother smooooothies.

– We are still on a Breaking Bad kick.  OMG!  I can’t stop watching it.  I just don’t get how it can drag out for another 2.5 seasons!

– Finally, I have started to try and compile a list of baby things.  For you mom and dads out there, what things couldn’t you live without?

Hope you are all enjoying spring weather!

xoxo

Jessi

Individual Frozen Smoothies

Hi there!

We have had a beautiful weekend in Oregon – high 50’s and sunny.  It is glorious!

Lately, I have been struggling with healthy snacks and breakfast ideas.  I need something quick and satisfying.  Raw veggies haven’t been cutting it!

Jake and I have been doing smoothies about once per week but we don’t have a high powered blender so it takes us a while to get the right consistency of fluid and fruit and many times our smoothies end up more watered down then we would like.  I started doing some searching on Pinterest for smoothie ideas and discovered the idea of freezing individual smoothie “packets”.  Essentially, you place all the ingredients for the smoothie in freezer bags except for sweetener and liquid.

IMG_0099Because of all of my freezing of fruit (cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches) last summer we had everything on hand and the packets came together in a pinch.  I made the following smoothie packets:

  • Strawberry Oat (oatmeal, almonds, strawberries, yogurt, banana, honey)
  • Tropical (mango, peach, banana, kale, coconut water)
  • Cherry Limeade (peach, cherry, milk, lime juice, kale)
  • Berry (kale, blueberries, strawberries, banana, milk, and oats

I will let you know how they work out this week.  I am hoping that if I don’t make one for breakfast, I can still blend one up in the morning and store it in the freezer at work for a quick snack.

Other things we were up to this weekend:

  • Installing 2 new toilets – Jake’s parents got me toilets for my birthday and I am thrilled!  Our toilets were very old and used SO. MUCH. WATER.  And half the time they didn’t flush the toilet contents down!  We actually only ended up getting one in because while installing, the ceramic cracked and broke.  Hopefully we will get the other one in soon.
  • Removing all the bushes (9 in total) from our front corner yard and dug three 3 ft deep holes for blueberries.  Although we knew we wanted to remove all those bushes and make the landscaping edible (blueberries, rhubarb, and raspberries) at some point, we weren’t planning to do it this soon.  We just happened to get a killer deal on mature blueberry plants that we couldn’t pass up.  I hope they survive!  In addition we mowed the lawn, raked so many leaves and filled our entire yard debris bin and still have several piles of yard debris scattered around the rest of the yard.IMG_0101
  • We finished our guest bathroom!  I wish I had before AND after shots.  We updated the light fixture (previous fixture was a large wooden box that extended out from the wall about 1 foot and had a grate that allowed the light to shine through), got a new mirror, and painted (previous paint was purple and blue stripes with a floor to ceiling flower painted behind the door).  Eventually we would like new cabinets, counter top, and sink… one project at a time!
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  • Saturday after the toilets were done we took a quick trip out to Willamette Mission State Park and did a 3 mile walk before it got dark.  I love that we live so close to the outdoors!

In the coming weeks, it is midterms at UP (lots of grading to catch up on for me), I will be traveling to Las Vegas for a conference, and Jake plans to start painting our bedroom.

Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend!

xoxo

Jessi

Grand Canyon – Part III

Finally, I have a moment to write a brief post about the final leg of our trip – 4 months later.  I will also do an update at the end of this post about what has been happening the last 4 months.

The final leg of our trip was a lot of driving and quick site seeing.

We spent the last 2 days exploring the South Rim and are really glad we took the time to do so.  There were several visitors centers, shops, and hikes to do.  We even saw a California Condor (bird) that was near extinction but has been reintroduced into the Grand Canyon area.

One of the highlights of our time on the south Rim was dinner at El Tovar.  It was amazing, even if we were slightly under dressed!  We left early the next morning and took a shuttle to the North Rim where we were re-acquainted with our car.  Woohoo!

P1030082 P1030096 Viva Las Vegas!  IMG_1004 Death Valley en route to Yosemite.  We had hoped to drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite but ended up staying the night in Monmouth, CA instead.  I would love to go back there.  It was an adorable little ski town and reminded me a lot of Bozeman.IMG_1011 IMG_1019Finally, Yosemite!  We spent 2 nights here.  I was a little burnt out on camping and absolutely terrified of bears?  It was so absurd but I couldn’t help myself.  I would love to go back sometime when I can enjoy it a little bit more. IMG_1026 Our final stop was Arcata, CA where we stayed in a wonderful bed and breakfast and took day trips to the Redwoods.  It was wonderful and relaxing and the perfect end to our trip.IMG_2226 P1030160 P1030163 IMG_1035What we have been up to lately:

  • We spent Thanksgiving in Sisters and had a blast. From there every weekend was spent celebrating the holidays – work parties, family parties, friends parties.
  • We hosted our first Christmas and I loved it.  We served prime rib, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetable salad, green beans and had cakes for dessert (we were celebrating 2 birthdays that day as well)
  • I wrapped up my first semester teaching at University of Portland.  It was a whirlwind but something I really enjoyed.  Spring semester has been going much more smoothly and I hope it continues that way.
  • We have had several free weekends since the holiday, which has been so relaxing.  Since we are both working about 50 hours per week (or more) it is nice to have free weekends to prepare for the week (meals, laundry, etc.)
  • Because of the free weekends, Jake and I have got back to painting the house.  We have painted 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom (not quite done yet) since the beginning of January and it has made such a difference (photos below)
  • We celebrated Jake’s 30th birthday.  We had about 20 friends over for a Fiesta.  The Margaritas were flowing and I made about 60 homemade flour tortillas for our taco bar.  We finished the night with several rounds of Cards Against Humanity and good laughs.
  • I have been playing with my pressure cooker I received for Christmas most weekends (chicken stock, chicken noodle soup, hummus, and “refried beans” are a few of the things I have made so far).  Looking forward to many more adventures with the pressure cooker.  It amazes me that chicken can cook in about 10 minutes!

Here are a few photos to commemorate the last 2 months:

Christmas Tree hunting.IMG_1079I cooked my first turkey(not for the Holidays – just for fun!).

IMG_1076 Jake’s work party for Christmas! IMG_1088 Lot’s of walks in the park.  It was so cold at the beginning of January that we saw lots of pretty ice in the park.IMG_1107The mess post birthday party bash!IMG_1114New paint, bedroom 1 IMG_1116New paint bedroom 2 IMG_1115 Early morning run.IMG_1118Hope your holidays were fabulous and 2015 is off to a great start!