Blizzard 2016

Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it – I love the snow. Like, love, love, love the snow. I love the calm beauty of it all. It’s almost like the earth is in one long savasana (and spring is when you start bringing feeling back to your fingers and toes – I’ve actually thought this one out!) Anyway, I know that snow can be sort of a pain in the neck, and there are several people who don’t agree – but just go with it, at least for the sake of this blog post. Life is so much better when you see the upside, after all. 🙂

Snowshoeing around the neighborhood on Saturday

I woke up on Saturday morning to more snow than I knew what to do with – and that’s a lot considering that I used to live in Wyoming. I had been cooking all day Friday just so that we had soup in the house that we could heat up and so I wouldn’t have to worry about the question of, ‘What’s for dinner?’ (or lunch, or breakfast!)

One of my favorite soups to make is Tara Stiles’ Veggie Detox Soup. In Tara’s book, Make Your Own Rules Diet, she mentions that she eats this soup when she’s been traveling for awhile or feels like she’s coming down with something. I fell into the latter category this weekend. My allergies decided to take hold during the snowiest weekend so far, and I really needed something warming. I always add a little extra curry to the soup, and I never blend it – I like the chunkiness of the vegetables with the coconut milk broth 🙂 In the book, Tara mentions that she uses cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, jalapeno, and sweet potatoes for the “handfuls of veggies” – I use the same, but usually swap broccoli for cauliflower depending on what I have in the house.

(I should also quickly mention that it’s not really a ‘diet’ book, but more of a lifestyle book – she talks about yoga, meditation, and eating well for mind and body balance – I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone and everyone!) 

On Saturday we took Bridger for a walk around the neighborhood and put our snowshoes on. Even though the city was working hard to get the streets cleared, we still had the sidewalk to trudge through. Bridger LOVED the snow – watching him kangaroo hop through it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in awhile!

a moment of stillness

I’m so, so, SO grateful that we were able to stay safe and warm during the storm without a lot of worry over our situation. I was constantly checking in with my friends and family along the shoreline to make sure that everyone had power and to check on the flooding. In some areas the flooding reached the same level that it did during Hurricane Sandy so I’m incredibly thankful that everyone is safe. I know that some people in our area lost power, so I’m hoping for a speedy fix and sending everyone lots of love and warmth 🙂

We woke up today with big plans – time to bust out the skis. For Stephen, at least! I decided I’d rather be on the snowshoes today with the dog – he hasn’t been trained off-lead yet, so I figured I’d have a bit more control over him on the snowshoes!

 

This photo makes my heart swell… I have a really cute dog, and a really hot husband. 

 

We had such a fun day – lots of laughs and some moments of me freaking out (note to self, hyper puppies are super hard to control in the snow, especially while using snowshoes!) but overall, one of the best days we’ve had out in the snow. Stephen was able to use his touring setup to hike with me through the trails, and when he found hills steep enough to ski down, we would wait for him at the bottom.

We also managed to get Bridger to sit still for a second so that we could take a family photo:

 

love this handsome man

If you’ve never snowshoed before, then you have no idea how much of an intense workout it is. When we were done the lower half of my body felt like jello. I love it, and I really wish that it snowed more often (I can hear all of you snow-haters from here!) because I’d have the opportunity to do it more often… Although I’m sure that I’ll have plenty of time to keep it up until this snow melts. We stopped at Trader Joe’s on our way home and picked up a few things (big shout out to our local TJ’s – they made a note that they were operating on limited stock, but I’m just appreciate that they were open!) to get us through the next few meals (which is amazing, considering how much I cooked on Friday!) I wanted to have a mindful meal that would fill me up but would also nourish my tired (and hungry!) body.

Side note: How many people thought poaching eggs was a difficult thing? If I could insert the emoji of the girl raising her hand, I would, because I DID. The embarrassing thing is that I love cooking and am addicted to cookbooks, so how on earth did I get this crazy idea in my head? You literally boil water in a pot (I used a medium size pot and filled it up about half way), toss some rice or white vinegar in there (apparently this makes the egg congeal), and place an egg in there (I cracked mine in a bowl first, always do). Immediately turn off the burner (or move it to another burner if you have and electric range) and cover it with a tight-fitting lid. Wait patiently for 3-4 minutes. Voila! Scoop that sucker out with a slotted spoon and put it on pretty much anything and everything. Poaching eggs is way easier than trying to achieve that ‘perfect fried egg’. I love eggs. Did I mention that?
So, now that I’ve gone through my poached eggs rant, I made the Whole30 Roasted Root Vegetables with curry sauce (I also love curry – see the above recipe – it is SO warming! My acupuncturist always recommends using it for gut health!) and topped it with a poached egg. The end result? Amazing.

I’m sure you think that I paired this meal with a beer, but it’s actually GT’s Gingerade Kombucha (I’m also obsessed to kombucha… snow, curry, poached eggs, kombucha.) Kombucha is the real deal when it comes to gut health – I drink two bottles a day, and recently bought a guide to making it at home. I paired this with a few ‘crackers’ from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain cookbook and it was the perfect lunch to round out such an awesome morning.

Plans for the evening:
Stare at this stereotypical roaring fire
Heat up soup for dinner (leftover veggie!)
Read
Take cute pictures of my dog while he sleeps
Go to bed early

Speaking of reading, I mentioned in my last post that I am on GoodReads – are we friends yet? If not, you should definitely friend me so we can keep tabs on each other’s reading activities. I haven’t been reading as much as I did before the holidays, but I’m currently reading two books – I’ll Give You the Sun and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I’m sure it seems weird to read two books at once (I’m also listening to Rising Strong on Audible!) but I almost always have two books on my nightstand – one self-development, one fiction. I love to read before bed, but I can’t read self-development – my brain starts to buzz and I eventually fall asleep from excitement-overload!

So, friend me on GoodReads – and we’ll continue to keep each other posted on good reads all winter long. (See what I did there? It was ok, not my best.)

until next time!
-S

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