An accomplished Sunday

I am fortunate enough to live on the Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap. If you don’t know what that is, it is a split between two huge mountains that separates NJ and PA. If you are a frequenter to the Poconos or to NYC then you’ve probably traveled through this iconic landmark along the way. A large portion of Mount Tammany (the mountain on the Jersey side) is actually part of my family’s tree farm.

Today one of my old friends and I went for a hike through the gap. We started at the bottom by the river and climbed about a mile and half to the top, and then about a mile and a half back around to the bottom.

It was intense. Brisk burn-your-chest air actually felt really good in my lungs, and my legs burned like no other. The best part about this trail was that it was super steep all the way to the top but then levels out and eases you down the back-side of the mountain. A great way to heat up and sweat and then cool down on the way to the car! Im going to be sore tomorrow for sure, and Im totally looking forward to it.

I was thoughtful today and grabbed my fancy camera for fun pictures. Too bad I haven’t charged it in a month…Nobody’s perfect.

My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
My friend Lauren as we started on the trail
Our view of the PA side from the top.
Our view of the PA side from the top.

It was chilly today, and even flurried on us while we climbed to the top. I definitely broke a sweat, but got kind of chilly on the way back down the trail.

We planned on having lunch after our hike and decided Panera was a good choice for a hot drink and a soup.

I had a chai tea latte. Sometimes they are too sweet for me, but this was perfect for today, and seemed extra spicy.

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For lunch, a spicy tomato soup with focaccia croutons (oh baby did I break my wheat rule), and a thai chicken salad with peanuty dressing and pickled vegetables.  soupsalad

I did indulge in the croutons in the soup, but avoided the fried noodles in the salad. I guess I just was picky. This lunch completely hit the spot after such an awesome workout.

I’m just tying up some loose ends tonight. A few freelance flyers to finish up and some laundry.
Full week of work ahead of me!

How did you guys spend your weekend?

Hump Day

Hi kids. Happy Wednesday.

Today was a day for errands… grocery shopping, a quick nutrition appointment, and prepping for the big adventure next week.

I woke up feeling refreshed (for the first time in a long time) and took my time this morning with a cup of coffee. I started my day with scrambled eggs and a huge slice of grilled eggplant. I love my double-burner griddle, it cooks things perfectly.

After breakfast and a shower I made my way out for the day. I didn’t have a huge plan – just needed to make dinner for the family, and possibly buy some new clothes for Dallas. I headed out and ended up going pretty far.

I found an adorable pair of leather boots.

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Then I went to Trader Joe’s. There isn’t one anywhere NEAR close to my house…but as I said, I went far today. I love this store though – fresh, cheap produce, and so many specialty items.

Cheap, super bright berries inspired me to make my own fruit leather. I eat fruit leather as often as I can.. my local grocery store has it, but its full of fruit juice on top of the fruit thats already in it. It can get kind of sweet. Trader Joe’s has natural fruit leather that has no added ingredients and is much better, but I don’t have a local TJ….boo. For my dad’s birthday we bought him a 10-tray dehydrator that is perfect for drying leathers, and that is what Im in the process of doing right now. It takes forever! Here is the beginning:

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I’ll do another post after I figure out if this worked. I still have two more hours of waiting before I know! Lookin’ good so far though.

For dinner I made Peanut-lime chicken curry. My fam loves spicy thai food and I found this simple recipe on Pinterest the other night. It hit the spot for sure.

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This over a little bit of rice was spectacular. I bought a head of cauliflower with the intention to make cauliflower rice tonight, but there were too many things going on. That is a project for a couple days from now!

Here is the link for the chicken curry recipe.
It was delish and I don’t want to take any credit for it!

Has anyone ever made their own fruit leather? Ill be back soon to tell you how it turns out.