A Summer of Moments

This summer has been randomly wonderful. It can best be described as a "Summer of Moments."

In the midst of applying to teaching jobs, I have the joy of playing with this guy.




Weekends have provided moments of relaxation with both friends and family. Last weekend was spent with Tim's family in Lincoln City. We celebrated Laura's (Tim's oldest sister) birthday, played cards, ran like kids on the beach at night (there's something so liberating about running as fast as you can!), and simply enjoyed each others' company.



Tim's mom makes THE best Strawberry Ruhbarb Pie! The candles spell out "24" :)







I LOVE YOU, JULIA!!!





Why I love Tim so much, captured in a picture :)



Of course "Summer Moments" have to include food! I made Tim dinner lats night, and after adding one layer on top of another, this creation in a bowl was formed.



First important note before I go into the ingredients--this is a very filling meal. I would suggest making a smaller bowl :) Becca was STUFFED (in a good way) last night!

Layers (from bottom to top):

1) Spinach
2) Quinua
3) Sweet potatos
4) Zuchinni/ Stir-fry peas
5) Black beans
6) Avacado

Finally, top it all off with some Tomato, Basil Marinara Sauce. Oh my, this was so gooooood!



"Summer Moments" are always good when there's healthy, colorful food to enjoy it with! This could actually be really good picnic food.

Lastly, I thought I would share with you what my daily eats look like. Here's a list of what I had today...

7:30am Bowl of cereal (low-fat granolla)
9:30am 1/2 iced coffee (shared it with Tim...we both needed it!)
10:30am 1 organic plum
12:00pm Larabar (pre-run fuel)
2:15ish Green Monster--post-run recovery (included 2 small bananas, 1 Tbl Chia Seeds, 1 cup Almond Milk, 2 handfuls of spinach, 4 ice-cubs)
3:15pm 3 pieces of dried mango
6:00pm Veggie Sandwich with Carrot Frieds (and there may or may not have been a piece of dark chocolate for dessert)





All together now.



That is one DE-LICIOUS dinner! Tim enjoyed the same meal, except with sweet potato fries!

Next post will about my training plans for my next 1/2 marathon in October..."The Dressler Half." Oh yes! Tim and I are putting together our very own 1/2 marathon!!!!

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A Blueberry Kind-of-a-Day

Today's events centered around blueberries. I mean, how could I not write about blueberries when I've got 2 of these bags sitting in my fridge!!



I've gotta show you a close up of these babies!



Tim's grandparents have been so gracious in sharing their garden's delights with us this summer. Blueberries, rasberries, green beans. lettuce, and (oh my!) the strawberries!!! I regret not showing you the HUGE bowl full of strawberries that were delivered to us.

So how did I incorporate BLUEBERRIES into my day? Well, if you noticed in the picture above (it's the blurry part), I BAKED!!!



I revised a couple recipes to come up with these wonderful, "BLUEBERRY, LEMON OATMEAL MUFFINS". And yes! They tast just as amazing as they sound.



Blueberry, Lemon, Oatmeal Muffins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1 cup flour (I used White, Whole Wheat)
1 cup oatmeal
1 Tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar (I used Raw Cane Sugar)

Mix the above dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and put aside. In separate bowl, mix the following:

1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Now gently fold in the wet and dry ingredients. Be careful not to over mix. Finally, add in the main ingredient! The BLUEBERRIES!!!

1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries (preferrably from your grandparents' garden!)

Fill each muffin cup three-quarters full. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center of one comes out clean.

Oh, and I had company while baking today :)



This is Jasper. I'm nannying him this summer, so you might see more pictures of him! He's 14 months old and soooo precious!



The blueberry fun doesn't stop here! Jasper and I proceeded to the park once the muffins were out of the oven, and we had a picnic. However, I was rather lonely while eating my Raw Almond Butter, Agave, and Banana sandwhich, because of this...



When I finished my sandwhich, I enjoyed the sounds of the park (my favorite!) and read some of this book.



Yay! Jasper woke up! And guess what he had for lunch??



BLUEBERRIES!!! He's obsessed!



He's so handsome.



It was a lovely day. Berry picking with Jasper tomorrow at Sauvie Island. Happy summer eating to everyone :)

I'm Back!!

I'm back!!!!







And I'm a bit excited to be back!

The last few months have been a journey, to say the least, experiences that have given me a tougher skin and a more kind and patient heart. Some of my adventures included...

writing too many lesson plans to count...

reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the THIRD time...

graduating from my Masters in Teaching Program at Concordia University...


(picture is from undergrad graduation, but I just like it so much!)
saying goodbye to friends who are leaving Portland...


saying goodbye to 3 very special Sophomore, American Literature Classes that I student taught in...

celebrating 1 year of marriage!!!!!...


(we went on an INSANE hike...in the midst of my huffing and puffing, I think I grunted out "Happy Anniversary." We both laughed!)

applying to so many teaching jobs that I started loosing count over a month ago...

interviews...

making rasberry and strawberry jam from berries that came from Tim's grandparent's garden...


bike rides...


BBQ with friends...


watching Tim play soccer (there might have been some World Cup games that were watched on espn2.com as well!)...

boating with the Life Group (Bible Study) and waking up the next morning with whip lash from falling into the water...






going to Washington D.C. to visit one of my best friends...


and learning how to wait patiently for God's plans in the Fall.

There's actually a lot more that went on, but I think a list that was any longer might make you want to stop reading!

As far as my life right now!!?? Well, I'm using the summer to (miss Cananda) apply for teaching jobs around the Portland area. It's a job in itself, seriously. In the meantime, I've recently started nannying for an adorable 14 month old boy named Jasper. The family lives in my neighborhood, so it's biking distance!

Some things I'm still doing...

...drinking Green Monsters

...falling more in Love with Timmy



(This is a picture from our boating trip)

...eating lots of fresh foods (which comes with lots of experiments!) Oh, and of course eating dark chocolate :)



...running (but not as much. i'm enjoying cross training stuff, like yoga, biking, and walking)


...loving Portland, but missing my family

What do I hope to accomplish soon???

FIND A TEACHING JOB!!!

What am I looking forward to???

ROADTRIPPING TO MONTANA WITH MY BEST FRIENDS TO BE IN ANGELA'S WEDDING

Can't wait to catch up some more as I reflect on my summer, food, being outdoors in Portland, and a lot more (I'm assuming!)

JESUS LOVES YOU!!