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Wednesday
Aug102011

operation: eat your veggies

The veggies are slowly dwindling from my fridge.  If you missed it, I got hit with a mother-load from Door to Door Organics.  I went shopping the same day and stocked up, then found the plentiful box of delicious GREEN on my doorstep. 

Not a problem in this house, but I can’t let any of it go to waste.

So currently, I am running operation: eat your veggies!!!

If you don’t like veggies, I wouldn’t advise coming for a visit! [Jessica, I am talking to you!!]

Now let’s get started.

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Lunch Part I:

  • 1/2 head lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • 1/2 cucumber

Paired with: Creamy Smoked Salad Dressing [one of my favs!]

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Lunch Part II:

Just as delicious in stir-fry form!

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Cucumbers!!!

I have a lot of them.

Specifically, pickling cucumbers.  You know, for pickling!!

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The nice thing about pickling cucumbers is that they last a few weeks longer than if you just eat them from the fridge.

Oh.

And pickles are freaking delicious.

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You can pickle so many other things besides cucumbers.  Practically any vegetable.  And you don’t have to have pickling cucumbers either.  I do prefer them, but use a long English cucumber otherwise.

Here’s what I had on hand to pickle:

  • pickles, duh
  • banana peppers [amazing on veggie sandwiches, stuffed in a grilled cheese, on salads or pizza!]
  • hot pepper

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If you want a basic recipe for pickles, check out my Salt + Pepper Garlic Pickles.

You can also find, Pickled Banana Peppers, in that post as well.  Want to get more creative?  I have FIVE pickling recipes in this post, from last summer!

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And better than links to all my old posts, I have a new recipe for you as well!  The kind + generous Kelsey, invited us over for dinner again.  Man do I love her.  Somehow, she always knows when I’m having an extremely busy day and have no time to cook.

What better way to thank her, than bring her some of my fridge contents!

In pickle form of course.

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Kelsey’s Zesty Pickle Mix

  • 28-32oz jar + lid
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 2 large banana peppers
  • 2 large pickling cucumbers
  • 3/4c distilled white vinegar
  • 1T fine grain, kosher sea salt
  • 1T peppercorns
  • 1/4t red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • water
  1. De-seed peppers + slice into 1/8” rounds.
  2. Slice cucumbers into 1/8” rounds.
  3. Add peppers + cucumbers to jar, pour in vinegar and fill to just below the top of the jar with water.
  4. Add salt, peppercorns, pepper flakes and garlic.
  5. Screw lid on + gently turn a few times.
  6. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4-6hrs before eating.  They will last about 2 weeks in the fridge.

*I used a med-hot pepper for the hot pepper.  1 seeded jalapeno will work, or whatever you like.

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Another way to show thanks to Kelsey?

Empty out the fridge a little more, by providing the salad greens!!  Goodbye 2 mini green leaf lettuce heads.  You were so delicious!

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Kelsey spent hours preparing an amazing lasagna feast.  She was super kind + used brown rice lasagna noodles for my no-gluten-eating self.  They were delicious!!  No need to pre-cook.  You couldn’t tell a difference between regular lasagna noodles at all.

I brought over my daylight bulbs + light clamps, so Kelsey could get some shots for her blog.  She was excited!

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And I was excited to dig in to this cheesy deliciousness.  I think she’ll have the recipe up sometime soon!??

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And that my friends, is how you go through a LOT of veggies in just ONE day.

Ashley

Wednesday
Aug102011

a climbin’ Sunday

Today is not Sunday.

Fact.

Today is Wednesday.

But how about we talk about what I did on Sunday with these 3 lovely people photographed below!

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Eric drove us all out to Lily Lake, Colorado, which is near Estes Park.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  Everything is so vibrant green this year!

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Our goal was to climb + climb we did. 

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Kelsey wanted to steal these baby ducks!

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Fresh air tastes delicious. :)

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We headed up for about a 1 mile hike at an insanely steep incline.  Major huffing + puffing on the way up.  Helloooo altitude!

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Chris + I were unaware this was a team event, and left our matching climbing attire at home.  These 2 mean business.

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Eric lead all of the climbs and set a top rope, so we were able to get our climb on as well. 

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Waiting for Kelsey to come down, so I could head up!

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Chris found a great spot that he propped himself on to take photos.

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The views from this climb, were unbelievable.  Pinch me please!  You had full views of the lake and the clear blue skies let you see out for miles.

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The climb may look kind of intense but it was fairly easy.  It was only my 2nd time sport climbing outside and absolutely loved it.  Exercise that challenges you mentally + physically is so much fun!  You really have to think about each + every move you make.

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Don’t worry mom, it’s safe!! 

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What goes up, must come down.  Hi Kelsey!!

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New kicks, thanks to a bday present from my parents.  They are the New Balance Minimus shoes and I LOVE them so far.  They’re a minimalist shoe, very similar to the trail-style Vibram 5 Fingers but without the toes.

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Flying down!

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We got in three climbs each and enjoyed a relaxing day, with perfect weather.

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I’m not sure what it is about climbing + bouldering, but I’m hooked. 

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Stare at this photo for awhile, and you may forget it’s Wednesday.

Or, start planning something fun for Sunday.  Ideas?

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Ashley