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PB Birthday Treat

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I brought a little birthday treat in to work on Thursday to celebrate Buster's big day with my co-workers. (It was really just an excuse to make dessert.)


I used this Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a Jar recipe. I doubled the recipe to make a total of 10 individual treats. This desert was very easy to put together and healthy!  First you toss some graham crackers, coconut oil, and cocoa in the food processor and blend until crumbly. Put a few Tbsp. in each cup (I used plastic cups instead of jars) and press the mixture down with your fingers.




Next you put the gloppy filling ingredients (tofu, PB, maple syrup, etc.) into the food processor and whir until smooth. I was tasting the filling as I mixed and thought it needed to be more peanut-buttery so I added a few handfuls of whole peanuts. Perfect!




At this point I was ready for bed and didn't want to melt chocolate for the top of the cups so I just ground up some dark chocolate chips and sprinkled them on top. Works for me!




So there you…

Birthday photo? HA!

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Buster is 2 years old today. I try to get a picture of our dogs every year on their birthday but my boy wanted nothing to do with it. Here's how our little photo session went down.


When I first got out the camera, Buster ran over to me and snuggled up close. I thought I might be able to get a picture of us together so I held out the camera but then Buster decided to give me a tongue-bath.




Yuck! After cleaning off the slobber, I had Bus sit down a few feet away from me but he refused to look at the camera.




What a stinker! And then...




  Dog photos are not easy - especially with a high-energy pup like Buster. This is the only decent photo I got:




Looks like I'll have to try again when I have a little more time.



On Our Menu: April 23 - 29

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Confession time: I currently can only fit into 2 of my pairs of jeans. Winter was not kind. When I put on weight it all goes to my hips. I think I gained more this past winter because we didn't get any snow so I didn't get out snowshoeing and because of the stress I had with Riley. Since I refuse to buy bigger jeans and love to eat and therefore loathe dieting, I've been exercising a bit extra in the evenings. Move more or eat less, right? In addition to walking Buster for 2 miles each day (sometimes with 5lb. weights strapped to my ankles) a few nights a week I've been biking through our hilly countryside or doing power yoga in the living room. 

Thankfully, all of my hard work has been paying off - I can leave my pants buttoned when I sit down! LOL. In all seriousness, I don't think I've ever been in a situation like this before and it makes me mad that I let it happen. I have a new-found respect for people who have lost weight and manage to keep it off. Becau…

On Our Menu: April 16 - 22

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Have you ever had tempeh? We tried it for the first time last week when I made Peas, Carrots, and Tempeh with Miso-Almond sauce (a Vegetarian Times recipe). I have to admit, the compressed, fermented block of soybeans looked pretty nasty but after cutting it into small chunks and sauteing it until a nice crisp crust formed, I could have sworn that the tempeh was meat! I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more recipes that use this interesting ingredient. If you have a tempeh recipe that you love, please share!


Here's what I'm cooking this week:







2012 Garden Plan

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This year's garden is all planned out and I'm ready for another bountiful growing season to start. A few of the perennial plants are already up such as the lemon balm, rhubarb, chives, tansies, and strawberries. If the rain holds off this weekend I'm hoping to sow the salad greens, peas and onions. I may be a little early but my mom already has peas and greens in her garden and I'm jealous! Here's our garden plot. It's 16' x 42' - the same size as last year.


The warm-weather crops have been started indoors and a few things are already sprouting. The past few years I've bought pepper and tomato plants from local garden clubs but this year I'm starting all of my own plants - no cheating... unless my seeds don't come up! Then it's time for Plan B.

Do you plan on growing anything this year? In addition to the vegetable garden I plant flowers for a few hanging baskets and containers around our house. I love how the bright flowers make our hou…

On Our Menu: April 9 - 15

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Did you have a good Easter weekend? Christian and I spent time with his family whom we haven't seen since Christmas. His little sister turned 30 so there was a nice afternoon get-together on Saturday at his parent's house complete with Easter egg hunt (we hid 143 eggs but somehow the kids found 147...) and a yummy taco bar for dinner. On Sunday we had brunch then just sat around chatting for most of the day before making the long drive home.


For dinner on Sunday night I made a chicken & rice casserole and added one lonely shiitake (the first one ever!) from our mushroom garden into the mix. 




I'm surprised that we got a shiitake at all after learning about how finicky they can be! No Oysters or Wine Caps yet....


Here's what we're eating this week:





Apostle Islands Here We Come...

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...in another few months, that is! Christian and I just made our reservations for our summer trip. Normally we go hiking but this year we are going to exercise our arms instead. We're going sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore! (Yes, it's still called "sea" kayaking even though we won't be in the sea.)




The Apostle Islands in Lake Superior are made up of 21 islands. Hmmm, I wonder why not 12.... We've heard that the best way see the islands and their sea caves is from the water so we're taking a 4-day guided sea kayaking tour. We'll carry our gear in our kayaks, camp on the islands, tour some lighthouses, and explore the beautiful coastlines. The guide does all of the cooking so I'm really looking forward to that! 


Here are a few stunning photos from our outfitter, Living Adventure.




I'm looking forward to this trip because it's a lot closer to home. Driving 27 hours to get to the Canadian Rockies last summer was not fun! Do y…

On Our Menu: April 2 - 8

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I'm not feeling very chatty today so I'll just get right to the point. Here's what we're eating this week. (The end of last week got a little messed up so there's a few repeats from our previous menu.)