New PR for Kaya-Dog

Kaya hit a new personal record while running with me last night!¬† And like many long distance runners ūüėõ she did have to stop for a mid-run poo (too much information?? nah…) and she needed a little encouragement towards the end.¬†

In the end she triumphed over all 4.2 miles though!  Time: 46 minutes.  Hills: heinous.  Congrats kaya-face :D. 

PS¬† The computer is probably gone, so lunch posts from work will be all that’s going to happen if anything for the next 6-7 days :(.¬†

Anyone have good plans for the weekend??¬† I’m off to climb.¬† Duh.¬† Haha, if I’m not outside of Wyoming this time of year, you can bet I’m climbing!


Kegs on the Mountain

OK, first of all, there actually aren’t any pictures of the kegs.¬† I don’t know how this happened, but there were some 4th of July kegs at camp this weekend dragged up the mountain by yours truly!¬† More importantly,¬†though,¬†some scrumptious meals were enjoyed by all as well.¬† Breakfast was epic as usual, including copious amounts of bacon, sausage, hash browns, and salsa!

Awesome Bacon without Nasty Preservatives ūüôā

Some of the Best Tasting Jarred Salsa Around

Notice the Boxer Ready and Waiting ūüėČ

All Together for a Marvelous Mountain Burrito


That yielded this delicious breakfast scramble….

The scramble included

  • cooked bacon
  • diced leftover baked potato
  • bell pepper
  • minced dried onion
  • many many eggs…

It was great on a chilly morning by the camp fire.

More random eats on the mountain included…

Reheating pizza from the town nearby on the fire.

And hot dogs, of course :D.

The dogs were photogenic, as usual ;).

Kaya Under my Bed

Stony Bear

Ox Getting Comfortable ūüėČ

Kaya's more Comfortable in one of the Campers!


Hunna and Axle

Those boxers raise a lot of hell at camp, but they sure are nice on the old camera lense!

We took one of the guys’ four wheelers up to East Ten Sleep Lake, and I got some great shots before a storm rolled in.

This one below is probably one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken with the old point and shoot camera!

And then the storm rolled in…

And as fast as it came in, it was on its way out again on the ride back to camp.  Got a nice shot of Big Horn Ski Resort.

There wasn’t a whole lot of climbing because my thumb is still all jacked up from the horse incident last weekend :(.¬† I did, however,¬†get this cool panoramic shot of the canyon!

It’s so green this time of year.¬† I absolutely love this place.¬† Next weekend I’m off to the climbing festival in Lander to check out Sinks Canyon!¬† But first another work week to get through!

What did you guys do for the holiday weekend??


Thank¬†God¬†It’s Thursday!¬† I’m leaving for Colorado tomorrow to run my 10k in Steamboat Springs and then meet Ashley,¬†Heather and some other bloggers/bloggies!¬† Tonight, I’m getting right down to business.¬† I haven’t been able to show you some of the awesome things I’ve made this week because of¬†forgetfulness and chocolate overloads, but I’m going to give you the highlights here!

First of all I discovered real greek yogurt this week!¬† I know!¬† Real greek yogurt you ask?¬† Well yes.¬† I had been buying Greek Gods 0% Milkfat greek yogurt, which I thought was all fine and dandy.¬† Then the other day I saw Fage 0% greek yogurt and since I’d seen it on a few blogs, I figured I’d give it a try.¬† What a ginormous difference.¬† So thick and creamy and… gahh!¬† Huge difference people.¬† Huge.¬† Here are my breakfasts from this week with the lovely Fage.

Granola and Yogurt

I usually make my own granola, but didn’t have a batch on hand, so¬†I went to my layaway stash¬†always kept around for situations exactly like this one.¬† It’s pretty dang good for a boxed granola!¬† I was eating this even before my recent switch to eating mostly organic and whole foods.

Yogurt w Honey and Kashi Pumpkin Spice Fruit and Grain Bar

One more breakfast the¬†Fage made¬†it into:¬† overnight oats!¬† I’ve seen these bad boys all over the blogosphere too, so once I was almost out of peanut butter, I had to give it a shot.¬† Sorry about the heinous picture, it was taken with our office camera…¬† Like I said, forgetfulness…

It contained:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Fage
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

The verdict:¬† I’m going to have to try it without the yogurt.¬† It gave the oats a tang my taste buds weren’t really down with.¬† I did, however,¬†like the cold oats with peanut butter hiding at the bottom :).¬† And fullness factor: awesome!¬† No hunger until lunch.

Next up.¬† I had the bestest most awesomest crazy tastiest grilled cheese for lunch the other day.¬† As you saw earlier this week, I bought¬†a wedge of brie, so while sitting at the computer daydreaming working dilligently, and having just¬†finished this raspberry jam and¬†almond butter¬†roll up…

…I thought:¬†why not put brie in here¬†in place of¬†the AB!!¬† So the next day I did just that, and put it on half of a whole wheat pita.¬† Tah-dah!

I had it with the¬†lonely brat’s brother.¬† Odd combo, but still a great lunch!

Now for another¬†new one :D.¬† The other night I made spaghetti squash for the first time and whipped up some “kitchen sink marinara sauce” to go with it!¬†

Spaghetti squash is a butt kickin’ way to slide the old¬†pasta¬†off the plate and sqeeze some more veg into your diet when the mood strikes.¬†¬†And it’s super easy to cook in the microwave.¬† Just cut it in half lengthwise, seed it, and cook it on high for 6-8 minutes.¬† Shred with a fork and scoop it out.¬† Voila!

Kitchen Sink Marinara Sauce

  • one large can tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup minced carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
  • chili powder
  • oregano
  • italian seasoning
  • healthy pinch of red pepper flakes (depending how spicy you like it)
  • lots of dried basil
  • S&P
  • 1/4 cup red wine

Sautee everything but the wine and tomato puree for 5-10 minutes and then added the tomato puree and wine.  Simmer for 20 minutes on low (while I was simmering I added some spears of broccoli because they looked lonely in the refrigerator). 

Today I turned it into a pizza sauce and topped it with mozzarella and proscuitto.¬† It’s OK, you can mumble “yummm” to yourself.¬† No one will judge you.¬† I put it on a whole wheat pita and broiled it for 10 minutes.¬† Uh, yummmm…

Delicious Pizza. Awful Picture.

Again sorry for the awful picture.¬† Super old/ sad work camera…

Kaya-face would like to say hello and good night as well.  Such a heart breaker ;).

Good night guys.¬† I’ll be back at the end of the weekend!!

Got Chocolate?

What would you do if you spent the latter half of your day uncontrollably eating this chocolate bar?

Come home and eat more chocolate of course.

Chocolate Indulgence #1:¬† Lindt’s A Touch of Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.¬† What a treat!¬† I mean, if you can keep yourself form eating half of the bar in one afternoon :P.¬†

Let me see if I can harness my inner foodie and descibe it to you.¬† As you bite into it, you think, “Oh, Lindt makes such delightf…¬† Oh, is that salt?¬† Man that’s interes…¬† Oh wow.¬† This is so rich.”¬† Haha, as soon as you taste the little flecks of salt, they’re gone as fast as they came.¬† And then you’re left loving the last few bits of chocolate in your mouth and opening the package back up for another bite.¬† Dangerous ;).

Chocolate Indulgence #2: chocolate pudding.¬† But this chocolate pudding has a healthy twist to it and if you haven’t seen it before, be prepared to be blown away.¬† That is, if you’re brave enough to try it!

The Ingredients

It’s Chocolate Avocado Banana Pudding¬†from Ashley over at Edible Perspective!¬† As you can see I subbed Almond Milk for coconut milk and agave nectar for the brown rice syrup (and I definitely used 2 tablespoons!).¬†

I promise you can’t taste the avocado (just adds creaminess) and the banana flavor is there, but not the banana texture (which I really dislike).¬† Just throw it all into the food processor and behold!


Creamy chocolatey goodness that will undoubtedly take you back to pudding cups and recess!

So to recap here.¬†¬†Chocolate binges happen to all of us :D, and one chocolate filled afternoon does not a body wreck.¬† There’s no reason to crawl into a corner and eat a deep fried Snickers bar.¬† Just relish in it and take it for what it is!¬† Indulgences are part of a healthy diet, so when you’ve regained your composure, just eat¬†some chocolate covered veggies for good measure and move on ;).

And if you have a dog as cute as this one, take her for a run.¬† You’ll both be glad you did!


Hopefully, I’ll post again tonight after my chocolate covered veggies and 4 mile run for my 10k this weekend.


Ok guys, this afternoon has been insane.  Things I accomplished after getting back to town from work at 4:30 to now!  Go!

  • go to the plumbing store and get a new filter in order to restore water pressure to my house
  • come home¬†to feed/let out Kaya-face
  • change clothes and eat a Kashi¬†fruit and grain bar in one bite
  • teach a two hour climbing class at the indoor climbing wall
  • finally get my lead certification at said climbing wall
  • come home to battle mow the jungle lawn for the first time this year before the sun goes down (I’ve done it in the dark before – I do not recommend it¬†ūüėõ )
  • eat my friggin’ dinner – a spinach salad with honey dill vinaigrette¬†with chickpeas¬†+ leftover veggies
  • walk Kaya-face

And finally, I realized I left my camera at work, so no food pictures today guys ūüė¶¬†. ¬†I have, however, added and updated a page, Husky in the Room,¬†for my awesome dog, Kaya!¬† This is her, looking quite regal, from a camping trip to the Tetons¬†two summers ago.

It is now 11:15 pm and I have to get up in 5 hours and 45 minutes.  I bid you a good evening kind folks!  Enjoy Kaya-face :D.