Shrimp and Avocado Crostini

Avocados are amazing. Especially when you find one that’s perfectly ripe and beautifully green after you slice it in half. You know that awesome feeling, right? Or is it just me?? It’s like a small, but very fulfilling food win that deserves a pat on the back :) And shrimp? Anything with seafood is delicious in my book. Add a little citrus and spice, and you’ve got yourself an easy, flavorful snack/appetizer! Remember how I’m training for my first half marathon? Well, it’s in less than a month…EEK!…and I’m definitely not prepared. I’m running the race with a few coworkers, my roommate, and two of my friends so although I’m huffing and puffing during each of my runs, I’m really excited to finish a 13.1 mile race! A fellow food blogger friend, Ishita, was also training for a different half (which she just completed–go Ishita!) so we had a lot [Continue Reading...]

Guilt-Free Blue Cheese Dressing (Made with Greek Yogurt)

I have some uncharacteristic news: I registered to run a half marathon in November! WOAH, right? I know…I am the worst at exercising but yes, I will be running the US Half Marathon in San Francisco on November 3rd, even if that means crawling across the finish line at the 2 hour and 59 minute mark of the race. I found out about the race from a colleague, finally got the guts to sign up, and started a training plan this week which will eventually increase to running about 40 miles a week. Wildddddd! But I was able to convince Abby (my housemate) and a few other friends to run it with me so we’ll all be training together. I’m so excited!! If you have any race tips, I’d love to hear them! ALSOOO, a dozen of my Salted Dark Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies will be up for bid during Echoing Good’s Bake [Continue Reading...]

Quick Power Breakfast: Overnight Oats

My first mud run was a success! …if you count crossing the finish line as a success haha. But really, it was so much fun! We crawled through mud pits, jumped into the beautiful Sacramento River, and rewarded ourselves with ice cold Sierra Nevada beers afterward (yep, Sierra Nevada was one of the sponsors for the event!). Plus, our outfits were so awesome that the mud just came right off! Here is a pic of us post-run. Shiny, right? Now, I wish I could say that the success of the mud run was due to my diligence in working out and training beforehand. However, this would be a damn lie. I tried! I SWEAR. I did run a lot the week before but I can’t say I did much else. AND I had a terrible cough that still hasn’t gone away. But I am convinced that these overnight oats helped [Continue Reading...]

Cache Creek Adventures

I want to call our annual trip more of a tubing/floating adventure rather than “camping”. Or maybe it’s a cookout and we just sleep in tents at night and continue the cookout the next day? Yes, that works. Cache Creek is your ideal car camping spot. You can bring whatever you want, it’s nice and hot, there’s a flowing creek just a few steps away, and the grill and fire pit are always ready to go. The creek has big enough rapids that require us to wear a life jacket at all times when floating but it’s mellow enough in some areas where we can just relax and enjoy the sun while the water floats us downstream. It’s the perfect balance. Yes, Sheeter rode that turtle down the entire creek, rapids and all! This year was particularly fun because there were 19 of us that were able to make it [Continue Reading...]

10 Dishes to Make Before Summer is Over

Last weekend, the friends and I went on our annual camping and tubing trip at Cache Creek. Cache Creek isn’t really a hard-core-hike-to-your-site-bring-only-what-you-can-carry sort of experience. It’s more of a pull-off-the-highway-and-pitch-tents-on-the-lawn-with-neighbors-five-feet-away-from-you sort of deal. I know that may not sound like that much fun to some, but I love it. Movie projected on a screen under the stars? Got it. Bathrooms and a generator? Check. Steak tips, baked beans in a dutch oven, OYSTERS, grilled corn, hot dogs, burgers, and a bacon lattice (just like last year!)? Done and DONE. I love the summertime. Don’t take it for granted! Here are 10 recipes that you should consider making soon because before we know it, it’s going to be Fall and we will be wishing for 100 degree weather and fun weekends to play by the water :) 10 Things to Make Before Summer is Over 1. Red Wine Sangria 2. Sesame Crusted Seared [Continue Reading...]

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