Why Hiking at Same Mountain Preserve 50 Times is Anything but Boring…

When I chose “Verso L’alto” or “Higher, toward the top” as one of my themes for this year, I kicked it off with a challenge of hiking every day for a month. Part of the reason behind this challenge was to get me out of my normal hiking routine and explore new trails and new mountains! I thought maybe my theme for the year of hiking wouldn’t really count if I wasn’t always going new and flashy places. And it WAS wonderful to explore so many new areas, and I will continue to try and do that, but I have fallen in love with the Phoenix Mountain preserve and while I thought returning there again and again might get boring, I learned during that 31 day challenge that it is anything but… and that realization has only gotten stronger int he months that followed, so today I wanted to expand on that and share a few reasons why hiking at the same mountain preserve over 50 times in less than a year still remains anything but boring…. Continue reading

HAPPY 2017!

Happy New Year friends! I hope however you celebrated you found some happiness and peace. We had a low key New Year’s Eve and a very focused New Year’s Day preparing, cleaning, and shopping for things we need as we enter the home stretch of my pregnancy. I also made a decadent treat for us to fight off the chill! Continue reading

Arizona Life: Summer is for Salads

So… given my last few posts, this should not come as a surprise… we have not been cooking as much as we were this winter/spring. AT least, not formally cooking. See… it’s summer in Arizona, summer in Phoenix to be more precise which means there have only been a handful of days under 105. Continue reading

Cooking #12: Colorful Cooking

There was a time when my plates of food looked tragically monochromatic. Then I realized that my body was getting pretty sick when I ate most meat (hence my journey to pescetarianism) and suddenly I had to start reproaching vegetables and trying new foods. By far one of my favorite discoveries I’ve made since jumping in on this brand new Continue reading