It's been a while since I've been able to post anything on here. I have some posts lined up, but I thought it would be more important to share the words Jon Stewart spoke about the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and the overall  racial hate going on in our own country. Earlier today, I wrote on my instagram: 

"There's a lot of love in this world and a lot of hate. I choose love. With enough war going on between countries and people in the world, it's hard to fathom the war between people in your own country. Why can't we support and love each other? We all go through things in life that make us more alike each other all the time. We're all humans. Our outside appearance is a fraction of who we truly are. We don't need to pick a black or white side. The distinction is between those who want to continue to hate and those who want to love. Be the change you want to see. Don't fight violence with violence."


Jon Stewart said all the things I want to say, but better than I could:

I buy too many bananas, mostly on purpose. I like to put some in the freezer for future smoothies. Sometimes I forget to do that and there are too many bananas that are now overripened. That's why recipes like banana bread are genius for ensuring we don't waste food, plus it's really delicious and it's why I tend to let the bananas get too ripe on purpose. 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

2/3 cup sugar

6 tablespoons soft butter

2 eggs, beaten

3 bananas, mashed

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon of honey

1 cup of chocolate chips, I use semisweet Ghirardelli

 

Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar and butter, then add mashed bananas and eggs.
  4. Combine flour mixture and butter/banana mixture, add honey, chocolate chips, cinnamon and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour or might be less depending on your oven. Remove from loaf pan and serve warm.

 

 

I don’t always need a destination when I ride my bike, but when I do I make sure it has food and beverages. McMenamin's Edgefield has a big patio for a sunny day and decent food paired with delicious lemonade. It doesn’t hurt if you put vodka in the lemonade. Life is full of choices.

If you’re in Portland you can head north to the Marine Bike Path and make your way east until you get to 223rd Ave. You’ll ride down 223rd Ave until you make a left onto Halsey. Edgefield is just a little ways down Halsey on the right.

For detailed directions and elevation:

 

One of the views sitting outside at Edgefield.

Cocktail included if you buy one.

Beautiful view of Mt. Hood on the way out along Marine Drive Bike Path.

Riding east along Marine Drive Bike Path towards Mt. Hood.

There are many places one can bike ride to in Portland, Oregon. It's a city that provides a lot of accessibility by bicycle. If I'm going on a bike ride over 20 miles, I typically enjoy it more if I have a destination to take a lunch break. Going to Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon is a beautiful spot to have a beverage, or a couple in my case, and enjoy a sunny day during a bicycle ride. I use www.ridewithgps.com to create my rides and it allows me to find some cool ways to come back. Using the Ride with GPS app, I can navigate my route and track it during it. There are other bike rides I've completed on this blog using the same site. I'm a little biased though. 

Anyone can ride over 20 miles. It's not as hard as it sounds if you can take your time. This ride to Edgefield from Portland is roughly 25 miles if you don't take the longer way that we took. We also live a little farther east, so living in closer to downtown will add a few miles. But it can be done! Get out there and work those legs. You'll be amazed at the things you can see and find on a bike ride in Oregon.

Bringing just enough, but not too much is key to a nice day hike. Most of my day hikes usually fall in the 3-6 hour range. The first thing you need to invest in is a Camelback of some sort, preferably one that is not too large but can still carry your essentials like this one. Having water available as part of your backpack will allow you to keep your hands free and you'll stay more hydrated, since you don't have to stop to drink water every time. Instead you can sip here and there and not take big gulps less frequently. It makes a huge difference. So now you have your camelback that's not too big and it should be able to carry your wallet, cellphone, small camera (if you don't use your phone camera like I do), and 1-2 granola bars (I prefer clif bars). This is all you should really have in your backpack, maybe a couple bandaids or wet wipes too. You don't want your pack too heavy, but you have to make sure you have that water and a snack for energy if you are going to be out for over three hours. 

You have a pack with your essentials, now you need to invest in some nice hiking boots. A nice pair will last you many years. I like Merrell's hiking boots - women's and men's. They seem spendy, but for real they will last. I have had mine for 5 years and I still see no sign of wear and I use them A LOT. Don't forget to pair your boots with some good hiking socks, go somewhere like REI or your local outdoor store. I like these SmartWool hiking socks. Bring an extra pair shoes and socks with you for AFTER the hike. Trust me, it feels so good to strip off those socks and put on some sandals or other shoes for when you go celebrate your awesome hike at a restaurant or pub.

What clothes to wear? This may be obvous - something comfy and that you can move in. I prefer not to hike with jeans. I enjoy wearing a nice pair of Zella stretchy pants. I know some people that like to wear lightweight shorts. Whatever you choose, think about the weather. In the Pacific Northwest, it can be chilly in the morning and then really warm by noon. I like to put a long sleeve over an exercise tank, that way you can be warm enough but also shed once you or the weather gets warmer. 

Day hike essentials:

  • Camelback filled with delicious cold water that holds your wallet, camera phone, 1-2 granola or protein bars, small firstaid items like bandaids
  • Hiking boots and socks
  • Extra pair of shoes and socks for after hike
  • Stretchy pants or lightweight shorts
  • Longsleeve breathable exercise shirt
  • T-shirt or exercise tank top

Go hike!

26
Mar
2015

Bulletproof Coffee

I was browsing on Pinterest, we don't need to get into how addicting Pinterest is. It's kind of like Reddit, except less forums to say weird things to each other. Anyway, I was on Pinterest when I found this recipe for Bulletproof coffee. I remembered hearing about it before, but I never looked into it. Suddenly I was going down a rabbit hole of many websites discussing bulletproof coffee and its benefits vs disadvantages. I didn't even know there were debates about this simple concoction.

Naturally, I had to try it. It's a delicious rich nutty version of a latte. I can confirm that it does curb your appetite for a while, but it's not something I want to drink every morning. I would consider it more of a delightful treat than something needed in a diet. Either way, it's worth trying it.

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe:

  • 12 ounces of dark coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1. I brewed my coffee in a press. I have strong opinions about how you brew coffee, but for the sake of argument let's say you can brew it however you want.
2. Put all ingredients in a blender while the coffee is still pipin hot. I used the 20 ounce cup from a ninja pulse
3. Pour into a mug and add another dash of cinnamon if it suits your fancy.

This recipe only requires 3 ingredients, 4 if you like cinnamon.

Blend it.

Use your favorite mug and call yourself a fancy coffee concoction maker.
 

More Info on Bulletproof Coffee

Netflix knows how to produce a show. Using their behavioral analysis to file away who watches what has shown to be a huge advantage for them. I don't know a show with the Netflix label that I haven't at least liked a little bit. My Netflix-produced favorites: Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Lillyhammer, Marco Polo and Hemlock Grove. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can now be added to that list. Tina Fey is in the production credits giving it an obvious nod to something hilarious. It's a little cheesy at times, but in the right way. Cheesy/campy is not an easy style to pull off, but this show does it. Nice work Netflix, Tina Fey and cast. Nice work. 

Watch it on Netflix

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