Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Menu Tuesday

I thought I should join Nicole this week for posting my menu for the week. Although, like Danica  things change throughout the week and I really can't plan ahead as much as I would like.

I am starting from this past Sunday, because we're still eating the leftovers for lunches  :)

    White Bean Turkey Chili in the crockpot
         chicken broth
         leftover turkey meat
         several cans of different beans-great northern, pinquitos, etc, drained
         can of corn, drained
         can of diced tomatoes
         flour or cornstarch for thickening
         cumin , coriander, tiny bit of salt, pepper, cayenne
         whatever else floats your boat!

      leftover Chili

      Crockpot lasagna
           ground turkey
           ground sausage
           cottage cheese
           Italian seasoning, or just oregano, thyme
           2 eggs
           lasagna noodles, dry
           spaghetti sauce
           onions and garlic

      cook up the sausage, turkey, onions and garlic. In another bowl, mix together cottage cheese, parm, italian seasonings, and eggs. Put some of the meat mixture on the bottom of the crockpot. Cover with a layer of sauce, then spinach and mushrooms, then mozz., then cottage mixture. Sometimes I add cream cheese to this mixture...just because. Then a layer of noodles. I broke mine in order for it to fit better in the round crockpot. Then layer again until all ingredients are gone. Today is my first time doing this in a crockpot, so I'm sure I will have to check on it periodically to see if it needs some broth or something for moisture.

       Chicken Yakisoba
              noodles from Costco
              chicken from a rotisserie chicken I bought the other day
              array of veggies, mostly broccoli
              sometimes a little soy
              fresh ginger (I keep mine in the freezer and grate it directly from there into the dish. This way, my ginger stays fresh and it's so easy to store and use!)

      leftovers or whatever Matt decides to cook since I work through Sunday

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Today we hiked up Mt. Si via the old trail. It's steeper than the new trail but a little bit shorter. It was nice to have much less people out there than we've typically seen on a Saturday morning. There was quite a bit of snow at the top and I was thankful to have my "yak-trak" like covers on for the icy spots!
It was definitely a cold one with all of the wind, but I did ok with my fleece, downcoat and rain coat. My hands froze despite having hand warmers in my gloves the entire time. And in this picture, my face is frozen as well. I felt like I had been to the dentist and was numb from forehead to chin, cheek to cheek. I had no idea what this smile would be like :)

I love hiking this time of year because of all of the snow-capped mountains around us! Gorgeous! And of course, Whiskey had a blast running up and down the trail with his new friend Oscar (golden retriever).

I'm sure we'll be hiking again soon if the weather permits!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

I just can't stop..

I cannot stop eating pumpkin....it's ridiculous! My newest kick is putting pumpkin puree in my oatmeal with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. I can't handle how delicious this is!

My next recipe will be a squash/pumpkin pasta dish...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I finally found a carpet stain cleaner I really like! It actually works well! Now, if only I could find something that would actually get rid of the calcium deposits on my shower head...CLR is not doing it.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Enchantments

We did it! We left around 5:30am after a Starbucks stop, and headed out onto the trail around 8:30 ish I think. From the trailhead, we hiked to Colchuck Lake, and then went around the lake and up Aasgard pass. We did a lot of boulder hopping and climbing. Needless to say, I am very sore! From the lake up the pass is about 2300 feet of elevation in ONE MILE. It was straight up. Near the top it started hailing, and proceeded to rain the entire way back to the trailhead. Once we got back to the trailhead (around 5:30pm), it took me FOREVER to change into new clothes. It was sooo nice to be headed into Leavenworth to eat dinner at the end of a very long day. (My body had already been hurting at that point :) )
 Colchuck Lake

 looking down onto Colchuck Lake

 Extreme Adventures
 one of the lakes at the top of Aasgard Pass

 looking down onto Colchuck Lake from the summit of Aasgard Pass

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ingall's Lake

A big group of people go out to a friend's cabin each year off of Teanaway River and camp. They always hike out to Ingall's Lake on Saturday for a good workout. This was the first year for Matt and I, but we decided to backpack out and camp overnight. The trail is about 3.5 miles to the campsites and another mile or so to Ingall's Lake. It is part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, close to the Enchantments. This was only my second time actually backpacking and I had a great time!

Our campsite was out on this rockledge looking out right at Mt. Stuart. Gorgeous!! There were just a few trees around, and most of the trees had branches on only one side. We figured it got pretty windy up there. Little did we know that we were going to experience firsthand the crazy winds.

 We went to bed early and were woken up several times an hour because of the raging winds. I wasn't sure that the tent was even going to hold up! Around 3am or so, the rains came...hard. We couldn't help but laugh, since the day before was in the 70s and clear blue sky. We packed up in the rain and wind and left around 7am. I was so thankful for the gear we had that kept us warm and dry!

[By the way, we have this stove called the Jetboil and it is AWESOME! It boils about 2 cups of water within 2 minutes and it is very compact. Get this if you plan on camping anytime soon.]
 Mt. Stuart
 A view to the right of our campsite
 Below our campsite
 Another view of Mt. Stuart (can you believe people climb that?!)
 Matt and his Dad, Jim, trying to figure out where the trail is to the lake
 drying my clothes on my trekking pole :)
 Ingall's Lake-about a mile from our campsite. Jim is napping on the big rock in the middle
 Mt. Stuart behind the lake
 The huge group that went up to the lake with us
 Matt filtering water
 A nudy-butt jumping into the freezing cold lake
 Us at the lake
 Amanda, Bry, Jim, me, Matt
 Me posing at our campsite looking out at Mt. Stuart
 Looking up behind our campsite
 Gorgeous colors of the larch (sp?) trees
 The sun went down on our campsite, but was still on Stuart
Me in my new down jacket!