Monthly Archives: January 2015

Urban Ski Adventure

Today was the first major snow storm (or really first snow storm in general) this year. The gym was closed which meant snow day for me and Angus didn’t go to work either. Spent the morning eating pancakes and lounging around before heading out on this awesome snow day ski adventure. I have never skied downtown during a snow storm so today seemed like the perfect day to make a big loop. We were hoping that a bar might be open that we could stop in but EVERYTHING was closed. I think Subway was open but that was it.

Here’s a map of the route:

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The first stop was at my parent’s house to see this adorable pooch. He loves to eat snow so I fed him a bowl of snow before we headed out on our loop.

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Heading downtown via Back Cove:

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Made it to Monument Square! Blizzard in full force.

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Exploring the streets of the Old Port. Looking for a bar or somewhere cool to stop. No luck.

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Heading back home via Congress Street and the giant hill on Deering Ave. No traffic!!!!

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Yup, that’s a snowmobile you see in the picture below.

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Adventure complete! Home sweet home 🙂

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Crockpot Smokey Turkey Chili

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This is a recipe that I made a few weekends ago for Angus and I to enjoy after an afternoon of cross country skiing. It’s the perfect chili recipe for a winter day. There’s nothing more satisfying than coming home from playing in the snow and having dinner all ready for you! Thank you, crockpot. I created this recipe by looking at a few online recipes and combining my favorite parts of each recipe. Now, I don’t like spicy things… so if you’re looking for a spicy chili, this is not it. Also, I think I’ve talked about smoked paprika before, but spend some $$ to get a good quality one. I thought it was getting a sweet deal when I found it at Trader Joes for $1.99. Well, you get what you pay for. Trader Joes does a lot of things very well but smoked paprika is not one of those things.

Crockpot Smokey Turkey Chili

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup red pepper
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 28 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can of white beans (rinsed)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (check labels and find a high quality one without high sugar/sodium)
  • 2 TBS smoked paprika
  • 1/2 TBS cumin
  • 1/2 TBS chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

1. In a frying pan on medium heat, cook your ground turkey. I sprinkled some salt, pepper, and garlic powder on it once it was done.

2. Put cooked turkey, red pepper, onion, corn, diced tomatoes, and beans into the crockpot.

3. Cover ingredients with the tomato sauce and chicken broth. Add spices and stir to combine everything.

4. Cook in a crockpot on low for 6 hours.

Yum!! 🙂

 

Maine Huts and Trails Ski Trip

This past weekend Angus and I did an overnight stay at the Maine Huts and Trails. This is a really cool organization that is pretty new. They have all of these different huts that are connected by cross country ski trails. You ski into the hut and then they cook you dinner, breakfast, and give you stuff to make a lunch the next day. There are different types of sleeping accommodations but most are shared bunk rooms (sort of like a hostel). We were very lucky and only had to share our room with one other couple who were about our age as well! The staff was very nice and the food was delicious and creative.

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The first day we got a little lost and ended up skiing 8 extra miles (up a GIANT hill/mountain) and then had to turn around to get back on the trail that actually goes up to the hut. So, that wasn’t that awesome… and even less awesome when you’re skiing with a giant backpack… but once we got to the hut it was really nice and warm and a good place to be. We stayed at the Poplar Stream hut and it’s about three miles to get into it (if you don’t go the wrong way). It was pretty hilly to get up there but nothing compared to the wrong turn we took so it wasn’t terrible.

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The next day we went for a little ski before we headed back home. We just went a few miles further up the trail and then turned around. There were some cool waterfalls to see (a short hike from the trail) and the trails were freshly groomed that morning so conditions were perfect! Overall it was a fun trip that I’d like to try to do again! It would be really cool to do a couple of days and stay at a couple of different places.

 

Spin Saturday Playlist

It has been quite some time since I have taught a spin class in Portland on Saturday. Now that winter is in full swing, classes are PACKED and it’s so much fun. The cold temperatures we’re having right now are definitely driving people to work out indoors as well. I think I have run on the treadmill more this winter than I have in any other year- and it’s only January! Here’s a new playlist that I used for class yesterday. Good for cycling, or those boring treadmill runs. 😉

Winter Run & Strength Workout

Winter is officially in full swing after this weekend. We still don’t have much snow here in Portland but it at least looks and feels like winter now. On Saturday Angus and I were able to get out ice skating in Deering Oaks Park. The ice was PERFECT and I’m so glad we went before it all got destroyed with the mini snow/ice storm we got on Saturday night.

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On Sunday we went to the YMCA and did this workout. It was a great workout and a good way to get some running in if you hate treadmills but it’s too snowy or icy to run outside. Give it a try!

Run and Strength