My Life as the Alphabet

I discovered this little survey on the Graceful Fitness blog and thought it might be fun!

A is for age: 35 and still a kid at heart!
B is for breakfast today: Cocoa Goji Berry Granola with Almond Milk
C is for currently craving: Tortilla chips
D is for dinner tonight: Quinoa with spinach, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, avocado, shredded carrot, and lemon dijon dressing
E is for favorite type of exercise: backpacking

F is for an irrational fear: spiders and water over my head are tied
G is for gross food: meat
H is for hometown: Fairview, PA
I is for something important: compassion
J is for current favorite jam: homemade strawberry-orange with locally picked berries

K is for kids: I don’t like ‘em
L is for current location: Portland, OR

M is for the most recent way you spent money: on my weekly groceries
N is for something you need: confidence
O is for occupation: freelance photographer
P is for pet peeve: people who walk too close behind me (especially if they have loud shoes on)
Q is for a quote: “Live simply so that others may simply live.”
R is for random fact about you: I still suck my thumb
S is for favorite healthy snack: hummus with carrot sticks
T is for favorite treat: cupcakes

U is for something that makes you unique: the huge birthmark on my left arm (and the one on my knee, and the one on my bottom, and the other zillion that cover me from head to toe)
V is for favorite vegetable: kale, if leafy greens count as vegetables, and carrots if they don’t
W is for today’s workout: a bike ride in the rain!
X is for X-rays you’ve had: teeth, upper gastro-intestinal
Y is for yesterday’s highlight: talked to my parents on the phone
Z is for your time zone: Pacific

Wanna play too? Copy the template from here and post on your blog!

Northward to Seattle

Last weekend Tim and I visited our good friends in Seattle. We were treated to plenty of Mighty O Donuts, gorgeous weather, dinner at an amazing vegan restaurant, mini golf, homemade pizza and pancakes, and boxing battles on Nintendo Wii. That is a lot of fun to pack into one weekend!! Here are some photos of our adventures:

Thanks, Kim and Dave!

Stay tuned for tomorrow because I am posting a recipe for a fantastic sammie. You don’t want to miss it – promise!

Birthday Cupcakes

My attempt to reduce my sugar intake isn’t going as well as planned:

Purple Cow Cupcakes (grape cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting)

Today was my 34th birthday. I am not one to have big celebrations. In fact, I am quite the opposite. Tim and I enjoyed a long bike ride under sunny skies and lunch at our favorite vegan cafe. We visited with our good friend, Kittee. We played Bananagrams. And we made Purple Cow Cupcakes. Tim baked the cupcakes (prettiest cupcakes I’ve seen in a long time!) and I took care of the frosting. I wanted a birthday treat that was different and these cupcakes happily filled my wishes. The recipe is in The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, courtesy of Hannah Kaminsky.

My day is slowly coming to a close and I hardly feel any older. I mean, I got tater tots, a wind-up toy snail, maple syrup, bubble gum lip balm, and hair holders for my birthday. Seriously, I will always be a kid at heart :)