fun and games

by Keeprunningirl on 06/27/2014

I am back to blogging!   Over the last four months or so, my blog experienced some technical difficulties.  Since then, these issues have been resolved thanks to my web guru (brother-in-law).. #familyperks!

I’ve missed sharing my recipes (and accessing my previously posted ones) while my blog was down, and I plan to share some more soon.  Today, however I am going to quickly chronicle what I am calling the fun & games of the last few months.   I have shared most of these pictures on instagram and/or Facebook but  check out the moments from the last few months compliments of Flipagram.   From fun times in Hawaii including runs and crazy hiking, to rainy runs in Seattle to our very recent quick trip to Colorado, the Mods are still running and trying to have a good time along the way!

a trip to Kauai

selfies along the way

Living life in the Northwest

and just last weekend, a trip to Colorado #hometowntourists

Last week, we marked our first year anniversary as residents of Seattle. We have definitely tried to embrace our new environment and explore everything it has to offer. I (we) would be lying though if we said we don’t miss our home state of Colorado. Our eldest is transferring to Fort Collins to attend CSU in the fall… which is bittersweet as he will be far away but the bright side is – Mods will be visiting CO frequently! Here’s to the best of both worlds…

In the meantime, I am also marking the end of my year of not racing at all – looks like the fun & games need some focus now and I need to start training because yesterday, I found out that I got into the Nike’s Women’s 1/2 marathon with my good friend Mo – looking forward to the fall, and San Francisco!!

we're in!

we’re in!


quinoa and kale

by Keeprunningirl on 03/05/2014

As we get ready for an escape from rainy Seattle to Hawaii, I wanted to use up some of the things in the refrigerator and came up with this easy but pretty delicious concoction. I always have quinoa in the pantry and I had a pack of field roast (a vegan grain meat) that was approaching expiration.  I also had a large red onion.   I took a quick trip to Whole Foods and added 4 bunches of dino kale, a red pepper, green pepper and some mushrooms to what I already had and created this quinoa and kale dish in a large wok.

1 red pepper chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 large red onion chopped
2-4 cloves of garlic minced
4 bunches of dino kale, washed throughly and cut into bite size pieces
1 container of bella mushrooms
2 cups of quinoa soaked and rinsed
1 package of Field Roast Italian sausage links (optional)
a cup of veggie broth (or water)
2 tablespoons soy or tamari sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What I did (directions):
- pepare the quinoa and set aside
- slice up the field roast and pan saute until it’s a bit crispy (cover and set aside)
- Cook the peppers, onion and garlic in the wok with a bit of veggie broth for about 1-2 minutes. Add the mushrooms.
- As the above is cooking, start adding the chopped kale by the handful, mixing in and adding more as it cooks down until it’s all in there.
- add quinoa
- add field roast
- stir and mix thoroughly

dish up into large bowls and enjoy!



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