Watermelon Cocktail

Watermelon Cocktail

Last week, we found out Lainee Lou Hou relapsed, Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia is back. The medications kicked in last weekend, and have bared their teeth through the week.

To end a particularly stressful week, because Wednesday was National Watermelon Day, and because both Lainee and I LOVE watermelon, I thought it would be fitting to share this recipe today!

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Burrata, Peaches, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grilled Sourdough Bread

Burrata, Peaches, Cherry Tomatoes, and Grilled Sourdough Bread

Every summer, there is one dish that dominates mealtime. We try to make it whenever possible. Last year it was Grilled Romaine and the year before that, it was Heirloom Tomato Panzanella. This year, the winner is this lovely compliation of everything that is in peak season right now!

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Educate, Show Up, and Choose Love

Educate, Show Up, and Choose Love

Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. I wish I had more eloquent words to share. I've done lots of reading and listening and processing over the last two weeks. Here are my takeaways and links to helpful resources.

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US Olympic Track Team Trials and Tour de France: Inspiration for #TrackTuesday

US Olympic Track Team Trials and Tour de France: Inspiration for #TrackTuesday

My inspiration and motivation came from watching the US Olympic Team Trials and the Tour de France. It is so inspiring to watch them during their big events, but even more so to think of the path they took to get there.

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Summer in a Bowl (BEST SALAD EVER)

Summer in a Bowl (BEST SALAD EVER)

This salad has a different name in our house, but it has a bad word in it, and I know there could be some of my GOTRs that read this, so I am keeping it out of this part. The first time I made this salad was on my birthday which is April 30th, and it was after my first bite that I gifted this salad its signature name. We had it every day that week, and since then we've had it every week. 

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Chasing Waterfalls - #1: Harpeth River State Park - Hidden Lake

Chasing Waterfalls - #1: Harpeth River State Park - Hidden Lake

One of my goals for this year is to visit as many State Parks/Wilderness Areas/Waterfalls as possible. Tennessee is so beautiful and there are so many places within reasonable driving distance to explore! Harpeth River State Park was first on my list, I couldn't believe how close it was, only 15 minutes away! (Review includes a handy pros and cons list!)

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Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie

Vegan Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Pie

Strawberry picking is one of our favorite summer activities! Usually we pick about three to four buckets of strawberries, but this time we we had to scale back a bit due to the size of the freezer in our new house. (I'm fairly certain our freezer was designed by someone with only ice cube and frozen pea storage in mind) 

Until we can get a new fridge/freezer, I've taken to bribing people with berry desserts in exchange for freezer space. This pie is my newest bribery tool! The strawberry fruit swims in a sweet syrup right on top of a rich layer of cashew cream, all of which is complimented by a salty pistachio crumble on top.

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Girls on the Run - Spring 2016 5K

Girls on the Run - Spring 2016 5K

Today we completed our season ending accomplishment of running the Girls on the Run 5K! But there is more magical goodness happening at Girls on the Run than just running! There is Girls on the Run spirit lining each and everyone of my favorite moments from today including, reaching new goals, doing the right thing, supporting our teammates, taking risks, going the extra mile (kind of literally).

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Green Poodle Cocktail

Green Poodle Cocktail

Changing my diet to mostly vegetables has forced me to be more open to new flavors and spices. I used to be such a wuss about spiciness. I still kind of am, but am definitely more adventurous.

That led me to trying a cocktail based on jalapeno. A cocktail that I am still thinking about. I can't remember all the exact ingredients of said cocktail, but I am pretty dang satisfied with how this one turned out. It is clean, fresh, and crisp, with a spicy aftertaste.

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IT BAND/BANNED FROM RUNNING (get it?)

IT BAND/BANNED FROM RUNNING (get it?)

There are 29 more days until I am supposed to be running the Rock n Roll Nashville marathon. Except for this IT band is not healing - and by that I mean, I have not allowed it to heal. My chances of running the marathon are not looking good. I refuse to throw in the towel at this point.

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