Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life Update + Grapefruit Vinaigrette.

There has been a lot of silence on the blog for the past few weeks, both due to vacation and the fact that I have exciting life news to share - K and I bought a house!

We spent our first night hanging out in the yard, celebrating with Island Orchard Cider. It's a historic home in the city with character that was built in 1909. This house is going to need a lot of our love and we have a long list of small projects to start fixing her up. We closed last week, and have been stuck in a whirlwind of paint colors and renovation options ever since we got the keys. Add to this mix the fact that we haven't quite packed our apartment yet - whoops! We are moving less than two miles, but it seems like 200 with the list of things that need to happen before then. The big move is next weekend, so there is not a lot of cooking or running happening right now. But I hope to be back to both very soon!

Until then, I have a vinaigrette recipe to share that I've been holding onto for awhile. In my home state of Iowa, there is a spice shop I love to visit that also sells flavored oils and specialty vinegar - Allspice Culinarium in Des Moines. A few months ago on a trip home, I met my family in Des Moines for dinner and picked up a few spices and a bottle of grapefruit white balsamic vinegar.

This was my first flavored vinegar purchase and it won't be my last! The shop has tastings available of both oils and vinegar, and the grapefruit version is insane. My mom picked up a tangerine vinegar as well and I've heard good reports. I have used this vinaigrette recipe both in a hearty salad {quinoa and roasted chickpeas!} and on a bed of greens. It's perfect for the summer.

Grapefruit Vinaigrette
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon grapefruit white balsamic vinegar
3 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

It's time to find my paint clothes - have a wonderful Sunday.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Coffee and Cardio - Motivation.

I've been back home from vacation for a few days now, and am still trying to get back on a regular schedule, for sleep and exercise. Jet lag is no joke! This is partially my fault. Instead of sleeping on our flight back, I watched ten (!) episodes of the first season of House of Cards. I'm behind on getting into this show, but now I'm hooked. When else do you have that many uninterrupted hours of time?

Anyways. To fight the jet lag, I went for a 4 mile run this morning, hoping the early morning light gets me back on track {I found this article from Runner's World about jet lag research very interesting}. This morning is also a great time to start what I hope to be a regular post, Coffee and Cardio. Two of my favorite things. I love reading round-up posts on other blogs, and I always find new things to try and websites to check out.

Favorite daily motivation, from Moniquella:

{Image via Cupcakes for Breakfast, found on Pinterest}

A new arm workout challenge to try, from 30 Day Fitness Challenges {I'm going to do this in August!}:

Favorite coffee nicknames, from Lost at E Minor. I think a Miami Vice sounds perfect this morning:

{Image via Lost at E Minor and Pinterest}

One of my Summer Fitness Bucket List goals is to master a five minute plank. Well, let's just say I'm a few minutes away from accomplishing this. Thankfully I found an article on Huffington Post with six different types of planks to try in a quick, five minute workout:

{Image via Huffington Post, and Pinterest}

Have a great Friday!