Four Wheelin'

Took Boy's new ATV out for a spin on Sunday. We went out west and found a bunch of dirt roads through a development area that were all muddy from the melted snow. It got a bit scary, especially went we found a straight path and were able to get over 60mph - we were flying! Titan wore himself out chasing us, returned to basecamp (truck), and puked up his breakfast and an apple he gobbled up outside our house. He did get to sit between my legs and ride around with us for a bit.

Mud flew at us left and right. Boy got some in his mouth, and I guess it tastes about as good as you would expect.

I think Titan enjoys riding in the back of the truck, but maybe he needs some doggy goggles so his eyes don't dry up from the wind.

Pooped. Just in time for me to enjoy the Bears game, and see Cutler break his thumb... UGH!


Polar Bears

Link to two polar bear cams! This WILL be up on my computer screen all day.

Screenshot my sister took:

Steak and Avocado Salad

For dinner last night, I made a steak salad with sliced up avocados (gotta incorporate the good fats to keep you full). I ate that with a side of sweet potato fries that I fried up with olive oil. Easy, fast meal.

I brought the same thing for lunch today, and also some pineapple chunks. I'm really glad I ate bacon and eggs this morning. I walked by the conference room where we are about to have training in 15 minutes, and there are chick-fil-a breakfast burritos waiting to be eaten. MUST RESIST!


Nori Rolls

I have been craving some Asian food goodness in my life, so I looked up a few Paleo-approved recipes. This week, I made nori rolls (inspiration found here) with cauliflower 'rice', veggies, and steak. Coconut aminos is a great substitute for soy sauce (it smells a bit weird to me, but tastes generally the same).

I'm glad my mom got me this wooden roller, it sure came in handy! Here are the veggies (cucumber, carrots, spinach) lined up with some strips of marinated steak (S&P, coco aminos) on a bed of cauliflower f'rice.

My dinner plate. Coco aminos dipping bowl with a side of roasted broccoli and bacon!

The cauliflower f'rice smells a bit funny, but it has the texture of rice and is more-or-less tasteless. Overall, this dish was a great success!



This week, I started back up at CrossFit again. Let me tell ya, I am one happy camper. It feels so good to be back in the gym doing some hardcore workouts and sweating my butt off. With that, I started my CrossFit/Paleo/Whole30 diet again. This time, I am not going to be so strict. I'm going to try and stick to it as much as I can, but I will allow some cheating. That way I am not shoving McChickens and chocolate and bread down my throat for a week straight.

I forgot my healthy lunch at home (hate when this happens), so I went to Smashburger. I really love this joint. I ordered a custom burger without the bun, but I got a side of sweet potato fries. Don't think these are legal since I'm sure they were fried in vegetable oil, but I splurged. SO GOOD!

I have a bunch of Paleo-approved recipes gathered up, and I'm really excited to test them out over the next few weeks. I'll be sure (ok, I'll try) to take pictures and share!


Menisci are meant to be torn, hearts are meant to be broken

Got pictures of my poor torn meniscus that were taken during my surgery. All I know is that all the lines in should be smooth, not all frayed and fiber-y. FAIL! Oh well, I'm finally mending.


S'mores Whoopie Pies

My first creation using the new Kitchenaid mixer, S'mores Whoopie Pies!

Recipe, here.

I could not find graham flour (I tried Kroger, Targert, Wal-Mart, and Whole Foods), but I did find a spot-on recipe for it.

1.5 cups of graham flour:
1 cup of white flour
1/3 cups of wheat bran
1.5 teaspoons of wheat germ.

These are so yummy and taste exactly like s'mores!


One is the Loneliest Number

My friend went out of the town for the weekend, so I babysat her dog, Tucker. I brought him over to the house so Titan could have a playmate for the weekend. They wrestled, ran in the backyard, and passed out from too much excitement. Titan confirmed my thoughts that he is a greedy, jealous dog - he played with Tucker's toys and laid in his bed; he also pushed Tucker away whenever I tried to pet him... oh boy.

Aren't they adorable? Titan is the chocolate lab on the left, and Tucker is the big white goof on the right. Titan NEEDS a brother!


Day 15: Monaco, Eze

Took the train from Nice to Monaco; only about a 20 minute ride. The Grand Prix race was in a week.

On the way up to the Prince's Castle.

Statue given to Prince Albert I by foreign residents. It is a hommage to his passion of oceanography. I just liked the real bird sitting on top of the lady's head.

Port of Monaco.

The Prince's Castle. They are getting ready for the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Quite a bit smaller than London's.

Lifestyle of the rich.

Pretty police station across from the Castle.

Cathedral of Monaco. Princess Grace Kelly is buried here, along with other royalty. You can tell Monaco was very in love with their Princess Gracie; there are pictures of her all around.

Seagull in the Gardens.

View of the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium.

It was founded by Prince Albert I. The famous Jacques Cousteau was it's director for a long time.

Colorful bird statue that I really wanted.

View away from the Castle and Aquarium.

Pit lane for Formula One!

This was way too cool for me; I started watching F1 racing a couple years ago so I almost peed my pants everytime I saw something F1 related.

The famous Monte Carlo casino. After a certain time, you have to be in strict formal attire. I tried going in there, but they wanted me to check my camera. I peeked inside one of the rooms and it was like a scene out of James Bond.

Just being pathetic, really wishing I was here for the race.

A barbajuan - Monaco specialty. It's a pastry filled with cheese, leeks, chards, spinach, and onions. Soooo delicious.

There are 3 Corniche routes that lead from Nice to Monaco. Grace Kelley was killed in a car accident on the Middle Corniche. This middle route is also known for Eze, a small cliffside village.

At this point, the charm of small villages was gone because of the few I visited in Provence. It was cute, but also very touristy.

I made my way back to the hostel (via bus), bought some dinner at the grocery store, and called it a night. The next day, I took the train back to Paris and flew back to reality.


Day 14: Nice

I seriously LOVED the French Riviera. Definitely one of my favorite stops during the trip. I think what was most enjoyable about my time there was that I never felt like I was running around to see all the sites. It was very relaxing. This is a square near Old Town Nice.

Cours Saleya, a street market with food and a variety of exotic flowers.

Adam and Eve.

I regret not trying any pastries from this bakery. It is supposed to be a damn fine one.

On the way up Castle Hill (there is no castle), I saw some fun wall art.

Not quite yet to the top, but a nice view of the beach.

It was a steady climb...

The Port of Nice.

Made my way down to the port, so I could catch a cruise around the Mediterranean.

I believe this is a pirate ship.


Lunch stop for some ravioli. Raviolis were actually invented in the French Riviera, not Italy.

I went to the beach and laid out for a few hours. There are no nice sandy beaches in Nice, it is actually very rocky - terrible to walk on. Afterwards, I went back to the hostel and grabbed my tripod so I could get some better pictures on top of Castle Hill. I am very sunburnt at this point.

Back to Voyageur Nissart for dinner. It was THAT good last night! I started off with a meat and cheese platter.

Lemon Chicken. So juicy.

Side of Potatoes Dauphin. Perfect amount of cheesiness.

A Lemon Tart for dessert, with lemon gelato on top. It was good, but had nothing on the Creme Brulee.