Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blackberry + Peach Salsa.

The makings for a delicious salsa.

Our Labor Day weekend seemed packed to the gills with a bachelorette picnic, a wedding in Deer Valley, a trip to the farmer's market, demolishing walls in a friends' new house, replanting my succulents (I'd killed a few) and a family dinner at my mom's. It's only Tuesday and I feel like I need the weekend to be here so that we can relax! But, with the colder months just around the corner (the leaves have started to change in our canyons!), I am embracing the busy days as I know once the snow falls and the temperatures drop, our days will slow down.


Peach season is in full force here in Utah and I am trying to find as many ways as possible to eat them while they are available. Lee has been making this blackberry and peach salsa for a few years now and, with a bachelorette picnic to attend, I decided to make it as my dish to share. And I was able to find all of the ingredients for this salsa (minus the lime) at our Downtown SLC Farmers Market!! Be still my locavore heart.

Blackberry + Peach Salsa (makes approx 3 cups)

  • 3 ripe peaches, chopped
  • 1-1 1/2 cups blackberries (the more ripe, the better), cut in half
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2-1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • Salt
  1. Place all of the above ingredients (except for the jalapeño and salt) in a bowl and mix. Start adding the jalapeño in small batches and taste test to get desired level of heat. And remember, jalapeño can start tasting hotter as it sits in the salsa so go easy! Once you've found a heat you are comfortable with, add the salt to taste.
  2. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than a day or two. It is delicious served with tortilla chips or on fish or just by the spoonful. Trust me, it'll be gone in no time.

How was your Labor Day weekend? Busy?!

Weekend Workouts: Saturday & Sunday - Not a damn thing. And I felt terribly both mentally and physically for it! Back at it this week.

Blackberry + Peach Salsa. Beautiful & delicious!

Friday, August 29, 2014


One of the most spectacular sites I've ever seen.

Even though it was only a few weeks ago, today I am remembering our trail run to the Lake of the Hanging Glacier in British Columbia. That run reignited my desire to explore more of our local trails here in Utah and this week, I was able to get two trail runs in, one of which I'd never run before.

If we ever leave Utah, it will definitely have to be to a place with mountains.

Happy weekend! What are your plans?

Weekly Workouts: Monday - Trail run to Hidden Peak! 9.5 miles/2:10/3,185 ft elev gain. Tuesday - CrossFit! Push press 40 reps @ 65% (63lbs) then 3x500m row (1:1 rest) then 3x1:00 max effort air dyne. Wednesday - CrossFit! AMRAP of 6x2:00 5 T2B + 10 ab mat sit-ups + 15 double unders. Thursday - Trail run to Cardiff Pass and Mount Superior. 3.5 miles/54 min/1,444 ft elev gain. Friday - Rest day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Solo hike/trail run to Hidden Peak. So good for my soul.

Yesterday I gave away all of Alice's newborn to one-year clothing to a woman who is having a baby girl in November. I'd dreaded going through those boxes of her baby things for weeks as I thought it would just be too emotional in the face of the decision we had recently made to have only one child.

And it turns out, it wasn't so bad.

There were no tears as I went through her tiny newborn things but my breath did catch a few times and I smiled and laughed as I remembered moments with her wearing those clothes. It felt cathartic to go through her things and my memories of those precious early days and weeks and months of Alice's life.

As I packed up and re-taped the boxes, I felt happy. And I felt like we've made the right decision to have only one child.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Our Decision.

Bacon & artichoke heart-stuffed zucchini. // A rainy walk to get ice cream.

When I went to a reproductive endocrinologist a few months ago to try to figure out why I wasn't pregnant after a year and a half of trying, I felt torn as to whether or not I truly wanted to have another baby. At the time, the thought of not continuing to try to get pregnant made me feel panicky and anxious. We had been trying so hard for so long that I wasn't ready make that decision just yet.

But now I am.

For the last few weeks, I've allowed the emotions to come up regarding not having another baby and yes, at first, those panicky and anxious feelings dominated my thoughts. But, as the weeks passed and as we have had time to discuss how our lives would look with only one child, the panic and anxiety have subsided and I've started to see the beautiful life that we will have raising just Alice. The beautiful life that we already have raising just Alice.

I finally feel comfortable saying that I don't want to have another baby and that we are making the choice to stop at one child. Most everyone that I've shared this with has been supportive but there have been a few who, without knowing what we've been through, have made insensitive remarks regarding only children. Being comfortable with our decision, I've managed to take those comments in stride and have used it as an opportunity to have a discussion as to why people believe that we must give Alice a sibling for her to turn out normal or so that she can have a life-long friend or whatever other misconceptions they have about only children.

As someone who only has a relationship with one of her three siblings, I can immediately dispel at least one of those misconceptions.

After so many months of uncertainty, I feel at peace with our decision. And I feel excited and happy about our future together. Just us three.

Weekend Workouts: Saturday & Sunday - I was INSANELY sore from back squats and then 150 wall balls that I could barely walk, so... Rest day!

Alice reveling in the beauty. Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.

Friday, August 22, 2014


Having fun or throwing a fit? You decide.

Currently... exhausted from our last few nights of trying to get Alice to go to sleep (and stay asleep!) without one of us either sitting or sleeping on the floor in her room. To be fair, we changed up her sleep routine for 4 weeks so I guess we can't expect it to go back to the old routine in just a few days.

Currently... excited for the weekend and the start of our annual timeshare condo at Snowbird Ski Resort! Going there has been a tradition in my family since I was a baby and I am so glad to be back in Utah to continue that tradition with Alice.

Currently... speaking of being back in Utah, I can't believe it has been a year since we left Boston! I miss a few of the friends that I left there and.... that's about it! (sorry, Bostonians).

Currently... planning to order this vertical garden from Etsy in the next few days. Now that our summer vacation is over, it's time to finish the last few projects remaining in our loft remodel, like hallway lighting and living room rugs and painting outlet covers.

And currently... feeling really good about a decision we've made recently regarding having another child. But more on that another day.

Happy weekend! What are your plans?

Weekly Workouts: Monday - Back to SLC CrossFit! 1RM deadlifts (I went super conservative since the last time I did DL, I tweaked my back... 185lbs), then 6 RFT of 150m row + 10 pistols + 5 DL @ body weight + 2min rest. Tuesday & Wednesday - Sleep deprived and alarm malfunction means no workouts. Unplanned rest days. Thursday - CrossFit! 50 deadlifts @ 60% 1RM (145lbs), then 4 x 3min AMRAP of 8 burpee box jumps + 10 DL (105lbs). Friday - CrossFit! 5RM back squats (after months of hip pain, I was pain free and did 128lbs), then Karen (150 wall balls @ 14lbs 8:20).

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