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Top 10 Reasons Why Fall is the BEST!

23 Oct

  1. The Vibrant Colors.
    Whether it’s the subtle thickening of the clouds or the transformation in the color of the leaves that happens all too fast, I love all the colors that happen naturally during this season. They take my breath away every time.
  2. Biking.
    I love biking all the time but things get especially interesting during fall. Leaves fall as you ride, everyone is briskly walking to and from, the wind whips through my hair and makes my cheeks rosy.
  3. Fashion!
    I love adding scarfs into my wardrobe and breaking out my fall booths. Trench coats and cute hats … need I say more? I love taking new pieces that are popular (this year Leopard print is in by the way) and adding them to my closet to refresh my look. The colors are of course amazing too. I love all that a fall palate has to offer.
  4. Comfort foods.
    Whether it’s hot teas, coffee and cocoas or a warm, hearty soup or stew … I love them all! I’m especially excited to experiment with healthy spins on classic comfort foods this fall. I’ll share a post on that tomorrow btw :)
  5. Socks.
    They get their own category because I am a big fan of being barefoot. I’m always in my flip-flops during the warmer months but I do appreciate the comfy feel of socks for a few months out of the year. Sometimes it can be a tough transition for my feet since they don’t like to be confined but knee-high socks just exude cuteness and comfort so they quickly come around to the idea.
  6. Fall Activities.
    Fall is my favorite time to be outside! The weather is perfect in my book: not too hot and just starting to get cool. And I love to fit in fall activities like apple-picking, corn mazes, hay rides
  7. My Anniversary!
    This has only been a reason that I love fall for 3 years (10/03/09) but I loved fall so much that I crammed my engagement into 3 months just to have an outdoor, fall wedding.
  8. Long Drives/Road Trips.
    Some of my favorite road trips have happened in the fall: Chicago, South Carolina (you pass through WV, which is absolutely gorgeous this time of year) or just a trip to see family a couple hours away. Other then getting out there and actually walking around in the beauty of fall, going for a leisurely fall drive is a great way to take in the breathtaking changes in nature. It’s a great time to hit a national park, too.
  9. Cuddling.
    Need I say more? Whether it’s with your love or with that cute little niece or nephew, your kids or your puppy, fall = more cuddling.
  10. Change.
    Fall has always reminded that not only is change OK; change is natural. Fall is a tangible reminder that time is moving forward and I can take advantage of NOW and continue to transform my world or I can just let the seasons wash over me. I choose to transform, grow and then blossom into spring.

So what’s your favorite season and why?

~ Kate

P.S. Look for 5 Healthy (and Paleo) Fall Meals in my post tomorrow …

Meal Planning 101 + 43 Paleo and Low Carb Blogs

22 Oct

It’s Musical Monday! This week I want to suggest an album that is part of my fall playlist. I seriously cannot get enough of all Bon Iver’s stuff but this album is a cold weather classic as far as I’m concerned. I hope you love it even half as much as I do.

Alright, so it’s been a while since I shared a food-filled post and that’s mostly due to my lack of meal planning lately. I would literally spend hours in the kitchen daily when I first started eating Paleo and doing the Whole30 but the past couple weeks I haven’t been as organized. Last week I wasn’t really feeling well so I hardly cooked at all. This week I decided to get back in the groove and get hardcore about meal planning.

OK so I am so excited!! I planned my meals for the week, went grocery shopping, pre-made my breakfast and lunch for the week AND cleaned up my kitchen in just 2.5 hours!!  As I’ve said before, when it comes to me and cooking I have three criteria that must be met:

  1. It has to be delicious
  2. It must be easy to make (if I can drop everything in a crock pot, bonus points.)
  3. The recipe must have 8 ingredients or less.

The first key to this week’s meal prep success? Two words: Slow Cooker.

I’m going to try to make a lot more meals in my crock pot because it is seriously an amazing time-saver. I even found out how to convert traditional recipes into slow cooker recipes! Click here for slow cooker tips.

Here are the steps I took that resulted in meal planning b-l-i-s-s:

  1. Use this site to quickly pick your meals. Each recipe has a picture and you can pick from the Whole30 approved meals if you’re doing that or you can pick any of the others since they are Paleo. This site is the BOMB. You create a log-in and then add recipes to your “grocery cart.” Once there, the site will make a grocery list for you and adjust the serving size for you based on your family size. Also, check out this list of 43 Paleo and Low-Carb Blogs for more recipe ideas (Guess who made the list?)
  2. Make a list. This can be a list, calendar or schedule to ensure that your meals are accounted for throughout the week. NOTE: Make sure you account for leftovers. These can easily carry over into lunches or a quick snacks or even another dinner. Plan on 1-2 servings of protein per person and 2-3 veggies.
  3. Grab your grocery list and get shopping. Did you ever watch the show, Super Market Sweep? I loved that show! I try to think of it when I’m shopping and I usually buzz around the store to see how fast I can get out of there. I come up with a game plan before I start too. Last week I went shopping with Daniel and we raced to see who could finish their list and get to the check-out line first (I won of course.) It was fun and it made shopping a snap.
  4. Get your slow cooker out. Tip: Often your slow cooker comes with a little recipe book full of recipes that you can easily Paleo-ify.
  5. Time yourself. This idea came from the Well Fed Paleo cookbook where Melissa does a weekly cook up and times herself. She basically uses every inch of space in her kitchen and crams her cooking into an hour. I’m not quite there yet … She gets way more done in that amount of time then I do but she also has a grill outside her door that she uses. I did cook my Quiche for the week in my oven and bake bacon in my broiler at the same time. I also started one of my slow cooker recipes and prepped the food I was going to throw in it in the AM for dinner.

So what did I make?

Breakfast: Quiche with Bacon – I used my Quiche recipe as a base. The veggies I used were: Baby Bella mushrooms, red peppers, onions and mixed ground beef. The only seasoning I used was Mrs. Dash Garlic seasoning, although I would definitely add salt and pepper in the future.

Lunch: “Creamy” Tomato Chicken Soup for my lunches …

Dinner: Easy-peasy. I spent 10 minutes prepping for dinner by throwing everything in my slow cooker. When I get home, I’ll toss a sweet potato and a baked potato (for D) in the oven and saute some veggies. I’ll share pictures as I go so you can see what glorious creations I cook up in my trusty crock pot!

Two new recipes that I’m going to try this week are Easy Shredded Beef with sweet potatoes for dinner tomorrow (I’ll start it in the crock pot tomorrow AM) and I Crock-pot Carnitas.
~ Kate

P.S. I’m also going for a run after work today as part of the 30 Days of Fitness (#GetFit30). I was totally encouraged by all the Columbus Marathon runners that ran by my house yesterday! Great job everyone!! Here’s a pic of my view:

30 Days of Fitness Challenge: VIDEO UPDATE

17 Oct

Happy Wednesday!

Since we’re weeks into the “30 Days of Fitness Challenge” I wanted to update you on my progress and encourage you to keep going!

To be honest, I’ve missed a day or two here and there so I’m extending the challenge through October 31.

So get in your workout gear, watch this video and be encouraged!!

Oh, and if you’re not sure what the heck I’m talking about, read this post.

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