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  1. A Week of Adventures

    July 20, 2015 by pb&v

    So this week was probably 20 times more interesting than last week. While the majority of it was spent doing school work, the weekend was pretty exciting!

    The week started out with a huge accomplishment for me, which I am going to continue bragging about for a while. I ran my first ever 10 consecutive miles on Monday! Before this my longest run had been a little over 6 miles, so I am extremely excited! The downside is I don’t think I took enough time to rest afterwards and seem to have a bit of a hip injury. I’m hoping doing a week or so of easy one mile runs will help and I won’t have to stop my run streak!

    So if we fast-forward to Wednesday, we went out and picked 12 more pounds of blueberries and I think about 6 pounds of blackberries. Our freezer is getting a tad bit full at this point- we might need another chest freezer! So far we have already out-picked our total from last year with 33 pounds for this summer, and we still might get more this Wednesday! We are going to have so much fresh picked fruit in the freezer, but I don’t think you can ever have too much frozen fruit, especially with how many smoothies we drink.




  2. Blueberries and Hushpuppies

    July 13, 2015 by pb&v

    I’m a bit late for this one, but eh, it’s aight. This week was extremely busy with school, but on Tuesday we went back up to Williamsburg and bought our very first boat! We went for a little sunset sail and it was a lovely evening. After a few more practice sails we will be ready to sail her down to her new home!


    Then on Friday we got to go blueberry picking, which made the entire week better. It even happened to be National Pick Blueberries Day, what a coincidence! Last year we went picking twice and got 15 pounds each time, for a grand summer total of 30 pounds. This year we want to pick even more since we had to start rationing the ones in the freezer around February to make sure they lasted until the summer!


    On our first picking trip we ended up with about 22 pounds, so we are definitely going to beat last year’s total!


  3. Saving Lives

    July 4, 2015 by pb&v

    So writing a weekly post has motivated me to do something interesting every week, which is perfect because I am an extremely introverted person who would rather stay at home all day than brave the outside world. Ok, maybe not to that extreme. I will gladly go on a hike with family or friends, but don’t you dare make me talk to strangers. Haven’t you ever heard of stranger danger??

    So anyway, I didn’t really think this week would be all that interesting, just the usual school work and daily routine, but it has turned out to be quite the week. On Monday afternoon the Currituck SPCA had a fire that started in the dryer in the laundry room and they are now working to clean everything up. They have to use chemicals to get everything back in order, so they need to foster out their animals. Most of their dogs need to be in homes that don’t already have dogs and the same goes for the cats, so we didn’t think we would be able to help foster any animals. Instead we bought some baby wipes to clean up the kittens and some cleaning wipes to take down and donate along with some fresh towels since they aren’t able to wash theirs.


  4. Berry Picking, Kombucha and Equality

    June 27, 2015 by pb&v

    You know what I love the most about summer? All the fresh fruits and veggies. It’s like heaven. Yesterday we decided to get an early start to our day and go pick some blackberries and hit up one of the local farm stands for some other fruits and veggies. We got our morning run/dog walk done and packed up all our buckets ready to head out to the farm stand and when we pulled up, our eyes lit up. The stand had all kinds of fresh, local produce that we just couldn’t resist! We loaded up on peaches, nectarines, cantaloupe, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, purple cauliflower (because we’ve never had it), butter beans, cucumbers, okra, and corn. We may have gone a bit overboard, but how could we not???

    Fruits and Veggies – Version 3

    With the car full of produce we headed over to pick some blackberries! Unfortunately, the blackberries were way too sour and very icky, but luckily we tasted one first before we picked 30 pounds of them! Oh well, just have to wait a few more weeks for the nice plump berries that are perfectly sweet and juicy.



  5. Summer Goals

    June 18, 2015 by pb&v

    It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

    Ok, so I kind of fell off the wagon during April All Natural and stopped posting everyday. I blame school though, all those exams getting in my way of blogging, geez! I finished up the school year nicely though and now I want to get back to blogging!

    Clearly I’m awful at blogging everyday, so instead I’ve decided to post at least once a week, but most likely a couple days a week. These posts will probably not always be about food, but also document exciting adventures and things of that nature. While I will definitely be posting more of my favorite recipes (I actually have quite a few that just haven’t made it to blog status yet, oops!), I will also post about when we go pick various fruits and veggies, or when Rory and I go on adventures, etc. Maybe I’ll even do some reviews for recipes and such or something, who knows!

    There’s so much I’d like to blog about, so I’m excited for to finally get back into the swing of things and get crackin’! This isn’t really the most exciting post in the whole world or anything, but I figured a little heads-up might be nice 😛 I’ll probably start sometime in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled!


  6. April All Natural Day 18

    April 18, 2015 by pb&v

    Well today didn’t quite go as planned… I woke up with an awful stomach ache and spent most of the morning on the couch. I did however, have some lemon and ginger “tea,” which was just water boiled with a knob of ginger and some lemon juice, then I added about a tablespoon or so of coconut nectar to sweeten it. It helped with the nausea, but not so much with the overall blah feeling. Plus, it tasted a lot better than I had anticipated, which was definitely a bonus.




  7. April All Natural Day 17

    April 17, 2015 by pb&v

    I missed a few days… I do have a valid reason though: I had a Chemistry test on Thursday that required my attention, as well as a final paper due soon for Social Ethics. For some reason I decided to commit to doing daily posts right at the end of the semester, which is not the best idea. On the other hand, I’ve made pretty good progress on all my work, including getting to page 4 on my social ethics paper, which I’m getting really into. We got to choose any topic that is a social issue in today’s society and apply an ethical theory to it to determine which side of the argument is the most ethical. I am doing mine on the ethics of gender roles and using Deontology to argue against gender roles being a thing. I’m actually really enjoying writing it so far, with the exception of some of the arguments I’ve come across that argue for gender roles…

    So anyway, food wise the week hasn’t really been too interesting… this morning I switched it up and had oatmeal with an apple, 1/4 cup golden raisins, cinnamon, and molasses. It was so good, but I used a whole apple so it was more like an apple with a bit of oatmeal instead of oatmeal with apples. I spent my whole morning doing dishes and other various household chores, then took a break to have some lunch, which was 3 little baby sweet potatoes (enough to equal one normal sized one), 2 oranges, and a piece of toast with peanut butter and coconut nectar, my favorite combination.


  8. April All Natural Day 13

    April 14, 2015 by pb&v

    Day 13, another Monday. When I got up for my run I was thinking “oh man, I’m going to have some chocolate banana oatmeal when I get home!” Yeah, that didn’t happen. I peeled the banana and instantly wanted banana bread oatmeal instead. Oopsie. My first class of the day was cancelled, so I didn’t have to leave the house until around 10:30 or so, which was super nice. I got to spend the morning working on some homework and relaxing a bit with Rory after breakfast before actually having to do anything with my day.

    I thought it was just going to be another boring Monday, but after being on campus for a whopping 10 minutes, a security guard came in and told us we had to evacuate the building. The whole campus got evacuated because someone called the school and told them a bomb was going to go off. This happened about 3 times when I was in high school, but we never actually took it seriously. I mean, we evacuated and everything, but everyone knew there wasn’t actually a bomb anywhere. For some reason it seemed a bit more scary in college… But anyway, they cleared all the buildings within an hour and a half, the campus re-opened, and everything returned to normal!


  9. April All Natural Day 12

    April 13, 2015 by pb&v

    I’ve almost made it 2 weeks! I haven’t really noticed anything negative (duh), but my skin has cleared up, my skin is softer, I have more energy, and overall I just feel significantly less poopy than I did after eating so much sugar and processed stuff. I’m not saying I will completely cut out all processed things and all sugar forever (what fun would that be???), but I was in need of a break from it. I will eat unhealthy things occasionally, but not nearly as often as I had been. I believe in treating yourself at least once a week, but maybe that’s just me.

    So anyway, I got up nice and early with a hungry puppy and decided I needed to start my day off with some chocolate. I’ve only made chocolatey oatmeal once before and I ended up throwing it away, but this time I wished I had made 2 servings! It was a pretty simple recipe, just the usual 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 12 frozen dark cherries (I cut them in half), 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, and a couple tablespoons of maple syrup. I decided chocolate cherry oatmeal is now getting throw in the daily oatmeal rotation. I took a picture of the oatmeal, and just realized it’s a very unattractive and blurry picture, so you’ll just have to wait until I make it again to see what it looks like.


  10. April All Natural Day 11 + 2 New Recipes!

    April 12, 2015 by pb&v

    I had all intentions of making this a lazy day, but I ended up spending the majority of the day doing homework and chasing around an energetic Rory. I also intended on doing a nice long run in the morning, but got a little over a mile in and my hip started to hurt, so I immediately turned around and went home. No hip bursitis for me! One good thing about the morning though is I changed up my oatmeal flavor, *gasp*! And I mean I completely changed it up… I made carrot cake oatmeal! I probably added way too many carrots, but hey, you learn from your mistakes. I also probably should’ve measured the shredded carrot before I just threw it all in the pot…

    I’ll still give you the recipe though because I thought it was deeeeee-licious. Although, not very braces friendly.

    Carrot Cake Oatmeal