Angels Rest Trail Run and Homemade Caramel & Coconut Butter!!!

It’s been a busy weekend so far!! Friday, I actually got up early to do a trail run up Angels Rest in the Gorge! It was an amazingly warm and dry morning, even though clouds carpeted the sky. I even did a little video (in all my sweaty glory).To watch, click on the title of this post!

Running (ok, jogging….ok, walking really fast) up Angels Rest in the Gorge

I am also pulling 4 days straight @ Peets Coffee which always leaves me feeling oily like a coffee bean and slightly strung out (on caffiene, of course).

In my spare leisurely time, I have been able to sneak some time in the kitchen. With my return to CrossFit (after my 3 full weeks off!!!) and trail running, my appetite has also made a comeback! Crazy how that happens.

Anyways, so Saturday evening I decided I wanted a little Paleo treat :0) The first place I looked was PaleOMG. Juli Bauer not only cracks me up but she rocks it in the kitchen Paleo Style! I stole her caramel recipe to make deliciously velvety caramel!

I am thinking this plus some apples are in my near future!

PaleOMG Caramel Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 12-14 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for an hour
  • 5-6 tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Directions:
  1. Turn on until dates have broken down (less than a minute) then add your coconut milk tablespoon by tablespoon to the dates while the food processor is still running. Then add your water as well.
  2. And add your vanilla extract and pinch of salt.
  3. Process until you get a caramel. BOOM.

I also got to make some coconut butter.

I have made this before and am always craving it! It’s not exactly like Artisanas, but still really good (and cheap!!). What would cost $11 in stores cost me a meager $2!

Love making my own goodies at home! You can make your own coconut butter (which is like coconut oil- firm at room temp but can be eaten like that or heated up to use a drizzle) here!

Next up for this weekend is a bike ride along the Columbia River with my gal Liz and a BBQ with the in-laws! What about you??

What are you up to this weekend??

Day 3

Breakfast was a tough one due to lack of groceries. I decided to go with two slices of turkey bacon and a small apple heated up with cinnamon and almond butter.

I had a fabulous meeting with a HFTY client. I could talk about food and fitness all day long!! Then it was off to Trader Joes for some yummies! Some things I picked up were:

Bagged Kale- sooo convenient!

Bagged Spinach

Avocados

Walnuts

Fage yogurt (apparently pronounced fa-yeh)

And, a KIND bar for the hike ;0) I love me some dark chocolate cherry goodness

Sandy and I hiked Angels Rest at an awesome pace! We made it to the top in 45 minutes and had 8 “roadkills” on the way up. We saw about 15 snakes (eeek!!!!)It was a beautiful day to get out and hike. It was exactly what I needed to release some stress.We munched on almonds and snap peas on the drive home. If you have never driven through the Gorge, it’s absolutely breath taking! I never get tired of the views!

Then I went home and made this delicious sauce from Ohsheglows. I cut up some veggies and added the sauce while Tim put it on some whole wheat noodles. It was delicious!

We finished the evening with a killer game of Scrabble with some popcorn and Cheezits (I had a couple :0)

See you tomorrow!

Kim