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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If You Want To Run Like A Kid, Run With Kids!

Every now and then to get a few extra miles in, we stay within the confines of our small community. Usually our neighbor's two children are outside playing when we do, and they always want to join us for a run. The kids really make this extra fun for us. The deal is that we set the distance, and they set the workout. 

Workout 1: Chase me
Workout 2: Who can make it to grandpa's truck first
Workout 3: You can't catch me
Workout 4: Let's see who's faster
Workout 5: Race you to your front door
Workout 6: Let's run backwards

These workouts are usually mixed with rest breaks either at the mail center, or at the bench under the tree in the cul-de-sac. We take time to look at bugs and sticks and have conversations about school and pets. By far, these are the most fun runs we ever have...

Boys never hold still long enough to get a good picture :-)

Happy Running!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Easy Asparagus Soup

We love asparagus soup, but for some reason, always thought it would be a long drawn out, complicated process to make. Today we decided to give it a try since we already had all the ingredients in the house. Much to our delight, this recipe was super easy and delicious! Definitely a keeper! 

3 cups of asparagus (1 bunch)
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 teaspoons of butter
2 cups milk
pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon flour

Start by washing the asparagus and removing the hard ends of the stems.
Combine asparagus, vegetable broth, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme in medium pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer low for 15 minutes

Remove bay leaf. Carefully blend mixture until smooth using an immersion blender (You can use a blender, but be very careful with the hot liquid. Return liquid to pot)

Add butter, milk and nutmeg, stir and continue to simmer on low

In a separate small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of water into flour, blend well with a whisk. (This is Grandma's secret to thicken soup. Remember put flour in bowl first then add water. It won't mix properly the other way around). Add to soup mixture. Mix well.

That's all there is to it, enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Well Looky Here, We Found a Geocache.

While we were out on one of our favorite trail runs at the North Carolina Arboretum, we ventured slightly off the path to check out an open area near a stream when we spotted what we thought was some trash mixed in with fallen tree trunks. Oh man, we hate to find trash left behind, and we usually take it with us to properly dispose of it. 

Taking a closer look, we realized it's not trash at all.  It's a geocache...

Cool! We followed the instructions...

Checked out the little treasures inside...

Signed the book...

Put it right back where we found it, and off we went on our merry way!

It wasn't until we got home and pulled up their web site did we learn what a geocache is. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coorinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at the location.  This was kind of fun finding it all on our own, and next time we pass that way, we will take along something to add to it for others to enjoy.

Happy treasure running!