Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kruegers Do Disc Golf

One thing we do pretty often is walk Downtown Flagstaff after eating somewhere down there. It is nice just to take a stroll a few blocks extra on the way back to the car. In the middle of June, we stopped at one of the local outdoors store to peruse. Somehow, we happened to walk out with two multi-use discs and a map for one of Flagstaff disc golf courses. And thus this adventure began!
The first day we headed out to the Thorpe Park course and we decided it would just be fun to see what happens. We also packed a few beers to add to the casual atmosphere of "a fun day activity". It was a warm Sunday before the monsoons hit. There were lots of people out and about and lots of trash. We even saw some abandoned pants and a stash of toilet paper. Despite all the riff raff, we had a great relaxing afternoon tossing plastic frisbees at metal baskets and strolling through the woods.
We had so much fun that we both looked up other courses in our area. Next on our list of courses was the course at McPherson Park. I think this is our favorite course thus far! We went late in the afternoon on a Sunday. This course is smaller and more compact, and it was a beautiful walk in the woods. Not to mention the area was a lot cleaner. Personally, this one was my favorite. The holes were all different. Some were short with interesting terrain and lots of "hazards" and others were very long, like the hole shown above. 
I am looking forward to adding the NAU and Snowbowl courses to our lists soon as well! One thing we are really intent on is keeping this as just a hobby. It makes getting through courses a little slower and using more throws than the average player but that element of relaxed fun is just what we need this summer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Easy Fish Tacos


Berkeley and I love a good fish taco! And these really hit the spot. I have always been a little nervous to try my own hand at making them but I decided to jump in.

We grabbed some Pacific Whiting/Hake from the grocery store (it's cheap and sustainable!), marinated it, cooked it up, and added it to corn tortillas. We dressed ours with broccoli slaw, a cream sauce, and tomatillo salsa. They were great tacos. These are now in the rotation for a quick week night meal!

Easy Fish Tacos
ingredients
  • 1 lb white fish
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • corn tortillas
  • garnishes
directions
  1. Mix oil, lime juice, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Pour over fish and marinate 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add oil to cover the bottom of a large pan and heat to medium. Gently place fish into hot pan flesh side down. Cooking times depend on your fish type but usually only takes 4-6 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes and then flake.
  3. Heat tortillas and then build your tacos with dressings and garnishes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July | Currently


celebrating the arrival of a friend's baby girl.
marveling at the sunsets we have been seeing.
loving how this summer is turning out.
getting more time with Berkeley now that severity is over.
puppysitting for a few weeks.
enjoying it immensely.
grilling now that fire restrictions have been lifted.
embracing new morning routines.
hoping for good news.
switching gears and priorities.
focusing on our plans and to-do lists instead of others.
moving forward with our backyard project.
designing our new kitchen table.
recuperating from a busy few weeks.
regaining my voice, literally and figuratively.
coping with a loss in our community.
feeling like sometimes my efforts are being wasted.
growing weary because of it.
pushing through those thoughts of doubt.
doing the best I can.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Five: Summer Essentials Rest + Relaxation

Friday Five is back... well for the next few weeks anyways. Starting today, I am going to be sharing some of my summer essentials. This week we are focusing on some awesome things that are are all about about comfort and relaxation! In the coming weeks we will also cover adventure must haves, what's in my bag, and even some of Berke's favorites as well.
Friday Five: Summer Essentials Rest + Relaxation

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Thoughts on Changing Passions and Sharing Them Here

I am pounding this out while listening to an incredibly affirming and inspiring episode of elise gets crafty podcast in which they talk about thinking productively about passions. This episode has completely resonated with so many things I have been feeling about this space. Starting around the 9 minute mark really hit the nail on the head for me. When I started this blog, I was so pumped out the newness of living in my first real apartment with Berkeley. I was enthused with real cooking in a real cooking as opposed to being a college kid cooking college foods in a communal kitchen.

While I still love food (obviously) and I still cook a lot of our meals during the week (obviously), the dynamic in our life has changed. I went from shacking up, to engaged and planning a wedding, to married and building a home. My passions and day to day activities and the amount of time I spend doing those things has changed a lot since when I first started sharing in this space. It is only natural that my perspective and the content that reflects my life would change as well.

I may not always be sharing recipes (I find typing them extremely tedious), I will always love food and I will always want to share my take on the food I love. On the same note, 100% of my time is not spent thinking, dreaming, making food. If that was my sole passion I would have gone to culinary school and tried to build a career as a chef. Other things make up my day, and our life.

I guess all these words were to say that I love writing and I love sharing my life here and as life changes so will the content here. Which I am sure I have mentioned this all here before but I really just had to get this out. Right here and Right now. Thanks for reading through all these jumbled thoughts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fire Memory Keeping | a look back

I am part of a great community of women that are all wives, fiancees, and girlfriends of wildland firefighters. Last week, we were on the topic of documenting and/or scrapbooking the fires our husbands have done. As a result, I thought it would be fun to share what I have done in the past since most of my documentation is currently going into my Project Life albums (as shown here).

When I shared my Project Life pages with the ladies, some of them commented that they weren't so creative. Today, I am sharing pages from my 2011 Summer Minibook where my fire documentation was simply a 4x6 piece of card stock, photos, some markers, and letter stickers.
As you can see above, so very straightforward. There were a few photo collages made using PhotoShop that could easily be made using something like PicMonkey.com to get the same effect. If the photo wasn't a full 4x6, I just added it to a piece of patterned paper or card stock. 
Besides just writing about specific fire assignments, I also added in a plane ticket from his return flight from Texas, a few crew photos, an overview of his job on an Engine (first season on an engine), a map, and an envelope with letters. On the flap of the envelope is a chronological list of the names and dates of all the fires he was on that season.

So easy, and straightforward! I realize many of you aren't married to Firefighters but this approach can be used for any trip or event. You don't have to have the latest gadgets and products, spend a ton on supplies, or be the best photographer. Just jotting down your memories, and sharing your photos and memorabilia will make any project special!

Going back through that album for this post was so great. I loved the quirkiness of it. It also renewed my creativity for my Project Life albums. I am looking forward to incorporating some of those ideas into my bigger album. It was also a chance for me to see that I need to go back again and fix some posts that have broken links!

Friday, July 4, 2014

America!

Happy 4th everyone! I hope you have a spectacular holiday. Please just remember to drink responsibly and to follow any local restrictions regarding safe recreation!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Around Here

Overall, June was a pretty slow month in comparison to the rest of the year. A lot of times I look at the calendar and ponder "How is it already the end of the month?" but June wasn't like that. It was a nice good pace between Berkeley working extended hours (six 10 hour shifts per week) and not too many big events. There were a lot of late nights on the patio and Sunday day trips. On top of it all, the weather has been nearly perfect! It really was a great month!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June | Currently


writing this exactly a year from this post.
experiencing almost all of the same things.
loving this townhouse we are in more and more.
taking advantage of the great views from our backyard.
planning our patio improvements.
waiting out the fire restrictions so we can grill.
wanting to chop all my hair off and I mean ALL of  IT.
appreciating my fellow fire wife friends ad their endless advice and support.
making it through Berkeley being on severity and working six 10hr shifts each week.
celebrating my brother graduating high school.
feeling old because of this.
remembering anniversaries.
bracing myself for an onslaught.
working through the mountain of other emotions (still). 
trying to be graceful throughout it all (still).
going to be avoiding the internet for a few days. 
reclaiming the guest room for my semi-office/studio.
missing our little houseguests.
thinking a lot about life and family.
trying to be patient as we try to grow our family.
hoping to embrace the wait.
kicking up my feet and enjoying the summer.

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