April 23, 2015

half-marathon training

half-marathonThis weekend is the Bend, OR marathon/half-marathon (the city’s first!), and I’ll be running in it. It’s my first ever half-marathon, so I’m pretty excited/nervous. I’ve been following a modified version of this beginner half-marathon training schedule for the last few months. Up until the end, I was hitting every long run on the weekends, but the last couple of weeks, I have barely trained. Burn out maybe? Hence the nerves.

I thought I’d share a few of the products that have been helpful during training, and hopefully during the race!

Nike Lunarglide 6. $110. My all-time favorite running shoe with just the right amount of support. I’ll probably have to retire my pair after the race, I’ve put so many miles on them.

Nike Hyperwarm Pullover. $99.97. It’s still pretty chilly in the morning when I set out for my long runs. This top is keeps me warm without overheating, and is super comfortable thanks to its seamless design.

Songza. Free. I’ve written about Songza on this blog in the past, but it’s worth mentioning again here. I have to have music when I run (I get so bored otherwise), and the cardio hip hop channel on Songza really keeps me in the zone.

Glide anti-chafing balm. $26.99. Once I got into the 8+ mile runs, this stuff became an absolute necessity.

Have you run a half-marathon (or marathon)? Will you do it again? Any tips for race day?

xNatalie

April 22, 2015

mother’s day gifts

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Mother’s Day is less than three weeks away, so we’re busy brainstorming gift ideas for the women who have given us a lifetime of love and support. (Even during those awful teenage years when we didn’t deserve it.) Love you Steph and Gwen!

1 lb. box of truffles from See’s Candies. $21. Nothing says “thanks for being my mom!” quite like chocolate.

A delicate star bracelet. $38. Pretty and dainty, just like her.

All The Light We Cannot See. $12.99. A great read for her to get lost in.

A chic layering piece for her morning workouts. $108.

LAFCO candle. $60. For the mother who loves burning candles and fresh scents.

xKelsey&Natalie

April 21, 2015

garden escape

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Denim: AG. Top: J.Crew. Sandals: J.Crew. Backpack: Rebecca Minkoff (Sold out! See here and here). Sunnies: Celine. Jewelry: David Yurman, Cartier.

Allen and I didn’t waste a lot of time after getting engaged to start looking at venues for our wedding next summer. Using our weekend days to visit public parks, city gardens and rooftop escapes to try and find the perfect venue, I think we are finally settling on something. It’s funny, I felt like I was fairly decided before we got engaged on what I wanted our wedding to be, but over the past couple months, I have spun in so many directions. I felt pressure to explore all my options in order to make the perfect decision, but I’ve come to find out that there is no perfect decision as long as it feels right – and ‘you’ as a couple. So after a lot of searching, we are coming back to where we originally started, to have a low-key, fun vibe celebrating with our closest people.

Hello wedding planning for your Tuesday. I don’t plan on going overboard here, but will incorporate some wedding planning series as we progress in the process. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We stayed around town, rode our bikes to the park, took sushi dinner to some friends that just welcomed their second baby and enjoyed the warm sunshine.

xKelsey

April 11, 2015

asparagus and parmesan popovers with spicy basil oil

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These popovers are the perfect brunch recipe – a cheesy, pastry-like egg dish, brightened up by a fresh, spicy herb oil. I riffed on Bobby’s herb oil recipe using what I had on hand – lemons, basil and red pepper flakes – instead of the serrano chile, parsley and mint it called for. Feel free to experiment with different flavors. If you’re anything like me, you’re not running to the grocery store on a Sunday morning just to get chiles and herbs.

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serves 2
Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay

INGREDIENTS

Basil Oil:

3 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Half a lemon, juiced

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Big pinch of red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Popovers:

Handful of asparagus spears, trimmed and halved

4 large eggs

1/2 cup room-temperature milk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and pepper

1+1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons butter

PREPARATION

For the oil: In a medium bowl, mix together the basil, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. Whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper.

For the popover(s): Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or two individual-sized cast-iron skillets in the oven to heat. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl (cold water with lots of ice) and line a plate with paper towels.

Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes, depending on size. Drain the asparagus and drop it into the ice bath to stop cooking. Lay on the paper towel-lined plate to dry.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until smooth. Slowly whisk in the flour and whisk until smooth. Sprinkle the egg mixture with some salt and pepper. Add 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

Using pot holders, carefully remove the pan(s) from the oven. Add the butter to the hot pan(s) and stir until melted. Arrange the asparagus in the bottom of the pan(s) and then season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the top. Bake until puffed and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pan(s) from the oven. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top, and put back in the oven until the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with some of the herb oil. Serve immediately.

April 9, 2015

slouch

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What are you up to this weekend? Between work projects, training for the half marathon and decorating our condo (yes, still), I am feeling pretty burnt out, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home, watching The Masters and taking lots of naps. We’re also headed to the Blazer game (basketball) on Saturday night and Timbers game (soccer) on Sunday, so I guess it’s shaping up to be a pretty sporty weekend. Hope you all are having a good week. It’s almost Friday!

xNatalie