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Rattlesnake Ledge Hike

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A couple of weeks ago, on a typical Pacific Northwest day (rain and low temps), after church we were invited to go hiking with a group of friends. The destination was Rattlesnake Ledge, down in the Snoqualmie/North Bend region.  My friend had been there before and she loves it.  We had never... http://beetsandkale.com/rattlesnake-ledge-hike/
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Vegan Kale Salad

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I cook beans in big batches so that I can freeze them and thaw them out when we are going to eat them.  It saves me time in the kitchen and I know exactly what I am using to cook them.  And also, canned beans don’t really taste that good. The other day I noticed that my freezer was out of... http://beetsandkale.com/vegan-kale-salad/
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Time to take a break

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For the past year (okay, okay, maybe even longer) we had been complaining talking about how we live so far away from our work and the kids’ school. Without traffic it takes about 38 minutes to get to the kids’ school.  With traffic though, it could take between 50 minutes to 1:25... http://beetsandkale.com/time-take-break/
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First Run of 2017

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Happy New Year Everyone! A new year means different things for different people.  For me, it means an opportunity to start writing (figuratively) a new book; it means to do a self-assessment; to start over; it means new beginnings. Alpacas roaming around their land. On the last day of 2016 we ... http://beetsandkale.com/first-run-2017/
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Run Pirate Run!

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So you probably noticed that I am trying to catch up with posts… sorry (not?)! I just wanted to give a review for Captain Jack’s Treasure Run: This event met all expectations.  Need I say more?  Okay, maybe I do… I signed up almost last minute and I was lucky enough that they w... http://beetsandkale.com/run-pirate-run/
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Run Turkey Run!

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We (as in my work) host an annual Turkey Trot 5K and I had the opportunity to participate in it this year for the first time. It was rainy and cold and I heard that the turnout was very low because of the weather conditions.  Since I am getting used to running in the rain, it really didn’t ... http://beetsandkale.com/run-turkey-run/
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Meet Pollie

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Beat The Blerch Seattle 2016 Hi there!  Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Pollie. I started this blog in 2014 as a place for me to share the craziness of my life and everything that is involved with it (family, running, food, the great outdoors, healthy living, home decor, etc.). I am an ... http://beetsandkale.com/meet-pollie/
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The Beats Half & 10k

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So I signed up for another race.  Big surprise… Just like hundreds (if not thousands) of people I have a love-hate relationship with running.  It is the best thing ever but it could also be worst thing ever.  Just kidding!  It is the best thing ever. I had the opportunity to run The Beats R... http://beetsandkale.com/beats-half-10k/
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First (Failed) Backpacking Trip

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For the past few years I’ve been dreaming of going backpacking.  The thought of going up a mountain carrying everything you need in just one bag to enjoy some quality time with nature, breathing in the fresh air, feeling the breeze gently kissing my face and listening to birds chirping, it ... http://beetsandkale.com/first-failed-backpacking-trip/
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My first half marathon

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Hi there! There is no good explanation for leaving you unattended for so long.  Though with training for my first half marathon, starting a new job, kids involved in sports, and having the long commute really makes for a good excuse, doesn’t it? On June 3rd, the world celebrated National ... http://beetsandkale.com/my-first-half-marathon/
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Fourth of July

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Yikes, it’s been quite some time since our last update due to our work schedules, kids wrapping up with school, puppy getting into things, church activities, camping, birthdays… oh yeah, I forgot… that’s all part of life So… we are looking forward to spending time... http://beetsandkale.com/fourth-of-july/
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Love

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amandascookin.com We strongly believe in the power of chocolate.  It, somehow, has the abolity of making things better.  Ah, but what if we added peanut butter to the mix?  Yes, please! We don’t know what it is but there is something about the combination of those two ingredients that co... http://beetsandkale.com/chocolate-and-peanut-butter-love/
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6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Pie

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Pie | Life, stuff and other random things. | Scoop.it
I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it. Chocolate pie made with tofu? Trust me it is so decadent and delicious. You are going to love making this. The combination of flavors in this recipe make for a sweet treat to share (or not – no judging here!).... http://beetsandkale.com/6-ingredient-vegan-chocolate-pie/
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Oven Roasted Peppers

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When we moved to the apartment we gave away our grill to our next door neighbor (which he was very grateful for). We didn’t really grill that often since we didn’t have a lot of time but when we did, we loved it. We could have a grill in the apartment but due to our already limited... http://beetsandkale.com/oven-roasted-peppers/
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Quinoa Chocolate Breakfast Bowl

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My daughter had her first track meet of the season this week and I volunteered to help out.  I left work a little early so I could get to the school on time (1:20 minutes from work). When I got there, at first, it wasn’t raining, but it sure was a little chilly and windy (it was actually... http://beetsandkale.com/quinoa-chocolate-breakfast-bowl/
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Roasted Beets & Carrots Salad

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Hi there! On my way home from work I made my plan for the evening.  I was going to go for a run right after dinner since I was going to make a simple salad. WRONG!  My simple salad suddenly took a little longer to prepare than I had anticipated.  No kids to blame this time.  Just me messing up.... http://beetsandkale.com/roasted-beets-carrots-salad/
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The end of 2016

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I am not really a fan of setting New Year’s Resolutions but at the end of 2015 I decided that the new year was going to be about me.  Call me selfish if you must. My resolutions were simple.  I knew I could accomplish them.  They were not going to drive me insane if I didn’t get to fi... http://beetsandkale.com/the-end-of-2016/
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Chef Mario Batali

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Okay so I am way behind on posts but I can’t help it!  The life of ful-time working-parents with a kid in Junior High and a Freshman in High School is CRAZY!  Crazy, I tell ya!  Specially if this Freshman wants to try out for almost every single sport offered by the school and makes it to e... http://beetsandkale.com/chef-mario-batali/
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Backpacking the Olympic Peninsula (Summer 2016)

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The story goes like this… When we returned from our first failed attempt at backpacking, Nate and I decided that we should try this backpacking thing again but this time by ourselves.  So we did. We had heard wonderful things about Lake Ozette on the Olympic Peninsula and the more we ... http://beetsandkale.com/backpacking-olympic-peninsula-summer-2016/
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Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate.  What could be better than chocolate?  Wait, I know!  Running!  But I prefer to have them both. The other day I went to Costco and saw these two delicious fruits (dried, of course): Made in Nature Organic Dates Happy Village Organic Figs I immediately thought of making raw ginger bar... http://beetsandkale.com/raw-vegan-chocolate-truffles/
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Gluten Free Vegan Apple Spice Crisp

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Is it fall yet? It certainly feels like fall today.  Seattle has experienced a few days of “extreme heat” to the point that we had an “Heat Advisory” warning going on (think over 90°).  But not today.  Today we woke up to a much cooler day with a high of 72°. There are peo... http://beetsandkale.com/gluten-free-vegan-apple-spice-crisp/
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Snohomish Women's Run

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My third Half Marathon sneaked up on me.  This is my second time running the Snohomish Women’s Run Half Marathon and I loved it again! I think I did okay.  I mean, I didn’t get hurt and I came across the finish line. My daughter ran the 10k course and did great!  I enjoyed training wi... http://beetsandkale.com/snohomish-womens-run/
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How food allergies changed our lives

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As a Christian family we are encouraged to follow a vegetarian (if not vegan) diet.  For the longest amount of time were pretty good about eating healthy, wholesome plant-based meals.  It was great! But if we were eating so healthy, why was my daughter sick ALL THE TIME? Since she started eating ... http://beetsandkale.com/how-food-allergies-changed-our-lives/
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Coconut Curry Soup

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Photo credit: consideringcampbell.com For the spicy-food lovers, you must check out this cocnut curry soup recipe.  If you are vegetarian or vegan, you probably want to sub the chicken broth for vegetable broth.  That is definitely our preference here at the home of Beets and Kale. With the i... http://beetsandkale.com/coconut-curry-soup/
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A drink for your health

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healthyfoodhouse.com Have you been looking for a way to increase your water intake?  How about drinking water while flushing out unnecessary fat?  This drink (a mix of herbs) also positively affects digestion and reduces bloating. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []... http://beetsandkale.com/a-drink-for-your-health/
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