Coffee, Caffeine and Lifting

coffee pour over

Some of you may know that I’ve been participating in a campaign with Lavazza over the last eight months or so called “Lavazza Passionista”. Today’s post will be my last in the campaign but it also just so happens to be International Coffee Day, which is really just every day for me, but I digress…

During the past few months, I’ve talked a lot about my love of coffee, my love of caffeinated beverages and the various forms they come in. Personally, I’m a big fan of French press, pour overs and Americanos (cause I’m a total coffee snob), but sometimes I like a quick cup of joe when I’m sitting at my desk and I need something to sip on. Sure, water is good for you, hydrates you and does numerous other cleansing and purifying things for our bodies (right?) but coffee, well, it’s in it’s own class of awesomeness and also, on a satisfaction scale…I’m thinking coffee wins.

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Apple Fritter Doughnuts


It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been around this blog for a few years, that I love doughnuts. But more than just doughnuts, I have a special place in my heart (and stomach) for apple fritters. It could be that my mom used to make us fritters on very rare and very special occasions when I was little, cooking them in a shallow fry in the cast iron skillet in the early morning. The scent of apples or peaches and hot oil filling the air, and the inevitable catastrophic mess that ensued after covering the finished little dumplings in icing sugar.
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Best Shoes for Weightlifting, MetCons and Life


This post has been in the making for quite some time. Why would I want to talk about shoes, you may ask? Mostly because I often get asked what kind of shoes I use for lifting, running, walking, looking hot and otherwise living my life. Now, some of you may be thinking, “well, this is an odd shoe post…where are the fancy shoes?” but I’ma tell you right now, that I rarely wear “normal” heels or fancy shoes. Two reasons: they hurt my delicate little feetsies and they are fucking hard to walk in. Am I right?!
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Blendtec Blender Giveaway!

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So, because I love you guys, and I’m always happy to give back to the people who have given me so much, today I am giving away one of THE BEST blenders on the planet! I’ve been using the Blendtec 725 Designer series since the spring and let me tell you…I luuuuuuurve it. Like, I don’t usually love appliances, because they often suck a lot of balls, but this bad boy is the REAL DEAL. When it says it will blend your smoothie perfectly every time, it ain’t lying….you literally put everything in the jar, push the smoothie button and walk away. When you come back 45 seconds later, voila: a perfectly blended, creamy smoothie. It also has various other preprogrammed cycles that also work impressively well. I once made a salsa in two seconds, true story.

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Whole Barbecued Salmon

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Living in the Pacific Northwest has it’s ups and downs. Mostly the ups have to do with the beautiful terrain and the amazing food available to us from spring through fall. Some of the very best of our sustainable food comes from the waters that surround my Island, Vancouver Island. Growing up the daughter of a salmon fishing guide (my amazing mother), I got to sample every, single available species of salmon in our waters, and there are many: Chinook (aka spring or king)chumsockeyecoho and pink and the ever elusive Tyee (a chinook weighing 30lbs or more). I’ve tried them every which way you can prepare them, smoked, raw, filleted, in steaks, in salad, canned, fresh, frozen, tea-brined, etc. 

Me likey salmon.
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