hiking the summer away

hiking the summer away--Journey for JessiOn to the finale of my summer “vacation.”  I say “vacation” because I was vacationing in the colorful state in which I attend school, Colorado.  I am so blessed to call this amazing place my home away from home.  The beauty and wonder never ceases to captivate me.  On the final day in Glenwood Springs, my family and I went off the beaten path to a more than less popular hiking trail, but it did not disappoint by any means!  It was full of gorgeous views of the river and falls and if it were not for the Grizzly Bear encounter (yes, GRIZZLY BEAR!!!), then we would have kept hiking the afternoon. Continue reading

paleo strawberry shortcake cupcakes

paleo strawberry shortcake cupcakesThis post will be just a quick recipe because I think I spoiled myself a little too much yesterday…  I have a horrid habit of thinking that “cheat days” will not affect my body what-so-ever, but man, am I wrong every time.  Yesterday was no exception.  I had my cinnamon streusel coffee cake yesterday for breakfast.  It started off as a little piece, but escalated into “just a sliver more” very rapidly.  From there, my family said they would like to have strawberry shortcake for dessert that night, so I headed off to the store for ingredients and picked up a few extra things along the way–including pistachios for my dad, it was Father’s Day after all.  Now, you might be thinking, “pistachios aren’t unhealthy,”  but nuts are my weakness and the empty shells began to add up…  That, added up with the mindless noshing and “taste-testing” while making the cupcakes, made for an unhappy tummy last night.  But, today is a new day and as I sip my water and get ready to make my green detox breakfast smoothie, I will post the recipe for my dessert last night.

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