Natural Cold Remedies

Today marks the half way point of my pregnancy!  Just 20 more weeks until  we get to meet our little man.  Unfortunately, this mama is under the weather.  Being pregnant is not exactly the most comfortable thing I’ve ever done so throwing a head cold and cough into the mix wasn’t exactly ideal but its very common. When your pregnant, your immune system runs at a lower speed (which is a good thing because it keeps your body from fighting off the foreigner taking up residency in your uterus) making pregnant women more susceptible to catching icky germs.

That I spend my days in places with a bazillion kids who haven’t quite mastered the art of covering their mouths, washing their hands, and blowing their noses, it’s not much of a surprise that I caught something.  I’m spending today in my Ho-Ho-Ho PJ’s and bath robe doing a whole lot of resting and trying to flush this virus out of my system so me and baby can feel like our healthy selves.
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It’s a…

Baby Jorgensen, 19 weeks, 3 days–“Perfect”

I have been filled with gratitude this past week.  I was thankful for several beautiful sunny fall days, two little girls that I get to spend my days with, thoughtful and supportive friends, and getting a peek at our sweet little baby on Friday.
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A tromp in the woods…

This morning I woke up before the sun to get ready for the Defiance 15K. It was cold and dark when I woke up.  My bowels were playing a funny trick on me and it took every ounce of courage and grit to get out of bed.  It felt as though every movement towards getting to the start line this morning was a huge victory.

Its not that the weather was really that horrible or that I was really feeling that bad.  It’s just that it was cold and dark and the lazy devil on my shoulder was saying, “Ah, who cares, go back to bed…no one will blame you!”  So tempting, Lazy Devil, but not even the blustery wet morning could keep me off those trails.
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First Annual Sweet ‘P’ Turkey Trot

He lived it up–and so should you!

 Please join me at 9 AM Thanksgiving morning, for a trot around Point Defiance Park in celebration of Payton’s life!  For the past 2 years my family has participated in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Payton’s honor, as Thanksgiving falls right around his November 25 birthday. Payton lived so fully for 4.5 years and both his life and death remind us to continue living with joy,  love, and gratitude!

This is an unofficial event—meaning there will be no aid stations, no official numbers, no marshals telling you crazy turkeys which way to turn, and no race shirts/bags. I am told by park authorities that a number of the restrooms will be open…and for goodness sakes, we’ll be in the woods (ain’t no shame in squatting ladies). No swag at this trot but its FREE FREE FREE!

There will be several options for routes—the longest being the entirety of 5-mile drive and the others being portions of it.  I will post maps with the various “short” cuts that you are welcome to print and use as a guide. Please keep in mind that all the routes have some hills to climb.

Coffee (BRING YOUR OWN CUP!) will be provided afterwards and please do feel free to bring a special breakfast type goodie to share (bagels, muffins, fruit). Small donations will be accepted for the coffee bar.

Kids, Strollers, and dogs are welcome.  Just remember to bundle your little turkeys up!  Don’t want any cold feathers and sad faces at this trot!

Quick Facts:

When:  November 22, 2012 @ 9AM

Where:  Point Defiance Park—Start and finish at main picnic area (by playground)

Cost:  FREE!

Costumes:  Payton loved ORANGE.  Please do your best to rock the orange OR give us your best Thanksgiving costume (there may be a prize for best dressed).

Register: by commenting below, emailing me at peaceloverun84@gmail.com, or shooting me a message on Facebook.  Please let me know if you plan on coming, how many people you will be bringing, your e-mail, and if you plan to bring a treat to share.

Directions:   Click Here!

Looking forward to celebrating with all of you!


Pumpkin Coconut Soup

My friend gave me a pumpkin last week and it seemed to be screaming, “PREPARE ME!  PREPARE ME!”  everytime I walked into the kitchen.  So Sunday, I cleared my afternoon to relax and prepare my pumpkin.  Getting it ready for show, was actually quite simple.  I cut it in half, cleaned out the insides, rubbed some olive oil on the open sides and then put them face down in a baking dish. I poured in about 1/2  cup of water and baked that puppy for about 60 minutes at 350.

Once the flesh was nice and soft, I removed it from the oven and let it cool before scooping the insides into a food processor and pureeing it.  I made pumpkin butter with half (recipe to come) and the other half I used for a delicious pumpkin soup.

I tried searching for recipes online but everything called for a million and one ingredients that I didn’t have and did not want to go buy (I had already nearly been eaten alive in Costco earlier–“NO,NO!  I’m not a sample!”…the thought of going back out into the world was just too much).  So, I played around with some ingredients I had on hand, made a quick salad and baked up some bread (dough was waiting in the fridge) and called it a wrap!

Ingredients:

1-1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (baked or from a can)

1/2 cup light coconut milk

1/2-1 cup vegetable broth

3 dashes ginger powder

3 dashes nutmeg

3 dashes cinnamon

salt and pepper to taste

cayenne pepper to garnish

Directions:

  • Put everything in a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes or however long you want!
  • Enjoy!

Happy Eating!  What are you’re favorite fall soups?


Autumn Runs and Freedom from “Dieting”

How the heck did it get to be October already?  So far, we have been granted the most glorious Washington October I can recall.  The mornings have been crisp and chilly, with glorious sunshine that slowly warms up as the day rolls on.  By afternoon, it’s in the low 70’s and then the evening brings the chill again which is great for a warm dinner and snugly blankets (and early bedtimes).

I skipped out on the toddler music class and stroller fitness both days this week because I just could not stand to let these beautiful fall mornings slip away without enjoying them. So, I loaded the girls in the stroller and hit the road at Point Defiance Park each morning, allowing the girls a peaceful snooze in the old growth forests as I worked my way around 5 mile drive.  Speaking of which, I seem to be adding a few minutes to my time each week.   All of us are getting bigger–Jen’s girls, me, and the sweet potato in my belly.  I’m learning to let go and be okay with slow.
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