This last weekend was full of firsts. Friday we went to happy hour for the first time at Produce Row and had dinner and drinks out. Saturday I did my first Power Yoga class at Yoga on Yamhill with my lovely Macey, and later I stopped at Jola Cafe for a quick lunch and our first local Double Mountain growler fill. We are pretty excited about not having to drive to Hood River to get our Vaporizer on. Sunday I ran my longest distance ever--6 miles! I ran up the Springwater Trail and then decided I wasn't going to do that anymore alone (kinda fullacreepers). We also bought our first NEW NEW NEW CAR (emphasis on the new) on Sunday. I'm not sure which blew my mind more--the run or the car. They were both things that I honestly thought I would never EVER do. I thought I'd never run because, honestly, ew. Why would I want to run somewhere? What a waste of time, and it doesn't even seem that good for you right? I feel kind of silly now looking back at how close-minded I was. Yeah, running sucks sometimes. It sucks a lot. Like when I am 3 miles in and turn to meet the steepest hill yet (Bell Rd.) or when I think I've found a great trail and realize I probably am safer running along a busy road (on a sidewalk most of the time but still).
|My weekend via Instagram|
And the new car? Well, I had always expected to find whatever we wanted on the used market for a good to great price. That was not happening, and we had been looking for months! Finally we heard about the new Subaru Crosstrek XV and thought "hmm, maybe that one? But it's in its first model year..." So we had to test drive a new one. And then, as fate may have it, we ended up leaving in a 2013 WRX hatchback instead. Happens. Why might you ask? Because life's a compromise. I was ready to leave in the Crosstrek, but Ktams was not. So we met in the middle--he is giving up his favorite car because, well, it's really not practical for where we are right now and what we want to do--and I appreciate him for coming to that realization (even though I had come to it already at least 10x already). He still wanted a fun car and I wanted something that was going to be reliable, hold a lot of stuff for our trips, and eventually maybe even some rowdy kiddos--obviously I don't know where life is taking me if 6 months ago I didn't think I'd be running or purchasing a new car off the dealership floor...so yes, maybe even kids.
I also made dip on Sunday for the Super Bowl! It turned out wonderfully:) We left the peppers off since we were sharing with some kiddos, and I was thrilled to find that it was gobbled up by the nieces. You might also notice that I have begun collecting Minis! Just kidding--it's another loaner car. The saga of my Oregon registration continues, and Poppy is back in the shop for the week getting her VIN matched....AGAIN. Until then I've got this nifty little Mini Roadster, which I could actually see owning if I lived in southern California or Florida...maybe. People of Instagram thought my car was mint--and it does look it, but it's actually silver. The new car, which I'm thinking of naming MoMo (long story) is below the Mini pic. It's pretty nice, no?
OK ON TO THE RECIPE
Figured I couldn't short you this time, so here is a yummy comfort meal prepared..Dun dun DUN in my slow cooker--I'm not a slow cooker person unless it's stock, so this was extremely out of the ordinary for me.
White Bean & Kielbasa Stew(Recipe from Real Simple Magazine)
- 1 lb dried whitebeans (or for a quick version 1 can white beans--see * at bottom of method)
- 14 oz. keilbasa, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 4 c chicken broth
- 1 14 1/2 can diced tomatoes
- 1 large onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 t rosemary, chopped
- 5-7 oz. fresh baby spinach
- 1 c water (for use with dry beans only)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2-5 healthy dashes of hot sauce
Prepare all the ingredients but the spinach for your slow cooker. Combine the beans, broth, garlic, kielbasa, onion, rosemary, tomatoes (with juices), and water into your slow cooker and cook either 6-7 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low. Place a handful of spinach in your serving bowl and cover with your yummy hot kielbasa stew and serve with some bread (GF or not), buttered on the side.
*If you are using canned beans, you should be able to cut the cook time down to 2-3 hours.
This is a great weeknight meal to prepare in the morning before work and have hot and ready when you get home! I made mine with dry beans and it took the dish to finish, which is why I suggest the canned beans as an option.