food and health lifestyle

Valentine’s Weekend 2016

Tyler & I enjoyed our 3rd Valentine’s day together this year! It’s so crazy that we have been together for almost 3 years now! Time has seriously flown by. Tyler recently turned 23 years old, I will turn 23 in May, Waldo turns 3 in June, and Tyler and I’s 3rd anniversary is in June also! A lot of 3’s! When I was talking to Tyler the other day, we realized that this will be our 4th summer together (we already have a lot planned). To me, the seasons are a much better way of measuring time rather than months and years.
This weekend was so romantic and chill, even though at one point we had 3 dogs in our little home haha (dog sitting for co-workers). On Saturday, we went on a trail (interval) run which was super fun! We went to a loop trail in North Boulder, almost to Lyons, that was about 3 miles. The trail was a bit muddy but still awesome and great for running because there weren’t a bunch of rocks everywhere and it was a relatively smooth grade. Trail running is way more challenging than regular running! I haven’t been on a run in a long time so it was good to get some cardio in. My abs and legs were actually sore the next day! I’m also about mid way through my squat challenge which is kicking my ass, literally and figuratively! Tyler has certainly noticed &¬†appreciated the results ūüôā On Saturday night, we made the most amazing paleo pressure cooked lemongrass & coconut chicken served over cauliflower rice! I usually am not a big fan of chicken, it’s so boring, but this was so incredible! It tasted almost like green curry and the chicken was falling off the bone (thank you instant pot). Of course we also watched Twin Peaks on Saturday night because it’s the best.

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my man carrying firewood

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paleo valentine’s dinner of local, grass-fed lamb chops in a mint chimichurri sauce
On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, we woke up super slow which was lovely. We exchanged cards in bed which was so much fun. Tyler made me the sweetest homemade card ever. It seriously meant the world to me. Our life together is the best and we are both so happy! Tyler is not one for flashy romantic gestures, which I love about him, but throughout the day he did so many sweet little things for me! I am so grateful for him. We savored our coffee & bacon then headed into National Forest to make a camp fire!! We know of this awesome *secret* rock fire pit. Little did we know, there was a snow storm rolling into the high mountains so it was pretty chilly but it made the fire that much better. There’s something primal about a camp fire, so comforting and delightful. I love the smell of my clothes afterwards. We enjoyed our coffee by the fire and snuggled up under our mexican blanket. Waldo loved running around in the trees and snow.¬†Romantic & loving vibes all day!
Since Tyler and I are sticking to a strict paleo diet, we decided to make a special dinner at home. To be honest, I much prefer this. It’s fun to dress up and go out to dinner occasionally but we chose to skip the crowds and limited menus and make a delicious meal at home! Not to brag but my man cooks so good it pretty much puts ANY¬†restaurant¬†to shame. Our dinner consisted of grilled local lamb rib chops in a mint¬†chimichurri¬†sauce (my mouth is watering just typing this) with sweet potato fries and for dessert a paleo¬†chocolate¬†cookie skillet. This was the best Valentine’s Day yet!

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