Monday Motivation: Demo

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Happy Monday Everyone! I have some super exciting news this morning…It’s raining!!! I know, in some parts of the country you guys are totally over the rain and the snow. Here, though, it’s a welcome relief. Almost like I can breath a little easier.

This weekend I took some time to get out for an adventure. I was in need of a little perspective. Plus, I had a wicked case of cabin fever after throwing my back out last week. Now I’m back and better than ever. I’m ready to demolish some goals. How about you?

Have a great week!

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Iced Lavender Green Tea

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Happy Friday Guys!!! Who’s ready for the weekend? What’s everyone up to? Any epic plans?

Well, if you plan on getting an early start tomorrow then you’ll want to make a cup of this Iced Lavender Green Tea and call it an early night. Chasing epic after all is a lot of hard work. Haha! But, it’s so worth it! This little cup of deliciousness is perfect when you need a little something refreshing.

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Ingredients

1 green tea bag

1/2 tsp dried lavender

Preparation

Grab a mug, pop in a bag of green tea, and add the dried lavender. Pour simmering water over the goodness and let it steep for about five minutes. Strain and then cool. When it’s cool, pour over ice, garnish with lavender, and put your feet up. After this week, you deserve it.

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Monday Motivation: Runners

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Last weekend was the LA Marathon and it’s been awhile since I laced up my running shoes for such a long run of that length. But I hope to surpass 26.2 miles this year and find out just how far I can go. Gulp!

But that’s what runners do. They get up, put on their running shoes, and head out the door. It could be in the wee hours of the morning before anyone else it up. It could be in the middle of the day while they’re on their lunch break. It could be after work, or after they put the kids to bed. They might even toss their gear in the car and head into the dessert or up into the mountains on the weekends to get their mileage. But the one thing that all runners do, is they just get out there and do it. Sometimes they really have to suck it up because the weather is crappy or they’re sore from the previous days run but they still get out there.

If there’s one thing that running can teach us, it’s to just do it, whatever it is. Whether it’s painting the living room, writing a heartfelt note to a friend and sticking it in the mail, taking a walk, loosing weight, trying to touch your toes, or running a marathon. Commit to it. Take the first step. And then just do it. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you stop making excuses and get out there. Run each day, literally or metaphorically or both, for you.

Now, let’s get out there and do it!

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Persimmon Salad

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In the autumn the leaves turn and start to fall from the branches and by the time winter arrives all that’s left on the branches of a Persimmon tree are these bright orange globes of deliciousness. These little buggers can go for $3.99 to $4.99 a piece in the store so if you happen to have a friend or family member with a tree in their yard, I’d suggest you get yourself on over there with a big old basket to load up. Oh, and you should take them a bottle of wine in return for them letting you score a bounty of these beauties. I mean come on, they’re oh, so good.

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Ingredients

1 to 1 1/2 Fuyu persimmons, sliced into wedges

5 dates, cut into quarters or slivers

Handful of walnuts, roughly chopped

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp honey

Pinch of salt

Lime or lemon wedges, optional

Preparation

In a small saucepan, warm honey, ginger, and salt. While it’s warming up to a constancy that will allow you to drizzle it, slice up the persimmon(s) and dates and roughly shop the walnuts.

Pile this tasty greatness onto a plate and then drizzle with the honey ginger mixture. Squeeze a lime, or lemon, wedge over the top to provide it with just a little hint of acidity if that’s your thing.

Pull up a chair and dig in. This is perfect if you need a bit of a sugar rush after a long morning run or as a little after dinner treat or an afternoon snack. Really, this is good anytime of day. But Persimmon season isn’t going to last for much longer so you better get a move on or else you’ll have to wait until next winter. Trust me, you don’t want to wait that long.

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