The weather in Hailey is about to get dramatic. I can just feel it. Blustery, cold days are coming. They say it may snow. They’re calling for a foot or so in the mountains and a fresh blanket of three to six inches in town. It’s exciting. I look forward to it every year. It’s surprising how many people don’t like snow. Like really don’t like it. I never seem to stop missing it, somehow. All good things come in these lovely months (i.e., birthdays, holidays, festive lights and tunes, cozy sweaters, hot beverages, gatherings around the fireplace, family, and fun). What’s not to love, right?

Festive lights are up in our little place. More decorating to come soon!

…Okay, we could all probably do without the sluggish-feelings that come along with the season. I know I can. As a way to help combat the seasonal sluggishness, E and I have created a good, weekly workout regimen to keep us healthy and active during this festive time of year. To start, we’ve invested in gym memberships and have been working out everyday at lunch time. We are still climbing every weekend, however, once the snow really falls and it gets too chilly out, we plan to purchase a climbing pass at the YMCA in Ketchum. Backcountry skiing will also play a huge role once the snow settles in to the valley more. A bit of ice skating is on our list, too!

As far as my personal workout goals, I am challenging myself to run at least 80 miles this month. For most committed runners, this can be done in a week. I don’t think I will ever be one of those runners. For me, this will be a good task to work toward. I’ve only recently adopted this goal and because it’s already the 8th of November, I have a lot of catching up to do. That said, November has been officially coined the ’80 Mile’ Month. Wahoooo! Wish me luck.

In food news, eating healthier treats is another goal of ours. It becomes more of a priority for us each day. We certainly value a good, home-cooked meal and find it way easier to calculate carbohydrates than those restaurant goodies (although, restaurant goodies are a nice treat every now and again). Over here, we’ve been cooking up a storm. Our kitchen is always brewing something delicious, and with the onset of colder, darker days, a hearty soup is always simmering… sauteed onions and spicy seasonings wafting throughout our tiny apartment.

Pumpkin soup with toasted tortillas!

Making fresh bagels. The boiling process is my favorite part!

Oven is hot! Getting reading to bake these little guys.

Golden brown and beautiful! Tasty, too!

Bagel veggie burg with egg, tomato, cucumber, avocado, mustard, and spicy sauce. Yum!

Another great soup. Spicy bean and tomato!

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with side salad!

Anyone else planning some sort of fitness-food-health challenge this season?

9 thoughts on “Hi November.

  1. fresh homemade bagels, yum yum! Have fun on the 80 mile quest! I have been running as of late as well…it feels good to get a good run in.

  2. Hmmm, I may get in 80 miles a year! But I am moving my bicycle to HW this weekend and hope to be doing 80 miles a month via two wheels if not two legs! MK

    1. Yayaya for bikes! Biking is just as awesome! We love Hailey just for that reason – we can bike to work, to town, to the store, to the brewery, etc., everyday! Biking in Halfway will be great!

  3. You fools are crazy, now that I have a basketball court to play on at lunch I will be hoopin it up during most lunch breaks. GO BLAZERS

    1. You sure can! I will send both recipes your way via email. Keep on the lookout – these delicious treats are headed your way!

  4. Little Bit! Will you make your dad some of that great lookin soup? I’ll love you forever!- well O.K., on that score so it doesnt matter if you make me soup or not.

    Was cruzin my local energy bar counter the other day for Puddy Power. Alas, I was disapointed. 🙁

    1. you bet, Poppa S! let me know your favorite soup and I will start perfecting it now! yum yum!

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