Category Archives: Style

Morning Granola Bread

May 14, 2013

The mornings tend to be a rough time for me. Except for a few rare occasions, I can’t recall a single morning in my life where I awoke before an alarm and was instantly “ready to go!” It’s during those waking moments where I always feel rushed and usually the first thing to go is a healthy breakfast. 
When I read Sarah’s recipe for her Life-Changing Loaf of Bread, I knew this would be an ideal meal for my busy mornings. 
Morning Granola Bread
adapted from Sarah Bitton of My New Roots
Ingredients: 
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup almonds (chopped)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup coconut
3 Tbsp psyllium husk powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
2 cups water
Directions:
 In a loaf pan (or bowl) combine all dry ingredients together. Warm coconut oil until liquid. Whisk maple syrup, coconut oil and water together. Pour over dry ingredients and mix until all dry ingredients are coated. More water may be added if needed. Lightly pour more maple syrup over the top and toss a handful of coconut flakes on top. Let the mixture sit for at least 1 to 2 hours so that the psyllium husk powder has started to work it’s magic to bind all these ingredients together. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, place bread loaf directly on the rack and bake for another 20-30 minutes. Watch carefully as the top can easily burn. Once the top is brown and the load sounds hollow when tapped, it’s done! Set on counter to cool. Store in air tight container. 
What’s your go-to breakfast item on those hectic mornings? 

Favorite Camping Trip “Essentials”

June 8, 2012

Well, Zach and I have been married for almost a year, so in celebration of the best year of our 
lives, we are going camping! I’ve been gathering all our must haves and scribbling up lists of
things we can’t forget. Below are just some of my favorite “essentials” that will make our mini
vacation just that much better, even if we could do without them! 
So many adventures to be had! I can’t wait to share them all with you! 
What are your must haves for any vacation away? 

Sportswear as Everyday Wear

June 5, 2012

Sunny days always call for an outfit to match. Bright colors have my heart this spring. 
Pushing the neon and bold pops of color, the running industry is right on. Stepping into 
Gazelle Sports, you can’t help but stare at our shoe wall covered in a rainbow of fun hues.
Color blocking, mesh, burnout, and cut-outs in our apparel are all saturated in bright tints.
Running errands this Sunday, I grabbed my Lole Twist Tank and paired it with my new favorite
running tank – the Brooks D’lite Micro Mesh Tank. I wore this tank in pink for the Riverbank Run! Bright 
skinnies were an easy choice, as were my old dependable canvas flats. A trusty side braid to keep
the lion’s mane at bay and I was ready to go. By the time yoga in park begin that night, all I had to do 
was swap out my skinnies for boy shorts and grab that yoga mat. 

Once the summer officially hits, I can guarantee I’ll be living in my D’lite Tank… probably 
throwing it over my swimsuit as I hit the beach. Or sporting it as I run hours upon hours on the weekend
in anticipation for my ultra-marathon. Just a few ways I show my fit. 
How do you show your fit? 

Sportswear as Everyday Wear

May 9, 2012

On the weekends, I pretty much live in my Lole Essential Jacket. It is such a versatile piece – looking
stellar with jeans, as a cover up to and from the gym, or even out on the town with a fancy basic layer. 
With the nights turning chilly, it is just the right weight to keep me from freezing! 
Especially during the winter, I swear by Buff Bands. Cloudy days + humidity have made this girl lazy, 
so headbands are my escape from doing my hair all pretty. They come in so many fun colors that can
go with any sportswear or everyday wear. 
The Vibram Five Fingers. If you haven’t heard about these guys yet… get out of your hole and google them.
A barefoot shoe that can be used for a variety of activities, my Komosports LS are used just for 
trekking or for water activities. I love pairing them with all kinds of pants or shorts. They are 
unexpected in everyday wear…making me love them even more. 
With the Riverbank 25K Run coming up this weekend, there won’t be a shortage of sportswear being
donned. After racing, that’s pretty much all I want to wear until my legs feel like normal again. 
Come on, ya’ll know you love sweatpants and baggy t-shirts! 🙂

Being Me

April 11, 2012

Why do we have so much trouble being ourselves? 
This thought has often made it’s way through the cracks and crevices of Kate’s mind. Do we fear opening
up and being completely honest? Is it the conformity to be what everyone else expects us to be that prevents us from showing others who we truly are? I’ll admit it, there are times when I lock it up and put my true self away.. but more often than not, I think I do a good job of being me. And I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m really proud of that. I’m weird, dramatic, and way to frank…but no matter how often people tell me that, it doesn’t change the fact that that’s who I am. 
Being strong willed and independent has given way to not really caring what others think of me. On occasion this frankness sometimes comes back to bite me, but for the most part, I think this allows me to embrace who I am. A couple weeks ago we did self evaluations at work. After we discussed the core values we believed we held, we went around our group and expressed to each other what we saw in our peers. I was taken aback when one of my co-workers said that I was very candid…that I dressed the way I wanted and said what was on my mind. After hearing that, the rest of the day I felt so empowered by her statement. It made me feel secure and proud of myself, that being me, was a value in itself. 🙂
Everyone is so different and I love embracing that, especially in myself. There were times back in high 
school where I struggled with the fact that I didn’t want to be like everyone else and that I didn’t seem to
 fit in. I didn’t realize it then, but it was my way of establishing my individuality. Giving way to knowing myself better and what I wanted for my future. I doubt I’d be living in Michigan, married to my soul mate, working my dream job, running marathons, blessed with beautiful friends, and living such a healthy lifestyle if I hadn’t had embraced myself and said, “I’m going to do what I want and be who I wanna be.” 
Friends, be who you wanna be.