Very bookish

I’ve always been a pretty big bookworm, and reading has always been a way for me to relax and escape my daily life. So this year I’ve decided to set some reading goals for myself that I’m pretty excited about.

At the beginning of the year I decided that I would read 100 book this year. The rules: they don’t all need to be new books, or long books; just 100 different books in 2013. I’ve finished 14 so far, and I have full confidence that I’ll complete my goal.

Along with my 100 books challenge, 3 of my girlfriends and I have decided to start a monthly book club. We’re all such different people and have such different tastes in reading that I’m sure we will be opened up to so many new books. Our book club is also a great excuse to get together every few weeks and hang out since we all have pretty hectic schedules. Booze + Books + Lovely Ladies + Gossip = a recipe for awesome!

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The last book I finished was Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy (hello Decemberists!) which is second book in the Wildwood Chronicles. I’ve always known that Portland was a magical place, but Colin Meloy really turns Portland into a fantasy land. If you’re a fan of YA literature, adventures, talking animals, and brave kids you’ll love this series. I’m very much looking forward to the 3rd (and final) installment, even though I’ll probably cry my eyes out once it’s all over.

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Our book club is selection for April is Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn. I haven’t started it yet, but we’re flying to California on Friday afternoon to pick up a truck that the in-laws are giving us. Then it’s a 15+ hour drive back to Portland, so I think I’ll get caught up and ready for book club the following weekend.

Have you read any good books lately?

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So fresh and so clean clean

I’ve been pining for a juicer for quite a while now. Maybe it was the bright green drinks all my friends had been posting on Facebook, or just the urge to finally start taking better care of myself, but I wanted in on this craze. My folks are always up for helping us do something healthy, so they bought us an awesome Breville juicer.

It arrived yesterday so right after work Nate & I headed to the store to stock up on some goods. It’s hard at first to figure out exactly what you’ll need and how much, but I tried to do my best at guessing how much produce we would need until the end of the week. We got a variety of organic and regular produce and the most expensive item was 3.5 lbs of organic granny smith apples at $1.79/lb. But like my husband says, it may cost a lot but it’s our health, and you can’t put a price on feeling good & healthy.

The first juice we made was Apple, Carrot, & Celery which is the first recipe that’s mentioned in the Breville users guide.

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Apple, Carrot, Celery Juice

Makes 2 servings

4 Granny Smith apples

4 carrots

4 celery stalks

Wash all your produce. Trim ends of celery stalks and carrots. Cut apples so they’re small enough to fit in your juicer and remove seeds. Juice everything. Stir/shake and enjoy!

I love using mason jars because you can just slap the lid on and shake up your juice. We like to add a few ice cubes as well before shaking.

Tonight we decided to try out the infamous Mean Green Juice that’s featured in Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

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Mean Green Juice

official recipe from Joe Cross & Phil Staples according to the Reboot Program

6 kale leaves

1 cucumber

4 celery stalks

2 green apples

1/2 lemon

1 piece of ginger

Wash all your produce. Cut apples to the fit in your juicer. Trim celery stalks. Peel lemon down to the white pith. Peel cucumber (if it has a wax coating). Juice everything. Stir/shake. Drink!

This juice blew us both away! We are not huge veggie eaters, which is one of the reasons we wanted to start juicing in the first place, and I could seriously drink this juice all day long. It’s crisp and refreshing, and the ginger added a nice little kick.

I will keep you all updated on this juicing journey and hopefully post some new recipes as I experiment.

Have you made any positive changes recently that you’re excited about?