love, rachel

Nov 25, 2015

Winter Hiking Sponsored by Naked Juice

Happy Thanksgiving week! I know everyone has been saying it, but I can't believe the holidays are already here- so crazy.

With the holiday season upon us, there will no doubt be endless, parties, eating and drinking to be had. The holidays are a tough time to stay healthy and active. Recently, I've been getting more into hiking in the off-season. Now, I'll be the first to admit, I HATE being cold. I'm adjusting to these cold outdoor activities, but there have been quite a few accessories purchased to fight the cold. Oregon is such a beautiful place all year round, and it's been neat to see my favorite spots during all the seasons. Getting outside, playing in the snow etc, can be a great way to beat the holiday temptations. Make sure to be prepared for weather changes, fallen trees and branches and icy roads- it can be dangerous in certain places if you aren't prepared. Most of the trails in Oregon aren't maintained in the winter time, so storms that come through can leave surprises, but it's quite the adventure.

Kristi and I headed up to Mirror Lake and Trillium Lake to search for some snow and hike around in the beautiful weather we had over the weekend. Check out our pictures!

Also, Thanks to Naked Juice for sponsoring this post. I've brought Naked Juice along on the last couple of my hikes. It's a great way to refresh and get a little energy boost when you are feeling exhausted. Check out the photos from our hike, including my cold weather hiking essentials!


Have a wonderful time with your families this week.
Rachel xo

Nov 20, 2015

Recipe: Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs


I'm excited for the weekend- it's been a long week for me. The recipe I'm sharing is SO simple, yet the food tastes like something you've slaved over. My kinda recipe. I found this recipe from a facebook post on the Tasty Page :  

You make the meatballs then set them in the crock pot and walk away. It's that easy! Let me tell you, these things were gobbled up so quickly around my house. I even made them two ways- as you can see below. One dinner over pasta, and the next on a broiled hoagie roll with melted cheese!

Cut low moisture mozzarella cheese into 3/4 inch cubes cubes. Store in refrigerator while preparing the meat.

In a large mixing bowl combine: 
1 pound ground beef
1 pound hot Italian sausage
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Roll golf ball sized balls with the meat mixture. Squish mozzarella cube into the center and pull the edges of the meat ball around it until it’s a new ball again.
Arrange meatballs in slow cooker and cover in tomato sauce. 
Cook on high for 2 to 2.5 hours.



Rachel xo


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