Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's Hiking Season!

Hooray! Spring is coming! And with spring comes warm, enjoyable hikes. We did spend our winter weekends hiking, but who wants to take their mittens off to take pictures? Not me! On Sunday, we went to Chimney Bluffs State Park, only an hour away, since Amit was interested in seeing the bluffs up close and in person. It was chilly and windy, but sunny, which was a welcome change to our other hikes.
The bluffs looked interesting even from the start of our hike.
We started in the woods, following a very random, overgrown trail.
That was quite an adventure.
The views were totally worth it, though!

After our hike to the other end of the park,
we headed down to the beach to walk back along the lake.
I definitely never though Lake Ontario had a landscape this different. 
We felt like we were on a different planet!
Luckily we had some snow to walk on.
The clay was very wet.
Our shoes were coated in mud from when we did actually walk on it.
The bluff really do look like chimneys!
The view was unreal!

We really did not expect such an impressive hike so close to Rochester. Western NY keeps surprising us with the different places we've found. We're so blessed to have been given the opportunity to continue to explore out here and in the Finger Lakes!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I Love My Dehydrator!

Right now I'm finally taking a minute to blog after enjoying a sunny day outside. Finally we had a beautiful, warm (aka 40s-50s) weekend to do lots of great hiking! I apologize for the lack of posts, our lives are very uneventful at the moment, especially as we're preparing for our move. 
Since I haven't posted any new food pictures recently, I figured I should share one of our crazy new adventures, cooking with my dehyrator. I couldn't really come up with any good Christmas present ideas, so Ron and Mom were nice enough to be willing to get me an Excalibur Dehydrator so Amit and I could continue our primal cooking adventures. So far we've made sweet potato and beet chips and we're working towards mastering the art of making our own jerky!
Our sweet potato chips!
Beet chips
Look at us making our own jerky!
Our second attempt turned out a little better than the first.
Can't wait to try and hopefully master it the third time!

As for other Primal foodie ventures, we have just started to rehydrate our very first Scoby. We drink kombucha every day and wanted to begin brewing our own batches. It takes about a month to rehydrate the Scoby, so right now we're still waiting to see if it worked. We're definitely keeping our fingers crossed that this project works!
You can barely see the Scoby at the bottom of the jar.

We've actually been cooking fiends recently and have been playing with a ton of new recipes, so I'll be sure to post details about those soon. Spring is in the air and we are getting excited for new hikes and our favorite Farmer's Markets!