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We were blessed with not one, but TWO days of perfectly fluffy snow to play in over the weekend! Without too much hesitation (It was only in the single digits) Evan and I put on a few layers and loaded up the car with our skis and poles.

XC Skiing January '14 -4We made our way to the local fields where some of our friends had already laid down some nice tracks.

XC Skiing January '14 -2No paw prints here…much to the dogs’ dismay they were not invited along on this adventure. Denali has a history of running away while we’re cross country skiing so he’s lost privileges. Poor King has to suffer for it, but that’s a small price he pays for having a brother. We do the best we can, what can I say?

XC Skiing January '14Cross country skiing is such a new sport to me since I’ve only ever been a handful of times. Even though I’ve had my own pair of skis now for 4 season they’ve only really been used as many times. Needless to say, I only wiped out once.

XC Skiing January '14 -3It proved to be a fantastic workout. I enjoyed it, but the best part about cross country skiing is always peeling off all your wet layers afterward.

Homemade Hot ChocolateOn second thought, it might actually be snuggling up in some blankets with a piping hot cup of hot chocolate especially if it’s homemade!

Homemade Hot Chocolate 3

Vegan & Sugar-Free

This recipe uses only 3 ingredients! It’s almost as easy as making those preservative-laden packets of instant hot cocoa. It makes a single serving. No worries though. If you have an army of snow bunnies simply multiply each ingredient by the number of bunnies.

  1. 1 cup dairy-free milk of choice (I used Suzie’s Quinoamilk Beverage, Plain Unsweetened* This product does not have the carcinogenic food additives carrageenan and “natural flavors” like most other dairy alternatives.)
  2. 3/4-1 tablespoon raw cacoa cocao powder
  3. 1 tablespoon honey (or agave for vegan)

Heat the milk in a saucepan on low for about 5 minutes. Add the cocoa powder and sweetener of choice. Stir until all lumps and stickiness have dissolved, about 5-8 more minutes. And serve.

*I, Laura Decker, am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com (i.e. so I don’t starve to death.) That being said, I do personally use and LOVE this product!!

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Snowy Leap

I’m leaping right back into things for this new year, including making a reappearance to the land of blogging.

Bear Hike January '14Yes, leaping that is.

Bear Hike January '14 -2I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick-start the new year than with a heavy blanket of powdery snow to break free of the exercise rut that invariably sets in this time of year. Snow allows for a myriad of new activities to be re-introduced into the rotation. Move over running. See you later living room yoga. Hellooooooo snow hiking! (Snow shoes aren’t always necessary.)

Bear Hike January '14 -3When you live in this corner of the world snow only ever lasts a day or so before the temps spike and the rain falls, leaving a slushy or crusty mess in its wake. There’s no room for excuses to stay inside. You have to get right out there and make as many tracks as possible before it all melts away.

Bear Hike January '14 -4And that’s just what Evan and I did this weekend. We wasted no time at all after Friday’s big storm. Denali and King were wrangled up and we drove straightaway to the nearest hiking trails to let both pups off-leash to romp around to their hearts content.

Bear Hike January '14 -9How cute is this hiney!?

Bear Hike January '14 -8I’m pretty sure he just realized here that I took a shot of his backside. What a face!

Bear Hike January '14 -10“King, back up a little.”

Bear Hike January '14 -19“You’re in my space.”

Bear Hike January '14 -11“That’s better.”

Bear Hike January '14 -12“Sorry, I’m not sorry.”

Bear Hike January '14 -13Efficient glove removal + double leash action.

Bear Hike January '14 -14Reaching for the camera…

Bear Hike January '14 -7…’Cuz I prefer not to take selfies.

Bear Hike January '14 -15“Did someone say selfie!?!”

Bear Hike January '14 -18Denali’s face sums up how we all felt after our snow hike–perhaps a few icicles were hanging from our chins, but we couldn’t have felt more alive.

It’s truly remarkable how therapeutic a trudge through the woods can be. I find that once my heart rate elevates, so too does the quality of my thoughts. Tired and toxic brooding slowly slips away and is ever-so-subtly replaced with a climbing charge of positivity. My battery is replenished even quicker with the addition of beautiful weather and even more so with good company. This hike included all of these elements. 🙂

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