June 7, 2013

Quinoa-kale salad and my thrift store list

If you haven't yet, enter to win some Chocolate #9 gel. The best chocolate gel I've tried!

Now on to important things like this quinoa-kale salad recipe from Runner's World that I really want to try. I feel like there is no way to mess this up. Unless you don't like kale -- then it's just messed up from the start.

At Thursday morning's fun run (remember I'm only doing them for fun right now, maybe), my friend told me that she just found a dehydrator at a yard sale for $3. I repeat, $3!!! I wonder how dehydrated kale would taste. I'm definitely into giving it (and many other dehydrated things) a shot.

The 5:30 a.m. crew for our Thursday trail run.

A dehydrator is high on my always-searching-for-at-yard-sales-and-thrift-stores list. Another thing on that list: the perfect black boots. Even though it's summer, I continue the search because it's been going ever since I retired my previous pair three years ago, so no season is too soon to find the boots. The must-haves: comfortable, leather, flat, sturdy, kind of plain. I've found a couple of pairs (not at the thrift store) that fit most of these but have heels or are slightly uncomfortable. These black b.o.c. (made by Born) boots checked all the must-have boxes, plus they only cost $4.99 and score really super high on comfort. Purchased at the Jimmie Haile Mission, for you locals. 

Another thing I'm always scoping for is mid-century modern furniture, which I love because of its oldness and straight-line-ness. You can find tons of it if you are willing to spend a fortune on it, but I'm not. So that's why I'm always looking to thrift it. I found this little white nightstand getting swallowed in the shadows of the giant mega furniture surrounding it on the thrift store's showroom floor. It was so forgotten that it didn't even have a price tag. I immediately loved it, and even though I was far from home when I found it, I knew that I had to try and smash it into the back of our station wagon for the trek home. They ended up selling it to me for $15, and once I unscrewed the legs, it fit snugly underneath, on top of, and in between our luggage.

Later, my friend sent me this to help me feel like a thrift store champion for getting sort of the same thing for a lot less cash money. If I were Steve Holt, this would be the perfect time to raise both my arms and yell, "Steve Holt!"

Have you ever tried dehydrating food on your own? What worked? What failed? 

Is there something you are always searching for but haven't found yet? I'm also currently searching for the perfect trail shoes. I decided that I'm done with the two pairs I currently have. Next up to test: Salomon Sense Mantra and the Brooks Cascadia. 

Kale? Yes, I love it, or no, I would rather jump into a swimming pool full of diarrhea pee (my kids came up with that one) than eat it?