The weather here has been more of what I’d expect from March: unpredictable. We’ve had a lot of rain (normal), but the temperature has dropped and we’ve recently had some snow, hail, sleet, and whatever else there is to be had. Once in a while, the sun breaks out and one can see blue skies! But only for a moment. So when Christine and I wanted to go hiking, we didn’t really want to contend with mud AND rain. We opted for rain and went to the Pisgah flats. This is an area where you can let your dog off the leash (if they will obey voice commands, have never attacked another dog/human, etc.). It’s fields and flat walking. There are some coyote pups nearby, so you have to watch for that… but otherwise, it’s just a nice field area.
My friend Chistine is so good! She’s picking up her dog’s poo out in the field to make sure nobody has a nasty surprise. There are a couple of trash bins to put these baggies in, so you don’t have to carry it the entire time.
Christine’s dog was having such a great time! She would come back and check on us and then sprint away again. I can’t believe how much energy she has.
Things are blooming everywhere, but we’re nowhere near the peak.
Look at this sweet dog! She later jumped into the river, loving every bit of it. I can’t even imagine how cold the water was!
The trail here is more old roads than actual trail. It words great!
We didn’t go far – only about 2 miles. There were a few other dogs and people on the path, and the weather kept a nice, steady Oregon drizzle the entire time.
When I got home, I needed to prep a couple of lunches for work. If I don’t bring lunch from home, I’m likely to eat something that’s not very good for me. Today’s choice for the next couple of lunches: squash & zucchini with cabbage and chicken, dressed in a couple of different spices.
For the first batch, I got some za’atar seasoning. From what I read, za’atar recipes can be handed down generations, all unique. This one looked interesting and smelled just fine, so I thought I’d go for it.
The end result was okay, but a bit bland. I’m still trying to figure out how to dress that up a little.
I went for a little heat on the next batch, with some berbere. I eat a lot of hot sauce and peppers, so I may have a high tolerance. So I was a little disappointed that this one didn’t have any heat to it.
At work, I ended up adding an extra kick:
That did the trick! So much delicious flavor! My lunches were very filling and satisfying, which is awesome. I felt good eating good food, too. Better than rice cakes and diet soda, in my opinion!