Hard to believe this year is already over. But the great thing about a blog is being able to take a look back at all the wonderful things that happened.
I tried my luck at creating a raw dog food recipe … which went over like a lead balloon.
I got overwhelmed with raw products and information while stuffing my face with raw chocolate samples at the Whole Foods Raw Foods Fair.
I drove for 3 hours to get to the Raw Health Expo to listen to amazing speakers, try new products and receive a startling reality check of the dangers of being deficient in vitamin B12.
Hubby and I took a much needed weekend getaway to Napa Valley for a lot of wine tasting!
And some fabulous eats. We need to go back soon because we’re running low on wine. :-)
I was lucky enough to attend the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco and met many wonderful bloggers on day 1.
Attended a few cram sessions and stuffed my face on day 2 of the festival.
And enjoyed the formal dinner finally.
I pulled off a pretty daring move taking Gena’s raw burgers and raw jicama fries to our family’s meat loaded super bowl party, but it went over pretty well.
Took on a Paula Deen recipe to raw-ize with success!
I had an amazing meal at Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley that I hope to repeat many times in 2011.
Then I got to experience the awesomeness that is Gracias Madre, amazing vegan Mexican cuisine in San Francisco.
I also discovered Ani’s Chocolate Cake is a wonderfully simple way to impress at family gatherings.
This pic makes me so grateful I have better camera now!
And I had an amazing weekend of fabulous eats at The Green Boheme and The Fix
I experienced the amazing Ubuntu in Napa.
And made perhaps the best raw chocolate cake ever from Jennifer Cornbleet’s book.
I really got into running races this year starting with the No Excuses 5k in May.
Where I didn’t do as well as I was hoping thanks to an ankle injury halfway through the training – hard lesson learned!
For Halloween, we had a blast becoming a muddy mess during the Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run!
Crawling through 2 gloppy mud pits, treading through freezing cold lake waters and scaling many military style obstacles while running a 5k was a toughening experience that we’ll do again for sure. But I don’t think we’ll be moving on to the Tough Mudder anytime soon!
And I finished out the year of races doing a 7-mile relay leg of the California International Marathon.
Wearing the same top I did for the mud run and it only took 14 wash cycles to get all the mud out! A great experience to feel out the marathon scene and I’m still debating if I ever want to attempt an entire marathon.
Despite the ups and downs, it was a great year for running and I plan to continue running in 2011 with two half-marathons, another mud run with plenty of 5ks in between.
Whoa, this has been a busy year actually – I could have made this post a few times longer! ;-) After my first full year of blogging, I had a blast looking through the year and how I’ve grown as a blogger. So grateful my photography is getting better, especially after looking at some of the earlier posts – yikes! I’m looking forward to cramming 2011 with many wonderful adventures and accomplishments while seeing how much I can grow in another year blogging and reading so many wonderful blogs. Thank you to all the readers that have stuck through the ups and downs and I hope everyone has an amazing New Year!