To start, a little disclaimer. I actually wrote this post on Friday evening, but you’re not seeing it until Monday. I know, I’m so tricky. But I knew our weekend was going to be super-busy, so it just had to be done this way.
So how was everyone’s weekend?? Ours was great! Well, I’m guessing it was great. But since I’m typing this on Friday, I suppose I can’t really say that for sure …
I can, however, tell you about our Friday afternoon adventure at Stone Mountain!
Stone Mountain Park is actually more of a “theme park” that’s geared towards kids. However, you can just pay the $10 for parking and spend the day exploring the mountain itself!
Stone Mountain is exactly what it sounds like it would be … a mountain made of stone. Granite, to be exact. There’s a 5-mile trail around the mountain, and there’s a 1+ mile walk up the mountain.
Not going to lie, I thought that this hike was going to be a piece of cake. I mean, I’m training for a half-marathon! How difficult can a 1-mile hike up some mountain be??
Obviously more difficult than I thought.
I kid, I kid!! That photo should actually look like this:
My husband, the jokester.
In all seriousness, it wasn’t that bad, but it was much steeper than I anticipated.
By the time we reached the top, I was breathing pretty heavy and my calves were definitely burning.
The pictures don’t do it justice, but the view was pretty incredible!
On the way back down the hill, we decided to check out a side trail, which took us through the woods.
(Perhaps he was done with my picture-taking by that point … ?)
We ended up walking for almost 2 hours total, so it was a great workout and great together-time. I would definitely recommend Stone Mountain to anyone in the area or visiting the area!
When we got back from Stone Mountain, we had stew waiting for us!
I made Coconut Curry Kale Stew. I got the recipe from Peas and Thank You, but I made a few changes.
One important thing I learned from making this stew … light coconut milk curdles when heated for an extended period of time. I don’t understand how Mama Peas’ stew didn’t curdle, because after discovering what happened to mine, I did a little research and found the same conclusion on multiple websites.
However, the flavor of this stew was awesome, and I would absolutely make it again. I would just use regular coconut milk. And I would wait to add it until near the end of the cooking process.
So when I share the recipe and directions, I’m going to share what I plan to do NEXT time, to make it even better!
Slow-Cooker Coconut Curry Kale Stew
(modified from this recipe)
· 1 cup chopped onion
· 2 medium potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
· 1 tsp. cinnamon
· 1/2 tsp. chili powder
· 1/2 tsp. cumin
· 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
· 3 tsp. curry powder
· 2.5 cups vegetable broth
· 1- 14 oz. can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
· 1- 14 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
· 1- 14 oz. can REGULAR coconut milk
· At least 3 cups organic kale, washed, de-stemmed, and torn into pieces
· salt and pepper to taste
- Put all of the ingredients in the slow-cooker, except the coconut milk and kale. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
- After the 5-6 hours, add coconut milk and kale. Stir everything together. Add more salt and pepper, if needed. Leave the lid off and keep stirring occasionally for another 30 minutes or so, until the kale is nice and tender.
- Serve and enjoy!
Can you see how the color looks … muddled? That’s because the darn coconut milk separated from the other liquid. Hopefully you won’t have that problem, if you use the regular coconut milk!
But don’t let my experience scare you. I’m still learning. And like I said, the flavor of the soup was delicious. Even Brandon ate it, which is always my “gauge” for how good a recipe is!
And now, let’s talk giveaways!
The kind people at GoodBelly contacted me about trying out their product.
GoodBelly is a “Probiotic Juice Drink,” which it supposed to promote healthy digestion. The nice thing is, the product is also dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan … so vegans can enjoy it, too!
They have several different products and several different flavors to choose from.
I decided to try the GoodBelly “Plus,” because I wanted the added multi-vitamins. And I chose the “Blueberry Acai” flavor, just because it sounded really yummy.
Here are the nutritional facts on the GoodBelly Plus:
And the ingredients:
I have drank one container every morning for the past several days now, soon after eating breakfast.
I really like the flavor. I was a little worried about what they might taste like, but I’m a fan!
So now it’s YOUR turn to try out GoodBelly!
I have two more coupons for a free item, and I’m going to send the coupons to TWO lucky readers!
(Note: Their products are in most grocery stores. Around me, they were at Kroger, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market!)
To enter …
Check out the GoodBelly website, then leave me a comment, telling me which of their products you’d like to try!
Question for ya …
What did you do this weekend?
Are you a fan of hiking for exercise? Do you have any cool trails where you live?
Do you take probiotics?
Disclaimer: I received a coupon to try the GoodBelly product, but was not compensated beyond that for this post and will receive no further compensation from GoodBelly. All thoughts and opinions are my own.