my last post

As you may have guessed from the post title, this is my last post. I’ve been contemplating this for months, changing my mind a million times, but the truth is: my heart’s just not in it. At first I thought I was in some sort of blogging slump, so I slowed down a bit, but ultimately realized this is the end of the Bandit. I was actually trying to write this post weeks ago when I got accepted to the BlogHer Network AND the FitFluential Ambassador program in the same week. In the blogging world, this is a pretty big deal. I took it as a sign and decided to keep trying.

But like I said, I’m just not into it anymore. I forget what it’s like to live without feeling the need to share everything I do, and that scares me. I’m ready to just live life and take pleasure in the small things, like walking my dog or driving with the windows open, without sharing them to the rest of the world. 

I plan on keeping my domain until it expires in a few months, so make sure you print out the recipes you’d like to keep before they’re gone forever! I’ll also be deleting the Facebook page I created for this blog, and probably the Twitter account (do non-bloggers even use twitter? I haven’t used it in weeks!), but I will definitely keep Instagram and Pinterest!

[EDIT] I have created an Instagram account specifically to keep me on track with working out and eating clean. Follow @ash_on_track!

puppy update

Norah is 6 months today. To celebrate her half birthday, she took a huge dump on the kitchen floor this morning. Such a sweetheart. I’ve gotta tell you, having a dog has really loosened up my standards of cleanliness. She snuggles in our bed…I let her lick my face. Sometimes I find fur in my food. And I don’t even care that she’s peed on the rug more than once and even though we’ve thoroughly cleaned it, we will probably need to throw it out in the future. All because she’s SO DAMN CUTE. 

She’s won my heart, that’s for sure.

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the best time for hiking

“WE NEED TO BE MORE ACTIVE!” I exclaimed to DK the other day. I say this a lot, particularly because our ratio of time spent watching Netflix to time spent outdoors is becoming wayyy too off kilter for my liking. And like they say on Game of Thrones: Winter is coming.

We like hiking. A few years ago, we started a tradition of hiking every time we go up north for long weekends. And then there’s the trails behind our house, where we take Norah whenever we can. Hiking is good for us. It doesn’t require much planning and we can just go. The only thing is, we aren’t so good about just going. Things get in the way, like chores or events or other obligations. And then when we do have a day free of plans, we just want to eat Chipotle and watch Breaking Bad. So when our friends invited us to hike Mt. Chocorua this weekend, I was all for it. 


It’s peak season here in New England, which is the absolute best time for hiking. And also the best time for a long drive on 93 to take in the beautiful fall foliage. We left at 7am and roughly 2.5 hours later we hit the trails. The weather was perfect, a little chilly, but once we started moving I warmed up. Definitely better than sweating and panting up the mountain. The top was exceptionally cold though, thanks to the winds. We bundled up and inhaled some trail mix and granola bars, took some photos, and headed back down.

You know when people say “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? That is definitely true for hiking. Think about it…you spend a couple hours climbing a mountain just to look around and then go back down. I mean, the view is pretty cool, but the real reason we do it is to connect with nature. 

I may have connected a little too much and ended up gathering a bunch of pretty leaves which are currently being pressed under DK’s EMT book. I’m thinking of making some sort of collage or something…stay tuned for a DIY project in the near future! 

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feeling the burn…out

I’m just going to say it: I’m feeling the blogger burnout. This is nothing new to us bloggers, but if you’re unfamiliar with it, there’s a lot of articles about it like this one, this one, and this one. Basically it is what it sounds like. And for people like me, who work full time and blog on the side as a hobby…it shouldn’t be this way. I put pressure on myself to succeed in something that I do for fun. But that’s the designer in me, striving for perfection in every creative thing I do. I can’t help it!

So I’ve made changes. I’ve taken a step back from blogging. I slowed down on posting. I started making art. I stopped tweeting religiously. I unfollowed some blogs. I started following new blogs. I left my phone in the car one morning and didn’t bother to get it until lunch. 

My blogger burnout hasn’t been cured yet. So maybe I need to make changes to the blog itself, but I’m still figuring that out. I do have some recipes I’m excited about sharing, and I am still motivated to photograph food, so there’s that. So for now, I’ll just share some tidbits on the past few weeks:

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  • Kristen and I stopped at Marylou’s for some gourmet iced coffee on our way to IKEA last month. We ended up stopping on our way back too. No shame. They only have locations on the South Shore, so we had to take advantage of being in the area that day. [P.S. Stop by Treats & Travels for details on the best/cheapest IKEA accessory]
  • These snail shells found in Israel while hiking Mt Arbel have a new home in my air plant garden
  • Norah, being cute and stuff
  • Pretty colored leaves, because it’s fall
  • Whipped up a pumpkin smoothie before work one day last week. Find the recipe here.
  • Last month Becky kept me company while DK was away. We played Call of Duty by the wood stove and drank wine. It was awesome.
  • Norah being cute…again. DK’s garden yielded a good amount of sweet potatoes. We thought we dug them all up, but Norah keeps finding more! She loves them just as much as I do.
  • Apple picking this year was weird because it was about 80 degrees out. That didn’t stop us from filling two GIANT bags, or from eating our fill of apple cider donuts!
  • One of our sweet potatoes…appropriately shaped like the letter “S.” I wonder if Sesame Street could use this? Too late, I already made soup last night. Recipe coming soon!

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supercharged smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I like to drink. No, not like that…I ain’t no alcoholic! I mean I like to drink my meals, as in smoothies.  Over time, I’ve built up quite the large collection of smoothie add-ins to give my liquid meals some substance. I never make one without adding flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp hearts, or protein powder. These superfoods provide staying power, energy, digestion aid, and many more health benefits. For this particular smoothie, I’ve also added coffee for an extra kick in the pants. This supercharged smoothie makes for a perfect post-workout recovery drink, or a quick breakfast on the go.

supercharged smoothie...with coffee! Perfect for a post-workout meal

Supercharged Smoothie
Serves 1
Perfect for a post-workout meal
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1/2 cup cold coffee
  2. 1/2 cup almond milk
  3. 2 tablespoons chocolate or vanilla protein powder
  4. 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  5. 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  6. 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth
The Pomegranate Bandit

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