A couple of weekends ago Marc, Lars, Maddie, and I headed up north to the cabin for a few days away from the craziness of life. Not that our lives are that crazy, but there’s something nice about getting away to a place where there are no chores. No errands. No laundry. No feeling that I always need to be doing something productive. The cabin is our perfect little getaway where we can have lazy mornings and drawn out breakfasts followed by heart-pumping hikes and afternoon happy hours.
Our days at the cabin are just a teeny tiny bit different now that Lars is with us, but even though the mornings might come a little earlier than before, we still try to make it special by cuddling with him in bed. Even though we might not hike as long as we used to, we make the most of it by stopping to watch the river go by a little bit longer to make sure he sees it all.
While there are tons and tons of different hikes we can do while at the cabin, we went back to one of the very first hikes Marc and I ever went on, when Marc brought me to his family’s cabin for the very first time. There was something special about returning to the river that we hiked up when we were just new lovebirds, now as a married couple with our son.
So why am I getting all sappy on you today? Well, along with my partnership with Stonyfield yogurt, I’ve teamed up with prAna organic clothing line to talk about how hiking and being outside is what energizes and inspires me. It rejuvenates and enlightens me. And more than anything, I hope we can pass our love for the outdoors onto Lars.
Of course, as any experienced hiker knows, it’s not wise to go on a long hike without bringing water and snacks. We typically lean towards things like Gorp (peanuts, M&M’s, and raisins) and granola bars, but this time we brought my new favorite Stonyfield yogurt: Oh My Yog. And oh my GAWSH is this stuff amazing!
It’s organic whole milk yogurt which is THE creamiest of all yogurts, combined with fresh and natural fruits like apples, pears, and blueberries and then topped with…wait for it…a cream top. Which, if you’ve never had yogurt topped with a cream top, I can tell you now that you are missing out.
On our hike up the river we brought the Gingered Pear (my personal fave) and Wild Quebec Blueberry and also tried the Madagascar Vanilla and Apple Cinnamon later on that weekend.
Along with trying a new yogurt, I also had a chance to try a pair of leggings from prAna. I’ve tried my fair share of yoga leggings and I definitely lean towards those that are light, let me move freely, and don’t hit me right in that muffin-top range. Especially now post-baby, my tummy isn’t super tight so I like the leggings that I have that are a little higher-waisted.
These prAna leggings were a perfect fit. They’re so light I could barely tell they were on, and the waist hit me in the perfect spot. My favorite part, was the detail at the ankle.
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I couldn’t post without also giving you a yummy recipe: Cinnamon Apple Bread. To tie it all together, I made it with Stonyfield plain yogurt which is my favorite for lightening up baked goods while keeping them nice and moist!
This bread is on the healthier side, with the plain yogurt, white whole wheat flour, and is also pretty low in sugar. I sweetened it naturally with maple syrup, but also threw in some brown sugar for that crunchy streusel topping. This makes it the perfect breakfast or snacking bread, as it doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating dessert at 7 a.m. I loved it with a smear of butter or a drizzle of honey, but truthfully it was delicious all on it’s own too.
- 2 apples peeled and finely diced
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1 2/3 cups plain yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- For the oat streusel:
- 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray 2 9x5" loaf pans with cooking spray.
- In small bowl, combine apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.
- In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir well to combine.
- In medium bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter.
- Pour into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Fold in apples.
- Divide evenly between two loaf pans.
- Make the streusel by combining oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Use your fingers or a fork to work the butter into the oat mixture.
- Sprinkle streusel over loaves, pressing it slightly into the batter.
- Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until knife comes out with just a few moist crumbs and top is golden brown.
- Let cool for 15 minutes before carefully removing from pan.
- Let cool completely on wire rack.
- Cut and enjoy!