Bean and Quinoa Salad

Hey-O! It’s been a hot minute or two since I shared a recipe. Sorry for slacking. This one makes up for it though, promise! I got the basis for this recipe from a Women’s Health Conference I attended in September. As I often do, I tweaked it to my preferences and what I had on hand. This is super refreshing, light and bright. This can fill in as a main dish or on the side with some grilled chicken or venison would be great.


This feels like a summer dish thanks to the addition of citrus but is actually a great fall dish using up the last of your fresh tomatoes, carrots, onions and any greens you might have left. I think this would also be tasty with roasted squash.


I also TRIPLED this recipe for a potluck for 30 and it came out nicely.

Bean and quinoa salad – make a large batch, up to 10 servings as a side

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (available in the bulk section)
  • 2 cups veggie (or chicken) broth
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh, chopped cilantro, to taste
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes (about 3 medium)
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10-15 ounce) bag frozen lima beans, thawed
  • Fresh spinach or lettuce mix
  • Fresh lemon or lime juice


Combine quinoa and broth in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until broth is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Remove from heat.

Combine oil, salt, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, lemon rind, pepper and garlic in a large bowl, whisking together until blended. Stir in quinoa.

Add cilantro (I used about a half bunch), tomatoes, onions, carrots, black beans and lima beans to quinoa mixture; stir gently to combine. Refrigerate until cold.

Serve over a bed of spinach or mixed green. Add another squirt or two of fresh lemon or lime juice before serving if you wish.


This also pairs nicely with a few salty tortilla chips for scooping. Enjoy!

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Today is my 37th birthday. That seems so adult like. I’m not one of those people who need to celebrate my birthday (or birth week or heaven forbid, birth month) like a special snowflake. Those people kind of drive me crazy, actually. Guess what? Every single person has a birthday. But, I like to take this as a day of reflection to see where I have been and mostly where I’d like to go.


Trail run on Saturday, Oct. 8 – 2016!


2016 has been a great year – I’ve been able to do so many fun events, spent a lot of time with my friends and a good amount of time with my family. There isn’t much I would change about this year. So really, I just want to continue doing what has been working well for me. Winter seems to bring a time to slow things down a bit – I am running around somewhere almost every weekend and I think both my husband and I are looking forward to having a few weekends at home. That said, I also have a few fun weekends planned out of town or doing stuff. So a perfect mix.

Here is a brief highlight review of 2016 so far (I am missing some events, but there are so may to list!)

  • January – snow skiing at Terry Peak with friends


  • February – Mexico with friends – such a fun trip


  • March – Vegas with my Mom and friends


  • April – a quick trip to Wibaux with new and old friends


  • May – The Kentucky Derby party at our neighbors and my Godson graduated kindergarten


  • June – My grannie’s 80th birthday party – my first ever 15k and 4k trail runs, Mark and I celebrated 7 years of marriage


  • July – A trip to Spearfish with girlfriends/sister and the Spearfish half marathon


  • August – my dear friend Jen got married, completed the Medora half with my friend, Robin


  • September – beer tasting event in Minot, Bismarck Marathon Relay with old friends that are new runners and Blake Shelton with my Mom


  • October – This weekend I have a few things up my sleeve to celebrate with friends and family.
  • November and December – TBD!

What I’m Working Towards, goals in my 37th year

  1. Make the best of my reality. I often have feelings like I’m not “good enough”, I’m not “doing enough”. Hopefully this isn’t always true, but sometimes it might be. I have to be OK with that and just work on my current situation. Be present and live in the now.
  2. Say yes more often. I am a planner, I always have been. I don’t really care for last minute changes. I’d like to be better about this and say yes to a last minute happy hour or trip to town or whatever it might be.
  3. Don’t care what others think. Oof. Way easier said than done.
  4. Be grateful. Appreciate what I have and what I can do. Go to church more often.
  5. Continue moving forward. I find life is usually best for me if I have a goal I am working towards.
  6. Surround myself with the right people. A lot of my friends and family live at least an hour away. I need to remember how important they are in making my life better and how important it is for me to take time to visit them.
  7. Continuously improve. Work on being a better wife, sister, daughter, friend and co-worker. Be a better person.
  8. Reach out to family and friends via messages or letters. I need to make an effort to connect with the ones that matter. Time goes by too quickly.
  9. Travel. I love to go places. Even if it is only Bismarck for the day. I want to continue to safe money to travel and take time off of work.
  10. Be present. Put the phone down. Relax the brain.
  11. Fitness. Continue to work on fitness for health.
  12. Wellness. Continue to work on my mental and physical wellness. I have a lot to improve upon.
  13. Find passion. I won’t go into too much detail in this but I think there is “more” for me out there. I don’t know if it is owning a business or finding a missing piece of my life but I’ve talked about this a bit with my husband and I really want to find something I am PASSIONATE about. Not just really like, but wake up wanting every day. I mean, we all want that, right?
  14. Care a little more. I have often been told that I really don’t care enough. This can be true. Wow – that sounds awful. I like to think I don’t let things bother me so I just don’t care. But certain things deserve more recognition and kindness on my part.
  15. Be kind. Give to others. It only has to be a simple card, $5 gift card, free recipes or a KIND bar to let someone know you are thinking of them. On my birthday, I am going to my best to let a few special people know they matter to me.

These are all weaknesses of mine or places where I can improve and work on. I know I won’t be perfect but I can always start again, one day at a time. Here’s to 37 being another great year!

I also want to add here because I don’t know where else to put this but I inadvertently deleted a large amount of photos from old posts. I am also lost my backup card to my phone so I haven’t had as many photos lately. I hope to resolve at least the backup issue but as for the past posts, those photos are just gone. The recipes are still there though. Sorry about that!

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Bismarck Marathon Relay, 2016

This is my third year in a row writing a Kroll’s Bismarck Marathon Relay recap. That is awesome! This year was especially fun because I got to run with my girlfriends. In the past, I ran with co-workers and that was also a blast.


The event was held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, starting in Bismarck, looping into Mandan and finishing back at the start line in Bismarck – the same path as years prior. The weather was beautiful and perfect for running. The start was a bit chilly, but things warmed up with bright blue skies and hardly a breeze. I know our first runner was chilly but she just added on a layer and was good to go!


The event has not only the marathon relay, but a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon. The day leading up to the race they also have some kids fun runs. Our start was at 7:30 a.m.


All of the people on my team were from Minot or Hazen. Minot is quite a drive from Bismarck (2+ hours and Hazen is a bit over an hour away) so a few of us decided to get a hotel room in Bismarck. We met up the afternoon before for some wine tasting, a bit of shopping and out for dinner. We enjoyed our wine, but still managed to keep it a fairly early evening to try for a good night’s rest. I think we probably got about 6 hours or so before the alarm was going off to hit the hotel breakfast buffet. Excellent planning. Then, we went to the Scheel’s parking lot to meet our other runner and get our day started.


Of our five teammates, this was two of our runners first ever running event. I was so happy to be a part of their day and cheer them on. The five legs had varying distances to cover from 4.2 miles to 6.6 miles. For our two newer runners, they would both be covering personal distance records. How exciting!


In true teammate fashion, we all rode together and handed off to each other at all the checkpoints. Naturally, in between the driving and waiting for our friend to finish, we chit chatted. We talked mostly about running and what we talked about with other runners if applicable. There was a lot of talk about pace and distance. As newer runners in our mid-30’s with careers, kids, pets, social lives, etc. running isn’t the #1 priority. This was a challenge to complete something – put in the training, the work and time and get the satisfaction of finishing and earning that medal.


For us, this truly was NOT about our paces or the distance we ran. The race was about the completion, the hours spent going on runs in the rain, in the heat, around and around the track at the Y, the countless text messages shared griping about running (and also about what we wear, hello!) and about our day spent together achieving the finish together.


We certainly did not break any speed records, but we really didn’t do bad either. We finished happy, healthy, accomplished and thirsty!


We wrapped up our day with a meal at a local restaurant and a few beers. What’s next? Will we do it again? Will we get faster? I’m not sure but I know we will always remember this day, this accomplishment together and some of the best women I could spend my morning with. As humans, we are always wanting to improve ourselves and get better. Each step, each mile, each day of work is towards that goal. I am so proud of us!


Our finish prize!

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Today we are together as the Feist family, saying goodbye to the matriarch of the family – lovely Rose Ann (Neigum) Feist. This vibrant and kind woman lived 92 years on earth and in my life for about 10 years. I realize how lucky Mark and I are to have a grandparent as we are into our 30’s and 40’s. Many kids aren’t lucky enough to know their grandparents let alone grow into adulthood with them. The first things that would come to mind when you mention Rose would be her thick German accent, her nickname from the great grandkids – Grandma Bingo, her baking sweets, warming her feet in the oven (seriously!) and her kind and happy demeanor. I don’t know if with age people just appreciate life more or maybe the ticket to a long life is being kind and happy? She certainly embodied both of those traits. Some people get old and ornery, but not Rose.


I wasn’t lucky enough to know Rose’s husband (Ignatius, aka Ike), he passed before I came into the family. Instead, I knew Rose and Corrine. Those two came as a package deal. Corrine was one of Rose’s children and she had special needs. I think Corrine probably could have lived on her own, but Rose always had her, living together, going to church together, going grocery shopping together, yelling at the dog together, doing everything together. Sadly, Corrine passed away in 2012. I didn’t think of this at the time, but I can’t imagine the anguish Rose must have been in after Corrine passed away. Kids are never supposed to go before the Mom and Dad. But it must have been especially difficult since they were together literally every waking moment. They were well known for loving kids, animals, going to Bingo and out to eat. But like I said above, Rose’s demeanor never cracked. She was always smiling, always cheering us on.

At 92 years young, Rose still lived on her own in the Patterson Apartments in Bismarck. She had lived in her own home until a just a couple of years ago, a bit after Corrine passed away. People will likely see Rose’s obituary and the number 92 and think what a nice life, she lived a long time. This is true. But her death was unexpected to us. She was on her own, her family in Bismarck checking on her regularly, but in good health. She fell and as we all know that is a difficult thing to recover from at the age of 92. She went quickly. Maybe that is for the best and something we should be thankful for? She never had to totally rely on anyone to feed her, bath her or help her.

Throughout my relationship with Mark I have heard many stories about Rose. One of my favorites is that Grandpa Ike won her in a bar fight. I don’t know how true that story is or if it grew through the decades? I like to think of it as a bit of a love story.


I snapped this photo when we stopped in briefly to see Rose at her apartment this May. I am so glad we stopped that day. This is what I had written: 92 (!) years of wisdom & grace. Just this week she went shopping, went to bingo & church a couple of times. She remarked she’s not sure what she’ll do when she gets old! She did admit to us she asked the doctor for laziness pills as she naps a lot. I’d say well deserved, Grandma Feist. Oh and she also told us she forgot to put in her teeth one time when she went to church. Haha!

For a variety of reasons, Mark and I don’t have any children. Feist is a fairly common name, but him and I both have very small families. Times like this are obviously sad, but they make me think how sad I am to know that we aren’t carrying on the Feist or Sutter names, heritage and stories. I feel like we both come from very strong, common sense and loving families. I’d love to share the stories of our grandparents and our parents. Now they won’t be known. It’s not like we did anything heroic, but these are good people. Funny stories, good recipes, loving memories and more. The one good thing of this is I can take more time to listen to and spend time with my grandmother, my Mom’s mom. Time is the most precious commodity on earth and family is so important. I don’t consider myself to be a church going, Bible thumper, but I certainly believe in God. At church just last week, our pastor reminded us that money and commodities don’t make your life, they won’t get you into heaven. Just because you GIVE in front of your peers or go to church in front of your peers, that won’t give you redemption. Be kind in your own quiet way. Help those that are in need. Rose was steadfast in attending her Catholic services. Not to be seen, not to be “good” but because of her belief in Christ. This is something I will strive towards in my future – thank you for leading the way, Rose.

Just as other families, we gather today to say goodbye. We are sad, but happy for this woman, happy to be together. With the hustle and bustle of life we just don’t get together on a regular basis. No doubt we will laugh and cry, stories will be told, memories will be shared. Thank you Grandma Rose for bringing us together, giving us life and living a life of grace. May we all embody your kindness and gentle spirit. Tell Corrine and Ike hello, I am looking forward to meeting him one day.

We love you.

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Roasted Beet and Kale Salad

Hi – I finally have a quick recipe post for you. I honestly haven’t been cooking or baking much of anything new lately. We have had a really busy summer running around doing this and that and I have loved it. As I mentioned on this site, we are members of a CSA and we have been living and loving veggies this summer. In fact, I have become a fan of some veggies I thought were “gross”, like kale AND beets. I have added Swiss chard, zucchini, carrots and tons of other veggies to our regular meals we eat and it is such a good way to add veggies in sneakily – you hardly notice.

I LOVE this salad. I found recipe on and altered it to fit what I had on hand. It is a perfect mix of earthy/healthy tasting, sweet, crunchy and just a bit of tang.

I encourage you to try veggies in different ways. Beets are quite good seasoned and roasted. I LOVE them pickled also. Kale is kind of stiff and hard straight out of the garden, but massaged with this vinaigrette and left overnight to soak up the flavors it is like a hearty type of lettuce.


Roasted Beet and Kale Salad, serves about 6 as a side – adapted slightly from AllRecipes


  • 4-5 large beets
  • 1 bunch fresh kale, cut into bite-size pieces (about 6-8 cups, discard the tough, thick stems)
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped (red onion would also work here)
  • 1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
  • 7-8 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Trim roots and stems from beets. Place beets onto prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roast beets for 60 minutes or until tender. Let beets cool. Peel skins from beets and cut into 1-inch cubes or slices. Set aside and let cool in refrigerator.
  4. Whisk apple juice or cider, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and cider vinegar in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Slowly drizzle in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into apple mixture, whisking constantly, until dressing is combined. Pour dressing over kale and onions (I used about half of this recipe – save the rest for another salad) and gently massage into greens. Let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  5. Before serving, add beets, nuts, dates and any additional dressing if needed. Toss to incorporate. Refrigerate any leftovers and eat within 2-3 days.

I took this salad to a friend’s house. She made Marathon Lasagna from the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook. It had ground turkey, sweet potatoes, ricotta, eggs, noodles, spinach and tons of cheese. It was super hearty and delicious. I recommend it to anyone. My other friend brought asparagus wrapped in egg roll wrappers (maybe?) with a spicy dipping sauce. So good. I could eat those three things on the daily! We were well fed and happy ladies that evening!

Just a few additional notes:

  • Use some or all of the dressing, that is up to you.
  • Any leftovers would be a great marinade or dressing on a salad.
  • I think this would be glorious served with feta or goat cheese, any crumbly cheese.
  • I waited to add the beets so they didn’t stain the salad a pink/red color.
  • Serve this to your friends who doubt they like beets or kale.
  • Enjoy!
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Hazen Painting and Wine Night, 2016

For four different Wednesdays at the end of July and beginning of August, people were invited to sign up for a Painting and Wine night. For a $45 fee, you were provided all the art supplies, wine and small snacks as well as an instructor to guide you in creating artwork. Each Wednesday featured a different painting. The only date that worked for me to attend was the last evening offered, Wednesday, Aug. 10. My friend and I signed up a few weeks in advance at the Union State Bank to secure a spot. I understand a few of the evenings were sold out!


The event started at 5:30 and when we showed up to the Brooks House on Central Ave, tucked in behind the Pocket Park and across from Union State Bank. The Brooks House is an art gallery of sorts that sells handmade items including pottery, fused glass, clothing items and more. They have some really nice, affordable pieces. What I didn’t know, is they have a lovely backyard, nice and secluded and quiet where the art class would take place. Easels, paintbrushes and water buckets were set out in the yard and we could take a glass of wine, snacks and a seat.


I never did catch our instructors name but she was very nice, helpful and gave us tips as the evening went on. We filled up our palette (OK, it was a Styrofoam plate) with paint as instructed and got going. Throughout the evening, we could refill our wine, visit and we were also lucky to listen to live music that was taking place in the Pocket Park while we painted.


It may seem like I am forever championing any event I go to and I guess I am? We feel very lucky that Hazen offers so many events for young people in our town. Many towns don’t have these options and I am more than happy to sign up for and attend these events. It seems to me that so many people stay home or go to Bismarck for events. It’s sad – we live in our town for a reason, so let’s support them. Whether it is a family event, a weekend band or what not, I try to go to as many events as I can – whether to volunteer or just check things out.


The completion of the painting probably took only about 2 hours if that? We grabbed our painting and headed off on our merry way before a storm blew in that night – we were lucky. A palette or two might have flown off in the wind, but for the most part, our masterpieces were saved from any errant winds.


Thank you to Hazen Arts Council, the Brooks House and Union State Bank for getting this fun event lined up. I’m no Picasso, but I’d definitely try this again!


I won’t show you the original or the instructor’s finished art but this is mine. Good enough. I have even hung it in my house where other people will see it. Fun times in Hazen.

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Why wake up early

I have not always been a morning person. In fact, I don’t know that I am currently a morning person? Maybe I am just getting older? Yeah, that is most likely the answer.

Now that “kids” are back to school, Labor Day is over so I guess the summer is unofficially over. My morning workouts are now done completely in the dark. Soon, most all of my workouts will be done in the gym (though I am hoping for a long autumn!)

As a tribute to my love of summer, here are a few things I love about early morning outdoor workouts that I will miss.


You get to wake up with the world. For the most part in summer, my workouts started in the dark (I usually run or bike) but they ended as the sun was coming up. I love going through the neighborhoods and seeing people (this sounds creepy but some people leave their windows open with lights and no curtains) reading the paper or making morning coffee. I must have a strong sense of smell because I can smell coffee brewing, syrup, toast, eggs, people having a morning smoke, dill growing in the garden and I swear one day I smelled a Pizza Corner pizza cooking. Hey, no judgment. Sounds delicious. It is just so satisfying getting your workout done as the town gets ready for the day.

Get it in before you know what is going on. My alarm goes off, I roll out of bed, go to the bathroom, brush my teeth, pull my hair back and get into my workout clothes. I think when I start my workout I am barely awake but by the end the sun is up, the birds are out and everything is good with the world. I have an endorphin high and want to smile at the sun as it comes up.


Weather. This is a huge bonus, the mornings are usually cool with little wind. I’ve had some windy and quite a few rainy days of course, buy generally this will be the best part of the day to get your fitness in outdoors. Humidity is much more tolerable in the early morning verse the heat of the day.

After work freedom. By scheduling my workout in the morning I really don’t have an excuse to skip. AND my time after work is free. Things tend to come up (happy hour, meetings, etc.) between the morning and quitting time. Too many excuses can be brought up during the day to skip an afternoon workout.

Habit. I have been working out for so long now as a part of my schedule that I will honestly miss it if I don’t get it in. I have slept in or skipped mornings but then I just go in the afternoon because I really feel it is a part of my day. I prefer to start my summer days out with a sweaty workout.

The view. North Dakota has some glorious sunrises and sunsets. I have been witness to so many beautiful sunrises throughout this summer, it really makes you appreciate your life and starts your day out calmly and peacefully.


Grocery store/cleaning/cooking. What? Ok, yes I meant to type that. After exercise, I feel good about myself and energized. Sometimes after showering and getting ready, I’ll go grab groceries at the market (they open at 6:30 a.m. during the week and it is the BEST time to shop – no crowds) or do some dinner prep and or clean. You can get A LOT done in just a half hour.

Being outside. As any North Dakotan knows, summer is just way too short. I try to take advantage to be outside as much as I can in the nicer weather months. I know it’ll be back to indoor workouts and stuck inside in just a few months, maybe even weeks. Even as the weather is growing colder, I’ll stick it out for a while yet.


Like everything, there are a few downsides. I generally go to bed before the sun sets. I am OK with that and don’t have too much trouble sleeping generally, but I know some people can’t do that. This also means I usually go to bed before my friends/partner. But, do what works for you. If you prefer exercising outdoors in the heat or another time of day works better for you, GO FOR IT!

In a few months I will be back to going to and returning from work in the dark. I’m definitely not ready so I’ll be soaking up the outdoors as long as I can. Have a great week!

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