Jump for Fridays Workout

I think you’ll jump for joy over the quick and effective jumprope workout I’m sharing with you in this post, but first…have I mentioned that my baby girl turns two next week?Emme on the front porch with her baby

Her birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year, which makes me think even more about how much I have to be thankful for.

Emme on the front porch in ladybug rain boots

That face!

On to that workout now!

As you know from other workout posts, I’ve been big on squeezing in quickie workouts when I can these days to make sure I’m getting enough of my own workouts in addition to my Pilates teaching schedule.

On a day when I’d like to fit in some cardio during nap time, my options are somewhat limited since I have to stay at home and I don’t have a treadmill. I have the same issue when I want to get in some cardio at night without heading to the gym and it’s too dark to go for a run. That’s when a good old jumprope comes in handy.

Jumprope workout selfie

At first, I was a little hesitant to add jumping rope into my routine because, well, I’m not very coordinated and can’t last very long. The thing is, you only need to do it in short spurts to get in a great workout.

You can do it any number of ways, but I thought the easiest was to use my trusty Tabata Timer app. That way I didn’t have to pay attention to a clock, just listen for the beeps and I’d know when to start and stop.

In case you’re not familiar with Tabata, it’s when you do 20 seconds HARD of an exercise and take a 10 second rest, repeating that pattern for four minutes. Then you repeat the four minute workout a few times, resting for about a minute in between, until you have a full workout, which for me is usually 5 rounds or 20 minutes. You can change up the exercise or stick with the same one, but that could get boring. For this workout, I added in a round of other types of cardio to change things up.

Jumprope workout in the backyard

My trusty workout partner

Jumprope Tabata Workout

Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before trying a new workout. Also, postpartum moms be warned–leakage will likely occur.

1 round light cardio warmup (jumping jacks, high knees, etc)
2 rounds jumprope
1 round alternating burpees, mountain climbers, high knees and speed skaters
2 rounds jumprope
1 round light cardio cool down

It goes by quicker than you would think and you’ll be glad you got in a good cardio workout at a time when you thought you otherwise might not.

Need a jumprope? Pick one up and get to it!

Is jumping rope part of your workout mix?

What’s your favorite way to get in cardio when you can’t leave the house?

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Leek Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is a standard veggie at our house. We love it grilled, roasted, riced, so why not as soup? Leek cauliflower soup to be exact.


I actually stole the idea from a friend who was buying leeks and cauliflower at a farm stand the day we visited the seaside pumpkin patch. She mentioned it was for soup and I thought that sounded pretty great. So last weekend when I bought my own leeks at the farmers market and had my usual cauliflower on hand, I thought I’d whip up some of my own.

Leeks used to seem intimidating. I would always see them at the store, but never knew what to do with them. Then, years ago, a friend challenged me to make something with leeks, so I did. I loved their delicate flavor and sought more ways to use them regularly.

Soup is a great way to highlight the flavor of leeks. You don’t want to smother the dish you use them in with bold flavors and mild cauliflower lets them shine.

Leek Cauliflower Soup, ready to eat

The slight orangey color is because I used leftover chicken broth that had carrots in it since my son had requested soup with just carrots and then only ate one small bowl. I used the leftovers in addition to the regular broth.

I’ll admit that my kids were no fan of this even though they love most of my other soups. This will definitely be in the regular rotation around here, so hopefully they’ll learn to love it as much as we do.

Leek Cauliflower Soup


1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
2 leeks, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional)

Special Equipment:

Immersion blender or regular blender (this is the one I have)


Using just the white part of the leeks, cut off the root and slice in half lengthwise. Slice crosswise in 1/2 inch slices, then place the pieces in a bowl of cold water and separate. Leeks can be sandy, so this lets the sand come clean and settle to the bottom while you prep everything else.

Cut out tough cauliflower stem and chop in rough chunks. It will all be blended together anyway, so it doesn’t have to be pretty.

Leek Cauliflower Soup Ingredients

Heat olive oil in large heavy pot. Drain and rinse the leeks, then add them and the cauliflower to the oil. Sauté for a about five minutes until leeks are soft, but not browning. Add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add chicken broth (you can start with less than the 4 cups if you want to see what the consistency is like, depending on the size of your cauliflower. You can always add more at the very end if it’s too thick).

Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes, until cauliflower has softened and you can stick it very easily with a fork.

Turn off the heat and use an immersion blender to puree it all into a nice smooth soup (or transfer to a regular blender to do this).

Add salt and pepper to taste. Remember that you need a fairly significant amount of salt to make a tasty soup, but start small and add on as you need to. For a kick, add red pepper flakes to individual serving bowls.

Mine is actually topped with piment d’esplette, but most people don’t have that around, so it’s fine to skip.

Leek Cauliflower Soup Closeup

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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The First Gingerbread Latte of the Season

The weekend was enjoyable enough, but let’s start with the highlight: my first gingerbread latte of the season.

The gingerbread latte is my drink of choice during the holiday season and I have a yearly tradition with a friend of mine that we enjoy our first one together. I have no idea how many years we’ve been doing this now, but it’s been several.

I always go full force on the first one–regular milk, whipped cream and two pumps of syrup (ok, almost full force. The full amount of syrup is way too sweet for me these days). When I get it throughout the season (other than when we’re doing something special like looking at Christmas lights), I normally order it nonfat with one pump of syrup.

Fall is in full swing here in Silicon Valley with cooler temps, cloudy skies and fall colors. I thoroughly enjoyed my outdoor run yesterday.


My neighborhood is not great for fall colors since a lot of the trees just turn brown and I’m hoping to brighten it up by planting a few color-changing trees of our own as we move forward with our addition and redo our yard.

Demolition of all the cement in our backyard started on Friday, leaving us with a dumpster full of concrete outside the house. This is just one of the 3 or 4 dumpsters the workers will fill. Good entertainment for the kids even if it is noisy!


We’ll probably be laying low today since the kids’ stomachs have been a little off the last couple days. I’m not sure if it’s viral or not, but I’ll be keeping them at home today and seeing how they feel.

How was your weekend?

What is fall looking like where you are right now?

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