Yesterday I hiked Mount Monroe and Eisenhower in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  I was joined by my pup and we got some pictures of my hubby and his friend as they ran the Presidential Range.  My husband’s friend Ryan actually broke the record for the traverse.  He made it look easy.Independence day weekend hike

The mountains out there are rather rugged.

Independence day weekend hike

And also very beautiful.

Independence day weekend hike

The views were spectacular. And I’m so impressed with my hubby for running the mountains.

Independence day weekend hike

Cooper had a great time too.

Independence day weekend hike

There were plenty of other pups on the mountain today.  They actually had extra energy to play while hiking the trail.  This is one of his new friends, a pup named Banjo.

Independence day weekend hike

He of course was very muddy during the hike as well.

Independence day weekend hike

I love getting out to the mountains but my ankle still isn’t getting better.  I wish I could spend every day training, but every time I impact the ankle the pain comes right back.  Barefooting shoes help a little, but I’m starting to think that the pain is unrelated to ligaments or tendons and has to do with a mild dislocation in my ankle bones.  A problem I was once told I had by a podiatrist.

Independence day weekend hike

One of the best part of being up North was that it was Lupine season.

Independence day weekend hike

I love these purple flowers.

Independence day weekend hike

I tried to get Cooper to pose with the flowers but he looked miserable.

Independence day weekend hike

So much more joyous when I released him.

Independence day weekend hike

Independence day weekend hike

Speaking of purple, I recently found purple and green cauliflower at the grocery store, so  I had to buy them.

Green cauliflower

Colored cauliflower doesn’t really taste any different from normal cauliflower, but I think it is prettier than normal white cauliflower.

Green and Purple Cauliflower

But I was unsure what to do with cauliflower, I normally mix it with my broccoli, but that would be boring for colored cauliflower.  I found myself craving a dip.

Green cauliflower dip

The dip I adapted from a vegan hummus recipe was fantastic and delicious, but it didn’t really retain the green cauliflower’s color.  Maybe I should have used the purple cauliflower for the cause.

Green cauliflower dip

Recipe: Green Cauliflower Dip

Summary: Adapted from: Cauliflower Hummus Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups Green Cauliflower, cut into pieces
  • olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can small white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 whole green onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt, to taste


  1. Toss cauliflower pieces in olive oil and salt and pepper, place on a baking tray
  2. Roast cauliflower at 400F for 20 minutes
  3. Add ingredients to food processor. Blend until smooth.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Number of servings (yield): 8

Green cauliflower dip

I’m bringing the rest of it to my in-laws for fourth of July.  Hopefully everyone else will like it as much as I do.

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5 Responses to Green Cauliflower Dip

  1. I LOVE Lupine season up north!! The Lupine Lady was one one of my favorite books growing up- beautiful pics!

    • Miriam says:

      I have never heard of the book, I’ll have to check it out. I had never seen Lupine until I moved to NH. I tried to grow some in the yard, but it didn’t take. It’s certainly one of my favorite wildflowers.

  2. Allie says:

    WOW, I want to go on that hike! That is stunning! And your puppy is adorable :)

    Colored cauliflower looks like fun. I love making cauliflower “mashed potatoes”–that would be fabulous in purple.

    • Miriam says:

      I originally bought the cauliflower to make mashed cauliflower :-)

      It’s an absolutely beautiful hike with crowds to match. We hiked Mount Washington from the other side last year and people kept making comments about “if a poodle can do it, so can I”.

  3. […] slightly different!  I came across the blog of Miriam from Sometimes I “Veg”, and a recipe for Green Cauliflower Dip, which was adapted from a version of Cauliflower Hummus from Live Strong.  I compared the two […]

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