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Quiche Anyone?

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2017

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I ordered the quiche thinking I could pop it in the oven and have a yummy meal.  The description said it was the perfect base for adding fresh herbs or sautéed veggies.  I bought some mushrooms in anticipation of added them atop the quiche.  When I saw the box with the quiche in it I was somewhat annoyed because it did not look like it could feed 4 to 6 people.  It was very small and not even close to be the size of an average pie.  Then I picked up the box and noticed it said DIY Quiche Kit.

SNAP!  I have to make the thing?!?!?  If I would have know that I would not have ordered it.  To me the price included it being made.  Anyway, I was stuck with it.  So what was I going to do but make the damn thing.

The produce box that week included fennel – and you know I love fennel.  So I sautéed the fennel and put it in the quiche.

One of the reasons I did not want to have to make the quiche myself is because I am no good with dough.  As you can see it did not matter that the dough was already made and all I had to do was roll it out.  Even rolling dough out proves to be a challenge for me.  The dough, however, was super-duper yummy!  I think they sell that dough local enough that we can get some.  It was so good.

So, I made the quiche.  And now that I have made a quiche, I do plan to make more.  I have been thinking I will even make my own crust.  I mean the recipes for crust I have seen seem easy enough (but, ya think rolling out dough would have been easy).  And the recipe for quiche is really easy, I mean, cheese, eggs, and half and half.  How easy is that?  Adding whatever veggies I want doesn’t make it that much more difficult.  So, that is the plan.  I am going to make quiche . . . .eventually, I have other stuff I am trying to deal with now first.

This one completely filled the dish.  I thought it was going to overflow.  Then it started getting too cooked on the edges but was not cooking in the middle.  So I put it in a foil wrap.  I didn’t want the bottom crust or the side crust to burn.  I ended up having to cook it much longer than instructed, about 20 minutes longer.

Here is the recipe and a bunch of pictures of the one I made.

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Do you like quiche?  Do you MAKE quiche?

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Spring Has Sprung

Posted by terrepruitt on March 24, 2017

We ended up getting a good amount of rain over the last few months.  And here it is Spring.  This is the tree in our front yard.  I took this last week.  Today it is not bright and blue.  The driveway looks like it has snowed a little bit with all of the fallen petals.  The yard smells great.  Big large balls of blossoms.

Blossoming tree for this week’s Friday Photo.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2017

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about 1 pound of Brussels sprouts
olive oil
garlic salt
garlic powder
pepper

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Wash the Brussels sprouts.  Cut the end off of each Brussels sprout, the end where the sprout was growing from the stalk.  Then cut the Brussels sprouts in half.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Put the Brussels sprouts on the pan, spreading them out a bit.  Drizzle some olive oil on the Brussels sprouts.  Sprinkle with garlic salt, salt, and pepper if you’d like.  (I didn’t use pepper.)  Then put them in the oven for about 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes take them out and flip them over, moving them around.  If they seem a bit dry you can always put more olive oil on.  Sprinkling on more seasoning if you would like.  Then put them back in the oven for 15 minutes.  Take them out after the 15 minutes has passed and move them around again, flipping them over, if they are browned to your liking then serve them.  Or you can put them in for a few more minutes like I did.  I like them browned.

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We just ate them like that.  I didn’t add any bacon or cheese or sauce.  We rather enjoyed them.  I do remember having been afraid of Brussels sprouts because I had always heard how awful they were.  Well, they are not.  They are pretty good.  Some even have a little sweetness to them.  They are super easy to make — and I love that.

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Are you a fan of the Brussels sprout?  How do you cook them?

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FreeDance Fridays

Posted by terrepruitt on March 20, 2017

Ahhh, I don’t think I talked about Friday FreeDance.  In November of last year we there were four Fridays.  Two of those Fridays were holidays for SJCity Fit.  So out of the four Fridays in November we were only going to have a Nia class for two of them.  So I had decided that we could do Friday FreeDance.  Now for some people who sounds totally awesome, but for some people it sounds totally scary or icky, as in not fun.  Not everyone is a fan of FreeDance.  I understand that.  Not everyone is comfortable dancing on their own especially in a dance exercise class.  Many people go to exercise classes to be told what to do.  A majority of the students that attend my Nia classes have been dancing Nia for years now, so I knew they would be able to FreeDance for an entire hour.  We did it, and I received some interesting feedback and information.

First of all, I do want to explain that it wasn’t an ENTIRE hour of strictly FreeDance.  I think for both Fridays I started with a choreographed first song.  And I ended with instructions in the last song.  Then the rest of the songs were mainly GUIDED FreeDance.  So there were some suggestions on what to do, but it was left up to the participants to do it in their own body’s way.  And in some case in their own mind’s way.  They might have had to think of what some of the suggestions would be moving like.

I might have suggested that they move as if they are skiing.  With that one usually has to think about it and then do it.  The fun part is, of course, that everyone does it different.  With no clarification as to what type of skiing there is so much room for interpretation.  Someone could be water skiing, some people down hill skiing.  Some people might be cross-country skiing.  And then of course, even with those qualifications it could look wildly different.  That is the fun of FreeDance.

I was very happy that most people liked it.  I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think they would like it and they could do it.  It took me four and half years to feel confident enough in the students love of Nia and FreeDance to do it.  And most people liked it. I am thinking they liked it as a Friday thing . . . I mean, they still like the choreography so they wouldn’t want to do FreeDance for the hour all the time.

There are a few people who wear pedometers in class and the majority of them reported that they got over 1,000 MORE steps in with FreeDance.  One student said she averages about 4500 steps in regular Nia class, but in the FreeDance class she was at 5700.  There definitely is the possibility to get in more steps.  But if you are one who needs instructions more than just a guide you would probably get less steps in during FreeDance.

I thought I had posted about this because I was really happy and excited that I finally did it AND that the class really enjoyed it.  And I was also really excited and happy that many people got more steps in.  I couldn’t find the post I thought I did.  So here.  And if this is a repeat, oh well.

I have been putting in more FreeDance into our routines because people do really enjoy it.  I think I will be doing a Friday FreeDance once a month.  I love how Nia brings joy through dance.

So how would you feel about Friday FreeDance?

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Tea Favorites

Posted by terrepruitt on March 17, 2017

Ahh, these are two teas that I love.  I have been drinking more tea than coffee lately.  I am not a morning person so on days I teach Nia I usually just get up in time enough to play with the cats for a bit, figure out what I am teaching in Nia (if I haven’t done it the night before), and get ready and go.  I don’t get up early enough to sit have breakfast and a cup of coffee.  Since on most days I either teach yoga or stretch right after Nia, I don’t get home until after noon.  And if I have errands to run it is even later in the day.  For me drinking coffee that late is just not good – it doesn’t allow me to get to bed in the same day that I got up.  So I drink decaffeinated tea.  There are two of my favorites.  I cannot say whether they actually help with my immune system or stress, but I like them.  Although, my dad had a lot of tea so recently I have actually been drinking some of the ones he had.  One is a Chai, which has caffeine.  And the other is Ginger, which is decaffeinated, and rather nice.  These are still two of my favs.

Tea for my Friday Photo.  Do you have a favorite tea?  What is it?

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Eureka! I’ve Got It!

Posted by terrepruitt on March 15, 2017

‘Tis the season, if you live in California it is citrus season. Everywhere you go someone is giving away oranges and/or lemons. I recently brought a bag of lemons to my Nia class to give to my students. One of my students asked me what kind of lemons they were and I said they were Meyer Lemons. Then she said, “Oh, I thought they (Meyers) had thin skin and tasted less lemony and more citrusy.” We talked a bit more because she had had lemons from my tree before so she was saying that they were not like Meyer Lemons she knew. She said that Meyers tasted more citrusy, like an orange. And I said, that Meyer lemons were a cross between and orange and lemon so that makes sense. She said our lemons didn’t taste like that. So, then I told her I didn’t know what they were. I had always thought they were Meyer lemons, but if she said Meyer lemons were different from these then they were not Meyers. But I did not know. So . . . . I had to come home and look it up. I think our lemons are Eureka Lemons.

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Our lemons have a very thick pith, sometimes about a fourth of an inch. Some of the lemons are really big. Some of them are so large that one of my friends asked me if they were pomellos. I didn’t know what a pomello was so I had to look that up. Not all of the lemons are as large as pomellos and they do not taste sweet nor like grapefruit. Our lemons DO taste pretty lemony, as in they are pretty sour.

 

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Both eureka lemons and Meyer lemons can be used in food and products interchangeable, but with the eureka lemon you will get a more sour taste than with the more sweet flavored Meyer lemon.  So you would use them accordingly, depending on what you wanted.

Which is your favorite lemon?

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Catchelors And Catchelorettes

Posted by terrepruitt on March 13, 2017

This is kinda old, but also kinda cute.  Purrfect Match: Love in the Cat Cafe.  I tweeted it when I first saw it, but I am doing some computer clean up and I ran across it again.  Have you seen it?  It is a little video series about people adopting a cat from a cat cafe.  They are kind of likening the series to one of those reality dating shows.  The videos are about two minutes long so it is a quick thing to watch.  It is cute.

The first episode is called “The Cat-Chelors” and it is 1 minute and 59 seconds long.  Ha,  ha, ha.  Already they are being clever.  The “cat-chelors” are Love, Tommy, Stevie, and Misty.  At the time of the filming they were residence at Meow Parlour in New York.  The video documents Erica Williams and John Stevens’ quest for a cat.

 

Purrfect Match: Love in the Cat Cafe, Part 2 is 2 minutes and 35 seconds and it is called “One-on-One Dates.”  In this one you can see Erica, the self-proclaimed cat whisperer, get closer to her pick.  We got to see a little bit of Love.  Then Tommy was doing his cute thing.  He seemed very interested.

 

In Purrfect Match: Love in the Cat Cafe, Part 3 ”Playing the Field,” which is 1 minute and 43 second long, we get to see a bit of Stevie.  He is white and part Siamese.  Not sure, but he looks like he might be a trouble-maker.  We also see the fun couple meet Misty.  But we don’t see much from Misty.  She seems really tired.  But according to Erica, she is like touching a cloud.

 

Purrfect Match: Love in the Cat Cafe, Part 4 “Kitty + Us” we get to see which cat makes the two newly engaged couple a threesome.  Erica likes girls cats and that Misty was super cute and soft.  But they had a good visit with Tommy.  You’ll have to watch a see.  You’ll find out before the 2 minute video is done.

 

I think this is a super cute way to highlight cat cafes.  So many people have not heard about them and this is a fun way to get the word out.  I think they could do it in two five minute videos or even one seven to ten minute video.  I would prefer that over the four separate videos.  But it is still cute.  And I did watch them all.

What do you think?  Don’t you think this is really cute?

 

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Floating Flowers

Posted by terrepruitt on March 10, 2017

Have you ever been out to eat and they put flowers on your food?  Well, these are from that.  But I don’t remember where we were.  I just remember loving the orchids and wanting to keep ’em.  So I put them in this bowl so that we could enjoy them for a little longer.  This picture is actually from August 2015.  As I said, I started this feature because sometimes I have pictures that I want to post and they could be old ones.

So here are some orchids in a bowl from 2015 for this Friday’s Friday Photo.

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Flinging And Flanging

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2017

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I don’t get it.  Do you?  Why do we need MORE plastic?  Milk cartons are not recyclable as it is and for years now they have had plastic added to them — because, I guess, you know . . . .Kevin?!?!? — and now there is even MORE plastic added to the milk carton.  What is up with that?  I don’t understand.

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Again, it is my opinion that this cap device on milk cartons is TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY unnecessary and a TOTAL and COMPLETE waste of plastic, so I am totally and completely at a loss as to why they are now BIGGER.

I am not saying that when I was young or in my lifetime when they had regular cartons, that I didn’t rip it wrong once-in-awhile.  But then, I just used the other side.  And I still got the milk out without extra plastic on the carton or the “Milk Master 2000.”

I do know that I love that commercial on Friends because I use it as a reference A LOT.  I say, “What are you like Joey, and you can’t open the milk?”  Or, “Geez, I feel like Joey, I can’t open the milk.”  Or, my favorite, “Now I can have milk every day.”  And, no, the comment doesn’t get used when having anything to do with milk.  It is just when I am being clumsy or having a moment.  Or – in regards to the last comment, when I have been clumsy but then finally accomplish the task.  Or when I see another product on TV that is pretty much not necessary.

What about you?  How do you feel about the milk carton cap?  Every thought about it? (And, of course comments about Friends are always welcome.)

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Foot Cramps – OWW!

Posted by terrepruitt on March 6, 2017

Muscle cramps are awful, especially when you are exercising and totally focused and then you get a cramp.  You could be in a yoga pose, feeling all zen, then the next thing you know – you are in pain.  Muscle cramps seem to affect everyone so know that you are not alone if it is happening to you.  I was told a long time ago that a muscle cramp COULD be from trying to recruit other muscles to do the job.  I cannot remember the specific details of the cramp I would get, but I do remember thinking, “Yeah, that sounds about right because what you are having me do is very difficult for me, so I can see my other muscle trying to do the work.”  It could also be that the limb is in an unusual position and it causes a cramp.  Or it is gripping too hard.  Seems to me that the most common muscle cramp I see is in the foot.

The poses that cause the cramps range from standing balance poses to sitting poses.  So the pose that causes the cramp is not all that common or the same, but a foot cramp seems to be the most common.

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Then there are some nutrients that might be causing the issue if there is a deficiency.  Not enough potassium, calcium or magnesium could be the cause of cramps.  Perhaps having a banana before class could help.

Cramps could also be caused by lack of blood to the muscle or a compressed nerve.  So sometimes just moving the foot can help relieve the muscle contraction.

Movement that might help prevent cramps in the feet would be to point and flex the foot and circle the ankle.  Move the foot with the hands.  Take the foot in both hands and just manipulate it.  Move the foot all ways, bending and straighten out the arch, move each toe – remembering that the foot and ankle are made up of 26 bones and over 100 muscles.  Try to affect them all.  You want to ensure the foot is warmed up and ready to serve you.

The second thought that comes to me when someone has a cramp is: pinch your nose, the septum to be exact – really hard.  Most people look at me really odd.  But I learned that a long time ago when I had a cramp, someone told me to do it.  Recently someone else agreed with having heard that before, too.  I guess when I am having a cramp I pretty much am willing to do anything to make it stop so pinching my nose and causing pain elsewhere sounds good to me, as long as the cramp stops.  And, it usually does for me, I can’t get anyone else to try that method.  🙂

So, the other alternative is to move, as I mentioned before – perhaps get the blood flowing back to the muscle or perhaps relieve the pressure.  Also, massaging the foot might help.  Try relaxing the foot, sometimes that painful contraction happens during a standing balance pose so there are times less gripping of the standing foot can help.

There are things that can be done to hopefully help prevent the foot cramp and to relieve it when it happens.  But if it does happen know that you are not alone.  If it happens ALL the time, then it might be a good idea to see a doctor to make sure there is not an underlying cause.

Do you get cramps when you exercise?  Do you get cramps when doing yoga?  Is there a specific pose that leads to your muscles cramp?

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