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What To Do With CousCous

Posted by terrepruitt on August 26, 2016

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One thing I LOVE about it, is that cooks so fast.  It is so easy.  So really adding too much to it, just takes away from that.  But when you have as much as I do ya look for different things to do with it.

One thing I did that was awesome and easy was just chop us some kale and throw it in.  I chopped up the kale and two minutes into the last five minutes of the couscous cooking I put it in the pot and stirred it.  Then let the couscous continue to cook.

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Beef, Kale, and Couscous

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon red onion

a little less than 1/4 pound ground beef

2 kale leaves

1 1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

3/4 teaspoon powdered garlic

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

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Fine chop the kale.  After the water has boiled, add the couscous to the water.  Set a timer for 2 minutes.  When the timer goes off sprinkle the garlic and turmeric on the couscous and add the kale, then sprinkle the garlic salt on top of the kale.  Stir everything together.  Then set the timer for 2 minutes and let it all finish cooking.

Once the couscous is done add the meat.  Then stir it all together, mixing it well.  Then serve.

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The beef adds a richness and not a lot is needed.  The beef also helps it be satisfying as an entrée.I added more garlic salt while it was on my plate.  I added pepper to my husband’s plate.  My hubby and I really enjoyed this so I will probably be doing it again.

So, as I said – what do you do with couscous?

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PS  While I was looking for my kale and couscous pictures a search reveal this post Couscous, Fennel, and Garbanzo Beans.  I forgot about this.

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It Really Should Be Called Waking Cat

Posted by terrepruitt on August 24, 2016

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Now to answer some questions.  If you have or if you know cats, you are familiar that they all have routines.  While they may vary slightly, I think they are all basically the same.  Cats eat in the morning, then they nap the rest of the day.  In some cases they might get up to wander or play for a moment, but then they are right back to the napping.  It is so very important.  While we were all arriving the cats were up and about.  I am sure they were curious as to why all the furniture was being moved into a corner.  Some of them might have been at The Dancing Cat to have experienced a yoga class there before, but some have not.  The adoption lounge seems to have a revolving door when it comes to cats.  And that is a good thing!  They come, they are not there long, they get adopted, then there are new cats!  So, not all of them have seen this before.  So they were quiet active as we were arriving and setting up our mats.  Many cats, of course, made themselves at home on the rolled out mats.  I saw someone – I don’t remember who – chewing on and “back-footing” my mat.

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Then just as we were getting ready to start the class, the cats were busy making their way to their napping spots. So most of them were lounging around on the various cushions, chairs, cubbies, and cat trees while we did our yoga.  There was one cat who decided to be on my mat when we let out our lion roars.  I must do a good lion because he fled in a hurry.

Since we were doing yoga in the presence of cats, I had decided to do all the “cat” poses I know.  Of course we did CAT/cow,  with the emphasis on CAT.  We did lion, as I already mentioned, my roar scared one kitty.  We did, Utthita Marjaryasana which is Extended CAT.  Then we did CAT Tree, which is Vrksasana, but with your arms making the shape of whatever cat tree your cat has.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitThe last cat pose I could think of was Sphinx, so we did that.  Even though we did Downward Dog, out of respect for the felines, since we were in their domain, I said, “Downward You-know-what, the animal that should not be named.”  Not that the cats were paying any attention at all.  I actually think it should be called Waking Cat, because that is what they all do when they wake up.

Then the last pose we did in honor of the special creatures that are cats, was pigeon.  I know it is not a “cat” pose as it doesn’t have cat in the name and it not really related to felines, but if you have a cat you may know where I took this pose.  Perhaps you are familiar with cats and the noise they make when they are tracking/watching birds.  But some people say, “Ick-ick-ick-ick”.  So while we were doing pigeon we all sounded “Ick-ick-ick-ick.”  This went over well, since all of the participants were cat owners.  I think many of them have heard that sound – they did it well.

If you are ever in the area and have an hour to spare, I hope you will visit The Dancing Cat.  I believe their plan is to be open through November 2016.

Are there any additional “cat” poses you can think of?  What did I leave out?

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Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts

Posted by terrepruitt on August 22, 2016

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1 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raw unsalted pepitas
1 cup raw unsalted pecans
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup and 1 teaspoon maple syrup
tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Put all the nuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Put the pan in the oven, letting the nuts roast, for 10 minutes.  In a big bowl mix the olive oil, worcestershire sauce, thyme, rosemary, cumin, salt, maple syrup, and sprinkle of pepper all together.  Then put the nuts in the bowl and mix.  Coat the nuts with the mixture.  Then transfer all the nuts back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.  Let the nuts toast/bake for 20 minutes, but toss them occasionally.

Allow nuts to cool before storing.

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This makes a flavor snack.  And, of course, you can use whatever type of nuts you like.  And perhaps futz with the amount of spices and herbs.

Now I need recipes that call for maple syrup.

Do you like mixed nuts?  Do you have any recipes that call for maple syrup?

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Super Fun

Posted by terrepruitt on August 19, 2016

Earlier this month I taught a yoga class.  I was subbing for someone at a community center that I don’t teach at very often.  In the past when I taught there I was usually subbing a Zumba class with Nia.  I don’t care what class you are going to take, when you show up and it is not that class, it kinda is a bummer.  Some people get very upset.  Some people leave and even though they made all the effort to get to the class, they decide not to stay.  Some people shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, I am here.  I might as well give it a go.”  I don’t blame anyone for being upset.  As I said, it is kind of a bummer when you show up for one thing and there is another.  Oh, I digress . . before the yoga class a woman asked me if I taught Nia.  When I said yes she asked if I could do some Nia.  I told her that I would be happy to lead her through a song AFTER the yoga class if she would like.  The demo was awesome.  I was amazed.

After the yoga class, I asked a few of the members that regularly come to Nia if they would mind dancing a song with me and the student who asked about Nia.  So a few of the woman who dance with me regularly stayed to help out.  But others stayed too.  It was really cool.  I did one song and they were so enthusiastic, I did another song.  I bet I could have done an entire routine and they would have stayed for it.

It was really cool to have people who were new to Nia . . . who had never even heard of it . . . dance so enthusiastically.  And, the most amazing part to me . . . they sounded.  They shouted and whooped and hollered.  That was really amazing.  It is a challenge for so many of us to make noise while we exercise.  So many of us were taught to be quiet.  You weren’t supposed to grunt or huff-n-puff or even breathe loudly.  So not a lot of people are used to making noise.  These women jumped right in on it!

As I wrote in my post, One Person Making A Lot Of Noise, it only takes one person to help encourage the others.  I think the members that were from the regular Nia classes helped a lot.  It was really fun.

I am always happy and grateful when I get to introduce Nia to someone.  So this really made me super happy and grateful because I was able to introduce it to a handful of woman.  It helps a lot that the members that come to the Nia classes regularly talk about it to other students.

The members are really good and generous in talking about all the classes they like. They share with others all the information about each class and they encourage others to attend.  Somewhat like the sounding . . . they make noise and others join in.

I was sitting here wondering what to write about.  Needing to go make dinner and I thought of that class and it made me smile.  And I thought I would share.  While it might not make you smile . . . it will make me smile again, in the future when I read this post.  You know most of this is for me anyway.

I’ve talked about Sounding in Nia before.  Do you go to an exercise class where you make noise?  Perhaps a yoga class where you chant?  Perhaps another type of dance class where you hoot and holler?

 

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Twists And Ten Benefits

Posted by terrepruitt on August 17, 2016

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I always teach to lengthen before moving, especially in a twist, so we want to lengthen on the inhale and twist on the exhale.  Sometimes inhaling/lengthening and exhaling/twisting bit further.  When we lengthen we allow for the space in between each vertebrae to get bigger and that allows for more room for the bones to move.

Twists help with flexibility in the back, the spine mobility and the muscles of the back.  The old “move-it-or-lose-it” that so often applies.  When we include twists in our practice we help to ensure that we will be able to do all the everyday things that include twisting.

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Seated twists can be done “open” or “closed”.  An “open” seated twist is where you are twisting away from the bent leg, in some cases putting your arm or shoulder against the bent leg.  In a sense allowing your chest to open away from your body.  A “closed” seated twist is where you turn TOWARD the bent leg, in some cases drawing the knee towards the chest.  If you have a leg bent in a seated twist it usually allows for a stretch into the hip area.

In B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga The Path To Holistic Health, he says, “Twists – These asanas teach us the importance of a healthy spine and inner body.  In twists, the pelvic and abdominal organs are squeezed and flushed with blood.  They improve the suppleness of the diaphragm, and relieve spinal, hip, and groin disorders.  The spine also becomes more supple and this improves the flow of blood to the spinal nerves and increases energy levels.”

So twists are good, in summary they:

1)  stimulate the adrenal glands
2)  stimulate the kidneys
3)  improve digestion
4)  massage the organs
5)  allow space in between each vertebrae
6)  help with flexibility in the spine
7)  help with flexibility in muscles of the back
8)  help to ensure that we will be able to keep twisting
9)  increase energy levels
10) feel pretty good

How do you feel about twists?  Do you include them in your practice?

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Hard “Boiled” Baked Eggs

Posted by terrepruitt on August 15, 2016

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Hard “Boiled” Baked Eggs:

As many eggs as you want (that is the beauty of this method, you can do as many as will fit on a towel in your oven)
a dish towel
a bowl big enough to hold ice, water, and ALL the eggs
ice
water
timer

If you are making hard boiled eggs for deviled eggs you might want to turn the eggs on their sides for at least 24 hours.  This helps center the yolk so you will have a nicely centered cavity to fill.

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Wet the dish towel, ring it out.  Then spread the towel out over the oven rack.  Place your eggs on the oven rack.  Allow for space between the eggs.  Then bake them for 30 minutes.  When the timer goes off, open the oven door and leave the eggs in there for 5 minutes.

Fill the bowl with ice and water.

You will notice the egg shells have spots on them.  I have not researched this and I don’t know why that happens, but don’t fear my husband said that you can’t really see them on the outside of the egg.  He said you have to actually look for the spots to even notice them.  He calls them “heat freckles”.

After the five minutes with the door open, VERY CAREFULLY gather up the corners and edges of the towel (using oven mitts if necessary) holding the eggs.  Then wet the towel and eggs.  Then rinse each egg and put it in the bowl filled with ice and water.  Let the eggs sit for 30 minutes.

Then dry off the eggs and store them.  Or eat them.  Or make them into deviled eggs.

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My husband took pictures of every step.  He wanted to show you how nicely these eggs peel.  He has had better results, as in easy to peel and quick to peel, with this method than his boiling method.  The results are better as are the number of easy to peel eggs.  Sometimes there is a difficult one or two, but for the most part they peel easy.

I believe he originally saw the wet towel method from Alton Brown.  But, as I said, my husband has been working to perfect the deviled egg and he has found that this method of making hard boiled eggs is the easiest because you can easily cook more than a dozen at a time.  And they peel really well.

Do you have preferred method to make hard boiled eggs?  Any tricks or tips?

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Mews Of Change

Posted by terrepruitt on August 10, 2016

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I wasn’t sure because I feel as if Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitthey recognize their names.  They are cats, so it is not as if they come when they are called, but they KNOW their names.  So I thought it might not be nice to change them.  But, they just seem to fit better.  And my husband is doing a really good job of calling them by their new names.  I was calling them both, trying to get them used to it.  I was still unsure.

But then . . . I was put on the schedule to teach yoga at The Dancing Cat and part of the announcement includes information about us living with two cats that we adopted from The Dancing Cat.  And it lists the cats’ names.  So, I thought, well, if we are going to change them, we might as well do it now.  We might as well let The Dancing Cat and the people that worked with Smokey and Esmeralda that we are now calling them something new.  Something more fitting – at least to us.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit

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“Nessa was the mother of Conchobhar (Conor) Mac Nessa, king of Ulster. A powerful and beautiful woman, ambitious for her son, she tricked her second husband, Fergus, into giving up his kingdom to his stepson, Conchobhar (Conor), for a year, but Conchobhar (Conor) ruled so wisely and so well that the people chose him to be their permanent king.”

I could totally see Esmeralda as powerful and beautiful and SMART.

So, there you have it an ACTUAL update on the cats.  Some news, yet also a post where I can post more cat pictures.

If you are local and you want to come take a yoga class in the presence of cats, check out my page where there is a link to register at The Dancing Cat.  You will be able to hang out with the cats after the class.  So your donation includes yoga AND a cat visit.

What do you think about the new names for our cats?

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Thinking About Posture

Posted by terrepruitt on August 1, 2016

Last week I was walking to my car from class.  I had just taught yoga and Nia, so I was feeling tall and in good posture.  I was sensing the spaces that allows for comfortable movement.  I looked up at a woman coming towards me and at first I thought it was a woman I knew.  The woman walking toward me bore a resemblance to my friend, but as I watched her it occurred to me that the woman I was looking at had completely different body language than the person I thought it could be.  The woman I was thinking of walked tall and erect.  She exuded confidence. The person walking towards me didn’t do that (stand tall) or give off that impression (confidence).  It made me pause.  It made me think.  It had me saying to myself, “Egads, what does my posture say?”

When I am walking on a campus of one of the places I teach, I try not to use my phone.  There are occasions where I have gotten delayed by traffic so I am turning my phone to airplane mode and preparing my music because I am going to be walking in with less time than I would like to have before starting class.  But, I think of walking to class as a time where I might have an opportunity to engage a member or student, so normally I am not on my phone.  I don’t usually walk bent over/looking down.  But I see a lot of people who are.

I AM normally juggling with my stuff, I take in my purse, a canvas briefcase, a water bottle, my phone, my keys, sometimes a jacket, sometimes other papers, sometimes my yoga mat.  So I am sure my posture is not very regal looking.  And when I think about it, I love the people I see who walk tall and look out at the world.

I often think about my posture while I am sitting at my desk, or watching TV, in a yoga class, or teaching a yoga class, but I don’t usually think of it while I am walking.  And I don’t usually think about it as an identifier.  As in I saw this stranger’s face from afar and thought it could be my friend, but then her posture and her gait made me realize instantly it was not my friend.  Even though I don’t think about it all the time, it is something we do, right?  We include body movement in the way we identify people.  The way we carry ourselves is part of our identity.  Well, duh, huh?

Sigh.  I don’t really know where I am going with this.  Perhaps I want to be more conscious of my posture.  Not just because I believe standing tall and having good posture is good for me, but I guess I would rather have part of my identity be tall, erect, confident, than bent over, slumped, and juggling.  Hmmmm.

What do you think?  Do you think about your posture at all?

 

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The Girls – An Update

Posted by terrepruitt on July 27, 2016

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They are very good girls.  They are constantly entertained by what is going on in the yard.  I think that is awesome.  Since it is so hot here have all the sliders open and the girls spend the evenings running from one door to another to another.  They are entertained.  They get exercise.  Plus it entertains us.  It is funny to look up and see a flat cat slinking across the room to a window.  Most of the time it is cause for a double take; “Did I just see?  Yup.  A flat cat.”

The place where we got them, The Dancing Cat, has adopted out 73 cats so far.  That is really great.  Some, like ours, come in pairs.  I am confident that they will reach 100.  I am hoping they will PASS 100.  Even though it is being called a cat adoption lounge, it is really a cool place to just go and hang out with cats.  You don’t even have to be interested in adopting a cat.  I am planning on going with a friend this week.  I am not in the market for another cat.  I just like meeting the cats and supporting the place.  I hope that, if you are at all interested in cats and you are in the area, you will visit.  I believe the plan is to be open into November (2016).  It is a fun place to hang out . . . if you like cats.

Do you like cats?  Would you like to hang out with them for an hour?  Purrhaps play get the string?

 

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Muffin Tin Eggs

Posted by terrepruitt on July 25, 2016

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Muffin Tin Eggs

6 eggs
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salt
pepper
other seasonings
cheese  (1/2 cup-ish, grated)
broccoli  (1 cup-ish)

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Clean the broccoli and rough cut it into bite sized pieces. Grate some cheese.

Crack your eggs into a bowl big enough for you to mix them and add a little milk.  Mix up the eggs and milk.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.  Any seasonings you would like.  I used garlic powder (of course).

If you are using metal muffin tins then you probably want to spray them with some cooking spray or put some oil or butter on them.  Whatever you would normally for muffins.  I used the silicon kind and they don’t need spray.

Place a few pieces of broccoli into each muffin cup.  Then add the grated cheese into the tin.  Then pour the eggs on top.  Only fill it about half way.

Place the muffin “tin” in the oven and let it cook for about 12 minutes.  Check the eggs.  Cook them to your liking.  Some people like “wet” eggs and others like them dry.  So you get to decide.

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As I said I made two different sized muffin tin eggs.  I imagine this would make at least eight regular sized muffins or twelve to sixteen mini ones.

These are like scrambled eggs except you don’t have to do all the work every morning.  You can make them on Sunday evening and then have a quick breakfast everyday all week.  They are also like scrambled eggs in that you can put whatever you want in them.  Whatever you would eat in a scramble put it in the tin.  Somethings you might want to or need to cook before putting them in the tin.  Meat would need to be cooked prior to putting in the tin for baking with the eggs.  And we all like our veggies done differently so you might even want to cook some before putting it in the tin to bake.

I want to use mushrooms next time.  I would cook them before putting them in the muffins.  What would you put in yours?

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