Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Under The Sea Filigree

Posted by terrepruitt on April 19, 2019

I love this art form. Quilling. I bought this card for my niece. She likes octopuses. It is really cool. I love the the colors. I like it so much I am posting it as my Friday Photo.

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Cranberry Pear Flavored Pork

Posted by terrepruitt on April 15, 2019

Oh, really simple recipe. I am sure you can use any sweet balsamic you have. If you don’t have sherry, wine will do. I mentioned the balsamic vinegar we purchased in November when we were in Napa in a post, Cranberry Pear. It is so good. I should have gotten the larger bottle. Anyway, this is a four ingredient recipe that has a lot of flavor. So yummy. I cooked it last night and I can’t wait to eat the left overs tonight!

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4 Boneless pork chops
1/4 C Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar*
1/2 cup Dry Sherry
lavender Salt

Pour the dry sherry in a baking dish (if the dish is large you might need more than 1/2 cup – you want at least 1/4 of an inch in the bottom of the dish) arrange the pork in the dish. Pour a little of the vinegar on top of each chop, then sprinkle each chop with lavender salt. Let sit for 15 minutes (longer if you have the time). After 15 minutes, repeat the process of pouring some vinegar over each one and salting. Let sit for 15 minutes (longer if you have the time).

Preheat oven to 375° F. Put the dish in the oven for about 10 minutes. After baking the pork for 10 minutes take the dish out and turn each chop over. Sprinkle with more lavender salt. Then put the dish back in the oven for another seven minutes.

After seven minutes, take the dish out and check for doneness. Everyone likes their meat cooked differently so you may need to put it back in the for a few more minutes. The ones I used were not very thick and they were not very large so they cooked PERFECTLY in 14 minutes. (But I also did the first round on a higher heat because I had something else cooking at the same time. And I lowered the heat on the second round.)

*this is a white balsamic vinegar

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These were simple and delicious. I love using balsamic as a marinade for meat. I think it pairs very well with pork. Usually I marinate the meat for longer, but I didn’t this time, but they came out great.

Do you have a sweet balsamic you like to pair with pork? Do you have a favorite balsamic?

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Five Years

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2019

It never feels right just letting the day pass without a mention. And I know the day has passed, but I thought I would post a picture of my mom for my Friday Photo. It has been five years. Whenever I go looking for photos, I get sad because we really didn’t take that many. We often just hung out and didn’t get made-up and we both always wanted to at least have hair and make-up done in photos – silly, I know – so I don’t have a lot.

1948 to April 11, 2014

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Avgolemono – My Way

Posted by terrepruitt on April 10, 2019

I am not sure if I have said this before in other posts, but for 38 years of my life I did not really care for Greek Food. I was not a fan of tomatoes and it seemed like there was a lot of tomatoes in the Greek food here. When I went to Greece my mind was changed. There wasn’t tomatoes in everything and I liked the way they cooked their food. Although I still believed I didn’t like Greek Lemon Soup. I am not a fan of the lemon flavor for the most part so I never tried it. When there was opportunities to try it there was always either rice, celery, or carrots in the soup in some combination. I do not like rice in soup and I am not a fan of water-laden carrots. I do not like celery. One day we were at a local restaurant and my husband ordered the Greek Lemon Soup. Even though he “doesn’t share food” he let me have a spoonful – it was delicious. It was simple, just chicken and pasta! Ahhhh . . . . I found some Avgolemono I liked! So I decided to make some. I found a lot of recipes online with celery and carrots and rice in some combination, so I didn’t look past the ingredients.  I wasn’t finding one to use.  I knew I wanted to use pasta.  I had purchased some orzo online with the sole purpose of making Avgolemono, but I hadn’t planned on making it the night I ended up making it. I did not make a special trip to the store for ingredients.  So I made the soup with what I had on hand, which was a limited number of eggs and canned chicken. Just to put it out there, there is NO CELERY, NO CARROTS, and NO RICE in this soup.

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 onion
two cans of chicken (a little over 3 cups)
garlic salt

2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup orzo  (going forward 1 cup)
8 cups chicken broth

7 eggs
4 lemons / 3/4 cups lemon juice (more if you like it really lemony)

Juice the lemons. Set aside. (Zest one if you want some zest for garnish.)

Chop the onion. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Cook the onion then add the chicken to the pan to heat it up a bit*. Sprinkle some garlic salt on chicken while stirring.

In a large pot, melt the butter, then add the orzo to toast it. Add the chicken broth to the orzo. Bring to a boil. Then let simmer.

While the orzo is cooking in the broth mix the eggs together with a hand mixer. Mix the eggs at least 3 minutes on low allowing a lot of air to get into them making them frothy. After the “at least 3 minutes,” add the lemon juice slowly while mixing the eggs.

Once the orzo is cooked (about 15 minutes – test to verify) add the egg mixture to the broth BUT not all at once. Put a little bit of broth into the eggs while mixing. Keep adding broth a little at a time to slowly bring the eggs up to the temperature of the broth. Once the eggs are tempered add the mixture to the broth. Stir the egg mixture and broth together. Once it is all incorporated add in the chicken. Mix it all together. Then taste. Is it lemony enough for you? If not add more lemon juice. Or add some lemon zest as garish to each bowl – this gives it an extra zing!

*if using raw chicken cook it thoroughly

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I had typed this up to use as my recipe to make the soup. I figured I would need to play with it a lot in order to get it to what I was looking for, but nope. THIS. IS. IT. Oh, except I will use more orzo . . . perhaps a cup maybe more. But I really think that the orzo is all that I will adjust.

Originally I wrote the recipe with salt and pepper as ingredients, but I did not add any additional salt besides the garlic salt. And my husband added pepper to his bowl, but said it did not really add anything to the soup so he would not be using it, so I didn’t even try.

I am going to check in with my uncle who, I am told, makes Avgolemono all the time. I want to know what he does. Although, my husband and I really loved this and so for the most part I will probably just stick to this.  But sometimes it is nice to try things a little differently so that is ALWAYS an option.

How about you?  Do you like Avgolemono?  Have you found a place that serves one you like?  Do you make it?  How do you make it?

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Cute Hearts

Posted by terrepruitt on April 5, 2019

Holy Moly! I don’t think I have actually worn these. I forget I have them until I see this picture. I need to put them in an “in my face” place so I see them and remember to wear them! They are super cute. I think I bought them off of Etsy! Well, I am sharing them here because my Friday Photo is where I share pictures I have no other reason to post.  I think they are cute enough to show off.  I think I will show them off in my ears now!

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Broken Glasses

Posted by terrepruitt on April 3, 2019

Well, since I bragged about the good deal I got buying my glasses online, I think it is only fair that I post an update. As you know (if you’ve read my post) I purchased three pairs of glasses online. I was so excited because their cost was phenomenal. Well, as you can imagine since I have three pairs of glasses I don’t wear one pair all the time. I switch it up. One pair is a pair of sunglasses, but still, that means I am not wearing either of the regular ones while I am out in the sun. Well, I had my glasses on, then I put on my sunglasses, putting the regular pair in the case. Then when I got home I took the other pair out of the case to put them on and they broke. I am sharing because it has been about a month and a half and they broke. I am also sharing because I am sad, I contacted the company and I have not heard back from them. They DO have a warranty of a year and you can get a free replacement, but I wanted to verify that was PER PAIR before I requested a replacement, but since I have not heard from them I am assuming that it is and they are just waiting for me to request a new pair. So I am going to. I am still disappointed that I have not hear from them.

Well, I still like my other two pairs, so I wouldn’t necessarily say not to order from them. In fact, I think I am still going to order two other pairs from them. I want to try bifocals. I will keep you updated.

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Trying To Catch Nessa

Posted by terrepruitt on March 29, 2019

So many pictures of the cats and I keep taking them. This is one of a series I took when I was trying to get a picture of the cats this morning to send to my hubby. The sun was so bright, here is Nessa rolling around in it.

Nessa is the subject of today’s Friday Photo.

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M&M’s Get Personal

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2019

Party favors and whatnot. Do you like those kinds of things? Personal things that help add to the specialness of an event? I do. I love all that stuff. I went to a party that my friend had and she had goodies bags for all of her guests. They were full of silly kinds of things. Most of them could be worn to take pictures – you know how it is done now-a-days with props for a photo booth? Well, she had glasses and jewelry to be worn while taking Polaroids. It made for some great pictures. Well, I didn’t want to get that fancy and have things to buy and bags to make. But, did you know you can get personalized M&M’s? I learned about them for her party a few years ago. Her favorite color is pink so we had some pink ones personalized for her. I don’t see that I have any pictures of hers. I don’t remember what they said – otherwise I could have used the same sayings. When I had my 50th party I wanted some personalize M&M’s too! I ordered mine in blue. It is not easy thinking of a personalized message with only 9 letters per line. There are a lot of things you can choose, but the idea is PERSONALIZED. So here is what I ended up with:

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50 y/o TP!
Terre’s 50!
Terre’s FIFTY!

I mean, the whole idea was “personalized” and to celebrate and acknowledge the 50 years.

So c. is actually the abbreviation for century . . . .so “1/2 c.” is half century.

Many of you know y/o is year old. I thought 50 year old TP was funny. I mean, those are my initials, but it could sound like 50 year old toilet paper!

Then the last two . . . just trying to keep it personal. I couldn’t think of anything else. And the FIFTY was like a shout out to the “WHOA!” Whoa Terre is FIFTY!!! How did that happen?

If you have an event coming up where you would like to have candy it is really fun to have personalized M&M’s. It might be better to have them at a party where people don’t need reading glasses to read them though. 🙂

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Black Cat

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2019

Her name means beautiful. She practically named herself. I have so many pictures of our cats I want to post more for the Friday Photo. Can you see why we named her Teagan?

 

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Dance Like Everyone Is Watching

Posted by terrepruitt on March 20, 2019

When I was younger there was a dance place to go to every night of the week, except Friday, there wasn’t a good place on Friday nights. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that every other night of the week there was a place to go. And we would go, every night, except Fridays. Specifically on Sundays – dollar drink night – it wasn’t a case of calling people up and making plans to GO. The only reason you would call someone about it was if you WEREN’T going, otherwise it was just assumed you would be there. There was a small group of us that would meet up. The other nights of the week, we would usually need to make plans, but the atmospheres of the places we went to were ones that you could show up by yourself and be fine. It was easy to dance, drink, mix, and mingle with people until the core group showed up. It was pretty much always the same people at the same places so even if you weren’t friends outside you were friends inside and it was fun. But even though that were the case there was still that fear of getting up on the dance floor and dancing. That fear that people were watching you, judging you, or whatever that fear is about. One time we were out one of my friends solved that problem for me for life, he said something like, “Yeah, they are all watching – not because there is something wrong or they are making fun of us, but they are watching because they want to be us! They are watching because we are so awesome.” And from that moment on, I didn’t care who was watching.

This life changing statement/attitude is a great thing to have when dancing Nia. It really allows you to realize that dancing is not about the people who are not on the dance floor, it is about you and your body. It helps make it easy to just forget about the people who may or may not be watching and really move your body.

I just don’t agree with this thing/saying, the one that says to do all these things as if no one is watching or hearing or as if you’ve never lived before. But . . . I get the basic sentiment, I just don’t agree.

Dance like everyone is watching, but don’t worry about them – who cares? Dance anyway.

Love as though you have learned how to love and make it wonderful – Every. Single. Time.

Sing as though the whole world can hear you and STILL wants to listen.

Live in a way that makes you happy.

That is what I say . . . . today anyway.

How do you feel about the saying?

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