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Potato, Ham, and Broccoli Quiche

Posted by terrepruitt on March 1, 2021

A long time ago I purchased a quiche making kit from the place that we get our organic produce delivery from. It was really good. I decided to get the dough again to make a quiche. When I had ordered the dough I didn’t know what I was going to put in the quiche. But then I came across the ham we had for Christmas and we had received broccoli in the produce box so I thought that would be good. This is a quiche recipe with an idea of additions. I didn’t really measure the additions (I am guesstimating the amounts below) and they turned out to be too much.

I used the same ingredients and ideas as the last quiche, except this time I put in ham and broccoli. I actually put in way too much stuff as it spilled all over the oven. It was very tasty.

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potatoes (2 small)
onion (3/4 cup)
ham (1/2 cup)
broccoli (1 cup)

1 12 ounce ball of pie dough
1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
6 eggs
1 cups of half and half
Salt
pepper

I cut up the potato, I chopped some onion, I cut up the ham, and I cut up the broccoli. I sauteed some chopped onion then added the potato. I cooked the potato not all the way done because I wanted to add the ham AND it was going to be cooking in the oven for 50 minutes. Then I added the ham to the pan. The ham was already cooked so I as just trying to get the potatoes to get that yummy ham flavor. I added the broccoli last and barely let it cook because I like raw broccoli and I knew it still had to cook in the oven.

I followed the instructions from the recipe card from my first quiche.

Let the dough sit out for at about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease pie pan with oil. Dust countertop and flatten the ball of dough. Use a little more flour on top of the circle and, using a rolling pin, make the circle larger – large enough to fit into the pie pan. Place the dough in the pie pan, making sure it covers the bottom and can be pressed into the sides. Place the pie pan in the freezer to chill while you make the filling.

(I used an electric hand mixer.) Beat the eggs, then add the half and half, then using a spoon, stir in 1 cup of the cheese, add salt and pepper if you would like.

Put your additions (for me that was the potatoes, ham, and broccoli) in the pie pan, then pour the egg mixture on top. Stir bit to make sure it is all mixed together. Then bake for about 40 minutes. Check to see that it is pretty much done – not jiggly, then put the rest of the cheese on top and cook until melted. The quiche should be fully cooked before eating, so make sure it is not jiggling.

Serve hot.

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What kind of quiche do you like?

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Camera Off

Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2021

As you may know I teach a small variety of movement classes online. I am so fortunate that some of the students I taught in person wanted to keep moving and they were willing to do it online via Zoom. For me, part of the draw of doing it live via Zoom is that I get to see the students. I feel more connected to them when we are all online together and I am doing a live class. When I teach I have Zoom set to “gallery” so I can see all the students. But I feel I need to emphasize that having the camera on when you attend a class is not necessary. There are days when having the camera on may not work. I want to make sure that people know that they have that option.

I know there were some days when I just got up in enough time to take a class (when I am attending someone else’s class) and I don’t want to have the camera on. Sometimes when I am taking a class I don’t want to set up the computer at just the right angle in just the right spot. Sometimes it is easier for me to just have it where I can see the monitor and I don’t want to be concerned with what the instructor – and everyone in the class – is seeing. There are a million reasons why you may not want the camera on and that is ok. It is actually really great that we can “show up to an exercise class” and we don’t have to be concerned with what we look like or how bad the traffic is.

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There are a lot of reasons why a student might sign on and say hello, then once we start moving turn the camera off . . . again, it is all up to you and how you want to do it that day – that class.

And, if you want to ensure the camera is not able to see what you don’t want it to see you can always buy something cover it with something like the little covers I bought. I really like those because even if you don’t have your camera on transmitting . . . it is still on.

Having a camera transmit during class is a person choice and there is no pressure to have it on. Check my website for my class schedule.

Cheers!

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Hiding In Plain Sight

Posted by terrepruitt on February 19, 2021

Great Camouflage. I love this because if you just glance you might think it is all shadow.

He was just hanging upside down enjoying the sun and allowing me a Friday Photo opportunity.

Did you have to look twice?

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A Few Ways To Use Yoga Blocks

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2021

When I taught yoga in person, I taught at places that did not have props. I feel it is perfectly fine to not use props while doing Hatha Yoga, in fact, I think sometimes it is better not to have them, but sometimes it is nice to use them. Whether you use them or not could depend on what you want to get out of your practice or in our case we didn’t have them. What we used as a prop was a chair. There are a lot things that can be used as substitutes for yoga props. But wait, what is a yoga prop? There are several common yoga props and now-a-days with yoga being a multi-million dollar business there are hundreds of yoga props you can purchase. The ones I think of as “common” yoga props besides a yoga mat itself are yoga blankets, yoga blocks, a bolster, a strap, and an eye pillow. In this post I am doing to show you some ways you can use a yoga block.

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Once you decide on which ones to get you will notice that they have three “levels”; high, medium, and low. In some of the photos I am demonstrating two of the levels in one picture. You may also notice that my hand it not always in the correct position – if I were actually doing yoga – because I am using a remote to take pictures. And in some, yes, I cut off my head because it is about the blocks.

 

 

In a lunge, a triangle. and extended side angle you can see how it can be used to “bring up the floor”.https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50947969378_643da99045_b.jpg

A block can be used to rest your head in a wide angle forward fold or a child’s pose.

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A block can help with alignment of the hips in a pigeon by supporting the hip/butt of the bent leg from underneath or help with a stretch by support the hips in a bridge.

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Blocks can be used (remember there are different levels) to help support knees in a bound angle. In this pose you can not only change the levels of the blocks but the placement . . . they can be closer to the hips to allow the knees to be higher, closer to the knees allowing for a more intense stretch in the inner thighs, or anywhere along the leg. A block can also support your knees in a supine twist. This helps when the knees can’t reach the floor and allows the shoulders to stay connected with the earth.

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Blocks can help raise the shoulders in a Downward Facing Dog. They can also bring up the floor and sometimes be higher than your heels in a camel. Again . . . remember blocks have three different levels that can be used.

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Some people like to sit on them to raise the hips in sukhasana or maybe even straddle a block for Thunderbolt (not pictured). And there is always something like a supported fish or shavasana.

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There are many, many, many ways to use blocks, this is just a small sample, and with many of these a bolster can be substitute. If you don’t have blocks sometimes a pillow or a towel can be used. A small sturdy box might work too, it really depends on what pose it is being used for.  With teaching classes online many people have the opportunity to use their own yoga props or things around the house.

I like to teach and practice the idea that yoga is not really done to get into a pose in a specific way, it is practiced to sense the body.  The body may never get into the pose as it was supposedly “supposed” to be, but we can practice with intent and gain many benefits along the way.

Do you use yoga blocks in your practice?

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Looking From The Tower

Posted by terrepruitt on February 5, 2021

Wow, Friday are already.  The first Friday in February.  As a reminder Teagan means beautiful and that is why she is named so.  Here is my beautiful Teagan (beautiful Beautiful) for today’s Friday Photo.

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Coloring Daily – It’s A Log

Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2021

Seems like many of us are doing new things. I know when we were originally told to stay home last March many people started new things, many of us started “wearing many hats“.  But this new month seems to have us at it again.  I thought I would do a Daily Log check in.  I really am happy being able to color it in daily.  In the original post I had made a key for the colors I would use for a specific thing in January, but then — as you can see — it somewhat ended up being primarily one color.  So I have switched to just using any color when I have gotten my exercise/movement in for the day.

The set of gel pens I received for Christmas has different types (glitters, pastels, metal, etc.) so what I decided to do is use one group for a month . . . at least for February.  I am using the metal set of eight.  We will see how that goes.

I am wondering how the poor paper will look in a few months.  I am trying to be gentle with it, but it is paper after all.

How about you?  Anyone joining me with this color in daily log?

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February 2021

Posted by terrepruitt on February 1, 2021

So, it is February . . . already.  Time is so weird.  In some respects it flies and in some respects it drags.  So, I am having to do some things – business-wise and I am trying some new things personal-wise.  What is up with you?  What do you have planned for February 2021?  Or what do you think is in store?  What are you looking forward to?

While I don’t think anything HAS to be “up”, nor do I think one has to have plans, I just thought I would ask because I seemed to be busy and I see a few things brewing so some people and there seems to be some excitement in the air.  So . . .tell me . . .

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Black And White Memory

Posted by terrepruitt on January 29, 2021

A memory for a Friday Photo . . .

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Sometimes Ya Just Need A New One

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2021

I broke down and bought a new phone/pad stand. I have one that I have had for years and still use it. It is simple and it folds “flat”. I love that. I didn’t use it that much so I had trouble opening it because I couldn’t remember how it opened, but I have been using it a lot these past 11 months, so opening was not the issue. Moving it was the issue. I have been using my phone to take some classes where the instructors have us going up and down and so I keep moving my phone. And it collapses very easily so every time I moved it, it would collapse. With an iPad or a laptop it doesn’t need to be moved that much because I can see it when it is up and I am down and vice-versa or whatever, but a phone is a bit small to see sometimes. Or when it is up on something but at the “wrong” angle for viewing from the floor. Now some of you may think a stand is silly, but I have talked to many people who have one or wished they did now that so much of what we do is online. There are SO many types of phone/pad/tablet holders out there. I am happy I got a new one.

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This one is blue . . . of course. And it moves in multiple ways. It is sturdy AND stays at the angle I put it in. I just got it so hopefully it will stay this tight and not become loose and collapse. It folds “flat”. I am excited to use it later and not have to stop the playback so I can open the stand every time I move the phone so I can see.

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Last April when we were told we were stuck at home for longer than they original said we started Zooming with some friends every week and her cat would knock her iPad around so I ordered her a pink stand that folds flat. The folding flat is a big deal to me because I feel it is easier to store and carry around if need be.

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As I said there are all types of stands. I have another one that is fine when I am not moving it around, but this one will work great being moved quickly. It will not collapse and will sit nicely without a lot of futzing.  Sometimes ya just need a new one to have it work the way you need it to.

So . . . you? Do you have a stand to hold your device while you watch something or read a recipe while cooking?

UPDATE:  February 03, 2021

I have actually used this every single day since i have gotten it.  It is exactly what I needed.  As I mentioned the other one is fine, but when I pick it up it collapses and this one is sturdy so I can pick it up and quickly move it.  It is great!

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Beauty In The Sky In July

Posted by terrepruitt on January 22, 2021

This was from a July sky.  I haven’t seen a sky like this in awhile it seems.  I’m posting one for today’s Friday Photo so I can see.

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